Early Summer Reads: 2017 Edition

As the summer sunshine starts to brighten our days more regularly and the evening’s seem to go on forever, I thought it best to put a little post together of my recent reads.  I seem to be in a bit of a YA funk of late so I decided to take on some old and new adult titles that I’ve wanted to read for a while but never had the time.

Station Elven was one of the most talked about books a couple years ago and I really liked the sound of the premise.  The fella bought this copy for himself and even though he wasn’t super impressed himself, I decided to give it a go once he was done with it.  Station Eleven is set in an alternative future where a virus wipes out most of the globe and the few that survive have to fend for themselves.  With several interwoven storylines and time lines we follow the story of a handful of characters who all have links to an once-famed actor.  It’s a strange story but also oddly compelling at the same time.  A real mixture of darkness and light with a side serving of melancholy.  One for the beach or a quiet get-away weekend trip.

I’ve been slowly working my way through The Dark Tower series before the film comes out this year but I’m not sure I’ll read them all in time.  So, for now, I’m happy to just finish as many as I can.  These aren’t the easiest of reads but once you’re in, there’s no going back.  I keep trying to guess what might happen next and get nowhere.  This third book is just short of five hundred pages so it took up most of my reading this month but it’ll be worth it all in the end.  Scary, gripping and mind-boggling.

My final recommendation is for Tin Man by Sarah Winman.  I read one of her previous books, When God Was A Rabbit, on loan from my boss and found it completely absorbing.  When this early copy of her new book came up on offer for review, I couldn’t say yes quick enough.  A sweet, short read about three lives that are so glued together that they can’t seem to cope as well when on their own.  I truly enjoyed this book and the tender heartbreak and love both lost and found.  I can’t think of a better summer holiday read.

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