Before the calendar flips over to July (July! Can you believe it?), I am hoping to finish a few books this weekend and then maybe a couple more next week. And then as soon as July comes I think it is time once again for a night-table-books-in-progress-reading-pile assessment. I am hoping that these (last time I checked in) will be well and truly cleared!
For this weekend, however, I think I have my reading plans fairly well laid out. I am nearing the end of the most delightful Miss Buncle's Book. It seems like it would make a great movie--a madcap romcom that would be fun to watch. I wonder if the sequel is as good? I do have it on my TBR pile somewhere as well as another of her books, though I think I won't be able to get to either in the very near future.
The other 'must-finish' is actually a romance novel, a genre I am not one to reach for very often. I don't mind a nice bit of romance in my regular reading--mysteries or fiction, but I rarely pick up a book that would be shelved in a bookstore's romance section. I have nothing against the genre, but I tend to like a story that is less about the romance and more about other things as the main focus. That said, I was tempted by one of Book Riot's contributor's reading suggestion of Lucy Parker's novel Act Like It. It's a common trope--two characters are thrown together who don't exactly like each other, but need to pretend to have a romance--in this case two actors in a theater production. The man is fairly odious on the surface and his reputation needs a little softening, so one of the cast members who is a funny, lovable sort of woman agrees to play his love interest. Well, you know what is going to happen, right? They are going to fall for each other. But I have to say it is all really nicely done and most enjoyable. I love the smart repartee and it's not in any way too over the top. As a matter of fact I am enjoying it so much I have ordered her second book and look forward to the third which is forthcoming in July! Since I am fond of the theater, I love this series, The London Celebrities Series--so please, keep the stories coming.
I've also got two forthcoming graphic novels loaded on my ipad that I was lucky enough to get egalley copies of. One expires in the coming week so I have been dipping into it regularly. Green Almonds: Letters from Palestine by Anaele Hermans and illustrated by Delphine Hermans chronicles the sisters correspondence. Anaele travels to Palestine while her sister is left behind in Liege, Belgium. I am really enjoying it and love this different perspective on a part of the world I am really interested in. Also I love that the sisters worked together to create the story/illustrations. It's definitely one to watch for if you enjoy graphic novels.
The other graphic novel I can finish at a more leisurely pace as it does not expire for a bit yet. Nora Krug's Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home is coming out in the Fall. She both wrote the text and did the illustrations. Although she was born decades after the war she writes about the sense of guilt even now she feels and experiences about the legacy of the Holocaust. It's well done and I have long wondered (but would be afraid to ask any of my German friends) about this very dark moment of history and how later generations deal with it.
I should also mention two new 'starts' as well. I have picked up Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which is the next selection for the book club I recently joined. I have barely started but it seems like it will be a fun read--certainly Eleanor seems very quirky and I am curious about her! And since I finished Charlotte Bingham's memoir it was time to choose a new nonfiction read and William J. Mann's Edgar Award winning Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood fairly leapt out at me when I was perusing my stacks. It seems to be a perfect choice as I was immediately drawn into the world of the Silent Film era and this unsolved murder mystery.
Perfect weekend reading for me as I have nothing else planned (other than household chores . . .)! What is on your reading agenda this weekend?