Happy Sunday Lovelies and welcome to the second #SundayStack of August! I can’t believe that I am on the 16th Sunday Stack so far. This has been such a lovely series to run and it has been wonderful to see people taking part. If you aren’t sure what I’m going on about, I run a #sundaystack challenge over on my bookstagram and always accompany each stack with a blog post going into my picks in a little more detail. I’ll leave the prompts below should you fancy giving them a go.
This week’s prompt was ‘Summer Cocktails: Books you’re waiting to savour’ and let me just tell you that I had a real struggle limiting myself to which books I was going to pick for this stack. I still seemed to limit myself to quite a big stack so I hope you’re prepared for a slighlty longer stack. I will only give a brief description for each book, given the size of my stack, but I shall also include the trigger warnings where I can, as found on BookTriggerWarnings.
Promethean Horrors: Classic Tales of Mad Science and Roaring from Further Out: Four Weird Novellas by Algernon Blackwood.
I’ve put these two books together as they are part of the same series. I have already read ‘Evil Roots: Killer Tales from the Botanical Gothic’ and absolutely adored it, so couldn’t wait to get my hands on the others in the collection. These are both collections of dark short stories, which I seem to be developing a fascination for at the moment.
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
This book seems to be everywhere at the moment and has been continually recommended to me. I am ashamed to say it has also been sitting on my TBR for quite some time but I am determined to read it this month.
Mexican Gothic by Silva Moreno-Garcia
This is another book that seems to have taken twitter by storm. I picked this up for my Work Book Club that I organise and we are scheduled to discuss it by the end of August. I can’t wait to read this and am so fascinated by its dark premise.
Trigger Warnings: Attempted rape; Cannibalism; Child birth; Drugged; Eugenics; Fire; Forced marriage; Gore; Hallucinations; Incest; Mind control; Murder (including babies); Racism; Vivisepulture
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Rusell
This is another dark read that I am fascinated by. Inspired by the series of allegations of sexual assaults in recent years, this read examines the pyschological effects of trauma, especially when a victim is struggling to determine herself as one. Not for the faint hearted but I have heard lots of positive things about this.
Trigger Warnings: Emotional manipulation; Pedophilia; Predatory grooming; Rape; Sexual assault; Suicide
European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss
This is the sequel to The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, a reimagining and retelling of many figures from the Victorian Canon, from Sherlock Holmes to Dr Frankenstein. I thoroughly adored the first book, and can’t wait to read the last two books in this series.
The Phone Box at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina
I picked this up in Tescos not that long ago and, if I’m honest, it was largely a cover buy. However, having read the blurb, it sounds just as compelling as its cover. I’m going to put the synopsis here because I don’t want what to butcher the story trying to explain it:
When Yui loses her mother and daughter in the tsunami, she wonders how she will ever carry on. Yet, in the face of this unthinkable loss, life must somehow continue.
Then one day she hears about a man who has an old disused telephone box in his garden. There, those who have lost loved ones find the strength to speak to them and begin to come to terms with their grief. As news of the phone box spreads, people will travel there from miles around.
Soon Yui will make her own pilgrimage to the phone box, too. But once there she cannot bring herself to speak into the receiver. Then she finds Takeshi, a bereaved husband whose own daughter has stopped talking in the wake of their loss.
So there we have it. I broke my book buying ban when Lockdown began and now have collected many fascinating reads that I can’t wait to get into. What book you most looking forward to starting at the moment?