August TBR

Somehow we’re in August already! After a couple of months of making TBR lists I find myself enjoying having one more than I expected to, I don’t force myself to stick to it and something extra seems to sneak in a lot but i’m going to keep making one for now.

During school holidays I generally find I have less time to read so I’m not expecting to manage all of these this month. Maybe that means its more of a TBR wish list but I might be pleasantly surprised!

There are three things you should know about Elsie.
The first thing is that she’s my best friend.
The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.
And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining.

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago?

My bookgroup’s pick for this month, I’ve seen this one about lot with its distinctive battenburg cover, looking forward to reading it at last.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

I’ve been lucky enough to get an early e-copy of Kingdom of Souls. It sounds amazing, I’ll definitely be trying to find time for it.

A series of apparently random murders draws amiable, old-school Detective Mick Matlock into a world of sex, politics, reality TV and a bewildering kaleidoscope of opposing identity groups. Lost in a blizzard of hashtags, his already complex investigation is further impeded by the fact that he simply doesn’t ‘get’ a single thing about anything anymore.

Meanwhile, each day another public figure confesses to having ‘misspoken’ and prostrates themselves before the judgement of Twitter. Begging for forgiveness, assuring the public “that is not who I am”.

But if nobody is who they are anymore – then who are we?

I’ve loved many of Ben Elton’s previous books and this one sounds like it’s very on topic at the moment. Hoping it lives up to his back catalogue.

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