The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

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The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Simon Watson is a young librarian, who lives alone in his family home on the Long Island Sound. The house is slowly crumbling into the sea and Simon is on the verge of losing his job due to budget cuts.

His parents are dead; his mother drowned in the water overlooked by his house and his father essentially gave up on life due to grief. Simon raised his sister, Enola, until she took off to join a travelling carnival.

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Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

A story about one man and his dog doesn’t sound original, yet Spill Simmer Falter Wither is an extraordinary novel.

Our protagonist and his dog, One Eye, take off on a road trip after One Eye bites another dog. From a socially awkward man who likes to stick to his routine this is clearly a decision made in a panic.

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I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Hayley and Charlotte, from Water Painted Dreams and Colours and Carousels respectively, have set up The Sassy Books Book Club and since the book they chose for the first month, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, was already on my to read list I figured I would join in.

I’ll Give You the Sun tells the story of twins Noah and Jude who are incredibly close until jealousy and tragedy tear them apart.

The chapters alternate between 13 year-old Noah’s perspective and 16 year-old Jude’s. Part coming of age story; part family drama, with a side of the weird and fantastical.

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#IBW2015 – My favourite bookshop: Chapters Bookstore

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It is Independent Bookshop Week, which culminates in the IBW Bookshop Crawl 2015 on Saturday, June 27th.

The IBW Bookshop crawl is in its second year and is aimed at bloggers, booktubers, vloggers, publishers, book organisations and anyone who loves books and wants to support their local bookshop(s).

Taking part is easy, just head along to your local independent bookshop(s) and buy a book. You can document your journey, on Twitter and Instagram, using #bookshopcrawl.

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Not Lost by Sarah Maria Griffin

Not Lost by Sarah Maria Griffin

I first came across Sarah Maria Griffin’s writing online. I read and enjoyed some of her essays and articles, including her food column for The Coven, so when I discovered she had written a book about her first year living in the US I couldn’t wait to read it.

“Memoir is not what this thing is. It is just a true story. Except for the parts that are enormous staggering lies…”

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Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

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Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

Daniel and Laura are travelling Europe, on their trip of a lifetime, one last adventure before they settle down and prepare to have children.

Their travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a train in the middle of nowhere, in Romania, after having their tickets and passports stolen.

They need to get home, but to do that they must get to the nearest town. This takes them along the train tracks through a forest, a journey that changes their lives forever.

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Tender by Belinda McKeon

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Tender by Belinda McKeon

Sometimes you come across a book that you know you will re-read numerous times and recommend to anyone who will listen. Tender by Belinda McKeon is one of those books. Not since I read The Hours by Michael Cunningham for the first time have I been so enamoured with a novel.

Set in 1990s Ireland, this is a novel about friendship, youth, love, obsession and sexuality.

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Summertime by Vanessa Lafaye

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Summertime by Vanessa Lafaye

Under A Dark Summer Sky by Vanessa Lafaye

Vanessa Lafaye’s debut novel, Summertime (published as Under a Dark Summer Sky in some countries) is a fictionalised story set against the backdrop of real events. Namely, the 1935 Labour Day Hurricane that devastated some of the Florida Keys.

Heron Key (a place of the author’s own invention) is a small, segregated community where lynchings are common place. It is a town affected by the Depression and the remains of World War One. There are deeply held resentments between those who left to fight the war and those who stayed behind.

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Intimacy Idiot by Isaac Oliver

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Intimacy Idiot by Isaac Oliver

Intimacy Idiot* is the debut collection of essays from playwright, author and performer Isaac Oliver. I’m not familiar with Oliver’s other work, but I have been on an essay reading kick lately so thought I would give this book a go.

From conversations he overheard on the subway, to poetry about random people, to tales from being a theatre box office attendant, and kiss-and-tell stories about his experiences with the men he had sex with, most of whom he picked up online; it seems that nothing is off limits for Oliver as he takes us into his world and entertains us (often in graphic detail). Continue reading Intimacy Idiot by Isaac Oliver