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.

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…”

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.

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.

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.

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).

The Last Moriarty by Charles Veley

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The Last Moriarty by Charles Veley

The Prime Minister and his cabinet need Sherlock Holmes to solve a murder that could jeopardise a high stakes British-American summit. The summit is to be attended by John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan.

While working on the case Holmes is visited at 221B Baker Street by a young American actress who asks for help after she received threats. Holmes agrees to help, much to the annoyance of those counting on him to enable the summit to go ahead.

Boo by Neil Smith

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Boo by Neil Smith

When 13 year-old Boo wakes up in heaven he assumes his defect heart is responsible and sets about figuring out how to settle in to his new life, his reborn life.

Boo, whose real name is Oliver Dalrymple, didn’t fit in at his school back in America. He was a science geek who memorised the entire periodic table and didn’t really mix well with people.

When he discovers that heaven is divided by age and nationality, meaning he will remain a 13 year-old surrounded by other 13 year-olds, he isn’t pleased. But heaven is the perfect opportunity to carry out some new science experiments, so at least he has that to occupy his time and his mind.

If She Did It by Jessica Treadway

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If She Did It

What if you began to suspect your child of an unspeakable crime?

Three years ago Hanna Schutt was almost bludgeoned to death in her bed. Her husband, Joe, didn’t survive the attack. Hanna was left with a disfigured face and no memory of the night in question.

The man convicted of the crime was her daughter’s boyfriend, Rud. Dawn was never charged for the murder of her father and the attempted murder of her mother but that doesn’t stop people believing that she played a significant role in the crime, especially since she stood by Rud throughout his trial.