“A library is never complete. That’s the joy of it. We are always seeking one more book to add to our collection.” – Catherynne M. Valente.
The first book I picked up is A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – a fantasy novel about parallel versions of London, revolving around a Traveller who can jump between them. “And so Kell—inspired by the lost city known to all as Black London—had given each remaining capital a colour. Grey for the magic-less city. Red, for the healthy empire. White, for the starving world.” I'm a huge fantasy fan, and there's nothing I love more than to lose myself in reverie. So, naturally, this book seemed like a must.
Picnic At Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay is a 1967 novel about a group of female students who disappear after a picnic. Going from the first few pages, I can tell this is going to be a short, but eerie and suspenseful, read.
The third book I picked up is one that I still don't entirely know the plot of. Essentially, the quote on the cover of this novel – “Curious Incident meets The Man Who Fell to Earth” (Joanne Harris) – is why I picked up The Humans by Matt Haig. From what I've gathered, this book is best approached when you don't know too much about it, and just leave yourself susceptible to the shock of unnamed territory and undefined mysteries.
I also picked up The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North – a book which has received ridiculously high praise. The novel revolves around Harry August, a man who, upon death, returns to his childhood with recollections of all his past lives – nothing ever changes, until his eleventh life. I was initially quite skeptical of this book (after all, it isn't exactly an original concept) but, after reading reviews that refer to it as "the best book you'll read this year", I'm definitely intrigued.
Haruki Murakami has inspired my recent obsession with Japanese literature. And, whilst I don't expect to find any authors as bizarre as Murakami, I am looking forward to further exploring elements of Japanese culture. Strange Weather In Tokyo by Hiromi kAWAKAMI sounds like a beautifully-written novel, as well as tender examination of loneliness; I can't wait to read it.The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins has been hailed a masterpiece. And it sounds exactly like the kind of book I would enjoy. After hearing nonstop raving about its artful and suspenseful storytelling, and twisted characters, I have no idea why I've only just picked it up.