This is going to be a pretty quick blog post, becauseee I’m off on holiday sharpish. But before I go I wanted to do a little run down of my August reading plans. The first book I’m hoping to get to is The Pearl Thief, which is a prequel to Code Name Verity. (one of my FAV historical YA reads!)
Before Verity…there was Julie.
When fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she’d imagined won’t be exactly like she anticipated. And once she returns to her grandfather’s estate, a bit banged up but alive, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident. One of her family’s employees is missing, and he disappeared on the very same day she landed in the hospital.
Desperate to figure out what happened, she befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish Traveller boy who found her when she was injured, and his standoffish sister, Ellen. As Julie grows closer to this family, she experiences some of the prejudices they’ve grown used to firsthand, a stark contrast to her own upbringing, and finds herself exploring thrilling new experiences that have nothing to do with a missing-person investigation.
Her memory of that day returns to her in pieces, and when a body is discovered, her new friends are caught in the crosshairs of long-held biases about Travellers. Julie must get to the bottom of the mystery in order to keep them from being framed for the crime.
I saw Elizabeth Wein talk at YALC, and she actually signed my copy of The Pearl Thief. Obvs, I was very chill about the whole thing:
My non-fiction read of the month is The Argumentative Indian, which is a series of essays on India.
In sixteen linked essays, Nobel Prize–winning economist Amartya Sen discusses India’s intellectual and political heritage and how its argumentative tradition is vital for the success of its democracy and secular politics. The Argumentative Indian is “a bracing sweep through aspects of Indian history and culture, and a tempered analysis of the highly charged disputes surrounding these subjects–the nature of Hindu traditions, Indian identity, the country’s huge social and economic disparities, and its current place in the world” (Sunil Khilnani, Financial Times, U.K.).
Then, it’s on to #TomeTopple. Tome Topple is a two week readathon, hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes that runs from August 4th — August 17th The goal is to read books that are over 500 pages–big books that seem so intimidating you’ve put them off. There are also lots of fun challenges to take part in. Here is my TBR for the readathon:
YUP, those are three BIG books! Wish me luck. I hope you all have a lovely August, full of chilled summer nights & wine & beaches & good books.