Once again, May was a pretty full month in terms of the number of books I read, since I read nine of them!
I’m slowly (but surely) getting back to reading some YA literature, especially stories featuring LGBT+ characters. At the same time, I’m still in love with horror stories (ah, the irony of being too chicken to watch a horror movie, but love horror books…). Some thriller, non-fiction and even science-fiction books were also read (and, for the most part, enjoyed!) during this half-sunny, half-rainy month of May: who doesn’t love the British weather?
But enough talking for now, let’s talk about everyone’s favourite topic: books! And I’ll start with my personal favourite of the month.
Columbine, Dave Cullen
“What really happened April 20, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we “know” is wrong. It wasn’t about jocks, Goths, or the Trench Coat Mafia. Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on scene, and spent ten years on this book-widely recognized as the definitive account. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, he draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world’s leading forensic psychologists, and the killers’ own words and drawings-several reproduced in a new appendix. Cullen paints raw portraits of two polar opposite killers. They contrast starkly with the flashes of resilience and redemption among the survivors.”
On The Come Up, Angie Thomas
“Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.”
Golden Son, Pierce Brown (Red Rising #2)
” ‘I’m still playing games. This is just the deadliest yet.’
Darrow is a rebel forged by tragedy. For years he and his fellow Reds worked the mines, toiling to make the surface of Mars inhabitable. They were, they believed, mankind’s last hope. Until Darrow discovered that it was all a lie, and that the Red were nothing more than unwitting slaves to an elitist ruling class, the Golds, who had been living on Mars in luxury for generations.
In RED RISING, Darrow infiltrated Gold society, to fight in secret for a better future for his people. Now fully embedded amongst the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his dangerous work to bring them down from within. It’s a journey that will take him further than he’s ever been before – but is Darrow truly willing to pay the price that rebellion demands?
Hic sunt leones.
A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.”
Trans Britain: Our Journey From the Shadows, Christine Burns
“Over the last five years, transgender people have seemed to burst into the public eye: Time declared 2014 a ‘trans tipping point’, while American Vogue named 2015 ‘the year of trans visibility’. From our television screens to the ballot box, transgender people have suddenly become part of the zeitgeist.
This apparently overnight emergence, though, is just the latest stage in a long and varied history. The renown of Paris Lees and Hari Nef has its roots in the efforts of those who struggled for equality before them, but were met with indifference – and often outright hostility – from mainstream society.
Trans Britain chronicles this journey in the words of those who were there to witness a marginalised community grow into the visible phenomenon we recognise today: activists, film-makers, broadcasters, parents, an actress, a rock musician and a priest, among many others.
Here is everything you always wanted to know about the background of the trans community, but never knew how to ask.”
Pulp, Robin Talley
Young Adult, LGBT+
“In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend a secret. In the age of McCarthyism to be gay is a sin. But when Janet discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens her need to write. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to publish her own story, she risks exposing herself, and Marie, to a danger all too real.
Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project: classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. She feels especially connected to one author, Marian Love, and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity. But is Abby prepared for what she will find?”
IQ, Joe Ide (IQ #1)
“A resident of one of LA’s toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores.
East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood’s high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can’t or won’t touch.
They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he’s forced to take on clients that can pay.
This time, it’s a rap mogul whose life is in danger. As Isaiah investigates, he encounters a vengeful ex-wife, a crew of notorious cutthroats, a monstrous attack dog, and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. The deeper Isaiah digs, the more far reaching and dangerous the case becomes.”
Marvel Platinum: The Definitive Iron Man: Reloaded, Various Authors
Graphic Novel, Comics
“Marvel Platinum proudly presents the very best Iron Man stories from the House of Ideas. The action kicks off with Iron Man’s very first encounter with the Mandarin, followed by an all-out armoured assault with the Crimson Dynamo and Titanium Man. Also, Iron Man finds himself caught in a war between the Mandarin and the villain’s archrival Yellow Claw! Plus, ol’ Shell-Head teams-up with the sensational Spider-Man to tackle Backlash. Next, he joins forces with War Machine to confront an army of battle droids. Clad in outdated armour, Tony Stark then has to face the Iron Patriot in deadly combat! Lastly, the Golden Avenger and Spider-Man fight side-by-side to thwart a band of terrorists, while in the future three generations of Starks wage a desperate war for the fate of mankind against Iron Man’s deadliest foe, the Mandarin!”
Our Own Private Universe, Robin Talley
Young Adult, LGBT+
“Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon already knows she’s bisexual …
well hypothetically at least …
She just hasn’t had the chance to kiss an actual, real life girl yet. So when Aki sets off on a group trip to a small Mexican town for the summer and she meets Christa – slightly-older, far-more-experienced – it seems her the perfect time to make that knowledge more than hypothetical
But it’s not going to be that easy. It turns out Christa just might have a boyfriend waiting for her back home. Which means Aki has to sort out what she really wants – a few kisses, a summer fling, or something more … maybe even something real. Because whether she means to or not, Aki might just be falling in love.”
Slender Man, Anonymous
“An internet meme, a crowd-sourced horror story, a dark figure who bends reality: SLENDERMAN.
Lauren Bailey has disappeared.
As friends at her exclusive school speculate and the police search for answers, Matt Barker dreams of trees and a black sky and something drawing closer.
Through fragments of journals, articles and online conversations, a figure begins to emerge – a tall, slender figure – and all divisions between fiction and delusion, between nightmare and reality, begin to fall.”
Please note that, unless otherwise stated, all summaries and covers come from Goodreads.
See you in the first days of July for even more books!