A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan Cover
My reading plan for August went out the window a little following a string of library mix-ups, a car accident, general dithering and just plain enjoying the British summer – glorious two days they were! But not to fear I have stoically produced my, now traditionally, optimistic reading plan for September.

For starters my book of the month is going to be A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, as voted for by all you lovely readers in my summer reads poll. And for those who are still placing votes on the poll, it is most definitely closed. Over. Finito. I just don’t know how to tell the Internet that.

Despite my many technological failings, however, I am mid-way through conducting my first ever e-interview! So look out for my review of the pacey thriller, The Black Sea, in the coming weeks, and my interview with its author, VP Von Hoehen. Riding high on a wave of techno-discovery I will also be taking part in my first ever blog tour: reading The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe, and hopefully conducting an interview and running an exciting competition to win copies of the book at the end of September. The press release tells me The Hum and the Shiver “expertly blends fantasy and the local folklore of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains”, so it could be an interesting read.

I started reading The Passage by Justin Cronin the other day so I will try and find time to finish that, although it is a fairly hefty read (the 1000 page paperback was issued earlier this year), and I am also planning to get stuck into Titus Alone, completing the Gormenghast trilogy (ignoring the recently published, Titus Awakes).

I’m also dipping in and out of Borstal Girl by Eileen MacKenney, a gritty memoir, for a little light (violent) entertainment so I may well manage to polish that off this month too.

Posts from August 2011