Book of the Month

June 2019: Book of the Month

June made me face a big life (blog) decision: I read a lot more books than I was able to post about last month (VACAY!!) – should those go into the Book of the Month post for June, although they’re not officially on the blog yet? Or should I publish the June post only once I’ve published all individual reviews? Or include the books I don’t have published posts for yet? Too many questions! Long story short, I decided to stick with the ones I already posted about, the rest will go into next month’s Book of the Month-competition.

This being said, here are June’s contenders:

  1. Capital // John Lanchester
  2. Verschwinden // Mariana Enriquez
  3. The Silent Patient // Alex Michaelides
  4. Penelope, die Listenreiche // Gohar Markosjan-Kasper
  5. The Poisoner’s Handbook // Deborah Blum
  6. Permutation City // Greg Egan

Most of them were summer vacation reads, and I tend to like books that I read on vacation better than books I read during busy life-times. Whether this is because everything is better on vacation, because I can finish the books in less time, or because mysteriously I end up with qualitatively better books on vacation, I don’t know – I do know that from those six, the one I would whole-heartedly recommend to almost everyone is The Poisoner’s Handbook (please excuse me not writing out the rest of the unhumanly long title, you can look it up in the blog post). This book on accidental and non-accidental death by poison in the early 20th century and the advent of forensic medicine in New York gave me so many good things to talk about with my vacation partner, it’s a total page-turner of a non-fiction book, and I feel a bit smarter now that I read it.

Cover of The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum.
The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

Second place goes to Verschwinden – the Argentinian book I read for my project of reading around the world. This coming-of-age story of Matias, a teenager trying to escape the violence, poverty, and drugs of Buenos Aires forcefully stabs you in the heart with how real and human it feels.

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