2021 continues to be a blast-off … in terms of reading, that is. Don’t ask me how I managed to read 5 books this month as well! (If you’re curious what I read last month, here’s my January status)
And what a mix of bookish experiences – I “travelled” from the UK (Oxford) and Turkey (Istanbul) to Australia and New Zealand, then to Japan, Uganda, and even North America! Not bad for a month spent entirely at home 🙂
I am reading Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. I’ve been waiting so eagerly to read this book, and now it finally happens! I loved the first book wrote by Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (my review), and I am grateful that I was offered access to the Transcendent Kingdom e-ARC via NetGalley. I read almost 1/4 and I’m in love already! ❤
First I finished Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak, my first book by the Turkish writer. Three Daughters of Eve tells the story of young Turkish woman, Peri, who studied at Oxford University and is now back in Istanbul. A story about faith and uncertainty, education and friendship. It reminded me of the dark academia stories like The Secret History (my review) and The Truants (my review).
The next read was The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan (my review), a book I requested via NetGalley. It is about a family from Australia and Tasmania facing the disease of the mother. But there is also a higher level sickness – the sickness of Earth. The story takes place during the massive Australian bushfires from 2019-2020.
After such a sad book I had to raise my spirits, therefore I read Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. In a heart-warming fashion readers are told 4 more stories of friends, lovers and parents who want to travel back in time. The second book is as interesting as the first one, and I’d read a third book as well if that would be possible 🙂
Next I finished We Are All Birds of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan (my review), also requested via NetGalley. This amazing book spans over multiple generations – the contemporary story of Sameer, a young lawyer, is told in parallel with the story of Sameer’s grandparents. A story about twice migration, family and religion, culture, and self-discovery.
The fifth book of the month was Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (my review). I had no intention of reading this book … until I registered for an online book club discussion with Margaret Atwood. Then the book skyrocketed to the top of my reading list – no regrets! 🙂 Oryx and Crake is a cautionary tale, telling a dystopian story with focus on genetic re-engineering of humans and animals. Totally recommend!
My next book will probably be Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie. I am going to read the story as part of the #ReadChristie2021 challenge. The theme for February is, of course, “a story featuring love” ❤
My January #ReadChristie2021 story was The Hollow (my review).
What are you reading in February? Please share your excitement about your current reads, I’m sure you’re reading amazing books!
‘Till next time … happy reading!
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