Spring is in full swing in Romania – it’s that time of year when it’s so pleasant to read outside, in the mild sun ☀️

In the past month (mid-April – mid-May) I read almost 4 books – an interesting blend of stories about a family of Congo who immigrates in the USA, a dystopian story where children have Artificial Friends, about colorism and what it’s like to be Black and pass as white. To many more months as prolific as this one in terms of learning about the world! 😀

Currently reading

I am now reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. I’ve read so many raving reviews about it, and it was also recommend by one of my best friends for the 2020 favourites (link here). It is a captivating story about a pair of twin Black sisters with the skin complexion so light that they can actually pass as white. I’m getting close to the end now … and I don’t want it to end 😦 #bookwormproblems

Finished reading

Well … the first book was not actually finished. I started reading Folklorn by Angela Mi Young Hur, an eARC I requested via NetGalley. Unfortunately the story did not captivate me enough to keep reading, so after approx. 25% of the book I decided to put it away.

The topic sounded very promising – a mix of Korean myth and scientific discovery – but the reading experience was not good enough to keep reading.

Next was Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. It is a touching story about a family that immigrates from Congo to the USA, about their hopes and hurdles. It also touches on the financial crisis from 2008.

I enjoyed reading the book, and it helped me see the immigration through a different lens than before. Imbolo Mbue also wrote How Beautiful We Were, a book I hope to read soon!

Then followed Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. This was one of my most anticipated books of 2021, so I started reading it with high expectations and … a bit fearful that I will not enjoy it as much as I hoped. Fortunately, Ishiguro did not disappoint ❤

Klara and the Sun is a dystopian story – Klara is an Artificial Friend, very intelligent and observant, and she takes care of a 14-years old girl, Josie. Even if I enjoyed reading this book, my favourite by Ishiguro is still Never Let Me Go (my review).

Reading next

For the next month I honestly do not expect to read very much – the combination of very little spare time and beautiful summer-ish weather does not sound very promising for reading, especially after lockdown / restrictions. So at the moment I hope to read at least 2 books:

  • Normal People by Sally Rooney – this book I’ve just received from a dear friend and I cannot wait to read it!
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood – the second book of the dystopian trilogy MaddAddam (I already read Oryx and Crake – my review)

What are you reading in May? Please share your excitement about your current reads, I’m sure you’re reading amazing books!

‘Till next time … happy reading!


Cover photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

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