So it happened – for the first time in 2 years I missed posting the monthly reading update (for November, that is). It’s been a tough period, from a personal and work point of view, and it definitely impacted my motivation to read and write.
But here I am now, back in business, with bookish updates and (hopefully) realistic reading plans for the winter holiday 🎄
Let’s get the sharing started!
I am reading Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. I might be late at the party … but better late than never, they say. Luckily I avoided all spoilers about Piranesi, so I started with no expectations and no idea what it’s about.
My thoughts after reading the first 20-ish pages: intriguing, experiment, loneliness, curiosity, enthusiasm.
I finished reading The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai (my review). It is an amazing story of how families from Vietnam were impacted by political events (reforms, wars), an immersion into the Vietnamese culture. Loved it!
Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai will publish a second book in English, also set in Vietnam – Dust Child.
Then I read The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. It is a short and witty imagined story of the myth of Penelope and Odysseus, but with a twist – told from Penelope’s point of view. Sprinkled with humour and songs of chorus, typical Atwood style, the Penelopiad is a super captivating story!
The book is part of the Canongate Myth Series, a series of novellas in which ancient myths from various cultures are reimagined.
The last book I finished reading was The Overstory by Richard Powers, recommended by Tierney. It is a complex environmental novel built around 9 main characters and their relationships to trees and forest destruction. Super interesting and eye-opening, a long journey into the interconnected nature around us.
Flash news: The Overstory will be a TV series on Netflix – looking forward to it!!
As the Winter holiday is getting closer and closer, I hope that I’ll get back to reading a bit more 🤞
High on my to-read-list I have 2 books:
- The Chrysalids by John Wyndham – it’s a dystopian story, it involves horses, and I heard of it from Ariel Bissett in her video latest about classics
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I loved reading Americanah (my review) and I want to read more of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!
What are your reading plans for this Winter? Let me know if you read any of the books mentioned here!
Till next time … happy reading!