Reading at the beginning of 2022 seems to go better than reading at the end of 2021 🙂 The winter holiday might’ve helped, plus the Christmassy vibes and the super cold days that do now invite for outdoor activities.
During the past month I read 3 books – a super interesting blend of fantasy involving a magic labyrinth, historical fiction with focus on Nigeria, and short stories by one of my favourite authors.
Let’s get the sharing started!
I am reading Breath by James Nestor. It is a non-fiction book about breathing – something we all do, and it seems we’re quite bad at it. Pulmonology, biochemistry, psychology and ancient wisdom – this books is mind-boggling.
Also by James Nestor I read Deep (my review) – a must read it you’re into oceans and water-related topics (sports, scientific discoveries, and culture).
I finished reading Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. It is a fantasy story involving a magic labyrinth, a witty young man, and other bizarre characters. Plus – it’s written in the form of a diary.
What a story! Super captivating, intriguing, heartbreaking, and definitely surprising.
Then I read Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (my review). It’s a historical fiction story covering the Biafran civil war in Nigeria.
This book is a masterpiece. Be warned, you’ll suffer and cry together with the characters when their world is turned upside down. You’ll feel the injustice and the pain, the hope and the bravery.
Last but not least I read The City of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – a collection of short stories, most of them published in English for the first time.
As Zafón is one of my favourite authors, this was an emotional read, as I knew it was the last time I read a “new” book of him (unfortunately he passed away in 2020).
Many thanks to my brother who made sure Santa brought this book for Christmas 🙏
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
- The Familiars by Stacey Halls – a story about a witch-hunt during the early 1600s in England; the review written by Chantelle from Wild Library convinced me to read it
What are your reading plans for the next period? Any new releases you’re super excited about?
Till next time … happy reading!