January was not a great month overall, but in terms of reading – it was stellar! I managed to read 5 books – what a joy! From non-fiction about breathing to dystopian stories and a witch hunt in the 1600s … all books I read were super interesting, each in its own way.

I am particularly happy that, for the first time in years, I read a book in Romanian, written by a Romanian author. And what a book – a super scary and thought-provoking dystopia. Continue reading for more details!

Let’s get the sharing started!

Currently reading

I am reading The Last Wild Horses by Maja Lunde. It is the third book of The Climate Quartet (more info here) and it deals with the topic of endangered animals – in this case, the Mongolian wild horse. In her characteristic way, Lunde structured the story in 3 narratives – 1880s in Russia, 1990s in Mongolia, and 2060s in Norway.

I requested the book via Edelweiss and I received early access – super grateful that I can read it so soon!

Finished reading

I finished 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. You will definitely pay much more attention to how you breath after reading even a section of this book!

Some time ago I read also Deep by James Nestor (my review) – a must read it you’re into oceans and water-related topics (sports, scientific discoveries, and culture).

Then I read Metronome by Tom Watson. It is a fiction story about 2 people who are imprisoned for 12 years. Their prison does not have any locks or barred windows, but a house on an island and a lot of oceanโ€ฆ ah, and one more thing: every 8 hours they have to take a pill. Super captivating story, it kept me hooked on from the first page ’till the last one!

I requested this eARC on NetGalley. The book will be published on 31st of March 2022.

Next I read not a book, but an extract of a book – The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton. It is the sequel of The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (my review), a book I loved reading!

I requested the book extract on NetGalley and I enjoyed every single word of it. Then I found out about that The Miniaturist is a 2-part movie – it was the perfect incursion to the 1600s Amsterdam, as preps for (hopefully) reading the new book soon!

Then followed The Familiars by Stacey Halls. This is the type of story that transports you to another world, and it matched perfectly with the previous read & movie ๐Ÿ™‚

However, it is a historical fiction book, telling the story of a real witch hunt that happened in the 1600s in England. It is super well written, a joy to read!

Next book was The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. It is a dystopian / science fiction story about a future where mutations are an ordinary thing … but not everyone is happy with being around the “blasphemies”. I was amazed how contemporary this book seemed despite the fact that it was written in the 1940s!

Then, after a very long time, I read a book written by a Romanian author: The Useless (RO: Inutilii) by Cornelia Voiculescu. It is a dystopian story about a society where the old people (70+) are sacrificed by their grandchildren. The action takes place after a Third World War, in a totalitarian Norwegian society.

Reading next

After I finish The Last Horses by Maja Lunde I have another eARC on my list – Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel. It will be the first book I read from the author, however I heard so much about her previous book – Station Eleven.

Also, I plan to read at least one Romanian authors for every 3-4 foreign authors. This being said, I’ve already ordered some books written by contemporary Romanian writers – super curious to discover all of them!

What are your reading plans for the next period? Any new releases you’re super excited about?

Till next time … happy reading!


Cover photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

3 thoughts on “What I’m reading in February 2022: about breathing, an unusual prison, and a couple of dystopian stories

    1. The Immortalists sounds suuuper interesting! And Project Hail Mary as well! Haven’t heard of them before, thank you for sharing!!
      When reading the description of Project Hail Mary I remembered about a TV series on Netflix – BioHackers ๐Ÿ™‚ You might like it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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