So many things happened from the last reading update in mid-February, the most important being that a freaking war started in Ukraine, so very close to Romania. It is not only shocking and frightening but horrifying and heart-wrenching.

In this context, reading fiction felt like a much-needed escape from the real world. However, focusing on something else than reading the news was tough … so the 2 books I managed to read are a real achievement! Let’s get the sharing started!

Currently reading

I am currently reading The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki. It focuses on the story of Benny, a teenager boy who deals with mental health issues, and his recently-widowed mother, who develops a hoarding problem. I read about 50% of it – interesting and also heartbreaking, super curious where the story goes!

I picked this book up on my bookish radar after it was shortlisted on the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022, and then I noticed it was available on Netgalley. One of the rare occasions when I start reading a book with no clue about the story 🙂

By the way, here is the full longlist of Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022. Did you read any of the longlisted books?

Finished reading

First I finished reading The Last Wild Horses by Maja Lunde (my review) – it is part of the Climate Quartet series, together with The History of Bees (my review) and The End of the Ocean (my review).

The book focuses on endangered animals, namely the Przewalski horses. The story was super captivating and diverse, starting from the central topic to the 3 narrative threads, each happening in a different location and timing – 1880s in Russia, 1990s in Mongolia, and 2060s in Norway. A must read if you’re into climate fiction!

Then I finished reading Inocentii (EN: The Innocents) by Romanian author Ioana Parvulescu (my review). It is a great read, an immersion into the realities of being a child in the 1960s in Transylvania, through the eyes of a child and the grown-up reflections of the same child now adult.

For now the book is translated to Romanian, German, and Polish – if you speak any of these languages, check it out!

Reading next

Next I will read an eARC that has been waiting for a long time on the virtual shelf – Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel.

Also, I plan to continue reading at least one Romanian authors for every 3-4 foreign authors. I already have quite a few options at home, and I might go for an easier read – maybe a collection of short stories?!

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

6 thoughts on “What I’m reading in March 2022: climate fiction, stories from 1960s Transylvania, and a longlisted book for Women’s Prize for Fiction

    1. Oh, good to hear you read Ruth O. – she’s one of the writers I’ve never heard of before! Happy she’s not “out of my bubble” anymore 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, Tierney!

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