March was a better month – warm and sunny days raised the spirits, the Easter holiday gets closer and closer, and we got a bit more used to the ongoing war.
In terms of reading, I read 3 books in the past month (giving myself a pat on the back). With this occasion I also realized that I have only 6-7 unread books at home, which means … I’m looking for recommendations of what to read next! Let me know about books that completely blew your mind 😀
I’m reading The Wife’s Tale by Aida Edemariam. It tells the real story of the author’s grandmother, who married aged 8, in Ethiopia.
I first heard about this book during an online conversation between the author and Maaza Mengiste. Both wrote stories of Ethiopian women in the 1900s, with the difference that The Shadow King by Mengiste is historical fiction (my review), while The Wife’s Tale is a memoir.
At the same time I am also reading Burning Questions by Margaret Atwood. I don’t usually read books in parallel, but I feel like Burning Questions is not a book to read from cover to cover, but rather selectively, depending on my mood.
I must admit that until now I found interesting the essays I could relate to – Oryx and Crake, the Covid-19 pandemic, The Future Library 🙂
First I read The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki (my review). It focuses on the story of Benny, a teenager boy who deals with mental health issues.
The book covers a multitude of topics – there are very high chances that you will related to at least one of them! However, a bit too slow-paced for my taste.
Then I read The Foundling by Stacy Halls. It is a charming historical fiction story of a young girl who left her child at The Foundling, then went to reclaim her but the child was not there anymore.
I was amazed to find out that The Foundling Hospital was real – established to care for babies whose parents could not look after them.
Next I read Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mendel (my review). Is it a lovely short novel about time travel, spanning over 300 years – from the 1900s Canada to the 2200s, when people were living on the Moon.
I read it as eARC, with no expectations, and it kept me hooked from the first ’till the last page. Loved the story symmetry and the very humane characters.
Next I will probably read a Romanian book. I aim to read at least one Romanian book for every 3-4 foreign books – looking at this month’s read, it’s about time. Fortunately, I already have enough options to choose from:
- Exuviae (RO: Exuvii) by Simona Popescu
- The Owl’s Nest (RO: Cuibul bufnitei) by Tudor Runcanu
- The Summer When My Mother’s Eyes Were Green (RO: Vara in care mama a avut ochii verzi) by Tatiana Tibuleac (author is from Moldova)
What are your reading plans for the next period? Any new releases you’re super excited about?
Till next time … happy reading!