I read some books in April. Want to hear about them?
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
I loved the premise of this book and the back and forth between Nao in Japan and Ruth in Canada. The writing is excellent and the philosophy is sound. Highly recommended.
Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
The plot is compelling and the writing is good although I do take some exception to the main character’s maturity – it just seems like she would have taken her responsibility over her rather childish ambition. Still, that decision was necessary for the plot and I was able to overlook it since the descriptions of the Blitz and the terror that went along with it were very good. I appreciate that it’s told from the perspective of a young girl and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in WWII historical fiction.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
An amazing book about the impact of tragedy on a young marriage, I couldn’t put it down. Contemporary, relevant, heartbreaking and hopeful, I highly recommend this one.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
A fast paced thriller, sure to be liked by fans of Gillian Flynn, this is certainly not literary fiction but still very entertaining.
Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Delightful and fun with a touch of magic, a perfect light read for time on an airplane!
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
A wonderful story about living a long long time but finally recognizing that there is only one thing that really matters (the present) and only one thing that really makes life worthwhile (love). Some of the writing is quite brilliant and beautiful but I never completely connected with the main character and that’s what kept me from giving this a higher rating. Still, a pleasant read and I’d recommend it.
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward
Powerful and timely, I’d recommend this to anyone interested in race relations in the USA.
Winter by Ali Smith
Ali Smith is just brilliant. The things she doesn’t tell us, the words she leaves out, are just as profound as the things she includes. I loved this even more than Autumn.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
The reviews on this are pretty mixed but I truly enjoyed it. So many good thoughts and ideas on feminism are in here and the author’s style, at times almost stream of consciousness, is great. It’s long and the ending is a little too neat for my taste but I’d recommend it to anyone with an interest in women and their place in America.
One of the best things about not campaigning (aside from winning, that is) is having time to read again. Hurrah for the magic of reading!