Anna Kavan was an interesting person, and this novel she wrote about an impending global catastrophe caused by a slowly freezing planet is hard to contextualize. Written before her death in 1967, Ice almost didn’t get published at all…
The History of Wolves was a delight to read. Set in rural Minnesota, the descriptions of the cold and the lakes and cabin life are comforting and familiar, all while the unfamiliar lives of a teenage girl and the family she baby sits for are made familiar through the skill of the author.
The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch had so much promise. We were drawn in by the idea of strong female characters and maybe a little bit by the idea that this would be a great homage to Joan of Arc. It ends up that it wasn’t. We were both so disappointed by this book that we almost took Bill Gates’s approach and just didn’t write about it. You know the old adage “nothing good to say…”. But we felt like we wanted to create some discourse. Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?
We both enjoyed Shelter in Place. It was a journey of loss and a story of the bonds created by tragedy and by family. It starts out with a bang, I’ll say that. Read what both of us thought about this novel.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to live two lives at once? This novel doesn’t exactly answer that question, but it does explore the topic of multiple lives and multiple universes. It’s a very entertaining read that you won’t want to put down.
Lincoln in the Bardo and George Saunders has seemingly been all over the place lately. For a while there it seemed I could barely go one day without hearing about it in some form or other. So we picked up a copy to see what all the fuss was about and Wow! the fuss was not disproportionate to the pleasure of reading this book. We both enjoyed it immensely.
The Vacationers is a fun yet still dark quick read. It took no time to complete this book because the quick pace of the writing has you compelled to keep going even well past your bedtime.
The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks is apparently a classic. Neither of us had heard of it before, but were both intrigued by the subject matter when we came across it at a bookstore in Barcelona. The story follows the months after a young woman discovers she's pregnant and how she now must navigate through the world at a different socio and economic level than before.
Perhaps we were drawn to Heroes of the Frontier for obvious reasons - it's the tale of a road trip cum self discovery tour after one's life begins to fall apart. The characters and scenery are characteristically fabulous for Dave Eggers. This is an engrossing read and one that we both found hard to put down.
It's sad to say that we only picked up this book because we were without any reading materials toward the end of our time in Morocco. But we're so happy that we did. This was an super quick and enjoyable tale of relocation, trying to learn new customs and sorting one's way through remodeling a huge home in a foreign country. Perhaps it spoke to us because we could sympathize with his struggles based on our time in Morocco too. Whatever the reason; this was a happy surprise.
We both read this novel at a fevered pitch, each finishing it in only several days. It's one of those novels you don't want to end. Not because it's so well written (which it is) but because of the topic and the pace of the plot. Summary: Women take over the world, chaos ensues.
This was honestly the first novel either of us has read by Salman Rushdie. Previous attempts have failed due to heavy brick like sentences. While the writing style is still the same, this novel seemed more palatable. Maybe because it has to do with the Jinn and we were in the Sahara....
If On a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino is one of the most unique books either of us have read. The books takes you through the strange tale of two readers who buy the newest book by Calvino only to find there's been a printing error. Throughout the tale of trying to determine what's happened to the book, Calvino weaves an intricate web of varying tales without ever completing one. It made for an interesting and entertaining read.