I always make time to read and the last few months have not been an exception. Here is a list what I have been reading since my first book related post of the year. Some of them are definitely better than others!
Redeployment by Phil Klay-This book is a collection of short stories about soldiers and veterans. I picked it up as I thought it would be the other side of the collection of short stories called You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon that I read and wrote about in this post. I truly enjoyed that book. This one I enjoyed less so. It was not necessarily gruesome or anything like that and some stories were better than others but some of them did not dig deep enough to connect you with the characters. Perhaps I had trouble connecting with these kind of male characters.
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki-This novel is about a woman who finds a teenager’s Japanese journal and other items washed up ashore in British Columbia after the tsunami. As she reads the journal she reflects on her life and relationships as well as learns about a Japanese family struggling with all kinds of modern issues. It took me some time to really start reading this novel at first but it got better and better as I did so. Insights into modern Japanese life was definitely interesting.
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen-This book is about a few people in a small town during the summer. While an old mansion is being renovated, a body is dug up under a peach tree. The two main female characters unravel the mystery that connects back to the time of their grandmothers. Not the best book I would say but a nice light read.
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson- This book is about a British retiree who befriends and falls in love with a local Pakistani widow in an English village. The villagers are a bit scandalized and the gentleman must come to terms with all the reactions. I found it interesting to learn a bit more about English villages. Not sure if it is accurate or not but still interesting. Also, it was kind of annoying that all the Pakistani characters seemed a bit troubled, shall we say? But, to be fair, so did many of the English ones (though in a lighter way). An enjoyable book though.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender-This book is about a girl who suddenly starts tasting emotions of cooks when she eats the food they prepare. This gives her an understanding about what her mother is going through and it surprises her. Then the book follows the main character, Rose, through a long period in her life. Family is a main theme as it looks into her relationship with her father and brother a bit. But, despite a good start, the last half of the book is not so great.
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart- This novel takes place in a awful future New York and is about a middle aged man who falls in love with a young Korean-American woman. It relates how they get together, their thoughts about this and during the relationship, as well as the demise. This same author wrote Absurdistan. This novel type and style is not my favourite or first choice but I did appreciate and enjoy it this time. Definitely worth the read.
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht-This book takes place in the Balkans and is about a young female doctor and her grandfather (mostly). Throughout chapters we get to learn about the grandfather’s life throughout his years and some of the strange goings on he witnessed (which were many). The author explores various characters and their histories which I really enjoyed. Yes, there is an actual tiger in the novel as well! I do not think this book is for everyone as it can feel a bit but I definitely enjoyed it.
The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden–This novel is about three women connected to each other at an Alabama plantation. One is the owner’s wife, the other is her daughter, and the last one is the daughter of the owner and a slave at the plantation. An enjoyable book but a bit off in some spots and I think this is because it is a first time author. A lot going on in a short time made it a bit rushed-especially towards the end.