One of my resolutions for 2020 was to become, once again, an avid reader. I remember my youth being introduced to reading from both my parents’ love of books. Books read during those formative years included, Helen Keller, The Story of My Life, the Nancy Drew series, The Thorn Birds, and Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I read a lot more, but these are the ones that really made the most impression on me.
Just before COVID-19, I had several books on my library waiting list. Last week, I revisited my library online and started to explore their digital book selection. I was so happy that some of the ones I was waiting for in print were also available in digital format (see below)!
So far this year, I have read the following books:
Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette ; translated by Rhonda Mullins :: A true gem. Poetically written. Complex. Written in the form of the second person perspective, a format am not accustomed to but thoroughly enjoyed. A fictionalized biography, it recounts the life of Suzanne Meloche, a poet and painter and the author’s grandmother, whose life spans at the centre of certain events in Canadian history.
The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah :: Another gem. Full of emotions. Gripping. Also centres on one of society’s greatest disservice to women. Set in Alaska, at a time when it was near isolated, is about the survival of a family trying to create a new life for themselves.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn :: Is about two female spies recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947. These two parallels do eventually merge, but it took some effort to keep adjusting to the stories, especially since I read the book on and off over a period of time. Entertaining, but not one I would recommend.
The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo : a novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid :: Based on a fictional character but one could imagine it was a memoir given the similarities to some characteristics and life events of several actual old Hollywood starlets. While there was enough in this book that kept me reading it, is not one I would recommend.
Currently Reading ::
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware & Five Wives by Joan Thomas :: Reviews to come.
Waiting List ::
A little life : a novel by Hanya Yanagihara
The tattooist of Auschwitz: a novel by Heather Morris
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Where the crawdads sing by Delia Owens
Tangerine by Christine Mangan