I’ve been busy this summer, but still want to share my thoughts on what I’ve been reading. This is my compromise. Hope these are useful to those of you looking for recs!
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller, Italo Calvino: A different and interesting read despite the slightly dated concept and style.
N-W, Zadie Smith: Gets bogged down in its own prose, but has characters and images that stick with you.
How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu: Felt like a short story that had stretched into a novel with little to no extra content added.
A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki: A super compelling and original read which is slightly let down by its ending.
The Secret History, Donna Tartt: Dark and wonderful and hands down my favourite book I’ve read for quite some time.
Persuasion, Jane Austen: Not quite as good as I remembered it.
The Remains of The Day, Kazuo Ishiguro: Gorgeous, subtle, and uniquely British storytelling.
The Lightening Thief, Rick Riordan: Not even in the same playing field as Harry Potter.
A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L’Engle: Hadn’t remembered the undercurrent of pro-Christian anti-Communist thought in this from reading it as a child and that threw me off.
The Night in Question, Tobias Wolff: Some truly marvellous stories in here that have huge staying power.