It’s been a few weeks since my last My Week On Wednesday post – mainly because I hadn’t actually finished any books to tell you about! Here are the books I tried (and failed) to get into:
It hasn’t been going well.
Fortunately I decided to pick up a book I’ve been saving for years – ever since reading (and loving) Station Eleven. So I’ve finally managed to get into and complete a book and have moved on to another book I’m very excited about – I even have another one I can’t wait to start lined up for when I finish my current read. So hopefully things are improving! I still plan to circle back to most of the books I tried – they just weren’t right for right now.
I loved this book. I think it’s the first published book by Emily St. John Mandel, but you’d never know it. It’s beautifully written (so many tabs were used as I was reading) and I loved how she structured the plot – there’s mystery, but it’s subtle and doesn’t outshine the literary style. Highly recommend.
I absolutely adored The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, so when I heard Gabrielle Zevin had a new book coming out, I pre-ordered it immediately. It just arrived and I’ve already gotten through the first section. I have to admit it doesn’t have the immediate appeal of Fikry – the first narrative voice grated on me and felt a bit disjointed, but it has multiple voices so I’m hoping it will improve. I’ve heard good things, so we’ll see!
I haven’t read any Daphne Du Maurier before, but all the BookTubers I watch love Rebeccca, so I feel like I really need to give Du Maurier a try. I want to save Rebecca for the autumn as it sounds dark and gothic, but I thought some short stories might be a good way to dip a toe in, get a sense of her style, and make me a bit less intimidated by her full length works. Plus – that cover!
I’ve put The Good Immigrant aside for now – I am in more of a mood for fiction and I don’t want to waste a book I’ve been loving as much as this one by reading it when I’m just not in the right headspace. Fortunately since it’s short writings it’s one that I can put aside and come back to without losing any sense of plot or atmosphere.
I am beyond excited for this book! Simon from Savidge Reads raved about this, and since he has impeccable taste, of course it went straight on my TBR. Since it’s set in England’s 1976 heatwave, I feel like it’s one I really should read this week (it’s topping the low 30s here, which for the west coast of Canada is HOT)! I don’t know too much about it, but it sounds like it will be atmospheric, sweet and perhaps a little cosy.
That’s it for my week in books! It’s better than the last couple of weeks, but still not quite as prolific as I’d like. Let me know if you guys have read any really stellar books lately that would help me get back in the game, or if you’ve read any of these, tell me what you thought!
My Week On Wednesday is a weekly post in which I share with you what I’ve been reading, what I’m reading next, and any other bookish stuff I enjoyed in the past week! If you’d like to write your own My Week On Wednesday post, or if you’d just like to share your recent reads, feel free to link or chat in the comments! (Click on cover image to visit Goodreads page and learn more about the book.)