I didn’t read a whole helluva lot this moth but all the books I read I enjoyed, which was a definite improvement on last month. I read two debuts, and 3 out of the 4 books I read were Australian which is VERY unusual for me.
First cab off the rank was Alejandro Zambra’s Ways of Going Home. I read this book for my Translation Challenge and it particularly interested me because is set in Chile and describes two earthquakes, which is very relevant to the novel I am currently writing, Monkey See. It is both a story and a meditation on writing, but I felt that it fell short on both counts. It did have some beautiful ideas though.
Venero Armanno’s Black Mountain is both historical and speculative and I found it dark, atmospheric and suspenseful. Kirsten Krauth’s debut just_a_girl, which I read for the Australian Women Writers Challenge, is a tense, edgy and compelling insight into adolescence which I read in a single sitting.
My favourite book of the month, and in fact of the year so far, was Yvette Walker’s debut novel Letters to the End of Love. This novel is exquisitely written and delves into the mysteries of the human heart without even a hint of cliche – beautiful.
Your turn? What’s the best book you’ve read this month?