Did you read any great books this month? January was a somewhat disappointing month for me, with a couple of abandonments, and one book that I had been looking forward to turning out to be so disappointing that I was forced to write a ranting post about it. Yes, Mr Penumbra, I’m talking about you.
After my extremely poor performance in last year’s AWW Challenge I was determined to do better this year, and read two books by Australian women in January, both of which I enjoyed. The Inheritance of Ivorie Hammer by Edwina Preston was a quirky Dickensian mystery, and the second, Emma Chapman’s How to Be a Good Wife (no, it’s not a self-help book, much to my husband’s disappointment) a thought-provoking psychological thriller.
Unfortunately, my translation challenge didn’t get off to such a great start. Though I started out enjoying New Finnish Grammar, I didn’t make it to the end.
I also abandoned James Meek’s The People’s Act of Love, because it felt a bit too blokey and political and basically not my cup of tea.
The best books I read last month were Hugh Howey’s prequels to Wool, entitled First Shift and Second Shift. They explain how and why the silos came to be and were ripping page-turners, just like Wool. Recommended!
Next on my list:
Madeleine Thien’s Dogs at the Perimeter
Philippe Claudel’s The Investigation
Maria Semple’s This One is Mine
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
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