I've actually had not too bad a year of reading so far, considering the 3 months after the earthquake this spring when I didn't read much at all. Books really are a great way to escape real life though and I've had some great armchair adventures over the last couple months. I've lost my memory, been banished to Canada, kidnapped in Nigeria, and trapped in a small town by the sea in Japan. I've survived the Siege of Leningrad, read how books helped one person overcome grief, and opened my own restaurant. I travelled deep into the Amazonian jungle, escaped captivity, and now I'm learning about the history of tea. Whew. It's a good thing these happened in the pages of books and not for real!
What were the books?
Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
A fascinating, suspenseful read that left me thinking about the importance of memories.
Joyner's Dream by Sylvia Tyson
Written as a diary passed down through the generations, it made for an engaging family saga.
Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson
A touching story of life for one family in a Nigeria, unsettled by civil conflict.
The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
Japanese classic. A claustrophobic tale that I doubt I'll forget anytime soon.
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
An epic love story that I just couldn't stop reading!
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovich
About the author's project to read a book a day for a year, in an effort to come to terms with the death of her sister. It has inspired me to set aside more time for reading every day.
The Restaurant of Love Regained by Ito Ogawa
A foodie book set in Japan. Reading this one made me hungry!
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Such a compelling read! I became completely engaged in this literary page-turner.
Room by Emma Donoghue
Narrated by a 5 year old boy who has lived all 5 years of his life in a single room, and what happens when he starts to question what is outside. A memorable character.
The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo
Essays on the history, and importance, of tea in Japanese culture, for a western audience.
A nice variety, don't you think? I wonder where my reading will take me next.
What book travels have you gone on lately?
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