Monday, August 3, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished and loved Meir Shalev's A Pigeon and a Boy. The twist at the end was pretty predictable, but it was still beautiful when it happened. It's a lovely book about love and destiny. I'll do a full review soon but you should pick it up if you love a beautiful love story.

Over the weekend I started reading a very different kind of book, The Expedition to the Baobab Tree, a novel about a woman trying to survive in the wilds of Southern Africa after escaping her slaveholders. It is by South African writer Wilma Stockenstrom and translated by J.M. Coetzee. It's full of mood and beautiful writing, and not long on plot, which normally isn't my thing but I'm enjoying this as a sort of prose poem. It's not a long book and I expect to finish it soon.

I've been approaching my reading by alternating between my three TBR piles- the bookshelf in my bedroom, a stack in the living and the huge pile of Europa Editions I continue to accumulate. Baobab Tree came from the living room; Pigeon was a bedroom-shelf book and before that was a Europa. So I think that means when I'm done with Baobab it'll be Europa time again. Do I hear Massimo Carlotto's most recent book calling my name? Could be.

What are you reading today?