In my last post I mentioned that I want to get back into reading. I thought I’d share a bit about a few books I’ve read recently, and a list of the ones I plan to read in the near future. Please feel free to recommended some of your favourites to me! I’m always looking to add to my list.
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
This story takes place in Rome. The characters are the staff of an English language newspaper. What makes the story interesting is that each of the book’s chapters are about the individual lives of each of the staff members, with the stories always overlapping and relating back to one another. The stories range from hilarious to heart breaking making the novel a compelling read.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
This is the story of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson. It is told from her point of view and gives a glimpse into Hemingway’s early years before fame, and an account of their marriage and life in Paris. I enjoyed this book because of the detail of 1920s Paris and the presence of many famous people in literature, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and James Joyce. I knew this novel was doomed from the beginning, as Hadley was only the first of four wives, yet I still found myself in tears at the final chapters.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I was excited to read this novel because it is a psychological thriller, much different from my usual genre. The book follows the lives of three women, Rachel, Anna, and Megan, and how their lives become intertwined after Rachel witnesses something shocking while taking the train one morning. I haven’t made up my mind if I liked this book or not. I found that I disliked the unreliability of Rachel, the main protagonist, but I did find I could not put the book down until the mystery was solved.
Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
I’ve just begun this novel today. Although it is already disturbing, it is very well written and I can tell it’s going to be a very interesting read.
Ulysses by James Joyce
P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
My Paris Dream by Kate Betts
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi