Following on a post from Marcia on Saturday I realized that I actually want to do the book reviews maybe a bit too well (its that let go of perfection thing) and that maybe it will be way better to do shorter, easier reviews every month or so rather than just not getting to them.
Up to date I have read less books this year than in the last few years, possibly due to a love for really nice thick books, and sometimes the rather more difficult reads.I am presently reading "Bring up the bodies" (Hilary Mantel) as example. I usually average about 3 books a month but only read two per month for both April and May. But it was 4 really good ones.
"Wake" by Anna Hope
Taking place over 5 days in London in 1920 this books features 3 women and the impact WWI had on them and their loved ones. It also plays on the 3 meanings of the word "wake" - ie a ritual for the dead, to rise/wake in the morning or the aftermath of an event. As the book progress each of these meanings are featured as underlying theme. Great characters and lots of heart I totally love this book and gave it 9/10
Nan&Jeannie by Chanette Paul
A light read - womans fiction in Afrikaans but it had me spellbound all through it (and its not a short read). A great bit of light escapism. I gave it a 7/10
Ikarus by Deon Meyer
Deon Meyer is both my favorite Afrikaans but also my favorite thriller /murder mystery writer so I may be a tad prejudiced. One of his best books to date it is a real page turner with great characters we know and love. Here follows the Afrikaans book review: Ai, wat n genot. Ek tel altyd die maande en dae af tot die volgende
Meyer verskyn. Hy is 'n meester storieverteller, wonderlike pa vir
uitsonderlike karakters. Wat ek veral in hierdie boek geniet het was die
baie verwysings na wat presies tans aangaan - iPhones en
vingeridentifikasie, beurtkrag maak sy verskyning en Oscar Pistorius se
saak word genoem. Mens voel net vreeslik tuis in die tyd waarin dit
afspeel. En dan my gunsteling Meyer karakter - Mbali Kaleni (wat jy dalk
gaan onthou as die KFC etende slimpkop enigste swart vrou tussen die
Valke) wat Deon Meyer so lekker bevordering gegee het. En sy doen
banting en eet nie meer KFC nie - en vertel hoe Prof Tim speckled eggs
as gif sien. Heerlike leesgenot. 'n Absolute treffer met 'n wonderlike
spanningslyn wat jou tot op die heel laaste bladsy laat raai. 10/10
The Son by Jo Nesbo
Pure Nesbo brilliance! The book had me riveted right to the end. What I
loved was that he plays with the readers sympathies all through the book
and use revenge as the main theme. This is not a Harry Hole mystery but that did not even matter to me - a great great read. 9/10
So here you have a few reading suggestions. Any from your side?