Books I Read in April (And Part of May)
Herewith, my semi-regular list of books I've been reading. Why? Because I love and adore reading posts what others have been reading (so write more of them, y'all). And I figure you might get a few ideas from my list.
Crossing on the Paris by Dana Gynther. (See bonus author video at the end of this post.) I enjoyed this novel about three women of different classes crossing from Europe to New York on an ocean liner. Parts of it were a bit contrived, but it kept me turning pages.
The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson. This is the story of a single woman who owns a bookstore in Denver. Nothing so rare about that, right? Well, this was set in the sixties, so it was unusual. But every night she goes to bed and dreams that she has a whole other life, complete with adorable husband and children. I thought this one was really well done.
The Shortest Way Home by Juliette Fay. She's a wonderful women's fiction writer, and I think I've now read all her books. This one is about Sean, a male nurse who comes home after spending much of the last 20 years working in war-torn countries. Right in my wheelhouse. Loved it.
Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore. Whoops. Didn't finish this one. Slow in starting and I lost interest.
My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante. I started this one in April, and finished it in May. Ha. I actually read it on the plane to and fro Nashville. As I've been telling people this one is brilliant. It is dense and gritty and claustrophobic and sometimes difficult to keep track of all the characters (buy a hardcopy because you'll continually flip back to the cast of characters in the front), but brilliant. It is the first of four in the series called the Neapolitan Novels. They are set in the city of Naples and follow the intense friendship of Elena and Lila from childhood on. Oh, and I love this–the author's name is a pseudonym and nobody knows who she really is. I've got the second one in the series and have to sit on my hands not to rip through it.
Besides the novels, I read (more like perused) a couple of beautiful books on embroidery. (But have I yet picked up needle and thread? Um, no.) I also leafed through a title on homesteading, hoping to glean inspiration for you own little back forty and read part of a book on how to plot your novel. (I'm still working on that one so don't feel I can list it yet).
I've already finished a couple of really great titles in May, but they will have to wait until next month's post. And, up next….ta dum….
My friend Helene Dunbar's book, What Remains. When I was in Nashville last week, I was so honored to receive one of her first two copies of the book. Years ago, at a now-defunct writing retreat called Room to Write, Helene and I brainstormed ways to end her novel. Mostly what I did was sit and listen to her talk, but she credits that conversation with saving the book. I am SO excited to read it!
Here's that video I promised:
What, pray tell, have you been reading?