Time for some fresh new book reviews!
Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan is such a quiet, quiet novel, and I absolutely fell into it. Ren is a graduate student in Japan who learns his much older sister has been murdered in her small town in Japan. He goes to settle her estate, and falls into a part of her life as he tries to unravel the mystery of her – and of himself. This is just a quiet, contemplative, slice-of-life
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh was just such a great setup for a story: a forty-something woman falls hard for a man she met while home in England visiting family, but when he goes on holiday after their week together, he completely disappears. Was she ghosted or is there something more at work? A bit clunky in spots, but overall I really loved the gentle mystery and tender love story at the center of this novel.
The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams is just such a thoughtful, well-written, timely collection of essays as Williams visits 20 of our National Parks and talks about the parks, environmental concerns, family memories, and much more. Some I connected with more than others (either the setting – one I’ve visited – or her insights and thoughts), but all of them were just quiet and thought-provoking and beautifully written.
I also read Providence by Caroline Kepnes. Now, I loved her debut novel, You, but, this one is a TRAIN WRECK. By far the WORST book I’ve read this year, or possibly in any year. This was beyond stupid, had no resolution, and made no sense. I ABHORRED it. Seriously.