Happy Sunday guys!! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! I thought for this week’s Book Club, I would go through all the books that are on my summer reading list, and a few others that look exciting to me (and hopefully to you too!).
1.) The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
This is a renowned Pulitzer-prize winning novel, The story revolves around Theodore Decker, who starts off as a thirteen year old boy, living in New York with his mother. His father is an alcoholic, who walked out on them a year previously, The plot really gets going when he and his mother go to visit a art museum, where The Goldfinch painting is kept. He falls for a red-headed girl, accompanied by an elderly, withering man. However, their visit is abruptly interrupted by a terrorist bomb, which kills his mother in the process. Through the rubble and confusion, he grabs the painting and runs, and many repercussions of this happen through the rest of his life. Pretty interesting I think!
2.) The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender
Just before her ninth birthday, the main character, Rose, bites into a lemon cake her mother has baked, and can feel her mother’s emotions in the slice. She notices after that, how sad and upturned her mother is. So she becomes wary of food and how it will taste. But even with this gift, some of the family secrets can’t be unearthed, and she will learn along the way, as she grows up, how many family secrets are buried deep. She must find out whether her talent is a gift or a burden.
3.) Queen of the Tearling - Erika Johansen
This is a bad-ass fantasy novel that goes where no other has gone before – incorporating feminism and a strong female protagonist. After fleeing from the ‘apocalypse’ to a newly emerged land mass, where everything turns back to medieval ways. She travels across the land to ultimately claim her throne, without the use of beauty or romantic relations. It also tackles some hard issues, such as sex trafficking and domestic abuse, which territory not many fantasy novels have even wandered into before. Girl power!
4.) The Lives of Others - Neel Murherjee
My favourite kind of saga – epic. It tells the story of a Bengali family, living in Calcutta. Unfortunately, much like 100 Years of Solitude, it shows the decay of the family, and the destruction of the surrounding society. The main young man in the novel tries to find his place amongst the world throughout, and shows how confusing and strange this life can be. It is set in the 60′s, right in the political upheaval, which one member of the family starts to get involved in, much to their dismay. To become more of an activist, he flees the country, only leaving a note to explain his disappearance. And the family change along with this.
So, a few interesting and thought provoking books that could fill the long hot summer up or make road trips more interesting (obviously not if you’re driving!). I’m looking forward to reading the top two, straight after I’ve finished A Game of Thrones!