What I just finished reading
The Snow Hare by Paula Lichtarowicz was one of my TBRbook jar selections. It draws on the Polish heritage of the author’s grandmother and her experience in a Siberian work camp during World War 2. The story is told by an elderly woman who is in her final days on this earth, as a series of memories and morphine induced hallucinations. It’s a reasonably interesting novel but takes too long to fully get underway.
What I’m reading now
By coincidence, my current read also has a World War 2 background and multiple timelines. The Land of Snow And Ashes by Petra Rautiainen has one storyline during the German occupation of Lapland, which resulted. inthe near eradication of the indigenous Sámi people. The other storyline takes place five years later when a Finnish journalist visits Lapland to report on rebuilding of the area’s infrastructure and attempts to integrate the remaining Sámi people into Finnish society
The constant switching between timelines is irritating but I suspect it will get easier once the characters have been established.
What I’ll read next
I’ve already read two books this month for Australia Reading Month hosted by Brona of Brona’s Books and now I’m wondering if I can squeeze another in before October comes to an end. I had it mind to read The Weekend by Charlotte Wood but the less than enthusiastic review by HopwellsLibraryof Life might cause a change of plan. I could switch to The Well by Elizabeth Jolly who is fast becoming one of my favourite Australian authors.
I could delve into Armadale by Wilkie Collins which was the book chosen via the Classics Club Spin. A 19th century sensation novel sounds perfect for this time of year.
I could be. a swot and read Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates which is the book club choice for November. It will be my turn to propose the books and gave the club members a choice of this one or Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald. By the narrowest of margins (ie, my casting vote!) we’ll. be reading the Yates.
What do you think of those options for the next few weeks? Anything there that you would recommend?
What I’m Reading is in support of WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words. WWW Wednesday is actually a weekly meme but I choose to do it just once a month.