is one of those books that has been residing on my TBR pile for too long now.
I enjoy Yates’ writing style but his tales of disappointing marriages and discontent can make me feel impatient rather than sympathetic. I have to be in the right frame of mind to tackle one.
Another book that has resided for far too long on my TBR pile is The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
Satire is another genre that I have to be in the right frame of mind to tackle.
So despite my love of Russian literature, M&M has languished waiting for that illusive right frame of mind.
It’s only natural that a satire based on the Stalin era should bring to mind George Orwell’s famous satire on the Russian Revolution and the cult of personality that developed during the time of Stalin, Animal Farm.
Animal Farm was one of those school texts that I probably would never have read if it hadn’t been a prescribed text. I’m so glad our English teachers challenged us with books like this. My love of Russian history and literature stems from this moment.
Which leads me nicely to my favourite Russian novel (so far) Boris Pasternak’s, Doctor Zhivago.
Doctor Zhivago is one of my mother’s favourite movies, and although there are points of difference between the movie and the book, they are both equally good. The snowy, icy images from the movie only helped to enhance my reading experience.
Another book with some amazing snow references is Miss Smilla’s Feeling For Snow by Peter Hoeg.
Scandi crime is not my usual genre, but I’ve read this book a couple of times now with more pleasure than seems right some how!
Reading outside my favourite genre’s often yields unexpected pleasures – I probably should do it more often!
A recent unexpected gem, outside my usual genres, was His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnett.
A psychological thriller, disguised as true crime, disguised as historical fiction, disguised as a psychological study of small town life and what makes a murderer, His Bloody Project
proved to be thoroughly entertaining from start to finish, and is one of my favourite reads of 2016.
However, my number #1 favourite read of 2016 is Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing.
There are still four more weeks left in 2016, so another book may come along a topple Do Not Say We Have Nothing
from it’s perch, but given that this is my busiest work month of the year, I doubt that I will have time to read more than a few easy comfort reads and junior fiction titles.
If you love historical fiction, or enjoy books set in China (& Canada) that encompass multi-generational storylines, classical music, etymology, mathematics, translation, calligraphy, the nature of free-will versus fate and memory, then this could be the book for you!
feels very well travelled this month – from North America, to Russia, Denmark, Scotland and China.
Our January starting book takes us to Sweden, with Stieg Larsson’s, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Where did you end up?