A year ago friend of mine launched Belletrista, a “bimonthly web magazine which seeks both to encourage cross-cultural understanding through international literature written by women and to increase the visibility of that literature.” Each issue is packed with reviews, interesting features, and a host of “new and notable” books. It’s amazingly wonderful.
At the time Belletrista launched, I had lost interest in and motivation for international reading, mostly because my approach — reading authors from as many countries as possible — had grown stale. Belletrista revived my interest, and allowed me to combine two interests: reading “globally,” and reading books by women authors. For 2010, I set myself a personal challenge to read 6 books featured in Belletrista. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but then I have lots of other goals, too, and didn’t want to over-commit.
I’ve just finished my fifth book, the highly suspenseful Cold Earth, by Sarah Moss. I need to think about this one a bit before writing a review, because it was a really cool book but I don’t want to give anything away. It was fun to read this at the same time as Belletrista‘s first birthday, simply because doing so made me appreciate how Belle has become one of my go-to sources for reading inspiration. Allow me to tempt you with my other Belle-inspired reads (the links take you to my reviews):
- The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa
- Beside the Sea, by Véronique Olmi
- The Earth hums in B flat, by Mari Strachan
- The Boy Next Door, by Irene Sabatini
I need to choose one more book to meet my goal (and of course I can always read more!) Can you help?
If you already follow Belletrista, leave a comment recommending a book. If you’re new to Belle, then I encourage you to go have a look, and come back with a suggestion when you’re finished (it’s OK, I can wait …)