Happy Sunday, everyone! It’s been a beautiful autumn weekend, so mild and sunny that I don’t even mind it getting dark so much earlier. Well, maybe I do, just a bit.
Yesterday something unusual happened: I had nearly a whole day to myself. The rest of the family was off fulfilling obligations, and while I had a few things that had to get done, I also had time to enjoy the quiet. I spent some of that time reading, of course! My current book is A Dry White Season, by Andre Brink. It’s set in 1970s apartheid South Africa, during a period of significant unrest and violence in the townships. When a black man is found dead in prison, his white friend challenges the official “suicide” ruling and finds himself embroiled in a sticky situation he doesn’t fully understand. It’s very good, and I suspect was a bit of an exposé in its time.
Earlier in the week I finished Emma Donoghue’s Room, and loved it just as much as I thought I would (read my review). Room was shortlisted for this year’s Booker Prize, and I enjoyed it so much more than the winner!
What’s next? I haven’t decided yet, but the likely contenders are:
- To Mervas, by Elisabeth Rynell — translated from Swedish, and reviewed in Belletrista
- Breaking Night, by Liz Murray — a memoir I received through LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Neither of these are light, fluffy reads, but I’m OK with that. I’m kind of in the mood for more “serious” fare at the moment.
Where is your reading taking you this week?
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