Before we get to what’s been going on in my reading life lately, I have to tell you about my latest author crush. Elizabeth Gilbert.
Whose Elizabeth Gilbert? Gasp… please tell me you know her, and are possibly as obsessed with her as I am! I think most people know her from her best-selling novel, Eat, Pray, Love, which was not my favourite. My personal fav, and possibly favourite non-fiction book of all time is Big Magic, click on the link to read my raving review here. Anywho, Gilbert just released on June 4th, her newest novel, City of Girls.
I am so excited to read this book, it’s possibly the one I’m most excited to read this year! I ran out and bought it the day it was released, and I have been consuming all the podcasts that Elizabeth Gilbert has been on. I’m going to link to a couple below, because these episodes in particular are just so inspiring. I particularly think her view on creativity, and her positive relationship with fear is so interesting.
What I’ve been Reading Lately:
The Mother-In-Law, by Sally Hepworth. (4 stars) I think fans of Big Little Lies will just love this one, and it is getting rave reviews as a fantastic summer read! Diana was Lucy’s mother-in-law. From the very beginning Diana was polite, and friendly enough, but not completely accepting of Lucy. Their relationship was to tolerate each other, from a distance, and help out when needed. Flash forward to five years later, and Diana has been found dead, with a suicide note in which she claims she no longer wants to battle cancer. But here’s the catch, her autopsy report finds she doesn’t have cancer, and that there are traces of poison on her. Who did it? This is a fantastic, fast read, but also shows you the complexity of family relationships.
The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted, by Robert Hillman. (2.5 stars) Okay, this one wasn’t my favourite, but it has received some really great reviews, so I kept pushing through it. This is a complex love story, between Tom, a farmer, whose first wife left him and took his child away, and Hannah, the newest resident to the Australian small town, who has opened a bookshop. She is an Auschwitz survivor, trying to escape the memories that continue to haunt her. Although this had a lot of promise for me to like it, the writing just seemed to lack heart, and the romance felt stale to me.
Homes, by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung. (4 stars) This book was shortlisted for the Canada Reads Prize, and although it didn’t win, it is definitely worth reading! It is the true story of how a family survived war torn Syria, and finally found safety in Canada. This is such an important book especially for Canadians, as I’m sure we all can remember when there was such controversy over accepting Syrians as refugees. Winnie Yeung has told the story through Abu’s first account. It’s almost unbelievable that this goes on in a world where in Canada we live comfortably.
The Editor, by Steven Rowley. (5 stars). You may remember Rowley’s name from his last novel, Lily and the Octopus, which was a bestseller! After reading that one, I was eagerly awaiting his next novel. Well, The Editor blew my socks off. I loved this book SO much. It’s set in 90’s New York, where struggling novelist James Smale finally sells his book to an editor at a major publishing house. When he arrives for the first meeting, he is shocked that none other than Jackie Kennedy Onassis is his editor. This is story that is complex in relationships, and deals with the reality that a huge success comes with complications. I just adored it, and if you loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, this one is for you!