I’m a book review blogger with over 140 reviews posted since 2011. I read widely and eclectically. Here are some books I have reviewed over the years and enjoyed reading. Click on the highlighted link to read my review for each recommended book.
1) The Little Country by Charles de Lint: I was bookseller for nearly a decade in the 90s. The Little Country was the novel I recommended to book buyers the most. I have not read the novel since that time until recently. The Little Country holds up quite well and is a modern classic of contemporary fantasy. Also, this is the novel that put De Lint on the map in the genre. Read my review.
2) Exit West by Moshin Hamid: Immigration is a hot topic in the world these days. Exit West takes an interesting look at the topic from a surprising perspective. This novel has deserved all the acclaim its gotten since publication. Read my review.
3) The Woman Behind The Waterfall by Leonora Meriel: An interesting and thought-provoking novel about the relationship between daughter-mother-grandmother set in an Ukrainian village. Meriel writes beautifully and thoughtfully. It is a novel for the patient reader and provides a sufficient reward for that patience. Read my review.
4) The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler: – This powerful novel tells the story of Lauren Olamina and her journey out of post-apocalyptic Los Angeles to start a new community around her Earthseed philosophy. Butler writes a blunt, stark story that kept me engaged for the entire novel. The post-apocalyptic sub-genre has become oversaturated. The Parable of the Sower belongs with the best novels of this sub-genre like The Road and Station Eleven. Read my review.
5) The 6:41 to Paris by Jean-Phillipe Blondel: One of my reading goals is to read more translated fiction from now on. I came across The 6:41 to Paris from an internet search about translated fiction. It is a story about former lovers who surprisingly meet on a train to Paris. They have not seen each other in nearly three decades after their messy breakup. I found the novel interesting and refreshing. Looking forward to reading more translated fiction like The 6.41 to Paris in the future. Read my review.
6) The Long Way Home by Louise Penny: I learned about Louise Penny from the excellent What Should I Read Next Podcast and when I saw a copy of this novel at my local Half Price Books store for two dollars I had to give a shot. I’m so glad I did. It was the best two dollars I have ever spent on a novel. I’m a Louise Penny fan and I know that The Long Way Home is a later Inspector Gamache novel. But, I’m pleased this was my entry point to the series. If you have never read Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache novels. You can start here. Highly recommended. Read my review.
7) Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg: Genre novels from a generation ago tend to get overlooked. However, there are always some novels that hold up over the course of time. I believe Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg is one of those novels. The story of a former governor that returns to a world he left years ago in order to seek atonement for the wrongs he committed while being its leader. Can redemption be found? Downward to the Earth makes a profound statement about atonement and forgiveness. Read my review.
8) A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami: I was late to the phenomenon of Haruki Murakami. I have read several Murakami novels over the past couple of years and A Wild Sheep Chase is my favorite. It is a unique and strange novel but readable. This one is a keeper on my bookshelf. Read my review.