1. Good on Paper, by Rachel Cantor
    Languages are my thing, so a book whose main character is a literary translator was always going to be a winner for me. I didn’t expect to laugh as much as I did in the first third or so, though, and I certainly didn’t foresee where the plot was going. Kudos to Rachel Cantor for weaving literature as well as existential thoughts about language into a very believable character’s psyche and into the storyline of a quirky, unexpected, enjoyable, thoughful, smart, educational novel. 8.2/10
  2. Native Speaker, by Chang-Rae Lee
    This one was for book club, and it was a great pick for that - tons to talk about, which we did non stop for an hour and a half. The writing is on point. And the story includes a political campaign, which is one of favourite things to read about. I binged it too fast, though, which often happens with me and book club books. 8/10.
  3. Share Your Work!, by Austin Kleon
    Great little book, packed with inspiration and helpful tips about sharing your creativity with the world. As with its companion book, Steal Like An Artist, I need to go back and read it, make notes, and implement its advice. Also, it's really aesthetically pleasing - Kleon is "a writer who draws" so he has a good sense of these things - and has inspired me to try some blackout poems of my own. 8.5/10.
  4. Central Park, by Guillaume Musso
    Musso is a prolific and successful author of romantic thrillers, often with an element of magical realism/fantasy (time travel, for example). I kind of loved that this one is set in New York and I enjoyed much of it but the plot did end up being kind of crackers - it's one thing when you're actively going for suspending disbelief, but this one was meant to be "realistic". Still, always nice to read in French. 7.5/10.