BOOKS I FINISHED IN FEBRUARY
- •Good on Paper, by Rachel CantorLanguages 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
- •Native Speaker, by Chang-Rae LeeThis 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.
- •Share Your Work!, by Austin KleonGreat 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.
- •Central Park, by Guillaume MussoMusso 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.