Decompressing from a really busy weekend with some tea and catching up on all the post I missed. I went away for the weekend again, and had to rush back to L.A. Sunday for an event. The days away were fun, and the event was fantastic, traffic, however, was not. As any booknerd is prone to do, I made good usage of my time in traffic by listening to audio books! I made a good dent in Just Kids by Patti Smith.
Then I finished An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This is a YA fantasy novel with a bit of a desert setting. It took me by surprise, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve burned myself out a bit on fantasy this past year, especially YA fantasy, but reading this was perfect. It follows Laia and Elias, two teens who live very different lives. One has power and privilege, the other has poverty and fear.If you think you know where this is going, you’re wrong. It was different, perfectly paced, and intriguing.
Lastly, I finished Manazuru by Hiromi Kawakami today during my lunch break at work. I started Saturday morning, and haven’t really been able put it down. It’s official, Hiromi Kawakami is going to be my new obsession. I suspected as much after finishing The Briefcase a few months ago. Once again, she has woven a simple yet intricate tale of love, obsession, loneliness, and the mundane. Kei, the protagonist of Manazuru, is obsessed with the disappearance of her husband. Left alone with her thirteen year old daughter, she is still unable to let go. She travels to Manazuru, a beach town that she suspects is pivotal in her husband’s disappearance. As you read the novel, you’re caught up in the tiny details of Kei’s life, and within those details, you can’t help but notice that not everything is as it seems.
I did pretty good for a busy weekend. How was your weekend, and what did you read?