Every once and while, I’d like to start posting random books from my tbr list to refresh my memory of what is actually there, and hopefully encourage me to pick some of them up soon!
I Am China by Xialu Guo
I Am China tells the story of a Chinese musician, Jian, and his girlfriend Mu, through their letters, which are found by translated by a young woman in London. The young woman gets wrapped up in their love story, and hopes to reunite the couple.
I like books involving people finding the stories of others and then getting involved in them somehow, especially A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (which you should all read if you haven’t!). I have high hopes for this book, and hopefully I can get my hands on it soon so I can actually read it.
We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley
This book came out last summer, and doesn’t have the best reviews on Goodreads, but I’m still curious. We Could Be Beautiful is about a wealth woman, Catherine, who has an abundance of material goods, but lacks friends and family to confide in–she is lonely. She begins a romance with a man named William, and as their relationship deepens, Catherine begins to harbor suspicions about his past.
This book just sounds fun… I’m a sucker for a well-written, but thrilling, romance, especially when it involves New York socialites. While that lifestyle may be the reality for some, it definitely isn’t for me, and I find it so interesting to read about. This sounds like a fun summer read!
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
I feel like I’ve heard mixed reviews of this book, though I’m not 100% sure where from. I first heard of this book, like I’m sure many others did, when it was nominated for the Man Booker prize in 2016.
Hot Milk is about a daughter and her ailing mother, and the daughter’s desire to figure out the secrets of her mother’s illness. But the doctor they go to see on the coast of Spain has eccentric methods, and her mother’s illness becomes more strange. The summary of this book mentions themes of sexuality, big pharma, and myth/modernity, all of which I’m a fan of. I think reading about a more mysterious sort of illness and treatment method will push me to think more about alternative medicine methods and unexplainable illnesses. I tend to approach things in a very logical way, and this book could prove to be quite through provoking for me. We’ll see!
The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelley Rowley
To be honest, I have no idea when or where I heard of this book, but alas, there it is on my to-read list! The Ramblers seems to be a story of three friends learning and growing up in New York City. It definitely seems more light-hearted than A Little Life, which I finished in January, and has still stuck with me. I feel like this would make another good summer read, when I’m in the mood for some classic literary fiction about young women growing up. I can definitely empathize!