Wow, it has been a while since Spring started and I’m only just getting around to reviewing my Winter TBR. Oops. Anyways, here’s what I did and didn’t read.
Books I Read
Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
After her two dogs go missing and members of the local hunting club are found murdered, teacher and animal rights activist Janina Duszejko becomes involved in the ensuing investigation.
This one was weird and wonderful! I loved how strange it was because it made the mystery plot so much more exciting and I adored Tokarczuk’s use of William Blake in the book. I’d highly recommend this one.
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
This is the way the world ends. Again.
I did enjoy this one but I definitely have mixed feelings about it. The use of a second-person point of view was incredibly off-putting but the final few chapters really saved the book for me. I’ll pick up the second book in the series at some point.
Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers
It was the body of a tall stout man. On his dead face, a handsome pair of gold pince-nez mocked death with grotesque elegance. The body wore nothing else.
This book was so much fun! I loved Lord Peter Wimsey because he’s such a lively character and the relationships in the book were fantastic. Add all of that into a fascinating mystery and you have a wonderful Golden Age detective novel.
About Love and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
Elusive and subtle, spare and unadorned, the stories in this selection are among Chekhov’s most poignant and lyrical.
I really disliked the translation of these stories. Chekhov’s stories are supposed to be emotional, dark, sombre, and interesting but the translation rendered them dull, boring, and lifeless. I’ll be picking up another version of these stories at some point in the future.
Books I Didn’t Read
- When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut
- The Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov
I didn’t read The Heart of a Dog because a friend recommended that I start with The Master and Margarita instead! As for When We Cease to Understand the World, I honestly just forgot about it.
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