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Hello there!

It’s been 13 days since my last post and I’ve missed blogging (and the free time to do so and read all your posts) more than I expected. These last 13 days were crazy: I sat my last final – hopefully!- and started a new job as an English teacher. Regarding the exam, I’m still in the dark but I hope the mark arrives as soon as possible via email. Regarding my new job, it’s been more rewarding and interesting than I thought. I teach both children and adults and they all have a hunger for learning and are willing to work super hard. This hasn’t left me with too much free time for reading, but I’m slowly finding new time – as if those hours weren’t there already- for my bookish hobbies.

Meanwhile, I’ve been offered two review copies which I accepted thanks to my interest in the inbetweeness in relation to immigration. These are those jewels:

ALMOST ENGLISH by Charlotte Mendelson.

Camilla Eloworthy tweeted a quote from this book and I fell in love with it. Then, she kindly accepted to send me a review copy. This is the story of Marina, a sixtee- year-old living in London with her Hungarian family. What attracted me was that Marina is her state as a foreigner in her own house and a foreigner in London: she is neither Hungarian not English, plus, she is sixteen. This promises to be a complex study character with a family secret behind.

THERE ONCE LIVED A GIRL WHO SEDUCED HER SISTER’S HUSBAND, AND HE HANGED HIMSELF by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

I was not really sure about this one because it falls so out of my comfort zone! And then I reminded myself that is one of the best things about literature: it allows you to explore anything outside your comfort zone. These are short stories exploring the abject – what shocks us because it is not what we expect from the system, the order – and that was just perfect. Plus, I should read more short stories.

I am currently (still) reading Kate Morton’s The Secret Keeper.

I have ambivalent feelings for that book. I consider myself a Kate Morton fan, her books are cozy and remind me why I love books, reading and even writing. They also inspire me to write more. But this one is very different from other Morton books. The characters are clearly more complex and she explores the mid-20th century. I want to solve the mystery so badly and yet somehow I don’t want it to end. Anyway, it has 650 pages, so I’ve been devoting quite a lot of time to it.

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12 Comments

  • Rikki

    I have been wondering where you were and missed you. Glad your new job is good and you find it interesting and rewarding. Teaching can’t be easy. This book with short stories looks good.

  • Leah

    Welcome back! I’ve missed you!

    The first review book you wrote about sounds fascinating. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it!

    Ooh, I need to read Kate Morton. I know you like her a lot, and my aunt recommended her to me, as well. The Secret Keeper might not be the right place to start, though?

    • Elena

      I’ve missed you too, Leah!

      I think any Morton is a great place to start, because her novels are no interconnected. I’ve found The Secret Keeper to be the more complex of her novels. I highly recommend it, but keep in mind this is “pleasure reading”, it’s all about plot.

  • amanda

    I’ve been having trouble finding spare moments for reading myself lately! I know once I get into a routine it will be better, but as long as I have a long commute, I’m just not going to have the time I used to. I hope you get your (good) results soon and that you adapt to your new schedule soon as well.

    • Elena

      Thanks, Amanda. Same to you. I remember how much commuting tired me and how I could only watch TV, eat and go to bed. I hope you find new time for reading as soon as possible.

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