Since life has been getting busier and messier – which is how it should be -, I’ve realised that I’d rather share all my monthly reading updates in one post instead of writing one post for each book. Traditional reviewing is not working anymore for me and my approach to reading and writing is now closer to journaling. Last month I experimented with this new style and I loved the writing process and all the conversations that it sparked.
One of the last things I did in 2018 was to contact Atlantic Books to get a review copy of Susan
Orlean’s book is an ode to public libraries that
So, The Library Book covered most of my reading time in January, but it reminded me of our collective need to protect these spaces. And what better way to support them than to use them? So, I made of February my library month and I borrowed two novels. The first of them was El
The second one was a recommendation from my beloved and trusted librarian who has known me since I first set foot there when I was 4: The Spanish translation of Agnés Martin-Lugand, Entre
I have only great things to say about borrowing books from the library both in the UK and in Spain That is not something new if you’ve been here around for a while. But I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering books in Spanish, and in translation. Needless to say, my librarian’s expertise and recommendations have been invaluable, and I often talk to her about what we are reading and what to read next.
A Book for Christmas
However, I read more than just library books. My brother got me Kate Morton’s latest novel, The Clockmaker’s Daughter for Christmas and it was a fantastic read. I love a chunky book, but I love a Kate Morton chunky book even more. At 585 pages, it was a challenging read, but Morton’s writing is so good and so enthralling that I could not wait to get home every day to keep reading.
Her writing has clearly gotten more evocative and more poetic, and the characters in her contemporary timeline are complex and flawed, which gives them a depth that was present in her previous works but is clearly one of the strengths of this novel. If you are a fan, but you still haven’t read The Clockmaker’s Daughter, you are in for a treat. And if you haven’t read any Kate Morton yet, this is a great place to start as well.
Right now, I still have to finish reading Martin-Lugand’s book, but I am flying through it. It is that good, and the translation by Juan Carlos Durán Romero is simply perfect: It flows and it is without a doubt one of the reasons why I am enjoying the book so much.
I have no reading plans for March yet. I still have a dangerously tall TBR pile of books to read at home, so I should pick one of those. But I have also put Tara Westover’s Educated on hold at a nearby library. Fingers crossed I get it very soon!