I am reading Richard Osman's first novel called "The Thursday Murder Club", which came out 3. September. It's a fun and witty Murder Mystery - the first in a series. The second book will be out September 2021.
Post by writerwriting on Sept 18, 2020 6:53:31 GMT -8
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
First time reading anything about the labor camps in the Soviet Union under Stalin. It was a fictional story but based heavily off the true accounts of survivors. Just horrifying. Killed more people than the Holocaust (not that they weren't both just as horrible). And survivors had to keep quiet about it or get put in the camps again. As dark as this story was because people are so cruelly treated and killed, hope and love manages to shine through.
I'm currently reading Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski. This would be the second book that makes up the story of The Witcher (currently being adapted into a show on Netflix) and the influence for the games. It's not a high brow Lord of the Rings style fantasy but it's a fun read and it's a nice cool down book from tougher reads I do. I am close to done with it though so I'll likely be choosing another book in a day or two.
Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski: Fun book. That sounds like a weak review but honestly The Witcher isn't a hyper deep series or anything even if there can be morals to the stories. It's just enjoyable and if you want a fun, well written fantasy series it's a good one.
The Journeys of St. Paul by James Harpur: Published by Readers' Digest it's a really short book with a basic summary of the journeys of Paul through Greece and Anatolia during his missionary work and his final journey to Rome to face Caesar himself. Each story is about 2-4 pages long and usually has pictures as well as the opinions of scholars on the stories. I think it's decent enough and easy to digest.
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima: I love Mishima's works so I'm slowly going through them. This particular one is very loosely based on an actual event that happened in Japan where a monk burned down his own Buddhist temple. Mishima interviewed the man in prison several times as part of writing this book. However it's not a biography of the real event, just an inspiration for Mishima. The actual story is about the danger of obsession.