Currently Reading

I hope you’ve all been having a great week. So glad the weekend is almost here and I am really looking forward to finishing at least one book – fingers crossed. I wanted to just do a quick post on my current reads and tell you a bit about them.

First up is Fresh Water for Flowers by Valérie Perrin, translated by Hildegarde Serle. The novel is about Violette Toussaint who is a caretaker at a cemetery in a small town in Burgundy. She is content living with the cats, cemetery visitors and tombstones but as the story unfolds we see a woman who desperately wanted to belong and love and in the end she lost everything that mattered to her. There’s a bit of a mystery, a romance and overall it’s a quiet and a cozy story despite some sad moments (it does take place in a cemetery after all).

There are short quotes or a sentence at the beginning of all the chapters and one I liked is this one: “We think that death is an absence, when in fact it’s a secret presence.”

Next up is Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian. This historical novel tells the story of Mary Deerfield, a young woman married to an older man, set in Boston in 1662. She is had withstood his cruelty but one day he goes too far and drives a fork into her hand. She decides that she must escape and divorce him but in 1662 that is not an easy thing. Before Mary knows it, there are rumors of witchcraft that surround her and if she’s not careful she may be facing the hangman’s noose instead.

Here’s a snippet from the beginning of one chapter, “…and so infidel-like he would call me a whore and concoct the most wild stories as to my behavior, and then he would strike me in the name of discipline as if I were an untutored child. – petition for Divorce filed by Mary Deerfield, from the Records and Files of the Court of Assistants, Boston, Massachusetts, 1662.”

Finally, I am almost embarrassed to mention this but I’m still reading The Sixth Extinction. This is one of those reads that while interesting, it’s just not the same as a novel. I really have to be more focused when reading this because unlike a novel I where I can imagine the setting and characters, this is just not the same. My plan is still to finish the book though because I do feel invested and actually am interested in how it concludes. Are we doomed or is there some hope for our planet?

Anyway, there you have it. I have a lot of new books waiting for me but I’m determined not to add any new reads until I can finish at least one book first. Hope you are reading some good stuff and happy weekend!

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