Women in Translation

I’m a bit late but no matter there’s always time to celebrate Women in Translation month! I mainly read books written by women and I try to read books in translation throughout the year but this year I haven’t read very many books in translation so now is a good time to catch up.

If you are looking for additional suggestions on what to read, you can check out this article for some audiobook suggestions. The CLMP also has a recommended reading list. Finally, the Women’s Prize for Fiction also has a list of 10 Books to Discover now.

In the past couple of years I’ve taken advantage of Open Letter books 40% sale of books by women in translation and books translated by women. There’s a lot to choose from and I highly recommend checking them out.

I hope with all of these links will give help you decide on a new book (or two or three!) to add to your reading list.

I think last year or the year before, I devoted all of August to only books in translation with the exception of my mystery book group pick. This year I have a bit of a reading mix going on but there are two books I’ve selected for WIT.

The first is The Sunset Years of Agnes Sharp by Leonie Swann; translated from the German by Amy Bojang. This mystery features a cast of senior citizens living at a retirement home in the English countryside and along the way they will try to uncover a murder mystery. I recently received this ARC so I’m excited to read it.

My other choice (which I just finished!) is The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani; translated from the French by Sam Taylor. Myriam and Paul decide to hire a nanny to help with their two small children while they devote more time to their burgeoning careers but there are cracks in the employer/employee relationship that start to become more evident as the couple depends more and more on the nanny. I found it hard to put this one down.

I hope I’ll be able to add another title or two for WIT. Let me know if you are reading any books for Women in Translation or if you have any books to recommend that would be perfect reads for this month.