Though I read 5 or 6 books in May, two of them ended up being two of the best books I’ve read in years. Let’s focus on those, shall we? (Either that or you’ll have to hear me rant about how The Night Circus started out wonderfully and then filled me with disappointment.)
First we have The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. This is the best book I’ve read in years. Years. It’s a story about a missionary family going to the Congo in the 1950s, led by Nathan Price. Nathan’s wife and four daughters tell the story about how everything changes, usually for the worse, once they land in Africa.
Go buy the book, read it, and send me a thank-you note. That is all.
Then we have The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. I’ve wanted to read this one for years; when the Kindle edition went on sale I finally bought it. It was worth full price.
This one is about Vasya, growing up in northern Russia with her brothers and father. She loves all the old fairy tales and she honors the old spirits and beliefs. But when her father marries a devout woman, Vasya’s new stepmother forbids her from honoring the household spirits.
This ends up being bad. Very bad. Soon misfortune plagues the entire village and an old evil from the forest gets closer and closer.
Oooh. Good book. I should have read it ages ago.
Those were my favorites from this month. Go forth and read.