I just finished my summer reading list, late I know, but feeling very enriched and fulfilled nonetheless. There are a few notable books on that list that received favorable reviews from me and I would like to share them with you.
When I read Baking Cakes in Kigali I traveled to Rwanda and sat with Angel, a cake baker, in her apartment and came into contact with all kinds of people. As they visited her apartment to place orders, they shared over tea about their lives and why they were ordering cakes. It was truly a novel of hardship and rejoicing in a part of the world I knew little about.
I travelled to Korea during the first half of the 20th century when I read The Calligrapher’s Daughter. I had not known that Japan tried to stamp out Korean culture and agonized along with Najin,the daughter of an artistic calligrapher, as she struggled to find her place in a changing world.
Still Alice told the true story of Alice Howland, a Harvard psychology professor married to another Harvard professor. Their intellectually rich lives take a cruel turn when Alice hears a dreaded diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s. Told from the unique perspective of Alice, I found this book fascinating as well as terrifying as I witnessed the cruel course the disease cuts through lives.
After that book I needed something to make me smile so I read The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. This post-war English setting was a delightful story about an 11-year-old heroine who stumbles upon, in the cucumber patch of her family’s English estate, a dying man breathing his last word ‘Vale’ into her face. It brought many smiles to my face as this brilliant, chemistry-loving girl solves a murder mystery.
Wolf Hall won several awards for it’s depiction of Henry VIII’s court and was told from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell. Although I am a great lover of history, the author’s writing style did not captivate me as it has others.
But my very favorite book on my summer reading list was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society………