Susanita (bardhlul) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

September 2018 reading - books 43 to 47

43. The Muse by Jessie Burton – a famous painting shows up in London in 1967 after having disappeared during the chaos of the Spanish Civil War … but who actually painted it? – interesting story that probably relied a little too much on the dual timeline structure to build intrigue – I expected to love it based on the Spanish setting but only liked it and in fact took several months and many check-outs to finish it
44. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – a mixed race, painfully shy teenager with a self-absorbed hot mess of a mother hopes her fortunes will change when she leaves for art school – her dreams are crushed when her application is rejected, so she struggles to find Plan B for her life – sweet and charming story with a very endearing main character
45. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende – an old woman looks back on her life and especially on the time she spent with the son of her family’s Japanese gardener – told in the author’s trademark non-linear style but with minimal magical realism – touching story about family, secrets, and acceptance
46. The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino – a nerdy high school teacher helps his pretty neighbor when her ex-husband dies during a visit – interesting game of cat-and-mouse ensues and builds to an unexpected climax
47. Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin – my favorite non-fiction read of the year – the author was working as a journalist and becoming dissatisfied with her life when she answered a Craigslist ad for a carpenter’s assistant – nice mix of personal memoir, information about the carpentry trade and her learning curve, and a love note to the city of Boston
Tags: fiction, japanese, memoir, mystery, non-fiction, young adult

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