English Book Club book tips

Want to read a good book?

The various English Book Club readers have had the summer to read through many books.  As the library was closed, we were able to borrow suitcases full of books and have them stacked by the bed.  The following books, and many others were reviewed on Thursday 27.9.2019 and on 24.10.2019.  Most of these books can be found on the Korsholm Library shelves.

27.9.2019:

Northline: Willy Vlautin

Tragic, interesting read.  The way the author has written the book makes you think and consider the development of the main character throughout the book.  The Book Club reader recommends this book for mature readers.

Convenience Store Woman: Sayaka Murata

Tragic, written in first person.  Gives perhaps a good insight into Japanese culture and their convenience stores.  The Book Club reader recommends this book.

The Overstory: Richard Powers

A multilayered book, with each story assigned to a tree.  The Book Club reader is halfway through this mammoth book of over 500 pages, but still recommends this book.

The Book of Essie: Meghan Maclean

This book is about a 17 year old daughter of a TV-preacher with a reality TV show.  There are lots of secrets in this book.  The Book Club reader could not put this book down!

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: Gabrielle Zevin

A grumpy bookstore owner finds a baby on his doorstep and raises her.  A tear jerker.  The Book Club reader recommends  this book and a box of tissues.

Machines like me: Ian McEwan

Set in modern times, with a slightly different ordered history, artificial intelligences is a reality and are learning to live amongst people.  It hasn’t had a lot of good reviews online, but the book left a mark on the Book Club reader and is therefore recommended.

24.10.2019:

Zadie Smith: NW

The reader read half of this book then gave up. Not quite the readers type of book. Mentions of sex and the vibrant life of London. Perhaps others may enjoy this book. Very descriptive.

 Sayaka Murata: Convenience store woman

The 2nd reader to red this book, it doesn’t match the reviews. It is tragic and indicates mental health issues that aren’t addressed. The reader has travelled in Japan and appreciates the stories.

 E.L. James: 50 Shades

Rubbish book as far as feminists are concerned. The library copy is well read, so popular but still disappointing. Plenty of sex and descriptions.

 Naomi Novik: Spinning Silver

Set in mediaeval Eastern Europe, main character is the daughter of kind money lenders. Both realistic with elements of fantasy. Another Book Club Reader had difficulty reading it due to too little fantasy or confusing fantasy.

 Anna Burns: Milkman

Set in Northern Ireland with its historical and cultural legacy. Family tension and accusations. An interesting manner of writing.

Julia Quinn: The girl with the make believe husband

Plenty of sex and descriptions, throbbing manhood etc. Her father dies and her brother gets hurt. Set in 1779, a historical romance with lots of sex and lots of twists. It was even so, sweet and cute.

 Jessie Mihalik: Aurora Blazing

Futuristic science fiction with a lot of shooting and killing bad guys, flying in space.

 Rachel Pollack:Unquenchable Fire

Written in 1980’s and has aged well. A parody of religious teachings. An emaculate conception occurs and follows her story of a miracle. She tries to abort the baby and trees grow up in front of her before she can enter the clinic. Questions modern religion as all religions are described as real. Strange, very different book. Written by a feminist. Different but a good read.

/Alicia