Bookshelf Tour: Thanks Sis!

I’ve got some more books from my bookshelf tour today! You can check out my first instalment from a couple weeks ago where I featured some Manitoban reads.

From My Sister

Today’s edition of my bookshelf tour is all about books I’ve received as gifts from my sister! They’ve been for birthdays and Christmases past and I have actually read all of them, and enjoyed each read. I hope you find something enjoyable to read too!

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Mini Reviews: Short Stories

Some reviews of stories that are short and sweet today! One of these is not like the others but you’ll just have to read on to find out why … 😉

boyLittle Boy by Marina Perezagua, translated by Jennifer Early
LGBTQ Short Story

My former school is running an online book club and while I haven’t been able to attend any of the meetings, I’ve still been reading along. The nice thing with this club is that they’re only reading short stories, and often find ones that have been narrated so it’s easy to get some reading in when you haven’t been able to focus for long periods (that’s me!). This one wasn’t narrated but I preferred to read it myself anyways, as I could take my time with each passage.

I knew it was a translation before I began but I expected it to be from Japanese as the story is a fictional account based on history of someone who survived the atomic bomb attacks. But it’s actually translated from Spanish, which I find fascinating because I’m curious how the author ended up on this idea for her story and if she has any ties to Japan.

I won’t give too much away as it is quite a quick read (available online if you’d like to read it yourself!), but it’s a story of survival in more ways than one. It is quite graphic in parts as the survivor details the harm done to the city and people, so content warnings for those scenes, but now I’d love to read more about the attacks, particularly from Japanese writers as there’s so much from this short story that I was able to learn. It’s a difficult history but one I think is important to know more about.

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Mini Reviews: All About the Ladies

A bunch of books today with women in the title today! Some mixed feelings among this bunch but all in all some good reads. Plus, I’ve checked another 2 books off my Quarantine TBR. Read on for my mini reviews and let me know if you’ve read any of these!

ladies imageThe No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Genre: Mystery
Purchase: Penguin Random House

This one had been on my to-read list for a while after I’d heard good things, and I received the book from another blogger a couple years ago but finally got to it now! I enjoyed it but it didn’t totally blow me away. It’s a mystery novel, the first in a series, and I liked that it was almost episodic with each chapter, though some mysteries and storylines carry through. It’s an interesting mix of sweet, serious, and humorous moments that reads more like a snapshot of a life than a mystery but all in all, I liked it! I don’t feel invested enough to keep following the series but I wouldn’t mind reading more about some of the relationships in the book.

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