I’m not currently reading anything right now, so thought I’d share a few recent favourites.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North
An excellent story of a man who finds himself living the same life over and over. Harry August was born in 1919, and lived a normal life until he died, whereupon he is reborn in the same place, in 1919, with the memories of his previous lives intact. Over the next lives, he meets others just like him.
The Beggar and The Hare by Tuomas Kyrö
It’s a Finnish novel about an impoverished Romanian man named Vatanescu who is trafficked to Finland by a criminal gang to work as a beggar.
He escapes this fate and with the company of an injured rabbit that he rescues, travels the country meeting a range of people and becoming a bit of a folk hero. It’s a lovely, quirky story about Europe, capitalism and the kindness of strangers. I suppose it’s little bit like Forrest Gump in some ways.
The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
Can you call something a genre after just a couple of examples? If so, then this is a very charming Swedish OAP Crime Caper. It’s marketed to look as much like the awesome ‘The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared’ as possible, because publishers have no imagination, but it’s not really all that similar. It’s great fun.
The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen
is an awesome novel about a young woman who is invited to join a famous elite writer’s society in a small Finnish town, discovering their weird games and past. It’s charming and Intriguing, full of creepy fantastical/folklore elements and dark humour. I really enjoyed it.
The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen
It’s an enigmatic, dream-like story of a girl, Minou, living on a tiny island with her father and 2 other eccentric neighbours, and of her mother, who walked out of the door a year ago and vanished.
I think this is one I like more for how it feels, than the story. It’s quirky, melancholic, and beautiful, with a great sense of the loneliness and isolation of this island.