For this week’s coffee share I thought I would share what I have been reading in April. It was a good month for reading, with holidays and a bit more time carved into the week to pick up a book or magazine. The books I read can be seen below, a varied mix as you can see, that also covers different parts of the globe.
I read four works of fiction, including Spark by Japanese author Naoki Matayoshi which I had started at the end of March, to a book set in India Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi. The former is about two manzai comedians (and yes I had to look that up) and their career struggles and relationship. Burnt Sugar is the tale of a mother-daughter relationship which at times was quite difficult, but still an excellent read.
My two favourites though were Linn Ullmann’s Unquiet, that I mentioned in another post a few weeks ago, which may well end up as book of the year. It is the semi-autobiographical fictional work about a woman and her father (in real life, Ingmar Bergman) and set mostly in Sweden. The theme for this month’s work book club was ‘a book that had won a prize’, and I selected from my pile The Dry by Jane Harper. I saw the film in January, and loved it, and am pleased to say the film is very faithful to the book. The importance of the place and Australian landscape that made the film special comes through in the words as well.
In the non-fiction corner this month, we had Spoon-Fed by Tim Spector, a book well worth reading if you are interested in food and the food industry. To finish the month, I picked up this delightful little book Tiny Moons A Year of Eating in Shanghai by New Zealand author Nina Mingya Powles. You can really taste the food she describes!
Finally, I browsed two favourite magazines, Cuisine and Frankie and my new cook book I mentioned in Monday’s post. I am planning a cake and Sunday’s dinner from it already.
Have you read anything good recently? Looking forward to later today (it is Saturday morning) and finding some time to sit and read, with a good cup of tea and maybe even a piece of cake.
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