Almost everything I read this month was in the four or five star ratings. I'll get the bummer out of the way first:
The Bone Clock by
Library book. This was a huge disappointment. It just didn't work. The old "willing suspension of disbelief" never kicked in. I liked Cloud Atlas and
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet so much but this one was a real let-down. I gave it two stars on Goodreads which is harsh but...
From the worst so the best. Five stars to three superior reads:
The Polish Boxer by Eduardo Halfon, Thomas Bunstead (Translator), Lisa Dillman (Translator), Daniel Hahn (Translator), Anne McLean (Translator)
Finished free copy from the publisher as an extra with LibraryThing givaway win of Monastery by the same author. Review posted on Goodreads and LibraryThing.
Traveler of the Century by Andrés Neuman, Nick Caistor (Translator), Lorenza García (Translator)
Library Book. See my post Reading Backwards, Sort Of
Land of Love and Drowning; Yanique, Tiphanie
Library book. Set in US Virgin Islands. Family saga from about 1916 through approximately the 1970s. I was totally charmed by this.
And four stars to five very good reads:
F: A Novel by Daniel Kehlmann, Carol Janeway (Translator)
Library book. Three brothers--Martin, a priest
who is a non-believer; Ivan, a painter who can't paint; Eric, a businessman who is over-extended--and their emotionally distant father. Most of the action takes place on 8/8/2008.
The Hidden Child (Fjällbacka #5); Läckberg, Camilla; Marlaine Delargy (Translator)
Library book. This is the first book I've read by this author. I liked it, but not sure I want to read more in the series. Still, it's a good mystery.
Evergreen; Rasmussen, Rebecca
Library book. Set in Minnesota wilderness. Story of half siblings separated when one is left on orphanage steps. Told in four sections: 1938, 1952, 1961, 1972.
Hart's Grove; McFadden, Dennis
Finished copy from author from Goodreads First Reads program. Excellent interlinked short stories set in a small Pennsylvania town. Covers several decades beginning in 1950s. Review posted on Goodreads and LibraryThing.
Battle Royale; by Koushun Takami, Yuji Oniki (Translator)
Library book. What can I say? A survival game involving 42 fifteen-year olds. Not my usual taste but it drew me in and I liked it. First published back in 1999.