Month: June 2018

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Summer Reading: Destination X – Read a Book Translated from Another Language

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination X: Read a Book Translated from Another Language is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.

Frankenstien in Baghdad book cover

“The Explosion took place two minutes after Elishva, the old woman known as Umm Daniel, or Daniel’s mother, boards the bus.”

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
Translated from Arabic

 

 

 

“The baby is dead.”

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
Translated from French

 

 

 

 

Please Look After Mom book cover

“It’s been one week since Mom went missing.”

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
Translated from Korean

 

 

 

 

The Stoy of My Teeth book cover

“I’m the best auctioneer in the world, but no one knows it because I’m a discreet sort of man.”

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
Translated from Italian

 

 

 

“You know what I mean?”

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami
Translated from Japanese

 

 

 

Summer Reading: Destination Q – Read a Fantasy or Magical Realism

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination Q: Read a Fantasy or Magical Realism is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.

All the Names They Used for God book cover

“Sadie was sixteen when her parents died, and the gravedigger told her we would charge her less if she’d help him.”

All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva

The Pisces book cover

“I was no longer lonely but I was.”

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

From Unseen Fire book cover

“Lucious Quinctilius was not, by nature, a reflective man, so perhaps it was just as well that the Dictator’s men gave him little time to contemplate his fate.”

From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris

The Half-Drowned King book cover

“Ragnvald danced on the oars, leaping from one to the next as the crew rowed.”

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

“At first, nothing was unusual.”

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

Denise’s Pick: The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones

Denise Staff Pick photoThe Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel about Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem by Sonya Sones is referred to as “chick lit” in poetry format by a 50ish-year-old woman going through a tough time. I read this in two hours and had my own epiphany. Life changing? Maybe not for all, but definitely an interesting voice for those in the “sandwich generation.”

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for either of the following categories:

A. Read a book written by a new-to-you author.
P. Read a collection of poetry.

Summer Reading: Destination A – Read a New-To-You Author

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination A: Read a Book Written by a New-to-You Author is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.

“I was happy then.”

American War by Omar El Akkad

 

 

 

 

 

“Would you like me to repeat the question?”

My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

 

 

 

 

 

“He’d never been asked to wear a suit to a job interview.”

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

 

 

 

 

 

“The day before Deming Guo saw his mother for the last time, she surprised him at school.”

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

 

 

 

 

 

“The match struck and sputtered.”

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

Donna S’s Pick: The Disappeared by C.J. Box

Donna S Staff Pick photoC.J. Box is an award-winning author whose works have been translated into 27 different languages. His Joe Picket mystery series follows the life of a game warden in the modern West. The latest one is The Disappeared, in which a female British executive disappears during a vacation at a four-star dude ranch. Was she kidnapped or just on a longer vacation?

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for either of the following categories:

A. Read a book written by a new-to-you author.
I. Read a book involving travel.