I feel like I just did one of these, but here are two more books I've read recently, and my current reads :)
The Great Passage, Shiwon Miura
Amazon did this promotion recently where they had translations of popular foreign books available for free Kindle download and The Great Passage was one of those novels. It's from Japan and the description said it was literary fiction and about people who make a dictionary. I guess it doesn't sound super interesting, but I was hooked! It's a charming story about the people who work at the dictionary department in a Japanese publishing company and the current dictionary project. Everyone has their own reasons for being part of the dictionary whether they love words or not and each story is very real and un-dramatized, which I really liked.
Lesson Plans, Suzanne Greenberg
Suzanne was my advisor at CSULB and I picked up a copy of this novel before graduating. It was so good! I read it in two days. This novel, like The Great Passage, has an ensemble of characters that we follow. In Lesson Plans, we follow three different families who have chosen to homeschool their children for their own reasons. I loved the depth of character in this book. Every person is totally flawed in the best possible way. The ending was a bit short for me, but I really enjoyed each character's perspective, which I think is really hard to do in any novel.
Current Read: Sour Heart, Jenny Zhang
I've been wanting to read this because 1) it's been on my social feeds for the past year, 2) it's written by an Asian-American writing (like me!). So far, it's far grittier than I imagined it would be. The novel tells the story of multiple Chinese immigrant children and their lives in America. It's kind of heartbreaking and super graphic so far. If I'm being honest, I'm not sure if I want to go on. The graphic-ness is kind of making me uncomfortable. But I'll probably finish it, unless it gets super unbearable. More on this later.
That's what I've been reading! What about you?