Just a heads up that eclectictales.com is going on a mini-hiatus starting today (more or less) until May 8th as I will be going on vacation (whoo-hoo!) 🙂 So until then there will be no scheduled posts going live; Twitter archive links will continue to run, but if I’m already not around much over there, I will certainly be rather quiet over there unless my posts from Instagram cross over. Which, yeah, Instagram will be the only place where I’ll be somewhat active. Feel free to follow my adventures there!
Until I return (and when I do, I will post about my wanderings around Iceland and Denmark at some point), wishing you all a wonderful remainder of the month and a great start to May! 🙂
Wow, and here we are more or less at the end of another month…well, there’s still a few days to the month, but there’s a reason why this post is going live early. I guess what really struck me this month was how Easter has already come and gone; seems like yesterday it was the start of Lent. Well, the weather is slowly but finally getting nicer outside, which is a plus.
- Books reviewed this month include: Kate Clanchy’s Selected Poems (review), Federico Garcia Lorca’s In Search of Duende (review), and a re-read of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
- No ARCs were reviewed this month! You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
- For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I focused once again focused on Poetry as part of National Poetry Month. You can check out that post over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
- On a final note, you may have seen this post go live on your feed earlier today but I am going on hiatus as of today, April 25th until May 8th. I’m actually hopping on a plane later this evening and will be on vacation during that time. So no new posts until May 9th. In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram as I will occasionally post photos as to what I’m up to across the Atlantic 😛
And that’s about it from me and the blog for the month of April! Wishing you all a wonderful May, and be good while I’m away 😛
By: Fredrik Backman
Format/Source: Advanced Reading Copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA
Winning a junior ice hockey championship might not mean a lot to the average person, but it means everything to the residents of Beartown, a community slowly being eaten alive by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness. A victory like this would draw national attention to the ailing town: it could attract government funding and an influx of talented athletes who would choose Beartown over the big nearby cities. A victory like this would certainly mean everything to Amat, a short, scrawny teenager who is treated like an outcast everywhere but on the ice; to Kevin, a star player just on the cusp of securing his golden future in the NHL; and to Peter, their dedicated general manager whose own professional hockey career ended in tragedy.
At first, it seems like the team might have a shot at fulfilling the dreams of their entire town. But one night at a drunken celebration following a key win, something happens between Kevin and the general manager’s daughter—and the next day everything seems to have changed. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. With so much riding on the success of the team, the line between loyalty and betrayal becomes difficult to discern. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear.
Fredrik Backman knows that we are forever shaped by the places we call home, and in this emotionally powerful, sweetly insightful story, he explores what can happen when we carry the heavy weight of other people’s dreams on our shoulders.
I read A Man Called Ove (review) last year and greatly enjoyed it. I’ve been meaning to read his other books, but in the meantime I kindly received an advanced reading copy of his latest novel, Beartown. This book will be available on 25 April 2017.
By: Ian McEwan
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
“Oh God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself king of infinite space—were it not that I have bad dreams.”
Nutshell is an altogether original story of deceit and murder, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. Love and betrayal, life and death come together in the most unexpected, moving ways in this sensational new novel from Ian McEwan, which will make readers first gasp with astonishment then laugh with delight. Dazzling, funny and audacious, it is the finest recent work from a true master, beautifully told, brilliantly executed.
I was on a bit of an Ian McEwan roll some time ago; I think I picked up this book around Christmas. It’s a fairly short book and I was in need of a short read so I started reading it.
On Chesil Beach
By: Ian McEwan
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase
All she had needed was the certainty of his love, and his reassurance that there was no hurry when a lifetime lay ahead of them. It is July 1962. Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come…
I first read this book back in 2010 when I was doing my semester abroad but like the few books that I read during my time there, I never got around to reviewing them here. I remember liking it enough but not quite getting it; I expected more drama a la Atonement (review) and felt it ended quite abruptly. Having read a few of his books recently and with news that this book was being adapted into a movie, I figured it was time to revisit the title.
SPOILERS if you haven’t read the book because I will talk about it to some great length!