I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend, and had some time to squeeze in some reading. Currently it is raining cats and dogs, and hopefully it won’t turn to a tornado. But, a good atmosphere for reading is a thunderstorm in the background, right?
Now, currently I’m reading, still, Dragonfly in Amber, by Diana Gabaldon, it’s taking me awhile to get through the book. It’s a long one, too! I had to return Homegoing back to the library, so I won’t be able to finish it until it’s my turn-again-to check out a copy. So instead of reading right now Homegoing, I’m now reading a South African thriller titled The Monster’s Daughter by Michelle Pretorius and continuing to read Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Not sure how I’ll be able to finish reading THREE books at the same time, but all three are quite different in genres and very well written.
Speaking of reading, I discovered The Monster’s Daughter while browsing the Grand Rapids Public Library’s New Books section. I never heard or read about this particular book before, and that’s one way to discover new reads on your own. Sometimes a good book doesn’t have to be the book that’s on the bestseller list, or the book that’s being buzzed about at the moment. I’ve read some great reads that weren’t necessarily popular or famous. I’m just starting this novel, but it got me hooked; it is a mystery/thriller set in South Africa, and the main character is a disgraced police officer from Johannesburg who’s been demoted to a small town; while there she gets involved with a murder that somehow is tied with a dark past in South African history, and right now I have the impression that the story will go back and forth between the past and the present, but I may be wrong. But the past is set during the Boer War, when the Dutch/Afrikaners are fighting the British for their lands. If you want to know more about the Boer War, which occurred during the early 20th century, click here: The Boer Wars (aka South African War). During reading novels that involve historical events, such as The Monster’s Daughter it is always a great idea to do a little research in order to better understand the story being told. So, I’ll let you know what I think of this book once I’m finished, but let me tell you it’s been a great learning experience because you learn a lot more about what went on in another part of the world, and there are historical facts that might surprise you–such as the British operating concentration camps during the Boer War where the Dutch/Afrikaners were held. For more information about that–hey there’s nothing wrong with learning something new!–click here: Boer Wars and Concentration Camps.
Ok, I hope you learned something new, and I’ll post new information about upcoming events in the area, and new books; keep an eye out in the future for book reviews, as well.