It’s not been a great year so far.
I’ve started to read quite a few books which i then gave up on, hoping that another time would be more suitable. For Crime and Punishment the last attempt was my second and i definitely need to be at a completely different state of mind to be able to read it.
Out of those i did manage to read there were only a few standouts unfortunately. My current preference for more contemporary books is not paying dividends but here are a few which i can highly recommend.
A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke, by Ronald Reng is an outstanding non-fiction book and i can’t sing its praises highly enough. It’s the story of a professional goalkeeper fighting depression. Worth reading even if you are not a football fan or haven’t heard anything about Robert Enke before.
A ficiton book i highly recommend is The Garden of Evening Mists, by Tan Twan Eng. The story takes place in Malaya (Malaysia) under Japanese occupation and British colonial rule. A beautifully written story that is revolves around a Japanese garden. A love story. A war story. A treasure hunt. A breath of fresh air.
Finally, Far North by Marcel Theroux is another one i recommend. A sci-fi novel with a sort of post apocalyptic setting and which was enjoyable to read.