Looking for a dash of reading inspiration? As people who love to talk books, who are always looking for great book club reads and most importantly great books to talk about on the podcast, we always have a stack of books on the go. Here’s a peek at what Kate has been reading this week.
Two Hours by Ed Caesar
The Moth and The Mountain was one of my favourite recent reads, and so it was with trepidation I opened Two Hours, Ed Caesar’s first book – what if it wasn’t as good? I needn’t have worried. In Two Hours, Caesar explores the world of elite marathon running, and specifically the quest to break the two-hour marathon barrier (finally achieved by Eliud Kipchoge in 2019 – an update at the end of the book covers this story). Two Hours centres around Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai, who in 2011 astonished the world when he ran the Boston marathon in 2:03:02. He, though, was convinced he could go faster. I’m completely invested in Mutai and his story and am loving the way that Caesar makes you feel like you are running alongside him.
Listen to us talking about The Moth and The Mountain in our Spring Reads Bookshelf episode 88.
A Drop of Patience by William Melvin Kelley
Laura loved A Drop of Patience so much, she crowned it her best book she read in 2020. I agree, it is a wonderful novel, telling the story of Ludlow Washington, a blind boy sent to a State home at a young age by his parents and trained as a jazz musician. It’s a powerful and moving read, made all the more so by the way Kelley has to use senses other than sight to describe Washington’s world. The opening chapter where the young boy is taken by his father to his new home is unforgettable. It’s also a thoughtful mediation on race as Washington gradually discovers his black skin is more of a barrier than his lack of sight. Highly, highly recommended.
Listen to Laura talking about A Drop of Patience in our Best books of 2020 episode 85, a show packed full of reading inspiration as we tease out the books that were our very, very favourites of all the ones we read that year.
All My Friends are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman
Loved this sweet and tender love-story with the quirky premise that everyone is a superhero except for the narrator. His wife Perfectionist has been hypnotised by an ex-boyfriend and can no-longer see him. How will plain old ordinary Tom manage to get her attention? Looking forward to talking about this on our next Bookshelf episode.
Conundrum by Jan Morris
Laura’s latest book club read, writer Jan Morris tells the story of her transition from male to female, a groundbreaking book when it was published in 1974. A classic example of book club getting me to read something I wouldn’t have picked up otherwise. Podcast episode on this coming soon.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie
Next up for my book club and on my list of things I really should have read by now. The Times review called it ‘A delicious, important novel from a writer with a great deal to say’, but what will my book club think? Podcast for this one will be coming soon.
What are you currently reading? Comment below and let us know, we love to hear from you.
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