This year has started off with me reading books at a glacial pace. But at least I tripled the amount of books I read in January.
The Border by Don Winslow. Book 3 of The Power of the Dog trilogy. Don Winslow is an amazing writer and this trilogy had me hooked right from the beginning. It’s fiction but based on mostly real events dealing with the Mexican drug cartels and American politics. I can’t recommend this series enough.
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins There’s a lot of controversy surrounding this one being that it deals with a story about a family of Mexican refugees written by an author who is not Mexican. I really don’t think that an author has to be of a particular nationality or race to write about them, with the caveat that you better get it right. (I rarely look at an author’s background before reading a book they have written. My rule is just give me something good to sink my teeth into.) There are arguments to be made for or against that but it’s outside the scope of this post. The problem I had with this book is simply, it’s not very good. I got about halfway through before sending it back to the library. The writing is not that strong, the plot doesn’t feel very honest, and it wasn’t worth putting the work into finishing reading it. Hard pass.
Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier. A mixture of travelogue and history of Siberia. I’m not even sure how I ended up reading this. It was on my goodreads list and I guess I was in a winter mood. It was worth it despite it being a very in depth book. Only pick it up if you’re in the mood for about 700 pages of Siberian travels.
Have you read anything good lately?