I’m catching up on this thread, and honestly, it has been a bit of a hectic year to begin with for me.
- 2A - Main : A book by a minority author
This was actually a really good prompt. When I sat thinking about the number of books I’ve read by minority authors in recent times, the number came out to a depressing zero. A lot of my reading in the previous year was fantasy, so I thought I’d go down the path of seeing what was out there in the fantasy genre from a minority author. Enter Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.
It received a lot of praise. I’m sure it is well deserved, but I’ve struggled with it simply because the start doesn’t have a hook that I’m looking for. I put it to the side and moved on. One small aspect that I do appreciate is the change in setting, and importantly, the change in culture.
- 2D - Bonus: A book with a translator as well as an author
Keeping the fantasy theme for the month, I was also reading The Elven by Bernhard Hennen.
The Elven I guess was comfort food. It fulfilled that need I have of a colourful adventure. It had the early hook and kept going. And it annoys me that I found this book much more engaging than my first prompt. There were certainly moments where I struggled to put it down. It also had moments where I was lost with the narrative. I’m not completely sure how much was due to translation and how much was a result of the plot line, but I did feel like there were gaps present that were poorly explained, or relying on future narrative to fill in. I finished reading the book feeling particularly sombre knowing that the adventure came to an end. The characters in this book meant something.
So far, I’m 1/12 for the challenge.