A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

I had to finish this book. I couldn’t savour it any longer. I loved it. I love the feeling you get when a story draws you in. Like you are part of it. It was a fascinating book about a young girl called Nao and Ruth, a writer. Living lives far apart. Ruth finds Nao’s secret diary washed up on a beach. The story is heart breaking, and full of hope. The characters were intriguing and I really wanted to get to know them. It reminded me of The Diary of Anne Frank. Teenage angst, love, and philosophizing.

Here are a few quotes that I loved:

“I’ve always thought of writing as the opposite of suicide. That writing was about immortality. Defeating death, or at least forestalling it.”

“Crazy is the price you pay for having an imagination. It’s your superpower.”

The Insistent Garden by Rosie Chard

This book was intriguing from the very first paragraph.  It held my attention to the last paragraph.  It was a coming of age story but with a twist.  I knew there was something right around the corner but I didn’t know what it was.  I wanted to cry at times for the main character Edith and cheer at other times.  The author wrote from a few different viewpoints, which adds a lot of depth and colour to the story.  It was like viewing a 3-D movie but better.  This was Rosie Chards second novel.  Her debut novel was Seal Intestine Raincoat, which I think I will check out.