I just finished Next Year, for Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson, and the first thing I can say about it is that it’s not like any other romantic story that I have read before. The story centres on a couple, Kathryn and Chris, and their attempt in being in an open relationship. Although Chris is the one who is infatuated with a young woman named Emily, Kathryn is the one who encourages him to pursue her! At first, I found this to be very strange, but as I am reading, I understand Kathryn’s reasoning for this. She wants Chris to be happy, which she believes will make her happy, but it’s not as simple as she might think. Feelings of guilt, jealousy, sadness and selfishness will eventually surface in this story.
Chris doesn’t completely abandon his relationship with Kathryn. In fact, because he is so indecisive with his feelings, he goes back and forth between Kathryn and Emily. This certainly frustrates me as these two women clearly deserve better, and yet, I was intrigued to see how these relationships play out. After reading this story, I can say that I am pleased with how each character ended up. I can’t reveal anything else, so if you’re interested, grab a copy of Next Year, for Sure!
Given the sort of novels I generally go for, it will probably come as a bit of a surprise that this is the first Kafka novel I have ever finished. And given that I’ve never read Kafka before, my statement just now was based completely on the plot plot (i.e. plotting the shape of plots on a graph) of Kafka’s novels by Kurt Vonnegut (as seen in A Man Without a Country). To save you the work of tracking a copy down (though we do have it!), here’s how he described Kafka’s Metamorphosis:
A young man is rather unattractive and not very personable. He has disagreeable relatives and has had a lot of jobs with no chance of promotion. He doesn’t get paid enough to take his girl dancing or to go to the beer hall to have a beer with a friend. One morning he wakes up, it’s time to go to work again, and he has turned into a cockroach... It’s a pessimistic story.
Who wouldn’t want to read that?*
Reservoir 13 is the latest mystery novel by the British author Jon McGregor. As a Guardian Notable Book of 2017, Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family’s loss. Praised by many, unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped to. It is a story narrated from a third person perspective, which is very interesting and I have never read anything like this before. However, I did not connect with many of the characters and did not develop with them. Every time a character’s name is mentioned, I need a second to think “who is this again”. The story line is also a bit dry and slow for me. This novel promises to blend the grace of beautiful nature surroundings with human lives and the aftershock of the tragedy. However, I find myself skipping some of the nature descriptions from time to times just so I can keep up with the story and the characters.
This is a unique book. It is worth reading if you would like to try something different. It’s not for everyone but you might just enjoy it 🙂