Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy 5/5 Stars
This book is about so many different things (climate change, love, relationships, birds, working on a ship, the ocean) and the story is told in such a beautiful way. A woman finds a boat to help her track the last migration of the Arctic tern and along the way we get the back story of how she met her husband and how she grew up. We see her growing as a pre-teen and teen and young adult. Through these stories of hers we learn how she is a hopeless wanderer and has a strong connection to the ocean: two things that make life simple and more complicated for her. I listened to this audio book over two days. I couldn’t stop listening. The narrator is perfect for the story and the story is so exquisitely written that it felt like we were parts of each other. I can’t say that I identified with the story but it just felt like something that was waiting for me to read. It makes me eagerly await the world opening for travel so I can go to Ireland and Australia. I sincerely hope this author writes more literary fiction.
The Binding by Bridget Collins 5/5 Stars
The Binding really feels like two books in one to me; the first half is Emmett getting settled into his new life as a Binder’s apprentice and the second half is him discovering what memories of his were Bound.
In this world, books are real stories. They’re people’s memories that they have Bound because they either want to forget them or need money and some Binders pay for people to offer pieces of their lives for books.
This is a lovely book about books, secrecy, love, and family. It definitely took a turn I wasn’t expecting based on the summary, but it is a wonderfully written, unique story. I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator was great.
I only managed to finish a few books this month because bébé girl decided to come on September 3rd, a week before her due date. If you’d like to see what other books I read but haven’t written a review for or would like to see what I’m reading as I start them, feel free to follow me on Goodreads.