Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.
This week, all three books came from this article (which I discovered via Book Jotter).
The Equestrienne by Ursula Kovalyk
Summary: 1984, the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic – two girls found a successful trick riding team however the fall of the Iron Curtain and the subsequent arrival of capitalism threatens to destroy them.
I’m thinking: No – not mad on the writing style.
Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
Summary: An oral history of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia.
I’m thinking: No – reads too much like a history textbook.
Doom 94 by Jānis Joņevs
Summary: A Latvian (and Gen Z) coming-of-age story about a teen trying to find himself by exploring the rebellious subculture of metal.
I’m thinking: Maybe – like the style but the heavy metal angle is not my thing.
None of these sound hugely appealing, but I could probably be persuaded if a trusted book blogger persuaded me they were worth it 😉
LOL I don’t know if I’m one of your ‘trusted book bloggers’ I’ve reviewed it here: https://anzlitlovers.com/2016/08/10/secondhand-time-by-svetlana-alexievich-translated-by-by-bela-shayevich/
I think it’s an important book because it shows us the human side of one of the great events of C20th history in authentic voices. One that sticks in my mind (in the aftermath of that Brexit referendum) is the woman who asks why they didn’t have a referendum on the end of the USSR…
You definitely are Lisa, I shall check out your review!
I skimmed the Alexievich; it was way too much like hard work. You’d have to be a lot more interested in Russian history than I am.
None of these turn me on, to be honest.
None of these are calling to me .