Happy Monday, everyone! Even though I participate in giving Monthly Recommendations, I thought I would start my own where every couple weeks I give recommendations for a specific topic (also Monthly Recommendations has been a bit dead lately so).
Today I’m doing recommendations for slower-paced books. Sometimes, I want to be immersed in a book that isn’t very plot-heavy or action-packed. It’s nice to explore characters sometimes.
The Secret History and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: I loved both The Secret History and the Goldfinch, and both of them are slow-paced, character-driven novels (Secret History especially). I think if you want an atmospheric, almost gothic read with a fantastic setting (and #aesthetic), The Secret History is the one for you. If you want a book with a bunch of interesting characters and settings with slightly more plot, The Goldfinch is the one to go for.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: this is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read in a while, and it’s stuck with me since I read it. There is a plot in this book, but it’s much more about the characters and their relationships.
The Power by Naomi Alderman: this book may seem a little weird on this post because there isa lot of action; however, I found it slow-paced nonetheless. Not in a bad way, though. Alderman took the time to examine the characters, their motivations, and their reactions to different scenarios and to the changing world. It was really interesting, and I think if you want a character-driven book that still has action, this one would be great.
Women Talking by Miriam Toews: even though this book takes place over two days, it’s fairly slow-paced. It’s told in the form of meeting minutes, which made it (for me) fairly slow-paced. Again, it’s really a character study. I highly recommend it.
So those are some slow-paced books I recommend! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? What are some of your favourite slow-paced books? Let me know!
Thanks for reading! xx