Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Blurb from Goodreads

Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.

In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras—the Great Depression.

Why I Want To Read It

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone is doing well. Let us start the week with positive energy. I know, most of us still feel sluggish when Monday comes around (I can totally relate, haha). Nonetheless, I hope you had or will have a great day and an even greater week ahead. For those who are having a challenging time, I pray and hope that you will hurdle these challenges. I hope everyone stay healthy, in mind, body, and spirit despite the challenging times.

To open up this week, I am posting a new Goodreads Monday update. Last month, I spent the time travelling across Japan through the works of Japanese writers; Japanese literature, over the years, have become my comfort zone. For this month, I am going to read works published this year. In a way, I am also catching up on some of my reading lists. For today’s Goodreads Monday update, I am featuring Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds. This is not my first Hannah book but it is going to be my first in over a decade.

The first Hannah novel I read was On Mystic Lake. I found it predictable and, well, not satisfactory. Because of this experience, I didn’t bother exploring any of her other works. Imagine my surprise when her latest novel, The Four Winds was creating waves earlier this year. Many literary pundits have tagged it as a must-watch out for novel. Curious. Upon further research, I have learned that Hannah has become a established writer, with some of her works, such as The Nightingale and The Great Alone, receiving considerable accolades from both book readers and critics. So yes, I have to admit that these have factored in my decision to give her prose another chance. A work of historical fiction, The Four Winds is also right up my alley.

I hope I get to read it within the year; my copy of the book just got delivered but I still have many books from my reading challenges pending. We’ll see how the next five months develop. How about you fellow reader? What recent novel have you added to your reading list? What made you add it to your list? I hope you could share your answers in the comment box. For now, have a happy Monday!