Today was my first day working my new job and man! does it feel good to be doing something useful again. Even though it was mostly my colleagues explaining things and not really working, it still feels like I accomplished something today. I’m already looking forward to the rest of my short week. (Thursday is Ascension and the firm is taking Friday off too)
But I’m here to tell you about the books I read in april.
Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi (DNF)
I started reading this book for the bookclub I joined but didn’t have enough time to finish it. It turned out that other members of the bookclub either hadn’t finished it or finished it but didn’t like it. So I’m not upset about it and I didn’t continue reading it after bookclub-night. It the comments had been really positive, I might have continued on but it got a 2/10 from our group so I put it down.
If you want to read more, you can do so here.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling *****
There isn’t a lot to say here. I read the books before, but quite a while ago and am now rereading all of them in 2016. These are books that take no effort reading them at all. I fly through them and mostly pick them up when there’s nothing else I feel like reading.
Like the first book, I absolutely enjoyed the reread. There are so many details I forgot. Things that were not used in the movie but that really give the story some more dept.
On to the third!! Can’t wait to meet Sirius and Buckbeak again.
The Puppet Boy of Warsaw – Eva Wear ***
When I started reading this book, I was pleasantly surprised by the story. I thought it was well thought out and gave a realistic idea of the ghetto in Warsaw. But then I started to get frustrated by the writing. There was a lot of unnecessary repetition, like the writer lost track of story and forgot that she had actually used the same words only two sentences ago. It bothered me. The second part of the book felt a bit forced. So all in all not a succes for me. Hey, you win some, you lose some.. You can read my full review here.
The Summer Before The War – Helen Simonson
I asked for a proof copy of this book on Netgalley and was kindly sent one. The feeling I got from this book was a bit Downton Abbey-ish but with people like you and me, not so high up the society ladder… I liked the way the characters were written, the way a whole town was written (the characters felt life-like and I could imagine myself walking around in the town) and I would have finished this book and liked it, if I wasn’t such a complete idiot.. I forgot to check the expiration date of the file and when I was about halfway through, it was closed down. So I’ll have to keep an eye out for it in my library or the bookshop I usually go to.. Because I really want to know how it ends!
Because I didn’t finish it, I can’t give it a fair rating but I liked what I’ve read so far so I would recommend it. It has a bit of romance and a woman who stands up for herself with World War One as a background. So give it a read and let me know what you think.
And note to self: from now on you check the end dates in the reading files! 😉
And that’s it.. not the biggest list but a list none the less. I’m not sure how much reading I’ll get done in May. I guess we’ll have to see how much time I’ll have and how tired I’ll be in the evening.
See you again soon!