Sooooooo, you might have noticed there wasn’t an April wrap-up. I just didn’t feel like writing one. To be perfectly honest, blogging had lost its appeal and I was trying to get all my words to flow towards the book I’m trying to write. Time to get you up to speed! Here’s a little overview of the books I’ve read in the past two months.
Books I read in April and May
Circe by Madeline Miller *****
If there was one book I was looking forward to, it was this one. I started off my year by rereading The Song of Achilles and I’m glad to say I loved it just as much as when I read it for the first time. Circe is a much slower book but just as beautiful. It has been getting so much praise, I think it deserves all of it. Full review
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon *****
I’ve had this book for ages. No idea why I only read it now. I think I was just afraid I wouldn’t like as much as everyone else seemed to. All my worries were for nothing. I LOVED this book. The story was gripping and the writing everything I ever wanted. This is how I wish I could write. So, do I read the second one too? Has anyone read it? Would you recommend it? Please let me know!!
Stay with me by Ayobami Adebayo ****
I read this book in-between others and I now know that reading more than one book at once doesn’t really work for me. Had I read this without interruptions, I would have probably enjoyed it more. I still really liked this book. It’s a bit different from what I usually read but stepping outside my comfort zone definitely paid off. This was a haunting story about a culture that I know very little about. A story about love and loss and motherhood. About traditions and trying to find your own way.
Windfall by Jennifer E Smith ***
After all the serious stories, I felt like reading something light and fluffy. This was just the book I needed. There’s not much to it. A girl realizes she’s in love with her best friend, she buys him a lottery ticket and of course he wins the jackpot. This book had some nice things to say about family and how it’s okay to not be in contact with certain family members. (very relatable) I liked this book but that’s about it.
The Power by Naomi Alderman ***
This book has gotten tons of praise and I understand why but I just didn’t connect with this story. I didn’t like the characters, didn’t think they were well-developed, didn’t really care what happened to them. I did like the general topic of the book and how it was handled. It was just a bit all over the place. I was waiting for something ‘more’ but never got it… full review
When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon ****
This was such a fun book to read. I’m not even going to pretend that I knew exactly what the characters were going through because I’m not an expert when it comes to Indian culture but I take it that most of it was pretty accurate (?). My niece is actually Indian, she was adopted when she was very little. I’m happy that she can read a book that has someone that looks like her, as the main-character. The literary world is filled with white (plain looking *sigh*) female leads, mostly waiting to be saved by their hero. Not Dimple. She’s fierce and I really, really liked reading about her. Rishi is much more traditional and I appreciated his parts too. I felt like I actually learned something. Plus, it was really funny too.
Movies I saw
I saw some movies too. Murder on the Orient Express was one I had been looking forward to but in the end I wasn’t blown away by it. Later, I saw Avengers: Infinity War which made me very sad because they killed someone off (before the title even came on) and I don’t want to spoil anyone who hasn’t seen it yet but I reeeaaaally hope they find a way to bring him/her/it back.
Other than that, life’s been quiet. I’ve been growing some plant which are doing really well and I’m writing again… little bits at a time. I’m not in a hurry, I only write when I feel like it. There’s no pressure, no deadlines. Only a story that needs to be written.
How are you all doing?