Since I have been released from the horrendous workload that kindly given to me by uni, I’ve had the opportunity to make my way through an abundance of incredible novels this month. I managed to read 9 books, which is possibly the most I have ever read in a month! They were:
I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai (5/5 stars) Buy it here
The Falconer – Elizabeth May (3/5 stars) Buy it here!
The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller (5/5 stars) Buy it here!
Captive Prince – C.S Pascat (4.5/5 stars) Buy it here!
Prince’s Gambit – C.S Pascat (5/5 stars) Buy it here!
King’s Rising – C.S Pascat (5/5 stars) Buy it here!
Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo (4/5 stars) Buy it here!
L’Herbe Des Nuits – Patrick Modiano (3/5 stars) Buy it here!
Monkey – Wu Ch’êng-ên (4.5/5 stars) Buy it here!
Rather than giving a brief review on them all, I’m going to focus on my favourites alongside Ruin and Rising, as it took me a long time to finish the Grisha trilogy and I thought I should share my overall thoughts on the entire series.
I am Malala
I’m not sure where to even begin with this book. It had been sitting on my shelf for months because I had no motivation to even attempt it. I regret leaving it so long but I’m glad I finally got around to it. In a nutshell, Malala explains the story of her life (so far!) and why she feels to passionate about education. It was such a beautiful but equally heart breaking read. It made me fully appreciate living in such a safe country where education is a right to all. I urge you all to read this book.
The Song of Achilles
If you follow me on Twitter, you will know that I absolutely ADORED this book. I devoured it in one day and I wish there was more books. I cannot even express how much I fell in love with this book and with the two main characters, Achilles and Patroclus. I have never cried so hard at a book in my entire life and I really hope I never do again! The book itself is, obviously, fairly emotional but it’s the last page which absolutely broke me. I shall say no more, but honestly, READ THIS BOOK.
Chinese literature is never something I have branched into. It has never been my intention to avoid it, I had just simply never seen a book that I was interested in. However this one gripped my attention. The story follows Prince Tripitaka, a young Buddhist priest who is undertaking a pilgrimage to India in order to retrieve sacred scriptures, he is accompanied by his disciples, Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy. This book was just incredible. I have never read anything quite like it. It’s difficult to explain without giving too much away, it’s better to go in not knowing too much about it. Basically, if you want to read some Chinese literature, pick this one!
The Grisha Trilogy
I have mixed feelings about this series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, Shadow and Bone, but I felt the series went downhill from there. I am not saying this was a bad trilogy, far from it. I just lost interest in most of the characters (apart from Genya, my queen), and I felt really disconnected from them. However, I loved Bardugo’s writing and I plan to read Six of Crows sometime soon! Again, I feel like I cannot say too much without spoiling so I shall stop myself.
Honestly, I didn’t really want to write this post so that’s why it’s so awkward and awful. I just want to document what I have read during the year so I can peep back and see my general thoughts.
Happy new year to you all! x