Hey everyone! It’s once again time to wrap up this month’s reading. I had a rather busy month, with exams and all, but I did a lot of fun stuff too! Let’s get started!
This month I read a total of 6 books. It wasn’t my best reading month, but I’m happy with what I achieved!
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
I highly enjoyed this book. It swept me away on a journey and I loved that. This was captivating all the way through. It was a slower-paced novel, but that made it even better in my opinion. I loved the intriguing characters and slowly finding out more about them. I also gained knowledge from this book. Overall, I loved it and gave it 5 out of 5 stars. It’s a new favourite. I would definitely recommend it!
Odette Toulemonde by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
I read this book for French class and it was just okay. It’s the best book I’ve had to read for French, but believe me, that’s not saying much. This short story didn’t do much for me and I didn’t read the rest of the book because it wasn’t necessary. I thought the ending of Odette Toulemonde was quite confusing and unclear. At first I thought that was because I misinterpreted the French, but after checking in Dutch I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t my fault. Ultimately, I gave this 3 out of 5 stars.
Happily by Chauncey Rogers
I enjoyed this novel a lot. It was entertaining and I always looked forward to continuing the story. The retelling aspects were done well. They were surprising and gave me something new. That’s what I look for in a retelling. I liked the characters as well. The plot was often unpredictable, but it was predictable at times too. I wasn’t a big fan of the ending. There was something that came out of nowhere and I found it unnecessary. Overall, I gave this 3 out of 5 stars.
Chicken with plums by Marjane Satrapi
I picked this up on a whim when I was at the library, because I enjoyed Persepolis by the same author. Sadly, I was disappointed in this particular graphic novel. It didn’t do much for me at all. The story felt all over the place. In the end, I gave this 2 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t horrible, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
This was a disappointment as well in comparison to the previous books in this series. It took me over half of the book to get into it. I also feel that the ending was too clean and easy. It wasn’t thrilling, because I felt the characters would end up just fine. The stakes where constantly repeated, but it felt as if they weren’t there are all. The characters were good though and I loved the diversity aspect. As always the book made me smile or laugh once in a while. I gave this 3 out of 5 stars.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Lastly, I read Trevor Noah’s autobiographical novel and I highly enjoyed it. The stories were interesting and went from entertaining to thought-provoking. I’ve learned a lot and I appreciate that. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars and I would definitely recommend it.
Here is an overview of everything I posted this month!
That’s all for this months wrap up! I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading! See you next time!