Last year I started to buy books as travel souvenirs. It seemed more fun than a fridge magnet or a statue. This way I have a souvenir that I still use after the trip. Today I wanted to go over the ones I collected with you!
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
In Amsterdam I bought Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and How To Be A Bawse by Lilly Singh. I gave the former 3 out of 5 stars. I highly enjoyed it whilst reading it. It was very fast-paced and all the illustrations where fun. However, I found it predictable and I saw the big plot twist coming. I have some problems with the overall message as well. Those are the reasons that I deducted some stars.
On the other hand, I gave How to be a Bawse 5 out of 5 stars. I really liked the writing style, full of jokes and references. I also learned from it and I would definitely recommend it!
In Medvode, about 10 km outside of Ljubljana I bought #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. I ended up giving it 3 out of 5 stars. It was just okay. I thought this would be more empowering than it actually was. I had wrong expectations going into it and found that it wasn’t useful to me as a 15-year old. I didn’t find the humour funny. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Sophia herself as well. How many times can you tell readers what a big exception you are? Like, we get it.
In the picturesque coastal town of Rovinj I bought The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This is a very powerful story and I’m happy I’ve read it. It was interesting and it kept me engaged. I did have some problems with the writing style and often found it hard to focus. I also struggled with some of the vocabulary as English is not my mother tongue. That isn’t the books fault though. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.
I gave Moxie 4.5 out of 5 stars as I highly enjoyed it. I found it empowering and entertaining. The amount of girls supporting girls was amazing. I did have some trouble getting into the writing style. Even though I would definitely recommend this, I do want to mention that the book is very much white feminism literature.
I gave Eliza and her Monsters 5 out of 5 stars. It’s a new favourite of mine. It made me laugh and cry and smile. I really liked the characters and the plot kept me engaged. The book flew by. The only thing that bothered me was Eliza’s relationship with her family in the beginning of the book.
Warcross got 4.5 out of 5 stars from me. I highly enjoyed it. The world-building was done masterfully and I admire Marie Lu for her imagination. The scenes in the game, Warcross, itself were very easy to follow, even for a non-gamer like me. I was a fan of the characters. The plot was very exciting and had several twists and turns. I didn’t see the ending coming. I would highly recommend this! The cover and the book under the dust jacket are stunning as well!
In Sevilla I bought The Power by Naomi Alderman. It had been one of my most anticipated books and I was very happy to see it on the shelves in a bookshop. This was different from what I expected though, in a way that it skipped the empowering bit and went straight on to terrifying. I didn’t know this was a thriller, but it definitely is. I liked the main characters, especially Roxanne. She was very bad ass. This book is packed with criticism on society and it really makes you think. I gave the novel 4 out of 5 stars.
Lastly, I visited London two weeks ago. There I got Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and Here We Are: Feminism for the real world edited by Kelly Jensen. I have read both of them already! I gave Gemina 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it and flew through it. It’s so fast-paced and action-packed! I would definitely recommend it!
Here We Are I gave 3.5 out of 5 stars. I loved some essays in here, but others I didn’t enjoy as much. I did really like that the range of voices we got to hear from was so diverse. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the lay-out though. I found that it took away from the content of the essays.
That’s all of the books I have bought as travel souvenirs so far. I hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading!
Have you read any of these? Have you visited these places?
See you next time! Love,