Yet another month, yet another wrap-up! How are you today? I hope you’re good. I really was in the last month. I truly took the time to enjoy life. Let’s get into my reading and blogging!
In March I read a total of 4 books. That’s not the best number, but I don’t mind. I’ve decided to stop pressuring myself when it comes to reading.
Je vais bien, ne t’en fais pas by Olivier Adam
Yet another obligated book for French class that I struggled to get through. At first, I actually thought I would like this one as it’s well-praised. Sadly, I guessed wrong. The plot was all over the place and included some weird, shocking and unnecessary scenes. (If you’re going to include such a shocking scene, at least build upon it. Use it for character development!) Instead the writer would never mention it again, as if it never happened. That was very confusing to me and pulled me out of the story. Furthermore, the story lacked character development. I didn’t see the point of the story, as the characters didn’t grow. Also, it was rather unnerving that I pushed myself through this, only to find an open ending. I ended up giving this 2 out of 5 stars. Wouldn’t recommend.
Circe by Madeline Miller
I absolutely loved this book. It’s my favourite book I’ve read so far in 2019. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. I love how Miller reworked the mythology. I’ve read the Odyssey and thus I know the source material. I love the spin Madeline Miller put on it. My favourite part was most definitely Circe’s characters. She was such a strong, layered, morally grey woman. I loved her evolution throughout the story.
Why is it so hard to eloquently discuss a book I loved? I just want to shout: ‘Read it!’
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
I’ve been reading this novel with my book club over the past few months, each week reading and discussing a few chapters. Ultimately, I thought it was okay. It was a very strange book. I was often confused, but I just accepted that and read on. There were parts I really liked and there were parts were I was bored out of my mind. I especially liked the integrated stories. Is this the next best book? No. Is it trash? No. It’s somewhere in between. If you’re looking for a strange book, with a plot that makes little sense, but with an easy writing style, I’d recommend it. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
Lastly, I read On The Come Up. I was really excited to pick it up, as I really enjoyed Thomas’ previous work The Hate U Give. It was a hard act to follow. And although I didn’t like OTCU as much as THUG, it was still quite good. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars and I’d recommend it. It read easily and had some really good messages, just as THUG. I liked the discussions of race, class and police brutality. I listened to the audiobook and I’d recommend taking that route. It was great to hear the rap songs. On The Come Up -the song- got stuck in my head for a few days🙂 I really liked the characters and the romance side plot. Overall, a solid book.
I enjoyed blogging a lot more in March than in February, so I posted more regularly again. Here’s an overview of everything I posted:
- March Bullet Journal Set-up // elegant and minimal
- The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
- February wrap-up // amazing but little reading
- Book Blogger Memory Challenge!
- 2019 TBR first quarter update!
- April Bullet Journal Set-up // happy yellow
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What did you read in April? What was your favourite blog post of mine? What was your own favourite blog post?
And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading! See you next time!
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