Now that March is almost here, it is the perfect time to finally write about the books I read in January, right? #flawlesslogic 🙂 I thought a lot about what should I write around here and what would be at least a little relevant and I guess books are relevant enough. However, I’ll try to keep it shorter than I used to.
I am sometimes getting tired of the “noise” generated by the new books, must read books, books read by the influencers and all other types of fancy books around. So I don’t want to add to that noise, but I do think that reading is important and there are way too many books to read, so maybe if some opinions from people you kind of trust can help.
It is not wrong if you read books that the bookstagram community does not like or recommend, it is perfectly fine if you don’t love deep, complex literature, it is awesome if you don’t like motivational books, you don’t need to read 1000 books per month. You get the idea. Just read, if you want, because I (and many years of research on the topic) can assure you that it will help you in some way or another. But don’t turn it into yet another mandatory action in order to be extra-super-cool. Really, just don’t.
So much for keeping it short 🙂 The books I read in January are below. There might be some spoilers (obvious or hidden):
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
Bio: 338 pages, a novel about secrets, family, loss and love.
Why I read it: Because it was recommended in Reese’s Book Club and a new series based on the book will air soon. I thought the plot was promising.
Why you should read it: If you want an easy afternoon read which can prepare you for a new series. Otherwise, in my humble opinion it does not stand out by anything, completely lacks the surprise factor, it is…boring. The writing is good, though, I would say.
A quote: “But the problem with rules, he reflected, was that they implied a right way and a wrong way to do things. When, in fact, most of the time there were simply ways, none of them quite wrong or quite right, and nothing to tell you for sure which side of the line you stood on.”
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars. Remember, I respect (almost) every published author and I am by no means entitled to judge books, this is just my personal opinion. Many people consider this book moving and thrilling and awesome. For me – It is just a book that I forgot about the minute I finished reading it. The series does look intriguing, I must say:
The Testaments – Margaret Atwood
Bio: 422 pages, The Handmaid’s Tale #2.
Why I read it: Because I simply had to. I love her writing style and I was dying to find out what more was happening in the Gilead universe, since I had given up the series for quite some time.
Why you should read it: Brilliant writing. I won’t give any spoilers, I understand many people were not very happy with this book, but I’ll just say that from my point of view the writing is pure awesomeness.
A quote: “As they say, history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.”
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Beartown – Frederik Backman
Bio: 432 pages. A story about what is truly important, the value of courage and the complex dynamics of a community.
Why I read it: Frederik Backman’s writing feels like watching candy-shaped fluffy clouds on a Sunday summer afternoon, chilling in a park. I did not know exactly what the book was about (spoiler alert: it is not about chilling the way I described it here), but I think it is never a bad idea to read his books.
Why you should read it: First of all, the writing is so good, especially character construction. Then, its subject is a learning tool for so many of us. It simply describes, with the right proportion of detail and in a balanced view, the reality of rape. It is a great book. It also has a sequel, which I am planning to read soon.
A quote: “Never trust people who don’t have something in their lives that they love beyond all reason.”
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
What about you? What are you reading lately? Do tell. Although, I am guessing that if I reserve just one more book beyond the 10 already in line, my local library will ban me for life….