“READING FORCES YOU TO BE QUIET IN A WORLD THAT NO LONGER MAKES PLACE FOR THAT” – JOHN GREEN
Introducing the AOTR Book Club! Rather than publishing my top 10 books twice a year, I’ve decided to take on the challenge and review 4 books every month. I’ll give each book a short summary (without spoilers), my personal star rating, and will finish each post with a list of the books I plan to review the following month. I hope you can read along with me!
Perks of Being a Wallflower
This book is beautiful. It is an honest and inspiring piece. Charlie’s story is an endearing journey. He is finding himself and who his true friends are. I loved Charlie’s character. He was such a genuine and honest person. This book will definitely get you thinking about what matters most in life. It has received a lot of mixed reviews – some even argue that the movie is better than the book – but I’ll let you be the judge of that. If you’re someone who read it a couple of years ago and wasn’t too fussed on it, I definitely recommend reading it a second time – I guarantee you will have a different outlook on it.
The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)
This is the second installment in the Thousandth Floor series. I’m loving how each of the books so far have started with a character who dies but that readers don’t find out which character until the final page. It really does keep you guessing as the story progresses because you’re convinced you know who it is, and then something else will happen to change your mind. I’m really enjoying this series! After reading some emotionally heavy novels, this book was a breath of fresh air. The only downfall is that I get through them so quickly and then I have to wait for the next installment in the series. This book and it’s series are definitely a guilty pleasure – I would absolutely hate it if this was my life, but I sure as hell love reading about it and getting caught up in all the drama and gossip – I highly recommend it!
All the Light We Cannot See
Simply amazing. All the Light We Cannot See is a touching story that takes place during WWII and revolves around Marie-Laure, a blind French girl and Werner, a German orphan who is inducted into the German Army because of his expertise with radios. This book gets 4.5 stars as it did take me a little while to get into it, but I encourage others to stick with it if they’ve felt the same. It is a richly detailed story that does take some time to read, not that it is particularly long, you just need to take the time to be truly absorbed in the journey. I love historical fiction, particularly WWII and this book is up there as one of the best I’ve read. Even if you’re not one to normally enjoy this genre, this book is so captivating and beautiful that it might just change your mind.
Memoirs of a Geisha
This was an elegantly crafted novel that told a beautiful story of a Geisha, Sayuri. There were times where I was completely enthralled but there were also times where it was a little slow. I love learning about other cultures so I enjoyed the story of a life and a world I knew nothing of before picking up this book. As I have never read a book set in Japan, this powerfully descriptive story has made me want to travel through Japan even moreso. Any book that sparks my wanderlust is a book I recommend, especially for those who love to travel.
I’ll be reviewing:
- The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: David Lagercrantz
- All the Bright Places: Jennifer Niven
- Two Brothers: Ben Elton
- Without Merit: Colleen Hoover
If you happen to have read or are planning to read one or more of these, please link me if you’ve reviewed them, and I will share your link in my post next month!
As always, would love recommendations!