“I DO BELIEVE SOMETHING MAGICAL CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU READ A GOOD BOOK” = J.K. ROWLING
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!
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye
As with all Lisbeth Salander novels, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Lagercrantz is doing an excellent job continuing Larsson’s work (despite what some critics say) and I am so grateful Lisbeth’s story lives on for those to enjoy. This novel is fast paced, suspenseful and as always, leaves the ending open for what we can only hope will be another instalment in the life of Blomkvist and Salander.
All the Bright Places
You can kind of get an idea of what kind of story All the Bright Places will be when it says it’s ‘A Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor & Park’ – you’re basically going to have your heart ripped out, shattered into tiny shards and then you’re left to pick up the pieces not quite understanding how it all happened. Don’t get me wrong though, I loved both A Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor & Park as standalone novels and I loved All the Bright Places just as much, if not more. This book is powerful and moving and a great YA novel, and although it does sneak up on you, I believe it to be one of those books that will teach you something through the sadness.
This is the first book I have read by Ben Elton (shocking I know) but I am glad this was the book I chose to read first – it is definitely one of my favourites from the selection of novels I have read this year. Two Brothers is fantastically well written, a totally awe inspiring book of power, love and a will to survive. The story is engaging and will keep you turning those pages well into the early hours of the morning. It’s not often that you are confronted with a book that makes you feel such an array of emotions. It’s utterly compelling in the way it transports you to a place of moral ambiguity – this story will stay with you a long time after you’ve read the last page.
Ah, CoHo. I have loved each and every one of her books – there is just something about the way she tells her stories and the emotion she makes her readers feel that has me coming back time and time again. I decided to go into this one blind. I chose not to look at any reviews or read the synopsis – I wanted it to be a completely raw experience. Without Merit is told through the voice of 17 year old high school student Merit. You can’t help but feel for this young girl who thinks she’s an outcast in her small town and within her dysfunctional family. Without wanting to give too much away, Without Merit carries all those qualities we adore about Colleen Hoover. A touching, honest and incredibly heartfelt story with beautiful characters that will warm your soul.
I’ll be reviewing:
- The Boy at the Top of the Mountain: John Boyne
- Water for Elephants: Sara Gruen
- And the Mountains Echoed: Khaled Hosseini
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: Haruki Murakami
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!