I read a mixed bag of books this month. I managed to read four books which has been my monthly target for this year. I hoped to do better in the lockdown but binge watching came in the way (argh). Here’s what I read in May –
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Hayes
This is such a beautiful novel. Continuing with my obsession of Greek mythology and the Trojan war – I picked up this book to read about the impact of the Trojan war on the women involved in it. Natalie has painted such a beautiful potrait of the different struggles endured by the women. A wife awaiting 2 decades for her man’s return home, queens of slain kings turned to concubines and even more painful stories. It’s a very moving take on the Trojan war. I highlighted almost 25% of the book – so pretty were Natalie’s words! Definitely recommend reading this book if you’re big on reading mythological fiction. I can’t wait to read other books by Natalie – totally in awe of her writing.
Verdict – 10/10!
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
I’ve had this book on my TBR since I saw the promo for the movie, although I haven’t seen the movie yet (I prefer reading the book first). The book is set post World War 2 in London and is about a young successful author, Juliet, who is looking for a story for her next book. She receives a letter from a man living in Guernsey who finds her address in one of the books he reads. They start corresponding about their lives during the war. He tells her about a literary society set up in his village during the German occupation. Juliet decides to visit Guernsey to meet the members of the society and write a book about them.
This book was all kinds of heart warming and a really light read. The story in the book is told through letters between the various characters – which was a really fun way to tell the story. I really liked the positivity and happy-go-lucky feel of the book. Definitely recommend reading this one.
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I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
I haven’t read a book by Sophie in almost a decade now and while looking for a light read decided to give her another chance. BIG mistake! This book was all sorts of cliched and so boring. I know it is a rom-com that needs to be taken lightly but the story line is so unrealistic. A woman loses her engagement ring and her phone at a social gathering. While looking for her ring she finds an abandoned phone in the trash, picks it up and decides to use it as her own. The man (whose secretary was the original owner of the phone) strikes a deal with her to share the phone till she finds her ring. (🙄) SPOILER ALERT: The story is about her and this man and how a bunch of completely unrealistic events make them fall in love.
I can’t believe I actually enjoyed this genre of books when I was a teenager. After reading amazing love stories like The Song Of Achilles – I think I’ve raised my standards for acceptable romance novels and this doesn’t come anywhere close. Sadly, this wasn’t even entertaining enough to keep me hooked to the story.
Verdict: 2/10 (just because I used to love Sophie Kinsella)
(I’m not even going to bother linking it.)
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E.Schwab
I’ve already written a whole post on this book so without going into much details – I enjoyed reading this book. I definitely think it could have been a little better – especially the cliched ending but overall the book had me hooked.
Verdict : 7.5/10
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It was a fun, mixed collection of reads for me this month. What did you read this month? Any recommendations?
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