Time to catch up on the reading front, isn’t it? This year, reading is going surprisingly well for me. It seems I’ve gotten my mojo back and am currently racing through my reading challenge of 50 books for 2017. Additionally, I’ve read some pretty good stories lately and I thought I’d share them with you, as well as give you a little sneak peek into my TBR for the upcoming months.
Summer is a great time for reading but I’m totally looking forward to autumn where it’s even more inviting to just snuggle up with a blanket and a good book. Recently I’ve deleted my whole TBR shelf on Goodreads and decided to try to come up with a new one, as the old one was 200 books long and filled with stories I had no desire in reading anymore after a couple of years of them being listed on there. But let’s start with the books I’ve been reading so far this summer.
What I’ve been reading lately
MODERN ROMANCE by Aziz Ansari: A witty and clever insight into modern-day dating world with statistics about marriage, online dating, monogamy and the love lives of young people from all over the world in a digital age. I picked this up because I saw some of my Goodreads friends raving about it and thought it might be interesting to learn more about love in nowadays society. Admittedly, many things are specifically referring to young Americans and might be different for us Europeans. Still, I found it quite entertaining and educating. 4/5 stars
THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas: THUG has been on my TBR for ages and I finally picked it up when the hardback of it was only 4€ on Amazon. The YA novel revolves around the Black Lives Matter movement and focuses on racism in the US and the various problems it comes with. I found this so upsetting to read and follow, it kept enraging me and made me realize how much inequality there still is. Such a good and easy read, do pick it up! 4.5/5 stars
BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty: I’ve already read Truly Madly Deeply by Moriarty and absolutely adored her writing style and way of building up suspension then. That’s why I was eager to pick up Big Little Lies as well (also because I finally wanted to watch the TV show). And I was absolutely digging this read from page one. The story telling is brilliant, the character building is rich and thought through, it’s a suspending read and I had absolutely no clue about what happened until they resolved it at the end. 5/5 stars
ALL GROWN UP by Jamie Attenberg: I’ve seen so many people rave about this and let me tell you, I was so disappointed. I did not connect with the writing style at all and had a hard time following the protagonist’s way of thinking throughout the entire book. Maybe it’s because I’m just so different and connect with the problems of a 40 year old single woman living in New York. I hardly ever feel like I have to drag myself through a book but with this, it just didn’t click. 2/5 stars
What’s on my TBR as of now
BURNED by Ellen Hopkins: It all started with a dream. Nothing exceptional, just a typical fantasy about a boy, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience. But Pattyn Von Stratten is not like most teen girls. Raised in a religious — yet abusive — family, a simple dream may not be exactly a sin, but it could be the first step toward hell and eternal damnation. This dream is a first step for Pattyn. But is it to hell or to a better life? In this riveting and masterful novel told in verse, Ellen Hopkins takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride. From the highs of true love to the lows of abuse, Pattyn’s story will have readers engrossed until the very last word.
THE DINNER by Herman Koch: A summer’s evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the delicate scraping of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of politeness – the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But the empty words hide a terrible conflict and, with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened… Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. Together, the boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on camera, and their grainy images have been beamed into living rooms across the nation; despite a police manhunt, the boys remain unidentified – by everyone except their parents.
HOW TO STOP TIME by Haig Matt: Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live.
STAY WITH ME by Ayobami Adebayo: Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage–after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures–Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time–until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin’s second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant, which, finally, she does, but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine. An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay With Measks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.
What are you currently reading? And in what season do you like reading most? I’m really curious so discuss in the comments below?
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