The last wrap up I did was in October and I barely feel like a book blogger anymore because I am useless. September was so busy and so chaotic and I am still reeling from it. But I did read some good books. So, you win some, you lose some. Let’s talk about books now.
You know about this book, you’ve heard of it, and it’s as brilliant as everyone says it is. Some of the characters worked better than others for me, but they were all done so well and I really cannot recommend this book enough. I am sad it did not win the Women’s Prize, but what can we do. If you want to know more of my thoughts, you can find my review HERE.
I can now confirm that Backman is one of my favorite writers. His books did not seem like something I would enjoy, but I love them so much and I was so glad to receive an eARC of his newest release and I really enjoyed it. The characters were so interesting, and flawed in a way that felt super realistic, and yet all easy to root for. I think Backman captures the human condition so well, and I would highly recommend this one. More of my thoughts are HERE.
I think I expected way more of this book, so I ended up feeling really meh about it, even though it was ultimately fun. My biggest issue was the fact that I did not like the main character, and the male lead was also really annoying for me until about halfway through when I started liking him because he is like a silly puppy that you cannot help but love. The premise of this was really interesting, but I wish this book went deeper into the conversations it tried to have about the adult film industry. I know that was not the point of the book, but that’s something that bothered me at all times. So yeah, fun, but kind of underwhelming since people have hyped it up so much.
There’s something about Rooney’s writing that sits so well with me and I can now safely confirm that she is one of my favorite authors and I will read anything she comes out with. Conversations with Friends was amazing. The characters were so well done, and I think it was so interesting to contrast all of these different dynamics between these four characters. They were quite different and dynamic, so I really enjoyed it. I will hopefully review this one soon, so I can tell you all of the things I loved about it. In terms of which one I like better, this one or Normal People, I cannot really say. I loved both for different reasons and I am one of those people who enjoys both and does not have a clear preference. But I highly recommend this, obviously!
I’ve read and loved Hamlet in school and ever since I wanted to read more Shakespeare, so I can participate in the general conversations that reference his works, but also just because I loved studying Hamlet. Plus, I think it’s a challenge for someone whose first language is not English to read Shakespeare’s work in English, and I was up for a challenge. I had a lot of fun with this one! I read this along with the full cast audiobook which was great for me. I really enjoyed all the characters, plus it was also interesting to read a comedy and compare that to the tragedies I read previously. Would recommend!
Here’s how I did this month:
I’d love to hear from you – how was your reading month? What was your favorite read in September? I’d love to know!
In the meantime, happy reading
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