Oh woah woah woah. July is already here, which means two months of vacations went by. WHAAAAAT? I swear time is flying by so quickly, i mean what even. I’m not done resting and being lazy, I don’t think I’m ready for a new semester just as yet.
But this month has been comparitively really good and productive, reading-wise. With me, i’ve always blogged more than I read and usually try to finish books faster so I could review them. But this time, I finished around 2 books a week and actually had NO time at alllll for reviewing. I’m so faaaarrr behind on my reviews, it’s crazy. But i did keep updating my progress on Goodreads, so maybe check that out?!
Anyway, let’s get to it:
1. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
5/5: If I could carry a bulk of this book around giving it to people for free, trust me, I would. I totally would.
If you think it’s only for “rebel girls”, think again my friend, because the whole wide world should read this book. From kids and teenagers to adults.
THIS BOOK IS FOR EVERYONE!
This book really has everything that I live for. It screams “definition of my favourite book ever”
Every page has an illustration with the story.
One page stories
QUOTES, QUOTES, QUOTES!
Please go do yourselves a favour and read a page from this book before sleeping.
2. The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi
3/5: Thing is, the reason this book gets a 3-star from me is because I’m reading it as an adult. I saw the premise of the book and I loved it esp with Trump deporting thousands of Muslim families on the border.
So it’s a beautiful take about the separation of a mother and her 12-year kid because her mother was an illegal immigrant and the kid was an American born afghan.
But halfway through the book, I googled the book and saw that it was a children’s’ book. And that made it so clear! Because the writing is simple, childish, and very amateur. There comes this whole Max and Jason’s friendship thing and half of the book is about their adventures in different places of the city, exploring relationships around etc. Their blossoming friendship and escape is extremely adorable, don’t get me wrong but maybe I was looking for something much more along the lines of “what shall happen to this kid now” or “what’s happening to the mother as she is taken away?” Or “who will fight for these immigrants now?” But I guess naturally, the author avoided these serious issues bec it’s a kids book?
Nevertheless, it wasn’t a 2-star bad but it also wasn’t much more than a 3-star.
Maybe a 10 year old me would have given it a 4 stars.
3. Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng
3.5/5: This is not to say that I disliked the book. But I didn’t love, love it either. I mean for starters, the synopsis of this book is SO.BETRAYING. The story starts with the death of the oldest daughter of a Chinese-American family. Her dead body was found in a nearby lake and thus makes you think, aah that’s a good mystery. Little do the readers know that what follows is a time- jump to the 1970’s America when racial discrimination was at its worse. The rest of the story just takes up on the death of the girl to highlight the history of each and every member of the family, their individual personal struggles in coping up with life, one another and their environment.
The writing is done brilliantly, the characters are three-dimensional and spot on and the plot well, is really not a plot. It’s honestly more of a memoir of each person. I found a lot of things to be repetitive as well and oh boy, let’s not talk about that oh-so-sudden ending. I was waiting for something drastically happy to happen?? I mean the whole story was like making me want to read Bell Jar kinda depressing, and seeing how abruptly it summed up wasn’t very satisfying.
A detailed review will be up soooon.
4. The Naughtiest Girl in the School by Enid Blyton
5 fucking stars all the way, baby!
Aaah reading this book brought back all the wistful, innocent memories of grade 4 when my friend and I used to borrow these books part by part from the school library and used to hide the next part behind the shelves so that none other could borrow it! Haha, those were the simple days!
It follows the story of a girl named Elizabeth Allen who’s a rich, spoiled child. Much to her disappointment, she is sent to Whyteleafe Boarding School, and because Elizabeth is a spoiled brat, she hates everyone. She makes it her mission to be as naughty as possible so that she is sent back home. Her arrogant boisterous ways are so fun ti read here! She has quite a temper, and I remember relating to her as a child a lot hahaha because I was known in my class as a girl with a hot temper!!
Re-reading it makes me realise this book is so much more than just a naughty girl. It talks about gender discrimination, how girls are able to accomplish everything, how boys and girls should interact with one another, basic table-manners that every kid should have and most importantly, the much needed education system!! A self-student run boarding school where the head-master and mistress are only allowed to intervene in the toughest of issues (all concern Elizabeth haha). I think there is really no age to read this series. It is one of the most beautifully written children’s books out there.
5. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
4/5: I HAVE FOUND MY FAVOURITE AUTHOR FINALLY! All I want to do in life now is to go to Tokyo to meet this legend of a man, because anyone in their sane mind cannot read Murakami books and not go crazy over his insane-over-the-top writing-style.
I mean apart from those really weird sex scenes which completely threw me off from giving this book a 5-star, this was a very well-written book with a rich, voluptuous prose. Although the book has a single narrator throughout, we are told about the feelings of other people through the narrator, much like a stream of consciousness. The landscape and scenes of various cities of Japan are wonderfully described, making the reader want to visit all the movie-theaters where the protagonist used to go, or the subtle, peaceful, quiet institution where the love of his life was staying. This book is as realistic as it could get: things making no sense at all, emotions in a whirlwind, a young boy trapped between his first love and a fiercely, independent woman, a Japanese version of Harvey Specter, lots of Beatles’ songs thrown around with a couple of Gatsby references and the result is a very well-crafted Murakami book.
Full review to come sooon!
-That’s all for the month of July, folks! (Read it in Bugs Bunny voice)