We all know how much of a book nerd I am, and I have really been trying to use this time in lockdown to get through the books that have been sitting on my shelves for the longest time! I have already listed some books that I would recommend to read during lockdown, which you can read here, but for today’s post, I thought I would share with you the books I’ve read so far.
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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
I have already written a review on this book, which you can read here, but in short, this was the first book I *finished* in Lockdown, so I’m going to count it! I really did enjoy it for the most part, but I did find that sometimes parts lacked more than others, and I had to focus quite a lot on those parts, which wasn’t my favourite thing about this book. But I would absolutely recommend it, if you want to read a book that gives definite Grand Budapest Hotel vibes. Maybe it was just me. Read it to find out!
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Again, I have already reviewed this book (you can read my thoughts here) so I’ll try and keep it short; I didn’t think I’d love it until the very last page when everything changed. If you know, you know, but bloody hell, Oscar Wilde just went and did that. I personally wasn’t a fan of the poetic writing style that Wilde has, but I think that’s just personal preference. However, for the most part it didn’t take too much away from my overall reading experience. It’s a very short classic, so I’d definitely recommend reading this one!
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
This is one I’ve been meaning to read for at least a year now, maybe two. I was absolutely blown away by this book; was it perfect? No. But it lived up to my expectations, and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it. It didn’t take me too long either; although the content of the story isn’t the easiest to read, I found I really liked Whitehead’s writing style, and it made the story flow. There are parts where the chapters start off in the “present” (for the characters) and then jumps back in time, but once you get used to this way of writing, it’s not bad to read at all!
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
This was a re-read, although the last time I read it was back when I was doing my GCSE’s. I think we’ve all read Of Mice and Men, and we all know the basic story; George and Lennie are living in America during the great depression, and are looking for work. It’s a very short read, and I think I read it over a few days in total. I remember I did enjoy the story when I first read it, but it wasn’t anything super special for me, and I think my feelings remain the same having read it a second time.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Again, I’ve reviewed this one already, which you can read here. This book has been out for quite a few years now, and there are loads of books in the Ladies’ Detective Agency series. I adored this book; I loved that it was set in Botswana, I loved how accurate McCall Smith’s representation of Africa was, and I loved the characters too. I did say in my review, I found sometimes that things seemed a bit easy for the protagonist at times, but I think the point is that it’s meant to be an easy read, so although that was a bit of a negative for me, it didn’t take too much away from the book. I definitely recommend it if you haven’t read it already!
The Optician of Lampedusa by Emma Jane Kirby
This was the most recent book I finished, and I loved it. You can read my review on it here, but in short, it’s a really lovely book about human nature, and helping others. There are some really difficult descriptions in this book, as it’s about refugees who travel across from North Africa to Italy, and some of the struggles that they are faced with; as well as the struggles faced by a group of friends who try to help some refugees after their boat sinks. If you haven’t read this already, you must! It’s one of those books that will definitely sit with you long after you finish reading it.
The Salmon Who Dared to Leap Higher by Ahn Do-hyun
I finished this book on the same day as The Optician of Lampedusa, mainly because they’re both the same length, and I was already most of the way through, so just thought I’d keep my reading game strong and finish two books! I don’t know how I felt about this book as a whole; I liked the messages it gave, about how it’s fine to be different to those around you, and that we should treat the environment with respect. I loved the artwork too. However, I just didn’t love it that much. It was just okay for me; I’m glad I finally got around to reading it, but I don’t think I’ll be in a rush to read it again soon.
The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan
And the book that I am currently reading! I’m about halfway through The Bloodprint, and like the book above, I don’t know how I feel about it. I’ve seen some very mixed reviews on Goodreads about this, and at the moment it’s sitting on a 2 or 3 star rating for me. I find that the writing style is a bit meh, and it could really do with more description on how the magic in this world works. It is a fantasy, and it looks at things such as religion and feminism. I loved the idea, and I think it really had the potential to be a really great book but so far I’ve found myself feeling quite confused while reading it. I am going to carry on and try to finish it, because I am invested enough in the story to see what happens; but it’s certainly not going to be one of my favourite books that I read this year.
So that is all for today’s post! I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books, and what you thought of them… or, let me know some of the books you’ve been reading in lockdown!