January was great in terms of reading, I really enjoyed unwinding with books after work and just getting lost in a story. Here’s what I read.
An abundance of Katherines- John Green
Young adult fiction is not a genre I read often, but because I loved The Fault in our Stars (and bawled my eyes out) by the same author, I decided to give this a go. I thought it was a funny coming of age story- the main character has dated only girls called Katherine and after being dumped by the 18th, decides to write a mathematical theorem to explain it- the plot is original and witty. I loved how Colin dealt with falling short of his dreams, something I think everyone young or old can relate to. The math can be dizzying, but I’m glad I branched out and read this
Milk n Honey – Rupi Kaur
My friend Ose and I read this together in order to discuss (side eye Ose, totally calling you out). I’ve only in recent years become accustomed to this style of poetry and not gonna lie, I used to turn up my nose at it. I didn’t love the first chapter “The hurting” and kept on reading waiting to feel something. Then when I got to “The Breaking” my goodness, I had to take breaks to calm myself. The simplicity I sneered it is the same thing that pulled me in and held me. I read the e-book, but this is one that needs to be by my bedside. It’s not a lot, and I think that rather than read it all in an hour, one should have it, hold it, mark it up, pick it up again, over and over. It moved me.
The Paris Letters- Janice McLeod.
This was simply delightful- A true life account of how a woman left a soul sucking job, saved and moved to Paris. As I read, I kept waiting for something to happen, especially as this wasn’t a fairy-tale but it truly does have a happy ending. After getting over my twinge of jealousy, I really enjoyed the book for what it was and even saw the sacrifice it took to achieve that dream. This is real life chick lit and so many time I wanted to jump into the pages. I want it all, the romance, the food, the art and this book inspired me just a little more to go for the life I want!
A Man called Ove- Fredrik Backman
Before I started this book, I asked people if they always read synopses before starting a book and got varied responses. I didn’t read the synopsis of this book and I was confused at first, like errr who is this man and what is the point? I love the way the book unfolds and the delicate way things are revealed in this book. A Man Called Ove is the story of a grumpy old man who does things his own way and has no patience for nonsense. He is the neighbourhood grouch but as we read about him- that changes, it’s not him that changes, but you the reader. I love how this book dealt with some really heavy themes and wove it all into a funny, tear-jerking and thoughtful novel. At the end I found out this was based on a real life person, which made it 100times better. This is by far the BEST Book I’ve read in a long time and my favourite for the month.
Between Shades of Gray- Ruta Sepetys
This was a haunting and heartbreaking story that I’m so glad I read. I don’t think I had ever read anything set in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and other countries that the Soviet Union annexed. My goodness it was harrowing! It’s so important to read stories like this, to see the pains humans can inflict on one another, especially untold stories. It’s not all pain though, the story is told from the perspective of Lina, a 16 year old hoping for her family to reunite with their father. She is a gifted artist and her art helps her hold on to hope and identity through the horrors they experienced. It was really hard to tear myself away from this book and there’s so much about the human experience embedded in it.
Have you read any of these? Please share what you thought, I’d also love some book recommendations and to know what you’re currently reading! I want my to-read list to just get longer and longer!