Sunday, 3 July 2016

June Reading Wrap Up

This month I managed to read 3 books. Normally I would be disappointed with this as I am a fast reader and can easily read 2+ books a week in the summer. However, I have been really busy this month so I'm trying not to get myself too down about it. I was jetlagged for the majority of the first week and then since I started working again I've been doing a lot of overtime. Hopefully I'll read more in July as it will be a bit quieter and my lunch breaks are actually really good reading time for me. Plus I really enjoyed the books I read this month which really motivates me to read more next month.


Soundless by Richelle Mead - This is a YA fantasy novel about a village in China in which everyone is deaf. The village is in an isolated mountain area that's dangerous to travel to. The village survives on food that they receive on a zip line in exchange for precious metals mined from the mountains. The miners in the village are very poor and work long hours in dangerous conditions but the central character works as an artist's apprentice, painting the records of the village. However, people are starting to loose their sight as well and the food coming up the zipline is decreasing in quantity. One night Fei is woken up by a strange sensation she doesn't understand. Sound. And it changes everything.  For a while I've kind of felt like I've been outgrowing YA fiction but I still really enjoyed this book. It was a really unique plot and I haven't read a lot of books set in China/based on Chinese folklore so it was really refreshing and fun. Despite being a really short book things felt well explained and it really works. This is also a stand alone. It seems like a lot of books are pointlessly made into series at the moment so it's nice to see a book that's just intended to be completely told in the one book. I gave it 4/5 stars and I'm really glad I read it. 

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - I first read this in high school as it was the book that my higher English class studied. I actually really enjoyed it and I try to reread it every year as it's quite short. I don't normally enjoy classics but I think studying this really helped me understand the book so I actually love this. It's about colonialism. Even though it's written through the perspective of a white Brit it's quite an open view. It shows all the confusion and uncertainty through the colonial period and the irony of how the people who were trying to civilise 'savages' were actually becoming more savage themselves in the process. The writing is also so beautiful and descriptive, there are so many amazing quotes in this one! I rated it 5/5 stars and would seriously recommend it!

The Girls by Lori Lansens - One of my relatives gave me this book whilst I was in Canada and I really enjoyed reading it. It's also not something I would rush towards on my own so it's nice to be pushed towards trying something new.  This book is written like the autobiography of two girls. The twist? They're conjoined twins. It's really interesting because they tell their life stories but one of the twins is much more open about their 'secrets' than the other which creates a really interesting narrative. I definitely preferred one of the twins writing to the other so found that some of the book was a little boring. This is a problem that I find with a lot of dual narrative books. That being said I still really enjoyed it and I'm glad that I read it. I've rated it 4/5 stars on Goodreads but it's realistically more like 3.5. It's also set near where my relatives live in Canada so it's been interesting to read about places I've actually been.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? If you'd like to keep up to date with what I'm reading you can add me as a friend on GoodReads here.

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