Since December 2016, I have been getting into reading and made it a goal to read at least 40 books this year. So, this summer I thought I would make it a goal to write up what I have read during that month. So here it is…
The Series of Unfortunate Events
The series follows the children journey to find their permanent guardian after the death of their parents from a tragic fire. In the ‘The Reptile Room‘ we see their experience with their second guardian Dr Montgomery and the unfortunate events that follow. As for ‘The Wide Window‘ it follows their lives with Aunt Josephine and ‘The Miserable Mill‘ with their guardian Sir, as well as their experience in the Lumbermill. With that being said, each book ends tragically as it states in the beginning of every book. Personally, I love this series, and it’s my second time reading it through since I was a kid. I love the quirkiness of the stories, the family element, but also the mystery that is connected to it. This series is not just for kids, but for any age, and I think anyone can take something from it. The fun part of it is that I have been watching it alongside the TV show, and it is kind of fascinating to compare how you had imagine it and the depiction from the show. It is a series that I definitely recommend anyone to get into.
‘The Harrowing‘, is a story that follows 5 peoples experience of the paranormal during their Thanksgiving break in the college dorms. I must say this book was my introductory book to the genre of Horror, and I must say while I was reading this book it felt like I was watching a horror movie, so it definitely tick that box. In addition to that, I think it has its creepier moments in it, maybe even creepier than just watching it, as it is up to your imagination. However, I felt like there was too much teenage angst and it was your typical horror movie story, but there was definitely a lot of suspense and left me at the edge of my seat.
The Lives of Stella Bain
‘The Lives of Stella Bain‘ is an Historical Fiction set in 1916, that follows a woman who wakes up in a hospital in France, and she can only remember that her name is Stella Bain and that she can drive an ambulance. There is a lot to the story, however if I told you what goes on, it would spoil it. So, what I will say is that the story was so very intriguing and compelling, however it lack the suspense that I was expecting from the synopsis. Yet, the story itself was definitely satisfying, and a good quick read, especially since I read this after ’13 Reasons Why’ it allowed me not to linger to long on the book, so that was great. Overall, if you are looking for a good historical fiction to read, that has its twist in it, this would be a good one to try out.
The Rest Of Us Just Live Here
My gosh this was an amazing book! I loved how there were elements of mental health issues raised, alongside a compelling story of a group of characters who are experiencing things such as monster invasion, vampires and etc. Funny enough, the characters that we see are not the so called “chosen one”, or the one to save the world. It is definitely something I have not encountered in a book before. I loved how the ‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here‘ had so many relatable elements to it; from the relationships between the characters, to the situations that they encounter, such as graduation, prom, hanging out with your friends etc. This story reminds so much of ‘Paper Towns‘ by John Green, but it adds that additional mystery and fantasy element to it, which I could not get enough of. So, this was definitely a brilliant read.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
What can I say about ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone‘, this is definitely a nostalgic read, and really made me fall back into reading more fantasy books, but also this book has left me craving to watch all the movies and read all the books again. Much like ‘The Series of Unfortunate Events’, after reading the book I ended up re-watching the first movie, and it was great to compare the book and the movie version. I will say that this book took me a while to really get into it, and it’s mainly the reason that I knew the world all to well, so there wasn’t an element of surprise, that I usually enjoy in a fresh new book, yet this doesn’t mean that the book is boring, it is just the element of surprise that I lost, due to the familiarity of the story. In contrast, there isn’t too much to add, that hasn’t been already said, but it is a fantastic read, and really allows you to dive into a mystical and wondrous world of magic.
So, those are my reads for May, I hope to read just as much or more in June, I hope you enjoyed my May reading list.