I wasn’t sure whether to call this an August or a September recap… Technically we’ve only had three days of September, so I’m going with August! I moved back in with my parents, which means I have a horrendous commute again, but weirdly, I didn’t actually read all that much. Still getting used to the early mornings maybe? There was a lot of napping on the train. My favourite read this week was All the Birds in the Sky. READ IT! SO GOOD!
Heart – Johannes Hinrich von Borstel (2 stars)
I really really loved Giulia Enders’ Gut and I had assumed that this would be similar, a funny, but informative account of the workings of the heart. However, this book focussed primarily on the author’s own journey into medicine and why he himself was interested in the heart. The moments when he did talk about the workings of the organ used a fair amount of jargon, and I was disinterested. Not a fun science book by any means…
Strings – David Estes (3 stars)
I received this book in a subscription box! It isn’t one I would have ordinarily picked for myself. It’s the story of a girl, Pia, who has always lived in a mysterious scientific facility where mechanical strings control her every move. Slowly she begins to unravel the secrets of her past and discover why her life is the way it is. The book was OK, but didn’t grip me. It’s all about manipulation and power and control. The style and the story just weren’t really my thing…
The One Who Got Away – Caroline Overington (Australian author) (3 stars)
This one had been hyped up to me quite a bit as a gripping mystery. I’m not sure if I’m tough to impress when it comes to crime, but I was sorely disappointed in the ending of this book… It felt a little haphazard, and the twist that was supposed to shock had me rolling my eyes… However, a fun read if you’re not looking for anything too impressive.
The Black Key – Amy Ewing (3 stars)
I quite enjoyed this series, starting with The Jewel. I found the first book incredible, but as the world became bigger I became less enthusiastic. Still, this was an intriguing story of intrigue and revolution. A really fun read for those who miss dystopian tales after Divergent.
All the Birds in the Sky – Charlie Jane Anders (5 stars)
I cannot believe it has taken me over a year to get around to reading this INCREDIBLE novel! It’s a mix between fantasy and science fiction, balancing both genres impeccably. It plays with genre and form and character and everything amazing! JUST READ IT because it is so unique you’ll never find anything like it. I’m struggling to explain it because I loved it so much. Basically, a witch and a science nerd become friends as children then betray each other and move apart. When they meet again as adults, they are still drawn to each other and must work to save the future through the collision of their two very different worlds. It’s sort of what I wanted The Magicians by Lev Grossman to be, seamlessly mixing magic and the real world!
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling (Narrated by Stephen Fry) (5 stars)
This was devastating and incredible and do I even have to say any more than that? I get something else out of this series every time I reread and listening to the audio has just been wonderful! Stephen Fry voices everything so brilliantly! And now for the seventh – I can’t believe that I am once again almost at the end!
What did you read this week?