Hello everyone! In this post I will be summing up what I have read this past month of April, which hasn’t been that great in terms of the amount of books I was able to read. I don’t know why but April wasn’t a very good month for me, I had a reading slump towards the middle of the month, and I just wasn’t that motivated towards reading much. I also wasn’t able to write this yesterday, but anyways, here it is! Let’s jump right into this wrap up 😊
1984 | George Orwell ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I feel like I’ve read this book years ago, instead of just this month, but this book was really not what I expected, and not necessarily in a bad way. 1984 was the second George Orwell book I’ve read so far, and I have to say that he is becoming one of my favorite authors when it come to satires. I feel like his books have always been relevant and true when it comes to politics. This book deals with an extreme form of totalitarianism, and if you think about it, how far are we from becoming what The Party in 1984 represents? A must read for anyone who is into dystopians, only that in this case, it is taken to an extreme.
Thirteen Reasons Why | Jay Asher
This one was a hard one for me to review, and that’s why I have decided not to rate it. While I had MAJOR issues with a lot of actions that happened in this book, and how the main character dealt with those issues, I can’t judge whether it’s right or not to react or deal with something in a certain way like she did. It is easy for us to say that we would have done something different, yet everyone has different ways of coping with life and with anything that happens in life as well. I do have to say that I LOVED the TV show, whilst I didn’t quite much enjoy the book.
Exit West | Mohsin Hamid ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was an amazing and heartbreaking book. I would definitely recommend this to literally anyone, so that they could experience at least through words the hell that refugees have to live every single day and the prejudice and hardships they have to endure. While not much action occurs in Exit West, what we have is a realistic portrayal of what it is like living in a country in the middle of a civil war, and the consequences leaving your homeland has. Plus, Hamid incorporates in Exit West a twist on the novel that makes this fall under the category of magical realism. You can check down below my full review if you are interested in knowing more.
⭐⭐⭐ Everything I Never Told You | Celeste Ng
I seem to be in the minority in regards to this book, because everyone seems to love it, while I just thought it was an okayish book. It does have an element of mystery as to what happened to Lydia, but honestly, the story did not grab my attention at all. The characters were horrible to each other, and the decisions they made were awful. By the end of it I couldn’t care less about what had actually happened to Lydia and was just wishing for this book to end. It does deal with issues like racism and discrimination which were interesting to read about, but other than that, I was hugely let down by this.
Beyond The Bright Sea | Lauren Wolk ⭐⭐⭐
This middle grade novel was well-paced, filled with mystery at every turn of the page, yet for me, I think it was the characters that stood out, more than the whole mysterious treasure island plotline. This story is mainly Crow’s story, her journey to figure out her own identity, where she came from, who were her parents, and who she is. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fast read, with well rounded characters, and a touch of adventure. This one comes out tomorrow, so go grab it if you think this may be the book for you! You can also check out my full review if you are interested.
⭐⭐⭐ Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth | Warsan Shire
This is a bind-up of no more than 40 pages of poems that deal with a huge number of issues. It tackles discrimination, racism, sexual abuse, and more. It is bold, straight up to your face kind of bold, and Warsan does not shy away from anything. It is her story, the story of her mother, of her country, told in a lyrical and beautiful way. If you are into poetry that deals with important social issues, then this is definitely for you. It wasn’t the most favorite poetry book I’ve read, but it was touching and eye-opening in many ways.
That’s it guys! Those are the few things I got around to reading this month, not many like I’ve said, but I’m hoping that May will be a better reading month for me. What did you guys read on April? Tell me on the comments below, and have a nice day!