Another month, another four books read.
5 out of 5 stars
I have become skeptical of books that are deemed classics, or must-reads, but this book is just that. It’s a beautifully told heartbreaking story of a young girl, the book thief, in Nazi Germany. It follows the story of her childhood during that time, from her foster family hiding a Jewish man in their basement to discovering her love for books and words. All told by the narrator – death.
It is a long book, but the book reads easily and it is one you can put down and pick up a few days later, although you won’t want to.
4.5 out of 5 stars
One of my favorite things about this book is the atmosphere the author creates with where the story takes place. Anna, the main character, takes a job on the remote Scottish island of Rum at a hotel in order to get away from her past. Seven guests are staying the week when a terrible storm hits the island, leaving them stuck. One of them is a murderer, and they’ve got their sights set on Anna.
It’s a gripping, chilling story of how people aren’t always who they appear to be, and that sleep isn’t always a good thing. The main twist is something you will never see coming.
5 out of 5 stars
1984 is one of my favorite books, and I’ve been wanting to read Animal Farm for years. The book tells the story of a farm of animals who decide to overthrow the human farmer so they can run the farm themselves. They are successful, and set forth in creating their own structure and commandments that they must live by, with the most important being “all animals are equal”. But due to their higher intellectual level, leadership is taken by the pigs, and the revolution beings to go wrong.
One of my favorite quotes from the book:
“He would be only too happy to let you make your own decisions for yourself. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be”
George Orwell was years ahead of his time and has a way of getting a message across without ever saying the exact words. It’s amazing how a simple story of animals on a farm can be so similar to real life. It’s a very short read, so I highly recommend giving it a read!
3 out of 5 stars
This was a very odd, unique story. It takes place in a village outside of London, where Dead Papa Toothwort, a mythical figure, is said to live. He listens to the village, specifically for Lanny, a young ethereal boy who just moved to the village.
The book isn’t bad, but the overall story and writing are a bit unusual. It’s very unique, with one part jumping from the thoughts of each person in the village. It’s definitely a magical fantasy kind of book. I’m just not sure how I feel about it overall. Not bad, but not amazing. I just couldn’t really get into the story.
Have you read any books recently?