The Books I Have Read #3


Another month, another four books read.

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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.

Sleep by C.L. Taylor

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.

Animal Farm – George Orwell

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!

Lanny – Max Porter

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?

6 responses to “The Books I Have Read #3”

  1. Eena says:

    The Book Thief is actually one of my favorite books of all time! There’s something about it that makes me very eerie but very satisfying at the end.

    cabin twenty-four

  2. You have had a great reading month Kara with so many high score ratings! The Scottish Island book is calling to me as my Dad also lives on a remote island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. So I must tell him about this book. Great reviews as usual without giving away too much info! Happy reading xx

  3. Rashmi says:

    These are some amazing books… thanks for your honest reviews dear 🙂
    Beauty and fashion/Rampdiary

  4. Lovely says:

    The Book Thief has a great story! I love it!


  5. Kinga says:

    I like Animal Farm ❤

  6. Angie says:

    the book thief is one of my favourite books – so heartbreaking, but I love the characters dearly. I’m glad you got to read it and enjoy it!