Siege and Storm – Book Review

Siege-and-StormLast week I finished reading Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, the second book in the Grishaverse Trilogy. We finally get to meet Nikolai, whom everyone has been talking about and I’m sorry to admit, but he was the most exciting thing about the book. Maybe I’m not the target audience for this series. I was more interested in the characters and there’s some great dialogue, some quotable quotes. But I feel like the villain, The Darkling, and Nikolai shine brightest for me in the series. Alina and Mal aren’t that vivid to me and I’m not that interested in them but I have already started the last book, Ruin and Rising.

My rating: 3/5 stars

Have you read Siege and Storm? What did you think?

Top 5 Classic Books

Lately, I haven’t been reading too many classics. I feel like I have to be in the right headspace to enjoy them. It’s been some time since I’ve read these but I always think about them and someday I would like to reread them. Here are my top 5 favorite classic books.

1) 1984 by George Orwell. One of my all-time favorite books that I believe everyone should read because it’s very relevant even today.

2) Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. I still have this whole series and it’s one of those books that I’ve loved since I was young.

3) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Another book that is still relevant today. Another all-time favorite book.

4) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Great well-written little adventure book, perfect for all ages.

5) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. This one gets up there with the hard to understand language but it’s still one of my favorite classics.

What are some of your all-time favorite classic books?

Motherless Brooklyn – Book Review

Motherless-BrooklynThis week I read Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem and I’m in love. I loved the writing style. I loved the pacing. This book definitely checks all the boxes for my ideal book. We follow Lionel Essrog, an orphaned young man who has Tourette’s. Tourette’s is no laughing matter but I couldn’t help but laugh at the situations it gets Lionel in and his random tics at the most inappropriate times. The novel is heavily character driven and if there wasn’t Lionel Essrog, this would just be another run of the mill crime novel. This book is definitely one my favorites of the year.

My rating: 5/5 stars

Have you read Motherless Brooklyn? If so, what did you think about Lionel Essrog?

Shadow and Bone – Book Review

shadow-and-boneI first came across Leigh Bardugo when I came across her book Six of Crows. It’s a young adult fantasy book which, until then, I wasn’t a huge fan of. But that changed when I finished Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom thereafter. I had no plans of reading her earlier books because I already loved Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom so I saw no need to read them. But there was a lot of hype when her new book that’s based in the Grishaverse came out, so I decided to give her first three books a try since it’s in the same world.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo is also a young adult fantasy book about Alina Starkov as she finds out she’s a very powerful Grisha, who are people that posses and practice magic in the Second Army of the King. I thought that the book was well written and flowed well allowing for a quick read. There were moments that took me by surprise and moments that I was able to guess but not all of it (fine it was only one thing I guessed right). I loved the characterization and the fact that they were morally gray. I just love Bardugo’s ability to create such intriguing characters and lets them make mistakes, lets them be human.

My rating: 4/5 stars

If you’ve read Shadow and Bone, what did you think of it?

Eat, Pray, Love – Book Review

eat-pray-loveEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is a memoir about Elizabeth’s life after her divorce where she travels for one year to Italy, India, and Indonesia. In general, it was a well thought out and cleverly written book. I think Gilbert is a great writer. I had fun on her spiritual and physical journey towards, I suppose, finding herself. Some parts were long winded especially in India and a little in Indonesia, parts where I skimmed ahead. It definitely made me think about my own life but I think it would do with some editing. Great book for life quotes, though.

My rating: 3/5 stars

If you’ve read Eat, Pray, Love, what did you think about it?