This 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?
I 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 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?
I started Paralegal classes last week so I have even more stuff to read now. As a result, I haven’t finished reading Eat, Pray, Love yet but I’m sure I will by next week. So I have decided to do something different and list my top favorite book tropes.
1) Enemies to Friends to Lovers. I love that slow burn love where the couple starts out hating each other but by the end of the book, they can’t imagine being apart.
2) The Antihero. I love reading about morally grey characters and their redemption story, even unlikeable villainous characters about whom you find out the reason behind their villainy and understand where they are coming from.
3) Utopia is actually a dystopia. At the beginning of the story, it might seem great, this utopic world but you soon come to find out at what cost like in The Giver.
4) Unrequited love/forbidden love. We all have crushes and it’s something we can relate to when we read about them in books as well as forbidden love. Two people that stand against all odds.
5) Road Trip/Adventure. Especially with enemies who fall in love or a group of antihero’s who are all friends.
What are some of your favorite tropes that you love to read about in books?
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I recently finished reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Marier. A tiny bit slow to start but I pushed through to the first 100 pages, reading it out loud to myself to focus, and then it was my jam.
At first, the narrator (whose name is never relieved) was annoying, a pushover and a 21-year-old who was easily persuaded into marrying a 40-year-old man, which I was very bothered by. Come to think of it, I didn’t like any of the characters in this book but in a good way. I felt like the main characters were all morally gray (a mix between good and bad) and I love that in a book.
At 200 pages, we were steaming along a well-paced, beautifully written and subtly creepy story, a classic and one that I hope you read. It’s definitely worth it.
My rating: 4/5 stars
If you’ve read Rebecca, what did you think about it?