It’s getting colder and darker, the perfect weather for curling up under a big blanket and devouring a book or two.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
My reading slowed down significantly after the August Book Binge (you can read about it here and here). I did not manage to finish a book all through September because I was trying (and failing) to get into a book called The Taxidermist’s Daughter. After weeks of picking it up and getting bored, I gave up. Life is too short for books that don’t grab us!
But then, Gone Girl came into my life and I got right back into it.
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
I absolutely luuuurved this book! To read my review, click here.
The Hypnotist – Lars Keplar
Kate gave me this beast of a book for my birthday this year. It started amazingly, set the reader up with a seriously twisted villain and then sort of lost itself. The cover of the book has the tag line “Come face to face with fear itself”. And I was genuinely scared at the beginning. But that was 100 pages in, and I started to get disappointed soon after. Note: this is a 600+ page book.
We are introduced to a horrific, gruesome murder — which I think would have been a lot more exciting had it been the main story — and then move onto something completely different, and almost unrelated.
The stories were forced together very flimsily. I really think two different books could have been written because the characters I found the most interesting after their enticing entrances into the story were given very little attention. There were also random character quirks which were never explained, not even remotely. The main detective, Joona, in particular lacked any depth. He could have been amazing, but we were never shown enough for it to be so. I thought there were too many holes in the story as well, and although I was left guessing at the end, it was not a Gone Girl type of guessing, but rather a disgruntled confusion.
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Bildungsroman, drama, southern gothic
Ahhhh, this book. I read it for the first time in 2012 and absolutely loved it. Adam got me the sequel, Go Set a Watchman, for my birthday, so I decided to read To Kill a Mockingbird again to refresh my memory. This book is beautiful for so many reasons. It tells such important stories and teaches such important lessons.
Take a journey to Maycomb, Alabama, and spend summer days playing with Scout, Jem and Dill, three children fascinated by their neighbour, a recluse nicknamed Boo. Meet Atticus Finch, a lawyer tasked with defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman.
The characters will weave their way into your heart. Jem’s bravery, Scout’s strength, Calpurnia’s love and Atticus’s integrity are unforgettably described.
Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
This book has left me brokenhearted. I wrote this with a very funny feeling in my chest. I am completely disillusioned.
Go Set a Watchman is a very different book to To Kill a Mockingbird. It is written in the third-person, whereas TKAM was narrated by Scout (now called by her full name, Jean-Louise). This added a fair amount of distance to the story. I found Jean-Louise as wonderful as I found Scout, but a lot about Maycomb and its people left a sour taste in my mouth.
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