It feels like forever since I last did a book review! Since I’ve read quite a few good books recently, I thought I’d review them all in one post. I’m currently on my 22nd book of the year, which means I’m just over halfway through my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’m hoping to read 40 books by January – seems feasible judging by how many books I’ve read thus far. I’ve tried to make these reviews brief so that I don’t give away too much of the plot.
No and Me – Delphine de Vigan
No and Me was originally a French book, but was translated into English due to its unexpected success. It is about Lou, a teenager with a high IQ, who becomes fascinated with a homeless girl after a chance encounter. The book is full of poetical language – one of my favourite quotes is “I close my eyes, I am a tiny speck of dust, an invisible particle, weightless as a sigh” – and will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.
Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Septeys
Between Shades of Gray is a poignant novel that describes a side of the Second World War that not many people are aware of. Lina is just a young teenager when she is taken away from her home in Lithuania by Soviet guards and deported to Siberia, where she is forced to endure hard labour and harsh weather conditions along with her mother and younger brother. She has no idea if she’ll ever be able to return home again and see her father.
Ruta Septeys has written a gripping and vivid story that is quite difficult to read in parts. Lina is surprisingly brave and courageous, despite the atrocities of the time, and she remains hopeful. I’d recommend Between Shades of Gray to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and is interested in the Second World War.
The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Language of Flowers is a moving tale about a girl called Victoria who grew up in foster care. When she is finally emancipated, Victoria ends up on the streets. Fortunately, her knowledge of flowers comes in handy and she is able to get a job at a flower shop. Victoria is a complex character and some of the decisions she makes are very juvenile. She has a habit of pushing everyone away from her, and I did find this quite frustrating. Nevertheless, Victoria did grow up a lot over the course of the novel and I was able to sympathise with her.
A Little Something Different – Sandy Hall
Sandy Hall’s A Little Something Different is definitely what is says on the cover – something different. The book is unique in that is told from the other characters’ perspectives, rather than that of the protagonists. We read about how college students Gabe and Lea fall in love through their friends, classmates, teachers, and even a squirrel and bench (yep, seriously). I loved this way of telling the story as I’ve never come across it before and I enjoy reading books with multiple perspectives. However, I would’ve liked to have read Gabe and Lea’s thoughts too – they were always so awkward around each other but everyone else could see that they were meant to be.
What have you read recently? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned in this post?