May Books (Short Reviews)

Hello people. May was a very good month for me for some reason, and I managed to read 17 books. I don’t know how it happened but it did. So I’m going to do a really short review of all of them, which includes the rating and some other stuff.

1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare

I hadn’t read any Shakespeare for a few years, and I always put them off because I thought they were quite tedious. And I was kind of wrong. Now the narrative was a bit difficult to get through but the story was quite interesting. I gave this 3/5 stars.

2. The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde

I really liked this book, and I was quite surprised by it. It was really funny especially near the end, with all the mix-ups between the names, and of course Lady Bracknell’s lines were hilarious. I gave this 4/5 stars and I highly urge you to read, since it’s quite short.

3. Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Since I had seen the movie twice before reading the book, the plot was already known. But I think that helped in understanding it better, since the writing was a bit monotonous. I rated this book 3/5 stars, and honestly, in my opinion the movie is better.

4. The Universe vs. Alex Woods – Gavin Extence

This book was AMAZING. I loved it and it made my best books list. The plot, and the characters are so beautifully formed, and the writing is simple yet enchanting. I gave this book a full 5/5 stars, and I wish I could give it more.

5. Look Who’s Back – Timur Vermes

When you read the summary of this book, it instantly gets your attention. The plot idea is very interesting and has the potential to be amazing, but unfortunately the book doesn’t live up to it. The book is filled with long descriptions and monologues that frankly are very tedious. I gave this book 3/5 stars.

6. The Iron Giant – Ted Hughes

This book is a childrens book that my teacher read to my class when I was in primary school. I remembered the basic plot, and even though the writing is very simplified, it still manages to be a heart-warming story. I gave this 4/5 stars.

7. The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin

This book contains a compelling mystery, a bookstore, a lonely widowed bookkeeper, and a special surprise left at his door. The story manages to incorporate many characters, and intertwine their lives together in a delightful way. I gave this 5/5 stars.

8. Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy

This book is a nonfiction about stopping procrastination, and organizing your life. This book has 21 different topics that are each treated in a very straightforward which I liked. Unlike other self help books this one didn’t say the same thing over and over again, and managed to be very helpful. I gave this 4/5 stars.

9. Nobody Is Ever Missing – Catherine Lacey

This book is about a woman with a mental illness who decides to abandon her “normal” life and go to New Zealand. This book is very psychological and the writing is sometimes very drawn out, but mostly it stays away from being boring. I gave this 4/5 stars.

10. Martyn Pig – Kevin Brooks

This book has an awesome plot, and amazing character but a very disappointing ending. It started out very well, and it catches your attention instantly. If the ending had been different this book would have gotten a full 5/5 stars, but unfortunately it got 4/5. Some people might like the ending, so try it out and tell me what you think.70680-img_5940

11. Daughter Of Smoke & Bone – Laini Taylor (Daughter Of Smoke & Bone #1)

I normally don’t like fantasy books, especially not trilogies, but this one completely changed my opinion of them. This book sucks you in from the very first page, and it continues to amaze throughout with its beautiful and enchanting writing. Another bonus is that it is set in Prague, and some of the descriptions are absolutely breathtaking. I gave this 5/5 stars.

12. Days Of Blood & Starlight – Laini Taylor (Daughter Of Smoke & Bone #2)

This book didn’t live up to its predecessor but it was quite good nonetheless. Even though this book gets a bit tedious in some places, it is still a thrilling read. The characters continue to develop and are more fleshed out than in the previous. I gave it 4/5 stars.

13. Night Of Cake & Puppets – Laini Taylor (Daughter Of Smoke & Bone #2.5)

This novella is the most adorable and charming novella. I would advise you to read the 2 previous books just so you can read this one. It features the pleasant love story between two characters, set against the beautiful backdrop of a snowy day in Prague. I gave this 5/5 stars.

14. Dreams Of Gods & Monsters – Laini Taylor (Daughter Of Smoke & Bone #3)

This book was a nice ending to the trilogy but a bit disappointing considering the two previous books. I found the side story a bit boring, and I honestly couldn’t wait for it to end. The ending gets a bit complicated and confusing, so I skimmed through it. I gave this 4/5 stars.

15. Paper Towns – John Green

As you know the movie version of this is being made, so I thought I had better get to reading it. Thank god I did because it was great. The mystery was very thrilling, but what really stood out was the friendship that develops between the characters. I gave this 5/5 stars.

16. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan

This is the second book this month that contains a bookstore. There is something very lovely about reading a book about books, in this case about huge leather-bound books containing strange symbols. The main character is very likeable and modern, which is rare to find even in new books. I gave this 5/5 stars.

17. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

In the 4th book I read this month, Kurt Vonnegut’s books had a big part, so I thought I’d read one. I was a bit dissatisfied with it though, I was expecting a more attention grabbing story. Instead I got a story about time travel, with very simple writing, too simple actually. I gave this 3/5 stars.


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