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Time for another What I Read Last Month episode! As far as reading goes, May went exceptionally well! I re-read one of my favourite childhood series, travelled to India through the pages of an amazing book, and returned to the world of Panem.
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“The human brain is wired to cope with grief. It knows even as we fall into unfathomably dark places, there will be light again, and if we just keep moving forward in one brave straight line, however slowly, we’ll find our way back again.”
This is not an easy review to write. The first 29% of the book made me want to quit reading — perhaps because I had just finished reading PS I Love You, and this felt painfully similar. At that point, I actually mentioned to a friend of mine that it was a “three-star-read” at most. By the 50% mark, I started enjoying it. At 60%, I got sucked in. Grief is not an easy thing to deal with, and I’m keen on reading about the different ways people cope with loss. Despite my initial boredom, I grew to love the characters and their storylines. The ending was absolutely epic, and it bumped up my rating to four stars!
“When you know that something’s going to happen, you’ll start trying to see signs of its approach in just about everything. Always try to remember that most of the things that happen in this world aren’t signs. They happen because they happen, and their only real significance lies in normal cause and effect. You’ll drive yourself crazy if you start trying to pry the meaning out of every gust of wind or rain squall. I’m not denying that there might actually be a few signs that you won’t want to miss. Knowing the difference is the tricky part.”
I managed to read almost the whole Belgariad series in May (4 out of the 5 books). I first read these when I was about 12 and was curious to see whether I would still like them now. I’m pleased to say I did! Eddings plotting skills are simply magnificent, and most readers quickly fall in love with both the characters and the storyline. If you’ve never read any of Eddings books, I highly recommend you put them on your TBR.
You can blame it on the circumstances, the environment, but you made the choices you made, no one else. It’s a lot to take in all at once, but it’s essential that you make an effort to answer that question. Who are human beings? Because who we are determines the type of governing we need. Later on, I hope you can reflect and be honest with yourself about that you learned tonight.
I’m not going to lie, I put off starting this book for several days after it arrived. I kept seeing many negative reviews, and I simply wasn’t ready for this book to ruin my favourite series. The first two hundred pages were sloooooow, but when it finally started picking up, I could not put it down. I was afraid Collins would try to “redeem” Snow in this book, but that thankfully wasn’t the case.
Looking back, I have to admit I genuinely enjoyed the book. If it wasn’t for the beginning of the book, I would give it five stars.
“Hadn’t Gandhi-ji said, An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind?”
Reese’s Book Club pick for May was amazing! Though I’ve never been to India, this book made me feel like I was right in the middle of Lakshmi’s room, having her paint a beautiful henna on my hands. The colours and smells were desired so well — I could easily see and smell them.
The story is both painful and inspirational. you find yourself rejoicing over the characters’ joys and achievements and feeling deeply their pains and losses.
QOTD: Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR?
PS: This post wouldn’t make it on the blog today without Olivia’s “tough love and loving support” (her words, not mine). Writer’s block (aka laziness resulting in lack of motivation) is real, y’all!
PSS: If you have your own What I Read Last Month series, I would love to have a look! Leave a link to your blog in the comments.