Hello there everyone! It’s honestly such a pain trying to think of a proper greeting for every blog post of mine. Today’s post is a bit different, I’ll be doing mini book reviews of all the books I read during the month of July. Some books I loved and some just did not click. So, we’ll be going through each book and I will let you know with regards to my honest opinion on each book. If you read my previous post where I eat ice cream with you guys, you would know that I have got back to reading. The libraries in Sri Lanka aren’t open to visitors yet, but there is an online ordering system that can be utilized for the time being. Let’s jump right into the reviews!
13 REASONS WHY
You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.
This has been on my TBR list in FOREVER. This book needs no introduction, if you are a book nerd then you know that this book is one of the most hyped YA books, it even has its own Netflix Series. I managed to finish this book in one day due to two reasons:
- I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time.
- I had already read up on the basic plot on Wikipedia, hence, I somewhat knew the thirteen reasons and needed no introduction. Knowing the reasons to some extent pushed me to read the book faster. Cause the thirst was real.
To say the least, the book most certainly did not disappoint. It was quite a rocky ride reading the book and trying to understand the things that Hannah went through. It was just horrible. Many people tend to dislike the book stating that it glorifies suicide and Hannah killed herself for petty reasons. All I want to say is things are different for every person. Some people feel things intensely and that’s how they are. The book in terms of writing and description was good. It was unputdownable (is that a word?).
THE POET X
A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.
So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.
I have never in my life loved poetry. From all the books I have read this was the first-ever poetry styled book that I was willing to read through. I was a bit skeptical at the start about borrowing this particular book. I make it a point to read reviews and assess the book before I borrow it. So when I was doing my research pre-borrowing I realized that the book was in the form of poetry. For me, that was like a big NO, but I decided to give it a go anyways. And I was not disappointed one bit.
I loved the book right from the beginning. Xiomara is such a strong character and her thinking is quite extraordinary. Some of the thoughts she expressed, I think could make teens feel better because she isn’t the only one feeling those things. Every page had something beautiful on it. Elizabeth Acevedo did such a wonderful job with the poetry that I cannot wait to read another book from her. Every word in that book was carefully chosen and belonged exactly where Elizabeth wanted it. I would recommend giving this book a read.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it. “To Kill A Mockingbird” became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, “To Kill A Mockingbird” takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
I have heard of this book over and over again. But no matter how many times people tell me to not judge a book by its cover. I am guilty of judging this book by its cover. Each time I’ve wanted to read this it’s drifted back to the shelves because the cover simply did not interest me. I finally picked it up and wow it was quite a memorable read. The story of Boo Radley and Tom Robinson’s case kept me on my toes throughout.
The story teaches you plenty of lessons, one being to never judge a person from what you hear about them. Atticus would be my favourite character, his mature thinking and standing up for what’s right, the way he handled himself and the case. He’s a role model to all role models! The story had such a wonderful flow and Harper Lee most certainly needs to be proud of this masterpiece! I wish we did this book at school for literature, it would’ve been wonderful trying to read beyond the lines and host meaningful discussions about issues mentioned in this book.
Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet existence, and they’re slowly becoming more apparent.
Clara and Hailey are at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys.
As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be her own person.
Gemini. It was not an ordinary story. The main characters were extraordinary. Clara and Hailey, conjoined from their backs, are human beings who have very different interests. I was excited initially to get my hands on this book, one point being that I had barely read a book of this sort. I was a teeny bit let down though, I didn’t exactly have the motivation to keep going. Sonya didn’t exactly get me hooked right from the beginning. Towards the end, the story did get more exciting. I expected the twins to get a surgery done, but thankfully they didn’t and they embraced who they are.
THE EXECUETIONER’S DAUGHTER
Thrilling adventure set in the underbelly of the Tower of London and on the Thames in Tudor times
Moss hates her life. As the daughter of the Executioner in the Tower of London, it’s her job to catch the heads in her basket after her father has chopped them off. She dreams of leaving, but they are prisoners with no way out.
Then Moss discovers a hidden tunnel that takes her to freedom, where she learns that her life isn’t what she believes it to be and she doesn’t know who to trust.
Her search for the truth takes her on a journey along the great River Thames. Could the answers lie deep in its murky depths?
I didn’t enjoy this book. I would’ve given it a more accurate rating of 2.5 stars. The plot exactly wasn’t the most exciting/organized. Moss I detested, her father does everything in his possible reach to keep her safe and she runs away, endangering herself. It felt like a book for younger readers, I wouldn’t exactly recommend YA to read it. In summary, I would not recommend this book. The only interesting bit was when the author decided to include Anne Boleyn and a bit of her story, that part made me curious to dig into King Henry’s life.
That was all the book reviews I had to offer for today. I am hoping that some of you managed to add some of these books to your TBR lists. If you have read any of the books I mentioned above, then let me know on your thoughts as well! Bye everyone!