Hey, people. Happy Women’s Day, before I start with anything else. And this year, please make sure your that feminism is intersectional (i.e. including people across all sections of the society), because we’ve come far enough and we can’t let anyone feel left out.
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This year, as of today, I’ve read 25 books. Even while I’m aiming to read at least ten books a month, this aim is becoming harder and harder to achieve as I get close to my final examinations. But I don’t like to make excuses, so I can definitely assure you that I’m not losing my mind in any way (fingers crossed). But, yes, it has become increasingly difficult for me to make time for my favourite activity – the only activity that gives me solace when I get tired of the real world – and that has been heartbreaking. But, I guess it’s going to be even harder in the future, so I’ll definitely not give up reading books anytime soon.
Sorry, I got carried away. But, now, I present to you a list of books that I’ve really enjoyed recently.
The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang
A brilliant fantasy based on the 20th century China which is not a game for the light-hearted. Because this book deals with war, and all the disturbing and nightmarish things related to it, the monsters wars create and the lives they poison. I felt myself flinching and putting this book down time and again, because it is not easy but it is rewarding in the end.
I cannot explain how terribly I craved reading about schools based in semi-fantasy lands, deep friendships and an imperfectly-perfect protagonist, who is so real and lovable that I can’t put it down in words. This narrative is so expansive and large, that it is difficult to find any flaw in it. I, personally, felt euphoric reading about such an unforgettable world-building. It is simply magnificent, and brilliant at all levels.
I look forward to reading the sequels soon, but not soon enough, because of, you know, heavy subjects matter.
Great danger is always associated with great power. The difference between the great and the mediocre is that the great are willing to take the risk.R.F. Kuang, The Poppy War
Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab
This story does not have heroes; it has two friends-turned-foes, hell-bent on inflicting revenge on each other, even if it leads them to murdering several innocents in the way. The ball is in your court: which villain would you be cheering for?
This book has a good pace, and Schwab’s impeccable writing makes it so easy to get through. The only downside is that you’ll crave for more in the end, so much so that you might end up picking up the sequel right after finishing this.
I love the characters, because morally-grey and morally-compromised, vindictive and unstoppable hombres do the trick for me in fiction. That is all I want: a couple hundred pages of passion and malice. Gimme more.
“Because you don’t think I’m a bad person,” he said. “And I don’t want to prove you wrong.”V.E. Schwab, Vicious
The Institute by Stephen King
This was my first from Stephen King, and will definitely not be my last. It is gripping and scary, because we’re talking about Stephen King here (duh).
There are frightening and cruel parts to it, which I found rather unpleasant to get through. But, that’s just it: that is the fun. It was disturbing and dark, in the most unforgettable way, and I loved it. Some parts did feel stretched out and it didn’t have to be 500-pages long. But, I did end up enjoying it.
It came to him, with the force of a revelation, that you had to have been imprisoned to fully understand what freedom was.Stephen King, The Institute
Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Gemina is the sequel to Illuminae, the first book in the series The Illuminae Files. This isn’t just a book: it’s literally a file, a collection of written records, conversations, graphics, diagrams, drawings, audio transcripts and chats. It is so innovative and interesting to read, and listening to the audiobook was a different level of experience altogether.
While I don’t like the stereotyped characters so much, and queer rep is compromised here, I definitely love the overall story and the world. I would wish to see more works based in this universe in the future.
It is unforgettable and a one-of-a-kind work. And it’s sassy.
And now, born from the ashes, she’s a warrior in bloodied black.Amie Kaufman, Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)
Yay, you’ve reached the end! Bye xx