2020 Reads 10 – 15
Hi everyone! I’m back again, a little later than hoped! Everything is so hectic right now, what with both the state of the world and having to write a dissertation while doing online classes! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy and that you’re managing to get some good reading done too! I managed to get a bit of reading in recently and overall I’ve enjoyed what I have read! Without any further ado, here are the books!
The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino – Hiromi Kawakami
It feels so good to be able to go back into one of Hiromi Kawakami’s novels! Her writing is so lush and delicious and Allison Markin Powell does an absolutely amazing job translating her works, particularly since I know first hand how difficult literary translation is! Although at times this book was a bit…strange (why was his sister breastfeeding him???) I found myself really loving each and every character and I really wish I could live in a Hiromi Kawakami novel! Her food descriptions are something that I particularly enjoy and, although her books don’t have much of a plot, I always find myself engrossed in them. This isn’t my favourite book by her but I loved it all the same and I can’t wait to read her short story collection next! (Also, I know it’s crumbs but I was SO happy to read her write a lesbian character!!)
The Midnight Lie – Marie Rutkoski
This was my first Marie Rutkoski book, and also my first 2020 release I’ve read so far, and I was anything but disappointed! Marie Rutkoski’s writing, like Hiromi Kawakami’s, is so lyrical and delicate that you just wish that you could dive into it! Although I must say the plot was not my favourite, the world building and the characters hugely made up for it! There was so much political intrigue in the world which I found really refreshing and I found myself wanting to know more about what was being kept hidden. The characters were all so flawed and gritty so they felt really realistic. My favourite part of the book, however, was the romance. I bought this book for the romance and I was not let down. Marie Rutkoski managed to write the best yearning between two female characters I have ever read and the sexual tension between them was just SO GOOD!!! I cannot wait to read the sequel and I’ll definitely be picking up the Winner’s Curse series as soon as possible!!
Circe – Madeline Miller
I had been DYING to read this book for the longest time, especially after reading The Song of Achilles in 2019, so it was about time that I actually bit the bullet and read this. I knew absolutely nothing about Circe before I entered this novel, and my only knowledge of Ancient Greek history or mythology is the one semester in France that I studied the Peloponnesian war, so at first this was very difficult to get into. Overall, I have to say I was quite disappointed in this book. I loved Circe as a main character and the imagery of her island was beautiful. I also thought that the themes of mortality, feminism and love were done excellently, but the plot was so all over the place that I just felt so disconnected from the story. I think I might benefit from a re-read of this at a later date to fully appreciate it, but overall I thought this was just okay.
Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
Finally I started the Dark Artifices series! I’ve been reading the Shadowhunters chronicles since I was, I think, 13 or 14 (I’m now 22) and I’ve been trying to catch up and read them all in publication order. This trilogy starts with a new set of main characters – Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn – that we briefly met in TMI and a couple of the novellas, alongside the whole Blackthorn family and some other great characters! This book was definitely slow to start with but I was SO intrigued by the plot (I definitely didn’t guess who did it). I definitely read these books for the characters and I would die for Mark and Christina, they were hands down my favourite characters! I love the Blackthorn children (although sometimes I get them muddled up) and Kieran and Diego too! I did miss my TMI characters (although they did briefly pop up) and I’m so excited to see where this trilogy leads (although I would like Aline and Helen back and some more downworlder characters please)!
The Good Luck Girls – Charlotte Nicole Davis
This book is definitely a new favourite!! I bought this one really cheap from World of Books after hearing a couple of my favourite authors talk about it and I’m so glad I did! This book deals with fighting back against your oppressors and has really amazing friendships throughout. The book also deals with some sensitive topics like prostitution and rape so do bare that in mind if you do decide to read it. The book features several black characters, including the main character, and a side f/f romance which was adorable! Although I did feel that conflict was resolved too easily and conveniently, the plot really kept me on the edge of my seat and I really had so much fun whilst reading it! I also LOVED the world-building – the book is set in a kinda alternate history/post-apocalyptic Western style setting and it’s so intriguing! I’m absolutely dying for a sequel and I really hope Charlotte Nicole Davis writes one because I’m dying to find out what happens to the characters!!
So, that’s all for this recent reads! Next I’m hoping to tackle my Netgalley arcs as part of the #NetgalleyLibrary Readathon, hosted by Anniek’s Library and The Library Looter! I completely failed my OWLs (my dissertation really took over my life!) and I really need to get on top of my Netgalley TBR so I thought it would be super fun to join in, so hopefully you can look forward to a Netgalley wrap up soon! Hope you’re all healthy and keeping safe!!