May 2017 Wrap-Up

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I have finished a total of 4 books in May. It is not that much but I have a fifth book which is absolutely huge (and the best book ever) which I finished in the beginning of June. That book could count as two, as it is published in two parts, but I have read the e-book and listened to the audiobook so I will count it as one. I am beyond excited about that one, but I will leave it for another time as today I want to talk about the books I’ve finished in May.

Here are the titles:

  1. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  2. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  3. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This first title, In Cold Blood, was on my TBR for a long long while, and it was one of the books from my #readmyowndamnbooks jar. I was happy to get to it and excited to start it but it was a slow read for me. This book can be categorized as non-fiction as it covers in detail a cold blooded murder (hence the title) which happened on a November night in 1959. Overall I liked it because it had so much detail, both about the victims and their surroundings, and the murderers and their circumstances. These details, even though tedious to read through at times felt necessary as it portrayed the events so vividly that I felt as being part of it myself.

One of the books from my April TBR #incoldblood #trumancapote ?????

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We read the story of the murderers and the author does such a good job at being impartial. You read about these two guys, these petty criminals doing jail time, getting out and deciding to commit such a terrible act as if it was nothing of consequence. I don’t usually read crimes but this book gave me some insight into the minds of these two individuals. You may call them damaged. You may say their deeds are directly related to their youth and upbringing. And you may me right, partially at least. Because nothing can fully explain why they actually did it, and nothing in their past pointed to them being capable of these crimes. And that is the craziest shit ever.

1959 was a time when mental disease or mental disorder was not something widely acknowledged or known for that matter and I do believe that today this book would have been written completely differently due to the advances in mental health. Today, maybe, these individuals would have been diagnosed and been on some sort of medication which would have prevented them from committing murder. But who knows? Maybe nothing and no one could have prevented these events, no matter when they may have happened, 2017 or 1959.

The second book I finished was The Invasion of the Tearling. I was quite into this series as the world in it is quite unique in my opinion and for a YA is pretty well written. This is the third and final book of the series and I could not wait to read it. In this final book, our heroine, Kelsey, will finally face her enemy, the Red Queen and save the Tearling.  Why I liked this series? First of all it is action driven. Secondly, there are a lot of mysterious elements left unexplained or explained sporadically as the story progresses, which will keep you wanting to turn the page. Thirdly, the world building is unique.  It is about these kingdoms fighting each other with these magical and powerful jewels at their center. So it feels like a world similar to Game of Thrones, minus the dragons and the white walkers, and then and then there are references to the Crossing, and to items and i.e. books from the present or modern medicine.

What I didn’t like, is almost the swan like transformation of our heroine. She starts as the ugly duckling and ends up beautiful… how unheard of. I feel this is a bit a recurring problem when it comes to YA books. So minus points here to Erika Johansen. I was also quite surprised by the ending, which was a happy one, but I felt it was too sudden and not that thought through. Overall I enjoyed this series, and you should read it because of its twisted plot and unique world.

I picked up Dorothy Must Die from the library because it is a title I stumbled upon quite a few times on Instagram and because I can never leave the library without a book. This is a retelling of The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy is evil, hence the title. We follow another Kansas girl brought to Oz by a tornado and her task is to depose of Dorothy. I have read this book but nothing really grabbed me in it. I felt nothing for the characters and the plot did not do it for me. It was a dull read and thinking back now I can’t figure out how I could finish it. Well, I guess it’s an easy read. But no, I do not plan to read the next two books in this series.

This last book, The Lord of the Flies, was another books from my #readmyowndamnbooks jar. I liked that Stephen King wrote the intro to it. It is one of his favorite books, and I understand why, even though I did not particularly like it. But I guess if you like Stephen King books you will enjoy this. What he says about it is, that as a child he read a lot of stories about children getting into adventures and troubles. These were stories he came to find boring after a while as these children at the end always did the right thing and adults always came to their rescue before anything truly bad and unequivocal happened. But it didn’t feel real to him! He longed for real stories. Stories of children not always doing what’s expected, stories without adults coming to the rescue. Lord of the Flies is one of those stories. It shocked me and I would not like to read anything like this for quite a while. If you like Stephen King you should pick this up. It is chilling! Bonus, it’s not long. I don’t think I could have read it if it would have been longer.

So overall I am happy with how May turned out to be. I read two books from my #readmyowndamnbooks jar and I started an amazing book, the one I mentioned in the beginning of this post. I won’t get into it here, but I will say one thing, it is a high fantasy.

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