April has come to an end. Time for my monthly wrap-up.
This month I read six books.
- A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J Maas
- A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J Mass
- When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
- Strange The Dreamer, by Laini Taylor
- The Drowning King, by Emily Holemann
- House of Names, by Colm Toibin
I am obsessed with Sarah J Maas right now! The third book in this series is coming out on Tuesday, May 2nd and I cannot wait! It is called A Court of Wings and Ruin. These books are considered YA but the writing is excellent. When I started reading the first one, A Court of Thorns and Roses, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. The story is sort of a nod to Beauty and the Beast, not necessarily a retelling, but there are enough elements that the comparison is obvious. This put me off at first; also the main character, Feyre, has two sisters and they got on my nerves. I kept with it though because the book is hugely popular. Well, I’m glad I did because the second one, A Court of Mist and Fury, was amazing. The story is totally original, the characters are interesting and relatable, and the writing is superb. I have just started reading A Throne of Glass, which is the first in the series of the same name. In case you haven’t read anything by this author, I suggest you do, she is incredible!
I bought Strange The Dreamer because the cover was gorgeous. I had also heard that Laini Taylor was an incredible author. I am officially a believer. I started reading this book and I couldn’t put it down. The story is about Lazlo Strange, an orphan who becomes a librarian. He always believed in the mythical city of Weep. He studies its language, and tries to learn everything he can about it even though everyone around him tells him it isn’t real. One day the hero called, The Godslayer, comes into his city and tells its denizens that Weep is real and he is recruiting people to travel there with him to help solve a problem. Lazlo get invited to join and it is a dream come true for him. That is just the beginning of the story. You will fall in love with Lazlo and will want him to realize his dream as much, if not more, than he does. It is the beginning of a series, and the ending is a major cliffhanger; so hopefully Ms. Taylor wont keep us waiting for too long.
I read When Breath Becomes Air for my book club. I would have never read it otherwise. I am kind of glad that I did. This is a memoir of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon who at the age of 36 was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. He was not a smoker and was seemingly healthy in every respect. He began experiencing severe back pain, and in the course of trying to remedy this they found his cancer. He died before the book was finished, just 22 months after his initial diagnosis. What I liked about the book is that he explains how he came to realize that even though he was dying, he wanted to live his life until he was actually dead. I think that this is a great lesson for all people, as we could go at anytime. He and his wife decided to go ahead and have a baby even though he didn’t know how much time he had left. They had a daughter and she brought him great joy in the end of his life. What I didn’t like about the book so much was all of the medical jargon and descriptions of procedures. I am a wuss, what can I say. Also death isn’t something I generally care to think about, especially because he was 36 when he was diagnosed, and I am 36.
The Drowning King, and The House of Names, I received from Netgalley and I reviewed both of them here on earlier posts. They were both excellent historical fiction and I was glad to get a chance to read them before they were published. The Drowning King is available now and The House of Names will be published on May 9th.
In May I am planning on reading,
- A Court of Wings an Ruin, by Sarah J Mass
- New Boy, by Tracy Chevalier
- Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, by Matthew Quick
- The Coming, by David Osborne
And I’m sure a few others. I try not to plan my TBR list to far in advance because it always changes.