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Friday, 9 March 2018

I was in a reading slump for the last few months of 2017, probably from October until the beginning of the year. It was one of the worst things ever if you’ve been in a reading slump you’ll probably understand. No book seemed appealing to me, and when I found one that I wanted to read I just couldn’t get into it and gave up midway. What got me out of it? Well, certainly not my own advice on how to get out of a reading slump. It was my month off of uni that got me out of it. I decided to spend so little time on social media and more time reading and doing creative stuff. So, I thought I'd share what I read.

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
This one is the first that I read. My friend let me borrow it when we finished exams and I read it in 2 days. I think that’s what actually helped me get out of my slump. You all probably know what it’s about but whatever. The story starts right where Deathly Hallows ended, in Platform 9 ¾, 19 years after the battle of Hogwarts. The plot is mainly based on Harry’s relationship with his son, Albus; and the things he does which ultimately affect everyone else. Now, I didn’t love the book but I didn’t hate it either. I’m just ‘neutral’ about it. The characters (the ones we knew) had changed so much it didn’t feel like them, I can understand that they’ve grown up and people change but meh. It was nice going back to Hogwarts, though. And I’m sure I would certainly like it a lot more if I actually saw it on stage instead of reading it.

P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU (TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE #2
Like you can guess by the title, this is the second book of a series. To all the boys I’ve loved before is a contemporary saga. The main character, Lara Jean, keeps love letters in a box, she wrote 5 of them, one for every boy she’s ever loved/had a super intense crush on. These letters were supposed to be only for her so she poured out her heart and soul. But, one day these letters are mailed to each of the boys and Lara’s love life changes completely. I really enjoyed the book, like I am a 21-year-old reading about a 16-year-old’s life but it still felt relatable at times. It was so easy to get attached to these characters and to love them. Also, since it’s going to be a movie I could put faces to the characters which helped a lot. Book two was a bit more intense than book one but it was still great. I recommend it if you want fluff and cuteness (with a bit of angst).


THE DEATH CURE (THE MAZE RUNNER #3)
I know, I’m so late. I read the first two books ages ago but couldn’t bring myself to read this one because I knew what happened on page 250 (if you’ve read it you know what I’m talking about). I wanted to go see the movie so I just read non-stop for days until I finished it. I remember I didn’t really enjoy book 2 so that’s also why I was a bit hesitant to read book 3. However, I did enjoy this last book of the series, even though I found it a bit slow at times and that the ending was a bit rushed. That’s just my opinion though. I love the characters and think the story and the ‘world’ it’s set in are interesting. So go and read book one if you like dystopian books and carry on from there. Each book of the series is different. Or you can watch the movies, they're quite different from the books so yeah.

WONDER
This book had been on my TBR pile for years and I also picked it up because the movie just came out. I KNOW, starting to see a pattern here... Anyway, now, this book was wonderful (pun intended). It’s not a book that leaves you indifferent. 10-year-old Auggie is going to school for the first time in his life, and we all know how hard that can be. On top of that, he has a severe facial deformity which makes it all even more complicated for him to navigate his way through school.
The book starts with Auggie’s pov but soon switches to that of his classmates, his sister and others. In another case, I would’ve found this constant change of perspectives quite annoying but here it really helped to see more of Auggie’s unique personality and life in a way that would’ve been impossible to know otherwise.
This story wasn’t an easy read. It truly was an emotional roller coaster: one moment I was sad, then I was laughing at some joke, then angry at the things that happened to August... Because school isn’t easy and kids can be mean. Hell, even adults can be mean. And it just made me angry. Obviously, there are good moments too and those are uplifting and optimistic and will warm your heart.
I think the most important thing is that the book deals, in a very good way, with how society struggles with empathy, compassion, and acceptance of others, of those who are a bit different than what’s considered ‘normal’.
But people are more than just their body and this is what this book teaches us.


What have you read recently? Have you read any of these books?
Anna x

2 comments

  1. I completely agree with you about Cursed Child! It was fun revisited the wizarding world, but the characters just didn't feel like themselves and so I just didn't love it. But omg I loved Wonder! I read it a couple of months ago. I laughed and cried and just adored it :)

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    1. I know right! Same here. Wonder was a roller coaster of emotions haha

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