READING UPDATES

It’s time for another reading updates.

1. The midnight library by Matt Hiag

Trigger warning for suicide

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

I finished reading this book just recently and i thought it was a cute book. It didn’t impact me the way the humans(his other book) did but it was still a solid book.

2. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas

In Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, the holidays are anything but merry when a family reunion is marred by murder — and the notoriously fastidious investigator is quickly on the case. The wealthy Simeon Lee has demanded that all four of his sons — one faithful, one prodigal, one impecunious, one sensitive — and their wives return home for Christmas. But a heartwarming family holiday is not exactly what he has in mind. He bedevils each of his sons with barbed insults and finally announces that he is cutting off their allowances and changing his will. Poirot is called in the aftermath of Simeon Lee’s announcement.

This is the second Agatha Christie book I’ve read with the first one being and then there were none. I found this mystery to be really fun, the suspects were really suspicious and I have finished this as well. You will see my rating of this book in my wrap-ups.

3. The boy, the fox, the mole and the horse.

Enter the world of Charlie’s four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons.

The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos. In Charlie’s first book, you will find his most-loved illustrations and some new ones too.

I loved the illustrations in this book and it is very short so you can read this to a kid and be finished in a few minutes. The story and the lessons in here are very sweet and really deep for a children’s book.

4. Rhythm of war by Brandon Sanderson

I have finished reading rhythm of war and i will give my thoughts on it in this month’s wrap up.

5. Fires of vengeance by Evan Winter

I am 50% through the second book of the series and i am enjoying it. It’s nice to see Tau being further developed and the world is getting bigger and has more depth.

6. Jade city by Fonda Lee.

I have heard so many great things about this book and i’ve just started reading it and it seems good so far.

7. Man of the people by Chinua Achebe.

This is the second time i am reading a Chinua Achebe book. The first book i read was things fall apart which is his most famous book. I am only a few pages in and now that i’m a little bit older, i really appreciate Achebe’s writing.

These are the books that i’m currently reading. Have you read any of these books? If you have what were your thoughts on them? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Thank you

INSTANT KARMA(BOOK REVIEW)

Author:Marissa Meyer

Genre: contemporary romance

Description

Chronic overachiever Prudence Barnett is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her. Pru giddily makes use of the power, punishing everyone from public vandals to karaoke hecklers, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner and all-around mortal enemy. Soon, Pru begins to uncover truths about Quint, her peers, and even herself that reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed . . . love and hate.

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I going to start of with the pros of the book before i go into the cons

1. Writing: This book was very easy to read and that is because of Marissa’s writing. It is very digestible.

2. The romance: Initially i wasn’t fond of the romance because it relied on a trope that i didn’t like which is the miscommunication trope. I know it’s common in romance novels or any novel that includes romance but i think that it is a lazy way to inject drama into the romance. Regardless once the couple got together i liked it. It was sweet and it was cute.

Now on to the cons

The fantastical element: Now in the blurb, she develops this ability to cast instant karma on people who she believes have done wrong either to her or other people. When i was reading the story, i found that this fantastical element, that is the instant karma was a small part of the book. There was more focus on environmentalism than on karmic justice and sometimes we would go pages amd pages without any mention of Pru’s power to cast karmic justice on people. I also feel like it was incorporated poorly into the story. One of the main point of the story was that we shouldn’t be too quick to cast judgement on others and it was using this fantastical element as a way to get that message across but i feel like it was not done very well

The main character: As mentioned in the blurb, Prudence Barnett is always quick to cast judgement and is a chronic overachiever. In this first half of the book, Prudence is quite unpleasant even childish at certain points and i get that it is an important part of her character arc and she’s intentionally written that wat i understand how some people would be turned off by her. I can say that she gets better as the book goes on but i feel like it isn’t really done with any sort of nuance. It’s like one moment she’s as immovable as a mountain then the next she turns into water and is more forgiving of others and it just didn’t flow well with me

Pacing: During the first half of the book, the story went very slowly to the point where you thought nothing was really happening then you get to the second part and we immediately started sprinting to the end and it felt a bit jarring sometimes. I think this also had to do with the length of the book. It was about 400 pages and i think it could have been shortened a little bit.

My rating:2.5/5 stars

Overall: Although i thought the romance was cute and the writing was readable. I felt that the story as a whole was not cohesive but if you want a fun, fluffy read. This will do just fine.

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