FEBRUARY WRAP UP

Despite still being in some sort of reading slump, I have read a few books that I am really happy with. Each of these books had their own way of helping me get back into reading and I have even found my first five-star read of 2020.


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

R A T I N G :

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was so excited to finally get to my first Jane Austen novel after wanting to read it for many years. The genre was always so intimidating to me but I decided to participate in the #ClassicsCommunity reading challenge to push myself to get to them.

This book was amazing. It was so well written and the descriptions were beautiful. I can understand why so many people love the author’s books. I found the characters so real, as if I was there with them.

What definitely helped was that I watched the film before reading the book so that I could put a face to each character. I find that with classics I tend to get a bit confused at times, it really helps to have a clear picture of who is who.

The only thing that I had trouble with, is that I got a bit lost and confused here and there. I shall get into it a bit more in a review, which I hope to write and post soon.


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

R A T I N G :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Everyone on bookstagram has been raving about this book for as long as I have been part of the community. I finally got to it and let me just say, I understand what all the hype is about.

The story had really short chapters and it flowed in such a way that I could easily and quickly get through it. I know nothing about Greek mythology but I do not think you need to know an awful lot to understand what it is about. Sure, the more knowledge you have on the topic, the better and more interesting the story will be to you, but I think the best thing you can do is just dive in.

Madeline Miller wrote the story in such a way that it felt as if you grew up with Achilles and Patroclus, from their childhood until the end. Most of the story was 4.5 stars to me but the ending made me give it 5 stars. I had tears in my eyes and am still thinking about this book, even though I finished it days ago.

As this was a buddy read with Mia (@miasbookblog), we are planning to co-write a full blog post on it hopefully soon, so keep an eye out if you are interested.


Heartstopper Volume 1, Volume 2 & Volume 3 by Alice Oseman

R A T I N G :

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

These graphic novels were loved by so many people in the bookish community that I decided to pick them up too. Graphic novels aren’t something I frequently pick up to read because my go-to genre is always either fantasy or poetry but it feels so good to step out of that routine once in a while.

I do have to say that reading these volumes really helped me get over my reading slump. I have been wanting to read again and that’s the best thing a book can give a reader.

Heartstopper was a really cute, light-hearted read that one cannot help but fall in love with. I highly recommend you pick them up.


Divan of Shah by Shah Asad Rizvi

R A T I N G :

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The poet asked me a while ago if I would be interested in reading and reviewing his book and I heartily accepted. Divan of Shah is a book with a collection of 106 poems with many themes and topics on lost love, dancing and more. The only two things that bothered me a bit were that the poems weren’t arranged by theme and I found that some poems carry out the same message, which was a bit repetitive. It was overall a really nice read and easy to get through.


Frankly in Love by David Yoon

R A T I N G :

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I won this book a while back in a giveaway and my friend, Ruby at rubyraereads.co.za, and I decided to read this one together as a buddy read. I still would not have finished it when this post is up but so far it is a really cute read and it is easy to get through. I also just love the quirky writing style. 


That is it for this month’s blog post! I honestly cannot believe how fast times flies by. I would also just like to thank everyone for the visits, likes and comments on this blog. I launched the blog a little over a month ago and it already has over a 1 000 views, so thank you so much.

Keep on reading and never stop telling stories.

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