The Secret History by Donna Tartt
“Does such a thing as ‘the fatal flaw,’ that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature? I used to think it didn’t. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs.”
One of my new favorite books, this is dark and a little depressing, but so interesting. I understand why people compare it to The Raven Boys, but to me it almost feels more like The Great Gatsby in tone and theme.
So it’s already almost July 4th. It seems I don’t post unless it is an occasion for fireworks. Oops. I am seven books behind on my reading goal. Oops #2. I should really catch up on that, but I’ve been really bad and watching a lot of TV. Oops #3. For example, a couple of days ago I really got into 13 Reasons Why and I’m already on the 9th episode. Oops #4. I actually really didn’t like the book Thirteen Reasons Why because I found Hannah to be really annoying and cruel, and the book barely acknowledged it. I also thought the books had some things it could have expanded on because I don’t know if I was just confused or there was plot holes. Anyway, the TV show is actually really engaging. It is also super relatable. I’m not suicidal, but it is amazing how the small everyday cruelties of teenagers can really effect you, especially when they all add up.
Currently I’m reading Princess Bride. I’ve always meant to do that becasue I grew up watching the movie. I really enjoy the voice of it. It is funny, poking fun at itself, and the way the William Goldman wrote it as a story within a story is also entertaining and relatable. I’ve always wanted to make a good parts version of books.
Here’s one for the Old Man and the Sea:
An old man goes to catch a fish. Purple=royalty. Hubris is a thing. The man fails to catch the fish and goes home.
It’s short and sweet because let’s be honest, that book does not need to be nearly as long as it is.
Will be posting more reviews soon.
It’s a new year and I’m looking for new books to add to my freshly wiped to read list! I’m especially looking for magical realism books. My favorites are those books where you’re not quite sure whether the magic is real or not, but I really love anything.
Here are some new year recommendations:
Historical Fiction: City of Thieves by David Benioff (yes, he’s one of the writers of the Game of Thrones TV series)
This is the dramatized story of Benioff’s grandfather during the Siege of Leningrad. It follows two boys as they embark on a mission to find a dozen eggs in exchange for their life. Both funny and touching, I found myself laughing out loud but also crying while reading this book! For those who love fast paced books, this is the one for you!
Magical Realism/Fantasy: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
How could I not. This is magical realism at it’s finest. It’s beautiful and mystical and just all around so much fun to read. It’s hard to say exactly what it’s about, but it follows a little boys after this man dies, and a magical family of women. Also it’s short. I read it in one sitting.
Memoir/Biography: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicity Day
This was my first read of the year. I had actually never heard of Felicity day before, but her memoir is fun and relatable, but also very impressive. It tells of her homeschooled childhood and the creation of her TV show The Guild. Some part could honestly be intimidating, but it was a fun read overall. I recommend any introvert, especially those who live through books, video games, or even the internet to read this book.
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Okay here’s the thing, unlike most three star books, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It felt like a harry potter book, albeit an earlier one. I loved seeing how the gang grew up because of my potterhead heart, and the plot wasn’t horrible. I keep hearing horrible things about the play, but it wasn’t. It had moments of humor, there was much sentimentality, and it was fairly clever
My rating for the book as a whole: ★★★☆☆
A good variety of stories, but like most anthologies, some really good ones, and some really not so great ones.
Summary: Magic is banned, so there are only hints of it left. The cruel king of Ardarlan sits upon a throne of glass, killing, enslaving, and conquering neighboring countries. Cealana is an assassin, trained by the king of assassins when she was very young. She was sent to a death camp a year ago to die. Now she is 18 and the King of Ardarlan decides he wants a Champion, someone who can secretly do his dirty work. The King sets up this contest where each nobleman gets to sponsor a contestant and they will take these test, eliminating them one at a time. The winner will be the Champion. All of the contestants are criminals of some sort, if they win they will eventually be set free. When Dorian the prince of Ardarlan asks Celaena to be his contestant she agrees because being the kings dog for four years is better than dying within the year. As she competes in the contest she realizes that some unknown evil is killing off the other contestants. There is a love triangle, though one man is more obviously in love with her, so there is not all that annoying fretting about who to choose.