Currently Reading | Book Things

It’s time for another update! I’ve read a lot this past week, mostly poetry, young adult and one high fantasy book.

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One of us is lying by Karen M. McManus

Genre: young adult

It started out good, they’re a group of students who all get detention for having their phones out, but all claim it’s not theirs. Then one of the kids name Simon dies from allergy shock and they soon find out it wasn’t an accident. But it never seem to progress from there, just a bunch of kids built on stereotypes (the smart, the sporty, the pretty, the troublemaker) grieving very strange and loudly, gossiping about what could’ve happen and who likes who. The plot or writing is not good, the characters are bad, and it’s not an exciting mystery.

 

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Dette skjer ikke by Ida Lórien Ringdal

Genre: poetry

A norwegian book that would be translated to “this isn’t happening”, it’s an okay poetry book. Some of the poems sounds like something written on a morning commute with the mobile notes app, and then not edited. Maybe it could’ve needed some more work and thought put into it.

The day is ready for you by Alison Malee

Genre: poetry

I got my first book from netgalley and it was okay as well. It’s short poems, the look and theme similiar to “milk and honey”. The writing flows very good. I especially liked the connections to nature, like landscape and ocean. The subject was mainy heartbreak and it became a bit repetitive at times. The author seemed to understand something the book above didn’t, that for poems to be simple doesn’t mean they can be easy or not require effort to get the words and rythm right, which I appreciated.

The art of escaping by Eirin Callahan

Genre: young adult

Here’s the second book I read from netgalley and it was amazing! I’ll write a longer review, but it’s relatable, well-written young adult book with a main character facinated by escapalogoism and Harry Houdini. Would recommend!

Words of radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: high fantasy

Sanderson did it again, this book is pure brilliance. It’s the second book of the Stormlight archive and also a thousand pages, so I didn’t expect that I would get through it in four days, but it’s been some long nights where I couldn’t put it down over the weekend.

 

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Fahrenheit 451

It’s going so slow reading this, but I’ll get back into it this week.

Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale

Same as above. We’ll leave my attempt at reading spanish to that. It’s not going great.

The collected poems of Emily Dickinson

Nice to read once in a while. It’s a lot of poems in here, some great, some not for me.

 

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin  2/5 stars

Mary Oliver’s New and Selected Poems Vol. 2 4/5 stars

Jade City by Fonda Lee 3/5 stars

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami 4/5 stars

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton 4/5 stars

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green 5/5 stars

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