The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller | Review

The Song of Achilles is a marvelous novel written by Madeline Miller. The story follows the life of Patroclus since he was a child to the deeply tragic events during the Trojan War. We meet Patroclus as a child on his father’s court where he is an outsider and an outcast. His life there is brief and he soon goes away to a land ruled by Achilles’ father. Soon after meeting they become inseparable.

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There are no right words to describe my feelings for this book. My heart is in the same time broken in thousands pieces and fully whole but missing. I haven’t been this touched and in love with a book in a very, very long time (two years and seven months to be exact, when I read The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George).

The main character and narrator Patroclus is very relatable, he is neither physically perfect nor raised in good conditions to be mentally completely stable. He is very intelligent but unaware of it. He is very moral and simply a good person. When he meets Achilles for the first time he feels anger, as anyone would if he was raised to believe he was worthless and then would be confronted with a person as perfect as Achilles. With time he realizes it was not hate he was feeling for Achilles, but admiration. And in that moment he knows he would die for that perfect half-god in a moment.

“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”

This is one of the most beautiful love stories I have read, maybe actually the most beautiful one. My heart aches for them, for the moments they had and for those they could have had but did not get the chance. I wept as I read the last five chapters of this book, but I would not have it any other way. They deserve to be remembered and loved. I feel as if this book was a wondrous homage to this pair of people so deeply in love.

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Booktube-a-thon Wrap-up | 24th – 30th July 2017

c9ocwlnwsamdsreTwo days ago finished this years Booktube-a-thon. It lasted from the 24th to the 30th of July. I did not participate in any of the instagram nor youtube challenges, but I did manage to read 10 books. I am quite proud of myself!

 

These are the books I read:

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
    • This has become one of my favorite books, standing side by side with Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.
  • Agatha Christie – At Bertram’s Hotel
  • George Orwell – Animal Farm
  • Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist
    • I enjoyed this book more than I expected and I was really excited for it.
  • Natasha Alterici – Heathen (volumes #1 to #4)
  • Italo Calvino – If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
    • I was quite disappointed with this book.
  • Mary Kubica – The Good Girl
  • Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
    • I only started this book on the last day of the Booktube-a-thon and got a hundred pages into it. I will not be posting a review on this book since it is so well-known and I was a bit disappointed.
  • Virginia Woolfe – To the Lighthouse
    • I read only a few pages and I was not really feeling it so I postponed it.

On my TBR I also listed the first book of The Inheritance Cycle, Eragon by Christopher Paolini, but I did not get to reading it in the end. I am planning to read it this week however.

How did you all do? Did you achieve all your Booktube-a-thon goals?

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Natasha Alterici – Heathen (Heathen #1 – #4) | Review

27384387Heathen by Natasha Alterici is a graphic novel dealing with a viking world overlapped with a fantasy plotline surrounding the nordic gods such as Odin and Freya, but also the mighty Valkyries. It deals heavily with LGBT and feminist problems and the whole graphic novel is in my opinion a metaphor for the closeted people who suffer for and because of it.

It was a quite enjoyable read, the illustrations were phenomenal and the characters distinctly different from one another. The dialogue was in my opinion a bit forced and I really could not feel any connection to the characters because of it.
My favorite character is certainly Freya, the goddess of love and the leader of the Valkyries. I find her very enchanting as she should be and very interesting.

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Even though I know it was the most important message of the graphic novel, I was quite annoyed with the forcing of the LGBT thematic. Not the love scenes, but the dialogue following it. And I say this as a member of the LGBT community.

Anyhow, I am quite excited to read more about Aydis, since we know so little about her. And of course read some more about Freya!

Since I have read all the four volumes of the Heathen I have now completed the Booktube-a-thon challenge for the year 2017. I might read one or two more books today, but we will see, I guess.
Happy reading, hope you all are achieving your goals for the Booktube-a-thon as well!

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Mary Kubica – The Good Girl | Review

The Good Girl is mystery, thriller novel written by Mary Kubica, a young author. This is her first book, published in 2014. It was quickly followed by Pretty Baby, her second book, published the next year – 2015.51p3outsh8l

This book is written from four points of view, and sectioned into two time periods, before and after the abduction. All this makes the plot all the more complex and at first I did not know how to appreciate the way this book was put together, but now, as I have finished it I understand how plot twists were artfully fit in book. Even though I think the plotlines were amazing and really well-though-out I found them quite predictable. Also, I think some of the plot twists must have been added in the end, only to make the book even more enigmatic, but because of that were not exercised were good.

I like the writing style very much, I think it was very easy to read and follow. However, I feel like the plot was very stretched-out and could be compromised in fewer pages. Sometimes chapters seemed really unnecessary, the did not add to the character development, nor to the plot.

All in all, I enjoyed the book. It was not phenomenal, but it really did get better towards the end.

I read this book as my fifth read in my Booktube-a-thon challenge.

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George Orwell – Animal Farm | Review

animalfarmAnimal Farm is a compelling novel about a world where (or maybe a better word would be when) animals rebel against the regime keeping them captive and unhappy only to create a world even worse for them. It was written in the mid twentieth century, in the middle of the Second World War by George Orwell.

animalfarm1-660x349It is almost scary to read about the seemless descent into totalitarian regime in this book. And the changes sometimes truly shock you.
I cannot say I enjoyed reading this book, but it without a doubt is a book everyone simply must read as it deals with the very human nature and the way it can show itself.

The writing kept the story gripping and I like it the most. As well as the great characterization of the few “main” characters.

This is the fourth book for my Booktube-a-thon challenge.

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Changes | A Way To Participate!

Hello to everyone reading,

this blog has existed for a year and a half already. Time really moves fast. And since the beginning I have reviewed many, many books here. But even though there are many of you read ing my reviews we do not have any other connection nor do we communicate in any way. No one ever comments anything. Now when I think about it, that is not what I imagined when I was planning out this blog.

Now I have a question for you. Would you like to keep our relationship the same and only read my reviews or would you like me to get more personal (and in what way)?

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Agatha Christie – At Bertram’s Hotel | Review

16333At Bertram’s Hotel by the greatest crime novelist Agatha Christie is a novel about a mysterious old-fashioned hotel in London. Many strange things happen in Hotel Bertram, but in the end you discover that you simply could not anticipate how strange they really were. The thing that causes the discovery of Bertram’s secrets is the disappearance of an old forgetful priest Pennyfather.

I think that I liked the story much more before I even read the book. It was so much better when I could discover the secrets of the Hotel Bertram in my mind.
This story had so much more potential than it fulfilled. The writing was quite simplistic and I really do not think it was special.

Now I must mention how much I loved the wild car racing champion Ladislaus Malinowski. He is without doubt my favorite character, even though we really do not know anything about him. But the little we know I adore.
This is my first Agatha Christie novel and I must say I am not keen on coming back soon. I am quite disappointed.
Now my excitement for And Then There Were None is slowly evaporating since I do not want to spoil my love for it due to the TV mini series starring Aidan Turner.

This is my third book for the Booktube-a-thon.

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