the iliad, the trojan war

The Iliad, The Trojan War (Stephanides Brothers' Greek Mythology, Vol 6)

The Iliad, The Trojan War by Menelaos Stephanides


✨ my rating: 4 of 5 stars

This abridged version made it easier to follow the story, and I really enjoyed the read! There’s a lot of violence but also moments that make you realise the complexity of being human. The story is very character-driven which is I think what made it so compelling to me because I generally don’t really read war or action books. Would definitely come back to re-read it, and I’m looking to read The Odyssey soon! 🙂


🌹date read: 17 jun 2019 🌹

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lyrical ballads

Lyrical Ballads

Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth

✨ my rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m happy to say that I liked this collection of poetry! Their call to go back to the basics and back to nature is important even in today’s context, though they do sometimes come across as slightly self-indulgent; but I think it’s countered by their self-awareness of the pitfalls or ironies of being a poet embellishing meaning to romanticise life. It was a lovely read 🙂


🌹date read: 10 jun 2019 🌹

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the night circus

The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

✨ my rating: 3 of 5 stars

Enchanting prose and very rich imagery abounded, but I found the plot very weak. There is a lack of real purpose to the story, and the various narratives weren’t pulled together tightly enough to make it convincing. Furthermore, the world building – while evocative and imaginative – fails to create its own rules and abide by them, creating a world that, once again, does not persuade the reader’s belief, but rather skepticism.


🌹date read: 19 may 2019 🌹

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confabulations

Confabulations

Confabulations by John Berger

✨ my rating: 3 of 5 stars

Berger writes very lyrical and poignant prose, to the point that even when I don’t exactly agree or his arguments are unsubstantiated, I find myself being swept along by the lovely quality of his words. However, while some of the stories were hits, others are misses, leading to nowhere. Even so, I enjoyed the book – he’s very thoughtful and a great storyteller.


🌹date read: 16 may 2019 🌹

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what i talk about when i talk about running

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

✨ my rating: 4 of 5 stars

I related so much to this book, it felt like Murakami could read my mind because his musings on writing and life align so much with mine! It’s interesting to take a peek into his life, especially since he’s quite an elusive character. I don’t agree 100% with all his views on life of course, but I do find myself quite similar, and even as a memoir, his prose is always so gentle and just lulls you along; I really enjoyed it 🙂

🌹date read: 5 may 2019 🌹

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i’ll give you the sun

I'll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

✨ my rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s a very quirky and different book, extremely metaphorical and lyrical. It’s a book about art and people – but to be honest, I much much preferred Noah’s chapters compared to Jude’s (I didn’t like Jude’s character very much) and wished it was written completely from his point of view. I like it for how different it is, but despite everyone’s raving review, I wouldn’t say it electrified me as much as I expected it to.

🌹date read: 1 may 2019 🌹

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aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

✨ my rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such a lovely read :’) The characters are so soft and gentle and innocent, and their discovery of their own identities is a process that I, as a reader, found myself following like their friend. It touches on many themes all relating to the struggle of identity – in terms of race, sexuality, and family – and I really enjoyed reading it 🙂

🌹date read: 29 apr 2019 🌹

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