The summer heat is unrelenting to a point where if one doesn’t put down their book for a dive, one is bound to melt into a puddle. Ah, the price of living in a country that is prised for its temperate winters. Still, despite the feeling of being in a constant need of a shower, it is utterly lovely to read by the seaside or with your feet deep in the river. The lull of rushing water even makes it easier to finish books you had DNF’ed in the past!
Mm, makes you wonder what it’d be like to read summer books at the beach. Would they be finished within the hour? Would the books feels especially vivid? Guess those are questions to answer next year!
The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1), by Lois Lowry (4/5)
“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
A utopia dystopian book. After years searching for such a book, it’s wonderful to find such a lovely, thought-provoking one.
Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2), by Lois Lowry (3.5/5)
“Pretending doesn’t keep you safe.”
A different dystopia, still wonderful writing. It only confirmed Lowry’s ease at worldbuilding and at telling a thematic tale, even if a slow one. I only wish the ending had been better explained.
Messenger (The Giver Quartet #3), by Lois Lowry (2.5/5)
“It’s hard to leave the only place you’ve known.”
Messenger left me flabbergasted, to say the least. Unlike the previous books, it seemed to have no purpose, and far too much felt random and unexplained. It made me want to drop the series.
The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1), by Samantha Shannon (4.5/5)
“There was no normal. There never had been. “Normal” and “natural” were the biggest lies we’d ever created.”
Definitely one of my favourite books of the year! Imaginative and quick paced, it did not fail to keep me yearning for more.
A Viagem do Elefante, by José Saramago (3.5/5)
“Ter que pagar pelos próprios sonhos deve ser o pior dos desesperos.”
The first time I picked it up, I couldn’t get past the first ten pages. Now, I’m very glad I gave it another shot. Witty and often sarcastic, its criticisms to the Portuguese society are nothing but poignant.
Fables and Reflections (Sandman #6), by Neil Gaiman (4/5)
“It is sometimes a mistake to climb. It is always a mistake to never make the attempt.”
Such a lovely collection of short stories. All different, all captivating in their own way, all an unforgettable dream.
Brief Lives (Sandman #7), by Neil Gaiman (4/5)
“I like airplanes. I like anywhere that isn’t a proper place. I like in betweens.”
What fantastic character development! And the insight into Delirium’s mind was nothing but thrilling. Hope to see more of her!
How about you?
What stories cooled your summer?