Winter in Germany is the perfect time to cuddle up next to the wood stove with a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine), a Scottish wool blanket, and a good book. Now that I work from home, I’ve been setting aside time every morning to read, and I’m absolutely loving it! Here’s some books I’ve finished lately and what I thought about them:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 1/5
I was so excited to read this one, but once again, I learned that just because something is rated really well, doesn’t mean it’s good. The main character drones on and on, switching between her turmoil in the present day dystopian society and her memories of the past. I kept expecting there to be a point to it all, but then it simply ended. I’ll try out the Hulu series (once we’re back in the US and can get Hulu…), but only because I’m sort of interested to see how on Earth they made a TV series out of it.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 5/5
I sat down to write this thinking “okay, be really picky about what you give 5/5 to” and here we are already. I don’t typically read fantasy books (or YA books really), but I LOVED this one. Russian fairytale, strong female lead, action, with just a tiny bit of creepy, all set in a winter setting. Definitely worth the hype.
The Circle by Dave Eggers 3/5
Normally, I love just about anything Dave Eggers writes. This one was not my favourite. Another dystopian (disguised as a utopian) book; think ‘Google buys Facebook and takes over the world’. The writing is good, it just seemed a little too much of an “out there” version of 1984 for me.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 4/5
Let me preface this by saying that this book made me cry, which hardly ever happens. I love historical fiction, but I typically try to avoid WWII based books (it’s just not what I usually enjoy reading about). The Nightingale follows two sisters through WWII and the German occupation of France. One sister lives in the French countryside and the other joins the resistance. I won’t say much, to avoid spoiling anything, but every time I drive through Northern France, I get goosebumps. I love the way historical fiction “brings the past to life”, and this one really does it.
Have you read anything you absolutely loved lately? Where’s your all time favourite spot to curl up with a good book? I’d love to hear!