December Wrap-Up

Iată că au trecut și sărbătorile de iarnă, o perioadă a anului în care nu am citit foarte mult, însă nu puteam să sar peste acest wrap-up, atât timp cât am citit mai mult de o carte. Da, am citit doar două cărți în decembrie, însă eu mă declar mulțumită că am reușit să mă mai apropii puțin de genul fantastic, care nu mă prinde întotdeauna. Luând în considerare faptul că ambele romane vor avea o recenzie pe blog, în viitorul apropiat,  acum am scris doar câtva rânduri orientative pentru fiecare.

Pentru cine a citit articolul despre cele mai bune cărți citite în 2017, știe deja că mi-a plăcut la nebunie ntul lui Ahile de Madeline Miller. Eu am citit acest roman în original și cred că include tot ceea ce îmi place într-o poveste: de la caracterul intim al poveștii văzute prin prisma  personajului-narator Patrocle, care parcă îți relatează fiecre eveniment al vieții sale triste, ca unui prieten drag, la scenele realist descrise ale Războiului Troian, la povestea de dragoste plină de obstacole dintre Patrocle și Ahile, la evitarea, pe cât posibil, a cumplitei profeții, la lirismul scrisului care curge lin ca un cântec străvechi acompaniat de acordurile lirei. Dacă vă plac miturile grecești sau dacă vă este dor de Iliada, văzută dintr-o altă perspectivă, vă invit să citiți Cântul lui Ahile, pentru că merită fiecare secundă petrecută alături de personajele vestite ale vechii Ellade.

După această lectură extraordinară, care mi-a ajuns direct la suflet, n-am putut ieși din pornirea de a citi literatură fantastică, așa că am scos din bibliotecă volumul Harry Potter și piatra filosofală, scrisă de J.K. Rowling. Da, am ajuns în sfârșit la această serie citită și recomandată de toată lumea. Fără să intru în foarte multe detalii, pot spune că mi-a plăcut ce am citit: am savurat stilul și umorul englezesc al autoarei și conceptul de școală de magie, care nu cred că exista în perioada în care Rowling a scris primul volum. Harry și cei doi prieteni ai săi, Ron și Hermione sunt puși pe șotii și încearcă să iasă din tot felul de încurcături pentru a ajunge la piatra filosofală. Povestea este deosebită, traducerea este foarte bună, copiii au o minte brici, iar replicile lor sunt pe măsură. Eu cred că seria Harry Potter este potrivită cititorilor de toate vârstele, care încă mai cred în magie, lumi fantastice și, nu în ultimul rând, în prietenie.

Cam atât am avut de zis despre cărțile lunii decembrie. Mă bate gândul să postez recenzia la primul volum din Harry Potter chiar sâmbăta asta, pentru a-mi așterne mai bine gândurile despre această carte plină de magie și imaginar bogat.

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Best Books of 2017

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a lot of fun celebrating the arrival of 2018. I still feel a bit festive, therefore I’m bringing you today the list of the best books I read in 2017, but before that, I would like to add that I had a very good year both online and offline. I still can’t believe that I had the courage to build my own blog and connect with like-minded people who follow me, comment on my posts or send me nice messages. This was one of my biggest dreams and I would like to thank all of you (ordinary readers, fellow bloggers and writers) who read my content, share it and interact with me online. It means the world to me.

Though I didn’t expect it to happen, I read 44 books in 2017, ranging from children’s books/middle-grade to suspense/thrillers; definitely a personal best for me. One of my goals was to read all the first instalments of the series I owned in ebook format, to figure out which series are worth continuing and I’ve accomplished it with a few abandoned books along the way. This year, I want to read more non-fiction because I must to read the creative writing books I own to learn more about the writing process and to improve my writing. I intended to pick them up last year, but I ended up reading fiction instead; therefore I failed at reading them and consequently, I failed at writing, but now I don’t have any more excuses for procrastinating and not working towards my dreams.

Anyway, let’s go back to the best books I read in 2017. I wasn’t sure if I should arrange the titles in a particular order because it’s pretty tricky to weight if you loved more s thriller, a young adult sci-fi novel, a non-fiction children’s book or a paranormal romance. However, I managed to rank each book based on how I felt about it.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is the closest book to my heart because it’s a fantasy novel inspired by Greek Myths. However, it’s not only a retelling of the Trojan War but also the love story of Achilles and Patroclus, their friendship and the obstacles they had to overcome, in order to stay together and avoid (if possible) the terrible prophecy clouding Achilles’s life. If you grew up reading Greek Myths, I highly recommend this beautiful, yet heartbreaking LGBTQ+ love story. If you read Homer’s Iliad, you already know how everything ends, but trust me, it’s worth reading Ms Miller’s novel.

I wanted to read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne for a while because I read a few reviews about it online and everyone was devastated after reading it and I was curious to pick it up. I’m not a fan of war novels or stories set around WWII because they are heavy reads for me. However, I found Bruno’s voice unique and a symbol of innocence because he sees some of the atrocities done by the Nazis, but he doesn’t quite understand what is really going on and nobody is actually willing to explain concisely why the people in the striped pyjamas are seen and treated differently by the German soldiers. This book was pretty terrifying because, as an adult, you already know what Bruno doesn’t. I highly recommend this book because it will make you think about, the recent history, (Lack of) humanity, war and even the disadvantages of innocence. It’s a scary read in a realistic way because WWII was as real as the cruelty the people in the striped pyjamas had to endure.

Escape from Sudan (Book 9 of Lust, Money & Murder) by Mike Wells is probably the most intense sequel and thriller novel I’ve ever read. I raved about it many times before, so I’ll let you read the review or my Mid-Year Book Tag post.

The Makers (Book 2 of H.A.L.F.) by Natalie Wright is also an intense read and for me, it was the best book of Ms Wright’s young adult sci-fi trilogy. It deals with mind control, aliens, secret societies, a deadly virus and a few teens who try to save humanity from a merciless future. If you are scared of picking up a sci-fi book, please try H.A.L.F. because it’s easy to read and understand. Trust a reader who gets bored when she’s overwhelmed by details in regard to advanced technology.

The Ebb and The Flow (Book 1 and 2 of The Lady of the Pier) by Effrosyni Moschoudi are the first two books of The Lady of the Pier trilogy, a paranormal romance I’ve devoured last summer because it contains themes and other elements I adore: a studious and shy Greek girl, two alternating plotlines set in different time periods, gorgeous descriptions of Corfu, a ghost, poetry and the themes of love, identity and the need to follow one’s heart. If you enjoy reading romance, give this indie author a try.

Enchanted (Book 1 of The Summer Solstice) by KK Allen is a young adult contemporary fantasy, in which Kat discovers that she is different from other girls. She gradually finds out and understands her true identity after she moves in Grandma Rose’s vast estate, where strange visions torment the teen more and more. Who is she and what will happen on her 16th birthday which coincides with the Summer Solstice?

Twentieth Century (Horrible Histories Special) by Terry Deary is a non-fiction children’s book which teaches young readers interesting facts about each decade of the 20th century through entertaining timelines, stories, tests, drawings, handwritten letters and so on. Though I’m an adult, I still enjoy a good short history book that makes you laugh and learn things teachers never told you at school.

Before you go, please visit the post about my least favourite books of 2017. Which are your picks for 2017? What reading goals do you have for 2018?