Over the last couple of years, I’ve gotten back into reading. I haven’t done any serious reading since Gymnasiet and while I don’t miss doing in-depth reviews and reports, I’ve missed thinking about the books and not just mindlessly devouring them.
With that in mind, I thought I could share my thoughts about the books I’ve read each month here on the blog through short reviews. I’ll try to keep them spoiler free to the best of my ability.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
The first book I finished in January 2020 was Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. This is the story referenced in her other book Fangirl, which I haven’t read yet.
It is a YA-fantasy book with Harry Potter vibes. We get a magical school setting, a chosen one and his nemesis. I liked the description of the magic system although the spells were a bit ridiculous to me. It’s quite a fast-paced multi-perspective story but it takes a while before the world is fleshed out for us.
There is also a romance in the book which is obvious from the beginning but does nothing to propel the story and most of the time I found it really annoying. Again I haven’t read Fangirl, but I imagine this romance is quite important for that book. I love a good romance but they need to help the plot along otherwise they just become page fillers like here.
I think the hype around this book is very much tied to Fangirl. I found it to be a decent book but nothing extraordinary.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
This is a sci-fi book so if that is not your genre then this is not for you.
That being said if you are into sci-fi or dystopian stories you’ll love this one. I don’t want to spoil the plot too much because I think you get more out of this book if you go in completely blind.
The book deals with topics like love and loss, and how to face yourself. The writing is good and it is easy to follow along even when we get to the more sciency parts. I listen to it as an audiobook which I think is a great way to go with this book, but if audiobooks aren’t your thing then you’ll enjoy this just as much as a physical book.
I haven’t read much adult sci-fi yet but it’s a genre I’m very keen to dive into. If you are like me, intrigued by this genre, I think this might be a good story to start with. I also believe it would make for a great movie!
If you hadn’t figured it out by now I highly recommend this read.
That’s it for this month, but I have quite a few books on the go at the moment so hopefully, I can have some more books for you in February.