Half the year is gone! I can’t believe it. A whole six months have passed and they have been the wildest six months of my life. When it comes to books, I’ve had a pretty good run. I hit my target of 20 books for the year this month, which I didn’t think I’d achieve but I’m very happy I did! Reading has kind of taken over, and for the better. June was a great month for books. Two of the reads are five-star stories that could easily make it into the favourites for 2019 list. Enjoy!
My rating: 5 stars
Would I re-read?: 100%
Ugh this book. I don’t even know how to move on with my life after this book. It’s a big read. A draining story that completely engulfs you. And I loved every minute of it. If you’re thinking about reading this book, stop thinking and just read it. You need to read it.
From the beginning, I was obsessed with the world of Marianne and Connell. They are phenomenally authentic characters, with realistic lives, genuine conversation and a real fascination with one another. I almost with they were real. Their lives are completely different, yet they seem so similar to me. I really feel like I knew them as people, they were just characters.
The story follows their lives from 2011 to 2015, and focuses on a major part of growing up and becoming an adult. They face the problems many young people are challenged with, as well as their feelings towards one another.
This novel is a love story, but it’s not romantic. There are cute moments, but it’s not written to create this fictional, dreamy love story. It’s realistic, humbling and earthy. It’s dark, has twists and an array of characters. Sally Rooney perfectly captures the multi-layered aspects of friendship, love and life.
The book doesn’t promote perfection. It felt real and raw. I believed the story I was reading. It captures reality in the best way. Rooney’s writing and vision for this is incredible.
It’s a novel that has altered the way I look at life and challenges that I face as a young person. It had the same type of effect on me that The Catcher in the Rye had, and I think Normal People is just as good.
I couldn’t put this book down from the beginning, it’s intense accuracy of human weakness, thinking and behaviour makes this one of the best books I have read so far this year.
My rating: 5 stars
Would I re-read?: Yes
So you’re trying to tell me this isn’t a non-fiction book? I’m sorry, but I refuse to believe every single character in this story doesn’t really exist. There are numerous times I have deep dived into Google, trying to find even a trace of Daisy Jones & The Six.
The book is all kinds of awesome. From the first page I was in awe of the writing style and the 70s era. It just all felt so real to me, I didn’t want to put the book down because I didn’t want to say goodbye to that world.
Daisy Jones is a lovable character, but like every celebrity, she can be problematic. Still, she’s the definition of an IT-girl. She’s the type of woman you want to be when you grow up. Her talent is extraordinary, and so is the amount of bangles she can fit on her arm.
Billy Dunne is a true rock star. He’s a musical genius, a troubled soul, a loving husband, a genuine father, but an imperfect being. His music was the kind of music that changed lives.
The rest of the band: Graham, Karen, Warren, Pete and Eddie are also rock stars in their own right, but definitely don’t get as much attention as Billy and Daisy do.
This book made me feel like I was living in a time when Daisy Jones & The Six were at the top of the charts. Like I had a ticket to their stadium tour and waiting outside their hotels rooms for just a glimpse of the band. The storytelling in this book is nothing short of iconic. It’s authentic, truthful and hard hitting.
I really liked the interview-style technique, and reading the same events from different viewpoints was a game changer, it’s what kept the book so interesting. You got to know every character, you understood their story and their actions. They all had different voices and looks in my head, and there’s no doubt their music would be in my Spotify playlists.
There was no point during this book I found myself wanting to skip to the end. Every single page had something valuable on it. Making music is definitely never just about the music – I just wish Daisy Jones & Theseus were real.
My rating: 4 stars
Would I re-read?: No
“You only need one day of light to chase all the shadows away.”
This is the kind of book I read because it was so highly recommended. And in the beginning, I can’t lie, I didn’t love it. I thought Ove was a grumpy old man, with a serious issue when it comes to being polite. He’s arrogant, small-minded and unnecessarily mean. He had his old-fashioned ways which were to be expected, but some things just really irritated me.
The book slowly unravels different aspects of Ove’s life, which has defined much of the person he is today. He’s actually a really strong and bold person. I started the book disliking him, and ended it having the upmost respect for him. All I wanted was for this man to get his happy ending.
Over time, more and more of Ove’s neighbours, human and feline, grew closer to him and get to know the man beneath the attitude. If anything, Ove has one of the kindest hearts I’ve ever read about. I started to agree with the way he was, a completely different vibe from the beginning.
His neighbours are a charming part of this novel. Parvaneh in particular, is a new neighbour and has no time for Ove’s old ways. She’s heavily pregnant when the book begins and sets Ove straight, invites herself inside, and always seems to appear at the right time. Every time she spoke I was laughing, and she really helped make the book. Her friendship with Ove was incredibly sweet.
Overall, I really liked this book. It’s a heartwarming read and shows you really can’t judge a person unless you’re in their shoes. There are many factors in life that shape a person, and every journey is different.
One thing I didn’t understand was the issue with the BMW. But then again, some people understand it and some people do not.