Books I've Read Lately

By Martina - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Between August and today I started and finished some books, but I have only talked about one of them - Novecento - here on the blog. Since I don't post very often and I'm trying to keep my blog multifaceted and not turn it into a book blog (and I also don't have much to say about every single book I've read), I thought I might update you with one longish post instead.

I don't want to spoil anything for anyone therefore I'll keep my description short and I won't tell too much about the plot.

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

I've been wanting to read this book for AGES and I honestly don't know why it took me so long to pick it up. It's one of the best books I've ever read, and there are many things I appreciate about it.

First of all, I like books that find a gentle way to talk about death, because that's a really relevant topic and way too often we're just exposed to the brutality of it and we get too scared to think about it, when in fact it's a really important thing to ponder, I believe. 

Secondly, I'm really into historical fiction, I love to learn things about the past while enjoying a good novel. I'm really into modern history, German history is one of the topics that interests me the most - of course I'm not at all glad about the horrible things that happened, but I'm really intrigued by the human mind and I like to learn how one thing lead to another and I try to document myself as much as I can. 

Lastly, the author writes just so well and makes you love his characters so much, after a while they begin to feel like real people you actually met in real life.

2016 Reading Challenge:
  • A book set in Europe

Lucchetti babbani e medaglioni magici (Muggle padlocks and magical lockets)
by Ilaria Katerinov

I guess this book is only interesting for people who A. understand Italian and B. are keen on translation. Translation is one of my favourite subjects and Harry Potter might be my most favourite thing ever, therefore I HAD to read this. It shows and explains what changes have been made by the official translators who worked to translate JK Rowling's novels into Italian. It explains why some names have been changed, how they made up words when the English ones that the author had made up would have been too hard for Italian readers to understand and it talks about the actual mistakes that were made while translating. The most famous mistake belongs to the Order of the Phoenix, where the translator turned the word 'locket' (RAB's locket) into 'lucchetto', which actually means 'padlock', without knowing that the little 'padlock' would become one of the most relevant objects of the following book. Hence the title of the book Ilaria Katerinov has written.

2016 Reading Challenge:
  • A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy

On the Other Side
by Carrie Hope Fletcher

As you might know already, I'm in love with Carrie. I really didn't know what to expect from this book as I'd tried to avoid any spoilers, and I was a bit worried I might end up being disappointed if I set my expectations too high, but I must say I really, really enjoyed the book and I'd definitely read it again soon. I liked to find many Carrie-esque details in the plot and characters, I could definitely see her footprints in the book, and I was really surprised by the ideas she came up with. She tackled many relevant topics - such as death and sexuality and relationships within the family - in a truly beautiful way. I'd 100% recommend this to anyone.

2016 Reading Challenge:
  • A book that is published in 2016

Christmas with Billy and Me
by Giovanna Fletcher

This teeny tiny short story by Giovanna Fletcher is just as beautiful and sweet as her other books and I believe it would make the perfect Christmas gift, maybe paired with some biscuits and tea. I managed to find this at Waterstones one of the last times I went there but I wasn't able to get her other Christmas short story, Dream a Little Christmas Dream, so I guess I'll just have to keep my eyes peeled.

2016 Reading Challenge:
  • A book that's under 150 pages
  • A book you can finish in a day
  • A book with a blue cover 

The Mortal Instruments - The First Trilogy
by Cassandra Clare

I have a passion for brick-like books and I love to read them when I am on holiday. This Summer I read the first trilogy of The Mortal Instruments and I quite enjoyed that, but I must say that I'm not in love with the story and its characters all that much and I'm not sure I'll read the next dozen of books that Cassandra Clare has written and is going to write.

I don't think I'm too old for a plot like that, I've simply read plenty of fantasy/romance/fiction novels when I was younger and that might have influenced my appreciation of this saga, as I already have many other favourites of those genres.

Anyway, out of those three my favourite book was City of Glass, and my favourite character was Simon.

2016 Reading Challenge:
  • A YA bestseller
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A book recommended by someone you just met
  • A book that's more than 600 pages

These are the books I've finished lately. I'm currently reading other books and I think I'll write a similar post once I've finished them as well. Let me know what you think and leave me a comment telling me your favourite books, I'm always open to new authors and titles.

Marti xx

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