December Book Wrap Up

December was an interesting month for me. I had some time to catch up on books, and make some great progress with ending the year and completing my reading goal.

I have also managed to clear a lot of books from my TBR, with the Down The TBR Hole Tag. Below are all four posts I did this month:

๐ŸŒŸTBR Hole #8 ๐ŸŒŸ TBR Hole #9 ย ๐ŸŒŸ TBR Hole #10 ๐ŸŒŸ TBR Hole #11 ๐ŸŒŸTBR Hole #12 ๐ŸŒŸ

Books I read:

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

๐ŸŒŸ Review ย ๐ŸŒŸ

 

Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

๐ŸŒŸ Review ย ๐ŸŒŸ

 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

๐ŸŒŸ Review ย ๐ŸŒŸ

 

All These Beautiful Strangers – Elizabeth Klehfoth – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

๐ŸŒŸ Review ย ๐ŸŒŸ

 

Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

๐ŸŒŸ Review ย ๐ŸŒŸ

 

The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

๐ŸŒŸ Review ย ๐ŸŒŸ

 

The Psychology of Time Travel – Kate Mascarenhas – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

๐ŸŒŸ Review ย ๐ŸŒŸ

 

The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

๐ŸŒŸ Review ย ๐ŸŒŸ

 

The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank by Willy Lindwer – โ˜…โ˜…

๐ŸŒŸ Review ย ๐ŸŒŸย 

I managed to read 9 books this month. Success!ย 

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November Book Wrap Up

This November was the best month in the year. I read 10 books guys! Yes – 10!

It was also my birthday on the 18th, and I got some amazing books! Check out my Birthday Book Wrap up.

I have also managed to clear a lot of books from my TBR, with the Down The TBR Hole Tag. Below are all four posts I did this month:

๐ŸŒŸ ย TBR Hole #4ย  ๐ŸŒŸย  TBR Hole #5ย  ๐ŸŒŸ ย TBR Hole #6ย  ๐ŸŒŸ ย ย TBR Hole #7ย  ๐ŸŒŸ

Books I read:

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The Rumour by Lesley Karaโ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
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My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
๐ŸŒŸย Reviewย  ๐ŸŒŸย  Goodreadsย  ๐ŸŒŸ

Carrie by Stephen King – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
๐ŸŒŸย Reviewย  ๐ŸŒŸย  Goodreadsย  ๐ŸŒŸ

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
๐ŸŒŸย Reviewย  ๐ŸŒŸย  Goodreadsย  ๐ŸŒŸ

Winter Trials (Northern Witch #1) by K.S. Marsden – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
๐ŸŒŸย Reviewย  ๐ŸŒŸย  Goodreadsย  ๐ŸŒŸย 

Hippie by Paulo Coelho – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
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Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
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Some Sunny Day by Madge Lambert – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
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No Fourth River by Christine Clayfield – โ˜…โ˜…
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Day of The Accident by Nuala Ellwood – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
๐ŸŒŸย Reviewย  ๐ŸŒŸย  Goodreadsย  ๐ŸŒŸ

I will soon share my December TBR with you guys, and also my plans for my 2019 TBR. If you have any recommendations of books you think I MUST read in 2019, please let me know! I would be happy to do some buddy reads!

If you have made a post with your November Book Wrap Up – share your link below! I would love to see what you have all been reading!

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The Song Of Achilles – Madeline Miller [BOOK REVIEW]

Book Review

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The Song Of Achilles became a part of my TBR list right after I finished reading Circe. I loved Circe and it is one of my favorite books of 2018. I also enjoyed The Song of Achilles, but not nearly as much.

For the ones out there who love greek mythology, this is a book that covers Achillesโ€™s life told from Patroclusโ€™s point of view. It is more or less accurate, and covers a lot of details from the early lives of these two princes. This is a story about one great friendship that turns into something more, a lot of challenges, a lot of doubts, and a lot of choices to be made during a time of war.

The story is very fast paced, and I was skipping through the pages as fast as Achilles was killing Trojan warriors. From their childhood, to their growing up, to their adventures and the war, this book will never keep you calm, because every chapter something unexpected happens. Well, sometimes not too much, as I know the story, but even still, I was surprised a lot.

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A thing that bothered me a lot throughout the whole book was the inaccuracy at some points, and hiding information.

Now, we all know that Achilles was immortal. And we all know the story that his mother Thetis, a goddess of water dipped his body into the water in the river Styx. However, she was holding him by the heel, so his heel was the only place where he was vulnerable. This will be the reason of his death, when Apollo would direct Parisโ€™s spear into Achillesโ€™ heel.

Now – if this is such a common fact, and everybody who heard about Achilles knows it – why wouldnโ€™t the author include it in the book. It wasnโ€™t mentioned once.. Not onceโ€ฆ I found this really upsetting.

Moving forward to the characters, we have Patroclus presented as the weaker one, the coward, the person that is mocked by everyone, not loved even by his parents and unworthy. ( Another point that bothered me is that this is not entirely true – according to Homer, Patroclus was apparently wiser than Achilles)

On the other hand, we have the opposite – a wise, brave, strong and handsome man, loved by everyone, immortal and a son of a goddess. We have a perfect example for a leader.

While fate connect these two to meet from their very early years, they also build a love relationship which they try to hide it at first. This relationship will cause them hatred from Thetis (Achillesโ€™ mom) and will prompt them to make choices that might not be necessarily good ones. Now, Homer never mentioned a pederasty in his works between these two, but Miller does. And I am not sure how I feel about it. Not about the fact that they are gay, but the fact that this is Achilles.

All in all, I enjoyed this book. It is a great retelling of the story and a great time capture of the past. It wasnโ€™t anything special, and I didnโ€™t feel heartbroken in the end, but it was definitely worth reading it. I give it three stars –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… .ย 

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