Happy Show Us Your Books day everybody! Of course I’m linking up with Steph and Jana! I swear that this past month has seriously just flown by with our trip and everything, so while I wish that I had read more books, this month was another slower month for me, even though I loved everything that I picked up! Also if there was a theme for this month’s reading it would definitely be books that have been turned into movies or TV shows, so obviously you see my motivation for reading books this past month. Anyways, let’s get on with the reviews!
My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman ★★★★★ 5 stars
So this was the second Fredrik Backman book that I read, and while it started off slower than A Man Called Ove, I ended up loving this book way more. It made me feel all the feels, including so sad that I started crying when I was on the bus one day! But don’t let the crying deter you, definitely pick this one up and give it a chance!
Elsa’s grandmother is definitely one person that tends to drive everybody that she knows crazy, except for maybe Elsa. To Elsa she’s a superhero and takes her on multiple adventures even if they do something that they’re not supposed to, but most importantly, Elsa’s grandmother introduced her to the place of Miamas, where fairytales live forever. Suddenly Elsa’s grandmother passes away, and while Elsa is very sad and mad at her grandmother for passing away, she still decides to follow her grandmother on one last adventure, a scavenger hunt that will show her exactly the type of person that her grandmother was.
In true Fredrik Backman form, he has this way of weaving characters together into a fantastic storyline. I also loved that he had this way of making you feel for characters, even though you didn’t think that you should because of the way that they’ve acted throughout the entire book. But what I found the most endearing part of the whole book was how Fredrik Backman made the the entire fairytale world of Miamas come alive. It was so beautifully written, and definitely a book that you should pick up!
The Circle by Dave Eggers ★★★★ 4 stars
This is a book that was actually selected for next month’s Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club, but I knew that Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 was coming up, so I thought that I’d get a jump start on reading it. A longer review will come at the end of this month, but needless to say I was super excited to read this book, especially since I really wanted to see the movie too!
Mae is beyond excited when she gets the opportunity to work at the most prestigious company in the country, The Circle. When it started a few years ago The Circle’s main product was TruYou, an online profile that combined every single social media and every other online profile you’ve ever had into one profile that can never be broken into. As Mae gets more involved with her job at The Circle, she slowly realizes that her job is definitely not just the normal desk job that she thought it was and she wonders how far she’ll go to ensure her job at The Circle.
There’s probably only one way to describe this book, and it would have to be creepy. It amazed me how far the company and everybody at the company was willing to take people’s privacy and literally throw it away. Everybody just seemed to follow blindly, and it was terrifying to think that this could actually happen one day. I have a lot more thoughts on this book, but I’ll be talking about them more at the end of the month!
American Gods by Neil Gaiman ★★★★ 4 stars
This is also my second Neil Gaiman book for the year, but unlike with Fredrik Backman, I don’t think that American Gods is my favorite book by him. I have to admit that the main reason I wanted to read this book was because it was being turned into series on Starz, and of course I thought that it looked good, even though I had no idea what it was about.
Shadow Moon is currently finishing up his prison sentence and can’t wait to get home to his wife, when during his last week he receives a call from the warden informing him that he’s being released early because his wife has passed away. While heading home for the funeral, Shadow meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and agrees to enter into his service. What happens afterwards is a story that spans all the way across the United States and delves into roots of the citizens of the United States and where they came from.
I have to admit that I really didn’t know what in the world was going on with this book for a while, and if I hadn’t had the plane ride home from Europe to read, I’m not sure if I would have been hooked as immediately as I was. With that being said, I found this book to be really interesting in the fact that you got to learn about different cultures and their gods and beliefs, but also the story itself was very interesting. Without a doubt, this was the most interesting story that I’ve read recently.
So overall, definitely not the best month for me in terms of number of books read, but probably one of the best months ever as far as how great the books were that I actually read. So far the month of July is also shaping up to be another good reading month, so we’ll have to wait and see!
Have you read any good books lately? Do you like to read books that are being turned into TV shows or movies?