This month has felt incredibly busy, yet I’ve still managed to read six whole books? I have to admit that I’m quite impressed with myself, and I hope that this good reading-vibe will continue through March too.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The first book that I completed this month was none other than the classic Pride and Prejudice, which I was inspired to read after seeing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (which I found extremely enjoyable). I think this was the third time I’ve read this book completely and I still love it as much as ever. Elizabeth Bennet is such a great heroine with her wit and amusing observations, and I’ll always be in love with Darcy no matter how much he annoys me in the beginning of the book.
It’s so nice to go back and read some Austen every now and again as the writing is so exquisite, and in especially Pride and Prejudice there is so much humour that is used to criticise the society of the time, that makes it so fun to read. Next on my Austen TBR is Sense and Sensibility that I haven’t yet had the chance to read, but I’ve heard that it’s as great as basically everything from Austen so I’m thrilled to start reading.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Yes, I really missed the beautiful wizarding world and Hogwarts, so I had to begin my annual rereading of the series. Every time I pick up the first book, I cannot stop before I’ve finished the whole series, reading Harry Potter just feels like coming back home. I also love the fact that no matter how many times I’ve actually read the books, there’s always something new to pick on, or details that I’d forgotten. Every reading somehow strengthens my bond with the characters and the whole world, which makes the reading experience so comfortable and beautiful.
I often wonder what it is that makes me so smitten for this book series but I never seem to be able to come up with a clear answer. Maybe it’s just magic, maybe it’s the thousand sentimental reasons linked to growing up, maybe it’s the bond of the fandom. Whatever the reason is, I think I’ll never let this precious series out of my life.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
This novel was the first ‘new’ book that I read this month and it didn’t disappoint. I had heard a lot of praise for this book before picking it up, so I had a few expectations that were met quite well. The protagonist, Eliza, is a wonderful character and I could relate to her life so much. She is a talented webcomic-artist, hiding behind the anonymous safety of a username, who also suffers from anxiety which was beautifully represented in the story. I loved that I really could relate to her thoughts and see where her actions came from, it felt like I was kind of there with her on the journey which was great.
There’s also a little bit of romance between Eliza and a new student called Wallace, who coincidentally happens to be the most famous fan-fiction writer for Eliza’s webcomic. I enjoyed how their relationship develops slowly and they both have similar kinds of struggles in their lives. They both have some problems with their family relationships, but they find company from each other in sweet ways.
This whole book was such a great read, the writing is eloquent and fun, and the plot develops in a good pace. There is also a lot more to the story than just a romance, it’s about family, identity, secrets, loss and many other things that make the story so excellent.
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
I read the first book (A Darker Shade of Magic) of this series a few months back, and only now got around to reading the sequel. I don’t know why I waited so long to read this because it is so incredibly good! I fell even more with love with the characters of Lila, a pickpocket-turned-pirate-turned-magician, who is just a badass woman that doesn’t let anyone control her doings and lives for herself, and Kell, the powerful antari who feels trapped in the royal family and longs for freedom and adventure.
Even though the plot evolves around this magical competition, where both Lila and Kell end up competing, there’s a constant tension that is embedded to the storyline, which starts to unravel simultaneously with the competition. The world of this series is so amazing, and I love reading the descriptions of it and learning new about it. I feel like this book continued the first one so beautifully, and left the story in such a cliffhanger that I actually had to order the final book the minute I shut this one.
My reading plans for March basically include more Harry Potter, more Austen and more V.E. Schwab, which I’m not complaining about as I have so much love for these books.