While travelling this summer I got the chance to read a fair amount of books, all very interesting. And I discovered a new favourite as well.
The Three Fates by Nora Roberts: A favourite go to book that I re read on occasion. A fun story about a group of mismatched people joining forces to find a long lost treasure while all happily falling in love. Standard Nora Roberts style.
Beyond the Veil by Pippa DaCosta: A bookbub find that was OK. Typical young adult fantasy storyline. This story involved demons and angels. One particular half demon trying to find her way in the human world, and demon world by being pursued by an assassin turned friend and being manipulated by an ultimate demon she thought she could trust. It was entertaining, and I liked the play and new take on the famous demons that come up in other stories.
Why Can’t Elephants Jump by Multiple Authors: A really fun and interesting read. People pose questions to the editor and various scientists from around the world try their best to answer the questions with evidence. Filled with random facts that may or may no the useful to bring up at parties 😛
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote: I had no idea that there was a novella that the movie was based on! A quick read, the book is not as good as the movie and has a vastly different ending. While enjoyable, I will always treasure the movie instead.
Love Me If You Must by Patricia Amble: A cute and (creepy) romance story about a home flipper moving to a small town to fix up a victorian house only to find a dead body in her basement. The story pursues the mystery of what happened, while she finds romance with the town police officer and her next door neighbour.
The Drowning City by Amanda Downum: A surprising bookbub find that turned out to be really enjoyable. The book takes place in an exotic other world, featuring magics of all sorts and assassins trying to save a culture from a corrupt government. I enjoyed reading the book because of the detail that went into describing the world, and the characters histories and lives. I also enjoyed that it was a stand alone book that did not require a continuation of the series to fully enjoy.
White Oleander by Janet Finch: A new found favourite! This book was so incredibly moving, and I was glued to it almost non stop. A coming of age story like no other, it caught my attention and resonated with me in a way I have not experienced with a book in a long time. Highly highly recommend as a read!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo: Inspired by my trip to Paris, I read this to feel more attuned to my favourite Paris structure, Notre Dame Cathedral of course! Turns out the story is nothing like the Disney tale at all, and is quite twisted, dark and sad. Quasimodo is not even as central as a character as I expected and the story focuses more on Esmeralda’s tragic tale. Highly recommend to read if you love gothic stories and Notre Dame.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Simply a timeless classic that I just felt like I needed to re read. One of my favourite books, and favourite literary romances. I intended it to be my plane ride back home book, but I got distracted by movies and tv shows on the plane. So it became my at home book to read.
The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany: I was hesitant to read this play. I love the Harry Potter series and I felt it got the ending it deserved, there would never be a need for anything more to the story. So I, unlike most, was not excited to hear about the play being released in London, with the manuscript to be published as well. However, I knew that I would have to read it before having an opinion. The truth is, I did not enjoy it. I won’t reveal anything, #keepthesecret, and all that but I could have gone the rest of my life without this story existing.
Extended travel always means lots of reading time for me, which is great! Sometimes my favourite moments are when I am tucked away in a new cafe with a cup of coffee or tea, reading my book, relishing in the fact that I can find such joy from a familiar comforting activity while in a completely new city or corner of the world.
– xoxo Veronica