Book Reviews

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles follows the story of exiled prince Patroclus and hero Achilles. We see how their friendship develops over years and the trials they face from family and war. 

It’s a good story, although I did find it rather slow paced. The ending is so emotional, it had me bawling, despite that by then I quite disliked Achilles, pride is not a good look.

My Rating: 2/5

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is about two boys who meet at the pool and form the unlikeliest of bonds. Ari and Dante are very different, yet somehow their friendship just works, despite all of the hardships they go through.

This novel is very emotional. They story will have you crying and laughing, sometimes at the same time. I believe most people will relate to either Ari or Dante. So much about this story is relatable that there is something in it for everyone.

Personally I found a lot of myself in Ari, which is a little sad. However, it’s nice to know there is someone who could relate to me, even if they are a fictional character.

My Rating: 5/5

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Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham

Cocktails for Three is about three friends who work at the same magazine and meet for cocktails on the first of every month.

The premise of this book is good, however, it is poorly written. About every second or third page the focus switches characters; it made it difficult to really get into the plot lines. The whole story felt rather blah. The novel lacks a hook to make you want to keep reading, and the plot is fairly predictable. None of the characters were particularly likeable.

My Rating: 1/5

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Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Love Anthony is a heartwarming story about two women on Nantucket. As Beth, a mother of three, struggles with finding out her husband has been cheating, she rediscovers her passion for writing. Olivia, grieving the death of her autistic son and going through a divorce, runs away to Nantucket. The two women help each other through their struggles.

Throughout the novel we get to read bits of Beth’s story, a story told in the voice of an autistic child who can’t talk.

Love Anthony is a heart-touching story, and a definite tear-jerker. This has quickly become one of my favourite books.

My Rating: 5/5

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven is the story of Eddie’s death. Eddie is a maintenance man at an amusement park, and then he dies. In heaven Eddie meets five people who have a lesson to teach him about his life.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven is an easy and enjoyable read. Although the story isn’t very gripping there are a few parts that are quite interesting.

My Rating: 3/5

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The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

The Witch’s Daughter is about a woman who becomes a witch. Bess spends her life on the run from the warlock who turned her into a witch. In modern day Bess meets a teenaged girl whom she befriends and begins teaching her the craft.

The story jumps between modern day and various points in Bess’s past.

I found the story to be slow, with very little mention of magic until about the last fifty pages.

Bess doesn’t seem like a very realistic character, she’s quite naive for someone who’s been alive for around 400 years. I didn’t find any of the characters particularly likeable, they had a lot of flaws with almost no growth throughout the book.

Overall, the story was very different from how I originally thought it would be. I believe that is partially why I didn’t enjoy this novel.

My Rating: 2/5

Book Recs

Book Recommendation: Chai Tea Sunday by Heather A. Clark

What initially drew me to this book was that it has tea in the title, then after reading the synopsis on the back cover I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. Chai Tea Sunday is an emotional and atmospheric story. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d like the book, but I’m glad I gave it a chance. Chai Tea Sunday is an amazing story, I highly recommend giving it a read.

A couple other things that make this book so great are that it’s written by a Canadian woman, and it’s based on a true story.

After a complex tragedy leads to the end of her marriage Nicky travels to Kenya to volunteer at an orphanage. Living among the violence and poverty Nicky hope and is able to start healing with the help of her host mother. 

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Book Haul!

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Last week I went to a used book sale and got seventeen books for $25! The pile on the left was $2 per book, and the pile on the right was $5 for a bag.

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Most of these books I hadn’t heard of before, but a few of them have been on my tbr for a while.

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Have you read any of these books? Are any of them also on your tbr?