Hey guys! This week’s blog is a little different than usual – it’s a book review! While I love talking about beauty and makeup, there are other things that I am passionate about that I want to share. Something you might not know about me is that I am a big reader. So I have decided to write some reviews for you guys! I was totally inspired by Jess of Sunbeamsjess. She has an amazing Youtube channel and a blogger, and she is definitely one of my idols haha! I totally recommend you guys check her out 🙂
Please keep in mind that while I love reading and writing, I don’t study literature or anything like that. So my reviews are going to be pretty superficial, but I thought they might be useful if you are looking for some normal suggestions. I’m going to group a couple books together in one post because I won’t be writing in depth reviews of them. The three I’m going to write about today I read in the summer. I am currently in the middle of a series that I started at the end of the summer – expect a review of that once I’m finally done that!
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
If you like historical drama/mysteries, you will love this book. The novel is based off the real murder of Grace Brown, from the fictionalized perspective of Mattie. The novel is set in the 1900s in the Adirondack Mountains of New York – a place I’ve been to and love! The story switches between before and after Mattie has learned about Grace’s murder, which really kept me in suspense. While the murder mystery is pretty obvious, I was intrigued by Mattie’s story. I finished this book really quickly because I was so captivated. Highly recommend for all my fellow historical fans.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
This book is very commonly read in high school in Canada, but I actually never read it! I decided to read it so I could watch the tv show (which I still haven’t watched yet…). I’ve never read anything by Margaret Atwood, but I can understand why her works are studied. The text is full of imagery, symbolism, and philosophical monologues. Atwood does a great job of balancing those passages with tons of action, so the reader never is bored. The story is a near-future dystopian tale, and while it was written over 30 years ago, the novel is still very applicable to today. A little funny side story about this novel: my coworker had to read the novel for summer school, and she told me this the day after I finished the novel. She said I really hyped up the book for her, and she actually ended up enjoying it! If you want a thought-provoking tale, I highly recommend The Handmaid’s Tale.
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
After reading The Handmaid’s Tale, I wanted something a little more light-hearted. This is the second book I’ve read by Jennifer E. Smith. I also read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and to be honest I liked that one more than this one. The story is about a boy and girl who get stuck in an elevator during a blackout and who basically fall for each other that night. They then almost immediately move apart, and through the whole novel meeting each other for one-off nights. While I think the characters and story was well written, the whole time I was just waiting for them to finally come together. While it was cute, it was a little too drawn out for my liking. This isn’t a bad book, but there are definitely better ones out there.
And that is my little book review! I hope you guys liked this post, and let me know your book recommendations, I am always looking for more books to read 🙂