fredag den 5. februar 2016

"The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet" by Becky Chambers

Title: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
Author: Becky Chambers
Publication Year: 2014
Pages: 404
My Rating: 5/5 stars

"The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet" is the first installment of The Wayfarers series which takes place in space. In this particular novel, we are introduced to Rosemary who has been hired to work as a clerk on the Wayfarers spaceship. On this ship, she meets a cast of characters who come from different species and planets, and gradually we are introduced to a futuristic world where things are turned upside down and different species work together in space. 

I didn't expect much when picking up this novel, simply because I'm not much of a sci-fi reader and I rarely enjoy the genre. However, this book was close to perfection. It's funny, it's sassy, it's intriguing and it has some of the best characters I've ever read about. Their dynamics worked amazingly well, and their humorous and quirky personalities amazed me time and time again. 

Furthermore, this novel contains so many deep topics and underlying messages that I wholly agreed with and that increased my love for the story even more. Everything is built on the word 'acceptance' - accepting everyone for who they are and what they look like. This sci-fi world is definitely futuristic and hard to comprehend, but it was so cool as well! 

Funnily enough, this story actually reminded me a lot of "The Book of Strange New Things" by Michel Faber which I read and loved last year, even though the two novels are quite different and unique in their own ways. However, I dare say that if you read Michel Faber's book last year and liked it, you might like this one as well. I, for one, was very impressed and I'm thrilled that there's a sequel coming out on October this year, because I'll definitely be picking that one up.

torsdag den 4. februar 2016

My Reading Month | January 2016

The first month of the year of 2016 is over and I spent it reading quite some amazing books. Here's my first blog post of a monthly series I plan on doing in the beginning of each month - a recap of my reading month which allows for you to see my total books read, my favourites and my disappointments. 

Books read: 9 books, which I'm very satisfied with considering the fact that a few of them were humongous. 

Favourite of the month: Has to be "A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler. I loved its simplicity as well as its characters, and it was one of those books I didn't want to let go of. If you haven't read it already, you can read my review of it here

Biggest disappointment of the month: "You" by Caroline Kepnes. While it's an interesting concept to read a story from the perspective of a stalker, it creeped me out a bit too much and made the overall reading experience an unpleasant want. 

Books I want to read in February: I recently added six new books to my collection which I will definitely be reading in February. A video on them will be up later this month, but to satisfy your curiosity a little bit, I'm especially eager to get to "It's Not Me, It's You" by Mhairi McFarlane. Furthermore, the Danish publisher Lindhardt & Ringhof has two new interesting titles coming out in Denmark in February which I will also be getting to and reviewing on this blog as well as on my booktube channel: "City on Fire" by Garth Risk Hallberg and "Me Without You" Kelly Rimmer.