As a person that once paid for two months of an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription, I’ve learned that you should 100% always judge a book by its cover. Those book covers looked suspect and cheap and like cover art for really bad fanfiction, because the books they resided on were suspect and cheap and read a lot like really bad fanfiction. Of course, there are book covers that draw me in. They’re usually very artistic or have a person on the front doing something that looks kind of suspicious, and that just does it for me. And that’s why I have all these books that I want to read by the end of the month, even though I have no time to read them.
Human Acts by Han Kang
“When a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed in the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. Through their collective heartbreak and acts of hope unfolds the tale of a brutalized people in search of a voice.”
Originally, the cover drew me in. I thought, “Wow, this will look amazing in my Instagram story.” I could have just put it back on the Barnes and Noble shelf after doing my boomerang post, but then I saw that it was only $12. This lead to me reading the back and actually becoming curious about the story. I’m still not 100% sure what to expect from this book, but sometimes I’m just here for a good, well-written, sad book!
The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister
“The Amazing Arden is the most notorious female illusionist of her day, renowned for sawing a man in half. One night, with policeman Virgil Holt in the audience, she swaps her saw for a fire axe. A new trick or an all-too-real murder? When a dead body is discovered, the answer seems clear. But under Holt’s interrogation what Arden’s story reveals is both unbelievable and spellbinding.”
I knew that I was going to be stuck on a Greyhound bus on my way home for Thanksgiving, and decided to preemptively look for a book to pass the time. I took a Buzzfeed quiz that said that I should read this book because I like tea and reading on comfy couches. So, of course, I bought it immediately! I didn’t actually start reading it until Black Friday and am still only 40 pages in, but I am hooked! Magic? Mystery? Crime? Large font? Sign me up!
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
“Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.”
I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and have already read this book before. The thing is, I haven’t revisited it in almost 10 years. Plus, I now have a new favorite podcast that reads each chapter through a new theme every week. It’s essentially like I’m reading this book for the first time all over again, and I’m in nerd heaven. Because I’m older, I definitely have a more nuanced understanding of events that are happening in the books, identify with different characters, and take away different meanings from the text. I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m getting more out of it now than when I was 10 or 11, but it’s definitely a different experience.
What’s on your reading list?
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