I have postponed writing this post for so long hoping I get back on my reading track and have a substantial post to write. The past 3 months have been hectic with work taking over my entire life. Whatever free time I do get – I spend binge watching mindless shows – as an easy break from my hectic work life. Also, I abandoned a few books since I just couldn’t get myself to go past a point and that also slowed down my reading speed. I completed reading 3 books in 3 months which is quite embarrassing and makes me feel sad. Here is hoping I do better this month.
I have been very into mythological and historical fiction this year and keeping in line with that, my three reads were all historical fictions (and all set in Britain by coincidence).
Read 1: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
Story: This is a historical romance story between fiercely independent and feminist Annabelle and the cold Duke of Montgomery, Sebastian. They meet while she is a student in Oxford trying to recruit men for the women’s suffrage movement. Annabelle is given the task of breaking and recruiting Sebastian since he is of political importance. What follows is the tale of their love-hate relationship.
Review: While I don’t think this is a fresh or new story line but I still had fun reading the novel till its very dramatic ending. The typical poor girl – rich man love story line has been covered in many a stories though the setting of this storyline makes it different. I also liked the author’s writing style – which kept me hooked to the story despite my already guessing how it would end.
Verdict: It is a fun one time read. 7.5/10
PS: someone recommended this author to me – I don’t remember who – if you are reading this – leave a comment.
Read 2: The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
Story: Set in the 1940s, post the second world war in the English village of Chawton where Jane Austen lived a considerable part of her life. A group of broken, like minded people living in the village get together to protect Jane Austen’s diminishing legacy by forming a society. Together they work not only to celebrate Jane Austen’s life and work but also to help each other get through their own dark pasts.
Review: My only complaint with this book is its slow pace. I love the story line and how cute this book is but boy did it take forever to build up to the formation of the society. I almost gave up on this book a couple of times but I’m glad I stuck it out. It is an easy read, feel good novel. If you are a Jane Austen fan like me -I think it would be a nice read for you.
Read 3: The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
Story: Set during the World War 2 in England, this novel follows the lives of 3 girls from very different walks life who are recruited into a top secret project that breaks German codes for Britain. Osla – a rich socialite looking for something challenging, Mab – from an impoverished household looking to change her future and Beth – the village spinster, living at home and following her mothers each instruction. The story follows what goes on at this top secret location and how it changes their lives forever.
Review: The story line of this book interested me and the really good ratings on Goodreads had me intrigued. But I think this review I found by Anna on Goodreads puts my thoughts into words – “This book should have been at least 200 pages shorter. Slow buildup and not as much suspense as I had hoped for. Lost my attention several times and by the time I got to the crux of the matter (more than halfway through) I wasn’t that invested in the story anymore.”
It took forever for the real story to start and develop – there was so much unnecessary drama and glitz in the story. The details about breaking the code could have been fully skipped – because they went on for pages and didn’t really add to the progress of the story. If you told me in two lines that the codes were difficult to break – I’d still buy it. Some love angles were also so unnecessary and seemed to be forced onto the story to make the story line controversial. Over all it was a very meh read which had the potential to be so much more – but I’d still recommend it as a one time read.
Books I DNF-ed for the time being:
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
These books both are super interesting but I just wasn’t in the right mood to enjoy them. I will definitely get back to them soon.
What are you reading currently? Leave me some good book recommendations – some easy reads please.
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