With my decision to switch off all devices at least one hour before bed, I got back into reading! However, I needed something to do during this hour of not being in front of a screen. Thus, I have ordered a fair amount of books and I have literally spent the bank holiday weekend reading. And also writing this post. Now, whether you’re looking at spending time appart from your laptop or just looking at new books to read, here are my latest reads.
1. Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas
I started this series last Friday and I have devoured the first two books! To be honest, I was not convinced at first. The author made a reference to the heroin’s virginity which added nothing to the storyline. As a matter of fact, it looked like it was there to prove a point. I was just wondering why are American authors so obsessed with their female characters’ sexual life? Reading further, I realized I was wrong and although the reference had been made in the most awkward moment of the book, there was a legit explanation in the second tome. Which I am absolutely loving! Although the usual stereotype female conflict was bothering me at first, the story works on it and makes the characters evolve. Old ennemies becomes allies. It is all about evolution and it is actually great to see how female characters fight against stereotypes they were at first spreading and reinforcing. Something else I love is that nothing is set in stone and your love of today might not be the same tomorrow. So overall, a great read that I would recommend to anyone!
2. Tara Duncan – Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian
I started the Tara Duncan series when I was in high school. Back then, I had read until the seventh tome. Moving abroad, I didn’t keep up with my readings and forgot about it. Now that I am back into reading, I decided to start the series all over again! The genre is fantasy: magic, beautiful creatures, all kinds of species, etc. The main characters all comes from a different race – literally speaking: humain, dwarf, elf, dragon, beast, etc. It makes a difference from the usual “all white” crew if you know what I mean. The story happens on Earth and on OtherWorld. However, what I love most about the series is the sense of humour! If you can find an English translation of the book, I really recommend it!
3. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them – J.K. Rowling
I must be honest with you. The only reason why I bought the book is because the cover is pretty and Instagrammable. Not the best reason I know. I absolutely loved the movie so I assumed the book would be as amazing! Unfortunately, not so much. Indeed, the book is just the script of the movie. Frankly, it is not super interesting to read. It is super basic, there is no descriptions, no suspense. As a matter of fact, nothing hooked me up to the book. Although the book makes a great prop for pictures, I don’t recommend it. In my opinion, it is not worth the price nor the time. It might be the first time in my life where I say that the movie is better than the book! This being said, I remain a big fan of J.K Rowling’s work!
4. The Art of Social Media – G. Kawasaki & P. Fitzpatrick
I have been reading few books on blogging and social media lately. As I was looking for a job in digital marketing and social media, I really wanted to make sure my skills where on point and I knew what I was talking about. I came across this book on Charlotte’s blog and decided to give it a go. This book has been quite helpful on a personal and professional level. I always come back to it as a reference. Indeed, the book is fairly easy to read and there is not too much information to digest. It is very organized and gives a lot of insight: how people search for information, how you can catch their interest, how to get your blog out there. If you are looking at taking our blog and social media to the next level, this is the book for you!
5. How to be a Parisian – C. De Maigret, A. Berest, S. Maas & A. Diwan
I read this book back in February. I am reading it again now. Although it is a summary of all the biggest French and Parisian clichés you could ever think of, the book is quite funny! The authors make fun of these clichés while reinforcing them at the same time. It is like saying they are awful stupid clichés on Parisian but they are kinda true and Parisian are proud of it. It might not seem clear. How to be a Parisian is a nice, relaxing and funny read. That’s all you need to remember. The book also makes quite a good prop for pictures! Double use indeed, so worth the investment!
What are your latest reads? Did you know any of these books? If so, have you read any? What did you think? Are there any books from this list you might add to your reading list? Tell me everything in comment!
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