Hello all! I figured it would be cool to do a monthly book wrap up. In this wrap up, I’ll look briefly at the books I’ve read this month and pick my favorite one of the month. This is a great test of what says with you after a book finishes. Sometimes I am pretty obsessed with the book right after I finish, but then in a few weeks, the excitement fades. So this post reflects back on what I remember, and liked, and what my favorite would be.
The Other Einstein: I really enjoyed this novel. Her struggle with the sexism in the world and her field is extremely fascinating to me. She is a strong character who undergoes a lot of pain and suffering.
Clementine and Claudia: This novel was an enjoyable read with two sisters who react differently to the wars and to love. I think it is a good read, especially for those who have a sister.
Penelopiad: A totally quirky rewriting of The Odyssey from the perspective of Penelope. This was entirely fascinating and a very quick read. The language is lyrical and the story is really interesting.
White Queen: This story was complex and there was so much philosophy in it. The characters and their actions truly interrogate the boundary between alien and humanity, exploring the foreign in both.
The Mortifications: A Cuban American novel that takes up issues of identity, family, and home. Each of the characters were complex in their own ways, and the perspective of the novel delves deeply into each.
Love in the Time of Cholera: Essentially a love story of both the past, the present, and everything in between.
Guardian: This novel had a lot of potential, but it fell short in my expectations. Nevertheless, it was still an enjoyable read, just nothing mind blowing.
Reflecting back on this month, it’s a tough call between White Queen, The Mortifications, and Love in the Time of Cholera. All three of the novels were beautifully written, in different ways. White Queen was the closest to what I have read before in other science fiction novels. Love in the Time of Cholera was a long time wish on my reading list and The Mortifications was a new book that sort of crept in there.
I’ve been thinking about this decision for about a week now, and I would have to say I’m going to go with The Mortifications. I was most surprised by the depth of this novel and it leaves me with so many questions still! The characters were fascinating and the plot had a poetic justice to it.
Just in case you missed it, I’ll link The Mortifications review here for you to check out!
Comment below what was your favorite review this month?