May is already over, and I am so happy with it, at least reading-wise.I have finished all my exams for this term, and even though I don’t think all of them went really well, I’m really happy to be done with them.Which means I am on summer holiday!!!
This summer holiday will be my longest break since I was a little baby! 2.5 months! And because I have a long break I’m planning on reading a lot, write a lot and blog a lot!
Anyway, as I said, this month has been amazing reading wise; I read seven books! Usually, I read about three or four books a month, plus the fact that I didn’t read one single book in the month of April, so I feel accomplished!
Here are the books I read in the month of May:
The first book I finished was ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ by Vikas Swarup. I had to read this for school so I wasn’t very excited about it. I watched the movie in Year 8 or 9 and I truly disliked it. But I was pleasantly surprised when I ended up liking this!
Vikas Swarup’s spectacular debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, India, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all twelve questions on India’s biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper or gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.Ram takes us on an amazing review of his own history – from the day he was found as a baby in the clothes donation box of a Delhi church to his employment by a faded Bollywood star to his adventure with a security-crazed Australian army colonel to his career as an overly creative tour guide at the Taj Mahal.
I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars.
I really wanted to read a book by a Norwegian author (I haven’t read a norwegian book in forever) so I asked my mum which of her books she enjoyed a lot, and she said ‘Politi’ by Jo Nesbø. (‘Police’ by Jo Nesbo for other countries haha). Personally, I’m not a big fan of crime books, but I have to say I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed this story a lot. I haven’t read any of the other books in the Harry Hole series. I know this is the tenth book, but I did check online to see if you had to read the first book first.
The police urgently need Harry Hole . . . A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical.
But this time, Harry can’t help . . . For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone.
Least of all himself . . .
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
Then I wanted to read another book in Norwegian, so I picked up this: ‘Angels and Demons’ by Dan Brown. Same goes to this book, I usually don’t read these kinds of books, but I absolutely love watching these types of movies, so I decided to give it a try. And I loved it.
When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol—seared into the chest of a murdered physicist—he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati … the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy—the Catholic Church.
Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.
Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair … a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation
I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars.
I ordered two books, but I still wanted to read something before those books arrived. Therefore, I picked up ‘The Thief’ by Megan Whalen Turner. I picked iit up because it was only 280 pages with a big font, so I knew it wouldn’t take me to long. I did enjoy this book, but I personally felt like nothing really happened. Whilst reading this I was planning on giving it only two stars, but I enjoyed the way it ended so I didn’t do so.
The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.
I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
I absolutely love the Princess Diaries movies, so I decided I wanted to try the books. I read the first book a few monhs ago, and decided I wanted to read the next one now. ‘The Princess Diaries: A royal disaster’ by Meg Cabot. It only takes me some hours to finish these books because it’s such an easy read, which is one of the things I love about it. I enjoyed the first book a little bit more than this one, though.
First book: She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…
NEWS FLASH: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!)
DOWNER: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So there’s no heir to the throne.)
SHOCK OF THE CENTURY: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.
THE WORST PART: Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmère, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.
Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal–blue in the face about her princessly duty—no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind.
But what’s a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO?
I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars.
The last book I read in the month of may was ‘The Da Vinci – code’ by Dan Brown. I ordered this right away because I loved following Robert Langdon. I have watched this movie before so I knew what the story was about, but it didn’t make me enjoy the book any less. (I also watched the movie to Angels and Demons in the middle of the book.. haha)
An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.
While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.
Have you read any of these books? How did you find them? Do you have any suggestions of other books I should read?