Monday, July 15, 2019

What I've Read Lately #15

Here's the latest list of the books I've read:

1. Me Before You - Jojo Moyes

Ah, this reminded me of the chick-lit and rom-coms. It was funny and sad and touchy-feely and the perfect read when you want something light, but not brainless. I am absolutely going to read the rest of the series. It was fun to read it on my way to and from London.
I am so glad the book ended the way it did. If there had been a different one it wouldn't have matched Will's character. Although I don't personally support his decision, talking about a character I am OK with it. I am now curious to see how the movie is. And to see which way is Louisa going to go. She's a darling and I adore her. Not her sister, but I like Louisa!

2. Vox - Christina  Dalchan
I liked this one a lot, it kept me interested and it has the specific atmosphere of a dystopian novel. I don't necessarily like the ending, too nice, but it made for a good read. I heard it was compared to The Handmaid's Tale, but I haven't read that one, so I can't say.

3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J. K. Rowling
4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - J. K. Rowling
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J. K. Rowling
And after 12 years since it was published, here I am, reading Harry Potter and enjoying the series a lot! I have tried before to read them, but I think the fact that they were translated stopped me from finishing even the first chapter. Now? I plan to read them all!
I plan to take a small break from HP until fall, but I can say that this is no longer a children's book. Poor Harry! He sure is strong and brave. This series is smart, and funny, and action packed. So far #4 was a bit boring at first what with the Quidditch Championship, but after that it all connected and I read it with a lot more interest. 
I am curious where the story will go now. Yes, I know some spoilers, but I am still interested.
PS. Of the first four books, #1 and #3 were favourites.

6. The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han
7. It's Not Summer Without You - Jenny Han
8. We'll Always Have Summer - Jenny Han
Well, this one didn't take long to finish. The author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before managed to keep me into this series, just like she did with To All the Boys. However, The Summer... is clearly an earlier writing; you can tell she matured her style and became better in To All the Boys.
This series is per-fect! for summer days. I finished the whole series in a week, I just couldn't stop reading. I can't say that I had a favourite character because they all had their faults, but I liked that there wasn't a pretty ending during the high-school, teenage years; that was smart! 

This must be the summer of series. I have read the first two books in the Once Upon a Summer series by Janette Oke, and I am currently reading the third. This is the sort of book I can read during the idle-ish months of summer. It's the perfect world of 1800 or early 1900 when people were nice, communities were tight, people belived in God, young people had respect for their elders, and adults looked after their children's well-being. 
Unlike other books by Janette Oke I have read, this is told from the perspective of an orphaned 11-12 year old boy who lives with his Grandpa, Uncle and Aunt. As the series progresses the boy is at different ages, dealing with the struggles and thoughts specific to each age. It's a darling series, a rather fast read, and the right one for me these days. 

These are the books I've read over the last few months. The ones I read for Net Galley are not listed here are they have their own separate posts which can be found under the net galley tag on the blog.


  1. Hi Ioana! I found you through MMD's Quick Lit and noticed your name sounds Romanian so I checked out your profile and sure enough, you are Romanian! So am I! It is not too often I find Romanian bloggers, especially ones who post about their reading so this was a fun discovery!

    1. Hi Elle!
      This is nice! Yes, not many Romanians blogging, or at least not in English. There are a few who post about their reading on Instagram, but most of them in Romanian.
      It's funny how Romanians inevitably bum into each other.