I can’t believe October is already over. I don’t know about you, but I barely felt the Halloween spirit this year. With midterms, papers, and recently become a staff writer for my school newspaper (WOOHOO!) I’ve been focusing on school and trying to do my best this quarter. Nonetheless, I hope you all had a great month and a great Halloween. For this month I’ve read a total of four books, with three of them being for school. But hey, a book is a book.
Here’s my October wrap up!
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension is the sequel to Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. Since this is a sequel, I don’t want to reveal much about the plot. But overall this is a high fantasy young adult series which follows a street urchin named Vin, who lives in a world controlled by the evil Lord Ruler. This series has a fantastic element of allomancy, which is the hereditary trait in which one swallows metals giving them special abilities. The series also has a cast of interesting, morally flawed characters, that make readers root for them and wonder how the story will play out. If you’re a fan of high fantasy, the Mistborn trilogy is definitely something you should pick up. Also, Sanderson is a master of the fantasy and science-fiction genre, so you will not be disappointed.
King Solomon’s Mines by Sir H. Rider Haggard
This is the first book I read for my Post-Colonial English course and I enjoyed it to a extent. It does deal with the topic of colonization and race so be aware of that before picking up this novel. Nonetheless, the story follows the characters of Allan Quatermain, Captain John Good, and Sir Henry Curtis who are on a mission into Africa to find Sir Henry’s missing brother. It’s an adventure-romance that contains the element of treasure hunting alongside the quest for Curtis’ brother. The novel is fast-paced and overall entertaining. If you want to read a Penguin Classic while learning about post-colonialism through literature, let this be your next read.
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
In this novel, Adichie writes a masterful narrative of a fifteen-year-girl named Kambali, who is growing up in Nigeria under the strict supervision of her rich Catholic father. A strictly religious life is all she knows. When a military coup starts taking place, Kambali’s father sends her and her brother to his sisters where her home is the complete opposite to what Kambali knows. There’s laughter, spontaneous conversations, and an awakening of an emotion that Kambali has never experienced. This visits changes her perspective on life as well as her brothers. They’ve discovered a life out of their fathers authority. This novel is heart-achingly beautiful and my favorite book I read this month. Five stars all the way.
Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai
Clear Light of Day takes place is Old Delhi, India. It follows the Das family through their past and present struggles of dealing with the challenges of familial life. Through the characters situations of having to deal with each other, drama ensues but leads to a path of self-understanding. The language of the novel is poetic, making it a little big difficult to read quickly. Nonetheless, it is beautiful. If you like reading novels with a heavy family aspect, you’ll enjoy this story no doubt.
And that is all the books I’ve read for October! I hope to read more books in November. And I hope I’ve helped someone pick out their next read. Till the November wrap up.