what i’ve read recently

Bonjour blog! This feels incredibly nostalgic to be graced with the bliss of writing a blog post. When I started blogging in 2017, my first post was actually a book review so I decided this would be an appropriate way to start this new chapter (no pun intended). My New Year’s resolution for this year has been to read more books. Since we are in a National Lockdown again (what a shocker), I’ve been trying to make up for lost time by dedicating a few minutes every day to my current read. In this post I will be sharing a few books that I have read recently and would like to recommend to you all!

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Marianne is the young, affluent, intellectual wallflower; Connell is the boy everyone likes, shadowed by his family’s reputation and poverty. Unlikely friends, and later lovers, their small town beginnings in rural Ireland are swiftly eclipsed by the heady worlds of student Dublin. Gradually their intense, mismatched love becomes a battleground of power, class, and the falsehoods they choose to believe.”

This book is absolutely amazing, so much so that I finished it in less than 24 hours! Although it appears to be a simplistic account of any other love story; two people however mismatched who form a bond that will forever stay true, it delves deeper and touches on the idea of how much of an impact one person can make on another. Told in an alternating narration from both Marianne and Connell, this book is a raw and vulnerable account of love, education, friendship and much more. This is such an easy read but the lessons that you take away from this book are absolutely essential for everyday life.

Rating: 5/5

Educated by Tara Westover

“Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn’t exist. As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself.”

This is by far the best book that I’ve read. It is such an unbelievably powerful memoir touching on self-discovery, family loyalty, mental illness and of course, education. Westover tells her story in a way that is so captivating and gripping that it is very hard to put this book down. I cannot stress enough how many important lessons you learn as you read and it really changed my perspective on my own education and how lucky I am to have it. A must read coming-of-age story that I could give endless praise; if I could rate it more than 5 stars I definitely would!

Rating: 5/5!

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

“Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’s mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfil his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.”

This book was beautiful. I had seen it circulating the web and accumulating a lot of attention so I decided to buy it and it was a good thing that I did. Miller has such a beautiful way with words. Reading this I was happy and sad at the same time which I am still trying to wrap my head around how that could be. A wonderful love story that everyone should read.

Rating: 5/5

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde’s alluring novel of decadence and sin was a succes de scandale on publication. It follows Dorian Gray who, enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his depravity.” 

This book is truly breathtaking. I savoured every sentence and was lost in the world of Dorian Gray’s selfishness, vanity and cruelty. The writing although very poetic was easy to read, quite similarly to Jane Austen’s work. A must read for anyone who wants to be lost within the pages of a good book!

Rating: 5/5

Thank you so much for reading! Please share your thoughts on these books if you have read them or share a few recommendations for what I could read next. I hope to see you around, stay tuned for my next posts!

All my love,

Arabella x

9 thoughts on “what i’ve read recently

  1. Ooh! What a great list of books! I’ve been wanting to read Educated for so long, but I’ve got so much on my TBR! Your post reminded me of the book again so I’ll definitely be checking it out!
    And Normal People is such a devastating read, oh my god. I couldn’t read anything for 2 weeks after I finished it!

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  2. Normal People was truly amazing! However, I must say it truly destroyed me on the inside, but in a good way (if that in any possible way makes sense). I love blog posts like these so thank you so much for sharing! xx

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  3. I’m trying to get back into reading! Normal People sounds like a good one I’d really like so I’m gonna add it to my reading list! I started reading We Were Liars and as you said the writing style wasn’t for me but I might give it another chance 😂

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    1. Yes that’s great, let’s do it together! Normal People is such a great read, please tell me what you think once you finish it, I would love to hear from you! Haha, yes the writing style for We Were Liars was a bit off putting but I did quite like it! xx

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      1. I will do!! I’m just trying to get through my current reads first but they’re all fiction books. I’ll probably give we were liars another chance!

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