Book 18 - Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. This was also a book that wasn’t quite what I expected. I was expecting a gritty historical fiction ala all the lights we cannot see etc because it’s set in WW1 but I think this was more of a Romance novel, as evidenced by all the trembling virgins, illicit romances and shitty sex scenes. Not quite the genre that I prefer. It’s book 1 of a trilogy and I read a chapter of the second book before stopping.
Book 16 - City of Thieves by David BenioffSearched high and low for an affordable, physical copy of the book to no avail and finally managed to get an ebook. It wasn’t quite what I expected. Since it’s set during the Siege of Leningrad I was expecting it to be gritty. But it was a lighthearted read, with laugh out loud moments.
Book 15 - a book based on the uprising in Gwangju, South Korea on 18.5.1980. Very poetic at parts, which I struggled with. I’ve never been very good at poetry. Format of the book was also a little hard to understand.I didn’t know about the uprising until I came across this book. Books like this makes me think, when push comes to shove, am I willing to sacrifice myself for the better of the country? Will I be able to be as brave?
Book 14! It started out a little draggy and confusing. I was going to stop reading it because why waste time on a book you don’t like when there are so many other brilliant books out there amirite But lucky it picked up and soon I was hooked. I love how the focus was initially on something else with bits and pieces hinting at the main topic (IMO, the use of chemicals in the meat industry is the main topic) before it all pulls together.
Book 13. What an adorable book! The author details her childhood spend at a school with a unique concept of education during pre-war Tokyo. I often wonder what my life would be if I had a different type of education, an education that encourages arts and that allows children to explore their interests. Sadly, Malaysian education focuses on rote learning. And we all suffer for it when we go to universities abroad, where we have to analyze and think critically. #dayrebookclub #dayrereads
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