I’m sorry for the delay on the monthly bookshelf posts, but they’re back and I have so many exciting books to talk about. The last few months have been pretty mad and honestly my reading list has been all over the place, you should definitely expect a wider range of book recommendations, both fiction and non-fiction as well as some more science-based ones.
Here are my top 5 books from the last 2 months (in no specific order):
Mythos by Stephen Fry
When I first heard about Mythos I was quite intrigued, I have always been interested in Greek mythology and I knew from the start that anything written by Stephen Fry would be worth the read. I must say that it met all of my expectations, in fact, it exceeded them! Usually when I read non-fiction books they’re about psychology and honestly, I never thought I would be someone who would be reading historical books like this one.
There’s something in the way that Stephen Fry told the story that had me wanting to read more, it mentioned all the main facts, told you all the stories but wasn’t too lengthy. In fact, if you were someone who is interested in Greek mythology but not to keen on reading something that is so heavy, that it gives you a headache, this is definitely the book you need to read!
Ghosts of The Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare
I am a huge Cassandra Clare fan, always have been, ever since I read the Mortal Instruments series. So, when I heard she had written another book, you could say I got a little excited. Ghosts of The Shadow Market is full of short stories, following some of the main characters from all the shadow hunter series, all co-written by different authors.
Each story helps give insight into the lives of the character, some untold stories, this book really helps fill in gaps and builds upon your knowledge about many of the characters in the shadow hunter series. If you’re a shadow hunter fan, then this is definitely the book for you, it’s a real page turner and really binds the characters and their stories together.
Circe by Madeline Miller
After I finished reading Mythos by Stephen Fry, I was in need of another Greek mythology novel and Circe was right up my alley. Below I have included a short summary of the book because honestly I don’t think I can coherently explain how amazing this book is!
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power – the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus. This book delves into Circe’s life and her powers, it’s real whirlwind and such an amazing read!
Forces of Nature by Professor Brian Cox
Post-exam Sharuni was in need of some brain juice and this really satisfied my thirst for knowledge!
Force of Nature is what I would call a HARD read and probably not something you would call a casual read, unless you’re more knowledgeable on physics and maths.
However, saying all that, it’s still an amazing read! The book attempts to provide deep answers to simple questions, ranging from the nature of motion to the uniqueness of a snowflake. It uncovers how some of our planet’s beautiful sights and events are forged by just a handful of natural forces.
It’s definitely one of my favourite non-fictions books of the month!
Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott
I cried so much reading this book!
FIVE FEET APART is about two teens with cystic fibrosis (CF) dealing with first love and the uncertainty of their futures. When Stella and Will first meet on the CF ward, they infuriate each other, but in true opposites-attract fashion, romance eventually blooms. The bacteria infecting Will is easily transmitted and drug resistant, and it drastically shortens the already short life span of CF patients. So, he has to stay six feet away from the other patients on the ward, this is especially important for Stella, as she is waiting for a lung transplant.
As the two teens work through the physical barriers to a relationship, they’re also working through emotional barriers: the ones that keep them from enjoying normal teen life and activities. Balancing the desire to live a carefree life with the responsibility of taking care of themselves presents an ongoing and difficult battle. They hope to fight together, but they might not get to make that call.
This book really plays with your heart-strings and is definitely an emotional rollercoaster, if you loved reading Fault in Our Stars than this is definitely up your alley!
I hope you enjoyed this month’s bookshelf! If you have any book recommendation comment below and I can’t wait to share some of my recommendations with all of you.
Love Sharuni xx