Books in May

I bought quite a lot, not quite a lot because I go all out when I buy books normally, but I bought some books, and I’m going to read four of them this month and I am excited. They’re pretty diverse and different, it’ll be fun. Some fairytale, some witches, a bit of Atwood, some Vonnegut. I have no niche. I’m weird.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
I read the Handmaid’s Tale last year, and it was really good. I really liked it. I thought I should read more of her stuff. And I found this book in my bookstore, because they’re lovely. It sounds interesting, and I don’t need much nudging to buy a book. It’s about a real person: Grace Marks, who is convicted of the murder of her boss and his mistress. Atwood reconstructs the fictional life of Marks, because there was a lot of stuff on what the situation with Marks actually was. It’s about her life in prison and the asylum. It sounds really cool, and I’m excited.

Half Bad by Sally Green
A lot of Booktube have been talking about this book. And because I live in Norway (I gripe about this more than I should, it’s a lovely place, just sometimes slow with the books I want to read) I didn’t think I’d find it. In the aforementioned bookstore trip I found this, and I got excited. So I bought it. It’s about witches in modern day England, who live side by side with humans. The witches are divided into Black and White witches, and the main guy, Nathan, is half White, half Black. His dad is the most powerful Black witch and Nathan has been kept in a cage and abused. FUN!

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
I might have gone a bit crazy when I went book shopping, and I bought a lot of books. It’s about one of the founding “fathers” of the atomic bomb has invented a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. It sounds brilliant, and I loved the Vonnegut books I loved the ones I read last year, so I am excited for this one.

Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
I love musicals, because I am a varied and odd person. I saw Wicked in London with my family, like a million years ago. I cried, my sister laughed at me, because she is a great human. She is, I love her. Then I thought I should read the book, cause you know, I’m me. I read Wicked a while ago. I think I liked it. I must have liked it enough to buy the sequel, because I have it, so I should read it. Because I don’t finish series, and I really should. The first book is about the Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba) from the Wizard of Oz, and the Good Witch of the North (Glinda) before Dorothy came to Oz, and it tells Elphaba’s story in Oz while Dorothy is there. And maybe Elphaba wasn’t evil, maybe Elphaba was a bit misunderstood and maybe everyone is? The second book is about a teenage boy named Liir, who may be Elphaba’s son. It’s his story of trying to rescue his half-sister Nor from slavery. It sounds interesting, and I think I did like the first book.

Cress by Marissa Meyer
I’m reading fairytale-ish things this month. Cress is the third book in the Lunar chronicles. It’s about Cress (Rapunzel) who lives in a satellite that orbits earth, doing hacking-related things for Levana. Cinder and Thorne from the first books are currently planning to overthrow Queen Levana, and they have Scarlet and Wolf with them. They need Cress to overthrow the Queen, but also the Queen has ordered Cress to track down Cinder and Thorne. The first two books are amazing, I love them, so I am extremely excited by this one, I’m looking forward to this one.

Sofies Verden by Jostein Gaarder
This is one of those Norwegian books you’re supposed to have read. It’s been translated to a bagillion languages. It’s about a young girl named Sofie, who comes home from school and finds notes in her mailbox with existential questions on them and the book is about philosophy, history and all that kind of stuff. It’s supposed to be really good, and I like history and philosophy, so that’s good. I also like Gaarder, I used to read one of his other books again and again when I was little.