Bookshelf of April

I’m totally embarassed to admit that previous month wasn’t really fruitful as far as the reading goes. I had so many things packed into too short days and no time in the morning to perform my morning ritual, which is like yoga’s »Greeting the Sun« to me, but without the workout (though this said, it reminds me to get back on the horse and get motivated for some healthy exercises). Or maybe it doesn’t seem book-productive month because I choose mostly young adult literature, but sometimes it just feels good to be taken back into younger years and approach to things more lightly and to laugh more. This is what youth books mean to me- and a dose of Harry Potter each year is highly advised- doctor’s orders!

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1. J. K. Rowling, »Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire«: I think this is my seventh time reading this book and everytime I go through the pages, I always discover something that makes me understand the whole series better. In a way, I’m still waiting for that owl to deliver me a parchment letter with my name written in witty ink handwriting. When you read Harry Potter, a new world lies in front of you and just shivers from amazing things that has to offer. I always wanted to feel the wind whistling around your ears when you ride the flying broom or how joyful (and surprising with each bite) would be to try Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. I know, I’m such a geek. Anyway, the fourth book is all about Triwizard Tournament in which Harry is illegally involved and though he successfully executes all missions, there is an unplesant surprise in the end for him in the shape by one and only Mr Voldemort. Read them all!

2. Lois Lowry, »The Giver«: Another young adult book, which is, considering the target audience and adjusted language, very well written and remains your attention till the very last letter. I noticed that lately are more and more popular books in the distant (or not so distant) future, each with unique perspective of the new world that awaits us. Jonas’s world is neat and tidy and kind, yet completely unpassionate and suffocating. It is the world that swept all its problems under the carpet- in this case, in the Giver’s mind. Giver carries a great burden of all the pain of the humanity and he has to carry that burden all alone, so that the people can live in a fake reality, where everything is perfect. Jonas is about to rock their world and give them back the memories.

3. Alice Sebold, »Lovely Bones«: Book about the cruel murder of 14-year old Susie Salmon, which is not really a criminal story, but more drama, told by Susie herself, down from her own heaven. I was amazed by different point of view Sebold took- storyteller with emotions and opinions and yet she isn’t among us. When Susie has gone missing, her family can’t wake up from the shock- her mother leaves for California, dad is living day by day, little brother unaware of the tragedy and her sister marked as duplicate of Susie leaves room for never ending gossips. Yet the murderer is still out there.