here we go with the last quote.
“There is… this rage.” she said “This despair and hatred and rage that lives and breathes inside me. There’s not sanity to it, no gentleness. It is a monster dwelling under my skin. For the past ten years, I have worked every day, every hour, to keep that monster locked up. And the moment I talk about those two days, and what happened before and after, that monster is going to break loose, and there will be no accounting for what I do.”
Heir of Fire, Sarah J. Maas
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Here we go with the second Quote:
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should it mean that it is not real?”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
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Today I want to start a new series: Keky Recommends. I will post new blogs every so often, and what I will do is, given a topic or theme, I will recommend some books that in a way or another were dear to me.
Today’s topic is emotionally draining books. By emotional I both mean that the book made me cry or that it made me feel more strongly than expected. Some of these books are sad, some are happy, and they are all fairly popular. So here we go.
- Clockwork Princess, by Cassandra Clare. This overall trilogy was really good, but the last half of the third book is very dear to me. I read this book in a little more than a day, and especially the epilogue left me drained. It was a true cathartic experience. How Cassie describes the bond between the three main characters is beautiful and heart-wrenching, but also heart-warming.
- Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes. Whether or not you find this book controversial, I thought the bioethical topic it discussed was interesting and realistic. This is a tale of discovery about one-self, and I liked seeing Lou grow. The ending was really emotional but at the same time I ‘understood’.
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. This story is tragic, and there is no excuse nor beating around the bush about it. I read this one almost seven years ago, and I am planning on re-reading it. I read it in one night, and after it I did not read anything for a month, its effect was so powerful.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling. I have read this book nine or ten times and it still makes me really emotional. Especially the last chapters with Dumbledore after the happenings at the Ministry of Magic. I think this book shows Harry’s struggles with his own history and identity, and it is so well done that you truly feel with him.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky. I read this one in a particular moment in my life, where I saw everything through a dark lens. The soundtrack and the hope that this book gave me made me feel a little bit of light, re-teaching me how to appreciate the small things.
- Heir of Fire, by Sarah J. Maas. I have a particular attachment with this one. There is a
particular scene that, when I read it, it seemed to me so real that I completely identified with it. What made me emotional was the deep understanding and loathing of one-self that is then turned into acceptance. Beautiful.
- A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas. The last few chapters killed me. I could not read all of this book in one sitting because I was so scared something was going to happen to the characters that I could not bring myself to read on. It made me feel angry, exhilarated and sad all at once.
- Dragonfly in Amber, by Diana Gabaldon. The last few chapters of this one take a big emotional toll on anyone who reads it. Desperation among other things is what I felt the most; but I also understood how strong and strange real love is.
Here are my recommendations for books emotionally draining. Please comment and let me know what other books you have read that made you feel particularly emotional, I am curious to know!
Until next time,
Today I will do something a little different: a tag! I was nominated by @icebreaker694, thank you so much for tagging me!
“It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity; they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it […] Women are supposed to be very calm generally; but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do; […] it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves.”
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
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I cannot believe that May is already gone, it went by so quickly! I traveled quite a lot in the first half of this month, and in the second half I have been really busy and also sick – sniff sniff – to it has been hard to keep up with the blog as much as I did in the previous months, but I promise it will be better in June!
In May I managed to read seven books, three of which I truly loved. I am finally caught up with both the Throne of Glass series and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. Unfortunately June will be another very busy month because I will be moving out of my dorm in London and then will move back home the 16th. Hopefully I will have the time to read even in the first half of the month, even though I have to admit that I am listening to audiobooks right now, because I’m always doing something!
Anyway, without further ado, here are the books that I read in the month of May:
- Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J. Maas. I finally read the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series. I truly loved it, and I really like the direction the story is going. I am excited to read the next one, and I will definitely continue on with the series. If you like high fantasy and you have not yet read this, I strongly recommend you do so right now. I gave it 5/5 stars.
- Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton. I was so excited to pick up this book because the premise was so intriguing: a story set in the desert with a western feeling to it. Unfortunately the story did not live up to the expectations, and I gave it 3/5 stars. It was not bad, and I think I will continue on with the series, but I thought the author could have gone more into detail about some things.
- A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas. This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling with hot faeries in it. Basically my jam. This is the first installment in the ACOTAR trilogy, and I thought that this was a strong beginning for a story. 4/5 stars.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde. This is an old favorite of mine, I love the aesthetic and decadent movement, and this novel is one of the greatest examples of it. I love reading everything that Lord Henry says, in all its absurdity and sometimes truth. I gave it 5/5 stars.
- A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas. IT WAS AMAZING. GO READ IT. 5/5 STARS.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Quidditch Through the Ages, by J.K. Rowling. I gave both of these books 4/5 stars just because I did not think they included much outside of England. Especially in Fantastic Beasts I would have liked to see more species that were from abroad, and not only northern Europe. Other than this, it was extremely cool to pretend to be a Hogwarts student for a bit!
These are the books that I read in the month of May. Let me know if you have read any of them and what you think in the comments below.
Until next time!