Saturday, 21 July 2018

TBR: Raiding My Sister's Bookshelf

This past few months, I have just been reading books and crossing things off this list. It's been a great ride and I've enjoyed most of them. Now, though, with only one left, I kind of need more books to dive into. Unfortunately, I'm living on a much tighter budget right now than earlier this year, so it's quite impossible for me to spend money on books anymore. Thankfully, I have my sister. Now, there's something you need to know: my sister is one of those people who love buying a plethora of books and forget to read them afterwards. It may not be a wise spending habit of hers, but it's a huge treat for me. Truth be told, her taste isn't all bad—I have found some of my favourite books amongst her untouched collection—so I'm excited to raid her bookshelf and widen my horizon. So, let's dig in!

The Illustrated A-Z of Classic Mythology

by Arthur Cotterell

This book is literally a small encyclopaedia of European mythology, such as Greek, Roman, Celtic and Nordic. My sister bought this at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale a few months ago. We both love mythology in general—Greek is my personal favourite—so we were both so excited about this one. I'm not sure what to find in this one, but the review looks great. I'm just excited to flip through.

君の名は。

You might have heard about this incredibly famous, absolutely beautiful and incredibly tearjerking animated movie. With the English title "Your Name," this movie has become one of my all-time favourites. I watched it three times in a row—and cried for the next 6 months. Well, here is the novel version—and it's in Japanese. I've never successfully finished a Japanese novel before, so this will most likely be a struggle. Wish me luck!

American Gods

I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman. I have read so many of his books—his short story compilations are my favourites! However, although this book has been out for several years, I've never read this one before. Now that it has its own TV series, my sister's interest suddenly got piqued. She bought this book a few months ago on another book sale and hasn't touched it since (lol). It's quite a thick one. I'll need to roll my sleeves for this one.

Without You, There Is No Us

by Suki Kim

Probably the only book in this whole collection that my sister has finished. This was also bought at Big Bad Wolf Book Sale. It is a true story about North Korea, which is something I've always been very intrigued by. There is just something enigmatic about that part of the world, don't you think? After watching a bit of National Geographic's The Dictator's Rulebook, I had a little peek of the birth of the Kim Il Sung regime and dictatorship in North Korea. Any insider's view is always something I treasure. This book, in particular, is apparently based on investigative reports, so I don't know if I'll survive through all the emotions.

The Gospel of Loki

Another book on mythology! This book was bought, I think, also during Big Bad Wolf Book Sale. Loki is my favourite Norse god. The trickster and all that. This one may be a work of fiction, but it is still strongly based on the Norse mythology and I'm intrigued to read it. I don't think my sister knows this when she bought it, but it's apparently the first book in a series. Who knows if we'll be reading the rest, but I just have to try this one.

The Well Woman Handbook

by Suzie Hayman

There is, strangely, no record of this book on Goodreads. I tried searching by title, then by author, none of which wielded me any results. My sister got this one as a donation to the school she used to work in. I think it is basically about female hygiene and health—and how to care for the female body. I'm not sure how good—or bad—it will be, as the author is not a familiar name to me.

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

My sister bought this one actually two years ago at an imported book sale. Not even sure if my sister knows what the story is about, but I for one am completely smitten by the cover—not the boy on the cover, mind you. I love the typography on it! If I have to guess from the title—because I hardly ever read synopsis, to be honest—it's either something coming-of-age or mental illness-related. Either way, I'm intrigued.

The Infernals

Oh no! This is apparently the second instalment in the Samuel Johnson series. My sister might have read it, though, since John Connolly is one of her favourite authors. I, on the other hand, have never read any of his works before. Hopefully, my sister also has the prequel, so I can dive into that before going through this one. It is a fantasy story including demons, which is so down my sister's alley. The title and cover just makes me think of Dante.

The Little Sister

Without reading the synopsis first—purely from the title and cover—something about this book reminds me of Lolita. After a bit of digging, though, this book turns out to be the fifth instalment of a detective series. My sister got this one donated as well, so she probably didn't do a background research on it—as I wouldn't have done as well. My hope is that the story will still make sense without reading the first four books.

A Song for Ella Grey

My sister bought this one from Big Bad Wolf Book Sale as well. From the cover alone, I thought this would be a gothic love story—maybe involving a few vampires and werewolves here and there—but apparently it is more mythologically inclined than I thought. Inspired by the story of Orpheus, this is a YA novel about love, friendship and, well, mythology. I still think it can be somewhat gothic, to be honest. It does sound rather endearing, though.

The Dog

Honestly, I don't remember where this book came from. My sister could have gotten it from the donation pile, bought it at a book sale or even borrowed it from a friend. The cover alone intrigues me very much. The author is unfamiliar to me, so I cannot compare it with any of his previous works. It is apparently set in Dubai, a part of the world I've never run into in books. In Goodreads, it says that it is a story of alienation and heartbreak. If there were two words I feel most close to, they must be it.

Okay, I want to be honest, after writing this post and doing a bit more research on all the books, I feel a bit disheartened about some, but a lot more excited about others too. These are a lot of books, though, so I feel like it will take me quite a while to get through them all. Last time I listed the books I haven't read, it helped me keep on track with my reading—as a result, almost all of them are read by this point—so I think I will keep doing this for the foreseeable future. If you guys have a reading challenge or goal and you're having a slow year, maybe you should do this too. It will remind you how many you can cross off the list and how many more you still haven't touched. Look at it more as motivation, instead of failure. It will keep you organised and focused. Also, have you read any of these books? What do you think about them? Let me know in the comments down below!

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