Good morning my dears!
I hope you’re all having a good week so far! Today’s post is another read five, buy one update. In the last one I told you that things had been going okay with my plans and that is still the case.
Day to day I do not buy books but still do if I attend an event (I’m allowed to do that aren’t?!) Now I’ll take you through the 5 most recent books I’ve read and the book that I bought once I’d done that.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
What’s to say about this one? I’ve always loved the series and the first book holds a special place in my heart. It was the first I read, the first film I saw, and will always be the most magical for me. I’ve been considering doing a whole series review for the Harry Potter books, is that something that might be interesting to you? Let me know in the comments below. I think you all know I’ve rated this 5/5 stars!
Circe by Madeline Miller
After reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller a couple of weeks ago I knew that I had to get my hands on this one. I’d originally picked this one up because of the cover (I mean come on, look how beautiful it is). I had to make sure that I kept my expectations at bay because I loved her debut so much. Circe did not disappoint. While not my favourite of the two books, Circe is beautifully written. The settings as vivid and the characters as individual as The Song of Achilles. One of my favourite parts of the book was when Achilles and Patroclus were mentioned, so much so I actually weeped a little! 5/5 stars and definitely worth reading if Greek mythology interests you.
Floored by Various Authors
This was one of the books that I picked up as part of my YAProm Haul and sober me is very grateful to intoxicated me for this one. This is a wonderful story set over the same day several years apart. 6 strangers meet in a lift, a horrific incident happens, and Joe; Kaitlyn; Sasha; Dawson; Velvet and Hugo find themselves forever linked. I adored this book. I loved that while it is known from the start that it is written by several authors, the story is completely cohesive and flows beautifully. I loved all of the characters (yes, even Hugo!) and felt particularly connected to Kaitlyn and Sasha. I highly recommend this book if you haven’t read it yet. 5/5 star read for sure.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Again, not a great deal to say about this one, other than it’s not my favourite of the series. In fact, I think this is my least favourite of them all. It will still always be a 4/5 star read but it feels slightly less magical to me than say, The Order of The Phoenix. I listened to this one on Audible and I love that Stephen Fry narrates the books and will probably re-listen to this one over and over again.
Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
I bet you’ve all heard of Practical Magic, right? Of course you have. It’s a halloween staple for most families and has been for years. I read Practical Magic several years ago but had no idea that this book was ever on the cards. When I saw this when of course I had to pick it up. Rules of Magic follows the Owen’s family; headstrong Franny; demure Jet and charismatic Vincent, as they navigate curses, heartbreak and the family legacy. I loved this book just as much as I hoped I would and I’ve now decided to re-read Practical Magic again. The wonderful thing about this book is that you don’t have to have read Practical Magic before reading this one. Hurrah! 4/5 stars.
How to Survive a Plague by David France
A riveting, powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Ignored by public officials, religious leaders, and the nation at large, and confronted with shame and hatred, this small group of men and women chose to fight for their right to live by educating themselves and demanding to become full partners in the race for effective treatments. Around the globe, 16 million people are alive today thanks to their efforts.
Not since the publication of Randy Shilts’s classic And the Band Played On has a book measured the AIDS plague in such brutally human, intimate, and soaring terms.
In dramatic fashion, we witness the founding of ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group), and the rise of an underground drug market in opposition to the prohibitively expensive (and sometimes toxic) AZT. We watch as these activists learn to become their own researchers, lobbyists, drug smugglers, and clinicians, establishing their own newspapers, research journals, and laboratories, and as they go on to force reform in the nation s disease-fighting agencies.
With his unparalleled access to this community David France illuminates the lives of extraordinary characters, including the closeted Wall Street trader-turned-activist, the high school dropout who found purpose battling pharmaceutical giants in New York, the South African physician who helped establish the first officially recognized buyers club at the height of the epidemic, and the public relations executive fighting to save his own life for the sake of his young daughter.
Expansive yet richly detailed, this is an insider’s account of a pivotal moment in the history of American civil rights. Powerful, heart-wrenching, and finally exhilarating, How to Survive a Plague is destined to become an essential part of the literature of AIDS.
And there we have it! My latest Read Five, Buy One Update. Have you read any of these books? I’d love to know!
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