My Monthly reads - February 2018: Harper Lee, André Aciman, Genevieve Cogman!

4:01 PM

I was thinking about this post since a week, but February finished in such a hurry and I couldn't really find the time to sit down and concentrate on writing. Fortunately today is my free day! 
For today's post I have again 3 books. They could have been more but I had my London trip at the beginning at the month and didn't read much in the time there. Nonetheless, pretty interesting books if you ask me :)


This one will probably be familiar to most of you, and probably you already read it as well, but if you're always late as I am, please continue reading!  

This book tells neighborhood stories, is about growing up and facing challenges, and finding the courage: everything is written in such a beautiful way, that makes you feel cozy, makes you cry and smile. Before reading this book, I curiously thought "let's see what makes this book a classic", and I wasn't disappointed in finding out the reason why. I am not going to write too much about it, because I feel silly describing something so famous but I can just say how I found it personally.

I absolutely love Atticus (like everybody else haha) and the caring way he has when speaking with his children.  He doesn't make them feel like they're "less" than the adults around them, but at the same time he teaches them - and me, the reader - important lessons. The novel is set in a little town in Alabama in the late '30s, so obviously back then racism/racial injustice were just normal. Here's when Atticus, a lawyer, will stand out in the story and defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape of a white woman. 

One of the most interesting things for me in reading this book was definitely knowing that it is inspired by Lee's childhood memories, of her old neighborhood and her father, who was an actual lawyer and faced a similar situation in court. 


This will also sound really familiar to you, since its movie is in the cinemas all over the world right now. In fact, I think this will not only be a review of the book but also a comparison with the movie, that I watched as soon as I finished the last page, that's how high my curiosity was!

First of all, the plot revolves around the love story between Elio and Oliver. Elio and his parents love spending their summers in a small town in Italy, and they like to invite each year a university student for a short period of time, who must also help the father with his own studies/work. In the summer of 1987, the student who'll join the family will be Oliver, a handsome and extrovert american guy. 

Now.. you have to imagine a story written by a teenager, who starts playing around and discovering his sexuality. Do we all remember how it was to have a teenager brain? Well, that is what you'll find in the WHOLE book, all the doubts and strange thoughts. Which lead me to think most of the times "Yes, I got it, please get to the point". I would perhaps recommend to read it because of some interesting parts, but if you're reading it on a train, other parts will make you feel as though you want to cover the pages as much as possible and not let people see what written on them!

Both book and movie were really relaxing to read and watch, but I assume you could get more into it as a person who is not necessarily from Italy. The described scenes were honestly my own summers while growing up: a deserted little town with mostly old people, going out with a bike in the morning but staying at home during the rest of the day if you didn't want to get burned and going out at night in the local little open pubs with music and other young people. This sounds so poetic for others, but I assure you it can get boring!

Personally I found the movie aesthetically pleasing but also really superficial. I'm sure the actors are great per se, but in that movie I seldom loved their performances when together, especially knowing how the scenes were meant to be in the book. (I hope it doesn't sound too mean and bitchy haha)


This is the fourth book of the "The Invisible Library" series and I have waited so long to read it, I was utterly excited to see what Irene Winters had in mind this time, to escape another uncomfortable situation while saving books. 

These books are for those who like fantasy, mysteries that need to be solved and good humour! Although the Library in which Irene and Kai (her assistant) work is in a neutral and timeless territory, they do travel through parallel universes and each book has a different time period. In The Lost Plot, they will be in a New York of the 30s, and there is SO much going on. I couldn't actually put the book down and not even try to think of what could happen next, because it all caught me by surprise! So overall it's a wonderful little series and I also heard voices about a 5th book, which will probably last another year, so you have the time to catch up :)


Those were my February reads, and be prepared for my March ones, I feel like this will be a good month. I wish you a great day, which for me was kinda like a Sunday because I was super cozy at home!

With love,


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