I have a long list of books to share with you that I read in May and June. If I had to pick my favorites it would be The Ten Thousand Doors of January for the creativity and strong characters, and The Paragon Hotel because I love historical fiction, and it had a great surprise ending.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January was an excellent fantasy story with a strong female character. January was able to find her own way in the world and solve her own mysterious family past, without the help of anyone. She had some friends along the way but ultimately was a character with the ability to save herself. The story was well crafted, and was full of surprises that I didn’t see coming. I really liked this book and give a more detailed summary here.
I love historical books that immerse me in the past and teach me something I didn’t know, and this book did that. The Paragon Hotel follows two characters from very different backgrounds but who understand each other, and develop a bond. Alice got involved in the mafia, and is running from Harlem to escape its violent world. She is rescued and taken to The Paragon Hotel, the only all black hotel in Portland. As she gets to know the staff and befriends Blossom, an alluring and mysterious performer, she helps them solve the mystery of a missing orphan along with the problems arising from the rise of the Klu Klux Klan in the city.
Followers follows Orla and Floss as they work together with the goal of making Floss famous on social media. The book travels between the present day and their search for fame. But also tells the story of Marlow who lives in a dystopian future, where social media is under the control of the government. Although this book didn’t quite reach my expectations, the originality and creativity surrounding “the spill” and the future of social media was worth the read.
Inspired Mama is written for all women, and especially mothers, to help them create a life that is inspirational and fulfills their inner desires. This book provides numerous examples and exercises to help you determine what you want in life, and help you reach your goals. I really liked this book and was impressed on how in depth in went into how you can change you life. I wrote a detailed summary that you can read here, that will help you understand the book fully.
Joy at Work is the latest book by Marie Kondo. Her previous book The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up introduced the world to her unique passion for organizing your house, by only keeping objects that spark joy. This new book gives similar advice for how to organize your work life. The difference is that it goes beyond the physical and helps you organize your digital world as well. If your interested to learn more about this book, read the review here.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is the prequel to The Hunger Games series. This novel follows President Snow when he was a school aged boy. I really liked this origin story of the villain of the series, because it he wasn’t a bad character from the beginning, but a regular boy who had suffered from the horrors of war and wanted to regain his families legacy and dignity. You cant help but like him at first, but watching him slowly fall is a reminder that when you start to loose your moral compass, the decline is slow but steady. Read the full review here.