This week, some books from the Read Around the World challenge!
The Little Prince
Goodreads rating: 4.29
This is the story of the little prince who leaves his home-asteroid and travels the universe. On his journey, the prince meets our narrator, a pilot stranded in the middle of the Sahara desert.
This book may seem simple and light-hearted at first glance but with each reread, you start to understand more and more of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s view on life. This book is so good that we have not one, but TWO copies in the library.
Goodreads rating: 4.23
The Pianist is a memoir of Wladyslaw Szpilman’s experiences during Germany’s occupation of Warsaw. I can’t say anything else without ruining it. Just read the book. It’s heart-wrenching and impactful and it’ll make you feel so many things.
Goodreads rating: 4.07
Charles “Charlie” Bucktin is a bookish almost-fourteen-year-old, completely devoid of any mishaps or misadventures. When Jasper Jones comes knocking at his window one night and shows him the dead body of Laura Wishart, everything changes.
The first few pages of the book are quite slow. Personally, I didn’t feel that engaged with the writing nor was I very interested in what was going on. But then there was suddenly all this banter and other events happening which caught me by surprise. And the writing improved tenfold. What I liked best about this book, besides its wonderful cast of characters, was the way different themes were woven around the plot. It’s definitely worth reading.