On Instagram I came across the #gettoknowmethroughbooks tag. I think the tag is wonderful and a good way to tell you a bit more about myself, so here we go!

Just click on the cover of the books to get to their Goodreads page.

Best book of 2020:

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

This question is sooo hard, I’ve read so many great books last year! I’ll pick The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. It’s so sweet and beautiful and heartbreaking. I loved both Circe and The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller could become one of my favourite authors. Well, if she writes another book! πŸ™‚

A book I recommend to everyone:

Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel, book cover

Another hard one. I’ll go for Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. It had been on my TBR for ages and I absolutely adored it when I finally picked it up. I was reading it during lockdown, which certainly was … an interesting decision. In the end, I was glad that we only have to deal with Covid and not the Georgia Flu!

Favourite classic:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, love it more with every reread. Orlando by Virignia Woolf could become a new favourite though, I might reread it this year.

A book that changed my life:

The Lord of the Rings for so many reasons. It’s inspired me to learn more about history, mythology, languages and linguistics. I love this story (and all of Tolkien’s other works) so much. His books have always been a safe haven for me when life got difficult, stressful or too overwhelming. I love to escape to Middle Earth whenever I can! In fact, I keep rereading The Lord of the Rings every year at Christmas. Right now I’m listening to the audiobook of The Return of the King. Rob Ingis did a wonderful job, he is an amazing narrator!

Most disappointing read of 2020:

The Power by Naomi Alderman, book cover

The Power by Naomi Alderman, I quite enjoyed the first half of the book, but the second half somehow fell flat for me. I didn’t like the characters (not a single one) and the story couldn’t hold my attention either. I almost dnfed it, but somehow finished it. I was so disappointed because I really wanted to like it.

A book I’m obsessed with:

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell, book cover

Erm… I’ll pick The Last Kingdom series by Bernard Cornwell. I’m definitely obsessed with the series as a whole, I couldn’t pick only one book, the series as a whole is amazing. And I’ve only just finished book 6 (of 13), so I’ve still got so many great books ahead of me! Uhtred is great multi-layered protagonist. It’s great to be “in his head” and read about his thoughts and his view of the world. I also appreciate the historical accuracy of the series and the historical notes at the end of every book.

Best book review I’ve written:

I haven’t written that many reviews yet, and the ones I have written aren’t very good. I’m practising though, I want to get better. I’ll skip that question for now.

A book I’m currently reading:

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

I always read several books at the same time. Somehow I get bored easily if I have to stick to one. I don’t mind as long as I make progress in each one. But I still try to limit it to five books Without this rule I could never finish a single book, I’m sure! Tonight I’m reading The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

A book I’m looking forward to reading:

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes, book cover

More than I could count …. If I have to choose one I’ll pick A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes. I read The Children of Jocasta by the same author last year and liked it very much. I can’t wait to read another one of her books.

If you’re still here, thank you very much for reading! If you feel like doing the #gettoknowmethroughbooks tag, please consider yourself tagged! Which was your favourite book of 2020? And which one did you hate? Please leave a comment, I’d love to read about your thoughts!

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