March 2021 Reading List

Hi friends! I’m doing pretty good with my 2021 Reading Challenge so far and I’m loving all of the books that I’ve selected🥰 If you haven’t checked out my challenge yet, be sure to do so because it’s my favourite way to keep expanding my reading horizons!

Unfortunately I didn’t finish all of the books I wanted to in February- I’m still working on The Light Between Oceans which I like a lot! You can check out a short summary for that one in my February 2021 Reading List. It’s set in Australia, which is how it fits into my reading challenge.

So after I finished The Light Between Oceans I will endeavour to finish both the books on my reading list this month, because I want to eventually have time to read Game of Thrones😂

The books on this list are also a part of my challenge, and both look really good! One is a kind of an adult fantasy novel written by a teen fantasy novelist, and the other is translated from Arabic. So we’ve got an interesting selection going on. I can’t wait to read these! Hope you gather some good reading ideas- and if you ever want more take a peek at the “Books” tab on my site! This is where I keep all of my reading lists and book related posts.

Ninth House

This novel is written by Leigh Bardugo, who also wrote the Shadow and Bone series which I read the first book of and thought it was decent but not amazing, and also the Six of Crows duo-logy, which I LOVED. Those books were more in the Teen category, but this novel was in the adult section so I’m curious to see how her writing will be different. Ninth House follows the story of Alex, a high school drop out who finds herself in a hospital bed after being involved in a multiple homicide. When she’s offered a full ride at Yale university, she finds herself looking for the catch- and is soon given the task of keeping tabs on Yale’s secret societies and their sinister activities by her mysterious benefactors. Stephen King said this was the best fantasy novel he’s read in years, so we’ll see how it goes! It has a map in it so that’s how it fits into my challenge.

Women of Sand and Myrrh

I’m a bit conflicted about this book because I was doing research on books translated from Arabic, and just kind of went with this one. Later I was looking at more books and saw that this isn’t the author’s most acclaimed or best work, and there was another one by her that looked more interesting. But this one was already shipping and I couldn’t return it so we’re going to give it a try! Women of Sand and Myrrh is written by Hanan al-Shaykh, who is one of the most prolific contemporary female Arabic writers. That was a mouthful. It features four very different women who are each facing the oppression of an unnamed desert state, and how they deal with it. Looking into it more I found that it does deal with some sexuality, so I’m hoping it’s not super explicit, but I will definitely let you guys know how it reads!

I’m going to go hard this month and get these books done! Make sure you’re following my Instagram @mydayisbooked_blog for book updates.

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

November 2020 Reading List

I know I kind of did a Fall Reading List, but I finished most of the books on there and I’m ready to move on😂 So today I’m going to show you all of the books that I want to read this November.

I’m coming pretty close to finishing up my 2020 Reading Challenge which is exciting! I only have 5 prompts left👌 This month I’m hoping to knock out 3-4 of them, so I’ll only have one or two going into December. 20 books is about the right size of a challenge for me, which is good to know for next year! It’s good because it allows me to still read some books outside of the challenge, and not be restricted by it, but I still read lots of books that I wouldn’t have normally.

The novels I read last month were actually really good and I enjoyed them. All The Light We Cannot See was a beautiful story, and Sophie’s World was really interesting. And then I had Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which I finished in like two days😂 It was such a good and easy read and I could put it down!

I was supposed to read The Guinevere Deception last month too, but just didn’t get around to it. This also happened in the summer. So this month I absolutely NEED to read it. Thats in the list, as well as three other titles that are very different from each other. I’m really excited to dive into them! Here they are:)

The Tao of Pooh

This book is super short and so it fits into my prompt of “Less Than 200 Pages”. It basically details how the calm attitude of Winnie the Pooh is like that of a Taoist. All of Pooh’s friends are either fretful, hesitant, calculative, or dogmatic, but Pooh just is. This book is philosophical, but has a good mix of dialogue between characters and information directly from the author. I don’t think that it would be classified as a novel like Sophie’s World though, if you’re looking for something like that. Hope fully this will be an easy and interesting read! I have a couple of longer novels on this month’s list so I wouldn’t mind finishing this one up quickly like I did with And Then There Were None.

The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code is a sort of mystery thriller that begins when Robert Langdon awakes to a phone call that there has been murdered in the Louvre, and his body is covered in strange symbols. Along with cryptologist Sophie Neveu, Robert begins to find a trail of clues in works by Leonardo da Vinci, leading to a secret society and a fantastic plot. I chose this novel because it’s been banned, which is one of my prompts. It was banned in Lebanon, Manila, and India during certain times because of its controversial claims about Christ and Christianity. So that’s fun. I’ve seen this movie with Tom Hanks and it’s actually pretty good, so I’ll probably read this novel and then re watch the movie again, and pick up on some stuff that I didn’t before. I haven’t got around to watching The Great Gatsby yet which I need to do.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

This is one of the ONLY books I could find that has 20 in the title. So we’re going with it. It’s about a professor named Pierre Aronnax and his assistant who are called upon to investigate a strange “monster” that seems to be disrupting international shipping, along with the US navy. But the pair soon discover that it’s not a monster at all, but a futuristic submarine called the Nautilus. Along with the sub’s captain, Nemo, they explore the depths and wonders of the ocean on a magnificent journey that covers 20,000 leagues, or 50,000 miles. I’ve never read a Jules Verne novel before, so it should be a fun and relaxing read. Actually, one of the main characters in All The Light We Cannot Sea read it, which is kind of cool! I’m going to order this one on Amazon, because the only copies I can find at Chapters are very expensive.

The Guinevere Deception

So I’ve given a brief description of this book like two times already now, but I guess I’ll do a quick one again. This novel fits into my “Title With More Than Twenty Letters” prompt, and is about Guinevere, who is sent by Merlin to marry King Arthur to help protect Camelot. Although she’s hiding her true identity- and is much more powerful than she looks. She’ll give up everything to defend the city, and navigates an intimidating court, magical settings, and duplicitous knights. Can’t wait to finally read this after putting it off for so long!

There’s my list for this month! Let me know if you’ve read any of the books on there and if you liked them. Hope your found some book-spiration and I’ll see you guys on Friday:))

Yours Truly,

Olivia:)))