This month was quite a busy month for me: I had to prepare for the upcoming exams, study for big tests and happily also had a lot of nice activities. This makes I haven’t been able to read a lot. I read Fortuna’s daughter by Isabel Allende and I’m still reading I am Malala. Because it’s a little sad to only write about one book, I’ll tell you about my experiences so far with the last book too.
Isabel Allende is a Chilanean writer, who writes easygoing literature. I already read another book of her, Eva Luna, and that is why I decided to read this one. The book is about a girl, Elisa, who is adopted by a British family in Chile. She grows up in a higher class family, and when she grows up finds her first love. The story takes place in the 19th century, when a lot of gold was found in San Francisco. Joaquin, Elisa’s love, wants to go to SF, which he does. After a couple of months, Elisa follows him without almost anyone knowing she went there. Because the trip from Chili to SF is far, Elisa falls from one adventure into another. I quite liked this book because there are not that much characters so the story is easy to follow, and I think it’s also unpredictable. I like the fact that Elisa does everything for her first love, and that most of the time it’s told from the perspective of Elisa or Tao Chi’en, her Chinese friend, who is very important for her. Allende always writes in her books something about the place where the story is told, so we learn a little history of San Francisco. I don’t like reading historical novels, but this is done in a subtle way, which I think gives a nice extra to the book. A mustread when you are looking for a good book to read in your vacation!
I am Malala is the biography of a teenage girl who lived in Pakistan. She has a strong voice and is being attacked by the Taliban because of that. She was ‘fighting’ for schools for girls, and she wrote a blog about it for the BBC. She tells her story from the moment that she can still go to school, till the moment the taliban has taken everything and even more. I think this is, like the previous book, a good book to learn something about history, but you learn more about Malala’s life. I knew about this book because I had to make a task for history about it, and I thought the book may actually be good and interesting. I am almost as old as she is now, and that makes me rethink how good we have it here, and how bad it must have been for her. After the attack on her, she moved to England, where she wrote this book together with Christina Lamb.
Have you already read these books? Or do you have mustread books for me? Make sure to tell me!
(Unfortunately I will not be able to write a post about what I read in june. My exams start next week, but I will surely try to share a post with you once a week as I do usually!)
Lots of Love,