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Book Recommendations

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11:00. Monday, 3rd of March. Location: Waterstones, York

The subject enters the bookstore smiling.

12:30.

The subject is still in the bookstore.

15:00.

The subject is finally leaving the store with a huge plastic bag that I assume is filled with books.

If a secret agent had to follow me to a bookshop, this is what he would write in his report every single time. Book addicts out there will understand when I say that no one can get me out of a bookshop until I touch (and smell) all the new releases and read the synopses of countless books until many hours have passed. Thank god I don’t live next to one!

The point is: I read a lot and I’ve been doing this for quite a few years now. This left me with a huge library at home, a huge hole in my parents’ pocket and, hopefully, with a pretty wide book knowledge. Therefore, I thought I’d share my love for books and talk about two of my favourites.

This book was a present from one of my best friends who shares the same passion for books as mine. Although most of the classics that I read don’t make it on my ‘favourites’ shelf, this one certainly did. It fits into my preferred category of ‘magical realism’. The action is set during Stalin’s regime and it follows many storylines. I can’t say much without spoiling it but the Devil comes to earth and brings along three acolytes to help him play tricks on people who do wrong and get away with it (most of whom are politicians). From this description, you might think it’s a horror, but this isn’t so. The book has a very smart sense of humour and the punishments, although terrible, are described in a satirical way. I wouldn’t say this was a very easy and quick read but it’s totally worth trying out.

Aveyard is my favourite author at the moment. I think her writing style is amazing and it got better with every book she released. ‘Red Queen’ is the first installment in the book series with the same name. I love the concept of this book. You have this world where people are divided into red bloods and silver bloods. The latter have powers and rule over the former, but the protagonist of this story, who is a red blood, discovers she has powers just like a silver blood. From there, something exciting happens on every page. The world is constructed so well, the characters have such strong personalities and the dialogue – the best part of the book – is battlefield of words. There is a rebellion, a kingdom on the verge of crashing and an oncoming war. If what I said hasn’t convinced you yet, then I don’t know what will. It’s a very well written book and it will definitely get you hooked on the entire series if you’re into these kind of stories.

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Miruna Radu

Miruna Radu

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