In this post I will be talking about two books that I read in June, as part of my summer reading! They don’t really link together in any way; I just thought maybe having 2 in one post makes it a bit easier and also means not all my posts will be taken over by my Summer Reading series!
Just as a reminder, this post and others in the series are likely to contain spoilers, so if you don’t want the book to be spoiled for yourself please don’t read them!
A Monster Calls
Just to first give a bit of background, this book is written by Patrick Ness but is based on an original idea from the late author Siobhan Dowd (one of her books that you may have heard of, and is the only one I’ve read is The London Eye Mystery). Unfortunately she had terminal cancer and died before she could finish writing it.
I loved how the “tree monster” (thing, whatever you want to call it!) was a kind of metaphor for Conor’s self-deception, and helps him to come to terms with his mother’s imminent death.
The book deals with themes of self-deception, bullying, family situations, illness, death, grief and coping/coming to terms with loss right at the end.
I think Patrick Ness did such a great job with this book- it was incredibly gripping, haunting, clever and powerful.
I now want to watch the film to see if it is as good as the book was! Perhaps if I do I will do a review on it and compare it with the book 🙂
I Am Malala
I am sure many of you will have heard of Malala Yousafzai, who got shot in the head by the Taliban in 2014 in standing up for the rights of girls to go to school and have an education.
Personally I have always found her really inspiring, but by reading her story I got to learn so much more about her character, her background and family life, the things she believes in and why.
It is part autobiographical, part manifesto of what she believes in. You see her journey, going from just being a normal Pakistani teenager to becoming known world wide. But through it all she stays so humble and gracious.
You also get to see from her first hand experiences of how much impact an extremist Islamic group like the Taliban can impact and affect people’s lives-controlling every aspect of their lives, down to even what they wear and how many times they pray in a day. It really made me much more aware and feel much more strongly about everything that is going on in the world at the moment.
It is such an inspiring and powerful story, and one I think many more people should read.
Thanks so much for reading!
Let me know your thoughts on these books in the comments below if you have read either of them! I would love to know what you thought 🙂