I’ll Give you the Sun is a YA novel written by Jandy Nelson, and was first published in 2014.
Twins Noah and Jude has always been very close, confiding in the other in every situation. But becoming teenagers makes them more distant from each other, and when their mother is in an accident it flings their relationship to the opposite pole of what it once was. We follow their lives both at 13, 14 and 16, told separately. As the reader you get to see still how close the twins are, without them even knowing it.
I love the title of this book, especially after reading the meaning behind it! This year I’ve become a complete YA novel fan, thanks to books like this one. It’s gut-wrenching, heartbreaking and completely gorgeous. At 371 pages long, it felt too short. ❤
The reading challenge: Two points – A book where the characters are twins, and A book set at sea (they live by the sea and surf and go to the beach, so…good enough for me!).
Artemis is a sci-fi novel written by Andy Weir. It was published in 2017.
Jasmine “Jazz” Bashara lives in the city of Artemis, based on the moon. She’s lived there most of her life, and has since being a teenager lived on the crooked fence of right and wrong. Smuggling is her calling, but by wanting to make a lot of money fast, she agrees to a high-risk high-reward deal. A deal that might not have been the best one to make.
I’ve got to be honest, I feel weird about this book. Hurray for female protagonist in space, but she’s a bit of a cliche with the superclever-angry-sarcastic-tomboy-every-guy-wants-to-sleep-with aura. The dialogues are funny at times, but cliche for the most part. It’s a good plot though.
The Reading Challenge: Two points – Goodreads Choice Award winner 2017, and – A book set on a different planet (I know, the Moon isn’t a planet, but I need to justify reading this book, so for the duration of this blog post being read, the Moon is a planet.)
The Invention of Wings is a novel written by Sue Monk Kidd. It was published in 2014.
We follow the lives of Handful, a slave girl growing up in the South of the US in the 1800s alongside her same-age owner Sarah Grimke. Although being in the same place at the same age, the time they live in heavily dictates their privileges and lack thereof. In their own ways, they stand up for themselves and what they believe is right, which in turn makes them revolutionists for the people around them.
The Invention of Wings is a beautifully written book that tells two important stories happening at the same time. It is a book that puts things into perspective, showing the importance of hope, faith, and perseverance.
The Reading Challenge: Two points – one for being in a Celebrity book club (Oprah), and one for being inspired by a real person (Sarah Grimke).
Autumn is a novel written by Ali Smith, and was published in 2016.
Autumn tells the story partially about a friendship with an elderly man and a girl, who is now adult, but reflecting back on their time and conversations together. The book is partially about that woman’s life now, and her relationship with her mother and her feelings about Brexit.
Autumn is a hard book to grasp, because it consists of layers and bits and pieces about a life story. It’s a dreamy book, consisting of thoughts and dreams and ideas surrounding a narrative. The words are well-written, yes, but if you’re looking for a pure plot, you might not find one.
The Reading Challenge: Nope. I just liked the title.
A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novel written by Anthony Burgess. It was first published in 1962.
The book is about Alex, the leader of a small group of youngsters loving to beat up, rob, and rape people, while dressed weirdly and talking even weirder. The book is around 200 pages long, and I gave up after 80 pages or so. The language is indeed weird, but understandable after a while.
I gave up this book mostly because of the plot and the characters. I absolutely hate Alex, he is lacking so much empathy that I can’t deal with it. He’s too rude, too arrogant and just too much of a waste of my time that I couldn’t keep on reading about him and his mean way of living. I know it’s meant to be a sort of comical black comedy story, but I just can’t.
I would’ve gotten two points in the reading challenge for this book, but it’s just not worth it.
Kinderwhore is a Norwegian novel written by Maria Kjos Fonn. It was published in 2018.
Charlotte grows up without parents. She has a mother, but she’s never really there – most of the time she’s just in bed sleeping, and Charlotte has to take care of her. Sometimes her mom finds a new dad for Charlotte, but they all end up leaving again. However, when Charlotte is twelve, her new dad does something to her that will never leave her, no matter how much she runs.
Kinderwhore isn’t for the faint-hearted ones, but it is very much a book that needs to be read. It tells the story of what can happen when a child is taken advantage of, and what kind of self-hatred thoughts and self-destructing behavior that appears in the time after. It is a disturbing story, but sadly there a so many boys and girls in the world living that exact story, and therefore needs to be heard and seen.
Reading challenge: One point – book written in 2018.