India Reads 2 Year Anniversary!

I cannot believe it! 2 YEARS! I have been doing all this for 2 years!! When I first started this blog I wasn’t sure how it was going to go whether people were even going to read what I had to say. I just liked the idea to have on record my own thoughts and feelings of books I have read.

This week I celebrate my 2 year anniversary and I recap some of my big moments and favourite posts from the last year!

December Wrap Up 2019

So, this is my final wrap up for 2019 and I didn’t read as many books this month as I had hoped but I did read one massive book!

Murder at the Dolphin Hotel – Helena Dixon (3 stars)

This was an ARC I received from Bookouture and I was worried that maybe I had over-saturated myself with murder mysteries by the time I got to this book but thankfully this wasn’t the case. This book kept me wanting and with each chapter ending it drew me into the story more and more. That being said I don’t really think the main female protagonist was really framed as the main character and that author spent more time on our secondary male protagonist which was a bit disappointing.

The Eye of the World – Robert Jordan (5 stars)

This was a book that I put down to focus on the ARCs that I had been approved to read. Going into it I was worried that it was too out of my comfort zone, I had heard it compared to The Lord of the Rings which was not my favourite series so I was worried I would feel the same way which to be frank was boredom! But thankfully, that was not the case at all. What I found was an intricate world, layered characters and exciting plot that made me start theorising everything.

Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik (3 stars)

A loose re-telling of Rumpelstiltskin that drew me in with it’s beautiful imagery and varied female characters. While it drew me in from the beginning I can’t say that it remained that way, the writing was beautiful yet slow paced and the momentum I had gained at the beginning just fell away about 3/4 in. But I can’t deny that the female characters were amazing!

Hills Like White Elephants – Ernest Hemingway (3 stars)

I went for an average rating here as I have to be honest. I had no idea what this story was about. It was 4 pages of confusion! A weird way to end the year!

Spinning Silver Review

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s too kind-hearted to collect his debts. They face poverty, until Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work in their village. Her success creates rumours she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge – and if she fails, she’ll die. Yet if she triumphs, it may mean a fate worse than death. And in her desperate efforts to succeed, Miryem unwittingly spins a web which draws in the unhappy daughter of a lord. Irina’s father schemes to wed her to the tsar – he will pay any price to achieve this goal. However, the dashing tsar is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of mortals and winter alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and Irina embark on a quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power and love.

Click the title to read my thoughts on this book!