Yep, uni has started again, so Romi needs her weekly dose of motivation in the form of new books! This book haul consists of a book for uni, a book that I got to read and review, but mostly books that I bought for myself!
The Greek Myths by Robert Graves
From the creation of the world out of Chaos & the birth of the Olympians to the Trojan War & Odysseus’s return, Robert Graves’s superb retelling of the Greek myths has long been acclaimed as the definitive edition. Graves draws on sources scattered throughout ancient literature, using a novelist’s skill to weave a crisp, coherent narrative of each myth & providing commentaries with cross-references, interpretations & explanations based on solid scholarship. The result is a classic volume of many of the greatest stories ever told–stories of the gods, heroes & extraordinary events that inspired Homer, the Greek tragedians & so much of subsequent European literature.
This is the book I got for a course at the university that I’m following in the coming quarter: Classic Mythology. It was a recommended read, but I do like to read a classic myth every now and then, so I thought: why not buy a copy?!
Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman
A grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother’s death in Viet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus’ journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do.
I got this book from Scott Kauffman himself to read and review on my blog, and he was so kind to send me a signed paper copy! I’m really looking forward to read this book, because I love retellings!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
I’ve already read this book, but that was ages ago and I honestly don’t remember a thing. Only that I really liked the way it was written; with images and graphs and all that! Can’t wait to reread it soon!
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon – all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where “the most interesting things happen at night.”
I remember starting this book, but not getting past the first three chapters. I really hope that it just was that I was way too young to understand a thing of it, because boy, it’s a difficult book to read. I guess this is one of the things I’d like to cross off my Bucket list: reading The Name of the Rose. I know it would make me, but also my father, really proud haha!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
I know I’m reallyreally late with reading this, because the hype is already long over, but it’s been on my to-buy list for forever and now I FINALLY bought it. Now only to read it …
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
I bought the Dutch translation of this book. The cover is just SO GORGEOUS! I actually wanted to buy the whole trilogy at once, but that would’ve meant that I couldn’t buy any other books … So, I only bought the first book. After I finish rereading it, I will buy the other two books as well!