3 Books I’ve enjoyed reading this year | Morning Musings

The year is almost at its end and I am kind of bummed to report that I didn’t read nearly as much this year as I did in 2015. Maybe this is due to the fact that my commute was much longer last year or perhaps the fact that I am now more focused on taking pictures of my bookhauls rather than focusing on the reading… ha!

But here are 3 books that I highly recommend you check out…

  1. While the World is Still Asleep by Petra Durst Benning
    Genre: Fiction
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    This was by far my favourite read this year. It is a translation from the original German text but the translator has done an excellent job!The book is set in 1880’s Germany and revolves around our heroine Josephine and her new found love of cycling that she developed after she was blamed for the untimely demise of her 7 year old brother and sent to a village to recover from an ailment and psychological trauma 😔 🇩🇪

    She is even sent to prison because of her desire to cycle 😐 😵
    🔸Fun fact: Did you know that women were not allowed to ride bicycles in 1880s Germany?🚲  That is so messed up on so many levels and makes me so grateful that I was born when I was born. I know there is still a lot of work to be done.
    If you are a feminist, read this!
  2. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    Genre: FictionScreen Shot 2016-02-17 at 12.13.49 AMI loved this book. It also happens to be my first Hemingway read. Not gonna lie, it was a tad hard to get into since Hemingway took his own sweet time talking about the surroundings and banal things but I started enjoying that a few chapters in.You should check it out if you enjoy reading fiction inspired by real life and reminiscing about Paris and its lost generation. Not going to do a review, you can google it!
  3. Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell
    Genre: YA FictionScreen Shot 2016-06-11 at 1.48.58 AMSo this book! OH MY GOD! ALL THE FEELS! I even talked about it on my blog earlier this year! I really enjoyed my time in university (well mostly) and I love the feeling of falling in love. This book was perfect for anyone who likes all of the above! I don’t really read that much YA anymore but Rainbow Rowell is the reigning queen and I suggest you check out her work pronto!

What were some of your favourite reads for 2016?

3 Things I learnt about life in the early 20th century from “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway

hemingFinished reading Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” & wanted to do a quick review! Here are 3 things that Hemingway taught me about life in the early 20th century.
1. People used to drink so damn much back in the day…
…no wonder so many had liver issues. HOLY!
2.Trust fund babies were everywhere!
No one in “The Sun Also Rises” had a stable job but they all seemed to have tons of money to spend. Trust funds rule!
3. If you were pretty, you could get by without spending a dime!
Everyone was in love with Lady Ashley including Lady Ashley. She worked her feminine wiles to her advantage but in the end couldn’t stand being a cougar and decided to go back to her former lover, whom she had cheated on with a 19 year old bullfighter. The man’s feelings were of little importance. She was going to smoothly flirt her way back into his life. 😀 yay! After all, you should definitely use your God given talents! wheee!

With all due respect, I am not really sure if Hemingway is for me. I like the way he describes places but the characters lack depth or maybe the whole point was to portray shallow people?
Has anyone else on here read it? Would love your thoughts.