December 2016 Wrap-Up

Coming to you a bit late but better late than never, right?

 

1. Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith (Cormoran Strike #3)

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“When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.”

Definitely my favourite in the series thus far. Both in terms of the crime mystery itself and relationships between the characters. 

 

2. Hammer of Thor – Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2)

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Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.”

These books are growing on me. Now that I learn more about Norse mythology I feel less detached from the story. I simply adore the humor (as always) and diversity of the characters. I love how all of his books entwine in some ways. Last sentence got me ridiculously excited for the final instalment!

3. The Last Wish – Andrzej Sapkowski (The Witcher #1)

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“Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin.

And a cold-blooded killer.

His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world.

But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good. . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth. ”

I had really high hopes for this one. Knowing The Witcher inspired wildly popular game series that is loved by millions around the world, I expected to be blown away. Only, it didn’t happen. It was okay and nothing more. Maybe it was the format? This is a collection of introductionary short stories which put me off slightly. I expected more from this one. I am however willing to give the next book a chance.

4. Girl, Interrupted – Susana Kaysen

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“In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she’d never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele — Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles — as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary. “

This was the December pick for The Mad Women’s Book Club hosted by Kirsty over at The Literary Sisters.

The Mad Women’s Book Club is a GoodReads group focused on reading books by and about women, historically and contemporarily, who have been termed ‘mad’ in some way. You are more than welcome to join us!  

I really enjoyed this one especially as an insight into the  reality of a psychiatric hospital in the 60’s. For me it rouses a question about the representation of psychiatric care in modern literature and in media in general. As much as it is fascinating to read about it from the historical perpective of a different time period I do belive we need more modern depiction of psychiatric hospital care.  Most importantly positive examples of patient-friendly environment. Especially now when more people suffer form various mental ilnesses and seek professional care. 

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