Isolation Book Club: May

Another month in quarantine means another month filled with reading. At least in my case. So far, I have read 11 books during this quarantine, bringing the total to 18. I think I might have to raise my GoodReads Reading Challange at this rate. I try to read outside when the weather is nice, recently it has been to my delight.

Percy Jackson And The Greek Gods

During the latest reorganisation of my little library, I came across a book I hadn’t read from one of my favourite series when I was younger. That book, of course, being Percy Jackson And The Greek Gods by Rick Riordan.

I figured why not and read it. I mean, might as well with all this time on my hands.

It’s a retelling of the famous stories about the Greek pantheon from Percy’s perspective. A simple but enjoyable read.

The Last Wish

Finally got around to reading this, which seems to be a recurring theme with all this lockdown reading.

This is the first of The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski. With the popularity of the games and the show, I have had a copy for a while and started it but got distracted by other books. A bad book habit of mine.

Regardless, despite my first crack at it being unsuccessful, I enjoyed The Last Wish. My only complaint is the lack of Dandelion, my favourite character. He was only in a handful of the short stories.

Oh, and it turns out I bought the wrong book. I thought the next in the reading order was Blood of Elves, turns out it wasn’t. There are two more books in between. Oh well.

Spice & Wolf

When I first got into reading light novels, there was one title that kept popping up. This one.

I can see why folk like Spice & Wolf, I would be lying if I said I didn’t. However, I didn’t expect the majority of the book to be about merchants and economics. Maybe this is only a thing in the first volume and not in later instalments, but it isn’t my thing.

It was a decent read, I thought the leads were rather cute and had an interesting bond from the get-go, but I’m not exactly desperate to read the next in the series. 

Maybe I should check out the anime one day instead.

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Vol. 2

Speaking of anime.

In the reverse of Spice & Wolf, I watched the anime ages ago and loved it. If you haven’t seen it yourself, I highly recommend it. I loved it so much I read the first volume and bought the two following volumes. Once again my bad habit of buying books and not reading them rears its ugly head.

I am rather surprised that I remember the plot so well considering it has been almost a year since I watched the anime adaptation. I’m about halfway thought at the moment and enjoying it immensely. 

The reason I prefer light novels to anime is that they allow you to really get into the mindset and headspace of a character compared to the animated counterparts. In my opinion, the Re:ZERO light novels are a prime example of that.

What are you reading at the moment? I am always looking for new recommendations!

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