MARCH WRAP UP & A PERSONAL UPDATE

Hello, lovely people. I hope everyone is doing alright in these tough times. The last couple of weeks have been tough for me. My nan who I was very close to passed away 2 weeks ago. And then I fell sick myself. Suffice it to say, blogging has not been on the front of my mind

Thankfully, I now feel more like myself. So here I am.

Anyways, I just want you guys to know that it’s completely normal to not feel like yourself and want to run away from everything. You are not alone in this feeling.

monthly wrap up

Reviews:

ARC:

This Terrible Beauty ★★★★☆
House Rules★★★★☆
The Kissing Game ★☆☆☆☆

Non- ARCs :


The Shadow Between Us ★★☆☆☆
House of Earth and Blood ★★☆☆☆
Cheese In The Trap ★★★★★
The Help ★★★★★

 

Non – Review Posts

Top Ten Tuesday :
Favorite Books with Single-Word Titles
Last 10 Books that Gave Me Book Hangover
Spring-Summer TBR
Least to Most Favorite Romance Tropes

Tags:
The Prediction Book Tag

My Song of the Month:

Note: I’m adding this new theme to my month wrap-up. Because music does help! And this song helped me cope. Both the original song and its cover.


March was a good reading month until the last week. That last week makes me want to erase this month from my memory.

ARC REVIEW : THIS TERRIBLE BEAUTY

Author: Katrin Schumann
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository .
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction; World War II; Romance.
Release Date: March 1st 2020.


synopsis

On the windswept shores of an East German island, Bettina Heilstrom struggles to build a life from the ashes. World War II has ended, and her country is torn apart. Longing for a family, she marries Werner, an older bureaucrat who adores her. But after joining the fledgling secret police, he is drawn deep into its dark mission and becomes a dangerous man.

When Bettina falls in love with an idealistic young renegade, Werner discovers her infidelity and forces her to make a terrible choice: spend her life in prison or leave her home forever. Either way she loses both her lover and child.

Ten years later, Bettina has reinvented herself as a celebrated photographer in Chicago, but she’s never stopped yearning for the baby she left behind. Surprised by an unexpected visitor from her past, she resolves to return to her ravaged homeland to reclaim her daughter and uncover her beloved’s fate, whatever the cost.

 


review

Reading historical fiction is always enlightening, because even through fiction I get to learn some part of history that I was previously unaware or uninformed about. But sometimes they make me feel aware of my ignorance. Throughout my reading of This Terrible Beauty, my own ignorance nagged at me.

Majority of this novel is set in the post-world war II Germany, a part of history I had no idea about. The story is told on alternate timelines. In 1960s, Bettina has become a distinguished photo journalist in Chicago. When her sister’s ex-husband visits her, she is forced to revisit memories of her time in East Germany, which was still under the control of the German Democratic Republic.

We see through her eyes the harrowing experience of war, and being left to fend for herself in her father’s fisherman’s cottage after he dies. It is loneliness that compels her to marry a man she does not love, and also later cheat on him.

I could connect to Bettina, even in her mistakes and wrong decisions. Her helplessness and fears are portrayed with a depth that can’t be ignored. She married a man believing he was kind, and wanting to be a mother. But when after years of marriage, she cannot conceive and Werner starts to get deeply involved with the secret police and their misdeeds, life becomes even more suffocating for her.

Affairs are not my cup of tea. But the author sets a compelling stage for Betting to fall for Peter, the pastor’s son, an idealistic man who has had to fight his own demons. Her escalating fear of leaving Werner, who had started to grow more dominant over her while amassing power through his position .

The author does a commendable job in portraying the dangerous ambience of East Germany, with the government’s frightening grip on every facet of living. The characters are also very real. Even Werner, maybe a villain at first impression, forces you to sympathize with him more than once.

Bettina’s journey was believable and compelling. We see her grow from a lonely girl to a helpless wife and mother to an independent woman.

One thing I did not like about the story was how it ended. Not the ending, mind you. But the manner of the ending. The epilogue left the possibility of a sequel, something I wouldn’t mind.


ratings

★★★★☆

 

 

 

Tag: The Prediction Book Tag

Hello folks! I’m doing a tag after ages. Thanks to the amazing Sara for tagging me. I had a lot of fun doing this!


Rules:

.x. pingback to the creator of the tag, @bookprincessreviews .x.
.x. tag the person who tagged you .x.
.x. find an answer to match each prompt .x.
.x. have fun! .x.


All of these prompts are your predictions for your…

Next Read

It’s honestly difficult to say for sure. I tend to be impulsive with what books I pick. But the ARC of This Terrible Beauty is calling to me.

Next 5 Star Read

I intend to read The Help very soon. And I’m positive that this gem will garner 5 stars from me. I’ve said it!

Next 1 Star Read


I was supposed to read The Kissing Game a month ago. But the abysmal reviews has me procrastinating and regretting that I requested this ARC.

Next Love Interest (or Character That Seems Really Cool to You)

I’m really excited to read A Murderous Relation – the next installment of Veronica Speewell. Stoker from this series is a great and cool love interest. If I may say, Veronica herself is a very cool character!

Next Book You’ll Be Buying

I’ve been looking for The Name of the Wind in our city’s bookshops for a while in vain. We don’t even have Amazon in our country. So I have to pay extra shipping fees to order it through third parties. It’ll take a little time but I’ll make sure to get it in my hands!

Next Book That Will Leave You With a Book Hangover (and Desperately Wanting a Reread or Next in Series)

Hopefully all the books that I mentioned here (even the suspected 1-star read). But I’m confident that The Help and The Name of the Wind would do it.

 


I’m tagging:

 Happytonic | Dinipandareads | Alex


If you like this tag and feel like doing it, please go ahead! I’d love to see your take on it!