2020/01/17

2020/01/15

BOOK REVIEW:
EVENTYRLIG EVOLUSJON BY HANNA NYBORG STØSTAD

Title: Eventyrlig Evolusjon
Author: Hanna Nyborg Støstad
Published: 2019
Language: Norwegian
Pages: 223
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
This book explores evolution by taking a look at all kinds of different animals and why they do the things they do.


Review:
This was a fun and interesting little book to read!

I love reading about evolution and learning about animals and their behavior and it was really interesting to look at it from an evolutionary standpoint in this book. There were many creatures in here I had never heard about (like a frog exploding its eyes to shoot blood, what on earth!). I also really liked the last few chapters that took a look at how animals can or can't survive in a rapidly changing world and with climate change.

I did find the book a little bit more basic than I'd perhaps initially hoped and I wished we had delved a little deeper into some of the things discussed in here. I also think the book would have been raised to a whole new level by having illustrations or pictures in it.

Either way though, this was a fun and fascinating read and definitely worth picking up if you like reading and learning about nature and animals!
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2020/01/14

BOOKSTAGRAM SPOTLIGHT:
@XCRINI

It's time for 2020's first bookstagram spotlight, so allow me to divert your attention to the lovely @xcrini! She's got a great account with loads of science fiction and fantasy books on her feed, a lot of which I've added to my ever-growing TBR.





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2020/01/13

BOOK REVIEW:
WASHINGTON BLACK BY ESI EDUGYAN

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Title: Washington Black
Author: Esi Edugyan
Published: 2018
Language: English
Pages: 384
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
In this story, we meet an eleven-year old slave from Barbados who is chosen to become the manservant of his master's brother, which changes the course of his life forever.


Review:
This was quite an interesting book and I very much enjoyed most of it.

This is a sort of coming of age story wrapped up in an adventure, all the while exploring themes of slavery, science, love, humanity and family, and I really like that. I really liked reading about our main characters and following them on this journey.

I loved seeing the different settings as well and I generally really love stories set in this era, especially when it involves science and discovery. I think the writing is, for the most part, really strong and there are many parts that are excellently and beautifully written.

I do think this book starts of stronger than it finishes; for the two thirds, I was deeply immersed and then the closer we got to the end, the more I felt like the story was slipping a little bit. I can't really put my finger on what it was, but the story started feeling harder to get through and not in a good way. I also don't really know if I liked the ending; it felt like it tied up all the strings of the story and yet it was a little unsatisfactory.

Normally, I'd give this kind of book three stars, but I'm upping it to four mostly because of the writing and the fact that I think this book will stay with me for a good while. I think it's definitely a book worth reading if you like the sound of the story.
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