Book reviews and ratings: December 2020

book reviews and ratings december 2020 Pachinko Min Jin Lee

Usually, December isn’t my most productive reading month due to a million family birthdays (including my own) and exams. This year, however, I didn’t have any finals since I graduated in January, and because of the pandemic, I’ve had a lot of time for reading. I managed to finish six books, so let’s dive into the book reviews.

‘Lullaby’ by Leïla Slimani – Since she graduated, Myriam has been a stay at home mom. But when her second child is born, she realizes that she wants to start her career as a lawyer. Her husband is reluctant, but they agree to look for a nanny. They end up hiring Louise, who turns out to be perfect. The children love her, and she exceeds the family’s expectations when she completes all the household chores with perfection. But something is disturbingly wrong. 3/5 stars.

‘And then there were none’ by Agatha Christie – Ten seemingly non-related persons are invited to a mystical private Island, but when they arrive their host doesn’t show up – but he left a message that reveals the secrets they all share. Soon they all suffer the same fates as the ten soldiers in the children’s rhyme displayed in their rooms. But who’s the murder? 4/5 stars.

‘Pachinko’ by Min Jin LeeA young Korean girl falls in love with an older gentleman, and she ends up pregnant. But he is already married and she refuses to be his second wife. Her honour is saved when a young, handsome but ill priest asks for her hand in marriage. They move to Japan to live with his brother, and here the growing family has to survive through the second world war and the difficulty it is to be Koreans living in Japan. 5/5 stars.

‘Never let me go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro – Kathy grows up at Hailsham, a home for children where subjects like literature and art are taught, but not the knowledge of the outside world. The students are not directly told who they are, either, or what their purpose is. But when Kathy and her friends graduate from Hailsham, they slowly realize that their fates are far from normal. 2,5/5 stars.

The Danish books I Read:
‘Hvis der skulle komme et menneske forbi’ by Thomas Korsgaard – 3 stars.
‘Klæd dig bedre’ by Else Skjold & Johanne Stenstrup – 3 stars.

If you are interested in previous book reviews, my current reads and what I’m planning to read in the future, you should add me on Goodreads. And if you want more book recommendations you can find my 2020 favourite reads right here.

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