Book(s) of the Month: January

I thought since it is the beginning of a new month it would be a good time to reflect on the books I have read and made an impact on me this month. This blog is a place to talk about novels but I do not talk about every novel that I read every month. Here are a few that I really enjoyed:

–        Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: This science fiction novel is based in the future where some gifted children are sent off to become soldiers to defend earth from alien invasions. One boy in general named Ender will be the one to save the human race, the question is that can a 6-year-old be given that kind of responsibility? The book takes place in a Battle School where to survive you must fight.

–        And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov: A story taken place on the Don’s of Russian covering Russian history from pre World War I and into the Russian Revolution. The story’s major focus is on the Melekhov family who try to keep their heritage and their Don’s identity during a time of trials and turmoil.

–        Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts: A novel that was influenced by the author’s own life story; who escaped from an Australian prison, ends up in India to meet his travel companion Prabaker and they set out on the journey of their lives. Gregory with his new identity, Lin, must overcome the difficulties of being a man on the run along with poverty, disease, and civil war.

–        The Postmistress by Sarah Blake: See Blog Post A Book for Thought: A Review The Postmistress for information about the book.

There are a few others from this month but I felt these were the ones that I enjoyed reading the most, and they are novels I had finished in this month. I started Shantaram sometime in November and managed to finish it at the beginning of January; it took a long time to finish and the holidays did get in the way so that didn’t help either. Each book is from a different genre for different readers but all were very good. For example, if you love Russian Literature then And Quiet Flows the Don would be a good choice for you, but not for someone who is just starting off in Russian Literature I would look into Tolstoy first.

What books did you read this month? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Did you like them? Have a good day everyone!

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