Books I Read Recently #31

Hello and welcome to another blog post!

My local library is finally open again since the beginning of the pandemic last year and they have a lot of great books. I do regular Library Hauls on my Instagram Jungian.Reader

I decided to create a bookstagram account. I hope you check it out!

The Roommate by Rosie Danan

Review

Clara Wheaton, daughter of east coast elite family, decided to follow her best friend across the country hoping that with them closer, her dream of him falling in love with her would come true. Unfortunately, it happens that his growing band gets a tour gig and he has to leave her alone in his house which he has now rented out to another man.
Josh believes heaven has finally smiled when he found a cheap apartment in LA. The only problem is that he has to control his growing attraction to his new roommate who appears to have never done anything fun in her life. So when she finds out that he is a very popular porn star, there is going to be a lot of awkward glances and maybe more…

Definitely more… I am trying not to spoil this book because it is so popular and everyone seem to have read it. I actually liked it, I think it’s a fun read. The relationship between Clara and Josh was just cute and the explicit scenes were EXPLICIT!

Rating

I gave this book 3.7 out of 5 stars

The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan

Review

I’ve got to say that the author took a major risk with this book. Combining religion with sex (in most cases, acclaimed immorality) has never really turned out well in a lot of circles. I honestly do not know how I feel about this one but… I quite enjoyed the way it made every character insanely human. In some way, it takes me back to the time I read Demian by Hermann Hesse. Anyways before I get philosophical, let get into the brief review.
Naomi Grant is a character that we are briefly introduced to in the first book. She was the former girlfriend of Josh. To avoid spoilers I will jump. She is invited by a rabbi, Ethan Cohen to host a lecture series in his synagogue in hopes that it would bring in a younger audience to his slowly dying congregation. When she finally agrees to put her name to the occasion and her past under the religious microscope, she finds that she is not only teaching people to be closer in relationships with others but also opening her eyes to the lack of relationship she has with herself.

Naomi and Ethan slowly form a relationship that raises the brows of the leaders in the synagogue and it gets to a point where Ethan has to choose between his calling and his relationship with Naomi.

Rating

I gave this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Eidolon by Grace Draven

Review

I loved this book a lot more than the first book.
This picks up immediately after the end of the first book, where Shadow Queen of Haradis released unspeakable evil into the world. She is engulfed by the dead and slowly they creep over the whole place and the whole land. Every run towards the river, including the last child in the of the crown prince. She is escorted by her nursemaid and two guards towards Brishen and Ildiko’s home.

Brishen is faced with a difficult task, he has to be joined by three other men to raise what is called the Wraith Kings because that is the only way they can raise the army of the dead to fight and defeat the army of the damned which the Shadow Queen unleashed.

Brishen is faced with being King which means everyone is expecting him to create an heir but as we know, Ildiko cannot bear his children because she is human and this seems to cause a rift between them. I really loved this book.

Rating

I gave this book 3.9 out of 5 stars

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Review

Wrapped in the snowy landscape of Wisconsin. Blankets tell the first-person story of two brothers growing up in the small snowed-in country, in a religious home of ‘almost’ oppression and faith to a tale of romance between two young teenagers separated by miles with only church camp and letters to keep them together (even shortly).
This is a tale that voices sexual assault fanaticism, homophobia and more. It explores security, the discovery of faith, tragedy, grace and faith

Rating

I gave this drama 4.7 out of 5 stars

Circe by Madeline Miller

Review

I am on the fence with this book. I used to think that I enjoyed books about Olympians but I guess I was wrong about that. I liked the action and the supremeness of the characters and how they relate to humans.
In this book, we follow Circe, daughter of Helios, god of the sun. She has almost always been invisible in court or rather not accepted in court because of her lack of power nor her allure like a mother. She was the plain jane in court that is until she meets a human man who she falls in love with. She makes him into a god and at the same time find out about her own powers. Because of this, she is banished to a deserted island where she slowly hones her craft. She transforms things and people.
When tired sailors hit her shore, she provides them with a meal and when they realize that she is alone and a woman, they try to take advantage. She turns them into pigs.
That is until she meets Odysseus and his men who were returning home from the Trojan war. She finds herself enthralled by him and wishes he stay with her. He stays for the winter and by the time he leaves back to his home, she is already pregnant with Telagonus. She shields him on the island after his life is threatened by Athena. He soon grows up into a young man and wished to seek his father out.
Little did he know, he was bringing the prophecy to fruition.

I did not enjoy this book as much as I was hoping to. I felt like I kept on reading with no excitement or end in sight. If you are interested in Greek mythology then you might enjoy this.

Rating

I gave this book 3.7 out of 5 stars

Thanks for reading.

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