Royals by Rachel Hawkins: What a surprising lough-out-loud read. This book really had a couple of very funny moments, made so by the main character Daisy. I loved her sassy style and her attitude regarding her royal in-laws. I liked that the focus was not so much on the love story but on the crazy lives of the royals. And even though this is fiction, I couldn’t help myself to compare to what I read in the media. As fun as life in the spotlight looks, it’s definitely harder than I expected.


Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore: This book took me four months to finish which feels like an eternity. I can’t remember ever taking that long with a book. But there was never a moment I wanted to stop, there were just a lot of moments when I didn’t want to go on. The history of Jerusalem and with it the story of the Jewish people is not an easy one. Reading this book gave me a better understanding of what it is all about, the shared history of Jews and Arabs and Christians and what the city means to them. It would have been great though if the book could have been a bit more compact. The information I got was at times overwhelming.


The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach: I don’t know why it took me so long to finish this book. Because in the end it was really a remarkable story. When one baseball veers off direction, suddenly the life of five people changes. Baseball is honestly not my thing but still the fate of these five is entangled with the game. How everyone finds themselves while coping with a new situation and how they manage their other problems is remarkable.


Her Royal Highness (Royals, Band 2) by Rachel Hawkins: I love Scotland already from my travels. So reading about it is a lot of fun. Even better when it is a YA romance which happens in a remote school in the Highlands. The romance is great and the returning characters of ‘Royals’ as well. But best of all was the description of the landscape,  the wilderness, the castles, and the life of the Royal Scots. Even though it is fiction, I can’t wait to see Scotland again.


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