The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins: The prequel of the hunger Games series is doing a good job of telling the story of President Snow. Coriolanus Snow unfortunately is no endearing character. From the beginning there is something calculating and scheming about him. I understand where he comes from and that the Great War shaped him. Insofar the book the book is doing a great job. It just feels a little bit flat though compared to the first book in the series, which was absolutely stunning.


The Wolf Age by Tore Skeie: The Vikings are a mysterious people. All their stories have been orally passed on through the skalds, who composed and then performed them publicly in poetic form. About 200 years later than the events in this book it was all written down by Snorri. What a remarkable memory he must have had  to remember all these stories. The book is about Cnut the Great, who ruled over England, part of Ireland, Denmark, Norway, and part of Sweden. Unbelievable his achievements since he won England at the age of 26.


The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton: All the heroes of my youth starred in this movie. Which makes reading the book even more delightful, because I can still remember who played whom. While the actors might have aged, the story did not. It is still as relevant today as it was when it first came out. The pains of growing up are still the same, no matter how old a book is. Great book!



The woman in me by Britney Spears: The book is not literary master piece, but that’s not why I wanted to read it. I’ve been following Britney’s career along without ever being especially invested. But I liked her music and definitely danced to it. Reading now about her side of the story that I already knew from the tabloids was hard. You can be a star and still not have it easy! Her emotions carry through with the amazing voice of Michelle Williams. Heartbreaking story!


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