Written eons ago, in early September 2021, while our 18th birthday was lingering around…

To book shop or not to book shop, that is the question. A dilemma for readers of all times (we are looking at you, ol’ dusty unread novels…).
The answer comes pretty easily, though, when you listen to your heart.

To book shop it is.

We confide in Hamlet to be proud.

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Every reader can probably relate to the feeling of their book wishlist growing everblue too long to even be achievable, financially speaking.

For us, being two, just imagine that same drama unfolding, only doubled.

Having to re-go through your wishlist will feel painful. Just the usual thing.
You’ll be left wondering if you’re even going to outlive the next Moon. But then again, if ‘to book shop’ was the answer, you know you’ll have to do it.

You’ll have to skim the list, narrow the focus, and only pick at most a handful few of the hundreds of thousands of novels you originally had the full intention to put your hands on.

Seriously, the only thing missing in Lewis's Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, alongside cookies and bottles to eat and drink in order to shrink away or size up, is an entire library of books that recite ‘read me’. Just to make the choice harder.

OUR READING LIST FOR SEPTEMBER 2021

DISCLAIMER: We ordered all the books in English from Amazon, wishing to read them in the language they were actually written in by their authors.
We will, hence, drop the links to the marvelous versions we have had the chance to lay our eyes first, our hands seconds, on. We will also leave the blurb of the book as to how it is presented on the back cover of each book, or each first novel of the series. Credit goes all to the respective authors, their editors and the publishing house in which each novel has met their first caress of wind.

Enjoy, and size up that book wishlist!

OVERVIEW

  • "The Song of Achilles", Madeleine Miller
  • The "Divergent" Series, Veronica Roth
  • The "Rebel of the Sands" Trilogy, Alwyin Hamilton
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THE SONG OF ACHILLES, Madeleine Miller

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SYNOPSIS:
Greece in the age of heroes. Awkward young prince Patroclus has been exiled to the court of King Peleus. Despite their differences, Peleus’s golden boy Achilles befriends the shamed prince. As they grow into young men, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles’s mother, the sea goddess Thetis.
But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfil his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him.
LINK (Amazon): https://www.amazon.com/Song-Achilles-Novel-Madeline-Miller/dp/0062060627

As ABSOLUTE greek mythology lovers, every reading that can further broaden our horizons on the topic is everblue welcome. We got into mythology during our middle school years, as we first read the whole of the "Percy Jackson" series in Italian, our mother tongue.

We have also been working on buying the English counterparts of the series, so as to pick the flow of Rick Riordan's own words and pace, and while we were at it, we also found out about Madeleine Miller’s "The Song of Achilles".

This summer, the book has been hyped on all social media platforms, from TikTok to YouTube, from book blogs to We Heart It, as well.

The story promises to be a retelling of Achilles and Patroclus’s love story, which is often looked down as simple friendship by historians and critics. As of us, we have always rooted for Achilles and Patroclus as a couple, and to see Madeleine Miller trying to exactly convey a queer point of view of the classical tale intrigues us TONS.

We have really high, high expectations for this book, both as regards Miller’s writing craft: we are looking forward to actually meeting the characters and the mythological figures on paper and we expect to be soaked up in tears by the end of the novel, considering that the classical version of Patroclus’s death has always moved us deeply.

Furthermore, as we are looking forward to the development of our own retelling ideas, all concerning greek mythology, fairy tales or famous classics of the past, the novel honestly appeals to us also in relation to everything we could learn and pick up from Miller as she accompanies us on the way to Troy, alongside her legendary characters.

THE DIVERGENT SERIES, Veronica Roth

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BOOK TRILOGY: Divergent; Insurgent; Allegiant
SPIN-OFF: Four
FIRST BOOK SYNOPSIS:
“Three flying birds… One for each member of the family I left behind.”
Sixteen-year-old Tris is forced to make a terrible choice. In a divided society where everyone must conform, Tris does not fit.
So she ventures out alone, determined to discover where she truly belongs. Shocked by her brutal new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her.
The hardest choice lies ahead.
LINK (Amazon): https://www.amazon.it/Divergent-Box-Set-Books-1-4/dp/0008175500

We bought the entire trilogy and its relative spin-off, ‘Four’, as a box set.
We had first found out about the "Divergent" series in 2014, as ‘Four’, the short story collection of the series, was to be published later on that year.

Problem was… Little 11-year-old us were allowed to only buy one book each that time (yes, painful, we know...), and we ended up picking ‘Allegiant’, which is actually the third and last book in the trilogy.
To keep it sweet and short: we only noticed when it was too late to turn back.

The "Divergent" series lured us in for how action-packed it easily shows to be and for the intriguing views and thoughts it ends up making you consider as you read on. That, to us, is what delving in a well-developed dystopian universe should definitely feel like!

Besides, all characters - from main to minor - show up to be relevant to the story, if not for the plot in itself, personality-wise: they all potrary the experiences and the scars they ended up carrying along with them. Plus, they act accordingly to their beliefs, feelings, even trust issues and internal conflicts, making it all more compelling to read and to relate to.

One can be either right or wrong, or one can be neither, and a book shouldn’t get pretty or fancy about that. After all, that’s how it is in life, too: mistakes are not to be erased; rather, they are to be mended.

THE REBEL OF THE SANDS TRILOGY, Alwyn Hamilton

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BOOK TITLES: Rebel of the Sands; Hero At The Fall; Traitor To The Throne
FIRST BOOK SYNOPSIS:
Tell me how you want your story to go, he says, and we’ll write it straight across the sand.
Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It’s not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al-Hiza must call it ’home’.
Amani wants to escape and see the world she’s heard about in campfire stories.
Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run.
But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan’s army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion…
An epic story of swirling desert sands, love, magic and revolution.
LINKS (Amazon):

1st BOOK: https://www.amazon.it/Rebel-Sands-Alwyn-Hamilton/dp/0571325254
2nd BOOK: https://www.amazon.it/Traitor-Throne-Alwyn-Hamilton/dp/0571325416
3rd BOOK: https://www.amazon.it/Hero-Fall-Rebel-Alwyn-Hamilton/dp/0571325432

Let us just briefly comment on how gorgeous all the book covers look. Unfortunately, you won’t find a whole box set set up for this trilogy, unlike for the "Divergent" series; hence, we had to buy all the three novels separately.

We had already read the second and third book of Rebel of the Sands in Italian, always during middle school, as we didn’t manage to find any available copy of the first book back then. We now wanted to pick the story right from the beginning AND to read it in English, the language it was written into.

Those books are honestly AMAZING: it was the first fantasy series we had the chance to stumble upon that took place in an Arabian setting and the main girl characters are such strong and independent heroines! Each character left us in awe for how well-rounded they were developed on page.

And for two people like us, who are constantly seeking inspiration and insights about different cultures than ours, Rebel of the Sands is definitely a must read and a must re-read altogether. Indeed, we’ll be looking forward to more novels with such diverse settings and lores!

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We must everblue convey this over and over: the scent of books is truly the scent of happiness. Each of them wields their scent as if to make history.

To the last of our breaths - may Fate ne’er charm us otherwise -,
We do art, and our Coin spins for yet more books!

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May the Wind guide you to lovely destinations and beautiful shores!

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