I read two really great books this month. One was a YA sci-fi, and the other was a non-fiction history. Although I fell short of my monthly goal of three books, I’m glad I got to start off the new year with some good reads and delicious drinks.
Winter is the fourth and final installment of The Lunar Chronicles. Princess Winter is the step-daughter of the evil Queen Levana. Winter is arguably much prettier than Levana, something that caused Levana to mar her step-daughter’s face, but the scars only seem to augment Winter’s beauty. Winter is basically a futuristic sci-fi retelling of Snow White, with the other previous three books’ storylines of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel thrown in. With four princesses (more or less), there must be four knights in shining armor, which means there are many ships for your shipping pleasure (and no messy love triangles). If you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles yet, now is the best time since you won’t be waiting for the next book to be published. (Lucky you!)
When I saw this as a nominee for Goodreads’ 2015 Choice Awards, it had my attention. I had just recently gotten back from studying abroad in Japan, and had visited Nagasaki while I was there. The book follows the stories of five survivors (hibakusha) from before and after the bombing. Similar to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, the book focuses on the human impact of the bombing and what it was like for people to be exposed to high levels of whole body radiation and the intense heat from the bomb. This book helped to put my visit to Nagasaki in perspective, but I still can’t even imagine the amount of destruction and suffering that the bomb caused. Some parts were really difficult to read, considering how graphic they were, but it was a really well written book and didn’t seem to water down anything.
International Delight Microwaveable Hot Cocoa
I’m going to be honest with you, I only bought this because the grocery store was trying to clean it out, so it was on sale for $0.45. It came in half-gallon cartons, like milk, and in either milk or dark chocolate. Basically, it’s hot cocoa ready to go. You pour some in a mug, microwave it for about a minute and enjoy. It was actually pretty good, and made with real milk so it was nice and creamy. Great for a chilly winter day.