The Mondays Musts is a feature by Jessica @ Lovin’ los Libros! Every Monday, you post about your must read, must listen and must see. Every week, I pick my musts based on a certain theme, which is expressed by one word that’s used within the post. The theme for last week’s picks was dreamy.
I’ll be honest–after reading Schwab’s novels, I’m not always rocked. I don’t always end it thinking that that was one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s after the fact that I truly recognize, love, and appreciate her writing, and she’s come to be one of my favorite fantasy authors because of that.
Schwab’s novels are almost never simple. They recognize the complexity of the issues they deal with and all of the gray space in the world, and each of them take on specific unique characteristics. A common one that I love that Victoria does incredibly well is the balance between good and evil. She mainly handled this in Vicious, but she also touched upon it in This Savage Song. But what makes TSS truly unique is that it’s one of the first adult/YA fantasy books I’ve read where I didn’t notice the absence of romance while I was reading it. Above all else, this is a novel about relationships, about survival and friendship, and it explores many other themes through that lens. This is very much a thought-provoking novel, and I’d recommend it to any fantasy fan.
The video quality on this is terrible, but 바보같은 내게 (A Fool Like Me) is one of my favorite songs by Kim Bum Soo. I got the chance to hear it live last week, and it was incredible.
HAMILTON! I didn’t mention it on the blog directly, but a few months ago I hopped aboard the Hamilton train. Initially, I had reservations against the musical and Lin Manuel-Miranda, but I’ve come to love both. Lin’s adaptation of Hamilton’s story, in my opinion, has it’s faults, but it’s still masterful, and Lin on Drunk History was the best. Here’s a clip from his episode, and you can find another one here.
If you did a Monday Musts, link it below and I’ll check it out!