Monthly Archives: July 2018

Strange the Dreamer

This book came out last March and I checked it out but didn’t read it. A librarian had explained it as a magical world with blue people. I was initially put off because I thought it sounded like a ripoff of Avatar. I love Avatar. But I do not need to read a YA book about it. Then a friend got an advance copy of book two (I think it’s only a duology – not a trilogy) at the ALA conference this summer and said she loved book one so I decided to give it another try.

It is a magical world with blue people but it’s not just that. In fact, you don’t even meet the blue people for 70+ pages. It starts out with the story of Lazlo Strange, or Strange the Dreamer. He is an orphan who became a librarian, but was almost a monk. He became obsessed with books about fairy tales and faraway lands like Weep. The God Slayer of Weep comes to Lazlo’s town and says he’s going to take people to Weep for a special mission. Lazlo convinces the God Slayer to take him with even though he has no other skill than telling stories. That’s where the blue people come in. The blue people are the children of Gods who ruled over Weep in a tyrant like manner. Due to this, they were slayed, by the God Slayer. Obviously. Except 5 of the children survived, but no one knows. They live above the city of Weep in secret. And then comes the plot.

It’s a great story and I’m very excited for book two. However, if I read it and then find out it’s actually a trilogy I’ll be very upset.

BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge  : a sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author (it’s more fantasy than sci fi but I accept it..)

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Lit Chat 11

I haven’t Lit Chatted in awhile! So here we go.

Do you gift books to people? What’s your favorite book to give?

I give books to specific people for almost every holiday. My best friend gets books for Christmas, her birthday and any other time I feel a book is needed. I give books I’ve recently read and loved or books I know she’ll like. I participated in a book swap recently where you were supposed to send one of your favorite books to a stranger. If we’re talking about gifting a favorite book to someone I don’t know I feel like these would be it.

FICTION

Housewrights by Art Corriveau (my review)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (my review)

NONFICTION

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (my review)

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (thoughts on this book and other creative nonfiction)

 

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Gone Girl phenomenon

I think I’m over it. The thriller phenomenon. Or as I like to call it, the Gone Girl phenom. Gone Girl was so many years ago. How is this still a thing?? Two books I recently picked up had the same exact formula i.e. you tell me someone has died and then you spend the entire book telling me how it led up to that. I already know they died! You have to have made a really great 10 page story in order to get me to spend a whole book caring about how they died. And because I didn‘t care enough to read them but cared enough to know, I did what I was told to do when I couldn’t finish a book for college. I read the first 50(ish) pages and the last 50(ish) pages and now I know. If you are still on the Gone Girl train, or even better The Girl on the Train train, then you might like these books.

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris. Started out good! But then it lost me and my interest.

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. I didn’t even care about this one from the beginning. But Reese’s Book Club is a serious cult y’all and I had to know what the buzz was about.

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Dear Mrs. Bird

Dear Mrs. Bird was a great book. I loved the writing and I love the time period. Emmy is such a cute character. She gets a job working at a women’s magazine sorting through the Dear Mrs. Bird letters. However, Mrs. Bird refuses to answer any letters containing material she deems inappropriate such as dating, marriage, affairs, romance or anything of the like. Emmy feels for these women. Some of their problems are similar to things she herself would write in about. So she decides to answer some of their letters, signing them Mrs. Bird. After reading the acknowledgements it made me want to read actual Dear Abby letters from that time period.

The depiction of what it was like to live during bombings in London was also fascinating. Such a cute fluffy summer read. I did like that Emmy’s romance with Charles wasn’t a main plot of the book. She was a real career go-getter and I think sometimes fluffy women’s fiction relies to heavily on the romance factor. Could have a sequel in order to pick up where Emmy and Charles’ relationship left off.

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Neverworld Wake

I read Marisha Pessl’s book, Night Film, in 2014. It was weird. Review here. I remember thinking I liked it though. Or at least I liked the ending, according to my review. So when I saw this one come up and my co-worker endorsed it, I decided to read it.

It was also weird. Shocking, I know. I was trying to explain it to someone and even saying what it was about out loud sounded weird. One of those books where you keep reading just because you need to know what’s happening. Constantly in a state of, what the hell is going on. Sometimes I like this so it caught me at just the right time. If you like weird unexplained supernatural things and unlikable characters, I suggest this book. Or if you liked Everything I Never Told You and that kind of back and forth, you’ll probably like this.

“A mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers… and at life. And so begins the Neverworld Wake.”

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book you borrowed or that was give to you as a gift (borrowed from YA librarian who received it at ALA)

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller (recommended by previously mentioned YA librarian)

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The Perfect Couple

I liked this book a lot. I received a copy from Netgalley. I love Hilderbrand and have read most of her books (here’s a review of one). She tends to release one every summer, great beach reading considering the locale she uses (Nantucket). I’ve also read her Winter Street series and loved it.

This book has a different tone for sure. It starts with a murder. That’s not a spoiler. It happens in the first chapter. She did a good job bringing it together, however I would say that there were a LOT of twists and indiscretions. Too many to be normal. At least I hope normal people don’t have that many affairs. Needless to say, some might find that a bit irritating, the lack of realistic plot twists. But I thought it was entertaining and I would recommend it. Perfect for summer! Goodreads summary below.. Well actually. I was going to post the summary but ironically the summary is wrong. It says the death is the bride-to-be and it’s not. So.. we’ll skip that. Get it together Goodreads.

Happy 4th!

 

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