On the blog: Retrospect #35
This was one of those weeks where I hardly remembered anything at the end of it. Nonetheless, I do remember one book I read and liked very much, which was My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter.
16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler
Quick thoughts: Technically the title should have been 17 Things I Thought Were True, not 16. Misnomer aside, this book also contained quite a few typographical/editing errors. While one or two errors do regularly slip past into publication, I get distracted when there are more than that. Nonetheless, I feel that 16 Things I thought Were True is a very relevant contemporary work of fiction. Social media is here to stay and it was firmly embedded in Morgan’s life, which I definitely appreciated. Beyond that though, this book turned out to be pretty average.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Quick thoughts: Curiosity got the better of me thanks to the overwhelming hype for the series, especially with the release of Isla and the Happily Ever After about a week ago. I expected a fun romance with Paris as the beautiful backdrop. After all, I kept seeing people gush over Anna and Étienne. I wanted in on that.
Sadly, I was left very confused and annoyed by the time I finished reading the book. I was confused as to why anyone would love and praise Anna and the French Kiss to the heavens, and annoyed because this is not the sweet romance I felt I had been promised.
Still, Perkins does have a way with words that makes her writing style very well-suited to the genre, so I will give Lola and the Boy Next Door a chance. I hope it will not be riddled with all the problems that prevented me from enjoying Anna and the French Kiss.
A few days ago I found The Night Circus on Overdrive but couldn’t decide if I should pick the ebook or the audiobook, so I borrowed both. But when I started listening, I was so delighted to recognize the narrator’s voice—the narrator of one of my favourite TV shows, Pushing Daisies.
Jim Dale fits perfectly because he sounds and speaks like a classic storyteller, which splendidly reflects the mystical tone of the book. I’ve listened to a little more than two hours so far and I’ve loved every minute of it!
On the blog: Book Cover Culture #3: Delirium Trilogy
I decided to compare the US, UK and German book covers of the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver. They are so different from one another, a single glance isn’t enough to confirm that they’re all covers of the same books. I think it’s interesting how cultures and translations can affect covers so much. Take a look, then vote for your preferred cover on Word Revel.
On the blog: Where’s My Book Mail?
Yay! New books in the mail! I’m always excited about new books but lately I’ve also been quite disappointed because delivery takes so much longer than it should. Not a single one of the four books I ordered from the Book Depository at the end of July arrived by the latest day of their estimation. I even did the math to prove I’m not exaggerating.
I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by Amélie Sarn
Originally published as Un foulard pour Djelila,
translated from French by Y. Maudet
Quick thoughts: Simple as the prose may be, the story is anything but. I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister is such a a sad book, exploring the lives of two Muslim sisters living in France. They each yearn for freedom in a different way, and ironically are both faced with discrimination—one for being too conservative, and the other for being too liberal. I would definitely recommend this book because it grapples with important cultural and religious sensitivities that cannot be ignored, especially because this story is based on a true event: the chilling death of French girl Sohane Benziane, who was of Algerian descent.
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Joséphine — YA book blogger, Sociology grad in her early twenties. Usually found to be engaging in one of these three things: reading, sports, baking.
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