Recommendations: Halloween

With the spooky season just round the corner, now is the perfect time to read a scary or spooky...

Dutch Secret Santa 2018

Hallo Nederlandse boekenliefhebbers! Vanwege het succes van vorig jaar heb ik besloten om dit jaar weer een Secret Santa...

First Look: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is probably one of the most anticipated book-to-movie adaptations of 2018. This is...

From Paper to Screen: Autumn 2018

From Paper To Screen is a seasonal post about upcoming movies and TV shows that are based on books. This post deals...

Fanmix Friday: Six of Crows

In Fanmix Friday, literature and music are combined. Some scenes in books make me think of certain songs. I collect...
Recommendations
Recommendations: Halloween
Secret Santa
Dutch Secret Santa 2018
First Look
First Look: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
From Paper To Screen
From Paper to Screen: Autumn 2018
Fanmix Friday
Fanmix Friday: Six of Crows

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Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Publisher: Viking – Pamela Dorman Books
Release Date: May 9th 2017
Pages: 327
Genre(s): FictionContemporary
Purchase: The Book Depository

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

The only way to survive is to open your heart

I expected Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine to be a funny book. And it is, terribly so. But it’s also really emotional and tugs on your heartstrings, which makes it a really good début.Continue reading

Fanmix Friday

Fanmix Friday: They Both Die At The End

In Fanmix Friday, literature and music are combined. Some scenes in books make me think of certain songs. I collect these ideas and incorporate them in a fanmix for a particular piece of literature. In this case, for They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera.Continue reading

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Review: They Both Die At The End

Title: They Both Die At The End
Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 5th 2017
Pages: 368
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
Purchase: The Book Depository

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

They Both Die At The End is the first book that I have read by author Adam Silvera. This book has been severely hyped, but I was not disappointed. It’s both memorable and a page turner.Continue reading

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Review: Lightness (La Légèreté)

Title: Lightness (La Légèreté)
Author
: Catherine Meurisse
Publisher: Europe Comics
Release Date: June 20th 2018
Pages: 136
Genre(s): Graphic novel, Nonfiction
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

In the aftermath of the murderous attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices on January 7, 2015, cartoonist Catherine Meurisse struggles with the trauma of losing her friends and looks for a way to move forward with her life and her art. She soon enters a dissociative state where she loses her memories, especially those associated with esthetic experiences. This leads her on a quest to seek beauty and lightness in the world around her with the help of guiding lights including Proust, Stendhal, Baudelaire, and two provocative graffiti artists. Throughout the book, Meurisse uses her limber cartooning and dynamic writing to weave a tapestry raw emotion of philosophical reflection all laced with a dark strain of wry humor.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Lightness (Original: La Légèreté) is a graphic novel written and drawn by Catherine Meurisse, one of the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo who survived the terrorist attack in 2015.Continue reading

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