It’s been a while that I wrote the Bookish Playlist #1, and I thought it would be nice to do a follow-up. This is always such a fun post to write, and I think it’s super useful if you’re on a bookish hangover after finishing any of these books – I obsessively listen to music that reminds me of the book if I loved it. It helps me process my feelings, somehow.
Wintersong, by S. Jae-Jones
This might be a bit of a stretch, but I actually think The Monster by Eminem ft. Rihanna fits well with Wintersong: they’re both about finding your place among the monsters nobody else could live with. Also this series has a bit of that trope where the main character experiences fantastical elements that could be interpreted as mental illness, and that too fits the song!
Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
If you’re following me on Goodreads or Twitter, you probably know I’ve recently added about 10.000.000 F/F books to my TBR. I normally don’t particularly look for book recommendations because I have so many books still to read and I get book recs anyway from reading people’s blogs/listening to podcasts/existing in Twitter/having bookish family & friends, but I have recently realized that unless I actively search for F/F books, not a lot of recs come my way at all.
Although LGBT+ books have recently become “trendy” (aka. people finally acknowledged that those exist and aren’t inherently erotica! Shocking, really), it is a fact that F/F books just get largely dismissed (although I believe this is changing, thankfully). It’s no surprise that women’s inner lives are still seen as based upon their male relationships (fathers, husbands, lovers), so people consider relationships between women, whether romantic or not, as not so relevant, interesting or literary. Not worth reading about. So! I’m putting an extra effort on my blog from now on to write more posts recommending books about relationships between women, especially romantic ones.
As usual, YA is being badass and making LGBT+ books mainstream! I tend to be very picky with YA and don’t read a whole lot of it, so it’s a bit more difficult to find books that are F/F, not YA and also not erotica.
I’ve owned The Price of Salt, by Patricia Highsmith / Clare Morgan since forever, and I loved her Mr. Ripley’s book, so I am very excited to pick up this one! Continue reading
Today I have a post I’m quite excited about! I realized a few days ago that I actually don’t have any posts on F/F books, although I have been reading those a lot more lately and have about 10000 on my TBR. So I put a poll on Twitter and for this first post about F/F books I will be posting my favorite F/F book by genre!
I’d love to get recommendations on other F/F books you guys loved! So if you see a book I list below and think “you know what, if you liked this book I’m sure you’ll like this one too”, let me know in the comments!
Also I will be changing my posting days a little – I’ve been doing Tuesday, Friday, Sunday so far, and I think I’ll keep Sundays because I’m going to go back to my Sunday Snuggle posts soon, but I am changing Tuesday posts to Monday, and Fridays to Wednesdays, because I constantly get late on answering comments and I think spreading those out through my work week makes it easier to stick to a routine than on my weekends. It’s not as easily spread out as I’d like, but I want to keep the Sunday Snuggle posts, so this is what I’ll be doing 🙂 Continue reading
It’s been a while since my Audiobook Recommendations post, so I thought I’d give you a few more recs! I listen to audiobooks a lot, and these are some that I thought were done really well!
I read mostly thrillers on audio, so most of my recommendations will be thrillers!
Jar of Hearts, by Jennifer Hillier
January LaVoy is my favorite narrator, so I will gladly recommend basically any audiobook she narrates. This one was no exception – Jar of Hearts was very popular when it came out, and although I ended up giving it 3 stars, most people I know loved it. AND the narration is fantastic.
The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn
This book is just fantastic, and the narrator does a pretty good job, too! My sister recommended this one to me and boy, was she right.
Lying in Wait, by Liz Nugent
There are three POVs and three narrators to this book, which always makes me happy. I love different narrators! One of them has quite a thick accent, which for me was not so easy to understand, and talks in sort of a monotone, but the others are really good, especially Lydia. Continue reading
The winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction has just been announced!
An American Marriage is a really good book, an easy read and the first third of the book was so amazing – to add to that, the topics An American Marriage deals with are really relevant: racism, the judicial system, loyalty, family and marriage, which I think are the reasons why it was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club. It’s a good book for creating discussion, for sure. But it’s not, in my opinion, the greatest book written by a woman in 2018, the most innovative and unique, the most creative. Tayari Jones is an amazing writer, there is no doubt about that. But the Women’s Prize for Fiction is about more than just a good book people will like – it’s about giving a voice to a group of writers who used to be (and still are) constantly silenced and dismissed as “serious” authors. I don’t mind if the main character is unlikable and if the book is not one I loved and will die for – but it needs to have something more, a challenge perhaps on the way it’s written, on the way the main character is, on the plot, anything really. The themes are important and definitely need to be talked about and represented more in fiction, but that does not change the fact that An American Marriage is a conventional contemporary, even if a very good one, and does not bring anything new. So it’s disappointing.
I would have been happy with most of the books that never made it to the shortlist winning the prize, but I’m not surprised by this result at all. The entire prize has been, so far, giving off a vibe of trying to please the crowd instead of challenging it. An American Marriage is the safest book of the entire longlist. It would have been a truly satisfying ending to see The Pisces or Ghost Wall win, they both felt like they had that extra oomph that a lot of the other books don’t. Continue reading
Hello book lovers!
On the second installment of this series, I have some places in Berlin to talk about today. I’m super excited about this post, because I really love Berlin. It was the first place I ever tried a Pumpkin Spice Latte (it was okay), and went to a Banksy exposition, which I thought was so very underground, and my boyfriend chuckled in true German-Hipster style and said it was actually very mainstream. Berlin is a very interesting city: it’s both vibrant and dark. There is so much history ingrained in its buildings that it’s impossible not to have your heart broken by visiting the Wall, the Jewish memorials, and the various museums that present unflinching memories of WWII. But it’s also a place full of artistic expression, and oh my gosh, so very hipster. You can literally visit an abandoned amusement park, stay in a hotel decorated with books, go to a restaurant inspired by toilets (I didn’t go there).
It’s also quite perfect for bookish people. There are SO MANY bookstores (I live in a small city, so please forgive my wide-eyed childlike amazement). Here are the ones I went to!
Saint Georges English Bookshop
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/Ccq7xHmXxt22
Yes, that is the bookstore from my profile picture! This place is such a treat to the eyes – books from floor to the ceiling! It does make it so very difficult to find particular books, but it’s quite wonderful to just let your eyes wander from one beautiful spine to the next and get the books that call your name. While the non-fiction section is much, much larger than the fiction one, you can surely find nice things in the fiction section. Continue reading
Hello book lovers!
I’m not a big person for movies, I surely enjoy watching them but I hardly ever do. It’s difficult for me to actually love a movie, but those I do… I watch over and over. I actually have a surprising soft spot for rom coms. And an unsurprising soft spot for nostalgic Disney movies that transport me to my childhood. Apart from The Butterfly Effect, which my sister loves but I never managed to finish because it made me AGONIZE, I love the movies below and I think some of you might too!
If you like I Give It a Year…
If you loved this movie for its emotional punch and truthful take on a marriage that might or not work out, After I Do is such a great read.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was such a phenomenon when it came out, and it’s still one of the best-selling thrillers ever. I loved it so much, and it got me addicted to psychological thrillers! Thinking about that, here are the psychological thrillers that remind me of Gone Girl and will give you the same vibes of a grey-moral character, manipulative villains, almost perfect crimes and mind-blowing twists!
If you loved Gone Girl…
You may also like:
Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan
This is not exactly a thriller, although it’s categorized as such. It’s a contemporary, charming and elegant, beautifully written – and chilling. Delphine merges fact and fiction in this book, telling the story of how she met L., a sophisticated woman with whom she develops a complicated relationship. But what are L.’s motivations? Where did she come from? Continue reading
If you remember, on Valentine’s Day I posted that I would try more books of the genre, since this is indisputably the least read genre in fiction for me. So today I am showing what I have read since, what I thought of those books and if they helped change my mind!
What I read since February 2018
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Hummm, I didn’t love neither hate this book. While it was entertaining, I didn’t buy the romance at all. It was just not for me, which was disappointing, being one of the few contemporary romances I’ve ever read. Also I found out that ~sexy scenes on Audiobooks just aren’t for me.
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
I am so in love with this book. It’s got a lush, dark world building, a mysterious Goblin king, a talented main character, there’s lots of music and pain and love. It broke my heart.
Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre
This was okay. I gave it 4 instead of 3 stars because the steamy scenes were SO sexy and because the main character had a no-nonsense personality, which I really appreciated.
Hello book lovers!
If you like sending cards or love letters to your valentine, then maybe you also find yourself in the same predicament as me: looking for hours for a good quote to really round up what you mean to say, something romantic that isn’t another Shakespeare sonnet. So I collected some of my favorites from YA fantasies, classics and anywhere else that I could think of. Leave in the comments some of your favorite quotes!
“You’ve driven me crazy. You’ve caused me considerable trouble and I’ve contemplated ending your life twice since I’ve known you. But you’ve slipped into my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”
Adapted, Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study
“Paradox of marriage: you can never know someone entirely; you do know someone entirely.”
― Fates and Furies Continue reading