Let the Right One In / John Ajvide Lindqvist ⭐️⭐️ (Read Dec 2018) . I really could have done without the paedophilia. It’s just not something I want to read about and especially the parts that where from the actual POV of the paedophile just made me want to puke. . Aside from that it was alright, just not really my cup of tea (anymore.) I liked that it was a bit of a different take on vampires and I liked that it was told in switching POV’s (my favourites being the ones form the children). Had I read this when I first heard about it years ago, I probably would have enjoyed it a bit more (aside from the paedophilia), but my tastes have changed. . #lettherightonein #letmein #johnajvidelindqvist
The Anxiety Solution / Chloe Brotheridge (no star rating, read Dec. 2018) . A self-help book about understanding why we feel anxious and tools to help you manage that anxiety. . The Anxiety Solution is a book with a specific target audience; Young women (in their 20s-30s)with anxiety who are just starting out learning more about it and looking for some tools to help manage their anxiety. If you don’t fit that target audience you might still get something out of it, but it might not work as well for you. . I really liked the mix of scientific information, personal stories from Chloe & some of her clients as well as practical tips & exercises for dealing with anxiety. I also liked that it was also easy to understand, without it feeling dumbed down. It does quite often refer to, or quote from other books though, which was fine for me as I haven’t read them, but if you have this might work as well for you. . Initially I started out listening to the audio book, but about a quarter in I decided to get myself the physical book as I felt I would get more out of it that way. (The audio was great, it’s just that self care kind of books tend to work better for me in physical format.) . #theanxietysolution #chloebrotheridge
Longing for colour
Jane Eyre / Charlotte Brönte, Illustrated by Dame Darcy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Read Dec. 2018) (Really not happy with the photo, but it’s winter and there’s no daylight so this is just going to have to do.) . I’ve been meaning to read this book for many years and had it sitting on my shelves unread since summer 2015, yet somehow I never picked it up. Worried that maybe I wouldn’t like it, intimidated by its size and mostly just gotten used to having it sit there, wanting to read it, but not super excited anymore. . Then in the last few months of 2018 I decided to challenge myself. There were four months left so I picked the four books that had been sitting on myself the longest, Jane Eyre being one of them. Either I read them in these last few months, or I got rid of them by the end of 2018. . I’m so happy I finally read it! Sure it wasn’t perfect; I don’t like Mr. Rochester that much, the age difference kind of creeps me out and I wasn’t a fan of the racism (yeah I know, different times..) However despite these things, I really loved reading it. I loved the writing style, the atmosphere created and I love that it wasn’t ‘just the romance’ I was expecting to get, but that we also got to see her childhood, follow her coming of age. Also, my edition is illustrated by Dame Darcy which really added to my experience and love for this book. . #janeeyre #charlottebrontë #charlottebronte #damedarcy
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Salt to the Sea / Ruta Sepetys ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . A fictional story based around a real event in January 1945, when the German military transport ship The Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk by a Soviet submarine while evacuating German civilians, officials & refugees from Prussia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Estonia and Croatia, making it the largest loss of life in a single ship sinking in history. We follow the perspective of four young people with different backgrounds as they make their way to the ship & during the devastating event. . At first the switching point of views didn’t really work for me, while I knew who was talking because their name would be above the chapter & because of the things they were saying, their voices all felt the same to me. However, after a while when I got more into the story it didn’t really bother me anymore and I liked seeing the events unfold through the eyes of multiple people. . As with her previous novel, Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys showed me a part of history I did not previously know (much) about. I think she did a great job balancing a fictional story and sharing that part of history. (I could have done without the romance though..) . A quote taken from the Author’s note: Every nation has hidden history, countless stories preserved only by those who experienced them. Stories of war are often read and discussed worldwide by readers whose nations stood on opposite sides during battle. History divided us, but through reading we can be united in story, study and remembrance. Books join us together as a global reading community, but more important, a global human community striving to learn from the past. What determines how we remember history and which elements are preserved and penetrate the collective consciousness? If historical novels stir your interest, pursue the facts, history, memoirs, and personal testimonies available. These are the shoulders that historical fiction sits upon. When the survivors are gone we must not let the truth disappear with them. Please, give them a voice.
Hi, I haven’t really checked instagram in about a week or so (aside from some stories during breaks at work) and probably won’t be very active the rest of the month. I do have a little more free time this week so I might try and catch up a little. Will be fully back in January though.
Neverwhere / Neil Gaiman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . “Under the streets of London there's a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.” . Really enjoyed both the story and the world created by Neil Gaiman. I would have liked to have gotten to know the characters a bit more though and see them develop over the course of the story. Also, I kinda wish we had gotten some mote of Door’s perspective. . My edition included the short story How the Marquis Got His Coat Back which I really enjoyed as well.
Sky on fire 🔥 (Or just a weird combination of sunset and rain clouds rolling in.)
The Secret History / Donna Tartt ⭐️⭐️⭐️ . While it sounded like something I would like, I was a little hesitant going into this one. A few years ago I read The Goldfinch and really liked it, but then more recently didn’t like The Little Friend that much. After reading it, I can say The Secret History falls somewhere in the middle for me. (though it’s been a few years since The Goldfinch, so I’m not sure how I would feel about that one now..) . I liked the atmosphere created and quite enjoyed the first 200 pages or so, but after that things started to feel a bit too drawn out and I think I would have liked the book more had it been about half its length. While I didn’t particularly like any of the characters I enjoyed reading about them. I did however get a bit tired of them constantly wondering where someone is (so many “where is ... ” moments) and all the talk about alcohol consumed. ( I get it, alcohol is part of college life & one of them has an alcohol problem, but eh..) . It’s not the favourite that it is for so many, but I did like it & I’m glad I finally read it. . #thesecrethistory #donnatartt
Get lost in nature 🍃
Change of course.