22 August 2016

Public library and other stories - Ali Smith

Public library and other stories
I bought this book
because I love libraries
and wanted to finally read a book by Ali Smith
I was surprised
that most of the stories are not about libraries
however short texts in between
both by Ali Smith and other people
these were my favourite parts of the book
the stories itself were interesting
and Ali Smith is a master with words
however my emotions didn't get involved while reading the stories
so unfortunately this book wasn't perfect for me
but hey
from time to time it's nice to read something different than my usual romances
even when the book doesn't work for me. 
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18 August 2016

The rest of us just live here - Patrick Ness

young adult
a mix of contemporary and fantasy
that includes a world in which gods live
and some special teens
but this book is not about them
it's about the normal ones
the ones who struggle with mundane things
who have to deal with
complicated family dynamics
with mental issues
and other things
I loved the sound of the story
and the design of the hardcover edition is beautiful
I was excited to finally read a book by Patrick Ness
but unfortunately I have to say that I was a bit disappointed by the story
the plot turned out to be different from what I expected
I didn't feel anything while reading the story
I wasn't interested in the main characters
and their issues
all in all my experience with the book wasn't the best
this was my first book by Patrick Ness
and it might be my last. 

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17 August 2016

Miss Charity - Marie-Aude Murail

Miss Charity (original French title, I read the German translation)
a story inspired by the life of Beatrix Potter
there is unfortunately no English translation available
this is a special book
full of characters that left a lasting impression on me
that entertained me
I didn't rush through the story
I savoured every moment
at first I needed a few pages to get used to the author's way of creating a story
because the developments are at times a bit weird
but then I was fascinated by what was going on
it's a story about the life of one woman
we meet her as a child
and then follow her life until she is a grown woman
Charity Tiddler
who goes her own way
in a time where making a good much was everything
like I said before
I really enjoyed this book
especially the first two thirds
towards the end a bit of the charm was lost
still I overall enjoyed this special story.
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