What can I say about this book that hasn’t been said before. It is mesmerising, beautiful and so unbelievably heartbreaking.
Lazlo Strange, junior librarian and fairytale lover from the city of Zosma dreams of a different place; a different life. He dreams of Weep, the unseen city. A place of greatness, magic, gods and monsters. Lazlo is awkward, quiet, and always has his head in a book (hello self!)… and above all, he’s a dreamer. He is ‘Strange the Dreamer‘. When an opportunity arises to go to the city of Weep, Lazlo jumps at the chance. He comes to find that the stories he’s heard, aren’t all they seem.
Okay everyone, the way Laini Taylor writes is actually magic… I don’t understand how she strings sentences together that are so incredible. It’s a 530 page book, but it just goes so quickly! The characters are all unique and agh, just SOO good. Lazlo is the cutest little cinnamon roll who I want to hug forever and make him a big mug of hot chocolate and just talk to. He’s so imaginative and glorious. Now there are going to be some spoilers from now on, yee have been warned!
Well, well, well… July was another crappy reading month for me! I don’t know what’s happening to me lately but I really need to pick up my game! I read 5 books which is less than last month. Maybe I need to start setting TBR’s for a little while even though I don’t really like them. I think I’ll see how I go in August and if I’m still not reading much, I will do a TBR for September.
What I read in July:
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I’d love to know what you read in July, let me know below!
Wow, thank you so much to my talented, intelligent and amazing bi-furious unicorn Romie @ romiewedeservelove for nominating me for the Liebster award. Everyone, please check her out. Her blog posts are so insightful.
What is the Liebster Award?
“Liebster” is a German word meaning beloved, dearest, sweetheart, or darling.
For bloggers, the Liebster Award is an online recognition given by other bloggers to new bloggers for enjoying or appreciating their work. It highlights up and coming blogs.
Once nominated, a blogger is asked to answer 11 questions provided by the nominating blogger. They are then expected to nominate 11 other favorite new bloggers and come up with a list of 11 new questions for those nominees.
I’d like to say a big thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster (Australia) for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Australian publication date for this book is the 1st of October, 2017.
They Both Die at the End is set in our world, with one tiny difference. The difference being that on the day that someone is going to die, they get a call from “Death-Cast”, (known as the alert) informing them they will die. Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio are both ‘Deckers’ (someone who has gotten the alert). Mateo is a shy eighteen year old, who wants to use his last day doing something he’s never done before – live without hesitation! Rufus on the other hand is a confident but lost seventeen year old. His parents and sister have recently died, and he receives his alert as he’s beating up his ex-girlfriends new boyfriend. By chance, Mateo and Rufus both download and friend each other on the Last Friend app – an app to find someone to spend your Death Day with, and spend the day together is exactly what they do.
“The only thing I can confidently rule out is dying of old age.” – Mateo Torrez
This book is absolutely unique and beautiful. It explores so many themes with such subtlety and grace, such as friendship, love, grief, isolation and death. The book is mostly told from alternating perspectives of Mateo and Rufus, but we also get the third person tales of different people throughout the city – some have relations to Mateo and Rufus, whilst others are seemingly random. What you’ll come to find as you progress through the book is that nothing is random within it. Every characters life intertwines so majestically, I feel privileged to have been able to read it. The concept itself is so intriguing and really got me thinking, if you knew today was the day you would die, would you live it differently? Should we live every day as if it was our last? I know for me, sometimes I let my own apathy and inverted-ness tie me down. I’ll sit at home watching Netflix when I could be making memories. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but this book definitely made me think about how to live my life to the fullest. But, I digress…
Reading a book like this is a strange experience. You know what’s going to happen in the end – it’s right there in the title. It makes you want to guard yourself against falling in love with these characters… BUT I FELL. I FELL HARD. The boys are just so wonderfully written that you can’t help it. They are so beautiful and pure and they don’t bloody deserve to get the call!!! I’m so mad, I’m so sad and I’m so heartbroken. But I also feel happy to have read about Mateo and Rufus, to have learned about their lives and their friends and families. To watch them both grow within the span of one day. This book is one of a kind and gets 5/5 from MOI!
“I couldn’t be bothered to deal with fixing things. I preferred to wallow in the problem, dream of better days.”
THIS BOOK YOU GUYS. This book was so unique and so interesting. It is the story of a week in the life of our young protagonist, Eileen. A week that just so happens to change her life forever. Eileen is 24 years old, she plays the carer role for her alcoholic homebody father, and she’s extremely lonely. Honestly, she’s probably the most lonely and sad character I’ve ever read about. She’s ALSO bloody grotesque to tell you the truth. She. Is. Disgusting… and it’s amazingly dark and funny. Now, Eileen has been through a lot of trauma in her life and it shows. You can see it in the way she talks about herself and the world around her. She has a lot of body dysmorphia and self destructive habits. Her parents have never really showed her love, nor has anyone else. That is until Rebecca comes along. Rebecca begins working at Eileen’s place of work, and although in the grand scheme of things Rebecca doesn’t really show Eileen THAT much attention, she is literally so lonely that she’ll cling to ANY form of affection. This becomes dangerous for Eileen.
So, like I said, this book is approximately a week in the life of Eileen. And I’ll let you know now, it goes into a lot of detail about this week. We even learn about Eileen’s toileting habits. Eileen is also a super unreliable narrator and super unlikeable. She is so narcissistic, you can’t help but laugh (to keep from crying). Even though I hated her, I also felt for her. She has been through a lot in life, and her life is pretty shit. Looking after an alcoholic is never fun. I think you’ll have to read this book to find out why it’s considered a thriller, and to understand the magnificence and detail of Ottessa Moshfegh’s writing. I give it 4/5 stars.
Lately, I feel like I’ve been in such a reading slump and I completely blame it on having to do night shift for the last 2 weeks #bannightshift. I managed to finish 6 books in June, but half of them were actually audiobooks! I really hope July is a better reading month for me, because I’m currently behind on my reading goal of 75 books.
What I read:
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertelli (full review here)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow by J.K. Rowling
Hunted by Meagan Spooner (read as part of #aussiesreadhunted
The Lives of Desperate Girls by MacKenzie Common (full review here)
It by Stephen King
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Here’s hoping for a better July! Let me know below how many books you read in June.
20 years ago today, the course of history was changed forever with the publication of a seemingly innocuous kids book entitled “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by J. K. Rowling. Little did anyone know, including Jo Rowling herself, what an impact Harry Potter would have. For me, Harry Potter has changed me as a person and taught me so many things. With that being said, I bring you the 20 things Harry Potter has taught me, since it’s publication 20 years ago!
The value of friendship: Harry, Ron and Hermione’s friendship is goals.
Never write down your passwords (I’m looking at you, Longbottom).
If you dislike someone because of their race, social status or blood status, then you’re a prejudiced dick who deserves to be dragged off by Centaurs.
It’s ok to be different!
Just because something/someone looks scary, it doesn’t mean they are (Hagrid and Buckbeak).
If your diary starts writing back to you – RUN!!!
You never know what has happened in someone else’s life. Be kind, always.
If you inherit a child off your dead sister, it’s probably not the best idea to make them sleep in a cupboard under the stairs…
Happiness doesn’t come from richness or material things, but from family, friendship and love.
Be as wise as Dumbledore, as kind as Professor Sprout, as smart as Flitwick and as sassy as McGonagall.
Everyone has a past, that has made them who they are today.
Don’t believe everything the media tells you *cough* Sirius Black “notorious mass murderer”.
Love always wins.
The blood of a unicorn will keep you alive, but at a terrible cost.
If someone abuses you throughout your whole schooling, it’s ok to forgive them because they loved your mum… (I’m being sarcastic, fuck Snape).
Show everyone respect, whether they be House Elf, Ghost, Muggle or Centaur.
There’s a time and place to use ‘Expelliarmus’, and mid-fight sequence probably isn’t it.
Sometimes, you’ve got to be a little bit mischievous.
In a world of Voldemort’s, be a Harry.
Love is more powerful than you can imagine.
And that’s it! Thank you Jo Rowling for the Harry Potter series, and thank YOU for reading. Let me know below what Harry Potter has taught you.