First we make the beast beautiful by Sarah Wilson
This is a nonfiction book about anxiety. It’s like semi memoir, part exercises, part itnerviews and other people’s thoughts.
At fist I was kind of put off by this book. It felt like it started off quite extreme when she explains all that she experienced and has been through. Bascially, she has really bad anxiety as well as other disorders etc. and it made me feel like what I feel is insignificant and like I should just get over it because she obviously struggles with so much more than I do. Continue reading “(57) First We Make the Beast Beautiful // Bookish Blurb”
How to Train you Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Somewhere recently I was reminded of the fact that this movie we all know (if you’ve never watched it you should) started out as a book. So I went and read the book.
First off, this book is NOTHING like the movie, so just forget anything you know aboug the movie and let me tell you about this book. Continue reading “(56) How to Train Your Dragon // Bookish Blurb”
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
This book is by the same author as Uprooted which I read last year and really enjoyed (I think it was even in my top 10 list from last year).
In a similar vein from Uprooted, this book is losely inspired by various folk tales. Pleople said that this was inspired by Rumplestiltskin but don’t let that turn you away. Really the only similarities is that things are turned into gold and names hold power.
In this book we follow three women: a Jewish moneylender’s daughter who takes up her father’s trade when he fails at it, a peasant girl who ends up working for her, and a lord’s daughter who gets married to the tsar. Did I mention we’re in Russia? Continue reading “(51) Spinning Silver // Bookish Blurb”
The Hidden Blade by Sherry Thomas
I got this book because Sherry thomas wrote the Lady Sherlock series which I quite enjoyed and I thought I would try a differeny series that she wrote.
This is the prequel to her Beautiful Enemy series and in this book we follow our two main characters; Ying-ying, a girl in China who learns to fight, and Leighton, a boy in England whose life is torn apart by his evil uncle. Continue reading “(45) The Hidden Blade // Bookish Blurb”
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Somehow I have gone through life thus far having never read a Judy Blume book. It felt like high time to remedy that.
In this book we follow a host of characters centered around the town of Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1952 when a plane crashes and their lives rapidly evolve.
For the most part our main character is Miri, the daughter of a single mother, just at the cusp of becoming an ‘adult’. Continue reading “(43) In the Unlikely Event // Bookish Blurb”
All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
After reading the Passion of Dolssa I started looking at other books written by the same author which is how I came across this book which I never would have otherwise read.
This is a dark teen story in which we follow Judith who disappeared for two years and then reappeared one day with her tongue mutilated and unable to tell people what happened to her. Continue reading “(42) All the Truth That’s In Me // Bookish Blurb”
The Man in the Ceiling by Jules Feiffer
I was feeling a bit down and wanted something to cheer me up so I picked up this book from my shelf. I’ve read this a lot through the years and I still like it.
Basically this a novel with comic strips thrown in which follows the life of Jimmy and his family. Jimmy is a aspiring comic book writer but this book is about so much more. Basically it’s about family and being true to yourself and never giving up and that failure is ok. Continue reading “(37) The Man in the Ceiling // Bookish Blurb”
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson
This is a short fantasy novella which apparently is related to a classic book by H.P. Lovecraft (which I have never read or even heard of). It tells the story of the journey Vellitt has to take in order to find a student who has run away from the college where she teaches. If she doesn’t find her and convince her to return to the school, the school will be closed since men don’t see the point in educating women. Continue reading “(29) The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe // Bookish Blurb”
The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
In this book we follow Harry on his second year at Hogwarts when people start being petrified and there’s talk of a monster about. Continue reading “(22) The Chamber of Secrets // Bookish Blurb”
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Vida Winter has never told people the truth about her past but now she’s dying and has decided to tell Margaret Lea, an amateur biographer with secrets of her own. Slowly, as her body falls apart, she reveals her past and tells a story of madness, ghosts, and red haired twins. Continue reading “(59) The Thirteenth Tale // Bookish Blurb”