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Library Reads / Number 1

Hello fellow readers!

I love books. By now, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. But another thing is that I’m a student. And who says student also says 1) broke; and 2) doesn’t have much room to keep books. Also, for me, there’s the eventuality of 3) might have to take all of these books back home someday (boy, I’m not looking forward to that).

The solution to these problems? A simple word: library. You might have noticed with my last post that I adore libraries, and it would be a space I’d like to work in. For now, though, I just spend a lot of time there (they have AC, which, right now, is a godsend), studying, reading, writing or just people-watching. And, of course, I borrow books! Because these books are free. So, in honour of the library that became sort of my home-away-from-home, here is a little compilation of the books that I’m currently burrowing. Rest assured that, though I tend to borrow a lot of books at the time, I’m always on time to give them back 😉

Any of these you’ve read? Any that you’re interested in? Let me know!

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Yes, when I said a lotI did mean a lot.

I don’t know about you, but I’m always surprised by how good and new these books look! I’m more used to library books that look well-read and well-loved, this is a nice change (though I don’t have anything against more used books, of course). I’ll include a short summary and cover picture of all books – unless otherwise mentioned, these come from Goodreads.

The Young Adult

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Whisper to Me, Nick Lake, Bloomsbury Publishing

“Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.

Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping he’ll understand as well as she now does how love—love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself—can save you after all.”

530 pages

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One Month, Many Books

One Month, Many Books: May 2019

Hello everyone!

Once again, May was a pretty full month in terms of the number of books I read, since I read nine of them!

I’m slowly (but surely) getting back to reading some YA literature, especially stories featuring LGBT+ characters. At the same time, I’m still in love with horror stories (ah, the irony of being too chicken to watch a horror movie, but love horror books…). Some thriller, non-fiction and even science-fiction books were also read (and, for the most part, enjoyed!) during this half-sunny, half-rainy month of May: who doesn’t love the British weather?

But enough talking for now, let’s talk about everyone’s favourite topic: books! And I’ll start with my personal favourite of the month.

My Favourite

Columbine, Dave Cullen

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Non-Fiction

“What really happened April 20, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we “know” is wrong. It wasn’t about jocks, Goths, or the Trench Coat Mafia. Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on scene, and spent ten years on this book-widely recognized as the definitive account. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, he draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world’s leading forensic psychologists, and the killers’ own words and drawings-several reproduced in a new appendix. Cullen paints raw portraits of two polar opposite killers. They contrast starkly with the flashes of resilience and redemption among the survivors.”

Rating: 10/10

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One Month, Many Books

One Month, Many Books: March 2019

Hello everyone!

I have decided that, every month, I would post a little list of every book I’ve read in the past month. I’ll feature my favorite book of the month, as well as a summary of every other books I’ve read. This will be a nice way to reflect on what I’ve read and liked!

March was a month with quite a few books read, with no less than 9 books finished in the space of 31 days. A lot of thrillers among these, as usual! I was quite disappointed by two of my blind choices (The Store and Drought), but happy I finally got around to reading The Terranauts, which has been in my to read list for months. I really recommend Rattle, which has a quite interesting plot! The sequel is not as good, but still managed to keep me hooked throughout the book.

 

My Favorite

Rattle, Fiona Cummins

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Thriller

A serial killer to chill your bones

A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter.

He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum.

Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt.

Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs.

What begins is a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey’s father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions.

Set in London’s Blackheath, Rattle by Fiona Cummins explores the seam of darkness that runs through us all; the struggle between light and shadow, redemption and revenge.

It is a glimpse into the mind of a sinister psychopath. And it’s also a story about not giving up hope when it seems that all hope is already lost.

Rating: 9/10

 

Other March Books

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