Oddities and darkness.

This wasn’t my first encounter with David Levithan, but by far this one is the most unfortunate one. I’m talking about Every You, Every Me.

Rating: 2.5/5

I’ve had a few thoughts of rating it 3/5 but I just couldn’t. There was too much teenage angst squeezed in it and it’s too morbid for my taste.

The plot itself wasn’t the most horrible ever or stuff like that but David kinda killed it with too many striked-through words and ugly photographs. I love photography and one of the reasons why I chose this book is because I knew it has photography in it. Man but the photos…

UGLIEST PHOTOS IN THE WORLD. I have no idea who took those photos but it should be illegal for that person to hold any device that has a camera.

It kinda felt like he was just exercising writing and he was getting photos to write stuff inspired by them and then…oh well…let’s print a book.

The main character is the most depressive person ever and he makes you cut your wrists. But still, the plot wasn’t very bad, otherwise I wouldn’t have thought of giving it a rating of 3 at one point.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9972838-every-you-every-me

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You are uninteresting.

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney was a book on my to-read shelf that I always skipped… until one day when I was like “you know what, I should give this book a try”.

Rating: 2/5.

What makes this book different than the others is the second person narrative that you can rarely find. It’s not the only book but somehow it’s one of the most popular examples if you want to check out this style.

 

It’s the 1980s and your uninteresting life consists of working, partying and drugs (of course, the main character is based on McInerney himself).

You don’t bother with anything. You work in the Factual Verification department for a magazine in the beautiful New York, want to move on to the fiction department and yet you do nothing about that.

Your wife left you and you seem unable to pursue a real relationship.

This is the life before the internet pretty much. Nobody’s using computers and if you want to find out something you have to check out some records or make a few phone calls to some sources and the whole NYC was high on cocaine and this is the young and foolish life.

The background characters are easily forgettable. They’re uninteresting too. We don’t get to know a lot more about them besides their names and some basic info.

This book sends such a careless vibe that actually makes you feel careless about it but don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad book, but it ain’t a great one either.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/86147.Bright_Lights_Big_City

Just keep swimming.

Colleen Hoover just became one of my favorite writers after I’ve read It Ends With Us. I think this has been one of the most beautiful books I have ever read with its happy and sad parts you can’t doubt its beauty. You will smile, you will cry, you will rage and you will be happy again.

Rating: 5/5

I didn’t know what book I should choose so I just decided to go with this one because I could’ve bet I can’t go wrong with Colleen Hoover. But I didn’t expect it to be THIS great. I didn’t even want to go to sleep because I just needed more of it. Even though I did, the second I woke up I got back at it because I just kept thinking about it and it was my perfect company.

The characters are mature in their way of dealing with life and that makes the book even better especially when you have some expectations…I mean…Colleen Hoover raised the standard. To me, the characters in this book are unique and I’ve read enough contemporary romance books to make the difference.

You’re gonna see how smart Colleen is when it comes to the subject of abuse, it gave me the impression that it was something different than other books…or maybe the plot is just written on point. Anyways, you won’t be able to ignore your feelings.

I can’t really tell you about the plot because I don’t really know what to say about it but it was an emotional rollercoaster and sometimes I found myself very high and happy and the next few chapters I was instantly sad.

Totally recommend. If you want a good Colleen Hoover start just go on with Confess or this one. If you want to read only one book this year, let it be this one.

For summary: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27362503-it-ends-with-us

18 years of solitude.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon owns my heart momentarily.

Rating: 4/5.

When you start reading it be ready to drown in cuteness. I love Madeline! I love how she deals with her “sickness” and her way of being generally. I love the conversations between Olly and her and I love her courage.

All the adventures they have actually made me want to be there too and do the same things. I think they’re one of my favorite couples in the YA world. They both have to deal with stuff but their personalities make up for any trouble they have.

What do I think of what her mom did?

That was just cruel.

I’m glad they found out she needs some treatment and a psychiatrist because I just couldn’t believe that she is serious tho’ I was glad this book can give you a glimpse of what trauma can actually do to a person. Her intention was pure but it was the wrong way of protecting everything she has left which is Madeline. Yes I was angry at her when I found out what was going on and yes I came to my senses and I began to understand her.

Carla is just awesome. She’s the type of person anyone needs in their life. So trustworthy and kind and serious about everything she does, I just loved her.

The illustrations in it are so adorable sometimes I just wanted to take a picture of them and instagram it or something. They’re the cherry on the cake.

Yes, I pretty much loved every character in this book because they’re just beautifully constructed.

I totally recommend it even if you’re gonna watch the movie or not. You HAVE to read it. Did I mention the cute illustrations in it?

summary: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18692431-everything-everything

 

Long live king Tiberias

The moment you read the first book in the series you feel like Victoria Aveyard just got you used to awesome writing, crazy plots and unexpected types of characters and shocking events and LIFE LESSON: SHE NEVER DISAPPOINTS! So don’t talk shit about my dear Victoria because she wrote (and still writes, come on baby with the 4th book) one of the best series ever! And I should really consider buying the coloring book.

Rating: 4/5.

King’s Cage actually worried me because I haven’t seen any hope for Mare. I could not imagine any means to escape him. He’s a controlled psycho. He doesn’t really want to do all the stuff he does but he can’t help it and he just needs to be saved from himself. I know Cal’s plan is to help his brother and he actually expected Mare to follow but…oh man…I would’ve shocked Cal a little for that (I’m more of an every-man-for-himself kind of person).

Mare is one of the strongest book characters I’ve met. I admire her from every point of view and I don’t know what I would do if I would be in her place. She’s strong, capable, smart, mature and young. Too young to deal with all of this but look at her still kicking ass and that should be empowering for every girl. She does what she has to do and she is doing it well.

If you have read the first 2 books this is your sign to get this book and read it as soon as possible! You can’t possibly live with the action from the second book so I’m telling you you must read this madness.

I kinda wished this one had more of a typical ending (which isn’t something that happens often) but I just love Mare so I thought that she deserves so much better than to be left again tho’ I tried to understand Cal too.

In the end, everybody stands for what they believe.

Summary: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30226723-king-s-cage

Petrus’s Prayer

If you read any of Coelho’s books, you might have noticed his writing style, always beautiful. I’ve read The Pilgrimage two years ago and although some things stayed with me for a long time, there’s a prayer that Petrus prays in the chapter called “Personal Vices” and today it just popped into my mind and I had to share it with others too so here it is:

“Have pity on those who pity themselves as good people treated unfairly by life-who feel that they do not deserve what has befallen them. Such people will never be able to fight the good fight. And pity those who are cruel to themselves and who see only the evil in their own actions, feeling that they are to blame for the injustice in the world. Because neither of these kinds of people will know Thy law that says “BUT THE VERY HAIRS OF YOUR HAIR ARE NUMBERED”.

Have pity on those who command and those who serve during long hours of work, and who sacrifice themselves in exchange merely for a sunday off, only to find that there is nowhere to go, and everything is closed. But also have pity on those who sanctify their efforts, and who are able to go beyond the bounds of their own madness, winding up indebted or nailed to the cross by their very brothers. Because neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “BE YE THEREFORE AS WISE AS THE SERPENTS AND AS HARMLESS AS THE DOVES”.

Have pity on those who may conquer the world but never join the good fight within themselves. But pity also those who have won the good fight within themselves, and now find themselves in the streets and the bars of life because they were unable to conquer the world. Because neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “HE WHO HEEDS MY WORDS I WILL LIKEN TO A WISE MAN WHO BUILT HIS HOUSE ON A ROCK”.

Have pity on those who are fearful of taking up a pen, or a paintbrush, or an instrument, or a tool because they are afraid someone has already done better that they could, and who feel themselves to be unworthy to enter the marvelous mansion of art. But have even more pity on those who, having taken up a pen, or the paintbrush, or the instrument, or the tool have turned inspiration into a paltry thing, and yet feel themselves to be better than others. Neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “FOR THERE IS NOTHING COVERED THAT WILL NOT BE REVEALED, NOR HIDDEN THAT WILL NOT BE KNOWN”.

Pity those who eat and drink and sate themselves, but are unhappy and alone in their satiety. But pity even more those who fast, and who censure and prohibit, and who thereby see themselves as saints, preaching Your name on the streets. For neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “IF I BEAR WITNESS OF MYSELF, MY WITNESS IS NOT TRUE”.

Pity those who fear death, and who are unaware of the many kingdoms through which they have already passed, and the many deaths they have already suffered, and who are unhappy because they think that one day their world will end. But have even more pity for those who already know their many deaths, and today think of themselves as immortals. Neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “EXCEPT THAT ONE IS BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD”.

Have pity on those who bind themselves with the silken tie of love, and think of themselves as masters of others, and who feel envy and poison themselves and who torture themselves because they cannot see that love and all things change like the wind. But pity even more those who die of their fear of loving and who reject love in the name of a greater love that they know not. Neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “WHOEVER DRINKS OF THE WATER THAT I SHALL GIVE HIM WILL NEVER THIRST”.

Pity those who reduce the cosmos to am explanation, God to a magic potion and humanity to beings with basic human needs that must be satisfied because they never hear the music of the spheres. But have even more pity on those who have blind faith, and who in their laboratories transform mercury into gold, and who are surrounded by their books about the secrets of the Tarot and the power of the pyramids. Neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “WHOEVER DOES NOT RECEIVE THE KINGDOM OF GOD AS A LITTLE CHILD WILL BY NO MEANS ENTER IT”.

Pity those who see no one but themselves and for whom others are a blurred and distant scenario as they pass through the streets in their limousines and lock themselves in their air-conditioned penthouse offices, as they suffer in silence the solitude of power. But pity even more those who will do anything for anybody and are charitable and seek to win out over evil only through love. For neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “LET HE WHO HAS NO SWORD SELL HIS GARMENT AND BUY ONE”.

Summary: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4004.The_Pilgrimage

 

Playlist for the Dead

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff is an easy to read book and even though it’s based on a suicide story, I like the fact that it doesn’t focus only on the main character’s feelings.

Rating: 3/5.

I recommend it for the mentioned songs throughout it, and I’m gonna leave them all here.

Radiohead-How to Disappear Completely

Arcade Fire-Crown of Love

Tears for Fears-Mad World

Skylar Grey-Invisible

Metallica-One

Foster the People-Pumped Up Kicks

Ramones-I Don’t Want to Grow Up

Vampire Weekend-Diane Young

Nirvana-Smells Like Teen Spirit

Linkin Park-One Step Closer

The Decemberists-Mariner’s Revenge Song

Blink 182-Adam’s Song

Elvis Costello-Alison

Aimee Mann-This Is How It Goes

Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Despair

The Verve-On Your Own

The Neighbourhood-Let It Go

A Great Big World-Say Something

Leonard Cohen-Everybody Knows

Wilco-How To Fight Loneliness

The National-Conversation 16

Jeff Buckley-Last Goodbye

Nine Inch Nails-Hurt

Bon Iver-For Emma

Florence and the Machine-Cosmic Love

Chvrches-The Mother We Share

The Shins-It’s Only Life

I hope this gives you an idea of the book. Hope you’ll enjoy them!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17838490-playlist-for-the-dead?ac=1&from_search=true