Quick Hello

Just a quick hello to those of you who visit. :)

Life has not been very busy but I haven't been feeling like reading. That's about it. Though I stare and glare at Magonia since it arrived.

  • My fantasy thoughts are at my old NaNoWriMo 2012 novel which I am polishing still. It is shinning brightly now as I work hard on the plot mapping (to help it make sense) and deeper character developments.
  • Also working like mad with Insanity Workout... yup... that's how I roll. Started month two and I haven't sweat like that in my whole life, there was not a single strand of hair dry on my head. And I'm loving it!
  • Studying instead of reading for my imminent dutch test somewhere at the end of the year.

So yes, I'll be back when I finish a book. Slowly reading The Secret Garden by by Frances Hodgson Burnett before bedtime and that's about it.

Happy reading!


Unfinished: A breakup letter for Jackaby

This is a Breakup Letter to Jackaby, by William Ritter

Is it goodbye or until next time? 

There is a melancholy hidden in the act of buying books. Among the excitement, the fear of what if. Beautiful books with great premises and yet you wonder, will it be worth your money and time? Just because it looks like it might be good? Even though you know you don't really read such genres. You still want to give them a try. You try to get through them, hoping they will turn out good. You turn page by page, take it chapter by chapter. Hoping the next one will be better. And before you know it, a month has gone by an no book have been read. And you realize, it's time to sadly say goodbye.


Mini Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist

Jessie Burton

Goodreads • BookDeposity • Published on January 1st 2014 by Ecco
My Love: ♥♥♥♥♥

As a fan of Magical Realism, when I saw The Miniaturist at the store I had to read it. Though it's score is low in Goodreads at the moment, this historical fiction was one of a kind. It deals with the power to create the life you desire, the sacrifices which need to be made and the prejudice of the era. Having lived in Amsterdam for a year, I could clearly picture this book. It is not a book for everybody. But it has a special place in my heart. Nella grows into a woman in a short time and the tragedy of her life makes you feel life is unfair. It is magical and enchanting. The prose is like reading a dream, never dull and always moving. I found myself wishing for a plot twist just to have things ending differently, but it was not the case. Such was life back then. Not everyone will understand this book, but those who do will love it.

I love you. I love you. From back to front, I love you.

Mini reviews are books I read long ago but never wrote about. Still I want to recommend them in this feature.


Book Review: The Gracekeepers by by Kirsty Logan

The Gracekeepers

Kirsty Logan

Published April 23rd 2015 by Crown  • 3.86 of 5 stars at Goodreads

As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.
In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland ("landlockers") and those who float on the sea ("damplings"), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives--offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.
Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world: one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age.

This is a review copy I received from Edelweiss for honest feedback. I decided to limit my ARC request to only those books that make me eager to read them and not just to find what to read. This was the case with The Gracekeepers. Loved the summary and it was compared to The Night Circus and The Age of Miracles. Both books I love. I was searching for new contemporary magical realism books when I found this one. After a week or two I had it approved for a review. YAY! So here it is!