Updated: May 17
I cannot believe I only finished 2 books in November. Or actually, I do believe it. The book to blame is A LITTLE LIFE, but it was worth the reading slump!
BOOKS I READ
1. A LITTLE LIFE - Hanya Yanagihara ✩✩✩✩✩
“...things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully.”
In September I started my first buddy read with my good friend Zoë! We chose A LITTLE LIFE, written by Hanya Yanagihara. It took us two months to read it. I am so glad we decided to read this one together. A LITTLE LIFE is a mentally and emotionally tough book. Reading it together made that we could talk about our feelings and share our tears.
I wrote a review about A LITTLE LIFE in my blog post My First Buddy Read: A Little Life.
2. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM - J.K. Rowling (audiobook) ✩✩✩✩
"I was permitted to reissue the book only on that a disclaimer was included, assuring Muggle readers that it was a work of fiction."
I listened to the audio version of FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, read by Eddie Redmayne. In my opinion, the performance contributes at least as much as the content to the fact that the book is so good. The actor who plays the film role of Newt Scamander also lends his voice to the book character. His voice is mesmerizing and it felt like he was reading from his own book to me. His storytelling combined with the sounds of the magical creatures in the background was enchanting.
However, not all credits go to Eddie Redmayne. It's J.K. Rowling who wrote the book. Every creature had its own characteristics, strenghts and flaws. I also own the illustrated book, which I have not read yet, and the whole list is quite impressive.
These two hours of listening were so much fun! A must listen for Harry Potter fans!
MY BOOK HAUL
1. VISIONS FROM THE UPSIDE DOWN - STRANGER THINGS Artbook
At the beginning of November I went to the Antwerp Book Fair with my best friend. I had the good intention not to go this year because I did not have any book budget left. However, when my best friend asked me if I wanted to go with her, I could not say no! Because I know myself, I know I can not go to a book fair without buying a book, so I told myself I could buy one book and it had to be a special one.
And this is what I bought! The VISIONS FROM THE UPSIDE DOWN - STRANGER THINGS Artbook! I am a huge fan of Stranger Things. And being an art student, it is not surprising that I love art books and this one is a gem. It is full of art works by the most talented artists, with notes written by them about what they love the most about the series.
Stranger Things is one of my favorite tv series of all time. Watching it often made me wish I was an 80's kid! The story line is incredible, but the character development is even more impressive. Visually it is one of the best series I have ever seen and even the music is so carefully chosen. Even though the artistic choices are often bold, it all matches perfectly.
2. THE BANNED AND THE BANISHED SERIES - James Clemens
A couple of weeks ago my grandmother surprised me with this complete book series THE BANNED AND THE BANISHED by James Clemens. It was for sale at the library and she bought it for me, for no other reason than that she thought I might like it. Isn't that sweet?
3. BLOOD HEIR - Amélie Wen Zhao
I preorded BLOOD HEIR by Amélie Wen Zhao back in October, after hearing and reading so much good about it! I am now halfway through and it hasn't disappointed me so far (I can tell you that my expectations were high)! To be continued...