Wrap-up May – 2016

I have been working full-time since the 2nd of May and it has had the logical result when it comes to reading.
There hasn’t been much of it this month.

All the light we cannot see – Anthony Doerrf17a78417d7c4d0355b01d3f68ad1aa2

I was super excited for this book but it let me down.
Yes, the writing was pretty good. Yes, the story was interesting. But there was something missing.
The book just didn’t draw me in. I started reading it on my e-reader but I wasn’t as hooked as I thought I would be. So I switched to a paper (library) version, thinking that would solve my problem.. but no, it just didn’t work for me, unfortunately.
I know a lot of people love this book and it makes me a bit sad that I didn’t like it as much as others do but that’s life.
It makes for great discussion material, though ;).

Jij zegt het – Connie Palmen

jij zegt het connie palmenI want to mention this book because I spent a lot of time reading it, only to quit about halfway through. It tells the story of Ted Hughes and Syvlia Plath. You may or may not be aware of their tragic romance. In short, Ted Hughes got most of the blame after Sylvia Plath committed suicide. Connie Palmen wanted to give him a voice and show the readers the events through his eyes (or at least a possible look through his eyes, because really.. how do you know how someone felt, what he thought,… Writing about real people is difficult).
I could not get into this book at all. The writing annoyed me immensely. Worst of all were the plethora of adjectives. Every couple of sentences she would for example go: she came home to a silent, empty, dark, cold, abandoned house. And all I could think was “NO! Stop doing that. Find two, maybe three adjectives you like and leave the rest!”
That’s all I’m going to say about it. This book only exists in Dutch. If you want to, pick it up. I read this for my book club and others really enjoyed it. It even won the Libris Literary Price.

Grief is the thing with feathers – Max Portergrief is the thing with feathers max porter

I can’t say too much about this book yet because I read it as our next book club book. I will go into more detail after we have discussed it.
All I can tell you now is that I absolutely adored it. It’s one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read and I really, really, really hope that the others will like it as much as I do.

And that’s it…
I’m reading a lot of short books in June, just to get through some while only being able to read for short amounts of time.
If you have any recommendations for short book, do let me know!!




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