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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Fancasts

Discuss your preferred fancasts for some of your favorite characters. (Fancasts means actors you’d like to play your favorite characters or imagine your favorite characters as)

I chose to pick out my favorite male characters (with one exception).

Let’s Go!!

Rhysand (ACOTAR) – Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis

Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows) – Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

The Darkling (Grisha Trilogy) – Ben Barnes

ben barnes

Kell (A darker shade of magic) – Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne

Marie Laure & Werner (All the light we cannot see) – Audrey Tautou & Daniel Bruhl

Wrap-Up

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!!

 

Love

Ellen

Project WW II, Review

All the light we cannot see – Anthony Doerr ***

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Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

For a while, this was the book EVERYONE was talking about. I decided to read it because I could add it to my project list. Unfortunately, I was not as impressed as everyone else seemed to be.

I did like the individual story arcs. How Marie-Laure lives her life as a young blind girl and how she balances her imagination and the stories she hears about the war. I liked the myth of the diamond and the descriptions of both Paris and Saint-Malo.

Werner’s journey from the orphanage over the academy to the war. The sciene. The side-characters.

You see.. I liked a lot of things, but I didn’t love them as much as I thought I would.

The writing was good but not mind-blowingly so.

I’m just a bit disappointed. Once again, a book where my expectations were too high because of all the hype. In the end, I didn’t even care when there stories entwined. Maybe I would have liked it better if they missed each other by seconds. She walked out of the street when he got to her house or something like it. That near miss would have been more satisfying than their actual meeting and what happened afterwards.

The end of Werner’s story made me so angry. The end of Marie-Laure’s story was just too much extra information. I just didn’t care…

There’s not much more to say here. I’m completely neutral about this book. It was good but it’s not going to stay with me.

If you loved this book, let me know what it was exactly that you liked.

I’m curious 🙂

Love

Ellen