Bridge Of Clay By Markus Zusak Book Review

Goodreads Summary: The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. 

At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle. 

The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

Reading a new book by your favorite author is honestly one of the most nerve wracking experiences a reader can go through There’s obviously the intense excitement and anticipation that lead up to the release date but then there’s the apprehension that always manages to creep its way into your happy thoughts. What if I don’t like it? What if their other books aren’t even that good and I only thought they were good because I was young and hadn’t read many other books? All these feelings and many more accompanied me as I nervously anticipated the release of Bridge of Clay. I have a lot of favorite authors but Markus Zusak is definitely my number one. I first read The Book Thief when I was in grade seven, and that was really the book that made me realize the power that words have. Before that books were always about the story but The Book Thief made me realize how beautiful words could make even the mundane magical. I then read his other books and fell in love with every single one of them. And once I was done, I found out that he was working on a new book: Bridge of Clay. It said that the book was supposed to come out in 2011: this was in 2012 so I thought to myself ” Cool! The release date was postponed but it’s definitely going to come out soon. ” Flash forward six years, and I can finally say that I’ve read Bridge of Clay. I’ve never waited that long for a book and after thinking about it for a while, I really think that it was worth it.

The first thing that I think is important is that you can’t compare it to The Book Thief. That’s one of the things I love about Zusak: his books stand on their own and they’re all unique and different from one another. You can’t go into any of his books with preconceived notions which is a really hard thing to do as a reader. Obviously if you love an author for certain things that they do, you’re going to expect them to do those things. With Jodi Picoult I expect great multiple perspective novels that discuss complex moral issues.With Becky Albertalli I expect cute fluffy contemporaries. With Kate Morton I expect dramatic plot lines involving rich people. But with Markus Zusak, I have learnt to expect the unexpected. It definitely wasn’t as good as The Book Thief but that’s pretty hard to do so that doesn’t bother me. But nonetheless Bridge of Clay combined all the things I love about Zusak into a breathtaking 500 page novel. There were times where I asked myself: “why on earth did it take him 13 years to publish this after The Book Thief” but I guess I understand. The Book Thief was such a huge success and it’s really difficult to live up to that. I mean sure he could have profited off that success, and published a book every year knowing that people would buy or no matter how shitty it was but he didn’t. That’s one of the things I admire about him: he takes writing very seriously and I think it’s remarkable how he wanted to give his readers only the very best. He’s my role model and if I could even be a quarter of the author he is, I would be extremely happy with myself.

So getting into the actual novel. Bridge of Clay is one of those books that you read the summary and you can’t quite grasp how it’s going to play out. I love books like that. I never thought that I’d fall in love with a book about a boy building a bridge but Markus Zusak just knows how to make even the most random of plots somehow work. I absolutely adored the way it was told. The book jumps around in time in a way that could’ve been super confusing but instead kept me on the edge of my seat. Everything is slowly revealed and though that’s something that doesn’t always worked, it was done really well. None of the stories were boring and they blended together in such a beautiful way. I was constantly expecting the worst and Zusak definitely delivered on that front. He sure knows how to rip your heart apart.

My favorite thing as with all of his books were the characters. They were all so precious and beautiful and I love the way they’re portrayed. Zusak is really great at creating multi-faceted characters with complex emotions. I didn’t exactly like all of the characters, but I loved each and every one of them as though they were my own. Clay is obviously at the centre of the book and while he is absolutely precious and beautiful, I can’t pick a favourite character because each and every one of them is beautiful in their own way. I’m very mad at Markus Zusak for the things he puts his characters through. I am not someone who cries because of books but he had me in tears multiple times. A book that makes me cry is usually a fantastic book.

A good Zusak book isn’t truly complete without a gorgeous writing style. His images are so precise and odd but it somehow works? I’ll read a sentence like “the pictures just out of the toaster” and if anybody else had written that I would’ve been like what the fuck but instead I instantly know what he’s talking about. His images aren’t confusing and though they’re simple they’re absolutely beautiful. He has such a wonderful grasp on language and the way he explains really simple things is truly something else. I love reading his books because it gives me a chance to see the world through his eyes for a couple of hours and there’s really nothing else like it.

What About You? Have You Read Bridge of Clay? Are You Going To? Let Me Know in The Comments Down Below.

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Are Holocaust Books Still Important?: Discussion Post

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As I finished yet another holocaust novel, I couldn’t help but wonder if we have reached a point where everything that has been written about the holocaust has already been written. Did I mention the book I had just read?  Yes: The Tatooist of Aushwitz was a touching story that had me captured until the very end but I couldn’t help but feel that everything written in this book I’ve heard before. Maybe I’ve become desensitized to the subject. After all I’ve been reading books like these since I was in the third grade. These stories are my people’s history  and it’s important not to forget the atrocities that were committed. I have read countless of books that feature Jewish people during the Holocaust but I struggle to come up with titles that feature Jewish characters that don’t live during The Holocaust.  yes we sufferred and that’s a huge part of our culture but there’s so much that so few people know about.  Jews are so much more than victims of the Holocaust. We have a rich culture filled with beautiful traditions and I just wish that literature would portray that more. I want to see the secular  Jews! And the religious ones!  And everyone in between!

So should authors stop writing Holocaust Fiction? Honestly I don’t know. I think they’re super important in reminding the Goyem about the atrocities that were inflicted on the Jews.  I personally really like them even if I do oftetimes feel like they’re formulaic and blend together. It especially rubs me the wrong way when non-jews write about it. I know that they probably don’t intend it that way but it sometimes reads to me as profitting off of the suffering of Jewish people.  I think that there’s some really interesting things that could still be done with jews during the Second World War. This is really evident with Katherine Locke’s  The Spy With The Red Balloon. This beauty of a book features two Queer Jewish siblings who kick nazi ass and are just so amazing and it’s set during  WW2 and it’s just so great. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for #ownvoices World War 2 fiction.

Another thing that angers me about Holocaust fiction and World War 2 fiction in general is the trope  of people falling in love with “good” Nazis. There’s no such as a good nazi, they’re all trash  and for anybody to make them anything less than that is disgusting.  Why do people feel the need to find the good in someone who is not good at all.

So really I think that it depends on who writes it but all in all I’m not tired of Holocaust Fiction per say but more the fact that it’s the only rep that Jews get.  Give me fantasy with jews in them. Some historical fiction that isn’t set during ww2 that finish jewish characters. Then maybe I won’t mind so much.

What Do You Think? Are You Tired of Holocaust Fiction? What’s Your Favorite Non-Holocaust Book That Features Jewish people?

Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:I haven’t left my house in over a year. My doctor says it’s social anxiety, but I know the only things that are safe are made of paper. My room is paper. My world is paper. Everything outside is fire. All it would take is one spark for me to burst into flames. So I stay inside. Where nothing can touch me.

Then my mom hires a tutor. Jackson. This boy I had a crush on before the world became too terrifying to live in. Jackson’s life is the complete opposite of mine, and I can tell he’s got secrets of his own. But he makes me feel things. Makes me want to try again. Makes me want to be brave. I can almost taste the outside world. But so many things could go wrong, and all it takes is one spark for everything I love to disappear

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:4/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

I don’t exactly know why the “girl is stuck in her house due to a mental or physical  illness and falls in love” trope is so popular but  I was pleasantly surprised by Paper Girl.  One of my main worries with books like these is that the love interest will try to “save” or “fix” the MC which is just such total bullshit. Love can’t save you, it can help you but it can’t save you. So while there was a  swoon worthy romance, it was really important for the main character,Zoe, to go out of her comfort zone by herself. I really appreciated the fact that she recognized that there were some things she needed to do by herself to really get better.

There were some really serious issues that were addressed in this book like alcoholism, anxiety, agarophobia, and homelessness. I thought that they were all handled with an incredible amount of tact.   While I did appreciate Zoe’s depiction of anxiety and found it to be very realistic, I would’ve just appreciated just a little more buildup to what led her to be agarophic. I think  flashbacks could’ve been utilized really well  for this novel.  besides that, I really loved seeing Zoe’s gradual development and really liked the fact that her therapist was a big part of that. So often in YA novels there’s a certain amount of disdain associated with therapist but that sentiment wasn’t present in Paper Girl which was refreshing.

I always love when characters have unique interests and this book really delivered on that front. Zoe creates these artworks out of paper and the way that it was described was absolutely breathtaking and fascinating.  Also both Zoe and her love interest, Jackson, were interested in chess which I thought was really interesting.  Writing characters with unique interests make the characters and book in general much more enjoyable.

I really like the chemistry between Zoe and Jackson. I thought it was very realistic and sweet and loved how it developed. At times I felt there were aspects that were a little too unrealistic but I allowed my suspension of disbelief because it was so cute. I do think that  there could’ve been a little more backstory to their story. We are told that they both had a crush on each other before the story even started but we only get like one scene and I feel like one flashback could’ve really helped in solidifying the foundation of their relationship. ( idk if you can tell but I love flashbacks)

All in all Paper Girl was a touching story that tactfully addressed a trope that so often goes wrong.

 

Have You Read Paper Girl? Do You Want To? What’s Your Favorite Book That Is Similiar  To This One?

A Little Life by Hanya Yangihara

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Goodreads Summary:When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is not a happy book. Are there happy moments? Sure, and actually this book features some of the sweetest scenes I have ever seen but this is not a happy book.  This book is an investment both because of the sheer length and how much it will destroy you. I am not usually the type of person who will cry while reading a sad book but I was bawling not once but so many times that I started to lose count. There are so many trigger warnings so you absolutely have to be in the right frame of mind to read it. Trigger warnings for sexual abuse, physical abuse, cutting, suicide, pedophilia and probably a lot more that I’m forgetting. I had no idea what I was getting into when i started reading it so I read this book very slowly because there was only so much I could take before I broke. So don’t  take the decision of reading this book lightly because while it’s  an amazing book, it’s very intense and isn’t for everyone.

That being said, damn was this book phenomenal!  It felt like it was never going to end but when it finally did, I wanted more. Not everyone could have pulled a book like this off but Yanigahara managed do it.  You have to be a very good author to write a book with such disturbing content because most of the time it seems like the writer is using people’s suffering to their advantage. A Small Life wasn’t like that. Yes there was so many disturbing moments that made me want to barf but she managed to write it in a way that was tactful and heart wrenching.   Writing a book like this is a mark of a truly remarkable author and I can’t wait to read her other works.

This book starts when the characters are in their mid 20s and ends when they’re in their 50s so spans many decades which are the best time of books. I loved seeing the evolution of the characters and really liked how information was slowly revealed throughout this behemoth of a novel. I started off liking the characters a little bit but by the time I was done, I was so emotionally invested in their lives and they felt like dear friends. The way the characters were crafted was so amazing and while this book did primarily focus on one character, Jude, all the other characters were just as interesting. Another really interesting thing about this book is that for the most part it was just expository prose with very little dialogue which is usually something that throws me off in a book but it was done so well. The writing style was so simple and easy to read that it didn’t make the huge hunks of texts as intimidating as it usually would be.

This book is about so many things but I think one of the most important things is that it’s about relationships. And not just romantic ones. Friendships, relationships that aren’t bound by blood but are just as important.  Relationships that maybe aren’t the most traditional but are just as valid. They’re are so many different and unique relationships in this book and while some are downright disgusting, others are extremely beautiful. My favorite thing is when books have great characters and great relationships and  A Small Life did both amazingly.

The last thing that I really appreciated was the  fact that their was no easy solutions. The struggles that the main character, Jude,  went through throughout the book was consistent and while there were good periods, his struggles never went away. I found that to be very true to life and while it really hurt to see him suffer so much, I really liked the fact that he didn’t miracurously get better. It was very difficult to read at times because of how true to life it was but I think it’s important to write a story like this. This is not a happy book. There are no happy endings. But every page was worth the sufferring.

Have You Read A Small Life? What Did You Think Of It? Did You Cry as Much As I Did?

 

 

 

The Life Choices Write Tag

So I saw this tag on drizzleandhurricanebooks and it seemed really fun so I decided to do it!

Rules:

Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post!

• Provide a short description of your WIP/story!

This is pretty focused on main characters but don’t hesitate to use several characters for the answers if you want to! (We want to get to know as many of your characters as possible)

Book Description:

(This is super rough and like my first attempt at a synopsis)

When Leila Young, an English teacher at Rosanna’s high school, approaches her for psychological help, neither of them realizes that their past is intertwined. When Rosanna realizes that she played a role in the reason why Leila is seeking help, she immediately tells Leila. Against their better judgment, Rosanna decided to provide counseling to Leila. The more Rosanna helps Leila, the closer they become, going from friends to possibly something more.

Where does your main character (MC) live? Were they born there or did they move to that place?

Both Leila and Rosanna grew up in a small town in Massachusetts but currently live in Boston

Does your MC have a dream career? What (if anything) stops them from pursuing it?

Rosanna has her dream career and while Leila loves being an English teacher, she’d love being a professional photographer. Feelings of inadequacy prevent her from developing it beyond a hobby.

Did any of your characters ever go against their parents/family’s wishes? How did that change their relationship?

Against her father’s advisement, Rosanna switched her major from pre-med to psychology. Their relationship has been tense ever since

If faced with their greatest fear – would your MC try to overcome it or run the other way?

Rosanna would try to overcome it but it would definitely take her a lot of time while Leila would most likely fun the other way and regret it later.

Did any character have to cut a person out of their life? Why?

Not really. Though Rosanna did cut her parents out of her life for a short period of time.

What is your main character’s biggest regret?

Rosanna’s biggest regret is not being able to help Leila sooner. Leila’s regret is how long she let her mental illness go untreated.

Which character is most likely going to help a stranger, even if they got nothing out of it in return?

Rosanna for sure.

If your character got good/bad news, who would be the person they first tell?

Rosanna would tell Leila and vice-versa.

BONUS: Make an aesthetic for your MCs life if there had been no obstacles (money, geographical, etc.) and they had everything they wanted. (It is up to you if you want to explain it or not!)

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I tag anybody who wants to do it! It’s really fun and helped me in reflecting about my characters and their overall story.

Tell Me About Your WIP

Gazelle in The Shadows by Michelle Peach

Goodreads Summary:

In the mid 90s, Elizabeth Booth, a young British college student studying Arabic at Durham University, travels to Damascus to immerse herself in the Syrian language. Taken aback by the generosity and kindness of the people there, she easy slips into a life in the ancient city. She has friends, her studies, and even a handsome boyfriend. But things aren’t always as they seem. Soon, in a world where mistrust and disloyalty are commonplace, Elizabeth finds herself navigating a web of lies, betrayals, and a murder involving MI6, deadly terrorist factions, and the shadowy Syrian secret police.

My Rating:3.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If there is one word that I would have to describe Gazelle In The Shadows it would be intense. Going into it I had only a very vague idea of what to expect and I came out of the book with a much better understanding of Syria in the 90s and this exalting feeling of being over with this wild journey. I finished this book in about two sittings which these days doesn’t happen that often. While I did enjoy it there were some qualms that I had that made my rating not as high as it could have been.

You could really tell that the author knew Syria very well. Her familiarity with the country bled out in the way that she described the people and the setting. It’s so important to be able to accurately depict the setting especially when you’re writing about somewhere that most people haven’t been to and Peach did a really great job in situating the reader. If anything I would have loved just a little bit more description. It certainly wouldn’t have been difficult for the author as she has a lot of experiences to draw on and I think it would’ve really enhanced the reader.

Another thing that was great was the writing style! It was very simple but it flowed super well and the simplicity aided in focusing in on the intense moments. As someone who struggles immensely with writing description, i really admired the way Peach described all of the MCs emotions and just the setting in general. She had a very masterful grasp on language.

So while I did really enjoy the intense plot of the book and loved how I kept on guessing throughout the entire story at times I was a little confused and found that it moved a little too quickly. Some things could’ve been more focus on while others could’ve just been reduced substantially. Also just a little bit more background would have been nice.

The other problem that I have with the book was the characters. While I didn’t have a direct problem with them, I did kind of feel as though they weren’t as developed as they could have been. Especially in terms of the MC, Elizabeth. She was a very interesting character with some complex motivations and emotions and I would’ve liked just a little bit more. All the elements were there, they just needed to be amplified.

What’s Your Favorite Book Set in a Non-Western Setting?

Beautiful Exiles By Meg Waite Clayton Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

Key West, 1936. Headstrong, accomplished journalist Martha Gellhorn is confident with words but less so with men when she meets disheveled literary titan Ernest Hemingway in a dive bar. Their friendship—forged over writing, talk, and family dinners—flourishes into something undeniable in Madrid while they’re covering the Spanish Civil War.

Martha reveres him. The very married Hemingway is taken with Martha—her beauty, her ambition, and her fearless spirit. And as Hemingway tells her, the most powerful love stories are always set against the fury of war. The risks are so much greater. They’re made for each other.

With their romance unfolding as they travel the globe, Martha establishes herself as one of the world’s foremost war correspondents, and Hemingway begins the novel that will win him the Nobel Prize for Literature. Beautiful Exiles is a stirring story of lovers and rivals, of the breathless attraction to power and fame, and of one woman—ahead of her time—claiming her own identity from the wreckage of love.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

While I love pretty much all type of historical fiction, my favorite has to be the ones that involve actual historical figures. I really love learning about different people from history but i struggle with non fiction and find it to be quite dense and dry. That’s why well researched historical fiction novels involving real people is my favorite way to gain knowledge that I wouldn’t otherwise have.

Clayton did an amazing job at researching and creating an authentic story that had me at the edge of my seat for the entire seat. It’s very evident from her author’s note that she did an astounding amount of research for Beautiful Exiles so she could be as accurate as possible. I truly felt like I was just reading a really great auto-biography which I think is a sign of a masterfully executed book.

Books like these are kind of hard to review because after all the author is depicting people who actually existed  so it’s not really like they’re creating  the personalities out of thin air. I think the big challenge with writing a book like this is finding where the line between fiction and reality blurs. I admire any author who decides to write a book like this because accuracy and authenticity is key and Clayton did a really great job with that. She really made me feel for Martha Gellhorn and I loved seeing her journey as a journalist and as a person in general. By the end of the book, I was googling her to find out more. I love reading books that highlight people who may not always be talked about as being key historical figures but who are just as important. Of course I’ve heard about Ernest Hemmingway and Iliked the fact that I learnt much more about him but the reason I liked this book was that this book showed how Martha Gellhorn was so much more than just Hemmingway’s third wife.

Reading books that featue real people make for a much more intense experiences. In normal fiction, you feel for the characters, and you sympathisize with them but at the end you know that they’re fictional.  On the other hand, In Beautiful Exiles my empathy was heightened immensely because these aren’t just characters from Clayton’s imagination but people who suffered and loved. In some books like these, the characters feel like merely shadows of the real person but Clayton managed to capture all the characters in such a beautiful light.

What’s Your Favorite Book Featuring Historical Characters?

My Favorite Time related Books and TV Shows

I am absolutely obsessed with anything that has to do with time. Preferably time travel but parallel universes or anything that discusses the complexities of time is also fair game. So I thought that I’d write a post that rounds up all my favorite media about time.

BOOKS

1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenger

This book is so brilliant!  I love how the story is told and the different elements to this particular type of time travelingThere are some aspects that irk me like the fact that there’s a romance between an 18 year old and a 45 year old( even if it’s his future wife it’s still weird) but other than that it’s such an interesting and tragic novel! There’s supposed to be  a sequel following the daughter but I don’t know if it will ever happen. Also apparently Stephen Moffat is going to make a T.V show based off of it which is very exciting!!

2.Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

This isn’t really about time travel or time per se but I’m going to include it because it’s technically like time travel. It follows a girl named Ursula who when she dies, gets to restart her life over again and this novel kind of explores the different lives that she lives. It’s really good and super interesting and it’s also set during World War 2 which makes it all the more amazing. There’s the inevitable killing Hitler which comes with time travel books set during World War 2 which I’m always here for.

3.Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

Okay so  I know that Orson Scott Card is a horrible horrible person and I don’t condone his appalling bigoted behavior but  I believe in separating the art from the artist and Pathfinder is one of the best books I’ve ever read so I can’t not include it. Pathfinder is this super interesting fantasy sci-fi that I can’t really explain but is fascinating and no matter how many times I read it, I am always amazed by it. I don’t believe in supporting him but if you’re ever able to find it used or at your library, I’d highly recommend it.

4.11/22/63 by Stephen King

This book is so good!!!! It was my first King book and boy was it a good one.  It’s so interesting and it’s a really good introduction to King’s books. It has the fucked up elements of a King novel but it isn’t horror so it’s a great read for everyone.  Everytime I think about the ending I get really sad.

5.The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

I just read this a couple of days ago but it’s soo good and a great time travel novel with some really unique concepts. If you’re interested, you can read my review where I go into more depth.

TV Shows

          12 Monkeys

So I havent watched the original movie because I really don’t like old sci fi movies but the TV is so good. There are so many twists and turns and the characters are all super great. I really need to finish this one

         Continuum

So this one is this pretty obscure canadian show that my mom found when looking for time travel shows but it’s really good! it’s a little cheesy at times and the special effects are pretty bad but it’s a really interesting concept and plus it’s set in Vancouver so yay for Canadian settings!

          Timeless

One of my favorite teachers recommended this to me because she thought that I’d like it and she was  right! I love how though there’s an overall plot, each episode brings us to a different part in history. I always learn a lot. The characters are also super great.I can’t believe I haven’t finished season two yet.

         Doctor Who

After Brooklyn 99 this is my favorite TV show. I love everything about it: the plot, the villains, the doctors, the companions, everything is wonderful. I admit that there are some pretty corny elements to it, but it’s just such a beautiful and hopeful show. I love the episodes where they go back in time and also I love seeing all the different futuristic ideas.

What About You? What Are Your Favorite Books And TV Shows About Time? Do You Have Any Recommendations. Let Me Know In The Comments Down Below!

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

SOME STORIES CANNOT BE TOLD IN JUST ONE LIFETIME.
Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.
No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.
Until now.
As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. “I nearly missed you, Doctor August,” she says. “I need to send a message.”
This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

 

My Rating:5/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

If there is one thing that I love in fiction more than anything, it’s stories  that deal with time in some way.  Whether it be time travel, parallel universes  basically  anything that discusses time in any way.,if time plays a factor  a book, T.V show or movie I will most likely love it. Time is honestly one of the most interesting parts about this universe and I love thinking about all the possibilities that we have yet to unlock. I took  an English class last semester that was all about time travel and it was the most interesting class I’ve ever taken.  Saying a book, TV show or movie involves time is the quickest way to get me to read it.

So when I read the synopsis of this book and saw that it was about a man who when he dies, he is reborn as the same person with all his previous knowledge intact, I knew that I had to read it. And I was not disappointed. This book was so interesting and unique and I loved every single second of it. It kind of reminds me of Life After Life but just a much more intense version.

While it took me a while to really get into it, once I did I was hooked. As the name suggests, we follow the first fifteen lives of Harry August and boy are his lives interesting. The novel is told in this very interesting non-linear manner so we are constantly jumping around from life to life which I found was an excellent choice. I loved seeing how each life was different and seeing how he changed as his life progressed. The plot was super duper fascinating and I loved all of the elements that were brought together especially towards the second half of the book. Time was being played with a lot more and it was so interesting to watch it unfold. It definitely made me think a lot about the multiverse. It also made me speculate about our own world.  I admit that there were times when I was reading it where I was like “what if people like this actually exist?” and “what if I’m on those and I’m just living my first life”. This is one of those books that I definitely will be thinking for many months to come.

I do have one minor qualm with the book which is that I feel as though the characters weren’t as strong as they could have been.  Honestly it’s more of a personal preference as I’m someone who loves characters and this is the type of book where it’s hard to have a super strong feeling for the characters but I would have liked to have just a little bit more development in order to just slightly improve the novel.

Have You Read This Book? Do You Want To? What Are Your Favorite Books Involving Time? Let Me Know In The Comments Down Below!

 

 

Literary Book Gifts: Website Review

About a week ago I received an email from Melissa, owner of a company called Literary Book Gifts which she described as bringing as a site that ” specializes in bringing books to life on t-shirts and bags.” She asked if I would be willing to do a review of her site and I jumped at the chance to do so. Firstly because I love book merch and secondly because I think that’s it’s super duper important to promote small businesses. They usually have the best quality products.  While I was unable to purchase a product from this shop myself, I was hoping that in writing this mini review, it could potentially inspire some of my readers to check out this lovely website.

Literary Book Gifts offers  all their designs on t-shirts, v-necks, tank tops, hoodies, tote bags, and backpacks.  All of these products feature gorgeous designs from a variety of classic books from Little Women to The Illiad.  For sizing, the Women’s shirts are available in sizes up to 3XL, and Men’s up to 5XL.  While the tote bags are available in one color, the clothing have a bunch of different color options which are all really pretty and work well with the design..  Personally if I were to buy a product here I would probably purchase a t-shirt just because I love graphic tees and really like being able to show my nerdiness to the world.  To give you an idea of some of the products they offer, I picked my top five favorite ones.

 

1.Book End Tote Bag

I absolutely adore the design of this tote bag and the contrast  between the white folliage around the box  and the background color. I can totally imagine myself putting all my books in there.

2. Peter Pan T-Shirt

Now I’m not the biggest fan of the Peter Pan novel though I do really like the  general story but this design is absolutely gorgeous.  The yellow is the perfect color for this design and everything fits together so well.

3. Typewriter T-Shirt

There’s nothing that is more aesthetically pleasing than a typwriter. My dream is to one day have one of my own so I can be the aesthetic queen but if that can’t happen then I guess having a typewriter shirt will have to do.

4. Anne Of Green Gables Hoodie

Anne of Green  Gables is my childhood so I couldn’t not include this beautiful hoodie. They also have t-shirts with a similar design but I feel like Anne Of Green gables deserves to be on a hoodie. It’s just a hoodie type of book (if that makes any sense)

5. Picture Of Dorian Gray T-Shirt

There are honestly much more aesthetically pleasing designs that could have been number five but the picture of dorian gray is the best classic of all time and deserves to be on a t-shirt.

 

I hope that this post pushed you to check out this lovely website but if you need another reason to check it out Melissa created a special promotion code just for my readers which is good for 20% off anything in the store, no minimum, and can be used unlimited times. The promo code is thebookthiefwithoutwords20!