Raw Liver & Melted Vanilla Ice Cream

The decision to delve once again into the American Gods was only a matter of proper incentive. The premiere of the TV show seemed like a good one, and, boy, were my reading buddy and me right about rereading this one. I’m not sure who’d read American Gods in 2013, but I’m pretty sure it…

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Homo Mensura

The Flanders Panel Arturo Pérez-Reverte Part of the infamous and no-longer-neglected Mini Book Club (featuring moi and Lukre) Throughout most of the effort of completing the Flanders Panel, I genuinely hated the thing. I despised its inability to give depth to its characters, its inaction and unnecessarily long-winded philosophical musings. Reading it was a horrible…

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Carry On, nothing to see here

Rainbow Rowell – Carry On (2016) You can tell Rainbow adores Simon, Baz, Penelope, Agatha… she truly loves them all. Makes you love them. The kink is, she doesn’t really love the plot. Rainbow just wanted to have some reason to put her beloved characters together, and she was forced to come up with a…

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Disturbed

I’ve read plenty of books that left an impression on me. 1984 and In Cold Blood come to mind. I’ve been seriously affected by these books. You can imagine how surprised I was to learn that Grey will be another book which I will include on this list. I did not expect to include it…

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Remember the Rain

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a sweet, unpretentious take on life and on what it means to be human. It made me wonder about the inner life of boys, something I’ve always believed was non-existent. I know it sounds a bit nasty to say that, but, growing up, I always…

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Two ‘Easy’ Pieces

If you’re looking for something light and sugary to read this summer (or any other season for that matter) you should pick up either Attachments (1999) or Fangirl (2013) (preferably both). They’re just so damn sweet. To be clear, these books, as sweet as they are, have a certain gravity to them, making them a perfect blend…

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“Fuck you”, said the raven.

I could try and tell you what American Gods is about. But I would be lying if I told you I know. I could google it, try to find out if Gaiman’s book is about erosion of belief and its ephemeral quality. I could try and find someone smarter than me who wrote an essay…

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The Unbearable Lightness of Writing

Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new. Ursula Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven Ursula Le Guin seems not to suffer from the confines of language. The most peculiar scenes and sensations are transformed into words with such lightness that I…

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English Language Died in the City of Bones

  “Clotted-blood-colored robes” adorn the characters, and some of them have a “half-breed-tolerating ways” about them. Those bastards! They made me feel “as if [my] heart were going to slam its way out of [my] rib cage“. My slamming heart were really perturbed by Valentine’s “interior face“, it “tantalized [my] sight“. I was lying on…

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City of Bones is rubbing me the wrong way

My book buddy wrote about how City of Bones is rubbing her the wrong way. I also feel very wrongly rubbed by this appalling book. My review will come. And it’s not going in the Nutshells category. Oh no.

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Madeline Miller: The Song of Achilles

A long time ago my dad gave me this huge, dark blue book and said: „You’re too old to listen to stories, you need to read them yourself.“ The book was heavy, with columns of text about gods, demigods, heroes and anti-heroes. There was something to be learned from all those stories, I could tell….

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