Hello, dear bookish folks! How is your life going?
I’ve finally received news from my academy! At the moment they don’t plan to change the thesis date, but we will have a new date in November, and that’s probably the date I’m going to choose for my degree.
But to talk back at bookish stuff, it’s time for a quick list of ten books! Okay, maybe I did talk many times about some of them, but only some. Not all, that’s for sure. It’s that, thanks to my slow reading pace, I tend to read much less books than other folks and this usually lead me to fall behind too many novels to count. Which means: being repetitive.
Let’s start with We Are Okay. Because what’s better than a very short book, with a captivating cover and absolutely no “feeling good” vibes. It was the most melancholic read I ever had and it was amazing. Why should I read this one? It’s the novel for you, if you’re looking for: sad ambiance, lonely protagonist, grief, broken friendship and relationship, healing, finding connection with people that we thought to be lost.
Warning for depression and suicide.
Tinder is up next, so welcome into the middle grade zone… even if there’s absolutely nothing middle grade about this one or remotely childish. Warning: to do not read for happy endings or if you just want a slightly horror adventure, because it’s actually macabre. I wish I could say more, but let me add just another warning for rape. See? Not exactly the book it’s market as, but between the dark illustration and the suffocating narration, I was blown away.
Odd & True was discovered thanks to Netgalley and when, in bookshop at Rome Termini station, I found a hardcover copy… I screamed. Inside me, not out loud. Even if wouldn’t be a strange thing to see at Termini station, but now I’m rambling. Anyway, this novel seems to sell you a thing: sisters fight monsters in historical context. Which is true, but not the full truth. It’s a story of past and present, of sisters, of search for a goal in life and a truth. It’s a painful read and a beautiful one. I wish I could say more, but it would spoil the novel of its finale. I can only hope you can trust me on that and give yourself to chance to read it.
Three Dark Crowns or an actually well know book that I love very much but I’m an ass and I fell behind the series. I think that TDC is a “love or hate” situation. One thing I noticed a lot when I read, it’s that finales have a huge power on me. Doesn’t have to be a twist at every cost. It just needs to work in me… which is a phrase that makes no sense, but it’s a lot about being fascinated. So, perfect book if you’re okay with slow plot, matriarchal island, sister forced to fight one another, useless romantic drama with nonsensical interactions, stabbing, all the killing attempts, that twist.
Ivory and Bone or the book no one ever in the book community talks about and I don’t know why. Okay, it wasn’t blow minding, but it’s a super rare book set in the prehistorical era? And here comes the goofy me, because if I had to give you reasons for reading this one, I’m not sure where to point. I just liked it a lot? It was a fast and new read with a girl and cold love interest, lost friendship, that I read under the sun during a summer.
Everything was just perfect.
On the edge of gone or the dystopian and sci-fi ownvoices book. Again, no good feeling here, and it’s cruelly realistic… minus the space ship.
I’ve a love and hate relationship with this book. I loved the story, the progress in it, the sadness, that feeling about how the end is near. I had a more complicated relationship with the protagonist. I knew she wanted to keep her group safe, but as I know some sacrifice must be made, that’s not a good reason to keep other survivors in shit? And I think that some characters, that sadly comes only at the end, were wasted in their potential. Still, this novel remains very much unique in its type, because I never found anything like that. It’s not about the usual dystopia novel, it’s definitely new and you need to read it. For your own self.
Many contemporaries, especially if a bit in the backlist, and especially is translated in Italian, are kind of marked with the brand of “trash” or: terrible stories with toxic dynamic and terrible teens representation, that supposedly should attire younger readers. But this wasn’t the case. I remember asking for Beautiful Broken Things to the Italian publisher for an e-ARC of this one, mostly because of the blurb, since the title was an obscene traduction.
It was the right inspiration, because this book was genuinely surprising. So, it’s a read you should try it out if you’re searching for: complicated relationship, teens being teens (aka very imperfect and messy), friendship with unhealthy dynamics but a meaningful ending as two girls tries to move forward in life.
Now, I’m not the big historical novel reader out there, but I caught the occasion for getting Nothing But Sky thanks to Netgalley and I was so goodly surprised!
Firs of all, I don’t think I’ve seen any other YA book talking about such historical period in the context of airplane acrobatics and not with a female MC . Anyway, Nothing But Sky it’s just… truly well done? Nothing to say.
It include a lot of talks about women of that time, PTSD, challenged, betrayals, aerial adventures. Just like I said for other books: you should do yourself a favour and read this novel. Also, next month I’m going to publish a little surprise. To be honest, it’s a very late surprise but I’m sure you will appreciate it.
The Borrible Trilogy! Yes, I think I’m the only one who had read in the book community but whatever. It’s a middle grade that reads more as a young adult. The author is now dead, so we will never see anything new: not from the daughters or the people who were intentioned of realizing some film of it. It’s a pretty old series that arrived in Italy in the early 2000, and that’s the only reason why I discovered it.
Aside from things that now, grown up and with more knowledge, I think that some things definitely need a better analysis and comment, but I’m not a POC so I’m not going to pronounce myself on that. Anyway, it’s very peculiar book as it see a bunch of children that one runaway from their home, grows pointed ears and never grown old. They lost their name and to get a new one, they have the have and adventure and conquer one. They never touch money and live stealing only the essential. The book is set in London and there’re Borrible clans and holy shit, folks! It’s bloody! No happy endings, your advised.
Time to finish with another creepy middle grade! It’s time for Iremonger. I remember buying the Italian version of the book (which was actually very good translated and captivating? Also super cute format). And I remember reading it in the span of few days, talking about it to my mother and her being disturbed by it. But she’s easily disturbed, so doesn’t count that much.
Iremonger is a very macabre story in its own way. There’s no blood or gore, but the whole situations is horrible. Set in Englad, the novel sees as protagonist an orphaned girl and a boy part of a very important family. The family here is definitely incestuous, and everyone lives in a giant house surrounded by trash. Every family member has their marriage arranged and get an object to represent them. Too bad are boy protagonist heard voices comes from the objects. And I can’t say more because it would be an hell of a spoiler, but if you’re searching for a creppy story with not what I would call “happiness waiting for you at the end”… you should check this one out.