Book Review: The Nightingale

Title: The Nightingale

Author: Kristin Hannah

Genre: Adult historical fiction

Format: Audiobook

Published: By St. Martin’s Press on February 3rd, 2015

ISBN13: 9780312577223 (US hardcover edition)

Grade: Outstanding

Content warning: Physical abuse, rape, death, war crimes

The Nightingale

Synopsis

Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.

As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength are tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.

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Book Review: The Nowhere Girls

Title: The Nowhere Girls

Author: Amy Reed

Genre: Young adult contemporary

Format: E-book

Published: By Simon Pulse on October 10th, 2017

ISBN13: 9781481481755

Grade: Outstanding

Content warning: Sexual assault and harassment, bullying, slut shaming, racism, homophobia

The Nowhere Girls (Book Review)

Synopsis

Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school. Told in alternating perspectives, this ground-breaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.

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Me in Book Characters Tag

I was tagged by Sahitya @ My World of Books for this tag in early June but I’m just getting to it. I know it’s quite late but I’m very bad at keeping up with tags! It’s just that when I’m tagged I would’ve already had planned some other posts for the rest of the month (I sound more organized than I really am at this point) and I just can’t fit it in then, so I end up putting it off to a point where I just forget about it. I also have no idea who I would tag in turn, which makes me shy away from them. Now that I finally remembered and fit this tag in my blogging schedule, let’s talk about all the characters I’ve found relatable over the years.

Me in Book Characters Tag

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Book Review: Moxie

Title: Moxie

Author: Jennifer Mathieu

Genre: Young adult contemporary

Format: E-book

Published: By Roaring Brook Press on September 19th, 2017

ISBN13: 9781626726345

Grade: Outstanding

Moxie (Book Review)

Synopsis

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

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Top Three Thursdays #23 – Feminist Books on My TBR

Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.

The topic for today (26/10/17) is: Feminist Books on My TBR

For those of you who are new, I’ve briefly mentioned my association with feminism in my previous blog, which can be found here. As it is a topic that I have strong notions about, it is but natural to want to read books that deal with it. I plan to get to them soon because I want to make a recommendation post on this where I also want to talk about feminism in depth, so keep an eye out for that (if that’s something you would be interested in) and hold me to my promise of reading them by the year end.

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Top Three Thursdays #19 – Tropes I’m Tired Of

Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.

The topic for today (20/07/17) is: Tropes I’m Tired Of

I mostly read young adult fiction and am comfortable with middle grade as well as children’s books, occasionally venturing into new adult or adult books. YA is infamously known for its clichés and I’ve read enough to grow tired of a few of them to the point where I’ve stopped picking up books that seem to give such vibes from their description. Here are the top three tropes I don’t want to see more of.

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Book Review – In Calabria

Title: In Calabria

Author: Peter S. Beagle

Genre: Fantasy (adult)

Published: By Tachyon Publications on January 16th, 2017

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Claudio Bianchi has lived alone for many years on a hillside in Southern Italy’s scenic Calabria. Set in his ways and suspicious of outsiders, Claudio has always resisted change, preferring farming and writing poetry. But one chilly morning, as though from a dream, an impossible visitor appears at the farm. When Claudio comes to her aid, an act of kindness throws his world into chaos. Suddenly he must stave off inquisitive onlookers, invasive media, and even more sinister influences.

Thoughts

Note: I received an e-copy of this book via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

It’s a simple narrative, but at the same time comes off as deep and profound. Maybe it is because of the snatches of poetry and the thoughts of the farmer Claudio Bianchi, or the quiet majestic presence of the immortal unicorn. I went into this book without having read any of Peter S. Beagle’s earlier works, but I’d definitely heard of them. Being such a celebrated author in the circles of fantasy literature, I think I expected a lot more than what the book offered me.

Read the detailed review here.

Recommendations

I’d recommend this book first and foremost to animal lovers, those who enjoy good writing and readers of fantasy looking for a tale that is off the beaten path.

In terms of the music, rustic country or folk music would be the perfect accompaniment.

It is best digested with a cup of warm tea and a hint of oregano or Italian basil in the food, so use this is an excuse to gorge on pastas.

Links

Book: Website | Amazon | Goodreads

Author: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook