Year: 2019

Family Trust, by Kathy Wang

I finally had the time to read Family Trust, by Kathy Wan, during the #AGameOfBooksathon readathon ! I’ve been seeing that book everywhere for such a log time now, and to be honest, now that I’ve read it, I’m a little disappointed. I almost didn’t want to write a review, because so many people had a good opinion of it and I felt like it just didn’t live up to the hype. Some reviewers recommended it to readers who liked Crazy rich Asians, (which I loved, and reviewed here) and most of the reviews I saw before getting it myself were really positive, so I had great expectations. Synopsis Meet Stanley Huang: father, husband, ex-husband, man of unpredictable tastes and temper, aficionado of all-inclusive vacations and bargain luxury goods, newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For years, Stanley has claimed that he’s worth a small fortune. But the time is now coming when the details of his estate will finally be revealed, and Stanley’s family is nervous. What I liked Kathy Wang’s writing is really good, …

What is, actually, YA ?

Recently, I was talking to someone about the latest books I read, and I mentioned Descendant of the crane (which I finally found the time to review here !) by Joan He, which is categorized on Goodreads as “Fantasy”, “Fiction”, and “Young Adult”. When I mentioned that last category, the person I was talking to had a surprising reaction : they couldn’t believe that I was reading YA. “YA is for kids”, they told me, “it’s full of bad literature like Twilight and all those sappy romance novels !”. I disagree. So I turned to the internet, to see what, exactly, is the YA category supposed to be, and what kind of books it includes. Turns out, I had to look at a lot of different blog posts and articles to try and figure this out, so I made a compilation of the answers I found here ! What are the principal categories ? There’s YA, teen fiction, and new adult. YA is usually separated from teen fiction and new adult by the age ranges …

Descendant of the crane, by Joan He

I haven’t been able to do an actual book review since forever, so : Descendant of the crane is Joan He’s debut novel, released in April 2019 – and, for once, I actually did buy a book on the day it came out ! Synopsis Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her. Hesina’s court is packed full of dissemblers and deceivers eager to use the king’s death for political gain, each as plausibly guilty as the next. Her advisers would like her to blame the neighboring kingdom of Kendi’a, whose ruler has been mustering for war. Determined to find her father’s actual killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death, since magic was outlawed centuries ago. …

My days are too short.

Do you have these days when you feel like there’s just not enough hours in your day to do all the things you want to do ? Yesterday morning, I woke up at 7, feeling tired and drowsy from lack of sleep. I went to bed at 10pm the night before, thinking a solid 8 hours of sleep would help me get back on my feet the next day and perform better at work… but my flatmates had decided otherwise, and invited their friends for a dinner party in our apartment, that rendered me unable to sleep until 1:30am. Instead of the good 8 hours of sleep I had wished for, I barely managed to get 5:30. I couldn’t stay in bed any longer, so I took a couple more minutes of rest and then went to take a shower, get dressed and start my day – make my lunch, take a shower, go to work, work for 7 hours with a 30 min lunch break, get out of work, go to a meeting for …

Top ten tuesday – books that I refuse to let anyone touch

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. What are the top ten books that I refuse to let anyone touch ? Oh. Um. All of them. I don’t really let other people touch my books – so, instead of the 10 books I don’t let anyone touch, here’s a list of 10 things that make me wary of ever letting anyone other than me touch my precious books : That time I borrowed a book from the library from a friend, who ended up keeping it for months, getting library fees, and letting me bring it back on my own (and pay the fees!) without even reading it. That time I gave a book I borrowed from the library to a friend, who read it, then instagrammed it with a comment about how nice it …

Top ten Tuesday – page to screen

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. I’m back with a top Ten Tuesday ! This week, the theme is “page to screen books”, and boy do I have many of those in mind ! Some that I’ve read and watched : The Chronicles of Narnia series – I love the books, and I remember that when the movies came out it was such a huge thing for me ! (It also made me want to actually try Turkish delight. And I hated it. Totally not worth betraying your family over. 0/10 would not recommend). The martian : I watched the movie first, absolutely loved it, and then thought “the book is probably even better, let’s give it a chance !” and I was not disappointed. Crazy Rich Asians – I actually started reading the …

April Wrap-Up and May TBR

I’m writing this post from the comfort of a Starbucks chair in the corner of the shop, inside my city’s Chapters bookstore, with a coffee frappuccino and a brand new writing journal (that I might even dare to use in the next few months… if the results are any good, I might post them !). I’m the stereotype of the millennial young woman, and I like it. The month of April has been eventful, with 6 exams at the end of it, 2 big semester-long projects to complete, a whole lot of stress and not enough time to read any more books, let alone write reviews of them. I’ve been feeling extremely guilty for abandoning my work here for two whole weeks (and then wrote a post about self-care, that you can find here !) , but today is my first actual day off since the semester ended, so here I am ! Even though I didn’t completely meet my reading goals this months, I still managed to finish : – the Uglies trilogy, by …

Top Ten Tuesday – Rainy day reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. I don’t have a lot of ideas for this top ten, but I’ll do my best. (It’s actually been raining for a few days in my city now, so, technically, all the books I read since Wednesday are rainy day reads !) 1 . The magician’s nephew, by C.S. Lewis 2 . The horse and his boy, by C.S. Lewis – Okay, I know that’s kind of cheating, two books of the same series, but hear me out : I’m not putting the entire chronicles of Narnia here, because some of those books bring me more comfort than others, and, for me, the definition of a “rainy day book” is a book that is guaranteed to lift your spirits on a rainy day, when you’re staying in bed …

The Uglies trilogy, by Scott Westerfield

Have you ever read a book as a child, then read it again years later to see if it was truly as good as in your memory ? And if so, was it as good ? That’s what I wanted to know when I picked up Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld, and I must admit that I’m really glad that I decided to read it again. Warning : this is going to be full of spoilers. Uglies is the first book of a series of four, that takes place in a futuristic world where our civilization has been destroyed. In its place, individual cities stand, and the world is divided between the Uglies – people under 16 – and the Pretties – people over 16, who have undergone a chirurgical operation to make them perfect. A symmetrical face, well-defined muscles and no baby fat… and something else. Something wrong that makes the Pretties, for lack of a better word, airheaded. Tally Youngblood, an Ugly whose only dream is to finally reach 16 and get the operation, …

Art matters, by Neil Gaiman

I’ve had a pretty busy week, but today, I got to read a 5 stars book ! It’s called Art matters, by Neil Gaiman, and with illustrations by Chris Ridell, published in September 2018. This review might be a bit messy, because I’m writing it while procrastinating right before a final exam, but this book is EXCELLENT so I hope you’ll stay to read it 🙂 When I got the library copy of this book, I only knew two things about it : That Neil Gaiman wrote it. That one of the sentences from this book was : The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before I’m 100% convinced that anything by Neil Gaiman is worth reading. This book, which is a compilation of texts that have already been published separately – Credo, Why our future depends on libraries, dreaming and daydreaming, Making a chair and Make good art – , is no exception to that rule. It’s about creativity, and the power of words and art in our …