Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads. I’m gonna modify this one for me – I’m going to make a list of books with less than 10,000 ratings on Goodreads. I really love this category – I have plenty of books that I’ve loved that I’m just shocked haven’t caught more people’s eyes. There’s something super satisfying finding a hidden gem and getting to recommend it to all of your friends.
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I received a copy of this book for review from the author.
Official Summary from Goodreads
“PAL is a fast-paced yet poignant character-driven novel riding waves of romance, drama, and wit in a manner reminiscent of David Nicholls’s books (One Day)—and set in the exciting world of several vibrant Romanian artists and musicians.
Henriette, an accomplished sculptor, seems to find more joy in her feminist-inspired work and her piano playing than in the people who care about her. Ela, a piano teacher turned book reviewer, hopes to discover the key to happiness and a more meaningful life through studying the workings of the mind and crafting poems about emotions she trusts will lead her to a better place. Joining them in beauty and blindness is Pamfil, a violinist who dabbles as a singer and lives mostly for the moment and his monthly parties. As they follow their passions, they find themselves on treacherous journeys to love and happiness, and are slow to figure out how to best tackle their predicaments. Fortunately, their lovers and friends are there to help . . . but then a newcomer complicates things.” – From Goodreads
Before the author reached out to me, I had never heard of this book. As someone whose background is distinctly non-artistic, I was excited for the change of pace that this book would give me. Disappointingly, this was far from the escape from my daily life I had hoped it would be. Between clunky dialog, an overcrowded (and generally unpleasant) cast of characters, a boring plot, and poor writing, I really had to push myself to even finish this book.
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Stephanie Perkins is by far one of my favor authors. The basic concepts of her Anna and the French Kiss series are nothing unique – it’s her execution of these premises that sets her apart. Her books have intricate characters, tangible chemistry, and an atmospheric vibe that is matched by few. Needless to say, I was beyond excited to read her latest book, There’s Someone Inside Your House. Sadly, it fell a bit short of my expectations.
There’s Someone Inside Your House takes place in a rural town in Nebraska where someone is picking off high school students one by one. Each murder is more gruesome than the last and there is no discernible pattern between the victims – anyone could be next. New to town, Makani mostly keeps her head down, and wants desperately to keep her sordid past a secret. With the growing terror and her growing feelings for Ollie (the resident bad boy and suspect in the murders), it’s only a matter of time before her past catches up with her.
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WWW Wendesday is a weekly prompt hosted by Taking on a World of Words. The rules are simple: every Wednesday you post about the three W’s.
What are the three W’s?
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is Favorite Couples In Books. I’m a sucker for a good love story, and I’ve been lucky enough to read some great ones over the years. This list was nearly impossible for me to narrow down to just ten (why can’t it be top ten forty or fifty?), but I somehow managed.
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