Lie With Me by Philippe Besson (Book Review)

40539136DIVERSE READ: M/M relationship

Genres: Fiction 

Summary: The award-winning, bestselling French novel by Philippe Besson about an affair between two teenage boys in 1984 France, translated with subtle beauty and haunting lyricism by the iconic and internationally acclaimed actress/writer Molly Ringwald. 

We drive at high speed along back roads, through woods, vineyards, and oat fields. The bike smells like gasoline and makes a lot of noise, and sometimes I’m frightened when the wheels slip on the gravel on the dirt road, but the only thing that matters is that I’m holding on to him, that I’m holding on to him outside.

Just outside a hotel in Bordeaux, Philippe chances upon a young man who bears a striking resemblance to his first love. What follows is a look back at the relationship he’s never forgotten, a hidden affair with a gorgeous boy named Thomas during their last year of high school. Without ever acknowledging they know each other in the halls, they steal time to meet in secret, carrying on a passionate, world-altering affair.

Dazzlingly rendered in English by Ringwald in her first-ever translation, Besson’s powerfully moving coming-of-age story captures the eroticism and tenderness of first love—and the heartbreaking passage of time.Read More »

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Book Review)

21853621Genres: Historical Fiction, WWII 

Summary: In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.

France, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.

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How I Plan on Taking Better Care of Myself

untitled-design-1.pngAs time goes by, one has to take a step back and look at the habits they have set for themselves and search for any areas that they can improve upon. I have a bad habit where I put all my responsibilities before my own well-being. So, in an effort to take better care of myself, I came up with some points that I hope to focus my time on in hopes of putting myself first in life.

Here are some ways I plan on taking better care of myself, and, hopefully, it will inspire you to make some much-needed adjustments in order to care for yourself as well.Read More »

Being an ENTJ and Type One

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My Personality Types and How They Affect my Life 

I have a very distinct personality, to say the least. I’m confident, organized, ambitious, knowledgeable, creative, arrogant, and a leader. I feel comfortable speaking my mind, no matter the situation. I don’t believe in holding comments inside; life’s too short to leave things unsaid, so I’m usually the one who says what everyone else is thinking.

I’m also very tidy and strict when it comes to being productive. I’m that person with five different to-do lists and doesn’t have a thing out of place. I’m also a natural leader and can command a room if need be. I have a very outspoken and rigid personality, but let’s get more specific regarding my Myers-Briggs and Enneagram personalities because that is what truly defines who I am and why I act the way I do. While some may not believe in personality tests, I think they help people delve deeper into why they act the way they do, and it also helps them realize what drives them forward in life. Read More »

Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (Review)

PUB. DATE: October 9, 2018

Genres: Magical Realism, Young Adult, Fantasy 

Summary: The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know.

The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.

But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them. Blanca & Roja is the captivating story of sisters, friendship, love, hatred, and the price we pay to protect our hearts.

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The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (Review)

37969723PUB. DATE: September 11th

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 STARS)

Genres: Historical Fiction, Retellings, Mythology

Summary: The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, who continue to wage bloody war over a stolen woman–Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war’s outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one of Troy’s neighboring kingdoms, until Achilles, Greece’s greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles’s concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army.

When Agamemnon, the brutal political leader of the Greek forces, demands Briseis for himself, she finds herself caught between the two most powerful of the Greeks. Achilles refuses to fight in protest, and the Greeks begin to lose ground to their Trojan opponents. Keenly observant and cooly unflinching about the daily horrors of war, Briseis finds herself in an unprecedented position to observe the two men driving the Greek forces in what will become their final confrontation, deciding the fate, not only of Briseis’s people, but also of the ancient world at large.

Briseis is just one among thousands of women living behind the scenes in this war–the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead–all of them erased by history. With breathtaking historical detail and luminous prose, Pat Barker brings the teeming world of the Greek camp to vivid life. She offers nuanced, complex portraits of characters and stories familiar from mythology, which, seen from Briseis’s perspective, are rife with newfound revelations. Barker’s latest builds on her decades-long study of war and its impact on individual lives–and it is nothing short of magnificent. Read More »

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (Review)

35403058Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Paranormal

Summary: Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself. Read More »