Emily Brontë – The Complete Poems – Thoughts

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I loved this collection of poems by Emily Brontë. A lot of them spoke to me on so many levels.
They are captivating, fluent to read.
My favorites are “Anticipation”, “Hope”, “Lines”.

There are a few quotes I particularly loved:
“Hope soothes me in the griefs I know,
She lulls my pain for others’ woe,
And makes me strong to undergo
What I am born to bear.”

“Now trust a heart that trusts in you
And firmly say the world Adieu
Be sure wherever I am roam
My heart is with your heart at home.”

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The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood – Thoughts

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The Handmaid’s Tale has been on my TBR list for a long time. I’ve always wanted to read it, but for some reason, there was always something else to read first.
Maybe it was for the best, for when I started watching the tv series which is inspired by the book, I only knew the basics of the story, as I obviously had heard about the book and its contents.
I think watching the tv series first helped me in facing this story.
As I read Offred’s account, I could imagine a face, as well as for the other characters, even though many aspects in their physicality is different in the book.
I won’t go into a detailed description of what the book is about because everyone should know. This book should be mandatory at school. It’s not something that might happen in a distant future if we don’t act blah blah. It’s something that has already happened, and it’s happening right now.
I fell into the pages of this book immediately. The way it’s written allows you to be one thing with Offred, as we go through her story.
The ending was a wise way to let the readers make their own decisions, whether we want to believe that there might be hope or not.
Now that I have read the book, I am very curious to know how the tv series will continue, in a path not already marked by the book. For once a tv series that does justice to its source.

Some of my favorite quotes include:
“Ordinary, said Aunt Lydia, is what you are used to. This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will. It will become ordinary.”
“You might even provide a Heaven for them. We need You for that. Hell we can make for ourselves.”
“Humanity is so adaptable, my mother would say. Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations.”

David Baldacci – Hour Game (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #2) – Thoughts

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In the second book featuring Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, the two now work together as private investigators. While starting a new case they are hired to investigate, they find themselves in the middle of a more dangerous chase to stop a serial killer.
I enjoyed the first book that introduced us to the characters of Sean and Michelle.
Unfortunately, in this second book of the series, my problem is precisely with the two main characters. Specifically with Michelle. She spent the whole book running around shooting people, being partially left in the dark by her partner who basically does all the detective work. She looks uncharacteristically short of intuition, while Sean is always the one with the smart plans and is always a step ahead. Since they are two former Secret Service agents, who were both very good at what they did, I would have expected more balance between the two. Sean was too much Sherlock, Michelle too much Watson.
The case itself was interesting enough, but the dynamic between the two main characters somewhat ruined the story.
I will keep on reading the King and Maxwell series, hoping the next book will bring more balance to the duo.

Will Pfeifer, Rodney Buchemi – The Librarians #1 – Thoughts

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Written by Will Pfeiffer and illustrated by Rodney Buchemi, The Librarians #1 is the first of four comic books inspired by the tv series “The Librarians”.
A popular movie producer is killed at tv festival Flynn (who happens to be a huge fan of said producer), Eve, and Cassandra are attending. They soon discover a mystery is attached to the murder, a mystery that involves an artifact, and magic. The perfect job for The Librarians.
I loved this first issue. The writing is right on spot for every character, and so was the illustration. The facial features, the looks, the coloring. Everything is really impressive.
The story’s premise is intriguing, something I would enjoy watching on the show.
You don’t need to be a regular of the show to enjoy the comic book, though. Every character is briefly but very well introduced, so you can get an idea and follow the story and their interactions without problems.
The second issue will come out in October, and I won’t miss it.

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich – The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir – Thoughts

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Alexandria Marzano’s book is something I have never read before. It’s her story interlaced with another man’s story. Her narrative runs parallel, alternating her experience with Ricky’s one.
A woman who in her childhood was molested by her grandfather, and a man who is a child molester, and then a murderer.
It’s an emotionally raw story, a true story.
I’ve found it very well written, a powerful way to convey not only the author’s feelings but also what she felt investigating Ricky’s story. It makes you ask yourself questions.
The book is excellent in every aspect, as it puts light into a subject that it’s often neglected. I admire Marzano’s courage in sharing her story, what she had to go through as a child, and how what happened to her changed her life.
It’s so very well written, sometimes you tend to forget it’s a memoir as well as a documentation of a real murder. Sometimes it seems like a page-turner novel – until you’re reminded that everything that it’s written was partly experienced by the author, and partly experienced by other people who suffered and provoked that suffering.

Ruth Ware – The Lying Game – Thoughts

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I love Ruth Ware’s books. Having read both In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10, I knew that with The Lying Game I was in for a total page-turner. The premise of this book is intriguing: four young women share a secret, something that must stay between the four of them. They know how to lie in any case. But something happens that will force one of them to seek the help of her friends, many years later.
I need you. Three words that set the path to the reveal of that secret. Only, what the friends thought was the truth turns out to be a lie.
I couldn’t put this book down, even if I wasn’t completely satisfied with the end. It was still an enjoyable, fun read. The four protagonists are very well written, each with their own heavy baggage, each with their secrets, insecurities, fears.
The setting of the book is eerie and full of the characters’ memories and actions, a reflection of their own lies and responsibilities.

Stephen King – Cose Preziose – Riflessioni

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Cose Preziose è l’ennesimo esempio della genialità di Stephen King.
Il paesino di Castle Rock assiste all’arrivo di un nuovo personaggio, il misterioso proprietario di Cose Preziose, un negozio che promette di offrire per ogni abitante un oggetto- un oggetto senza prezzo, dal significato personale e profondo. Sia esso una figurina, un ciondolo, una fotografia, un paio di occhiali, una teiera. Gli abitanti di Castle Rock saranno pronti a tutto pur di ottenere ognuno il proprio oggetto prezioso.
Ma chi è il misterioro proprietario del negozio prodigioso? Cosa si nasconde dietro alla sua aria affabile, ai suoi modi gentili, e soprattutto dietro alle insolite richieste fatte come riscossione degli oggetti in vendita?
King dipinge un ritratto realistico delle debolezze umane, dei desideri, delle presunzioni.
Pur essendo lungo, questo libro si legge con rapidità, si rimane rapiti dalla storia e dai personaggi.
Il finale mi ha lasciata piuttosto perplessa, soprattutto in quanto mi è sembrata sbrigativo, dopo aver costruito i preamboli in maniera così astuta e dettagliata.
Nel complesso si tratta di una storia coinvolgente, e con quel tocco che solo Stephen King sa dare ai propri romanzi.