A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Review)

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Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! what just happened? What was that? I sat down with this and just devoured it…. In one go (with an appropriate break to make coffee and go to the loo!)
It was absolutely amazing! Want to see how awesome I thought it was??

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I’m starting to run out of superlatives…

So hauntingly beautiful.

It captured the frustration, fear and guilt of Conor perfectly. Coping with a broken family, sick mother, irritating Grandmother, absent father, lack of friends and bullying, not to mention visits from a giant tree monster…. wow!

I’m at a loss for words to explain why this was so good, just go read it for yourself.
Seriously one of the best books I have EVER read!!

Finished on January 18th 2017

5stars

Counting towards the following challenges:

Book Riot #ReadHarder2017

You can buy this book here if you wish:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Review)

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In the 150 years since the end of the Civil War and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, the story of race and America has remained a brutally simple one, written on flesh: it is the story of the black body, exploited to create the country’s foundational wealth, violently segregated to unite a nation after a civil war, and, today, still disproportionately threatened, locked up and killed in the streets. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can America reckon with its fraught racial history?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ attempt to answer those questions, presented in the form of a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son the story of his own awakening to the truth about history and race through a series of revelatory experiences: immersion in nationalist mythology as a child; engagement with history, poetry and love at Howard University; travels to Civil War battlefields and the South Side of Chicago; a journey to France that reorients his sense of the world; and pilgrimages to the homes of mothers whose children’s lives have been taken as American plunder. Taken together, these stories map a winding path towards a kind of liberation—a journey from fear and confusion, to a full and honest understanding of the world as it is.

Nope. Sorry. I didn’t like it. I wanted to. I really wanted to. Maybe I need to read something less angry and more coherent.
I don’t want to be on the receiving end of some horrid comments about how I just don’t understand because I’m white and therefore privileged. You don’t know what my life has been like so don’t judge.
OK, so my problem with this is that the author tries to simplify everything down to race. No social class, home situation, financial background, education level, just RACE. Some white folks have had really underprivileged lives. Some black people have had really fortunate lives. Not everything can be boiled down to skin colour.
A woman pushes your child out of the way, she might not be racist, she might just be in a hurry or your kid could’ve been in the way. You kick up a fuss and someone threatens the police, not because they’re racist necessarily, but because you’re acting like a prat.
Sorry but life isn’t as simple as black and white, there is a heck of a lot of grey (and other colours) in between.

Somewhere between 1 & 2 stars, because some good points were made, before spiraling off into a diatribe.

Finished on January 16th 2017

2stars

You can buy the book here if you wish:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

Library Book Haul!

OK. I’m a bad girl. A really bad girl.

I said to myself I wasn’t going to buy any new books until I had read more of the ones I already own. Then I went to the library. I went to get a returns label printed off for a parcel, and ended up looking round… BAD BAD IDEA!!!!

I ended up with 7 new books… I suppose I was good though, because I didn’t BUY any 😉

Here’s what I got….

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  • Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  • The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch
  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • What We Saw At Night by Jacqueline Mitchard

Aren’t they lovely?????

The Dinner is the book of the month at my library (so I had to get it although I have no idea what it’s about)

I now HAVE to read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (which was a Christmas present to myself after hearing some amazing things about it) because A Court of Mist and Fury is number 2 in the series!

The others are books I’ve heard a lot about, or have a vague recollection of being told to read by someone somewhere, apart from What We Saw At Night, which just sounds amazing. Here’s the synopsis….

Three teenagers with XP (a life-threatening allergy to sunlight) are a species unto themselves. As seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Allie Kim, they roam the silent streets, looking for adventure while others sleep. On a random summer night, while scaling a building like any other, the three happen to peer into an empty apartment and glimpse an older man with what looks like a dead girl. A game of cat-and-mouse ensues that escalates through the underground world of hospital confinement, off-the-grid sports and forbidden love.

Looks like I’ve got some serious reading to do!!!!!!