It's Monday October 20, 2014! What are you reading?

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It's Monday! What are You Reading! is a weekly hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This weekly is meant to keep you people updated on what I read the last week and what I am planning to read the upcoming week.

And the week has gone again and I am not even sure what I did. I spend a lot of time in the theatre this weekend. I saw Sweeney Todd, The Normal Heart and Soldaat van Oranje. I spend a few hours cheering the people reading for Dewey's read-a-thon. So not to much reading. I did manage to finish The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness.

The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

I am currently reading two books which is pretty weird as I am not the best multiple books at a time reader. But Who Should Sing 'Ol' Man River'?: The Lives of an American Song by Todd Decker is coming with a playlist and it is simply not always convenient to play the songs coming with the book. So I am reading Five by Ursula Archer on the side.

Who Should Sing 'Ol' Man River'?: The Lives of an American Song by Todd Decker Five by Ursula Archer

Next up is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Review: The Cure for Dreaming, Cat Winters

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*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*
Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women

Cat Winters’s critically acclaimed debut novel, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, was named a 2014 Morris Award Finalist, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, and a 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee. Cat lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids.

This was an interesting read about being able to decide about your own future, your own life. Brought with a but of magic, Dracula and some very opinionated human beings this is an interesting story how a father tries to mute his daughter by hypnosis.
I really enjoyed the story of Olivia and Henri. There is a lot going on between them in different stages of the story. The choices made influence their relationship and it works out really nice. It is a book that makes you consider a lot of things but it is brought in a light way leaving it up to the reader how much he wants to dive into the subject.

The Cure for Dreaming
Author: Cat Winters
Publisher: Amulet
Pages: 368
Format: eArc
ISBN-10: 1419712160
ISBN-13: 9781419712166
Amulet: Hardcover
The Cure for Dreaming
4 stars

Wishlist Wednesday: We Were Liars, E. Lockhart

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Wishlist Wednesday is a weeklies hosted by Pen to Paper. As I have enough wishes when it comes to books I decided to join this weekly and tell you about them. I am obviously curious about the books on your wishlist too so feel free to leave a message.

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

This book is everywhere. First raving and not so raving reviews and after on everyone's lists of best books, disappointing books, wanted books etc. I am curious about this book!

It's Monday October 13 2014! What are you reading?

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It's Monday! What are You Reading! is a weekly hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This weekly is meant to keep you people updated on what I read the last week and what I am planning to read the upcoming week.

I have had a lot of trouble sleeping again last week. Making it difficult to really concentrate on my reading. As I was reading this great story I felt kind of bad about it. I did manage to finish two books, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North which made a clean jump to my favorite shelf and Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll

I am currently reading The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness.

The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

Next up are Who Should Sing 'Ol' Man River'?: The Lives of an American Song by Todd Decker and Five by Ursula Archer.

Who Should Sing 'Ol' Man River'?: The Lives of an American Song by Todd Decker Five by Ursula Archer

Review: All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

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*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*
Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret.
Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father’s life, until he discovers a knack for engineering. His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy, but his way out of obscurity is built on suffering.
At the same time, far away in a walled city by the sea, an old man discovers new worlds without ever setting foot outside his home. But all around him, impending danger closes in.

Anthony Doerr was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He has won various awards and prizes for his short stories and works of fiction. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two sons.

I loved the writing. It is easy to connect with all the characters. The stories of both Marie-Laure and Werner growing up while the war is approaching. Seeing the choices made for them or chances given it is easy to see the consequences and all you can hope for is that both stay safe. I did feel Werner was kept a bit on the good side. His only interest being the radios and obviously questioning the actions performed by the Germans during the war. I do think there was space to have Werner understand the German side of the war more. He was a bit to good. Still the loneliness and grief both characters endure in this difficult period jump from the pages taking a grip on your emotion and keep you reading.
Though I prefer a linear time in my stories the going back and forth in time in this book did not bother me. Chapters were closed and new ones started making it obvious in one sentence where and when it was happening.

All The Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
Publisher: 4th Estate
Pages: 531
Format: eArc
ISBN-10: 0007548664
ISBN-13: 9780007548668
4th Estate: eBook | Hardcover | Audiobook
All The Light We Cannot See
4 stars

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