A little while ago, I was contacted by the lovely people over at the Wellcome Prize. I had never heard of this particular prize before (a shame, to be honest), but after gathering some more information about it, I learned that the Wellcome Prize rewards literary works that “illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our lives”. Even though I’m not scientifically skilled, nor do I know much (or anything, for that matter) about medicine – I do love reading and learning about it. Death, whilst macabre, is a fascinating subject because our conception of it has drastically changed over the years. When I was browsing their website, I noticed that When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi was on their 2017 shortlist. If you haven’t seen me post about that particular book before, I’ll take this opportunity once more to tell you that it’s one of my favourite books and it’s a must-read for anyone, really.
Juliette of het geluk van boeken: 3/5
Auteur: Christine Féret-Fleury
Uitgever: HarperCollins NL
“…Dat het vinden van een verwante ziel in een Afrikaanse roman of een Koreaans verhaal je hielp te begrijpen hoezeer alle mensen aan dezelfde kwalen leden, hoezeer ze op elkaar leken, en dat het misschien mogelijk was met elkaar te praten – naar elkaar te glimlachen, elkaar aan te raken, tekenen van herkenning uit te wisselen, maakt niet uit welke – om te proberen elkaar wat minder pijn te doen, langzaam maar gestaag?”
Op Zoek Naar: 3.5/5
Auteur: Ava Dellaira
“The funny thing about beauty is that in no way does its presence negate the truth of suffering, of injustice, of pain, but it does stand stalwart in its own right, as its own truth.”
Auteur: Frederik Backman
Uitgever: Uitgeverij Q
“People say she’s gone mad, because that’s what people who know nothing about loneliness call it.”
Hi book lovers. I wanted to talk about something else today. If you’re active on Bookstagram, you will have noticed that I (and a lot of Bookstagrammers with me) receive books for free from publishers and/or authors. In all fairness, I still can’t believe I’m lucky enough to receive books for free and I’m ridiculously grateful for it. But we (including myself) tend to forget that there are some downsides to this and I would like to talk to you about them.
Author: Neal Shusterman
Publisher: Walker Books YA
“Hope in the shadow of fear is the world’s most powerful motivator.”
Hi friends! With all the contemporaries I’ve been reviewing (okay okay, I know that’s just me exaggerating… my last two reviews were contemporary), I thought it was time to talk to you about this Dystopian book I’ve read recently. Oh, you might have heard about it, since it’s been like… EVERYWHERE. I have yet to find someone on Bookstagram that didn’t enjoy Scythe. I’m amongst the many people that thought this book was really, really cool. Curious yet?
Only Love Can Break Your Heart: 5/5
Author: Katherine Webber
Publisher: Walker Books
Hi guys! The weather is changing into Spring, and changing with it is my preference for books. The sun makes me want to read more lighthearted, contemporary YA so that’s exactly what I was aiming for when I picked up Only Love Can Break Your Heart. Boy, was I wrong about the “lighthearted” part… Whilst it definitely gave me some Spring/Summer feels by being set in the Californian desert, this book ripped out my heart, stomped on it and then revived it with an electric jolt. But I loved every second of it.
Allesbehalve Oké: 4.5/5
Auteur: Laura Steven
Uitgever: Karakter Uitgevers
“Als mensen zich meer bezighielden met aardig zijn dan met succesvol worden, zou de wereld een veel mooiere plek zijn.”
The Beast Player: 5/5
Author: Nahoko Uehashi
Publisher: Pushkin Press
“There were times when she felt herself become a prick of light in the vastness of the night sky, times when all living things, people, beasts and insects, dwindled to equal points of light twinkling in the darkness.”
Auteur: Sara Holland
Uitgever: Blossom Books
“The idea takes hold of me, somewhere deep down, and I know that as soon as I can, I will have to find my own way to the town out of time.”