Wishlist Wednesday: The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt

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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.
The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt
After years of watching her work ignored or dismissed by critics, Burden conducts an experiment she calls Maskings: she presents her own art behind three male masks, concealing her female identity.
The three solo shows are successful, but when Burden finally steps forward triumphantly to reveal herself as the artist behind the exhibitions, there are critics who doubt her. The public scandal turns on the final exhibition, initially shown as the work of acclaimed artist Rune, who denies Burden’s role in its creation. What no one doubts, however, is that the two artists were intensely involved with each other. As Burden’s journals reveal, she and Rune found themselves locked in a charged and dangerous game that ended with the man’s bizarre death.

Scandal, death and art. This sounds as something that could be so much fun. It is getting good reviews from some trusted readers and I love the cover.
Whats on your wishlist this week?

It's Monday August 25 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 am slowly catching up with my challenge. Still spend a few days home last week to recover from my ear infection and managed to finish & Sons by David Gilbert, Season to Taste by Natalie Young and  Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie.

&Sons by David Gilber Season to Taste by Natalie Young Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie

I am about to finish Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Next up are IT by Stephen King, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker.

IT by Stephen King All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker

Review: We Are Not Ourselves, Matthew Thomas

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*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*
We Are Not Ourselves, Matthew Thomas
Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed.
When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn’t aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream.
Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house, but as years pass it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper psychological shift. An inescapable darkness enters their lives, and Eileen and Ed and their son Connell try desperately to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known, and to preserve, against long odds, an idea they have cherished of the future.

Matthew Thomas was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where he received the Graduate Essay Award. He lives with his wife and twin children in New Jersey.

The book tells both the stories of Eileen and her son Connell growing up.
I liked Eileen's story. The way she is dreaming about her future but keeping it real the same time. Understanding what might be within her reach but not giving up on thinking bigger. I do feel it brought her chances she would not have gotten otherwise. Though her action can be seen as bold at points most of them turn out well. I did have a big problem with her emotional development specially towards Connell. When just born she obviously loves him and at some point she does not know exactly what to do with him any more but there is never a clear turning point for me. I did not understand the why.
I appreciated Connell's part of the story too. Eileen is very much about not making the same mistakes her parents made with raising her and it is interesting to read how Connell experiences his life.
I really liked the approach in Ed's story, the emotions coming with a disease like his are all pointed out without disrespecting any of the reactions.
Still the book left me with an 'I am fine that it is over feeling' I am not sure why though. It was pretty lengthy with 640 pages... maybe a bit to much. It was slow in development and there was a distance from the emotional life from the characters for most of the part but I still felt connected in a way. I can only say I am not really sure what happened and am really curious how other people who read the book experienced it.

We Are Not Ourselves
Author: Matthew Thomas
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 640
Format: eArc
ISBN-10: 147675666X
ISBN-13: 9781476756660
Simon & Schuster: eBook | Hardcover | Audiobook
We Are Not Ourselves
3 stars

Wishlist Wednesday: The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton

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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.



On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella's world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

Two covers on top of this post because it is going to be difficult to choose between. I have seen both in the shop already and they are both pretty. And that last sentence from that synopsis.... now I simply need to know how this story goes.

Its Monday August 18 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.

So who else is running behind on their reading challenge this year? Having this huge ear infection on both ears kept me home last week. Guessing this would help me catch up a bit I mostly managed to sleep a fair amount of time and made that I did not want to read the books I was reading picking up pieces from different books here and there. In the end I did manage to finish Victus: The fall of Barcelona by Albert Sánchez Piñol and How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran.

Victus: The fall of Barcelona by Albert Sánchez Piñol How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

I decided to just pick up something I felt most like reading and am currently working my way trough & Sons by David Gilbert.

& Sons by David Gilbert

Next have Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie lined up.

Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie
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