It's Monday September 29 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 finished two books last week. Had hoped for three after last week but had an extra morning of nunchaku this week, visited the musical 'Moeder ik wil bij de revue' and the garden really need attention. I finished The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton which was not really what I had expected... review to come. I also finished The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter.

I am currently reading The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan.

The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan

Next up is The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall.

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall

Review: How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran

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*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*
How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran
It's 1990. Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there's no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde—fast-talking, hard-drinking gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer. She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer—like Jo in Little Women, or the Brontës—but without the dying-young bit.
By sixteen, she's smoking cigarettes, getting drunk, and working for a music paper. She's writing pornographic letters to rock stars, having all the kinds of sex with all the kinds of men, and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less.
But what happens when Johanna realizes she's built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters, and a head full of paperbacks enough to build a girl after all?
Caitlin Moran (born Catherine Elizabeth Moran; 5 April 1975) is an English broadcaster, TV critic and columnist at The Times, where she writes three columns a week: one for the Saturday Magazine, a TV review column, and the satirical Friday column "Celebrity Watch". Moran is British Press Awards (BPA) Columnist of the Year for 2010, and both BPA Critic of the Year 2011, and Interviewer of the Year 2011. She lives in London with her husband and two daughters.

I really had to let this one sink in before writing my review. I am still not really sure. I did enjoy parts of the book. The struggle to become an adult and get to do something you like. The way Johanna approaches things and think things out trying to make a better future for herself and her family. The manner in how she finds her own way to get what she wants. I really enjoyed that part. Still I was left with some anger and annoyance with her. I did not really enjoy what she felt she had to do to to get the attention she wanted. I do think the story is a clear one about the insecurities a teenager can experience.

How to Build a Girl
Author: Caitlin Moran
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
ISBN-10: 0062335995
ISBN-13: 9780062335999
Harper: eBook | Hardcover | Audiobook
How to Build a Girl
3 stars

Wishlist Wednesday: J, Howard Jacobson

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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.

 J, Howard JacobsonTwo people fall in love, not yet knowing where they have come from or where they are going. Kevern doesn't know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a world starting with a J. It wasn't then, and isn't now, the time or place to be asking questions. Ailinn too has grown up in the dark about who she was or where she came from. On their first date Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. He doesn't ask who hurt her. Brutality has grown commonplace. They aren't sure if they have fallen in love of their own accord, or whether they've been pushed into each other's arms. But who would have pushed them, and why?

It is difficult to describe why this book made it to my wishlist without any doubt. It sounds sweet but you get the feeling something terrible will be happening at some point. I felt intrigued reading the synopsis. 

It's Monday September 22nd 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.

We had some great weather still last week feeling like summer but the leaves are starting to fall. I love autumn though I would not mind if less spiders would pick my garden for their new house. I finished 4 books last week! First obviously the book I was reading last week All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. After I picked up The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott, Neil Gaiman's The Last Temptation and The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winter.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott

The Last Temptation by Neil Gaiman The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winter

I am currently reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.



I am not sure yet what is next either The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan or The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter.

The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter

What are you reading?

Review: Gutenberg's Apprentice, Alix Christie

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*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*
Gutenberg's Apprentice, Alix Christie
Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to corrupt, feud-plagued Mainz to meet “a most amazing man.”
Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, has devised a revolutionary—and to some, blasphemous—method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. Fust is financing Gutenberg’s workshop and he orders Peter, his adopted son, to become Gutenberg’s apprentice. Resentful at having to abandon a prestigious career as a scribe, Peter begins his education in the “darkest art.”
As his skill grows, so, too, does his admiration for Gutenberg and his dedication to their daring venture: copies of the Holy Bible. But mechanical difficulties and the crushing power of the Catholic Church threaten their work. As outside forces align against them, Peter finds himself torn between two father figures: the generous Fust, who saved him from poverty after his mother died; and the brilliant, mercurial Gutenberg, who inspires Peter to achieve his own mastery.

Alix Christie was born and raised in California, studied philosophy at Vassar College and got a degree journalism from U.C. Berkeley. She has reported for newspapers in California and from Europe as a foreign correspondent, including the Washington Post, The Guardian, The San Francisco Chronicle and Salon.com. Christie currently reviews books and arts for The Economist.

I received this book for review and it is by far one of the most beautiful ARC's I ever received. The cover was so pretty I stared at it for a few minutes. The chapters are all starting with a beautiful print leaving no doubt that this book is about the art of printing.
As I am Dutch I have been taught that Laurens Janszoon Coster is the person discovering the art of printing but I was aware of other stories and a lot of people were working on this technique at the same time.
I really loved Peter. He might be to soft most of the story though. I would not have mind if he had stand up for himself more but I think that is just me not really understanding his position towards both Fust and Gutenberg.
I enjoyed the atmosphere in the story. It was easy to imagine the city and the people. The way people would react if they would find out about the art Peter and Gutenberg were performing. The excitement about the work and the inventions they were working on.

Gutenberg's Apprentice
Author: Alix Christie
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
ISBN-10: 0062336010
ISBN-13: 9780062336019
Harper: eBook | Hardcover | Audiobook
Gutenberg's Apprentice
4 stars

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