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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Dear friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at the party even though you could have. – Opening sentence The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been on my wishlist for a very long time. I knew it was a book of note, along the same lines of The Catcher of the Rye, but for some reason I’d never quite gotten around to reading it. But then, my younger sister (and fellow book blogger) gave me a copy for Christmas and I finally got my opportunity to read it. For some reason, I had always assumed that it was written from a girl’s perspective. I don’t know why I assumed this, I think when the film came out there was a lot of focus on Emma Watson and her role, which made me think she was the…

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

I am estranged. – Opening sentence A Boy Made of Blocks isn’t the usual sort of book I’m attracted to. I’m naturally drawn to darker works of fiction; stories of politics, war, discrimination etc. (that makes me sound a bit like an emo, but I’m sure there are those of you who understand). However, after reading the synopsis of A Boy Made of Blocks – a story about a young boy with autism, and his Dad who’s a little bit lost – I was reminded of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. I loved that book, and so I took up the opportunity to read A Boy Made of Blocks for this blog tour, and I wasn’t disappointed! This is a truly heartwarming read, and one that I imagine I will read again and again whenever I am feeling down or uninspired. It starts with Alex. A thirty-something Dad to…

Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

The small, female oblong stood in the shadows beyond the doorway. – Opening sentence Harmless Like You may be one of the most haunting books I have ever read. In that sense, it reminded me a bit of Stoner, another book who’s main character lives a painfully slow and lonely life. The story is told by two narrators, Yuki and Jay, who’s stories are separated by fifty years yet are combined in an unbreakable way; mother and son. Yuki is a high-schooler in New York in the 60s. Born in Japan, her english-speaking father was assigned a position in America, so Yuki has grown-up with only her parents word for how wonderful Japan is (and how they can’t wait to go back). However, Yuki doesn’t want to go back. She has no memories of Japan, and when her parents speak in Japanese and talk about their old life it feels…

The Mountain Can Wait by Sarah Leipciger

The night was still black when Curtis pulled his suburban away from the curb and turned toward the mountain highway, leaving his apartment, his sleeping street behind him. – Opening sentence I requested a copy of The Mountain Can Wait via BookBridgr, and would like to thank Katie for accepting that request and sending me this beautiful book. Set in the Canadian mountains, The Mountain Can Wait revolves around single father Tom Berry, and his son Curtis. Tom Berry is a quiet and practical man, who owns his own forestry businesses and dreams of retiring in a restored barn where his two grown-up children can come and visit. Curtis, who is less like his father and who wears his heart on his sleeve, just wants to run and hide from the thing that he’s done. But can he run from this? And even if he can, can he run from his…

The Life of God (as Told by Himself) by Franco Ferrucci

I don’t think this is the sort of book that you can read only once. Deeply philosophical and wondrously thought-provoking, I’m not going to pretend that I fully understand and appreciate the themes and messages of the author. I initially found the narrative of God refreshing, liberating and entertaining. Ferrucci’s God awoke one day in an isolated void of nothingness. Completely alone and unable to remember anything prior to his awakening, God in his infancy is confused and unhappy wandering blind in the darkness of nothingness. Overcome with feelings of abandonment and sorrow he lets out a cry, which exploded into fragments and fell as a solitary, burning ball; God had created the sun. The first part of this story makes for great reading, and Ferrucci paints clear and detailed visions of beauty in your mind (which is a talent to be admired). God consciously experiments with creation, and quickly…

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