Celeste Ng – Everything I never told you
When reading the title of this book I thought it would be about two lovers that grew apart or something in this genre. Yet when reading the description of the book, it was about something completely different.
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know it yet. 1977, May 3, six thirty in the morning, no one knows anything but this innocuous fact : Lydia is late for breakfast.”
The book starts with these words. They immediately send you on a rollercoaster of thoughts. Who is Lydia? What happened to her?
Throughout the book you get to meet Lydia and her family. You get the whole history of the family of five. Mother, father, Lydia, her brother and her little sister.
At first I started wandering what happened to Lydia, but as I was reading along I got distracted with the stories about all the family members that I forgot for a while. It went on like this for a few chapters, until you stumble back upon the present. In the beginning I had some speculations on what had happened to Lydia, but as I read along these thoughts shifted constantly.
The book isn’t chronological, it switches from the past to the present and back again. Everything is connected so well that I almost couldn’t take any breaks from reading.
As I read along every character became very strong, as if I knew them.
It’s such a well written book and I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys seeing characters develop throughout a book, who enjoys reading about family bonds and likes to be kept in the dark for almost 290 pages.
Jonas Karlsson – The invoice
I picked this book up in the library because of the cover. As you can see it’s very minimalistic, I like the handwritten title and the drawing of the man standing there with two ice cream scoops looking at the sun. It immediately spiked my interest and I had to take it home with me. As I found out after finishing the book, the cover really unifies with the story.
Quick summary, the main character of this book is a film enthusiast and works in a video store in Sweden. You never really get to know the main character by name, it didn’t really bother me until some point, it wasn’t until the author writes down sentences like “I heard her call my name from down there several times“. Little curiousity there, what’s his name?!
He gets an invoice saying he needs to pay a lot of money. At first the book felt as if it could be situated in these modern times, yet still feels so foreign. I don’t want to say anything more about this book because that would spoil your experience.
I highly recommend this book, I felt as if I really got to know the main character because you get so immersed in his thoughts. The way he looks at things and describes them is admirable. Besides the character, I would recommend reading it for the strong, well written story.
Ben Gijsemans – Hubert
This book might be my favourite birthdaygift that I ever got. When turning every page you get another beautifully illustrated piece on paper. I highly admire Ben Gijsemans his drawing technique and use of colours. The story follows a middle aged man called Hubert, who spends his days in museums and in his apartment. It isn’t a grand eventful story, but because of it’s pureness of reality I highly recommend buying or borrowing it from somewhere.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin
A book about a man, A.J. Fikry, who has a bookshop with his wife. He has some setbacks in his life which makes him change as a person. The beginning of the book follows a spokesperson for a publisher who travels to the island on which A.J. Fikry lives. Through her eyes you get to see a grumpy old man who doesn’t like anything anymore.
Throughout the book my opinion on the man changed, this is due a few things that happen. I won’t go into further detail, just to avoid spoilers. As the title says, it’s the storied life of A.J. Fikry. By turning every page you walk through his life.
The book made me (heavily) cry.
Blast – Manu Larcenet
Each month I set myself a goal to read a few books, for the past two months I’ve chosen the books before the month even started. Blast was one of those to-read books, I didn’t have much time to finish it, so this one will come along to my March book review.
Wide Vercnocke – Wildvlees
This graphic novel is drawn and written by a graduate from Luca School of Arts (Brussels), Wide Vercnocke, it’s the school where I am currently a student. When I saw this book in the library I was extremely fascinated by the use of colour on the cover. The book itself hasn’t many words in it, but every image tells the story perfectly. I had such a weird feeling after finishing this book. The story itself is very unlikely to happen in real life, mostly because of the absurdity.