Laure Eve – The Graces
Confession time: I judge books by their covers. Especially when they’re gorgeous! I noticed The Graces by Laure Eve because of the cover and was sold when I read the blurb: witches! Yes! I checked the (great!) reviews on Goodreads and when many said it was as good as The Craft I bought the book.
And, did it live up to its expectations? Unfortunately not… The book is very much like the film The Craft and since I’ve seen that movie a thousand times as a teen (I actually broke my VHS copy) I was expecting the whole plot-change very early on in the book. The character development didn’t really do it for me, I thought the Graces didn’t really come alive which made it hard for me to get the total obsession narrator River has with the family. Nevertheless the book picks up the place halfway through, and Laure’s pleasant way of writing made it hard to put down. The book will get a sequel next year which I’ll probably check out, but if you’re new to highschool witches I’d recommend you watch The Craft instead.
Lol Tolhurst – Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys
As a super fan of The Cure I couldn’t resist Cured, the bio of Lol Torhurst, one of the band’s founding members. Lol has been with the band ‘till the creation of my (and everyone else’s) favorite album Disintegration and this book gives a great peek into the early days of the band I love so much. I really enjoyed reading about the formation of the group when Lol and Robert were just teenagers, and the creation of epic albums like Faith and Pornography. The book deals with Lol’s addiction and dark times as well, he really opens up about the past. If you’re not a Cure fan you probably won’t get too excited about this book, if you are interested in the band then I definitely recommend this intimate look into their early days.
Alain de Botton – Religion for Atheists
I fell hard for Alain de Botton’s writing and perspective when I read his book on the news two years ago, yet oddly enough I never dove into the rest of his bibliography. When Religion for Atheists popped up in my Goodreads feed again I decided to immediately start reading it, and fortunately don’t regret it. In Religion for Atheists de Botton explores religion from an atheist point of view: what can we atheists learn from religion? Why does it appeal to so many people? I really enjoyed reading de Botton’s thoughts on the matter, it opened my mind on a lot of new insights and thought. Recommended reading for those of you interested in the matter, if only for Alain’s fantastic writing.
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