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Name: Marylou


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Torn apart: the vicious war over young adult books

The Black Witch - Laurie ForestI'm reading The Black Witch by Laurie Forest now and I find these articles very interesting.  


This was so beautiful.

It happens many times...


Sunday Book Prompt Tag

Happy Sunday & Happy Father's Day!!

I always enjoy looking around for new books to lose myself into. Whether it's fantasy, biography or romance, I love reading reviews here at Booklikes and adding stuff in my to be read pile. And that's the beauty of this site and how it stands out from goodreads, for example. It encourages discussion more I think, without promoting the 'most read' or the 'most anticipated' books. There is nothing wrong with those kind of lists, but I always find that I enjoy digging around to find my next read. And what better way than reading a passionate review by someone whose opinion you respect?


Inspired by posts by Moonlight Reader and Irresponsible Reader, I wanted to start another sort of weekly book discussion: I will think of a prompt and you can share your book experience related to it. It can be either a book you want to read or a book you can't stop talking about and just need another excuse to recommend it. Feel free to come up with your own idea prompts and don't forget to tag it "sundaybookprompt". My hope is to get to know each other a little bit better and of course discover great books in the process!

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The Grace Year

The Grace Year - Kim Liggett

White ribbons for the young girls, red for the grace year girls, and black for the wives.
Innocence. Blood. Death.

The Grace Year has gotten already a lot of hype. Pitched as a combination of two very popular books you can easily see why. Heck, this is why I requested an ARC in the first place.


However, I was disappointed in the end, as in my personal opinion, the book needs more polish. I could fill this review with things I liked, with highlighted quotes, but I won't. Sure, the society depicted is very dark and the author walks you through the story with a lot of skill giving you snippets of the way things work, but (that dreadful word) a lot of the relationships felt a) predictable and b) not fully fleshed out.


And that's mainly where the book was weak: the characters. From the main protagonist, whom we follow trying to piece the story together, to the side characters, who are in the end just that: side characters.


Additionally, there were a lot of instances when I wanted to know more about them, which brings me to another problem I had with the book: the pacing. I read the story on a kindle, which showed the reading progress in the corner. At around 70%, the pace picked up and by the end I felt like whole sections were skipped. Even the ending left more to be desired.


Overall, this will be discussed a lot when it will be published eventually in the fall. It will probably be hailed as one of the best blends of dystopian and feminist books ever. I won't be in that crowd. I will tell you what I honestly thought of it: it's an enjoyable read that has its moments and all the makings of a great book, hence the 3 ½ stars but it's far from the best ever written. 


Reviews Published80%Professional Reader

I have no shelf control #2

Usually calibre is a great way to keep track of all my books, both digital and physical copies (I even have a catalog for my audiobooks as well) but I want a more visual way  to keep track of all the stuff I borrow/buy/preorder. 

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My name is Marylou and I am addicted to books...!
My name is Marylou and I am addicted to books...!

Aren't we all here???


SYNC 2019 - Week 18

 ✒ Keep in mind that the titles are available only within a specific time frame - so hurry!

 ✒ See all offered books here.



by Mary Roach | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Published by Tantor Audio

"America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn't the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of—or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists—who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts. Like all of Roach's books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.


by Ursula Dubosarsky | Read by Kate Rudd

Published by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio

There were only eleven of them, like eleven sisters all the same age in a large family.... On the television news they heard gunfire and the sound of helicopter blades and bombs falling. The little girls hung on to the brink of a hugeness that they knew was there but had no way of discovering. The Vietnam War rages overseas, but back at home, in a year that begins with the hanging of one man and ends with the drowning of another, eleven schoolgirls embrace their own chilling history when their teacher abruptly goes missing on a field trip. Who was the mysterious poet they met in the garden? What actually happened that day? And most important, who can they tell about it? In beautifully crafted prose that shimmers and fades, Ursula Dubosarsky reveals how a single shared experience can alter the course of young lives forever. Part gripping thriller, part ethereal tale of innocence lost, The Golden Day is a poignant study of fear and friendship, and of what it takes to come of age with courage.


"Book collectors do not buy books to read - they buy
books because they have read them."

-André Gide

This YA Fantasy Is a Love Letter to Magical Libraries, read the interview with Margaret Rogerson. 

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Waiting for Wednesday #2 - The Affair of the Mysterious Letter

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter - Alexis Hall

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted @BreakingtheSpine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Vassa in the Night

Upon returning to the city of Khelathra-Ven after five years fighting a war in another universe, Captain John Wyndham finds himself looking for somewhere to live, and expediency forces him to take lodgings at 221b Martyrs Walk. His new housemate is Ms. Shaharazad Haas, a consulting sorceress of mercurial temperament and dark reputation.

When Ms. Haas is enlisted to solve a case of blackmail against one of her former lovers, Miss Eirene Viola, Captain Wyndham finds himself drawn into a mystery that leads him from the salons of the literary set to the drowned back-alleys of Ven and even to a prison cell in lost Carcosa. Along the way he is beset by criminals, menaced by pirates, molested by vampires, almost devoured by mad gods, and called upon to punch a shark. 

But the further the companions go in pursuit of the elusive blackmailer, the more impossible the case appears. Then again, in Khelathra-Ven reality is flexible, and the impossible is Ms. Haas' stock-in-trade.

This week's pick is The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall (Expected Publication: Jun 18th 2019).  I mean that synopsis is really promising! What do you think?


Which book is in the top of your to buy lists?

Sorcery of thorns

Sorcery of Thorns - Margaret Rogerson

For these were not ordinary books the libraries kept. They were knowledge, given life. Wisdom, given voice. They sang when starlight streamed through the library’s windows. They felt pain and suffered heartbreak. Sometimes they were sinister, grotesque—but so was the world outside.❞

I buy lots of books and borrow even more, so I am constantly forgetting the detailed book plots of my purchases, unless I instantly start reading after buying/borrowing the book. I dove into this one knowing some vague information that it has something to do with magical libraries and yeah basically that was it - not that I really needed anything else.. I started a mini bookclub with my sister and began reading the Red Queen. Since I thought it was extremely boring, I picked this one to read instead, much to my sister's dismay.


❝ For all the girls who found themselves in books❞, the dedication page reads and I'm instantly intrigued.


I really breezed through Sorcery of Thorns. It had everything I wanted to read at the moment: sorcerers, demons, bad-ass librarians, rituals, sword fights, a touch of romance and freaking magical books. The characters were likable, especially the female protagonist Elizabeth. (Can I add here how much I appreciated the fact that the characters had normal names for once? Not some two-three syllable/too many vowel/sounds like a ancient or nordic name that most of the books appear to have these days.) 


Margaret Rogerson managed to create a world I did not want to leave and characters I really rooted for. The pacing was easy to follow, but the plot honestly is not something that will blow you away, as it was a bit on the predictable side but the atmosphere of the book was so well done that I did not mind. My only complaint is that I wish it was a bit longer.

But this is a library,” she replied in surprise. “What do they expect—that the books won’t try to bite off their fingers?

Overall this was a fantastic read that I highly recommend if someone is looking for a well defined standalone fantasy book. 


Sister BFFs

Sister BFFs - Philippa Rice

Sister BFFs follows a pair of sisters who are not quite adults, but trying desperately to act like them. From job searches to embarrassing encounters with former crushes, these twenty-something sisters navigate the ups, downs, and in-betweens of early adulthood – together. Loosely based on the author’s own life, Sister BFFs celebrates the complicated love-hate relationship between sisters to hilarious effect. They tease and trick each other but always stay loyal.

This was a fun read!

Philippa Rice wrote Soppy an adorable graphic novel that featured real life moments with her boyfriend. In this one however she illustrates memories with her sister. Having a sister myself, I felt a personal connection to a lot of the stories. 


That one actually happened not long ago, as we were watching on YouTube excellent auditions in talent shows:


Booklikes-opoly 2.0 aka the 2019 edition! *Master Post*


So here we are! A few links first:

The Rules

The Board Pieces

And of course the board:

 Dice used found here.

 My adorable "pawn":

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