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Candice Austen's books

I'm a french twenty-something, creative mind, bookworm with the strength of a nerdfighter and mainly a web-graphic-designer-web-developer.

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The Waves
Virginia Woolf
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak

Well, it's 9' am and I'm trying new things. Can you blame me ?

Lovely, Dark and Deep - Amy McNamara http://thebeautifulstillness.net/lovely-dark-and-deep-by-amy-mcnamara/

I was really overwhelmed by this book, such a great story. If I might say, it was lovely but also dark and deep. I wasn’t really expecting anything, I picked this one out because the cover was pretty, I liked the title and that’s it.

I couldn’t have made a better choice. This is a deep story that made me question myself and helped me -in a certain way- to cope with some events.

First of all McNamara did a good job regarding grief, it always seems “too much” in certain books, but this one is really honest. Her writing is very poetic, but that’s no coincidence she has a MFA in poetry.

The characters are lovely, they are all flawed in their own way, very different from each other; they felt quite real to me. I could imagine myself being Wren, that’s what I loved so much about this story. I could put myself in her shoes, feel her pain, cry her tears, and I would have reacted the same way she did.

Favourite Character: Wren
Favourite Quote: “I came here because it’s pine-dark and the ocean is wild. The kind of quiet-noise you need when there’s too much going on in your head. Like the water and the woods are doing all the feeling, and I can hang out, quiet as a headstone, in a between place. A blank I can bear.”
Playlist: Christopher O’Riley – True Love Waits. Something calm, peaceful, sad and poetic.
Bossypants - Tina Fey So funny, geez. Queen Tina ! Can't wait for Amy's though.
Pride and Prejudice - Hugo Petrus, Nancy Butler, Jane Austen Urg. I didn't really liked the artwork. I mean, Lizzie is too bimbo or something..
Barbe Bleue - Amélie Nothomb 3.5

Read it in two hours, I liked it but not that much. I don't know, her writing was kind of strange in this one.
Inside HBO's Game of Thrones - Bryan Cogman This is just a brilliant book that I got for Christmas. I really, really enjoyed reading it and browsing through the pictures.
As a huge fan of the books and the show, I highly recommend it.
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green Even before I ordered this book, I knew I'd love it. When I got it in my hands, I tried to resist to read it right away. Eventually, I started it, and I couldn't let it go. I needed to witness Hazel Grace's life, I needed to feel what she was feeling.

Of course I cried like a baby. Of course I'm still obsessed with this book.

I think I had never experimented such grief over a book before, and I'm thankful for it, really. I must be masochist or something, but I am thankful.

Anyway, my thoughts are stars I can't fathom into constellations, so I'm going to stop this 'review' right now.

Read it. Trust me.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky One of the most sincere, heartfelt, beautiful, moving book I have ever read in my entire life.

A Clash of Kings  - George R.R. Martin MIND-BLOWING.
The Hours - Michael Cunningham You should read this while listening to the OST. Mind-blowing. It's so beautiful.
The Help - Kathryn Stockett A brilliant book you ought to read. Much better than the film (even though i liked it).
Belle du Seigneur - Albert Cohen I've just started it. hope it won't take me too long to finish it.
Marie-Antoinette - Stefan Zweig, Alzir Hella Amazing. Zweig is indeed a great author.
Le Voyage d'Anna Blume - Paul Auster, Patrick Ferragut Heartbreaking.
Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates That's it. This story bewitched me. From the beginning to the end. I like every word of this book, all the feelings that it gave me. I even enjoyed the tears I shed late at night when I closed the book. In my opinion, this book is a complete masterpiece. And everyone should read it, or see it.

Tragic story, depressing.. but .. addictive and in a way lovely.
Le livre du rire et de l'oubli - Milan Kundera My English Teacher told me to read this one, and I'd like to thank her. I wasn't disappointed by this book, and as always Kundera has written a masterpiece .