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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
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.