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It's still Monday over here so I wanted to write about the books I read last month. I'm keeping up with my resolution of reading thirty books this year over at Goodreads, and thanks to the Better World Reading Challenge and the buddy system over at [ profile] thestoryinside (an awesome Book Club LJ community where you get paired up to choose each other's books for that month) I'm not having a problem in picking my next book.


My first book was The Girl in the Fridge by Etgar Keret, a collection of short stories. I picked this one from my box of books I've yet to read. I've only read two other books by the author and I ended up loving them, he's got a warped sense of humor and there's an underlying darkness in his work that's thought provoking. But I didn't love this one as much. The stories are very short--there's nothing wrong with that--but I couldn't enjoy them the same. I can't pinpoint the exact reason why that was, maybe something was lost in translation, but I couldn't care for every single story, some where even boring. I gave it three stars. Still, I liked some of the stories a lot. I'm full of contradictions when it comes to The Girl on the Fridge.

A birthday-party magician whose hat tricks end in horror and gore; a girl parented by a major household appliance; the possessor of the lowest IQ in Mossad -- such are the denizens of Etgar Keret's dark and fertile mind. The Girl on the Fridge contains the best of Keret's first collections, the ones that made him a household name in Israel and the major discovery of this last decade.

This book ticked off the following boxes from the BW Reading Challenge:
A collection of short stories
✔A book by a person of color
✔A book translated from another language


I finally listened to my friends--one in particular who has been very vocal about her love for Fforde--and read The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde and I must say I don't know why it took me so long to do so. The book had been stored on my kindle app for nearly a year and I regret it took me all this time to read it. Fforde has a way with words, they're full of whimsy and an unique cleverness, and I loved the fantastical world he created.

In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic

A fantasy novel
A book that's been adapted into a movie *(I need to watch the movie)


Next it was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne. I'll try to steer away from spoilers with this one, because I have a lot of feeling about it. It ended up being a 2.5 stars book for me. It was nice to be back in the Wizarding World with Harry and Co. and their progeny but I was disappointed. I felt some of the characters were OC and that their growth doesn't show. Plus, the plot wasn't exactly stellar. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. It just was. But I do have to say that my faves where Draco and his son Scorpius, they have such a beautiful relationship, I wouldn't mind an entire book about them. Another highlight is the cute bromance between Scorpius and Albus. Though Albus annoyed me sometimes, lol.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


So far One Man Guy by Michael Barakive is a light, cute book about first loves. We'll see by the end ;)

Alek Khederian should have guessed something was wrong when his parents took him to a restaurant. Everyone knows that Armenians never eat out. Between bouts of interrogating the waitress and criticizing the menu, Alek’s parents announce that he’ll be attending summer school in order to bring up his grades. Alek is sure this experience will be the perfect hellish end to his hellish freshman year of high school. He never could’ve predicted that he’d meet someone like Ethan.

Ethan is everything Alek wishes he were: confident, free-spirited, and irreverent. He can’t believe a guy this cool wants to be his friend. And before long, it seems like Ethan wants to be more than friends. Alek has never thought about having a boyfriend—he’s barely ever had a girlfriend—but maybe it’s time to think again.

Date: 2017-02-14 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
One Man Guy sounds cute. :-)

Date: 2017-02-15 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It is really cute :3

Date: 2017-02-14 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sounds like some interesting ones. :)

Date: 2017-02-15 01:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They were, but I liked The Last Dragonslayer the most :)

Date: 2017-02-14 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The Last Dragonslayer definitely sounds like my sort of thing!

Date: 2017-02-15 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I really recommend it. It's fantastic! :D

Date: 2017-02-15 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Great summations!

Date: 2017-02-15 08:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! 😊😊

Date: 2017-02-15 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know HP Cursed Child wasn't for everyone. It has a different style to it since it's written by three people instead of just JK. I always know when her humour shines through (Mostly with Albus and Scorpius - plus Rose!), so it made me so happy to see relationships possibly starting there. I heard spoilers about the play long before the book came out, so I wasn't shocked by what I read - but the ending - when Harry actually witnesses you-know-what...ugh. Heartbreaking.

I just finished One Man Guy last night. I'm curious to your review when you finish :)

Date: 2017-02-16 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I kept myself away from spoilers but still wasn't so surprised with Delphi, she was suspicious from the get go xD Yeah, I think my main problem with the story were the adults not so much the style. Harry as a parent totally failed and the reasons why were not enough for acting the way he did imo, and omg, Ron, poor Ron. His character was so cringe worthy for me, I understand he was the comic relief, but he was only the punchline. Other than that, I actually liked some parts a lot, like Scorpius, his dialogue, his love for his family and friends made him relatable and endearing, Albus was very smart but his woe-is-me wasn't cute, I'm willling to let it go as him being young. I wish Rose had appeared more, she's a character that deserves to be developed further, she's bound to be kickass. Also Draco is an awesome dad 💚 idk, I didn't totally hate it but still I won't think about it as the eight book hahahah awww, yes, my heart broke, that scene was beautifully written. 😢

I'm almost done with it, I know it's a short book but school assignments have taken up most of my time so I had to push it aside 😑

Date: 2017-02-19 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay books! You just reminded me that I wanted to check in with the Better World Challenge and see which ones I can check off already ;)
"The Girl on the Fridge" sounds interesting and like exactly my kind of humour. The way you describe his writing style reminds me a little of Roald Dahl...if you've read any of his, would you say that's accurate?

Date: 2017-02-21 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh it never occurred to me to compare their styles, I'd say yes on the humor, Dahl is more whimsical imo 😀😀
Edited Date: 2017-02-21 10:50 pm (UTC)


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