Recently Read: Four Books + Ratings

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

#1 The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

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Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Nederlandse omschrijving:

Elke ochtend wacht Melanie in haar cel tot ze wordt opgehaald en naar het klaslokaal wordt gebracht.
Als ze aan de beurt is, houdt Sergeant haar onder schot terwijl twee van zijn mannen haar in de rolstoel vastgespen. Ze vinden haar niet aardig, denkt ze. Ze grapt dat ze niet zal bijten. Maar niemand lacht.

My favorite quotes:

“You can’t save people from the world. There’s nowhere else to take them.”

“It’s not just Pandora who had that inescapable flaw. It seems like everyone has been built in a way that sometimes makes them do wrong and stupid things.”

“In an age of rust, she comes up stainless steel”

“The truth is the truth, the only prize worth having. If you deny it, you’re only showing that you’re unworthy of it.”

“It’s equinox, with the world balanced between winter and summer, life and death, like a spinning ball balanced on the tip of someone’s finger.”

“Melanie thinks: when your dreams come true, your true has moved.”

“She’s as big as four-fifths of five-eighths of fuck all, but she takes no bullshit from anyone.”




#2 Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz



Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Nederlandse omschrijving:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is helaas nog niet in het Nederlands vertaald.

My favorite quotes:

“Words were different when they lived inside of you.”

“I got to thinking that poems were like people. Some people you got right off the bat. Some people you just didn’t get–and never would get.”

“I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”

“To be careful with people and with words was a rare and beautiful thing.”

“The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.”

“It was good to laugh. I wanted to laugh and laugh and laugh until I laughed myself into becoming someone else.”

“The problem with my life is that it was someone else’s idea.”



#3 The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer

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‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’

There are books you can’t stop reading, which keep you up all night.

There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real.

There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days.

The Shock of the Fall is all of these books.

The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.

Nederlandse omschrijving:

‘De schok van de val’ van de Britse auteur Nathan Filer is een boek dat iedereen ontroert en achterlaat met een glimlach. De negenjarige Matthew en zijn broer Simon sluipen tijdens hun vakantie stiekem ’s nachts naar buiten. Alleen Matthew komt veilig terug. Tien jaar later heeft hij nog steeds moeite met de gebeurtenissen van die nacht. Wat begint als een vertelling van een wanhopige jongen, verandert in het verhaal van een moedige jongeman die op zoek is naar een manier om de herinnering aan zijn broer levend te houden.

My favorite quotes:

“Reading is a bit like hallucinating.”

“Mental illness turns people inwards. That’s what I reckon. It keeps up forever trapped by the pain of our own minds, in the same way that the pain of a broken leg or a cut thumb will grab your attention, holding it so tightly that your good leg or your good thumb seem to cease to exist.”

“She’s known sadness. That’s what it is. I only just thought that as I wrote it. She’s known sadness, and it has made her kind.”

“Thinking about the past is like digging up graves”

“Some memories refuse to be locked in time or place, they are always present.”

“If we meet each other in the street, glance away and look back, we might look the same, feel the same, think the same, but the subatomic particles, the smallest parts of us that make every other part, will have rushed away, been replaced at impossible speed. We will be completely different people. Everything changes all the time.”




#4 Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (YA/Children’s Book)

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Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present — and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent’s divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self pity, or despair — it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.

Nederlandse omschrijving:

Brian vliegt als enige passagier mee in een kleine Cessna over de immense bossen van Canada. Opeens krijgt de piloot een hartaanval. Brian neemt de besturing van het vliegtuigje over en vliegt nog uren rond zonder te weten waarheen. Uiteindelijk raakt de brandstof op en stort het vliegtuigje neer in een meer. Brian weet zich te redden van de verdrinkingsdood, maar staat er dan alleen voor. Het enige dat hij bij zich heeft, is een kleine hakbijl…

My favorite quotes:

“Patience, he thought. So much of this was patience – waiting, and thinking and doing things right. So much of all this, so much of all living was patience and thinking.”

“He did not know how long it took, but later he looked back on this time of crying in the corner of the dark cave and thought of it as when he learned the most important rule of survival, which was that feeling sorry for yourself didn’t work. It wasn’t just that it was wrong to do, or that it was considered incorrect. It was more than that–it didn’t work.”

“And the last thought he had that morning as he closed his eyes was: I hope the tornado hit the moose.”

“When he sat alone in the darkness and cried and was done, all done with it, nothing had changed. His leg still hurt, it was still dark, he was still alone and the self-pity had accomplished nothing.”

“That’s all it took to solve problems – just sense.”

“Things seemed to go back and forth between reality and imagination–except that it was all reality.”



Happy reading!



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