Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ReRead-A-Thon 2018 & GIVEAWAY: ReReading from your favorite genre

Hello readers,

a while ago Merphy told me she was thinking of doing this Read-A-Thon and that she was looking for co-hosts. How could I so no to that? I was immediately hooked and wanted to be a part of this.
I do not reread much, because really my favorite genre is crime and where is the thrill when you already know how the book is going to end?
Who is going to be the murderer? Whats the story behind the murder?
Nonetheless did I pick this prompt and I immediately knew what I was going to reread.
Now before we get to this, lets take a few steps back.

Well lets say 20 years back.

I have been an avid reader for as long as I could think. I had books over books as a child. One thing that has always been important to me was that there was a mystery in the book.

Something got stolen? - Who was the thief?

A sudden interest in a certain desk on an auction. - Why does this person want to have that desk?

Lets face it my favorite stories consistet of Tintin, Inspector Gadget and on the top of my list....drum roll please....

The Famous Five by Enid Blyton

Now as much as I loved the books as a kid, I did grew from them. And the first "adult" crime novel I picked up was a classic with a lasting impression. So here we are today. 20 years forward. 12 years after I read it for the first time.

Perfume by Patrick Süskind

It is not one of those intense crime or thriller novels where you have a case in the beginning or some mystery that has to be solved. It is by far from that. Then why re-read it? Or why read it at all?

Right I thought about that too.

Well I want to give you some reasons why I wanted to re-read it.

First of all, from all the books I have read, this is one where I in one sentence can give you a synopsis, which goes like this:

The Protagonist kills beautiful women to create the perfect perfume.

Not going to explain you what perfect means to the protagonist because that would spoil you the end of the novel.
However the idea of killing people to get their scent was something that intrigued me back in the day. This whole book is about how things smell. How the protagonist percepted the world through smelling and not necessarily seeing.
It is not the most brutal book, but the descriptions are very "vivid" and at times it disgusted me.

Now if you read my TBR, you know I put this book as well on it to give it another chance.
Well why did it needed another chance?

First I thought because it disgusted me at times. Now after I have reread it right on the first day of the readathon I can tell you, that was the wrong reason. It should disgust you. That is what its meant to do.
However the middle part of this book seemed really slow to me this time around, maybe because I feel the majority of it is not needed when you actually have read once and know what it is about. I however did enjoy my reread.
It is still a very unique book about the making of a murderer and I can absolutely recommend it.

Now for the fun part for you.


There are three Giveaways you can enter every day during this readathon, since we are still running until Saturday you still have plenty of chances on winning!
So make sure you check out the other hosts and the twitter account as well (I link you to the file with the information here).

Now to my Giveaway! I am giving away a 10 Euro Amazon Gift Card, that I will send to you via E-Mail so that you can pick whatever book you like! All you have to do is enter your information in the Rafflecopter down below and if you want to tell me your favorite book in the comments below. I will contact the winner tomorrow. Good luck to everyone. And make sure to check the other hosts out as well!

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Review: A song for Josh by by Susan Rodgers

Hello readers,

a while ago I was offered a free copy of A song for Josh by Susan Rodgers in exchange for an honest review. A song of Josh is the first book in the Drifters series.
It was marketed to me as an angsty, new adult romance. So that was what I expected to get.

A song for Josh tells the story of Jessie Wheeler who early on in her life looses her father, becomes a runaway and later a famous singer and actress who seems to heal through her music. She is engaged to famous actor Charlie Deacon when she one day meets Charlies old and troubled friend Josh, who she will later on work with on the set of Drifters.
Both Jessie and Josh have troubled pasts and somehow seem to connect over them. Will they manage to resist temptation?
And then there is also an unsolved murder?

First of all this book has a lot of trigger warnings, such as addiction, abuse and rape. So it might not be for everyone or as it was for me simply too much of it, especially towards the end.
As mentioned tells this book the story of Jessie Wheeler, which shows in the writing style where you mainly are told things instead of shown, which for me made it hard to connect with the story and relate to the characters. I simply felt as a spectator of the story which was even further encouraged through the ominiscient narrator. The switches of perspectives are usually appreciated by me, but with this type of narrator and happening really often it was confusing most of the times. When it comes to the writing it was overall not for me. I know some people like this style of writing, it is just not for me.

The story itself came of as a hopeful romance with some depth to it due to Jessies troubles past as well as Joshs addiction problems and his own troubled past, but I soon felt it was more womans fiction than a new adult romance.

For the majority of the book I couldn`t relate to Jessie and didn`t really like her character, that however changed towards the end of the book once I had a deeper understanding of her character. I  did like Josh and his character and could understand him a bit better right from the start.
As for the rest of the story I felt there was simply too much darkness, too much bad things happening, it got very depressing for me and I several times thought about DNFing it because of the constant stories about abuse, rape, etc. it just wasn`t for me. I missed some lightness, especially regarding the romance.

Overall I feel this could have been so much better with a little bit of more balance. More balance when it came to darkness and lightness, more balance when it came to telling and showing. More structured switches of the perspectives.
I was intrigued and I definetly enjoyed parts of it, but there was definetly too many things I wasn`t happy with so 2 out of 5 stars from me.

As usual I am interested in your thoughts on this book, so please let me know in the comments below how you enjoyed this novel or if you are planning on picking it up.
I see you again soon for another bookish post.

Take care,