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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke & the Bookish. Every Tuesday, we compile a list of our literary Top 10, and then add it to the blog hop.

This week is all about the Top 10 Authors We’ve Read The Most From.

1.) J.K. Rowling

2.) J.R.R. Tolkien

3.) Enid Blyton

4.) Kathy Reichs

5.) Bill Bryson

6.) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

7.) Agatha Christie

8.) John Grisham

9.) William Shakespeare

10.) Neil Gaiman

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Friday 56: Vol. 7

The Friday 56 is a blog hop by Freda’s Voice and the rules are simple:

  • Turn to the nearest book.
  • Open it on page 56.
  • Post a sentence or two.
  • Join the linky.
  • Go crazy on the linky.

” ‘In our village,’ Koro  Apirana told us, ‘we have always endeavoured to live in harmony with Tangaroa’s kingdom and the guardians therein. We have made offerings to the sea god to thank him and when we need his favour, and we have called upon our guardians whenever we are in need of help. We have blessed every new net and new line to Tangaroa. We have tried not to take food with us in our boats when we fish because of the sacred nature of our task.’ ”

Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

Friday 56: Vol. 6

The Friday 56 is a blog hop by Freda’s Voice and the rules are simple:

  • Turn to the nearest book.
  • Open it on page 56.
  • Post a sentence or two.
  • Join the linky.
  • Go crazy on the linky.

“There, in his poky office, Simon Price gazed covetously on a vacancy among the ranks of insiders to a place where cash was now trickling down onto an empty chair with no lap waiting to catch it.”

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Book Review: Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Ottessa Moshfegh’s debut novel Eileen sounded like a great and intriguing read. The 1960’s, a girl’s escape from a boring life in a small New England town, a mysterious crime – there are lots of interesting plot points going for this book, which will be released in August 2015.

Unfortunately, this does not necessarily translate to the writing. Don’t get me wrong, Eileen Dunlop is an interesting yet thoroughly unlikable character, and her insights into her life range from bland and depressive to curious and strange. But the story drags on. There is no action, and a lot of repetitions. You constantly feel like surely, next page, something is going to happen. Not so much out of suspense, but rather because you see the pages of the book running out. The interesting plot only starts at the very end, where the reader finally finds out what hideous crime Eileen was involved in.

Eileen’s story is told in the first person, by an Eileen who is fifty years older and looking back on her life. First person narrative told by a despicable character in flashback is a bold choice for any novel, let alone a debut novel. Sometimes it works, but sadly, in this case, it does not.

With its depressing story and dragging plot, I had to force myself to finish reading, and found myself ready to simply abandon the book several times. The twist is neither “Hitchcockian,” nor is the writing anything “like Shirley Jackson or early Vladimir Nabokov,” as the description claimed.

If you want a slow, dull and very sad character study, look no further. If you want a plot twist that would make Hitchcock proud – look elsewere.

My Rating: ♥

Title: Eileen
Author: Ottessa Moshfegh
Publisher: Penguin Press
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Pages: 272
ISBN: 978-1594206627

Eileen, the debut novel by Ottessa Moshfegh.

 

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh was provided to me as an
Advance Review Copy in eBook form by
Penguin Random House’s FirstToRead

Top Ten Tuesday: The Last 10 Books To Come Into My Possession

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke & the Bookish. Every Tuesday, we compile a list of our literary Top 10, and then add it to the blog hop.

This week is all about the Last 10 Books To Come Into Our Possession, by purchase, lending, gift or library loan.

Here are my 10 Books:

Free Advance Review Copy (eBook)

 

Gift / “Inherited” from Grandma

Signed Copy

 

Bought at fleamarket

 

Bought on Amazon

I’ve been emptying out my gran’s bookshelves as she is almost blind and gave me all her books, but I don’t have a list of those yet.

The one thing I always look for at fleamarkets is books. Last year, my Zöppkesmarkt haul included 40 books. I don’t think you could ever have too many.

I recently acquired more than these 10, but I don’t really keep track of the dates. The books above are definitely on my “recently added” shelf.