A Thestral of a Book: Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking

You Might Like This Book If You…

  • have experienced/are experiencing deep grief after the loss of a loved one
  • are a counselor or someone equally invested in human emotion
  • enjoy stream-of-consciousness writing
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Book Review: The Astonishing Color of After

You Might Like This Book If You…

  • Like magical realism.
  • Have struggled with depression or suicidal thoughts.
  • Enjoy coming-of-age books with characters straddling two cultures.
  • Are an artist or a fan of art.
The vivid descriptions of art got me into a painting mood 🙂

The Story (NO SPOILERS!)

“My mother is a bird. This isn’t like some William Faulkner stream-of-consciousness metaphorical crap. My mother. Is literally. A bird.”

I fell for those opening lines. I’m not a huge fan of “edgy” teen voices in my YA books; despite these opening lines, know that Pan’s style is more lyrical than the “hardcore, eyelined badass” voice that is so popular these days.

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Book Review: A Man Called Ove

You might like this book if you like…

  • Carl from Up and you always wondered what his life would have been like if he didn’t fly away from his neighborhood
  • The Bell Jar. More specifically, the idea of attempting suicide, but failing at it. I always found that amusing.
  • a simple, lightly humorous writing style.
  • the theme of community in the age of modernity.
  • books that are mostly character studies.
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