Big Magic – a Tiny Book Review

Big Magic is a motivational/career advice/life advice book written by Elizabeth Gilbert. It was first published in 2015.

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Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear is about…well, that. How to live a creative life. Gilbert gives a lot of advice and approaches for how to do this, and several inspirational stories she’s heard over the years.

It’s certainly an interesting take on creativity and on following a creative path in life! She contradicts several common conceptions of creativity, like “following your passion” and “the struggling artist”. Does it make me want to pursue my creativity a bit more? Yes, it does. Will I? Well…Kinda. Maybe. Soon.

Reading challenge: One point – A book with career advice!

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The Solitaire Mystery – a Tiny Book Review

The Solitaire Mystery is a fantasy/ philosophy novel written by Jostein Gaarder. It was first published in 1990.

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In this book we meet Hans-Thomas, a 12 year old boy on a road trip down Europe with his father, looking for his mom. On their way, Hans-Thomas is handed a tiny book that tells the story of a delicious soda, a family curse, and a deck of cards coming to life. (The book itself has 53 chapters; one for each card!)

This is the third time I’ve read this book, so it now also has the status of the book I’ve read most times! Granted, the two previous times were more than ten years ago, but still. I obviously like this book! I like the story, how easy it is to forget your surroundings when you read it, how much work and fantasy that’s gone into it by the author, and how much I wished this story was my own when I was younger. It’s a great book for both children and adults.

Reading challenge: One point – A book you loved as a child.

Hotel Iris – a Tiny Book Review

Hotel Iris is a novel written by Yoko Ogawa, and was first published in 1996.

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The novel is about a 17 year old girl, Mari, who helps her mother run the Hotel Iris. One day an elderly man creates a scene in one of the rooms, catching Mari’s attention. The two of them develops a rather unusual relationship…

Hotel Iris is first of all a well-written novel. Secondly, the book is somewhat quite unusual! Thirdly, I find it to have a highly original plot. The story is not exactly something I’d prefer reading, but it is written in a way that made it exciting to keep reading it! If you’re looking for something unusual and original, this is probably it.

Reading challenge: One point – a book set in a hotel.

Into the Wild – a Tiny Book Review

Into the Wild is a semi-biography written by Jon Krakauer, published in 1998 and turned into a movie in 2007.

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The book is about a young man named Christopher McCandless, who in the early 90’s left to go to the Alaskan wilderness and live there. Unfortunately he didn’t make it, and it turned into a news story first told by Jon Krakauer. Krakauer then wrote this book, going in depth of McCandless’  short life, exploring options of what made a man in his early 20’s decide to escape all human contact.

The structure of Into the Wild reminds me a lot about the structure in Fast Food Nation. It tells the story from different angles, and through different people who knew McCandless. It’s an interesting story, and sadly it isn’t the only one.

Reading challenge: One point: A book set in the wilderness.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson – a Tiny Book Review

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a book written by both John Green and David Levithan, and was first published in 2010.

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson is about…well, two teenage boys both named Will Grayson. They live completely different lives, but somehow they end up randomly meeting each other, and their lives entwine a bit.

Reading this book was kind of like watching a high school drama movie. I like that the set-up in the book changes depending on who’s telling the story, and I like the emotions that’s being brought up. The language is pretty easy to read as well. But the ending was a bit of an anticlimactic experience for me though, which sort of ruins a lot of the book’s totality. It is on the other hand an enganging story; I read it in only two nights, and it’s a bit over 300 pages.

Reading challenge: One point – a book with multiple authors.