city of saints and thieves | review




Street-thief Tina breaks in to the luxurious house where her mother was killed to steal from Mr. Greyhill and nail him for her mother’s murder. She is caught red-handed.Saved by Mr. Greyhill’s gorgeous son, Michael, the pair set in motion a cascade of dangerous events that lead them deeper into the mystery, and reveal dark and shocking secrets from Tina’s past.

Tina and her mother fled the Congo years ago as refugees, trading the uncertain danger of their besieged village for a new, safer life in the bustling Kenyan metropolis. The corruption and politics of the Congo, and the gangster world of Sangui City, are behind Tina’s mother’s downfall. Is Tina tough enough to find the truth and bring the killer to justice?


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Review | After reading other reviews, I have realized that many people said that this book was falsely advertised as a thriller while it wasn’t one, comparing it to Gone Girl and The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo. Personally, I have not read the latter but I didn’t see any resemblance with Gone Girl. I saw the mystery part but I didn’t see the thriller. It didn’t affect my judgement though because when I’ve received it through Netgalley, nothing said Gone Girl in the description and so I wasn’t expecting anything besides what was written there. I don’t exactly like reading too much about a book before actually reading it.

Anyways, now onto the book. I think I have started to develop a thing for books set in Africa. I usually visualize everything with a punch of colors and a lot of “life”. It’s the reason why I’ve picked this book right after Stay With Me. I really needed more and I felt so ignorant towards other cultures that I thought now’s the time to learn! Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate the book and as you can see from my rating, I ended up liking it! Only, not as much as I thought I would. The story is very good and it has a lot of potential. It could’ve been a lot more better if it weren’t for the pace, how predictable it was and the ending that wasn’t satisfying enough and too neat for my taste.

I really enjoyed the writing which is why I kept on reading. Although the pace was very slow for the first half of the book, it began picking up on some speed later on and that’s where the book started becoming fun. I also felt that there could’ve been loads of content removed from the book and it would’ve actually made it better. It had a few action/suspense scenes here and there that were really good but seeing the length of the book and how it went on describing things that weren’t really relevant, they weren’t enough. Moreover, thanks to the clues the author gives us, we can easily guess what’s going to come next apart from one or two things that came as a surprise. One thing I did like was how the characters were really diverse and how it tackled difficult topics such as war, experiences of refugees, corruption and so on. I loved Tina and how she was determined to avenge her mother and sacrifice everything for her little sister. She and Boyboy were definitely my favorite characters. And especially Boyboy who’s so sassy and steals the show every time he’s in a scene! One thing I did not like was the last minute romance with Tina and Michael that was added to the book. It wasn’t necessary at all!

Overall, this is a really great book with the writing and setting being its strongest qualities. If you’re looking for a book that’s an easy and enjoyable read that will keep you at the edge of your seat while still dealing with “mature” topics, this is the one for you!



stay with me | review

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re having a great week! I just wanted to say real quickly that I am trying to change the format of my reviews and I’m also thinking about changing the overall look of this blog (again). I am still experimenting so I am sorry if this hurts the eyes a bit  but I have a specific layout in mind that I want to start applying, I’m just still trying to figure out how. For the Booktube-A-Thon, I chose to read Stay With Me which is probably the best book I’ve read so far this year.

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Title: Stay With Me

Author: Ayobami Adebayo

Publisher: Knopf

Publication date: August 22nd, 2017

N° of pages: 288 pages

Genre: Literary Fiction



Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage–after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures–Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time–until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin’s second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant, which, finally, she does, but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine.

An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.


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Review | The short version: This is not sponsored by Nike but: Just Do It. Read it. ASAP! And if you’re still not convinced, here’s the longer version: When I heard that this was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, I was really excited about it and reading the synopsis just made me know that this will be one of my favourite reads of 2017. This book is no simple book. It’s an adventure!

I don’t exactly know how to talk about this book without getting into any spoilers but I’m going to try to. This book is packed with twists! Like, as soon as you start to move on from something, something else comes to surprise you even more.

Infertility is a global health issue. Although a lot of people are ashamed to bring it up, it is there and a lot of people are trying real hard to conceive a child. In this book,  the main characters are fighting the same battle. Only their families were also involved in this battle by pressuring Akin, the husband, to take on a second wife that will be able to give them the grandchild they’ve all been waiting for. This is something that has angered me SO BAD. I absolutely hate it when parents are trying to get in their son’s or daughter’s marriage and try to destroy it. It’s something that I’ve seen both in fiction and in real life and it just angers me. Besides, it’s not like Yejide (the wife) didn’t want children and didn’t do anything about it! She was really trying so hard on her side as well. She still ended up being forced to accept Akin’s second wife. And that’s the point where mistakes  and really bad things started to happen. It’s also where I got so invested into the story in a way that made me read that second part of the book in one sitting.

The book being quite short, the writing had to be very simple and straight to the point because although the book was short, it contained so much. It wasn’t too simple in a way that will make you feel that it was bland. On the contrary! It has a very nice flow to it and it won’t leave you be uninterested by the characters and what’s happening. I also loved the fact that we were able to get Akin’s version of the story and Yejide’s too. Both characters are flawed, they both made mistakes and I really hated one of the characters at first but then my point of view changed completely after hearing them out. And since there were so many twists, I just kept needing more and more. I was never able to predict what was going to happen next and it’s exactly what I’m usually looking for in books. Although, to be honest, I wasn’t expecting this multiple-twists thing to be in a literary fiction novel that talked about a marriage that was on the brink of getting destroyed.

I think that aside from all the twists, what really kept me invested in the story was that the characters felt real. I was taken in a Nigerian home and got to know about their day to day lives. I liked googling all the food and the historical events (to check if they’re true or fictional, that’s something I do with all books) in there and I specifically liked the sound of Moin-Moin which I kept repeating for a week. Throughout this book we also get to learn about the military coup that happened during 1985 led by the Major Babangida. I loved how this book took me to Nigeria and made me learn a bit about its food and its history. I didn’t know much but clearly Nigeria has fought a lot to shift towards a democratic government. Of course, the book isn’t only focused on that. What was also interesting was also knowing about the Yoruba people and their customs and beliefs. It just made me realize how really diverse our world is and the answer is A LOT. I am looking forward to having similar experiences with other books whose main characters have different backgrounds.

Yejide is a really strong, smart and opinionated woman. She might have made a few mistakes but no one is perfect. She was still my favorite character because she was compassionate and didn’t give up. She has only given up when she shouldn’t have but she still went a long way because while being modern, she couldn’t keep up with all the traditions at first and that was really hard on her. I felt really sad for her relationship with Akin getting weaker and weaker but it couldn’t have gone any other way. I loved their conversations once Yejide realized Akin has taken a second wife. I loved how she kept snapping back at him. It was hilarious!

There were a few flaws but they didn’t take out much from the story and it really depends on preferences. For example, although I really enjoyed all the twists and turns this book has taken, I found it a bit rushed. Perhaps if the book was a bit longer, it would’ve been better. It may also give the impression that it was unrealistic but having heard a few similar stories to this that have happened in real life, I didn’t think twice about this detail. I can’t invalidate someone’s story just because it doesn’t sound realistic to me. Also, at the start of every chapter, we never really know who’s speaking. Whether it was Akin or Yejide and although it gets clearer when we get to know the characters better, I would’ve liked a little notice at the beginning because I didn’t know there were multiple points of view in the book.

All in all, this was an amazing gut wrenching read. I highly recommend it, even more if you’ve read Homegoing and enjoyed it.


How I Choose My Books // Tag

Hello to you all! 💖

I would love to say: I choose all books!! THE END. But nope. It’s not really how it goes … Since there are so many books to read and so little time, one has to be picky! I saw this tag on Thrice Read the other day and I thought I might give it a shot because it sounded like a nice thing to discuss and I also loved her answers so much that it made me wanna do the same.

So, without further ado, here’s how I choose my books:

1// Find a book on your shelves with a blue cover. What made you pick up that book in the first place?

p1I have picked up Beartown by Fredrik Backman because everyone has been talking about A Man Called Ove (that I have yet to read + they both have blue-ish covers) and I needed to get the rest of his books too. It has also been recommended to me a million time but now that it has been, I’m afraid to pick it up while having sky-high expectations. I’m afraid nothing’s gonna change that though… I hope I’ll get to pick them up soon.

2// Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy but did. Why did you read it in the first place?


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I usually don’t like romance in books. I find myself quite often go like “Ugh” and “Ew” and “Meh” whenever I read a book filled with romance but my dear Jane Austen has changed everything. And now, whenever I need a dose of romance, I go back to her.

3// Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book? 


Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I’ve discovered this book through Maxwell’s channel: welldonebooks.

4// Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?


David Copperfield by Charles Dickens and I absolutely loved it!

5// Pick a book you discovered through book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and sadly, no. BUT, I’m currently reading A Court of Mist and Fury and I’m enjoying it much much more so maybe it isn’t that bad after all!

6// Find a book on your shelves with a one word title. What drew you to this book?


Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. I had gone to the library and saw this big chunky book with black and white edges and I thought “Hm, interesting, let’s see what’s inside!” and I was sold! Loved the format and I really enjoyed the experience of reading the book! I’ve now started Gemina and I’m loving it so far!


7// What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

p7A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I have never heard of this series before the Netflix adaptation came out. I know that a lot of people have read these books while younger and so my answer might seem like an odd one but believe me, I have never heard of that series while growing up. But then again I’ve heard of no series besides Harry Potter…


8// Think of your all-time favourite books. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

p8Am I supposed to make an all-time favourite books list? Oh my… I think I’ll better just tell you the story of how I came accross Harry Potter aka all-time favourite series!

I was never encouraged to read while growing up but I had this “weird” habit of reading and re-reading all the mini-required-reading-books the week before school started. I knew I loved stories! To my greatest surprise I have found out that the school I was going to for my 7th Grade had a library! I asked for a library card during my first day in and went to pick up the thickest book on the shelves: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. (There was Les Misérables too but I’ve read the first sentence and thought it was too hard.) So I took home the fifth book of the series, understood nothing and was really disappointed. I told the nice lady at the library the next day and she explained to my ignorant self that I needed to read the first book in the series and then move on to the others. And that is how I came to read the first six books in a few weeks (the seventh hadn’t come out yet, not in french), depriving myself of sleep.

And soo that’s it for this tag! I hope you enjoyed it and feel free to do it yourself if, like me, you thought that it might be fun for you to do!

Do any of these questions remind you of a certain book you’ve picked up? Or else, how do you choose your books?

ghachar ghochar | review



Title: Ghachar Ghochar

Author: Vivek Shanbhag

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Publication date: April 27th, 2017

N° of pages: 128 pages

Genre: Literary Fiction


A novel of Chekhovian precision and lingering resonance which has all the signs of a contemporary cult classic.

In this masterful novel by the acclaimed Indian writer Vivek Shanbhag, a close-knit family is delivered from near-destitution to sudden wealth after the narrator’s uncle founds a successful spice company.

As the narrator – a sensitive young man who is never named – along with his sister, his parents, and his uncle move from a cramped, ant-infested shack to a larger house and encounter newfound wealth, the family dynamics begin to shift. Allegiances and desires realign; marriages are arranged and begin to falter; and conflict brews ominously in the background. Their world becomes ‘ghachar ghochar‘ – a nonsense phrase that, to the narrator, comes to mean something entangled beyond repair.

Told in clean, urgent prose, and punctuated by moments of unexpected warmth and humour, Ghachar Ghochar is a quietly enthralling, deeply unsettling novel about the shifting meanings – and consequences – of financial gain in contemporary India.


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Words, after all, are nothing by themselves. They burst into meaning only in the minds they’ve entered.

This book has captivated me from start to finish. The writing was beautiful and it was very interesting for me to see how the main character’s family changed once it got rich! I also think that the translation has been done so neatly and greatly that it still managed to convey the essence of the story that was told in its original version. It doesn’t always happen but in this one, it really didn’t feel like anything was missing. The great thing about this book is that every little thing matters. It’s a very short book where if a thing didn’t add something relevant to the story, it just got left out. I found out about this book once I saw Ariel Bissett rave about it on her channel and since I usually love her recommendations, I was glad I managed to find it on Netgalley and even more once I got approved for it.

The book tackles a lot and is really packed with interesting themes such as the role of women in the Indian society and both the physical and emotional violence against them, how money could be related to happiness or misery, whether someone has to work or not… The story had a nice flow to it and I think that’s mainly because of the really nice and concise writing that I absolutely adored as you might’ve guessed. I really enjoyed how the writer was speaking for the main character telling us all about both his inner struggles and the struggles that started showing up inside his family but that were constantly ignored by the family members. I remembered a sentence in the book that went along the line of that if we wanted to keep the family bond strong, there has to be moments where we need to ignore some of the problems we encounter. Sadly, the wife of our narrator doesn’t believe in the same thing and constantly needs to remind them of everything they choose to overlook. She’s their constant reminder of how wealth has truly changed their lives. I loved how the author somehow showed us Anita in the form of an ant aka the demon that comes to swallow their home. She was only trying to show them the truth though…

Speaking of Anita, she probably is my favourite character in the book. There was a moment where she was the only one who stood up for another woman and gave her the benefit of the doubt while everyone started treating her badly. That was the moment where I knew she was my person in the book because I had felt so bad for this poor woman that it made me pause to gather some more courage and see what happens to her. Anita spoke up and wasn’t afraid of the family’s reaction and that alone made her a hero. Anita isn’t our only hero. I also liked his first girlfriend. In the beginning of the book, he talked a bit about his first girlfriend that worked in an organization that helped women that were violently attacked by men and that came each time and told him about all the cases she saw throughout the day. Our narrator sure has a type!

Although I loved the book, our narrator is a character that I loved hating. I really have a thing against people who accept money without working for it and that’s what he kept on doing. It was convenient for him and that reminded me of how once, I was in a cab and there was a man in a very similar situation that was basically saying that it was too stupid to work if you had an easy way to an income. I absolutely hated hearing him talk in those 5 very long minutes. He didn’t even try that hard when Anita has pointed out that it wasn’t the way to go which made me feel real sorry for her because she deserved way better.

I also loved the ending because it doesn’t actually give you an “ending” but rather leaves you with a series of questions that get stuck to your mind and that you need t reflect upon.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a short read that’s packed with intense moments.

This book was provided to me by Faber & Faber and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Booktube-A-Thon 2017 // TBR

Hola! 💖

I’ve know about the Booktube-A-Thon for a while now but I didn’t know if I was allowed to participate as a non-Youtuber but right now I’d take any occasion that will motivate me to read more before starting my new job. Luckily, the week of the booktube-a-thon will be my last free week and so I hope I will take full advantage and read as much as I can!

The challenges seem like a lot of fun too! I’m so excited to be part of this! Thanks to my exams, I haven’t been able to read so many ARCs that I have received so I guess this is my chance to read em aaaall! Therefore I present to you my full-of-ARCs TBR for the Booktube-A-Thon!

1// Read a book with a person on the cover


The Leavers by Lisa Ko. I am already halfway in and might finish it before the start of the Booktube-A-Thon and so not to be “cheating”, I’ll add in another book and that would be City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson.

2// Read a hyped book


Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo. I’ve heard about this book for so long! It has been shortlisted for the Baileys’ Women’s Prize For Fiction and I just can’t wait! I will probably keep it for last though because it sounds like the kind of story that would make it hard for me to get back into reading. (Can you feel how high my expectations are? I can’t help it. 😭)

3// Finish a book in one day


Okay so if you’ve read my review of The Accomplished Guest, you’d know that my last experience with short stories was a disaster but I am not going to give up on them altogether since I’ve previously very much enjoyed Ali Smith’s short stories. For this challenge, I’m picking up The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories by Penelope Lively.

4// Read about a character that is very different from you


What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons. I didn’t know how different exactly are we talking here. For now, I have chosen What We Lose because the main character is African-American living in Pennsylvania and even though I suppose it doesn’t seem crazy different buuuut I am really interested in reading this book asap sooo yeah!

5// Finish a book completely outdoors


Outdoors? Hum! Now that’s challenging, haha. I suppose I could listen to an audio book for this one. Perhaps I should finish one I had started ages ago: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. It’s not that I didn’t like it! I just have a hard time with audiobooks for some reason… 🙃

6// Read a book you bought because of the cover


Technically, I haven’t bought this book. Buut, looking at my TBR, I chose to pick this one for its pretty cover and it’s See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt. It’s really really pretty + it’s Mystery! I love mystery 💖

7// Read 7 books


I’m going to go again with mystery becauuuse I love mystery and I have a feeling that I am able to go through them a lot faster than other books. I am very excited about this book and it’s Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown. I still haven’t read it, yes! Shame on me! 🙈

And that’s it for my very ambitious TBR! I would like to mention though that in case I do not complete this TBR, there are some books that could fit in other challenges as well so I might not stick with a book for the category I put it into in the first place. In other words: I might still change this because I’m the worst at TBRs. Absolute worst! 🙈 Like just yesterday, I was planning to finish The Leavers but I’ve decided to start A Court of Mist and Fury on a whim and now that’s what I’m reading and I’m surprisingly not regretting my choice!!

I know there are a few challenges on Instagram and Youtube too but I’m a sad person who mainly reads ebooks and can’t take pretty book pictures. I’ll stick to what I know best and just read. 😂

Have you guys decided to participate in booktube-a-thon or in any other readathon? If so, what is it you’re planning to read and what are you most excited about?

All About My Shows Tag

Hellooo everyone! 💖

I have been meaning to write reviews of the shows that I’ve been watching since forever but somehow I always find myself thinking that maybe I just won’t be able to do it right because I don’t know if I could be critical about a show or a movie. Maybe I’ll try it once and see how it turns out. For now though, I have come accross this tag on Book Adventures and it sounded so much fun and I also loved her answers as it included loads of tv shows that I also love so I thought it’d be an awesome way to answer a few questions about them: tv shows aka what I spend my time on when I’m not reading! (+ here’s a gif that legit almost looks like me a few minutes ago when I was watching Full House)

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This tag has been created by Nyx @Drizzle and Hurricane Books and what a great tag she’s created!! You can check out the original post by clicking on the link.

Now without further ado, let’s tackle the questions!

1.First TV Show EVER watched: 


I still remember the first day my cousin has come up to me and started talking about TV shows and wanting to seem “cool”, I said YES to all the “Have you ever seen “X show”?” that I had to Google after he’s left. Dexter was the shortest name and the only one I’ve remembered. And so Dexter is the first show I’ve watched! 😂 Haven’t finished it all though!

2.All-time Favorite: 

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I’m still looking for a show that will beat it. I’m considering re-watching it. I’ve only seen it a year ago for the first time ever but since then and I’m still not satisfied! I need more!

3.Character Crush: 

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I adore both of them so much! Although I haven’t been watching Grey’s Anatomy lately, I still miss Callie and I can’t stop talking about her to everyone, whether they have watched the show or not. Same for Donna! They’re both very strong and very charismatic.

4. Favorite OTP:

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Sure, there are lots of others like Dereck and Meredith or Luke and Lorelai but Monica and Chandler, this… This is special!

5. Most disappointing ending or cancellation:

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Aaaand the villain here is Netflix for cancelling the Sense8… Sure, they have a 2 hour finale planned for 2018 but is that enough? No.

6.A show you would like to be on:

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Since I’ve overused Friends, I think it would be pretty cool to grow up in a Full House!

7. A character you’d love to take on a date:

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Always had a thing for ambitious people. 🙈 He’s also a really nice person even though he doesn’t always show it.

8. A popular TV show you can’t stand:

The Vampire Diaries. I actually watched the 6 first seasons but then I was completely done with it. I kept watching The Originals that I gave up on after a while too but I’d totally go back just for Klaus, lol.

9.A scene that made you cry like a baby:

If you’ve watched Grey’s Anatomy, you know there are loads of these scenes… But as Michelle @Book Adventures has mentioned on her post, the plane crash scene is where it was all too much!

10. A character with a killer wardrobe:

I’ll go with Rachel Zane from Suits. Although hers is not my IRL style but I wish it was! In fact, I love aall of the wardrobes in Suits!

And that’s it for my answers! If you too have enjoyed this tag and thought that it was fun, I’m tagging you to do it and I can’t wait to read all of your answers! Especially for the scenes that made you cry because somehow I’m a sucker for great drama 😂

Do you tend to watch loads of tv shows? Which ones are your favorite and do you have any recommendations? Especially for a show that’s like Friends because God, I really need help with that one 😐 I shouldn’t have watched it so soon!


the accomplished guest | review


The Accomplished Guest


Title: The Accomplished Guest

Author: Ann Beattie

Publisher: Scribner

Publication date: June 13th, 2017

N° of pages: 288 pages

Genre: Short Stories


Surprising and revealing, set along the East Coast from Maine to Key West, Ann Beattie’s astutely observed new collection explores unconventional friendships, frustrated loves, mortality, and aging.

One theme of The Accomplished Guest is people paying visits or receiving visitors, traveling to see old friends, the joys and tolls of hosting company (and of being hosted). The occasion might be a wedding, a birthday, a reunion, an annual Christmas party, or another opportunity to gather and attempt to bond with biological relatives or chosen families. In some stories, as in life, what begins as a benign social event becomes a situation played for high stakes.

The stories in The Accomplished Guest are marked by an undercurrent of loss and an unexpected element of violence, with Beattie’s signature mordant humor woven throughout. Some characters provide welcome diversions, others are uninvited interruptions, all are indelibly drawn by the endlessly amusing and accomplished Ann Beattie.


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But it would be a missed call. He liked that concept. As if by missing a call, you could shape your destiny.

There are one or two good stories. The writing is beautiful too. It’s just that in a book with 13 short stories, you’d expect to find more things to like than “one or two”. You’d also expect the stories to be slightly memorable but I didn’t care at all for what was being said and I even had to skim through some parts of the book that even when I was trying to read them real hard, all I could see was “Blah blah blah”. I went into this book with such high expectations because I have read so many great reviews about this book and other works by Ann Beattie and I think that’s what made the book to be so underwhelming. I was going to abandon my reading of it at around the 5th short story but then it happened to be a story that I enjoyed (Other People’s Birthdays) and so I decided to continue but it didn’t get any better.

Now of course I have a few possible reasons of why this book was not for me.

  • no diversity. There is no diversity whatsoever. All the characters sounded the same: people from the upper/middle class that are financially okay whining about a few things. They all sounded unhappy and unsatisfied with how their life has become. They often forget what’s important and tend to focus on minor inconveniences which was so annoying and depressing. There are even some characters that sounded to be straight out of Donald Trump’s social circle!! So at a certain point, all of the stories started mixing up in my head and all of them were the same.
  • how I couldn’t relate. Since many of the stories are about characters in their 50s, 60s and sometimes older, I couldn’t see myself in them… Aside from the few grand children youngsters that were so rebellious and so stereotypical and so not my thing. Sure, it felt somehow great how they might be thinking but in more than one occasion, I found myself not really caring. Now I think that I probably wouldn’t have thought this as a problem if the characters were more diverse, coming from different backgrounds and giving me different experiences to read about but this wasn’t the case. Everyone sounded (and was) American, rich, intelligent and not satisfied.
  • where is the drama? No, not looking for crazy drama but just an interesting something here and there, no? Well, I admit, it has happened in a few stories and those I mostly enjoyed like “Other People’s Birthdays” and “The Debt” but there just wasn’t enough for me. It made the whole book so slow! I mean, I spent more than 10 days on about 300 pages and I’m on vacation… It has managed to slow all of my  other readings too, how fitting!

Perhaps the only two things this book has going for it is: the writing and the humor found in very few stories. The writing’s beautiful and I love Ann Beattie’s style to be honest. I just wonder if she’d written better stories with a nicer plot because I’d totally read that and would most probably enjoy it more!

All in all, I’m not saying that I hated this book. It just wasn’t for me. When I read short stories, I usually expect fast-paced + action + different settings/characters in each story that will make it memorable but I didn’t find this in “The Accomplished Guest”. Maybe if you prefer more the slow-paced stories and you wouldn’t mind not getting attached to the characters nor the not-so-uplifting story or again, getting loads of action, then maaaaaybe you would enjoy this book. I personally wouldn’t recommend it as I was very disappointed.

This book was provided to me by Scribner and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.