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Strange the Dreamer by Lani Taylor

This book, THIS BOOK! This book was all over Instagram with it's beautiful cover and rave reviews so out of curiosity I added it to my library request list and I am not in any way sorry for it.
Lazlo Strange is an orphan who lives for stories, especially ones about the lost city of Weep. Weep is the name left behind for a great city whose true name was stolen from the world when he was a child. He reads and dreams through his life working at the library until one day his adventure takes him far from home. Meanwhile Sarai lives with her siblings eking out an existence in a shadowy castle. This story has gods, a Godslayers, a Great Library, alchemy, secrets and mysteries.
Everything about this book is so beautiful, from the cover to the characters, the writing and the world building. Lazlo is an amazing main character; he has a purity of character that isn't saccharine and is a lover of knowledge and adventure without being on a hero quest. I adore the fact that he broke his nose …

Two Books on Hygge

The Book of Hygge - Louisa Thomsen Brits

I've been aware of the flurry of interest in this concept but was put off by the accompanying flood of 'buy this' marketing that went along with it. Out of curiosity I added this book to my library queue and found it an enjoyable read. The concept is interesting and I liked how it took the whole book to show just how difficult the concept it is to untangle. It's not prescriptive and it doesn't come with a shopping list but it does encourage the valuing of those little moments of peace, of community or of comfort as little shields hidden in everyday life. Brits also talks about the nature of the country and it's people from whom this concept grew and endures. It's not tips about how to hyggling more but sharing the value that can be found in it. 

The Little Book of Hygge - Meik Wiking


In contrast to the above book on the same topic, this is more of a tips and shopping-list kind of book. That is not necessarily a bad thin…

Signal To Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Shifting between 1988 and 2009 'Signal to Noise' follows Meche and her friendships with Sebastian and Daniela. As teenagers living in Mexico City, they are friends bonded in their unpopularity but by 2009 they are estranged. Meche is called home after the death of her father and finds herself dealing with the consequences of the trio's falling out all the years ago. Back when they had music, longing and magic.

Meche is an interesting, prickly character, both as a teenager and an adult. She is the one who can't connect with others easily and finds her strength and magic through music. Sebastian is dealing with his own issues within his family, particularly his domineering brother. Daniela seeks diversion through her dreams of romance, much to Meche's disdain. The relationships in the book feel wonderfully messy, rough at the seams and real in an aching way. Meche has issues with her parents, school isn't what she wants to be doing and although certain of herself…