December readings | Personal Development, Dystopia, Thrillers & Smut

Title: The Lost Daughter
Author: Elena Ferrante
Genre(s): Contemporary, Cultural, Literary Fiction
Page count: 140 pages
Published: 01 March 2008

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Title: Station Eleven
Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Genre(s): Post Apocalyptic, Fiction, Dystopia
Page count: 333 pages
Published: 09 September 2014

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Title: Killing Floor
Series: Jack Reacher 1
Author: Lee Child
Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Action, Crime
Page count: 524 Pages
Published: 25 April 2006

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Title: The Bullet Journal Method
Author: Ryder Carroll
Genre(s): Self-Help, Productivity, Personal Development, Journaling
Page count: 336 Pages
Published: 23 October 2018

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Title: Cold Fire
Author: Keegan Kennedy
Genre(s): MM Romance
Page count: 428 pages
Published: 29 Junes 2017

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Title: Home Invasion!
Author: John Valjean
Genre(s): Adult, MM Erotica, Taboo, Dubcon, Fiction
Word count: 8920
Published: 16 April 2019

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Title: Daddy’s Construction Workers
Series: Forced Assault
Author: John Valjean
Genre(s): Adult, MM Erotica, Taboo, Fiction
Word count: 6600
Published: 17 October 2019

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Book Review: The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante

From the author of The Days of AbandonmentThe Lost Daughter is Elena Ferrante’s most compelling and perceptive meditation on womanhood and motherhood yet. Leda, a middle-aged divorcée, is alone for the first time in years when her daughters leave home to live with their father. Her initial, unexpected sense of liberty turns to ferocious introspection following a seemingly trivial occurrence. Ferrante’s language is as finely tuned and intense as ever, and she treats her theme with a fierce, candid tenacity.

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How was it?

I went in blind and for some reason taught or was about a big tragedy, not the thought provoking book that it is.

The book is well written, it flows nicely, so it’s very easy to read but I didn’t connect with the book. I understood the story but it didn’t speak to me. That might be the case if you’re not a parent and/or a woman. I’m not trying to label this book but I don’t think that I’ve had enough of a similar life experience to fully connect with what’s discussed here.

The book feels like reading a private journal with the innermost thoughts of this woman – Leda – alone on vacation, reflecting on her past and newfound independence. It feels raw and maybe too honest considering that most of what is said might not endear her to some readers.

It’s an interesting book that I might have to circle back to when I’ve lived a little more.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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