In the last few years most of the books I've read had been classified as "romance", "general fiction" and even just books that were funny. I needed something different, so I decided to read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (2020) by V. E. Schwab. This book is considered fantasy, and that was a genre I would have never thought I enjoyed so much until I tried it. My boyfriend (owner of The Modernist Son) loves sci-fi and fantasy, so I figured I would give it a try! In my second blog entry I'm going to share my favourite quotes from this book, that I really enjoyed!
"One day the skies were blue and the next the clouds were low and dense, and the next the wind was up and it was pouring rain. It would be years before Henry learned to think of those dark times as storms, to believe they would pass, if he could simply hold on long enough."
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue contains supernatural and fantastical themes, which makes it a compelling novel by nature.
"It is sad, of course, to forget. But it is a lonely thing, to be forgotten. To remember when no one else does."
"What we need are stories. Stories are a way to preserve one's self. To be remembered. And to forget. Stories come in so many forms: in charcoal and in song, in paintings, poems, films. And books. Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives- or to find strength in a very long one."
I really liked this passage specifically, because it flows so naturally. The way Schwab writes, you really get the sense there is a real life person talking to an audience, and projecting their own REAL emotions. Given the dark atmosphere of the book, it's only fitting that the wording seems like a person is actually saying it.
"You know," she'd said, "they say people are like snowflakes, each one unique, but I think they're more like skies. Some are cloudy, some are stormy, some are clear, but no two are ever quite the same."
Message from the owner: I haven't read this book myself, but the nature of its content reminds me very much of the work of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
"Thank you, "she says," for seeing me. For showing me what it's like to be seen. To be loved. Now you get a second chance. But you have to let them see you as you are. You have to find the people who see you."
The book was incredible, and it reminded me that I should always take a chance on different genres. I learned a lot, and realized there is so much beyond what I'm used to reading. I'm really glad I made that decision.
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