My name is Caillou by Christine l’Heureux

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This little book is so adorable, the reader falls in love immediately with Caillou, through his stories and the cute illustrations.
The only suggestion, probably the wording should be more creative. I imagine that in French it sounds more natural.
I plan to check out the other Caillou books fo my son, preferably in hard copy. I am curious of they were published in more languages.
All in all, we loved this delightful book with my son. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Publishing Date: May 16th, 2017

The good neighbour by A.J.Banner

This has been one crazy ride, completely blown away by the sheer depths of secrets people can have. I am sure it is like this in real life, yet it makes it that harder to believe in simple minded souls. I liked the style, it was a super quick read, addictive and surprising at times.IMG_20170427_102217_183.jpg I did not understand Sarah’s reasoning about accepting Johnny back. I had the feeling that the ending as left open has so much potential, I already know what I want to happen next.

I was fully captivated, despite the very simple and to the point language. Suburbia style, friendly, emotional at times, complex characters with many unresolved issues, marriage difficulties, rebel teenagers, loss and forgiveness.

If you are looking for a quick psychological thriller, go ahead and read this and let me know how you liked it. I expect controversial opinions.

Barkskins

In my opinion this is one of the best books of 2016. So so much to learn, I realized how much I love Annie Proulx’ style and deep researched historical novels in general. I would say this is not for everyone, also depending on the mood while reading it. Forests throughout history are exhaustively presented. The ten (?) generations of people crossing each other’s paths are also beautifully woven together. From me a big thank you to Proulx and wow.

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Tóibín’s style is like an avocado’s ripeness that I would have missed in this hot and humid weather. I love it!

Brooklyn could have easily become a masterpiece if it weren’t for the annoyingly naive character of Eilen. I often wanted to shake her back to reality, though her lack of experience in general definitely proved her actions and that she needed to see and try it out on her own.

I can’t wait to read another Tóibín!

Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan

Deliciously vicious, portraying a crazy reality in a coastal village in Indonesia, where the supernatural somehow is part of everyday life and where the the story of a dysfunctional family unfolds. What impressed me the most was the flow of the writing, the normality of the supernatural, the strength of the characters against all odds.