The One plus One

QUESTA RECENSIONE FA PARTE DELL’ELENCO REVIEWS II, LUGLIO 2015. In inglese, perché ho letto il libro in lingua appena uscito, e questi sono i pensieri scritti  a caldo, nella stessa lingua.  E’ passato più di un anno, ma pareva brutto lasciarla chiusa nel mio quaderno. Come si suol dire, meglio tardi che mai !


I had a bad migraine in the past few days. I can’t help. Some periods my head hurts so much that I can’t cope with anything; even reading, writing and listening to music, some of the things I love to do the most, become impossible activities. I just know that if I insist to indulge in one of those, I will have to struggle with pain even more the following hours. There are exceptions. There are books that refuse to be closed, even if this means that you will pass out from pain.


The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes was one of those books.

I bought it months ago, soon after its publishing. I couldn’t wait for the italian translation, not even the few months it occourred to come out; cause I had in mind the feverish sensation the reading of Me before You gave me.

It tooks me three days to finish The One Plus One, without even discount the hours of work. Three days of crying and laughing with the earth in my throath, or in the pages.

It was impossible leaving this story, even with the massive headache I was suffering.

The One Plus One talks about what it means to be part of a family, to love, and to confront the struggles of the real life. Life does not watch anyone in the face. Nor the poor, nor the rich. Bad things happens. Everyone commits errors, or have ill thoughts in desperate moments. Nice things happen too, even when you are not expecting them at all. Keep going. Never give up. Its get better. It will be okay. Seems a bunch of bullshit, isn’t it ? But Jess Rae Thomas and her crazy family will make the reader confident and full of hope about what life can reserve, if only you … keep going. And again. The world is full of dangers and bad person. But when in need, you can count in the kindness of strangers. I could tell you something about the kindness of strangers. It is a real thing. A real, real, thing. Crossed fingers on my heart, I swear it. Then, you don’t need to love romance, to simpatize with Ed and Jess. You don’t need to love math to feel for Tanzie, to admire her and hope for her future and smile and laugh and cry for her.

And surely, you will love Nicky, its own craziness, he “being different”, but not in the way you expected, he being vulnerable but kind and protective and observant. You will want to punch that monster of Jason Fisher in the face. And probably, at the end, you will be satisfied and happy and sad at the same moment, with puffy eyes and all …

Let me tell you sincerely, I will pay this stunt, but it was worth it. Like a crazy, amazing, full-of-trouble journey from England to Scotland in a Audi that could not go over 40 h/km with an enormous farting dog (you will love Norman, too !),  bags of inconvenients, and not so much rest !

Really, it was worth it. You will love it. It is a true story, eventually it gets better, if you only permit yourself to fight, to be honest and to love.


With the autumn wind

There is a gentle breeze, mornings and evenings are getting colder. This period of the year, when you ought to say goodbye to the seaside, put away the swimsuit and spend the last breath of holiday in planning and organizing before returning to work or to study, while schools are starting and the days are shortening, is probably one of the most hated. After Christmas, if you are the Grinch. Personally, I love it. I watch intently the green leaves and I can almost sense them becoming gold and red and brune. I hear the silent song of the autumn wind, it’s coming for them, and for us, and I rejoice.

Because autumn is a promise of time for things I like to do. It’s time for watching the new episodes of tv series I follow,  it’s time for bread with Nutella and for hot tea, it’s time for snuggling under the covers and the light of a lamp, listening to the sound of rain and the rumble of the sky, with a new book on my lap.  Oh, for Merlin’s hat … A high pile of new books, ok !

Do you want to know which books I’m talking about ?



AFTER YOU by JoJo Moyes, the long awaited sequel of Me befor you !

expected pubblication : 29 set 2015  


 – How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.


Jojo Moyes says: “I hadn’t planned to write a sequel to Me Before You. But working on the movie script, and reading the sheer volume of tweets and emails every day asking what Lou did with her life, meant that the characters never left me. It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them again.”


CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell ! Have you ever heard of Simon Snow ?




Simon Snow books from Fangirl and Carry On universe



Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl


Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters. [from Goodreads]


CAREER OF EVIL by Robert Galbraith ,(aka JK Rowling) – Cormoran Strike third novel !! 

Expected publication :  2o oct 2015 [USA] ; 22 oct 2015 [UK]




When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…



HEARTLESS by Cornelia Funke – author of the Inkworld trilogy, now writing the Mirrorworld saga.

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The third book of the Mirrorworld saga has been published first in Germany, this february, with the title THE GOLDEN YARN. The eng cover is not yet avalaible to see, or for better saying I can’t find it, but Cornelia answered a Goodreads Q&A in which she gave out the date of publication, it should came out in november.

If you are interested, you could read this review from BookFrog, which I found really useful. But watch for the spoilers !!! The Mirrorworld saga has an entire tumblr blog dedicated to it, and Cornelia Funke, the author, keeps in touch with her readers in many ways, through the official website, facebook, goodreads … if you have questions you can ask directly to her, she is very kind.

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news from Cornelia Funke official website :  “Some of you may have heard it on Facebook already: I am currently revising RECKLESS, the first book of my MirrorWorld series, including everything I learned in the past few years about this world and especially my characters. The story won’t change much but I know Jacob, Will, Fox and Clara so much better by now that I felt I owe them these revisions. […] ” 

” I am as upset as my readers that Heartless or The Golden Yarn – as it iscalled in German – has not yet been published in English! As you all know it is out in Germany since February and is currently being translated into several other languages. The book has been translated into English, but my UK and US publishers asked me to make changes both to the beginning and the end of the story (both favorite passages of mine), which I don’t agree with. Both in the US and the UK the MirrorWorld series has been published from the beginning for a younger audience than I intended and I think this is still at the bottom of all this. I promise I will make sure the book will be available for my English language MirrorWorlders very soon. After all Jacob, Fox and I miss you behind the Mirrors! So… please keep your fingers crossed that we all travel very soon together again. The Baba Yaga is waiting:)”

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“Sunday, 7 June, 2015

More news on Heartless

For all of you who are waiting for The Golden Yarn or Heartless, as it is so far called in English (not sure which title I prefer:)): I decided to publish an electronic version with my publishing company BreathingBooks in September. For the ones who love their books still on paper (I am one of them) I’ll try to also make a small but delicious print run available. Additionally I intend to record the book myself on audio. More info on my website as soon as we decided how to make all this available. All the very best from LA, Cornelia :)”


I can’t wait for these books to come out, I can’t wait to read them all ! Yay ! What books Autumn’s wind will bring to you ? 


Note : I wrote this post directly in english because the new pubblications I am interested in, are all in this language. If you notice any mistake and/or if you wish for an italian translation, please let me know.