All the Light We Cannot See

If you look this book up, it is described as a story about a blind girl and a German boy in World War II France.  And that’s true.  But it’s also the story of a town called Saint Malo – how it is occupied, destroyed, and rebuilt.  It’s also a fairy tale of the old school, full of darkness and evil and danger and goodness and redemption.  And yes, it is a story about a girl and boy who live a world turned upside down.

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The Afterlife of Stars

This was the sort of book that pretentious Honors English college students gush over as “important” and “meaningful”.  Which, to me, usually meant it was weird, full of “lyricism”, and contained sentences that never seemed to end.  I wanted to like it.  I wanted it to be something special.  But I really, really hated it.