Have you ever felt in love with a book at first sight? Well, I saw the Binding in a promotional picture on twitter and I knew it needed for it to be mine. I get all the ” don’t judge a book by its cover” but this one turned out being equally amazing on the inside as it is on the outside.

s y n o p s i s :

39964740Imagine you could erase your grief. Imagine you could forget your pain. Imagine you could hide a secret. Forever. Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded. Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it. 

I requested the advanced copy of the Binding on Netgallery and forgot all about it. I just kept lusting on that amazing cover that promised wonders and I knew that I had to add it to my collection; then one day I received an email stating that I had been somehow granted the e-book copy of the book I was… torn! Excited, for sure, but torn!
Surely some of you can relate, wanting a book so much, expecting so much from it but also knowing it’s not probably going to be your cup of tea because of personal taste, experience and ones actual state of mind. But if you knew that, why want it so badly?
I guess I wanted a taste of it. I wanted to see if the book was really as good as the cover, to feel the author’s words on my skin, to see with my eyes their choices, their plot devices and to try to get myself out of my own comfort zone.

The truth is, I know myself, I know what it takes for me to like a book. Books are art and as such they need to make you feel something, to trap you into them and that’s what the Binding did to me; the fact that the feeling I ended up having was of deep anxiety has nothing to do with the book and only with my own personal triggers. Nevertheless,  I’m grateful. I’m grateful to this book because it made me feel something. Will I probably enjoy it better the second read around? Sure, but I wouldn’t trade that first experience with anything else.

This book it’s simply spectacular: the ideas, the characters, the world that Bridget Collins created are so vivid, colourful, and magical; they reverberate in your ribcage like hummingbirds needing to burst free from you and make you feel their full power. And you’ll gladly whether through, word after word, page after page, needing more, never having enough. And when the last page will be turned, you’ll mourn the loss of such a beautiful story and invite your friends to have that same experience, right before you’ll dive, once again, right into it.

C o n c l u s i o n s :

Would I recommend this book? Yes, hands down, absolutely. I would add some disclaimer tho: if you are in a bad place, have anxiety and feeling powerless or not in control of your destiny is one of your triggers… Buddy read this book with a friend. Don’t give up on it.  If you are into high fantasy, LGBT characters, medieval-like settings and magic, GO. BUY. THIS. BOOK!  you’ll love it, you’ll devour it or maybe it’ll devour you!

“The Binding is so vivid and seamless, that it can’t be categorised as simple literature.
It’s a hit, a new classic! It must be the work of a binder because a story so vivid can’t be imagined, it can only be thread into pages from a memory of a faraway world.”


(with disclaimers)

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As you know by now one of my resolutions for 2019 is to get into Audiobooks. My scepticism is high, and I tend to feel incredibly guilty listening to them, I do think they are a more than valid way to read a book! I just have this weird feeling every time I try!

When I went to the meet and greet with Been Aaronovitch last month I realised that his last novella was an Audible exclusive! He talked at length about the audiobooks and how perfect Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was for that Job and how whenever he wrote about nightingale he could hear Kobna’s voice for him. I was intrigued but, see, the thing with Audiobooks is that they make me awkward! I just keep on focusing on the different voices the reader makes and, sincerely every time I end up annoyed at the impossible high pitched screeching of every single feminine character and the buff take to the extremely masculine characters. Recognising each of them is difficult two because – at least in the one I’ve tried to listen so far –  the reader has only two sets of voices! So what made me change my mind? Well, I went to watch Mary Poppins the other day and in the credits I spotted Kobna’s name! Now I didn’t even know how this guy looked like, I hadn’t googled him and I kind of live under a rock ( I know, I even work in a theatre… * facepalm* ) In the credits it just said his name so for all I knew he could’ve been an ensemble member or a narrating voice! I decided to just enjoy my movie and go on.

When I left the theatre I had forgotten all about it and, while talking to a friend of mine I was praising actors and similar and I just went on about one peculiar character until my friend goes ” Ah, Kobna! You should know him! He performed your favourite series! ” I was… shocked!  I needed the audiobooks, yesterday! so I downloaded a rare book of cunning devices and I was sold. Kobna’s voice is perfect, flawless and entertaining! The peace is exactly the one I would’ve had while reading the books and The voices were so… refreshing! In the story, we only have three characters and I was happy to realise that Peter’s voice was perfect as well as surprised about Postmartin’s voice! Which I hadn’t exactly imagined at all but made so much sense! What did I do next? Well, I listened to the entire audiobook in one setting, it not being too long and then I gifted myself the entire series for Christmas! I can’t wait to fill my commute with them! Also, I now have something to bring with me for the new year when I’ll start going to the gym! I’m sure I will still find narrators that just gets on my nerves and don’t resonate with me at all, but for now I’m just happy knowing that I can enjoy also this type of reading and incorporate it with my reading routine, especially when lighting is not at its best so that I can avoid migraines!

All of you can Find the rivers of London audiobooks as well as ebooks and fisical editions on amazon!
Happy ( belated ) Blogmas!

Oh hi there! It’s so good to see you! Welcome to “ Jess Blogmas race” Where Jess posts multiple times in a row to make up for the days of the slump and lost blog posts!
Today I’ll bring you one of the arcs that was given to me a while ago but that I never managed to review for one reason or the other! It’s a sweet and quick read that you won’t mind add to your TBR!


4997e9c02a412e518c438d57511f30e4a9f4a4d1Even Little Miss Grinch, Nikki, a successful and independent woman, must face her bachelorette status at the most horrible time of the year.
December is her personal version of holly-jolly hell: a merry torture made of couples kissing at every corner, forced vacation days, and an inescapable family reunion.
And when her baby sister announces she’s engaged—to Paul, the man Nikki is secretly in love with—and that he’s spending the holidays with them, Christmas starts looking bluer than ever.
Nikki can’t possibly survive an entire week trapped home as the family’s spinster. But she has no time to meet men or to try the newest dating app, she’s too busy working as a video producer for an advertising agency.
So what’s a girl to do?
Nikki has the perfect solution: to hire a fake boyfriend.
Luckily, her job gives her access to an endless catalogue of gorgeous actors to choose from.
But Nikki will soon discover that keeping business and pleasure from mixing isn’t so easy and that she might not be immune to a little mistletoe magic. Especially not when she picked out the perfect man as her Christmas date…

I’m not going to bore you guys telling you what place this kind of books have for me, you know it full well by now how I feel about them and how much I like the cheap thrill of pleasure in an incredibly good-looking man defying all odds, so yeah, I liked this book even if I found it extremely childish, but maybe also because of it!
C’mon, all the hallmark protagonists are saints, martyr or workaholic! It’s nice to have one that, yes, it’s a workaholic but that is also petty and childish! Having negative traits doesn’t necessarily make you a bad character! Nor a badly written one! And I found that the characters in this book and their story does make sense! They make sense! And I liked it a lot!
Listen, the plot is not exactly innovative, I’m sure that you can think to at least one pretty famous movie with a similar arc, but It’s pleasurable nonetheless! You can see them finally grow the hell up and you can see a household filled with love and the problems of people who don’t really have many problems! And that’s not always bad!
So, yeah, maybe not everyone will like this book, it’s simplistic, petty and childish, but maybe a lot of you would like it because of it! An easy read, that doesn’t claim to be nothing more than that and that will keep you company for an afternoon and leave you with a nice smile on your face.


happy Blogmas!