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REVIEW | With Ballet in My Soul by Eva Maze

Book Review

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Description

A life spanning close to 100 years is noteworthy, if only because of its longevity. The rich life of a woman committed to a professional vision ahead of its time, filled with glamour, excitement, and adventure, is truly remarkable. Narrated in her own words, this is the story of such a woman, Eva Maze, who, from the time she left Romania as a teenager in 1939, dreamed of being a ballet dancer, and through a series a circumstances, became instead one of the most successful theatrical impresarios in Europe – with a career spanning more than 40 years.

What I Liked

Eva’s memoir is a mesmerizing story of overcoming difficult situations and making the best of them. Not only do you get to learn about an impressive individual you get to see her throughout her life. While many memoirs are accompanied by photos Eva goes above and beyond by providing many images from different times in her life. It made the story more personal because there was so many, but because they were placed throughout the text. I often read non-fiction and memoir and the images are bunched up eight in the middle of the book and the context is lost. Another thing I liked about this novel is the fact that you almost instantly feel a connection to this amazing woman. She doesn’t talk at your, but explains her life as if you are sitting with her at a table drinking some tea or coffee.

What I Didn’t Like

One thing I did not like was that I could not relate to wanting to be a performer or dancer as much as Eva. While this is not fault at all by the author or her story I can tell for my reading if I had an interest in this I would have enjoyed the story even more. Even though I am not interesting in performing or dance I enjoyed Eva’s story because her story is a wonderful one.

Overall Thoughts

I thought this was a wonderful written memoir. I can tell a lot of thought and heart when into it. This is a story of a strong and inspiring woman who have lived through so many modern historical events. You see things through her eyes and while she tells you her story you feel like her friend. Her story shows that no matter what happens in your life, you can still succeed. I would say if you want to read about an inspiring woman, read memoir, or you enjoy reading about ballet you should pick up this book. I want to say thank-you Eva for sharing your story, it was amazing to read it.


Book Information

Publisher: Moonstone Press LLC

Publication Date:April 1st 2017

List Price: $24.95 (Amazon.com)

ISBN: 9780983498384

Pages: 200 pages


*You may have noticed that I have not added a star rating to my review. I did this on purpose. I want to remove the star ratings from my reviews and focus on discussing the things I like and things I didn’t instead of trying to force my opinions into a box.

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Reviews

Quarterly Co. Literary Box: February 2017

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Quarterly Co. is one of my favorite book boxes that I have tried over the years. For me personally I like that it is seasonal. It gives me time to read the books, when  I used to get a few monthly boxes I would get overwhelmed and that led to my TBR getting totally out of hand. I also like the fact you can pick YA or Literature. I like YA don’t get me wrong, but it was nice to find a box that was Adult Literature. Lastly I love how the box picks an author, they write notes throughout the book and then adds in a few books they enjoyed. It’s like having a book club with the author!

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This quarter was curated by Kayla Rae Whitaker. When I opened the box there was a typed note from the author explaining her book and an explanation for the other two books she included in the box. Not only do you get to read books chosen by an author, but you learn their significance to the author as well.

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This is what I love about this box, author notes! There was sticky  notes all over the pages in the book. I always get excited when I get to a page where I see one poking out a bit.

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The books that were included in this box are the curators debut book The Animators, which I am very exited to read. I read the description a while back and it sounded like fun. If follows two women who meet at a private college and follows them to a decade later where they are “now an award winning animation duo” (It is taken right from the description, no spoilers here). It seems to be a book following great friends through their ups and down, just a much needed feel good book since I have been on a thriller binge as of late.

The second and third books in the box I have never heard about. The first of these two books is The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, which is a memoir that discusses diversity and love. Now that I have looked up the description I am very happy to have it to read in the near future. The final book in the box is The Annie Year by Stephanie Wilbur Ash. This book follows a well known patron of the arts in a small town. But, Annie does something that has serious repercussions on her life. Was it worth it? I’m not sure, but I will read a find out.


I hope you like my little unboxing*. You can find more information on this box by clicking the link right here. To find out more about the books mentioned simply click on the title, I linked to all of their goodreads pages.

What book or bookish subscription box do you subscribe to?

 

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TBR

#ReadThemAllThon TBR Pile

 

 

ReadThemAllThon

This read-a-thon runs from August 14th – September 4th, an entire 3 weeks to read some glorious books.

For more info on the Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon go to readingatmidnight’s original post. Here you will find more info on CP and leveling your pokemon.

Chosen Pokemon: Abra 10 CP

A three stage pokemon which means at 150 CP he will turn into Kadabra and at 400 CP will evolve into Alakazam.

 

TBR Pile:

ReadThemAllThon-Badge01-Boulder

For the Boulder Badge I plan on reading Night from the Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel. I am going to extend this and read the entire trilogy because of I have this bind up.

352 pages, potential +35CP.
ReadThemAllThon-Badge02-Cascader

For the Cascade Badge I am going to read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes because from what I hear it leaves many readers teary eyed.

400 pages, potential 40 CP

ReadThemAllThon-Badge03-Thunder

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is one of the most hyped books that is still on my TBR list so I plan on reading this to earn the Thunder Badge. I hope it lives up to the expectations.

416 pages, potential 41 CP

ReadThemAllThon-Badge04-Rainbow

To gain the Rainbow Badge I plan on reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I have heard a lot of good things about it and I can’t wait to get to it.

320 pages, potential 32 CP

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For the Soul Badge I plan on reading Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, I mean it had a huge engagement ring and is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice how can it not be an epic romance?

512 pages, potential 51 CPReadThemAllThon-Badge06-Marsh

For the Marsh Badge I plan on reading The Shining by Stephen King one of the most supernatural ghost stories I have on my TBR. When I was younger this was actually my favorite movie, it still is high on my list, but I never read the book. So I think it is finally time.

464 pages, potential of 46 CP

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For the Flame Badge I plan on reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, the sequel to The Shining. How can I not read both?

560 pages, potential of 56 CPReadThemAllThon-Badge08-Earth

For the Earth Badge I plan on reading Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin, I know this is an alternate history type book, but I am pretty it is an apocalyptic type setting.

400 pages, potential of 40 CP

Potential Points If I Finish ALL Books (includes completed book bonus) = 501 CP


 

All I know is I am very excited that I will be able to participate in this read-a-thon after all. I mean it combines reading and Pokemon, how can anyone not be excited?

Have you read any of these books? Are you planning on participating? Let me know down below!

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Bookish Photo: July 31st, 2016

Reviews

Christopher and His King by Christopher Isherwood

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Christopher and His Kind is a memoir that follows Christopher Isherwood between the years of 1929-1939. During this time he traveled in numerous countries, mainly Germany and wrote numerous novels. I picked up this novel to fulfill a challenge during a read-a-thon recently and I have also watched the movie adaptation in the past and felt it was finally time for me to pick up the book.

This novel is very interesting for numerous reasons. First, Isherwood is a very accomplished novelist. He has published over forty different works, there may even be more than what I have found. Second, this describes his time in Germany during the rise of Hitler and how it affected his friends and loved ones. Lastly, Isherwood is a homosexual and openly discusses his relationships and sheds light on the local scenes related to this.

Isherwood discusses how he was drawn to Germany because he could be more of himself, find something so un-English, so unlike from where he is from. Even though he is English, he tends to spend most of his time outside of his home country going to other European countries, Africa, Asia, and North America. All of the trips he takes he describes the adventures with his friends, the good and the bad, which I enjoy because it makes this seem so much more sincere and truthful. I also like how the author reflected on his own actions and at times admitted to acting irrationally or improper.

One common thread though most of the book was his relationship with Heinz, whom he met in Germany pre-Hitler. They were in a relationship for a good amount of time and Christopher cared for him dearly and you can see that Heinz felt the same way. Now when Hitler came into power you witness Christopher struggle to keep Heinz away and out of the country so he would be away from the violence and not be forced to fight. I found myself looking forward to their next trip and to what country they could get Heinz a visa for. It was like a tale of two lovers on the run. Now I will admit I am leaving a lot out because if I write anymore of the things I like of dislike it would end up giving away bits and pieces of Christopher’s story.

I will say I enjoyed the book greatly, I would say it is a very solid LGBTQ+ book. I ended up giving the book a rating of 3 out of 5 stars. The reason this is not a 5 star book is because at times the book seemed to drag a lot and tended to be erratic at time. Which I understand s a writing tool to show and reflect his own erratic and worried thought processes he was going through, but it made it difficult to read at times for me personally. If this is not something you find difficult I would say it is worth looking into.

Happy Reading!

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Bookish Photo: July 28th, 2016

Wrap Up

Booktube-a- thon 2016 Wrap-Up

Booktube-a-thon is a week long read-a-thon where you read as much as you can. I usually find these fun and challenging because it gives me an excuse to escape into books and participate in challenges.

This year I decided to participate in Booktube-a-thon, which had 7 challenges. The challenges were read something with yellow on the cover, read a book only after sunset, a book you got because of book tube, read a book by a favorite author, read a book older than you, read a book with a movie adaptation then watch it, and read seven books.

I previously made a post with my TBR (To Be Read) which you can find Here.

During the week I read:

Persuasion by Jane Austen: 1/5 Stars (book older than me)

Christopher and His Kind by Christopher Isherwood: 3/5 stars (book to movie)

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes: 5/5 stars (book tube made me do it)

Deadpool Vol. 1 Millionaire with a Mouth by Gerry Duggan: 4/5 stars (after Dark)

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub: 5/5 stars (yellow on the cover)

Oops, I did not get to finish my 7th book, but over all I am proud of my progress. I read in total 6 books that equals 1587 pages. 0.0 woah.