Three books on my bookshelf (ft. my best friend)

5:00 PM

At first, I wanted to write an article about my 3 favourite books on my bookshelf. But I thought about bringing in my best friend, who is a French literature blogger (her blog is Mangeons Les Livres). So I am going to offer her three books I read and I think that she would like and she would do the same for me.

Three books to my best friend:

Vous n'aurez pas ma haine, Antoine Leris
I read this book last January and literally read it in two hours. The book is small and talks about the author losing his wife after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015. He first wrote a letter on his Facebook page before writing the whole book. It was his way to cope and to remember his wife and how to keep living with their 1 year-old son. 

Cinq blessures qui empêchent d'être soi-même, Lise Bourbieu
It's a self-development book one of my friends advised me to read when I had a hard time dealing with anxiety last year. It really helped me in many ways and always reached for it when I need to rethink of something I feel. I know Pauline is not used to self-development but I wasn't either. And I am pretty sure this could help her the same way it helped me.

Le Message, Andrée Chedid
I read this book when I was 14 years-old. I am not sure I can remember it perfectly but I know I loved the story and how Andrée Chedid wrote it. It almost felt like poesy even if it talks about war and how war divides us and separates lovers. It is a book full of hope for a better future but also full of misunderstanding towards war, conflicts, etc. 

Three books from my best friend:

No Home, Yaa Gyasi. 
I read No Home last year and this novel really blew me away. In this story, we follow different generations a family, from Africa to the United States, we go through the sorrow and the (few) moments of glory of the whole family. It is both tender and painful; I sincerely think that you’ll love this book.

California Dreamin', Pénélope Bagieu
I know you read very few comics, but I'm sure you will love this one! Sixties atmosphere, rock music, incredible female figure: everything is great in this book! We follow the story of Ellen Cohen aka Cass Elliot from The Mamas and the Papas. It's really one of my biggest favorites! It's also for me one of Penelope Bagieu's best works with Les Culottées.

Half Bad, Sally Green
This one you may have seen it coming. It must be known that Margaux owns the volume 1, that she had it in her hands well before me and that for reasons that I do not know, SHE STILL HASN’T READ IT. Yet it's not for lack of insistence, for writing hundreds of messages about this trilogy that I absolutely loved. I cannot even be objective because I was transported by the story. For me, it's not just a wizard story, it's not just a love story or a friendship story, it's a lot more than that. It's about racism, war, dictatorship, and so many other things. It's beautiful, difficult and at the same time full of hope.

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