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Pitter Patter of Little Thoughts

If I had an addiction, it would probably be books. All kinds of books. There is almost nothing better than curling up with fuzzy pillows, warm blankets, a mug of hot chocolate, and of course a book to fall into. Trying to get a full account of all the books I've read in the past - and also trying to be more diligent about documenting the books I read nowadays (and reviewing them). Thus, all current books I read will be reviewed, and all books I've realized I read in the past will not be reviewed unless I read them again. Also trying to expand my palate in books and genres. There's nothing I love better than a recommended new book in a different genre that surpasses my expectations. Feel free to leave a recommendation ^^

Currently reading

A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens, Stephen Koch

The Paper Menagerie

The Paper Menagerie - Ken Liu I read this on a whim. Seeing that it was a short story of only thirteen pages, I thought oh why not?

This short story killed me. It drew me in with easy sentences and hints of down-to-earth magic of life, and then it killed me. I read through these thirteen pages with the intent of just paging through another story. By the first page, I could tell I would like the story. In the third, I fell in love with the characters. And the fifth page set my mind to worry and my heart beating anxiously. And by the thirteenth page, my eyes swept across the words and, unwillingly, I cried.

I usually go through with a critical eye in any form of writing - trying to decipher the structure or the dialogue and the way the story was constructed to give constructive criticism, or maybe just to put out more plainly the reasons I like or disliked the story. But for this, everything was done beautifully. I have not complaints. No criticisms. Not a single one.

I don't need to say anything about the story to make you want to read it because it speaks for itself by the first page.

Five stars. Five freaking beautiful stars that are stained by unwilling tears. The depth of the emotion these characters can bring out, the love and the pain, the simple magic woven in so easily, the entire story.... everything.
Recommended for everyone. Anyone. Everyone should read it just to see how beautiful writing can be.