#the invisible life of addie larue
Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives--or to find strength in a very long one.
V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue
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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
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call down the hawk by maggie stiefvater//demian by hermann hesse//anton chekhov///i had a dream about you by richard siken//haruki murakami//dream on happiness no. 5 by hannu makela//augusto cury//mad girl’s love song by sylvia plath//the invisible life of addie larue by ve schwab
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Oscar recommends reading at least one fantasy novel a month for good health 🩺
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VILLON-SUR-SARTHE, FRANCE, July 29, 1714
"And Adeline knows, then, that she has made a mistake."
Happy Luc-pays-a-visit Day!
307 years ago today, Addie LaRue made a fateful deal with a devil, cursed to walk the earth as an immortal and immediately forgotten by anyone with whom she interacts. Here to keep her fresh in our minds.
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You deserve someone who loves you as you are. The good and the bad and the maddening.
V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
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@bibliophilicwitch Tomes and Tea 6/6/21:
Super late entry for tomes and tea today because I finished The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia last night and have been unable to stop thinking about it all day. So I didn’t pick my next read until right now, but I’m really excited to start The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue! Drinking my ever-present mocha cold brew.
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Villains and their main relationship goal:
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i want to start reading, where should I begin ? :)
First and foremost, just know that it's going to change your life and your relationship with it.
Secondly, do not feel feel uneasy or discouraged if your first shot at it doesn't make you fall in love with reading. It will only mean that you haven't found your book yet.
If I were in your shoes, I wouldn't take a long classic (*cough* russian literature *cough*) as a first stepping stone.
Instead, try one of these:
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (if this one doesn't make you fall head over heels with reading ... *** also, don't worry if you haven't read "The Iliad", Madeline Miller takes your hand and patiently walks you through every room, giving backstories for every character.)
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (I'm aware that this is a thick one, but trust me, you'll fly through the pages. To me, it was quite fast-pace, yet had the right amount of depth to keep you emotionally invested. Are some aspects of this book problematic? Yup. Is it a textbook example of eurocentrism? Yes. But still I think it's worth reading.)
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (no words, love, no words)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (simply the sweetest book I've ever had the honor to read)
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (reading this book smells like cinnamon buns and hot chocolate (or warm coffee)
Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi (filled with contemporary references, feels like that moment when you've slipped on something and are waiting for the fall *which isn't coming** and smells like early 20s struggles)
The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura (very strange, yet absolutely captivating)
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (okay, hear me out. I'm not just recommending this because I am biased and Kafka is the love of my life. I DO really think that this book is peculiarly interesting enough to keep you engaged and impactful enough to make you read Kafka's other works)
The Secret History by Donna Tartt (it's either love or hate with this one)
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong ( Am I recommending this book because I am Tateve Simonyan and they are Ocean Vuong? Yes. Is it one of (if not the) most beautiful accumulation of words you'll ever read? Yes.)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (I read this one at the age of 14 and remember not being able to put it down. Additionally, it's filled with wonderful music recommendations.)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (need I say more?)
Perhaps you'd better start with short stories?
Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
People From My Neighbourhood by Hiromi Kawakami
Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda
Or maybe you'd like some poetry books?
Crush by Richard Siken
War of the Foxes by Richard Siken
Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky
If I Don't Know by Wendy Cope
Now, buckle up, love, cuz you're in for a wild ride 🌼
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Ok so of course it couldn’t go off completely without a hitch because it is ME we’re talking about here lmao. So they were about a half hour behind schedule, right? So I’d been waiting about 40 mins, drinking water, panicking. So I had to go pee. I simply had to. And when I got back in my room there is Ben freaking Barnes’ face up on my Zoom WAITING FOR ME. GOD. THE SHAME. Anyway he was really cool and funny about it. When I sat down he said, “Well, hello,” in like a scolding, teasing, you-were-being-naughty voice, and he was laughing and I was laughing so in a way it’s good this happened because it broke all the ice IMMEDIATELY. He then told me, “I LOVE your hair.” Just instantly and with such emphasis. A WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was blushing so much please????
He asked where I was and I thought he meant like... the room I was in. Because we have a homemade arcade machine in the office right behind me and people always comment on it on Zoom calls so we talked about that for a second and then he clarified like where I am geographically and I said Louisiana and he went on about how he loves New Orleans (SAME, MARRY ME!!!!!!) and it’s one of his favorite places in the world and he started to tell me some story of visiting Nola with his parents and then cut himself off and said, “You don’t need to hear this story,” and internally I was screaming, YES I DO I NEED TO LEARN EVERYTHING I CAN ABOUT MY FUTURE IN-LAWS. Then he mentioned the Creole food and the street music and I used this as an opportunity to gushingly tell him he would fit in great there because he’s such a brilliant musician. I hope he appreciated that lmao.
Then he asked how I was doing and if I had questions. I answered honestly: that I was still kind of freaking out that I was late to this huge moment I’ve been looking forward to lmao. He laughed it off and said it was ok and they would add more time at the end (I was honestly less than one min late).
So I just told him I was a huge fan, had followed his work a lot over the past two years but first discovered him when I was a teenager working at a movie theater and saw Caspian and loved it, how I would drag my friends to watch it between busy times on the clock. He said he was jealous of my movie theater job and that he was a waiter at an Italian restaurant back then and hated it, and I concurred that service industry is the worst lol.
I told him the Darkling was my favorite character and that he gave us book fans everything we could want and more, and thanked him for his thoughtful portrayal and for caring so much, and he seemed really grateful and sweet about it.
Then I said that my question was about books, and that I was an English professor. He was really surprised by this and asked, “Really????” So I said that I taught at my local college and in a lot of ways it’s my dream job to be able to teach the stories I love. And he sort of spaced out for a second and then was like, “I’m sorry, I’m just thinking about how much I love that you said that. That you have your dream job. That’s amazing.” LISTEN, it took everything in me not to instantly propose marriage at this moment like I was tearing up ok. I LOVE THIS MAN.
So anyway, I said, “I bring all this up because I know you were also an English lit major. So English major to English major, what’s you’re favorite book?" And he launched into this great talk about Atonement and how it makes him cry (Jesus save me, I was smiling so hard right here to hide the tears lmao) and then talked about this book called Birdsong that he’d done a stage adaptation for, and said that was probably his favorite. Then the lady tried to cut us off and end it, but he said no and asked for ME to recommend a book to him. The first one I could think of that I’d read recently that I think he might like is The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue so I went with that. And he wrote it down.
Then the moderator lady who showed up did a screenshot for us, and I asked if we could pose with “Darkling hands” like that scene in the Fold. He said yes! I am allowed to post that so I will when they send it.
Then HE thanked ME as if he didn’t just singlehandedly fill my body with enough serotonin for a lifetime, said, “Kristen, you’re such a sweetheart,” and left. And now I just have to try to... go about the rest of my day as if THAT didn’t just happen. Wow.
Tbh I’m so insanely grateful because I only paid for one meeting, which is three mins. But he talked to me for six mins!
I didn’t think I could love this man any more than I already did. AND YET
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Hello, love your prompts!! Do you have any book recs that are similar to six of crows ( anything in the grishaverse really), vicious, basically fantasy trope with villains and heroes with a splash of romance that fall under the adult or new adult category? I’m having a hard time finding books that aren’t YA in this category. Thank you :)
I'm taking 'villains and heroes' with a pinch of salt, meaning I don't mean superheroes or supervillains necessarily. Just stories that either have an excellent antagonist, or a great enemies to friends/lovers vibe.
Firstly: if you haven't read the other works by Schwab or Bardugo, do so! They both do adult stories as well, or works that don't really fit (to my mind) in decisively either the 'adult' or 'young adult' category. I am listing some of my favourites of theirs below.
Darker Shades of Magic series by V.E Schwab
The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue, by V.E Schwab
Ninth House, by Leigh Bardugo (no romance yet, but we'll see!)
Secondly: other stories by other authors:
Sorcery of Thorns, by Margaret Rogerson
A Deadly Education (/The Scholomance series, at least so far!) by Naomi Novik
Folk in the Air series by Holly Black (it is often classed as YA, in the same way that Six of Crows/Grishaverse is often marketed as YA, but I think it has a lot of adult appeal and I have only ever read it as an adult.)
Thirdly: not fantasy, but has some of the vibes of Six of Crows/Vicious - by which I mean, tales of close friendship or romance tied with revenge, if you want to branch out of fantasy. (No pressure!)
If We Were Villains, by M.L Rio
The Secret History, by Donna Tart
Fourthly: other books that may fit the bill, that I didn't hate, but also wouldn't rave about with love, but you may still enjoy them.
We Could Be Heroes, by Mike Chen (actual superheroes!)
Finally: haven't read it yet but I WANT to and it's next on my list after my current novel, and I suspect it may fit the bill...
Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots
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The enemies to lovers trope/lovers to enemies trope
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hiii! do you know some books or poems that have the theme like “you are as alone as i am, we are both alone without each other” line? thank you so much!
“If I Should Come Upon Your House Lonely in the West Texas Desert,” | Natalie Diaz
"Object Permanence." | Nicole Sealey
"Middle Aged Lovers," | Erica Jong
"The Quiet World," | Jeffrey McDaniel
"Morning," | Frank O’Hara
"The Sea of Silence," | Florence May Alt
"XVII (I do not love you...)," | Pablo Neruda
"for Jane," | Charles Bukowski
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Fish in Exile, Vi Khi Nao
The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
The Girl at the Lion d'Or, Sebastian Faulks
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab
Giovanni's Room, James Baldwin
Find Me, André Aciman
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— much loved book, pouring my heart into its pages
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― The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
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30.06.2021 // i spent a wonderful afternoon in one of my favourite cafés. i nearly finished "the invisible life of addie larue" and my heart is so full of love for the characters and the story. i can't wait to finish it this evening and at the same time i don't want it to end. but i have a feeling that the ending is going to be quite sad.
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Can you give me some LGBTQ+ book recommendations? Thanks x
Books that I have read: (some of these books are circled around a LGBTQ+ romance, while the others only contain certain elements)
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller (100/10 recommend, this one was an otherworldly experience)
A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara (100/10 recommend, but pay attention to trigger warnings)
Breasts and Eggs - Mieko Kawakami (100/10 recommend, i perceived the main character as an asexual)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz (1000/10, everything that's wonderful about being alive)
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous - Ocean Vuong (1000/10, cannot recommend this book enough)
Night Sky with Exit Wounds - Ocean Vuong (1000/10, "the seventh circle of Earth" has my heart and refuses to give it back)
Maurice - E. M. Forster (1000/10, love love love)
Call Me By Your Name - André Aciman (7/10 recommend, some parts made me feel uncomfortable, but overall I liked it)
Find Me - André Aciman (9/10, sequel to Call me by your name, I liked this far better than the first one)
The Secret History - Donna Tartt (8/10 recommend, only certain elements)
If We Were Villains - M.L. Rio (10/10 recommend, "James, I love you")
Swimming in the Dark - Tomasz Jedrowski (9/10)
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde (100/10)
Crush - Richard Siken (100/10 recommend, one of my favourite poetry books)
Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin (100/10 recommend, can't rave enough about this book)
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue - V.E. Schwab (8.5/10 recommend, slightly problematic, but overall i loved it)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky (10/10 recommend, my 15-year-old self feels validated)
Lie With Me - Philippe Besson (6/10)
My Policeman - Bethan Roberts (9/10, if you like E.M. Forster, i highly recommend reading this one)
Autobiography of Red - Anne Carson (10/10)
Carmilla - J. Sheridan Le Fanu (8/10)
Her Body and Other Parties - Carmen Maria Machado (10/10 hell to the yes)
The Parting Gift - Evan Fallenberg (6.8/10, some parts made me feel uncomfortable, but overall not a horrible experience)
Apricot Jam - Imogen Markwell-Tweed (3/10, if you're in need of something light and sweet)
Books I haven't read
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
The Membranes by Chi Ta-wei
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
An Orphan World by Giuseppe Caputo
Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Loveless by Alice Oseman
Memorial by Bryan Washington
Cleanness by Garth Greenwell
The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst
Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
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Blink and you’re twenty-eight, and everyone else is now a mile down the road, and you’re still trying to find it, and the irony is hardly lost on you that in wanting to live, to learn, to find yourself, you’ve gotten lost.
- V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
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I'm absolutely excited to finally show this illustration inspired by The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, commissioned by V.E. Schwab as a bonus print with every ticket purchase for her upcoming virtual tour in October 2020! I usually take the time to deep dive into these pieces; to explain the symbolisms and inspirations and hidden meanings - but I approached this illustration as how one would approach cutting a movie trailer. To tease your curiosity with its emotions and capture your attention with its mystery, and hope that as you read it, the story behind this illustration begins to unfold with the book.
I hope everyone reading it for the first time can really take the time to absorb it - it's such a heavy-hearted, slow-burning, and wonderfully atmospheric book. Since I did not have an audiobook version (which I'm STOKED to re-experience when its released), I could only read a little bit at a time on my daily dog walks. But it gave me the time to sink into each segment, and feel a similar stretch of time as Addie was experiencing through her 300 years.
Thank you so much, once again, to V.E Schwab and Tor Books for this wonderful opportunity! I'm excited for it to finally be released to you all, and super stoked to have been one of the many artists in these campaign events who contributed what I would consider a 'review' with our artwork. It's something I've always thought would be improbable to review an ARC through art in lieu of written reviews.
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“Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives – or to find strength in a very long one. ”
— The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E Schwab
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