Faulkner in 5 Minutes

Light in August by William Faulkner

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” 
― William Faulkner

William Faulkner is considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century and some of his works has earned him important Literature prizes.

During a visit to the Corner BookShop that’s inside the Bellevue Library, I found a Hardcover edition of Light in August (a used book, but in good condition). I have to admit that the only thing I knew about Faulkner was that he is an important author in American Literature, but there was something about this book… I quickly searched the book in the Goodreads App to read the synopsis and rating, but it was after hold the book in my hands that I knew I had to buy it.

Today I listened Faulkner in 5 minutes (I got it for free in Audible.com), is short and, between others things, provides a quick exploration of the elements that Faulkner use in his works, also mentions the names of some Authors that were influenced by him.

I enjoyed listening to this short Audiobook and I recommend it, specially to people that, like me, is not familiar with Faulkner and wants to learn a bit about him and his work.

Book Review: Between the Lines (Book 1) by Tammara Webber

Between the Lines

Official Book Description:

When Hollywood It Boy, Reid Alexander, arrives on location to shoot his next movie, his goals are the same as always—film another blockbuster hit and enjoy his celebrity status to the fullest while doing so. His costar is a virtual unknown with whom he had blazing hot chemistry during her auditions. The universe is lining up nicely to grant whatever he wants, as usual, until he’s confronted with unexpected obstacles on location like a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for the first girl to spark his genuine interest in years.

Emma Pierce just got her big break after more than a decade of filming commercials for grape juice, department stores and tampons, and more recently, bit parts in made-for-TV movies. Nailing the lead role in a wide-release film sent her agent, father and stepmother into raptures, and should have done the same for her. The Problem? Emma is experiencing a building desire to be normal, and starring in a silly, modernized adaptation of one of her favorite novels—opposite the very hot Reid Alexander—isn’t going to advance that aspiration.

Graham Douglas doesn’t fear playing the part of a nerdy dimwit; when it comes to choosing film roles, if it pays, he’ll do it. Besides, his friend Brooke Cameron snatched up the role of the bitchy hot girl and could use his help as a buffer, because her ex is the star. Graham has no problem keeping a handle on the situation, until he finds himself attracted to Reid’s costar, Emma, the girl Reid is pursuing full-throttle with his standard arsenal of charm, good looks and arrogance.

Book Review:

There are some books that catch your interest from the beginning and keep it until the end, for me “Between the lines” by Tammara Webber was one of those.

I read this book in one sitting and as soon as finish I knew this was a book I’ll be re-reading in the future, (and I’ll enjoy it just as the first time).

The book offers a glimpse to the life of a group of young celebrities (most of the time while they are working on a new movie), through the story we can see their lives inside and outside the set, how they manage work, fame, relationships and family issues (which is not always easy for them in that kind of circle).
This book is written from two POV, one from Reid’s, a famous young movie star, and the other one from Emma, a young actress who has mostly played small roles but is now having her first big opportunity.

For me this was an entertaining read, I liked the pace and how well written it was (this allowed me to be quickly immersed in the story), I also enjoy the characters created by Tammara Webber (from the main to the secondary ones).
My favorite character was Graham, he is just the perfect guy: romantic, warm and supportive, and I’m really excited about the continuation of the Series “Where you are”, which includes Graham’s POV.

This is the first book I read from this author and I really recommend it, also I look forward to reading the next books from the “Between the Lines” Series:
Where you are (Book 2)
Good for you (Book 3)