Welcome to Smaxx 2.0

Dear reader,

First of all; Happy new year! It’s been a while, and I’m sorry about that. I’ve been redecorating my room, I work at the post office and I’ve started my own news website. I’ve been so busy with that website that I haven’t read a single page since a few days before Christmas. And it only gets worse, cause for the first time in my life, I’ve lost a book. I repeat: I’VE LOST A BOOK! And not just any book, I’ve lost Good Omens (Smaxx December). Sorry again, Max..

Smaxx 2.0
Now, Max and I have had a month to relax, work, study and do all the things that needed to be done. All though, Max is still reading Good Omens. So now we are ready for a new season of The Smaxx Project. Get ready for Smaxx 2.0!

We’ve been having some Skype dates to brainstorm and now we’ve come up with a whole new reading list. Here we go!
We still chose a book every other month, but now we’ve linked it to categories. So here is our list for this year.

February – Sam
A book that you own, but have not read
Douglas Adams – The hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy

March – Max
A Memoir
Lena Dunham – Not that kind of girl

April – Sam
A book with short stories
Angela Carter – The bloody chamber and other stories

May – Max
A book that takes place somewhere you’ve always wanted to go
Keri Hulme – The bone people

June – Sam
A book by an author you’ve never read before
Claire North – The first fifteen lives of Harry August

July – Max
A book you can finish in a day
Lois Lowry – Gossamer

August – Sam
A book that’s been published in the year you were born
Torey L. Hayden – Ghost Girl

September – Max
A book from the bottom of your to read list
R.J. Palacio – Wonder

October – Sam
A book with a one word title
Jerry Spinelli – Loser

November – Max
A book that has won a Pulitzer Price
Junot Díaz – The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao

December – Sam
A book set during Christmas time
Jeff Guinn – The autobiography of Santa Claus

I hope you like it, and I will see you soon!

Much love,

Sam

The realm of possibility

Dear reader,

I’m not really sure what to think about this book. It felt a bit weir when I finished it.
It’s not a book that I would normally choose to read. It has almost no punctuation at all. Only a few stories do. And note how I call them stories instead of chapters.

There are five parts to the book and (correct me if I’m wrong), every part has five stories. Every story belongs to a different person. At times it was easy to link them to one another (Jed and Daniel), but most of the time it didn’t make any sense at all.
It also didn’t really get to me that easily, because it wasn’t really written like a real story. It had a bit of a poetic strike to it. And it took me quite a while to find a nice way to read it.

But this doesn’t mean it was a bad book. There were parts that I really liked. Like the alphabetic story.

I also collected a few quotes from the book that I really liked.

I can’t pretend to know how to smoke. I just do it.
I can’t pretend to know what love is. It just is.

Page 7

And he says he doesn’t know what to do and I suggest he just give up on me and he says ‘That’s not an option’.

Page 24

Hours cannot measure what I feel housed inside me like a caged tiger.
How strange it feels to talk about it.
How was I planning to get through this alone?

Page 110

Loss takes a much ass love does, sometimes more.
Low voices still say it was my fault.
Lures of truth turn out to be hooks.

Page 113

Notice how fickle feelings can be.
Now I’m better, now I’m worse.
Nowhere is written how to deal with this.

Page 116

Seesaw through the haze.
Sing out all the doubts you ever had.
Singe the memories, because the are the things that get lost in the fire.

Page 116/117

How to be alone

Remember that at any given moment there are a thousand things you can love.

Page 180

All in all it was a special book. For one, because it was the first one in the Smaxx series. And secondly because it made me feel so diverted.

So Maxx, thank you for making me read this. And I saved you a quote. When reading this, I immediately thought of you. Cause you make me happy.

There is no word for our kind of friendship.
Two people who don’t see each other much, but can make each other effortlessly happy.

Page 195

See you in February.

Much love,

Sam