Have one of those families that manage to laugh during difficult times? Yeh, read this. The audio book is really, really good-- she captures the teen voices perfectly.
I have posted individually, but here are my finished books for #Booked2019 Spring
#NightOrientedtitle Hours Before Dawn
#CliFi Boca Raton
#IndigenousAuthor There There
#FeaturesAMusician All My Puny Sorrows
#SocialMediaFocus Friend Request
#FoodOrBeverageOnCover Bitter Orange
1. All My Puny Sorrows ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
2. The Hours Before Dawn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
3. Coming in third There There ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
All the rest were fair to middling ...
It‘s been a little while since I‘ve sobbed while reading a book. This is such a beautiful story of loss and grief, and at the same time of love and life and resilience and hope. I kept thinking of the Woolf quote: “I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual.” #LitsyAtoZ
Loved this book. Exhibiting zero willpower, I started this the same day I finished my first Toews, Women Talking, and it confirmed that I‘ve found a new must-read author. I just really, really love her settings and characters, and her brilliant way of reflecting how the heartbreaking and the hilarious often coexist. (Also really enjoyed the audiobook narrator.)
5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ lovely quotes & images throughout... the glass piano ... “Dear Child” ... The starlings departure.
Yoli and Elf ... Yoli‘s humour got me through this one. So beautiful..... Thankyou @LeahBergen
From : All My Puny Sorrows ... “By Private I mean to say unknowable. Only the music knew and it held secrets so that her playing was a puzzle, a whisper, and people afterwards stood in the bar and drank and said nothing because they were complicit. There were no words. “
#LostTogether #TimbitTunes I‘m savoring this beautiful book for #featuresamusician
( ... it was the same bishop who had reprimanded my mother for wearing a wedding dress that was too full & billowy at the bottom. How am I to interpret this excess ? he‘d asked her . )
What is it about these lines that fill me with shame & sadness .... that a woman could be shamed for this .. for wearing something beautiful...
this quote has deeply resonated with me....
a beautiful book ( ... and funny too , just like life ✨
Thankyou Leah X such lovely gifts to receive , looking forward to the books & chocolate ( maple crunch ☺️) & tea ! And such beautiful bookmarks..., feeling well & truly spoiled to pieces. Happy Christmas to you & yours 👍🏻♥️. Thankyou 😘, Cathy XX
So many great finds today the Friends of the Library bookstore! Anytime I find a copy of All My Puny Sorrows there, I always buy it so I can gift it to someone since it is one of my all time favorite books. And I was happy to finally find some older John Boyne books as well! 😍
First, let me thank everyone who entered my #2x2giveaway with a recommendation of a book with a major musical element. My TBR stack has grown so much!
Second, let me apologize for setting the wrong date as the deadline for the giveaway. If you‘ve been waiting anxiously for me to announce, I‘m sorry! Life got in the way!
And finally, congrats to @Lindy , who the RNG has chosen as the winner!! Send your email addy to divadianepoetry at gmail !
How the f had I never read Miriam Toews before? As a daughter of a dad who committed suicide, who respects his choice, and reserves the right to both ache with his absence and also crack jokes about him/it, I felt, first, so held and taken care of with her gorgeous, perfectly petty sense of humor, then gutted by the book‘s final line, in the acknowledgements, “and finally, to my beautiful sister, Marjorie Anne Toews: comic genius, badly missed.”
Reading, while the sunburn gently weeps...
This is tough to review because it's so sad and bleak, and told in a way that's hard to get ahold of. The writing at times is very moving and sharp, and I appreciated the beginnings of an exploration of severe depression ... but I wish it went beyond those beginnings! We got very little of Elf's actual story, and none of the characters got any kind of arc. The family dynamics were well done but I wanted a bit more structure and depth. 3/5 ⭐️
When I listened to her play I felt I should not be there in the same room with her. There were hundreds of people but nobody left. It was a private pain. By private I mean to say unknowable. Only the music knew and it held secrets so that her playing was a puzzle, a whisper, and people afterwards stood in the bar and drank and said nothing because they were complicit. There were no words.
I don't like the word "puny" and it's a weird one to use in a title, but I'll try not to hold it against the book ? #nowreading
Today is World Book Day! I scoured my room trying to find books set in different countries around the world and I managed 24 countries. I think I need to branch out more 🤨🌎 @maich #bookworldday #aprilbookishmadness
A book on a tough topic, but written with compassion and a surprising sense of humor, and leaves you oddly uplifted at the end. Toews was moved to write this book after her sister committed suicide, and the book is about two sisters in the same situation. Miriam Toews is well known im Canada, and should be better known in the US. Think a Mennonite Elizabeth Strout with a dark sense of humor. I‘ll be reading more of her novels.
Jumping right in on @Jas16's giveaway about great literary siblings. There are so many but I'm picking Elfrieda and Yolandi from AMPS. Their relationship powerful and raw. It rings true in every page and it broke my heart into a billion, billion pieces 😢 #jasuary16
I really loved A Complicated Kindness and so had high hopes but this kind of fell short for me. The writing style is witty but the character development seemed very surface area. The plot was slow and I felt like the story had ended probably 2-3 chapters before the book. I still like Toews and will continue to read her books but this wasn't a winner for me.
Working on my book club book on a quiet Saturday
I really wanted to love this book - I've heard so many good things about Toews and we share the same hometown, but it fell short for me.
The good: witty writing style
The bad: not enough substance for me (the character development wasn't deep enough for me to relate to any of the them. The lack of a moving plot made me feel as though I was spinning my wheels.
Hoping A Complicated Kindness will be a better fit for me 😬
Have you ever really wanted love a book but aren't sure yet, so halfway through you read some reviews on it just to make sure it's worth finishing? Maybe I'm just not in the mood these days to read a plotless story about one sister's ongoing desperate attempts to convince her sibling that life is worth living. Or maybe it hits too close to home. I do appreciate the Manitoba references and unapologetic wit of her writing though. Onwards.
Bahhh, this book ripped my heart out and stomped all over it. So funny and so wrenching. Beautiful story of trying to save a loved one that won't allow for saving and holding a family together.
Bought a $2 used copy and it turned out to be signed.
I'm not sure I've ever cried as much over a book as I did with this one. It's a painfully raw and personal look about living with a suicidal sibling. It's unflinching and unsentimental and nuanced, tackling all the conflicting emotions. Toews' ability to write so clear-sightedly (the book is based closely in her own life) is remarkable and it has helped me come to terms with some similar experiences #TearinUpMyHeart #90sInJuly
Catching up on #Riotgrams! This is one of the first books that came to mind for #BooksThatMadeYouCry. "Elf and Yoli, two smart and loving sisters. Elfrieda, a world-wide pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yolandi, divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men as she tries to find true love: she desperately wants to keep her sister alive." This book challenged me. This book wrecked me. #CanLit
Just finished listening to this today. Toews's writing teeters between funny quirk and devestating sadness. This is the second novel I've read by her. I like her stuff and her distinctive voice, but I also feel like I don't need to read her again for a while.
#canadianauthors #readingwomenmonth @thereadingwomen
This novel for me is a did not finish, at 55% I just has to put it down and I will not be picking it back up again. This novel is about depression and suicide and the toll that is takes on the person suffering with depression and those around them. It was not the subject matter that turned me off the book far from it in fact. It was the total lack of character development and emotion in the novel.