1. Also known as Little Bee. There is a scene when the mother is talking to the son that makes my toes curl just to think of it.
2. I eat at home because I'm mostly AT home. I'm a SAHP.
3. I really don't have the embarrassment gene. I just laugh at my ridonculous ass.
4. Way too hard to answer. Smell is very important/precious to me. Oud wood is a current fave.
5. Mottled Grey Wind. Lovely. 🤔🤔🤔😂
I love nothing more than a book that opens your mind to something new. I‘m really enjoying the way this book points out the difference in perspective, almost without the reader noticing what they‘re truly getting. #hiddengems
It took me a while to get into this book —. But about half way through I finally hit a stride. Interesting look at how the industrialized world relates to, mourns, forgets about, remembers and/or tries to help individuals suffering due, in large part, to the global politics and power structures we all live under.
Story told through compelling and well meaning characters.
So, I realized - life had finally broken through. How silly it looked now, my careful set of defenses against nature: my brazen magazine, my handsome husband, my Maginot Line of motherhood and affairs. The world, the real world, had found a way through. It had sat down on my sofa and wouldn‘t be denied any longer. p. 95
I visited the bookstore in the little town that we do our Cottage grocery shopping at today (probably the last visit for the season for me) I was lucky to find these two books! My tbr pile is always growing!!
Little Bee escapes Nigeria and the only people she can think of to help her in the UK Is a man that she met on the beach with his wife. She keeps his ID and the story progresses thru her fight to stay out of the immigration system. Refugees with no papers are lost in so many countries. An eye opener, what can we all do to help? Great book, love this author.
1. Probably a documentary: The Vietnam War from Ken Burns.
2. Go to antique shops and flea markets.
3. 11? If I have one?
4. Tried Little Bee a few times, couldn't do it. I am going to try it on audio and see if that works.
5. On my way!
Happy Friday, y'all! It's been a loooong week. 😩
An emotional rollercoaster which I would highly recommend. 5 stars! 🐝
My full review is on my blog, go check it out using the link on my profile!
“Most days I wish I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl. Everyone would be pleased to see me coming.”
This book has been on TBR forever and I am hoping I will finally read it for #24in48. With a #firstline like that one I might have to make it next book. Had anyone else read it? #openinglines
I just cleaned off the TBR bookshelf in my bedroom. I found doubles 😬 including a copy of Little Bee that I spent a month waiting for from the library earlier this year 🤦🏼♀️ oh the shame! #shelfie
WOW. JUST WOW. I'm not sure what else I can say. I read this for the "refugee main character" prompt for #Booked2018 - and it's amazing. Little Bee's voice was enthralling from the very beginning. She talks to the reader like you're there and able to respond, rather than just telling her story to the air. Some scenes are extremely difficult (content warning, rape) but it's worth it. I might need to buy my own copy. #faves2018
"We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means I survived." I'm less than ten pages into this book about a Nigerian refugee girl and I am HOOKED. #PopSugar2018 (book mentioned in another book) #Booked2018 (refugee MC)
There‘s nothing like #bookmail to cheer me up and make me feel better!!! So excited to see these goodies when my daughter brought me the mail!!! Thank you so much @BookaholicNatty I also love the bag!!! It‘s beautiful! 💞💖
Thank you @BarbaraTheBibliophage for the bookmark!! It‘s awesome!! ☺️❤️
Have to say today brightened up my day when o received this in the post and completely forgot!!! The most amazing bookmarks I have ever seen and just in time as my other one just broke!! Thank you @MeganAnn this really has brightened my day!!! 👍🏻😁👌#litsybookmarkswap #litsy #love #happymonday
So immediate that I read the whole story in one morning. This brings out the truth of what many refugees are fleeing, as well as truths about relationships between what those in the first world would see as people of their own experience set. I rarely read modern fiction, but I'm grateful I read this.
I like the girl Little Bee and love this cover, but was irritated by the character of Sara. Couldn‘t get past her and shallow romance. 😟
I‘m working on getting through books I actually own that are on my TBR list. This one has been sitting on my shelf for a while. Reviews I‘ve read overall have been positive so I‘m hoping it‘s a good one!
This is a very special book. Chris Cleave makes these women, especially Little Bee herself, seem like real live people. He makes me learn about awful horrible things in the world, things that implicate the basics of my life (like going on vacation and using a vehicle that runs on gasoline). But I learn about these things and I don‘t turn away, because his characters are courageous and so I must honor them and not flinch. READ THIS BOOK.
I really enjoyed this novel. The back cover led me to believe it would be more life altering than it was, but it was a beautiful story with a lovely writing style. I would recommend it to anyone to read who would like to dive into an awesome story.
What I liked: the cover, Little Bee‘s narration/voice, the first chapter. What I didn‘t like: every chapter voiced by Sarah, Sarah‘s character, Lawrence‘s character, all dialogue by adults, the ending, how heavy-handed the issues were dealt with. The refugee theme is so important and I loved the voice of Little Bee enough to keep this a so-so instead of a pan.
This one is taking me forever to get through. Partially because I am prepping to teach a new Irish Lit elective but also because Little Bee's experience is so foreign to my own: an illegal immigrant fleeing from a war torn home where her entire family has been killed. But that difference is why it is so important to read.