Sunday morning reading in bed and we‘ve got a theme 💁🏼♀️
Hope everyone is having a good one!
Hope everyone is having a good one!
If you pick this up expecting it to be like A Little Life... Well, it's not. Let's say I get why A Little Life is the book that made Yanagihara famous and not this one. The first 30% of the book seemed to drag forever and then I ended up enjoying it. It does have strong messages and the writing is beautiful.
#Yanagihara is such a brilliant, brilliant writer! Norton, a gifted scientist, discovers a turtle that might hold the secret to eternal life - he wins the Nobel for that, but the consequences for the turtle's habitat in Micronesia are devastating: Companies exploit nature, the indigenous culture dies. Then Norton goes to prison for sexually abusing native children. How could all of that happen? A thought-provoking read, highly recommended.
This is the story of a medical research doctor attached to an anthropological trip to study the people on a small island in the South Pacific...
On so many levels, the theme seems to be that things may look beautiful on the outside but contain ugliness on the inside.
This was a tough book for me to muscle through and I had to keep reminding myself that it‘s fiction; but it‘s a well-crafted story even though the protagonist is unlikable.
Brilliant. The first 100 pages were a bit of a drag but once we got to Ivu‘ivu it really picked up. Ms. Yanagihara does a wonderful job with Norton as a character and creating the culture of Ivu‘ivu.
This is a story where the protagonist is unlikable. Norton is full of himself and self centered. He‘s done some apprehensible things. But that makes the story so much better.
There is description of killing mice and sexual abuse
This debut from Yanagihara is about an anthropological expedition led by a scientist, Norton Perina, to a remote Micronesian island in search of a lost tribe. Not only was it a success, a ‘secret of eternal youth‘ was also discovered. But things went downhill when the scientist was imprisoned on the charge of abusing some of the fifty-odd children he has adopted from the Micronesian islands!
#tbr #hopintospring #trees
I can almost feel the humidity and smell the ocean from these 2 tropical reads as I huddle under the blankets on my couch. Moloka‘i has been in a #TBR stack of mine since 2008. I didn‘t realize the tagged book is set in Micronesia until I started it. Of course that is clearly stated on the back cover, but once I know I want to read something, I just grab & go without looking! Keeps things exciting.
I don‘t know how I feel after reading this. Definitely a difficult book. Unlikeable, unreliable narrator. Trigger warnings for disturbing content. However, it was memorable. Love the cover pictured here, unfortunately it was not the cover I had. This book was very different than A Little Life by the same author.
Starting my itinerary for my #LitsyPassport and decided to start with the only one I already owned! Micronesia here I come!
I seriously feel like I may have to work through the stages of grief after reading this book. Wrecked somehow doesn't adequately sum up my feelings. And yet I still love this book. Does that make me a complete masochist? Trigger warnings definitely apply for several things. Blanket statement - just avoid if the worst of human nature is going to trigger in any way. #heavyshit #humanscanbesuchassholes
Continuing my journey with the Dreamers ... certainly not an easy read, but I'm a sucker for novels that will wreck me and leave me a sniveling fool for days/weeks after I finish them.
Trigger warnings for this one - if you even read the headline of the preface, you'll know what subject matter is bound to come up later on.
What to do when temp is to be -30 C overnight? Curl up under a blanket and read about a tropical island/forest. Although my dislike of the narrator is intense, it is somehow still absolutely fascinating to read. And yes, I know it will take a very dark turn, but I'm down for some heavy stuff this week. #bestcoverartever #bringontheuglycrying
On a scale of one to total annihilation of the heart, where does this one fall? I'm assuming (as the debut novel from the author of A Little Life) it must fall closer to the latter.
E-book currently on sale for $4.99! #ebookdeals
Half-Way Status Update: I'm 48% of the way through my e-book copy and just getting my sea legs on the prose! There is a tension created by describing the characters, the settings, and ideas with a push-pull duality: Firstly in glowing, nearly idyllic terms; but then secondly with a *dark* limning that gradually increases in its weight to counter the first assessment.
🍁Picture of Fall: The leaves are finally turning!
🍁Next book: ‘The People of the Trees‘ (by Hanya Yanagihara)
🍁Milk, Dark or White chocolate?: Dark!
🍁Allergies: Pollen, Dog & Cat dandruff, caffeine, squid/octopus ink
🍁Closest yellow thing: A Radio Shack multimeter (volt meter)
This beautiful fiction novel I bought awhile ago, but still is one of my favourite covers! 😍
Do many of you buy from book depository? I sometimes do, but this morning I bought a book, put in all my details and when I clicked submit just took me back to the homepage but had taken money out of my account, with no email confirmation. I emailed them (so hopefully they get back to me) but has this ever happened to anyone?!
Gorgeous cover, brand new, $6.99, purchased with a bonus coupon so I paid $0, on my TBR = #bookscore 😃
My boyfriend suddenly got me two new books, I am not going to complain. I've had both of these on my TBR for a while now. I love book surprises 💙
#coffee means never having to say your sleepy.
Last night I finished #thepeopleinthetrees & I'm honestly considering burning this book. I, the reliable reader that I am, was taken for the ride that was forewarned & promptly ignored.
#hanyayanagihara books need a warning label. It should read: you will be utterly devastated & in a fetal position crying your soul out by the end. #hanyayanagiharabooks #alittlelife #bookish #booksandcoffee
I tried valiantly but Life intervened! Looking forward to the next one!
17 hours read, 5 books completed & next time I'm going to start with clock to give myself some wiggle room! #24in48 #24in48readathon
This was a big PAN for me.
1. It was incredibly slow.
2. I hated Norton and his friend.
3. It was incredibly slow--this needs repeating.
4. The ending was far too disturbing for me. Wish I would have just bailed on this one.
Exhibited an extreme amount of control in the bargain book store and only walked out with two $1 books. Still struggling with the lighting in this motel room. #bookstagram #bookster #bookish #booklover #bookworm #bookporn #thepeopleinthetrees #hanyayanagihara #charlesdickens #dickens #greatexpectations #barginbooks
Weekend reading 🐢🐢🐢 #litsygoespostalog Such an amazing yet completely disturbing book.
Thanks @maich for this fun post!! Here are my answers:
1. San Francisco.
2. People in the Trees/Hanya Yanagihara.
3. The Neopolitan Novels/Elena Ferrante.
4. We see 1-2 movies a week and so it feels impossible to choose one.
5. Sopranos, Transparent, Master of None... again so many.
6. The National, Tegan and Sara, Joanna Newsom.
7. Black, plant green, grey.
9. Therapist/school counselor.
10. No pets! Just my plant babies.
I knew what was coming, but it was still a challenge. I love science writing and the issues of anthropology that Yanagihara grapples with. Definitely a slower read for me, but I think one that will stick with me for the long term.
What?!? For those of you who've had this refreshing beverage, please tell me what it tastes like! 😊
Officially bailing on this one. It's incredibly slow and after 120 pages, I'm calling it. I'm sure it gets interesting at some point, but I can't waste time reading books that MIGHT get interesting, so. 🤷🏼♀️ This was my #LetterP for #LitsyAtoZ so you should all recommend some good options for me to try! 😽
Slowly, excruciatingly, he finally made it to the damn island on page 103. 🙄 I really don't know how I feel about this one yet, but I feel like if I don't make a substantial dent in this book today, I might have to bail.
Agree or disagree? I get the argument against science he goes on to make, but there are so many layers to language and I think even some secrets, so I'm not buying this. I think one word can be interpreted multiple ways and carry hidden meanings. You can do and learn so much from language.
I'm also really not liking this main character, but I'm pretty sure we're not supposed to, so. 🤷🏼♀️
I was surprised by the stylistic differences between this novel and A Little Life. I am a huge fan of the former and was expecting a similarly gut wrenching novel. While Yanagihara certainly delivers, I was not left with as much of an impression. Yanagihara's writing forces the reader to rise to her level for the better and the novel crawls forward with intense detail and slow burning dread but the footnotes felt cumbersome and the ending hasty.