These are the three books that I picked up at the used bookstore! They have a trade in program, so I got these for super cheap.
Geek Love was a recommendation from @Liberty , John Boyne is one of my favorite authors, and I've been wanting Frog Music for a while. I'm going to need more time to read because my TBR overfloweth. 😅📚
This took me a bit to get in to but turned into a good read. I had no idea it was based on a true story until I turned the last page - sooo interesting!!
I read this book for my #SetInIrelandIrishAuthor #Booked2019 challenge. Donoghue is Canadian-Irish, so I hope this counts? 😐
My thoughts: I did not enjoy this story as much as I thought I would. It feels messy & dissonant. The only consolation for me is I get to learn this part of history - Jenny Bonnet's murder case and the old San Francisco.
For my full review please visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2705290592
I'm a big fan of murder mysteries. I'm an even bigger fan of historical murder mysteries heavily based on actual unsolved murders. This book was thrilling from beginning to end and written in Donoghue's usual beautifully literary style.
A fascinating character study, murder mystery, and atmospheric historical fiction set in 1870s San Francisco. I appreciated how the main character Blanche is made to be neither necessarily 'likeable' nor 'good'; she's an ambivalent but loving mother, a sex worker, a woman who likes to have lots of sex, and sarcastic. The crux of the plot is the unsolved murder of her cross-dressing frog-catching friend Jenny. Fabulous #audiobook performance!
This historical novel takes place during the broiling summer of 1876 in San Francisco. Based on a true story of the shooting of a cocky, young female cross dresser, Jenny Bonnet,who makes her living selling frog legs to a French restaurant. It is a bawdy tale of the friendship that develops between Jenny and a French prostitute and dancer, Blanche. Filled with the musical lyrics of 30 songs. The music is heard on the audio. #california #nofemmeber
Finished listening to this as I turned in the driveway - so the timing was perfect. Other than that, I had a mixed reaction to the story. I really didn‘t like Blanche very much - although she did redeem herself somewhat in the end. I did like Jenny‘s character and wished there were more of her. None of the male characters were likable which was kind of refreshing.
Second hand store, .50 each for these. Can‘t beat that, not that my tbr needs more books. I‘ve got several going at the moment. You know how you have a car chapstick, purse chapstick, bedroom chapstick, etc? Yeah, I‘ve got that with books.
Took a chance on this one because it was tagged satirical and I needed to fulfill that for a book challenge...minimal satire found, unless I just wasn‘t picking up on it...🤷🏻♀️
Usually, if a book doesn‘t grab me at the beginning I‘ll bail on it. Somehow, even with the long as hell chapters that often bores me, this one gripped me in the end.
Overall, nothing special, nothing that will stay with me forever, but entertaining to say the least!
Blanche is a French burlesque dancer living in San Francisco in 1896 when her friend Jenny is murdered in front of her. With the exception of the historical information about the era: the smallpox epidemic, the prejudice against the Chinese and the plight of orphans, I loathed this book. I did not like any of the characters. Too much love of all kinds of sex. So disappointed because I had recently read her other book “The Wonder” and loved it!
I listened to this, and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was completely different than "Room," which kept me riveted. And yet, in a way, it is similar as you'll see if you read it. I don't want to spoil anything, which is why I won't go further. I will continue to read what Donoghue writes. 4.5⭐
Listening to this as I drive from home to campuses. Fascinating tale of women, frogs, and life in a bawdy San Francisco that is wrestling with explosive growth because the new country that is America is wide open.
Completely different than "Room," which I loved, and yet, still featuring strong, capable women. I suspect it is going to end way too soon.
I loved Room by Emma Donoghue, and although this one is completely different, I'm thinking it's going to be pretty good too. #LibraryWishlist
Have any of my fellow Littens read this book? Would you recommend? Please let me know. ☺️
I went to San Francisco this weekend with Frog Music for company. This building is 819 Sacramento, the closest address to Blanche's building. It was a great book to provide some sense of the city as I walked around. While Chinatown appears to be a caricature of itself today, it wasn't difficult to imagine the streets in 1876. Donoghue vividly paints the racial tensions and daily struggle of this time.
A thoroughly researched piece of historical fiction. Donoghue unpacks the murder of Jenny, a real-life event. Jenny, plausibly an early transgendered human being, is shot dead and her friend Blanche, a prostitute and mother plays detective while running for her life.
Definite pick! But I have to say...it's rare that I find myself so conflicted about a main character. Blanche is, in equal parts, disturbing and sympathetic. Several times I considered bailing because she behaved so deplorably. But then Donoghue would redeem her main character and once again, I was hooked. At the same time, not a single male character was likable.
Side note - The narrator on this one was delightful.
Listening to this audiobook while doing chores, including bathing Maya. She approves of the book but is not a fan of the bath.
Honestly I didn't have high hopes for this book based on the OverDrive description. But I'm enjoying it! This is my first Donoghue. She's adept with descriptive language while creating anticipation and tension.
#audiobook #DogsOfLitsy #nomorebathpleez
Yeah .... 100 pages in and don't care about characters at all .... I usually love her books but just couldn't do this one.
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I picked this amazing picture of a family of acrobats since Frog Music's main mustachioed villains were trapeze artists. This is straight-up mystery melodrama- based on a real life story of the 1876 murder of JennIe Bonnet, a woman who dressed as a man, and the "soiled dove" who was with her when she died. I find Emma Donoghue a little hard to pin down but she walks a very good tightrope of mystery, suspense and real depth of feeling.
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2. Author talk by @theladygreer, but I had to wait for the Android app.
4. No, but here's my *pet* frog, named Jaspenor, thanks to @drokka & @maich
Now that @LeahBergen has opened her copy, I can show off my UK edition. Love the red ❤️ and love the typeface! Those little white bullet holes are actually diecut holes in the cover. Cool but dangerous when shelving!
I was listening to this audiobook while I was running in the sweltering humidity yesterday and I got to this quote. I had to stop and switch to something else because the heat descriptions were making it so much worse! Does anyone else listen to audiobooks while you run or exercise?
Has anyone read this historical novel by the author of Room? The premise sounds fascinating (burlesque lady detectives!) but the Goodreads reviews are lukewarm.
I listened to this on Overdrive. The story held my attention and while in places I thought Blanche was too naive to be believable, I didn't figure the mystery out too soon. My complaint is with the narrator. Her reading was good and her French pronunciation fine, but SHE CANNOT SING. And there are songs all through the book. Sometimes she got tunes wrong, sometimes she just monotoned it. I recommend musicians read, not listen, to this one.
After reading 'Room', I was very excited to see this at the library. Sadly, not as good as I hoped.
Set in post Gold Rush San Francisco, the story focuses on Blanche, a dancer and lady of purchasable affections, her lover, and his best friend. A chance encounter with Jenny, a suit wearing, penny farthing riding free spirit, causes mayhem.
Convoluted plot with a time line that hops like a frog, characters I didn't warm to and stilted dialogue. 😖
I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this amazing book via audiobook. I wish that every book was an Emma Donoghue queer historical fiction (I've made this comment before)! This book evokes San Francisco is 1876 in a very vivid and engaging way. Blanche, a sex worker, meets Jenny, a frog catcher, who is continually being arrested for dressing "as a man". Jenny asks a few pointed questions which calls Blanche's whole life into question. Hijinks ensue. ❤
Audiobook walk before work! 😍🌸
In San Francisco, in 1876, Jenny keeps being arrested for wearing pants and non-feminine clothes. Based on a true story.
Really enjoying revisiting this book via audiobook!