Mediative but enthralling all at once. I didn‘t know how much I needed a miracle before this. Now I wonder what form mine would take.
Forgot to post that I reread All the Crooked Saints. I know it's not a popular book but I personally loved the whimsy. I loved the narration style. I loved how it's really about a lot of different characters; loved all their stories and I did not find it difficult to keep track at all.
I first read it when it came out and I was very ill. It gave me a lot of comfort.
Read a big part of this book at the beach, and this setting enhanced the reading experience a lot. ... ⬇
.5/5⭐ All form, no substance. Explanation solely via infodumping or poetic but empty, distancing hot air. The constantly switching POVs from sentence to sentence made it impossible to grasp any of the bajillion characters or care about having to sift through the nonsensical narration to find any kind of connection.
I have been listening to this as I do library stuff and I wanted so badly to love it as much as her other books. I gave it about 100 pages but it‘s just not grabbing me... too many seemingly random side stories and I was having trouble keeping track of everyone.
I‘m getting much better at calling it on a book, the more I do it. And the more books I have around. I used to suffer such guilt. Now, I don‘t even flinch 🤷🏻♀️
I gave this one 18 minutes. That might be my record🤔. There just was nothing grabbing me, and listening was feeling like work.
Anybody else exercising the #DNF option more these days?
My husband and I drove to Portland for a concert last night (Jenny Lewis-it was amazing). We got there early so we could go to Powell's. What a great day!
It was a little slow to start as it took me a bit to get used to this new voice, but it finished with a bang. The characters were interesting and the premise of how do you know when to involve yourself in other people's problems is great, even if it ends without an actual answer.
I loved Maggie's Raven Cycle and therefore was really looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunatelly I felt like nothing was happening at all. I have to admit it frustrated me at times and I contemplated putting the book away and not finishing it. In the end I did and I felt like the second half was better. Still, I would not recommend this book to anyone, there are better options to go for (such as the aforementioned Raven Cycle).
I don't know what to say about this book. I feel like the atmosphere was the most important thing, more even than the characters and the plot. Idk, it was weird. I liked it, but that's it.
However, I fell in love with the author's writing. Now I want to read The Raven Boys series 😅
So, a few students asked me to run a book club. I said yes, but wanted them to pick the book. They tried, then decided that I should pick. I picked this one - couldn‘t tell you what it was that made me suggest it. They agreed, and we‘re meeting to discuss on Thursday. And I don‘t like the book. And I probably won‘t finish reading in time. But I do like this quote, so at least I‘ll have one contribution for the discussion.
Maggie Stiefvater is a real love it or hate it author for me. I loved the Raven Boys books and the Scorpio Races, hated Shiver and did not like this one. I found it to be overwritten and boring. I‘ll still keep this lovely signed edition from Parnassus Books in Nashville, though.
One my new favourites for sure!
At first I wasn't very interested, but this became so gripping so fast! The ending chapters had me smiling, and now I'm unable to wipe the happiness off my face. Better watch out for incoming owls...
Seeing the pilgrims overcome their darkness one by one was inspiring. Marisita is one of my favourite characters. I really relate to how she used to view herself and her ideas of perfection and failure.
Darkness, though, grows like a cave formation. Slow drips from the uneasiness harden over the surface of a slick knob of pain. Over time, the darkness crusts in unpredictable layers, growing at such a pace that one doesn't notice it has filled every cavern under the skin until movement becomes difficult or even impossible. Darkness never boils over. Darkness remains inside.'
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