Broadly uplifting but undeniably melancholic
It‘s hard to review this book without spoilers. The value of Fowler‘s writing isn‘t completely based on the “big reveal”, it‘s just the dawning realisation is so precious that I‘m loathe to steal it from anyone. Suffice it to say that this book is HILARIOUS, and HEART-BREAKING, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. An absolute must-read!! Full review: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/we-are-all-completely-beside-ourselves-karen...
OP shopping. I think sometimes the collecting is more exciting than the reading, the thrill of discovery and anticipation......
I've read 3 of Paulo Coelho's books, The Alchemist, The Spy & Hippie.
I came across The Valkyries today so I'm wondering if these 4 will give me a good all round feel of Coelho or do I need to read a couple more of his books?
If so, which do you recommend??
This is a solid “pick”: 4.5 to 5. The story jumps around the timeline a bit and, as someone who is bothered by that it other books, I get why some people get frustrated with it. But I think it works here.
This book is important. If you‘ve been thinking of picking this one up and haven‘t yet, avoid spoilers or other reviews, as I think the experience would have been different if I hadn‘t known the twist. Also, don‘t read the back.
I will admit that when the first big reveal about Fern came I was a little disappointed at the turn the plot was taking (the narrator suggests we, the reader, may have already figured out that reveal, but I sure hadn't). Regardless, I still enjoyed the book after that, especially when Lowell turned up. And I like the author's writing voice.
1/2 Hugs and thank yous for the tower of birthday bookmail I had waiting for me this morning.
@youneverarrived The title sums up today 😂😂. I remember wanting to read this, but nothing else, - glancing at the reviews, that‘s totally the way to go in. Excited to see what happens - 😊. And I may have a new favourite greetings card artist 🥰
@Oryx I‘ve SO wanted to read this! Sounds crazy-scary-unbelievable- perfect nf! Thank you 😘
1. Cottage in a few weeks. Have to move a friend and be in a wedding before that, though.
2. Vulfpeck. I love the funky, 70s feel they give https://youtu.be/AWBUnr0F3Zo
3. I don‘t have hair mishaps. I kind of love going crazy with it! Probably my worst is doing a heavily banged bob as long as I did. Though I don‘t like my boring hair right now.
4. Is cooking nerdy?
5. Orzo Salad (recipe testing) and a fatigued bee I helped out.
I really enjoyed this book when it was first released, and now I‘m glad to have the audiobook. The MC has to give up her #ImaginaryFriend when she goes to school.
Fortunately, my parents didn‘t make me give up my imaginary trips with the Enterprise crew, but they stopped when I was about eight. 😂😂
There were so many rave reviews of this book that I felt I should have liked it more than I actually did. It started out well. But I just couldn't get emotionally attached to any of the characters. I didn't know ahead of time what the major "twist" was, so I came to that completely unprepared. And I was still feeling "meh" after the reveal.
I don't want to give too much away, because I love the way the author control the release of information in this book. You get to follow the protagonist from University through adulthood. She is a unique character with odd mannerisms. You see into a lot of her internal thought processes. This is the perfect novel for animal lovers and animal rights activists. It is super well-researched and I highly recommend it.
1. Make keto peanut butter whoppie pies.
2. Out with hubs tonight. A wslk outside tomorrow morning, then hetting some gifts wrapped at the craft brewery while hubs has a beer or two and we get lunch at our favourite food truck. Baking and meal prepping on Sunday. And hopefully some time to read.
3. It's a square. Nanaimo bars 🇨🇦
5. @FantasyChick @ShelleyBooksie @kspenmoll
What a journey this story takes you on. Very well told and very much enjoyed. Filled with nuanced observations and both insightful and hilarious wisdoms, I enjoyed the intelligence, the emotionality and the ridiculousness in equal parts. Many thumbs up
"The value of money is a scam perpetrated by those who have it over those who don't..."
This is great advice! I have a student who makes eye contact and not the long when I'm speaking and it makes me feel heard. I do find that I look toward him more often and tend to think positively about him as a result.
I was working at the library today, and re-shelved our copy of my current #PoutineandPaperbacks read. I found the cover differences interesting. On the left is my library's copy with the North American cover, the right is the UK cover that I'm currently reading. Aside from the far more interesting font on the UK cover, does the American cover not give away a major plot point?
What do you think, @drokka @CouronneDhiver @DebbieGrillo ?
Just got a #PoutineandPaperbacks package in the mail from @DebbieGrillo with both my pick and @CouronneDhiver 's choice. I'm excited to see what you ladies thought of The Namesake, and to read Danielle's pick! I'm also realizing that I'm way behind on sending out @drokka 's selection so I'll try to get that out this week to Danielle (Sorry for the hold up!)
1. This is me propped up with my hand above my heart after my surgery on Friday. Had to stay like this for 5 days, and now I'm still like this because my hand is still swollen.
3. Brew Pub and food truck on Friday night with our good friends. Lots of TLC for my wrist.
4. A little red schoolhouse, miniature metal birdhouse.
5. You take the good you take the bad you take them both and then you have...
Well it packs a punch, that's for sure! Somehow I guessed the twist, despite diligently avoiding spoilers, but it didn't matter as I don't read for plot anyway. I did mind that in places it forgot it was a novel and became a polemic; I can't abide being preached at, whatever the subject. But as a story about family, about who is included and who excluded, and about the random mix of love and damage that could be anyone's upbringing, it is good.
As other reviews have stated, it‘s difficult to review this book without revealing a huge spoiler, but I‘d encourage you to read this without looking at any information about it. I listened to this book on audio and the narrator did an excellent job, inputting all the feels into her storytelling. When the reveal came, I thought I‘d misheard and had to rewind for a second listen. A really unusual story which I highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Oh, @Leelee.reads ... thank you so much for the #FeedAReader package!! Everything is fabulous! The books are on my TBR and the treats look yummy! I love to use spices so those will come in handy. And that cute bookmark too. Can‘t wait for the Mac n cheese cookbook, as that is one of my fave things to eat! Thanks so much...you‘re awesome!
This was my daughters pick - she said don‘t read the blurb just read the book. I‘m glad I didn‘t read the blurb as it would have totally spoiled it.
I really enjoyed this read, sad and 💔 definitely took me by surprise with a couple of tears today!
Train reading today 😁
On way to work thing in London, although was up very late last night helping my daughter revise and think I will be fighting the nodding off. This was her choice off the kindle.
I've just finished this after trying to stay up later last night to read it! Early morning reading in bed, windows open and birds singing :)
I feel sad at Rosemary's story but also at the science aspects, made me think about my teenage years when I first switched to vegetarian and now vegan. The book will stay with me for a time... I think I'll be mulling it over.
A very emotive book to read - I'm not the only reader to have gulped at the end 😿
I really enjoyed this book! Someone donated it to my sidewalk library and I was intrigued so I brought it into the house and was immediately drawn in. Lots of good quotes (expect to see a few more posted over the next day or so), and a surprise twist related to the main character's missing sister. So glad I hadn't read any spoilers! Unique, creative, and unlike anything I've read before.