I had a coupon for Value Village so of course I had to use it!
Question. Which of these is most likely to keep me awake and entertained on my night shift tonight?
I read this book in one day, which is kind of a big deal with my ADHD and busy life. It was intense, but good. The ending was not cliche or easy or tidy but I really loved the way she tied everything together and ended the story. And the characters, just wow. I aspire to write characters this compelling and flawed and real and unique.
What a treat! You are beyond thoughtful @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks! 💕 I have been wanting to read this book for some time! And you KNOW I adore this postcard! 🌷🌹💐 So beautiful! I don‘t have many flowers peeking through just yet, but these purple phlox decided to bloom just in time to take a pic for you! Also, I am in love with these #litsylove bookmarks. Thanks so much to you and @TheBookHippie for having those made. ☺️
This is a story that depends on the author‘s ability to knit the plot lines together into a pleasing display. Zumas uses many writing styles, including poems, lists, and diary entries. But there were also times the story felt like the jumbled inside of the cute knit beanie, rather than the outside.
Among the recently-released female-centric dystopia, this was just fair.
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I‘m not quite finished with this, but it‘s been interesting to compare with The Handmaid‘s Tale, Vox, and Power. I‘m trying to figure out how I rank them in relation to each other.
p.s. the puzzle is done and I just bought three more!
So my #audiopuzzling project is taking way longer than I expected. I‘ve listened to one book, a long podcast, and have now started a second book. To be fair, I also listened to the books and podcast during other activities. But, ohmigosh this is a hard puzzle. I‘m hoping to finish by tomorrow. But it‘s been fun!!
Once I got into this I really didn‘t want to put it down (though eventually sleep got the better of me). It took a while for me to see how all the threads wove together, but it‘s been ages since I read proper literary fiction and I really enjoyed the style here.
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1. For his 10th birthday, I told my nephew I'd take him out to lunch for anything he wanted. And what he wanted was the giant banana split at his local ice cream parlor. Well played, kid.
2. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas.
3. 26. Aiming for Arizona next, to see family.
4. Harry Potter in my teens.
5. I did a lot of travel last year, including a European adventure. 2019 is going to be for replenishing my bank account. But a girl can dream!
⏰Okay, I can‘t put this one down. It‘s a story of different women all going through different parts of a woman‘s journey, and they are all connected and in some twisted way form a community (I use that term loosely here). If you enjoyed Handmaid‘s Tale and the premise of The Hours, this one is for you! ⏰
It‘s all about the Vagine Machine.
Alternate reality where it‘s illegal to have an abortion, have assisted reproduction, and two parents are required for adoption. Shows how these laws affect women in different ways: the pregnant teen, the older woman desperate for a child, the holistic healer, the wife in a crappy marriage.
Definite pick. There‘s some misinformation about IVF (that‘s my field), but definitely a great read.
I have this one on audiobook. I like the narration well enough, but just cannot get into it. After 2 1/2 hours, I‘m calling this one. For me, there are just too many threads and the story is about the woman with less emphasis on the dystopia and the women are not holding my attention or empathy
Not a huge fan of the writing style and I just can't seem to get into all the storylines. Ended up just reading the ones I liked and skipping the others. So sad too cause it is such a realistic feminist dystopian concept.
Heartbreaking, one of those reads that gives you the peek you don‘t get regularly into the lives & minds of women, but with a slightly skewed, seemingly minor to some, alternative history just a shade off from our own. One of those, there but for the grace of god go we, collectively. Abortion is illegal in this world, and how that law effects the lives of all the women in the community in examined as we peek into their daily struggles.
Still love this book! If possible, though, I dislike The Wife character more, and I don‘t understand her relevance to the plot. 🤷🏻♀️
As far as Trump-era dystopian novels, I still like The Power a bit better, but I strongly recommend Red Clocks too! 4.5⭐️
I couldn‘t put this down. While I see why this is compared with Handmaids Tale, it‘s really not at all like it. While the premise is the loss of women‘s reproductive rights, it‘s really just a story about women. I found the characters very real and very relatable.
Requested this one after reading NYPLs 2018 book recommendations yesterday and it came in immediately on a 7 day loan.. so it‘s up next! I‘m not sure if I‘m excited or terrified to read this.
I had forgotten how much Gin‘s (the mender) imprisonment makes me sad. I still like the book overall on my second read, though.
Every time I read a women‘s rights being taken away dystopian novel, I get more and more angry. Fortunately, that just strengthens my resolve to change things!
Finally get to retire from family events for the evening. To all you out there waiting for your chance to slip away and curl up with a good book, I wish you all the best of luck! #thanksgiving 🦃📚
This book is similar to the Handmaid's Tale in that a major theme is reproductive rights. The great thing about this book is that all of the women characters are layered, self-centered and flawed--just like real women. I love that. While she will be compared to Atwood with this book, the author's style is much different. Many will find it choppy but I enjoyed the unusual cadence and flow. Highly recommend. #BOTM
Not perfect, but ultimately I liked it. More realistic than some of the other novels it echoes (post-Handmaid‘s Tale feminist titles like The Power and Vox). The writing was certainly unique; at times it felt too stylistic and experimental, and other times I loved it. I definitely cared for the characters and was rooting for all of them. And while the end was not necessarily wrapped up in a tidy bow, I was satisfied and hopeful for each character.
This book was absolutely fantastic. Even disregarding the captivating plot and believable characters, Zumas has such a beautiful way with words. Her writing is incredibly descriptive. This is a brilliantly written witch trial, with all sides of the story coming together, clashing and connecting. No spoilers, but the end is beautiful. Glorious.
My local bookstore had a fundraiser for RAINN today so of course I had to buy a book. I love my local bookstore so much. They are the social justice warriors I think our country needs more of right now. It makes me feel good to shop there. Does anyone else have a similar experience with their bookseller?
This is a reused photo because it seemed timely to make a case for reading this excellent novel before it moves from eerily prescient to straight up non-fiction. Just saying.