Excellent, thought-provoking read. The characters are realistically flawed and I found each of them relatable as their stories were told.
This book left me with this thought: No one can haunt us more successfully than we can haunt ourselves.
I will look for Ms Benjamin‘s other work.
I can‘t decide if I want to give this ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 or ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. It was such an interesting premise and each of the four main characters were so different that it was fun to get to know each of them in their sections of the book. I haven‘t decided what I think of the ending, yet. Over all, it was a great read.
I liked Simon's and Klara's stories - they were unconventional, reckless, and yes, foolish - but they were pursuing their dreams. The pace ground to a halt for me with Daniel's story. I found myself impatient with Daniel and Varya because when we get to them it feels as if it is after the vital part of their lives is behind them or that it was never lived.
No one lives forever if they have been frightened out of their childhood wits by a spooky gypsy who predicts their future death date. The format of spooling out the four siblings stories as separate sections proves to be perfect. So much for a book club discussion with everyone finding a character to love, hate, and relate to. Plenty of surprises. The ride these 4 take to seek and avoid their fates is fantastic.
May reads roundup!
Total read: 9
Kindle: Gone, Gone, Gone (Hannah Moskowitz), The Awakened Kingdom (NK Jemisin)
Favorites: The Kingdom Of Gods, The Awakened Kingdom, The Immortalists, Everybody Yoga, Because Nothing Looks Like G-d
Homeward bound with a brand new book after a wonderful weekend in NYC celebrating my cousin & her new husband👰🏼❤️🤵🏻. Baby (finally) fell asleep in his daddy‘s arms so I‘m going to enjoy some quiet reading time for as long as it lasts.
Hope all my fellow American 🇺🇸 Littens are enjoying a wonderful Memorial Day weekend & that everyone else is having a great Monday!
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Perhaps home, like the moon, will follow wherever she goes.
#MayMovieMagic #TomorrowNeverKnows unless a psychic foresaw you‘re future and told you the day you would die. When four siblings are given this “knowledge” it will shape their lives. What would you do if you knew the date of your death??? I loved this book!!! #BookClubWorthy
Not working at a library anymore, I don‘t get a lot of book recommendations these days, so finding new stuff is more of a challenge. I picked this one because I liked the title, and so far it‘s great (1/4 way done). If anyone has any good recommendations, especially for audiobooks, I‘m all ears (pun sort of intended)!!
I loved this book so much more than I expected to! Each character‘s story was intriguing in its own way, with both happy and sad events. Every time I started to get bored with the story something newly exciting happened or we changed characters and got a brand new story. I didn‘t think Varya was very interesting as a character, I somewhat liked Daniel but I loved Simon and Klara.
I‘m so obsessed with this book right now, every time I start to get a little bit bored with the story something exciting happens!
I wasn't sure if I'd like this one, but I ended up loving it. Every word wasn't perfect, and sometimes the writing is a bit too flowery, but there were just all these little moments of beauty that I just loved. The characters just absolutely crept into my heart.
For me, this was mostly a pick, although I did have some issues with it. I don't appreciate much sex in my reading, so I was a bit put off by Simon's story. Since his was the first, I expected there would be similar intimate scenes for all of the siblings, but there weren't. To me, that just made the description of Simon's sex life even more gratuitous. (I do realize that sex was a big factor in Simon's fate, but I think it could have been ⤵️⤵️
Today is a public holiday, autumn is in the air and I have a cold 😭. Breakfast is in the oven and I've been sitting on the couch in my pyjamas reading while my children have been angelic except for a bar of soap that was a bit destroyed - what luxury! I was reading this so sparsely but now I'm really into it.
1. The Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin
2. We are not doing much, today was very quiet and tomorrow we may braai (BBQ) if it doesn't rain. Nice to see a bit more of my husband over the long weekend but it doesn't mean that he does no work.
3. Yes to hardboiled eggs 🥚
4. Freya, maybe...
I have to admit that the first quarter of the book wasn't very interesting to me, it just felt slow. I absolutely fell in love with Klara and her story, and from there I was hooked. These siblings remind me of my own siblings and makes me want to be better for them. I think I'll give them a call tomorrow.
Disappointing. Each section seemed weaker than the last—and no one section was especially strong because there was little time to tell each character‘s story (with minimal overlap even though they were siblings).
Benjamin seemed more interested in proving that she knew the times and places she was writing about. Her acknowledgments included information on her research, which I found irksome: I wish she had cared more for her characters. ⭐️⭐️
"Most adults claim not to believe in magic, but Klara knows better. Why else would anyone play at permanence—
fall in love, have children, buy a house—in the face of all evidence there‘s no such thing? The trick is not to convert them. The trick is to get them to admit it." I was pretty slow to get into this book, but I have to admit that it really won me over. It's also full of great quotes.
Starting Spring Break with my daughter in Nursing School @ Treasure Island Beach, FL !
Would you want to know the day of your death????
Not read this, but blurb says this novel follows the lives of four siblings who try to live their lives to the fullest, after they sneak out to hear their fortunes from a mysterious woman, a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell the day of death..
I really wanted to like this one, but it just wasn‘t for me. I think there was just too much going on, not enough time getting to know one character before it moved onto the next.
How would life change if you knew exactly when you would die? 4 children sneakily see a fortune teller whom they‘ve been told can predict the date of their death with certainty. They meet with her individually and leave very shaken. Is it predetermined fate that decides timing of their deaths or are they taking actions/making decisions that lead to self-fulfillment of the prophecy? The book also explores the push/pull of family obligations/ties.