Took a while to get into the rhythm of this book, but once I started being aware of the dates I caught on. Then I really liked the home life of WW I described in it. Not so much the WWII home life in Britain with the bombings. However I really liked the family and will pick up the next one. Oh fyi it looks like a chunky book, but there is a lot of white space on the pages because of the way the chapters are done- don‘t be intimidated!f
Made it to work super early today. The roads were empty, so apparently nobody is going to work the day after the 4th of July... maybe that means I'll have small classes today? (Come on parents, playing hooky is good for your child's development! 🤞😂)
Life After Life is murky. It‘s got plot-lines that aren‘t completely resolved, and kind of appear and disappear at Atkinson‘s will. The philosophical questions raised by Ursula‘s endless Sliding Doors moments aren‘t really answered. We don‘t even know why or how her life happens over and over again. I guess I‘d say it straddles historical and speculative fiction. Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/life-after-life-kate-atkinson/
Happy Independence Day to the US littens! Lucas and I are introverts, so we're spending our day off reading. Celebrations in Idaho consist of parades, loud fireworks, and stumbling drunkards so we'd much rather be home. 😜
My next read is from the lovely @Meaw_catlady and I'm so excited to start it. I've heard wonderful things about this book. 😊
Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave
How can I love when I'm afraid to fall🎶
Ursula Todd braves life and death and rebirth many times over...
#athousandyears #amonthofsongs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620
Oh my gosh @Meaw_catlady , I just got your package in the mail! Thank you so much. 😭 I'm so excited to read the books, and I absolutely love the endangered species chocolate! I'm currently burning the incense and trying a cup of this tea. I love everything!! Thank you. ❤❤❤
Yay! The winner of my #7777giveaway is @Rachel.Rencher ! Email me at evemag92@ hotmail.com I will be sending you these three beautiful books and a couple other goodies! Thanks so much to everyone who played!
1) cats! I‘ve seen so many movies/books with alternate dimensions and I feel like I never see animals! I would miss my cats 😩
2) not let what people said get to me and enjoy what I liked to do (which is read) and not care if people thought it was weird
3) my weirdness! I laugh at my own jokes, randomly sing or dance, and I‘m definitely a little nerdy
Thanks for the chance to win!! @Meaw_catlady #7777giveaway
These questions are so fun! 🤓
1. I would miss water features. I kind of feel like I moved to an alternate dimension when I left the mountains to live in a desert. No lakes here... only reservoir things. 😖
2. I would learn to stand up for myself earlier than I did.
3. I would never in a million years trade my relationship with my husband. We're goofy and loving and it's perfect. ❤
Thanks for the chance @Meaw_catlady ! #7777Giveaway
Thank you @Meaw_catlady for your #7,777Giveaway.
I love your questions!
1. My children and my cat.
2. I would follow the Grateful Dead after high school for a few years June ‘76 - ‘79 and then go to college.
3. My love of books and music. I can‘t imagine life without those 2 things.
@Meaw_catlady is having a nice giveaway. Share her post, answer her questions and tag her to enter.
🐱 My fur babies Jezzy & Druzy.
🐱 I'd finish college.
🐱 I would never want to change how close me & my family are, especially me & my niece & nephews.
The wonderful @Meaw_catlady is having a giveaway to celebrate her 7,777 Litfluence! Her posts are always so much fun to read, I‘m very happy to be one her followers! 😊
1. Dogs! No dimension without dogs is worth living in! 🐶
2. Focus more on my writing. I like my job, but sometimes wish I had pursued writing more ambitiously earlier on instead of building an accounting career.
3. I‘d never want to change my creativity, I love creating stories.
Hello! Today I won a giveaway on Instagram and it‘s so beautiful to me because I am posting mine today! It‘s like a sign from the stars! Sorry my international bbs I‘m gonna have to limit this to US only. But you can still answer the questions if you would like. To be entered just repost and answer my questions! I‘m excited to see y‘alls answers! These three books and some other goodies will be the gifts! Tag me! Closes in 7 days on the 17th! 🖖🖖
Every breath Ursula takes is quickened by the buried memories of her past lives, especially when she has the chance to alter her present life's tragic course. From the beginning, we learn that she may be stalking a prominent quarry, even as death seems to stalk her. The form sounds like the best part (and it is good fun), but the characters made the novel for me- they rank with the best British classics.
Had a wonderful weekend at Hudson, NY scouting wedding venues and stopped at a bookstore and bar I've been wanting to try for years. It didn't disappoint: great books, beer, coffee hummus...(we went two days in a row 😀).
Got two books: Mr. Fox- Helen Oyeyemi and Swan- Mary Oliver. With the tagged book, I have a strange trilogy of fox references, coincidentally jiving with my favorite song of late: Portions for Foxes by Rilo Kiley. 🦊
This book is about a girl named Ursula who starts her life over every time she dies. It‘s kind of like Groundhog‘s Day but she starts her life over instead of just the day. While a really interesting concept (lots of butterfly effect endings) it was just too long! I don‘t mind a long book, but I would at least like for there to be a point.
1️⃣ That is serendipitous-I just finished Life after Life which contains time travel/reincarnation
2️⃣ always the Start
3️⃣ I would change events so I would not be seemingly surrounded so often by illness and death; sad but real
4️⃣ @wanderinglynn @whatshesreadingnow @emilyhaldi @SarahBradley @geodynamical
I knew by reading Litsy reviews that the timeline was going to be challenging; but this book just swept me away
More books completed for future quarters of #booked2019 in the Winter.
13. Life After Life
14. Sin- Selected Poems of Farugh Farrokhzad
20. The Alice Network
23. The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar
24. The Nine: Inside The Secret World of the Supreme Court
This is a beautifully written but in many ways devastating book. I loved the unique way of storytelling but it‘s very heavy at points.
New post up today at @bookriot. I suggest a reading list to introduce you to one of my favorite authors. Check it out.
This is a well-written book based on a rather odd premise. It‘s like Groundhog Day for life. It starts with Ursula Todd‘s birth on a snowy night in 1910. The doctor fails to arrive in time and the baby is stillborn, the cord wrapped around her neck. The next thing we know, the story resets and starts over. The story continues like this, resetting each time she dies. I never understood why. Why her? Is it magic? No answers, but a good story anyway.
I loved this book so much. It took me a few chapters to understand what was happening but once I caught on, I was all in. I can see where it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it certainly was mine. I can't wait to read the "companion novel" A God in Ruins. I'm not sure if this is an unpopular opinion, but this was a 5⭐ read for me.
The Todds are an upper middle class English family living in Fox Corner, outside of London. Ursula Todd, born in 1910, lives a series of parallel existences through two brutal world wars and into the 1960‘s. Chapter titles and dates help the reader to follow the repeated lives. I found the format creative, albeit confusing at times. Ursula experienced a full life, at times tragic, but never dull.
Today‘s #LustForLife tag made me think of Kate Atkinson‘s Life After Life. This is a quite unique book about Ursula who continually gets to reboot her life and start all over again when she dies through multiple causes through her myriad lives. Took a while to get into it but then loved it and it‘s partner book A God In Ruins.
Happy Almost-Spring Sunday Reading🌺🍃🌸🌱🌷🌿💐
What are you reading today?
My pick for #TurnBackTime. Life After Life isn‘t time travel but the main character‘s life starts over and over. I still need to read the sequel. #literaryluck (P.S. I hate the time change. It makes me feel sick for a few days every time.)
Here we are at the end of our Buddy Read! Thanks so much @Pruzy for co-hosting and for having such great questions, including our final discussion question this week! Make sure you swing over there!
My easy questions this week are these: What were your final thoughts on the book? Do you plan on reading the companion novel, A God in Ruins?
I loved reading this book with buddies. Thanks so much for joining in!
Well, everyone, the last day of our Live After Life #buddyread has arrived! Thanks to all of you who participated and made it this far. Congratulations! This was a really rewarding book to read and I‘m definitely going to read more by Kate Atkinson in the future. Special shoutout to @Ingerella for keeping the buddy read going on weeks where I wasn‘t able to engage as fully as I would have liked!
My question for this week is below! #LAL2019
What type of commentary does Atkinson make on the English
approach to war? Why do you think Atkinson portrayed one of Ursula‘s lives in Germany,
experiencing war and the bombing from the opposing side?
We've had some tough reading this last week, and we are still in the middle of "A Long Hard War." This week I found 2 interesting questions.
Question 1! On page 379, Ursula faces a bleak end in Germany with her daughter, Frieda. She chooses
death over life for the first time, saying, “Something had cracked and broken and the order of
things had changed.” What do you think she means by that?
Here‘s part of my most recent Barnes and Noble bookhaul. Did you know Life After Life had a sequel?! It‘s about the main characters younger brother, beloved Teddy! Life after life was a slow read for me but it stayed long after in my brain. I‘m excited to read this one!
Dear Buddy Readers,
I'm so sorry I forgot to post this week's schedule! We are in week 5 of our 6 week buddy read, not including the week 3 redo. I hope you all are still hanging in there and will stick with us as we push through the final two weeks.
We'll have our discussion again this coming Sunday.
#LAL2019 #BuddyRead #LifeAfterLife
Happy Sunday! Let's talk about this past week's "A Lovely Day Tomorrow" trifecta. At the very beginning of this section, there was a quote from Sylvie that got me thinking. " 'Well, we all get on,'...'one way or another. And in the end we all arrive at the same place. I hardly see that it matters how we get there.' It seemed to Ursula that how you got there was the whole point..."
Who do you agree with?