Reread time so I can finish this series by year's end
Greetings from Sankt Petersburg 🇷🇺, where I was yesterday!
We visited the Catherine Palace (the picture), the Peter-Paul Cathedrale, walked around the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, saw the Isaaks Cathedrale and the Eremitage.
Now my feet hurt!
Today I finally started reading 📖 The Bear and the Nightingale and so far it‘s wonderful.
This was a ⭐️⭐️⭐️ for meself. I would have liked it more if God wasn‘t made out to be not real... I also would have liked it more if their spanking was that. Spanks. NOT FULL ON BEATING!! *ahem* I didn‘t like the dad or the step mom and I didn‘t even like the old woman!! *rolls eyes* the lil sis was cute and the brother close to the MCs age was good. MC deserves more but I am not continuing on with the series. Liked the “open” ending.
It will be over a year since I bought it in London but I will finally read it in my travel week when I go to St. Petersburg! It is inspired by Russian folklore, so it‘s very fitting 📚.
Any recommendations of books that are set/have a connection with Sweden (Stockholm), Finland (Helsinki) and Estonia (Tallinn)?
#travel #question #books
Delightful rendering of Russian folklore. It's a slow burner but I enjoyed that the author didn't rush the tale. No romance to be found, (yay!), just a headstrong girl becoming a woman. Of course, no one believes that she not only sees but speaks with the guardians that keep everything running smoothly. They think her a witch when it is made plain she is different. The priest brings fear with his words and fear is powerful when weaponized.
Starting this pretty tonight for our #lmpbc ! Late starting this one this month, but thrilled to finally read it! It‘s been on my TBR for a while!
Absolutely loved this book! I loved all the folklore as well as the conflicts of all the characters. The characters were relatable and I just loved how the author dealt with the struggles of being a woman who didn't fit into the simple mold of what was expected of her.
A great fantasy - atmospheric and a little witchy, with a wintry Russian feel - would make a great Halloween read. It‘s full of folklore (how authentic I don‘t know). Vasilisa is a special child, at one with the wilderness and the small spirits that guard the house and stables. Her nurse worries that a wild flower like Vasi must leave home and become a dutiful wife and a lady soon. Only Vasi knows she must never leave the forest. ⬇️
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. Complex story, deep characters with folklore and of course the never changing need for man to tell others what is best for them. Vasya is a courageous young girl, ready to live on her own terms. She isn't a lone hero, smart enough to ask for help when necessary giving depth to other characters. Slow at parts, but the end had me engaged enough to continue with the series. #teamnosleep for #bearandthenightingale
Perfect blend of fantasy, complex relationships and stories. I'm really enjoying this book! Got through Part 1 recently and admiring Vasya's will to be her own person, even if she can't display it to everyone. Let's see how this goes! Anna is on my poop list, though I feel sorry for her at times. #bearandthenighingale
Okay, I've done my stalking of TBRs and Read stacks. Is this an okay pick for the new round? A little fantasy/folklore type book. It's a shorty, barely over 300 pages.
@TheBookKeepers @irre @LazyDays
I‘ve been in Southern California this Memorial Day weekend celebrating my friend‘s bachelorette party, which is why I‘ve been quiet on Litsy. Today is our last day and the first day we‘ve actually spent on the beach. Just starting this book on kindle.
#pop19 A book set Scandinavia
Dark abd dream-like, beautiful imagery, the narration was great. Really enjoyed this!
Holy moly, I am blown away! I was out back planting some succulents last night when my husband came out & said “You have a package from Australia!”
@Rissreads Nerissa, I am in LOVE with this UK cover of The Bear and the Nightingale! For me, British covers are always so much lovelier than American covers. And I have been wanting to read this for some time! Thank you for thinking of me & for the sweet card & bookmark. You are so sweet! #litsylove
Amazing book! Loved the setting, the atmosphere. Some parts are a little slow, but I didn't mind. Going to have to read more Russian / Slavic fairy tales!
Winternight trilogy, book one.
In this atmospheric fairytale based on Russian mythology, Vasilisa (Vasya) is a young girl who can see the old spirits. But when her father brings home a new wife, Vasya discovers that her new stepmother is a religious fanatic who fears the old spirits. Vasya defies her stepmother and continues to make offerings to strengthen them, but the arrival of a young priest may prove to be the undoing of them all.
Thank you @LittleBug for my #MythsAndLegendsSwap! I love it all 😀
I've wanted The Bear and the Nightingale for so long, so I'm excited to read it 😁 the tea and pretzels look good and I love Stroopwafels... they will not last long ☺ the notebook and the tote bag are amazing and the bookmark is already being put to good use ❤💜💙
Thank you @MeganAnn for organising!