Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Little Fires Everywhere (Signed)
Little Fires Everywhere (Signed) | Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives"I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting." -Jodi Picoult "Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel." - Paula Hawkins In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood - and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
outlawsaturn
post image
Mehso-so

"...the thing about portraits is, you need to show people the way they want to be seen. And I prefer to show people as I see them."

This book had great media representation, but average reader reviews. In the end I feel like it was written to become a tv series, so maybe I'd recommend waiting til Hulu releases it next year. If you like crime thrillers, it's kind of like that except without the thrills.

6/10

review
TheEllieMo
post image
Panpan

This one really wasn‘t for me. Full of caricatures, and one of the worst sentences I have ever read: “She had seen Pearl watching Trip for months, like a mouse watching a cat, longing to be eaten.” The book raises an interesting question - but doesn‘t deliver on the debate

review
lost.in.a.book
post image
Mehso-so

🤦‍♀️ I just don't know how I feel about this book. I'm left feeling kind of like... what was the point? 🤷‍♀️ I need a head hitting a wall emoji so I can insert it right here...
I'm just left with the feeling of unfulfillment 😬
⭐⭐⭐

cathipink I felt that way about this book, too. Finished and.. it was fine 🤷‍♀️ I guess I'll watch the tv show but... 🤷‍♀️ 1w
TheEllieMo I posted barely an hour ago about how I was not really enjoying this one, glad I‘m not alone! 1w
Andrew65 Much preferred her other book. 1w
See All 6 Comments
lost.in.a.book @cathipink yep, still scratching my head over here, lol. Will definitely give the show a chance though. 1w
lost.in.a.book @TheEllieMo glad I'm not alone too 😂👍🏻 1w
Scochrane26 I liked the themes it brought up, which made for a good book club discussion. I liked it but didn‘t love it. I haven‘t read her other one yet. 1w
60 likes2 stack adds6 comments
blurb
TheEllieMo
post image

Started this last month but had to set aside because I had library book and other deadlines. At least that was my excuse. Truth is, I wasn‘t enjoying it. I‘ve returned to it to try and finish it off, but it‘s still doing my head in. I suspect, though, that I am in a minority, as this appears to be almost universally popular.

#UnpopularOpinion

review
caitlin.reads.books
post image
Pickpick

Finished this one before vacation ended and it was great! I kept thinking about it after finishing it because it was so layered and complex. The characters were well developed and I didn‘t predict exactly where everything was going in the end. I will definitely be reading her first book now too! 5 ⭐️

BarbaraBB Great picture! 2w
Insightsintobooks That's a beautiful picture! 1w
29 likes2 comments
review
Rj6578
Mehso-so

Wife suggested it cause I didn‘t feel like going to library. Not my style, felt like desperate housewives to me. I can see why my wife enjoyed it so much.

blurb
caitlin.reads.books
post image

Currently reading and loving! Also soaking up the last bit of vacation today! #fiction #librarybook

20 likes1 stack add
review
Yanya
post image
Pickpick

Great read!

review
KristenDuck
post image
Pickpick

The more I process what I just finished reading, the more I realize what a brilliant piece of literature this truly is.

Life in the suburbs looks picture perfect, and no one displays that perfection better than Elena Richardson with her perfect husband and four children.

After Mia, a free-spirited artist, and daughter Pearl move to town, lines are drawn.

Is a baby best with it‘s true mother, or the parents who could give her the “perfect life?”

TheLudicReader Ng is a masterful storyteller. 2w
TheEllieMo I‘ve parked this, I was finishing it dragged. Will try again, maybe it just wasn‘t right for me right now 2w
108 likes4 stack adds2 comments
blurb
Cortg
post image

Well then! I‘ve been on the fence about this one because 1. It‘s super popular and 2. I really wasn‘t a big fan of Everything I Never Told You (disclosure: I was in a pissy mood when I read it.) I just downloaded the audio and I‘m going to give it a shot, because it‘s available and I am a wee bit curious. 🤷🏼‍♀️

review
Melancholy2243
post image
Pickpick


An emotional, observant, nuanced and brilliant study of characters, their identities, the intricacies of family, the achingly excellent study of motherhood and all the emotions attached with that. Mrs. Richardson has always been about rules yet within her perfect family lies a little fire that threatens to burst free in the form of her daughter Izzy. This book moves one such that it stays and lingers long after having read it. #mustread

Texreader Great review. I loved this book. An interesting depiction of motherhood from different perspectives 3w
Melancholy2243 @Texreader Yes. It really was such an incredible way of portraying motherhood 3w
50 likes2 stack adds2 comments
review
Peaslady
post image
Pickpick

I read this shortly after 'Everything you never told me' and found it so much more enjoyable. The characters felt much more rounded - flawed and interesting. The plotline was more unique and I got much more engrossed in the story overall. Though reading it as a new mum was tough at times.

blurb
Oryx
post image

Listening to the fabulous Celeste Ng at Manchester literature festival. She was great - I can't wait to read what she writes next

TrishB I couldn‘t get to any in the end! Enjoy 👍🏻 1mo
63 likes1 comment
blurb
Spanish_Broom
post image

Tenth book of maternity leave

13 likes1 stack add
blurb
JenDR
post image

Do you ever play music that matches the vibe of the book you are reading? Just started this book last night and can‘t put it down. It is bringing back so many memories of being a teen in the 90s. Had to put on some TLC and Britney while reading this morning.

review
paulareadsallthetime
post image
Pickpick

Enjoyed reading this book!

quote
LibraryLovingMommy
post image

(It came, over and over, down to this: what made someone a mother? Was it biology alone, or was it love?)
Pg. 258

review
Arvena
post image
Pickpick

I wanted to love it. It's a book about the bond between mother and child. It's also a book about the destructive power of secrets, misunderstandings, and miscommunication.

It's a little slow, still quite intriguing, but not very involving.

review
Macnjen
post image
Pickpick

I liked this audiobook - complex story, good narration, though I admit I felt a small subplot didn't get addressed. Regardless, the story was well written and I kept thinking how I could write a narrative on parenting from the parallels in the book. Audiobooks are so great but I am beginning to realize that if I multitask I lose some of the detail that wouldn't otherwise be lost in a visual reading.

review
JenniferP
post image
Pickpick

This book lived up to the hype, giving me lots to digest about motherhood and career/life balance. Also captures life in the 1990s suburbs so well.

BarbaraBB I really liked this one too. 3mo
27 likes1 comment
blurb
nikkiamanda
post image

Day two of floating and reading, I should've done this all summer 📖

review
jen_the_scribe
post image
Pickpick

I was able to finish this one while on a road trip this weekend for a wedding. It had some slow parts, but I enjoyed the rawness and humanity I felt with these stories and characters. You hated some, you loved others. But one thing it does imply is that everything is not black and white. Subtle themes revolving around racial and socioeconomic divides. I loved the way this author tackled one character's art and how artists can be so misunderstood.

blurb
Macnjen
post image

Next audiobook

quote
Arjay
post image

😥

TrishB But so true! 3mo
Smrloomis I remember stopping at this passage and feeling very sad. 3mo
11 likes2 comments
quote
Arjay
post image

blurb
AmyK1
post image

I shouldn‘t be allowed to come to 2nd & Charles 😂😂 The last thing I need is more books to add to my TBR piles. At least I don‘t have as many as my girl @wideeyedreader lol I only found 3 today, which isn‘t bad I guess.

wideeyedreader I only got seven! 3mo
AmyK1 @wideeyedreader I meant how many are in your stacks but 7 isn‘t bad 😉😊 3mo
wideeyedreader Ohhhhhh 3mo
21 likes3 comments
review
Sward7
Pickpick

4.5/5 stars. I was very pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this movie. Fantastic character development and interweaving of lives. One thing I found very realistic is how the kids each want the home/lifestyle/parenting of someone else. How often do kids want what they don't have and wish they had different parents? I did not give a 5 because the ending was rushed- so much action in the last two chapters compared to the rest of the book.

review
Lcsmcat
post image
Pickpick

This was so good I stayed up way too late last night to finish it. (I read it so fast I had to reuse the picture. 😀) Ng does not disappoint. #bookClubPick

JenniferP Oh good! This is a book club pick for me in September. I‘ll be reading it soon. 3mo
Lcsmcat @JenniferP I hope you enjoy it, too. 3mo
Pruzy I like the cover on this edition! 3mo
67 likes3 comments
blurb
Lcsmcat
post image

Up next: September‘s book club pick. I‘m looking forward to this one!

rambiepaige It is SO good!!! 3mo
rather_be_reading this is a great one! 3mo
68 likes2 stack adds2 comments
review
Melwilk
post image
Pickpick

Wow, what a great book! The author expertly created characters that were believable. They were multi-faceted: at times wonderful, awful, and all things in-between. It was so interesting to consider the different faces people have, including what they show publicly, with family, and privately. Having Mia explore this through photography was especially poignant. This one really tugged at my heartstrings.

Howard_L Yes is was very good! 3mo
peaknit I loved this one! P.S. Im excited to hear your thoughts on Shotgun Lovesongs! I‘m glad the book round robin is coming to a close but it‘s been so wonderful making connections with readers! 2mo
Melwilk @peaknit I am glad you liked this one too. I just thought it was so good! I am still waiting to receive Shotgun Lovesongs. I have been looking forward to reading it. I am looking forward to getting my book back and seeing what everyone wrote. It has been fun to make connections and get exposed to different books. 2mo
peaknit Oh wow, I didn‘t realize you were still waiting, I‘m sorry. I lost track in the end when this kind got of the rails. Hope it comes soon🤞🏻 2mo
46 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
atla
post image
Pickpick

After reading Celeste Ng‘s “Everything I Never Told You” and LOVING it, I picked this one up right away. At first, it wasn‘t as emotionally gripping as Everything, but that could have been due to my own headspace at the time, but I stuck with it and it totally had me pulled in by the middle. I love how this author explores family dynamics in such a full & gripping way that my heart is given fully to all the characters - even the jerks.

review
Kaila-ann
post image
Pickpick

This book started off pretty slow but I eventually got sucked into the story. Very descriptive writing but I felt that the characters were a little one dimensional. Since there were a lot of characters it would have been hard to really get to know them all but I felt a little disengaged because of the underdevelopment. Overall a pick and a good story but not going to be a favorite. It‘ll be on its way to a new reader soon. #bookcrossing

marleed I liked this book as I read it. Upon reflection though it bugged me though that the author gave Maya the moral high ground. I don‘t think Maya deserved that distinction. I‘ll be interested to see how the series develops the characters. 3mo
Kaila-ann @marleed I kind of feel the same way. Mia made a lot of mistakes and hurt people in the process, deeply hurt people. And yet, she is portrayed as being above it all and someone that all these damaged/broken people turn to in their times of need. 3mo
marleed @Kaila-ann I hope the series gives the suburb mom a break! I bet they do otherwise Reese‘s character will play too much like she does in Big Little Lies. Mia thought of no one but herself in her early actions and the consequences were suffered by those she left in her dust. It‘s hard for me to find her the champion of the story. 3mo
Kaila-ann @marleed I'm really curious to see the adaptation of this one myself and I agree, Mia was prideful and selfish in the past. I don't think she deserved to be put on a pedestal at all. 3mo
35 likes4 comments
review
janerzy
post image
Pickpick

It‘s human nature that, many out there who are good at heart and sincerely want to do the right thing often end up making selfish choices with far-reaching effects, when personally affected by the issues. Yet, “how and how often we justify it to ourselves when we cross moral lines? Where do we follow the rules and where do we justify breaking them? Do our pasts determine what we deserve in the future? And is it possible to leave your past behind?”

blurb
jen_the_scribe
post image

My next audiobook. It has great reviews.

25 likes1 stack add
blurb
The_Shelf.ish_Life
post image

I was excited to discover my town has a Little Free Library right down the street from us! There were no books in it that I was interested in this time, but I put my copy of Little Fires Everywhere in for someone else to enjoy it as much as I did 😊 #littlefreelibrary

brit91 That's so cool!!😍📚 3mo
32 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
CaroPi
post image
Pickpick

So I didn't manage to read as much as I wanted in this #readathon #deweys24hourreadathon but I finish a book and may progress with the other one. I finish this one. Really like it and looking forward for the series

review
Caroline2
post image
Pickpick

Wow! This is one of those rare occasions where I bailed on a book (this time last year) but because it was a gift I kept it to try later (normally I get rid). So glad I did cause I loved it!! This is making me doubt my whole bailing belief system now!!! 😨

ShyBookOwl I just finished her other book, Everything I Never Told You. Also so good!!!!! This one is on my TBR 4mo
mom2bugnbee I loved this one. Sometimes, a book just isn't right for you, but then it is! ☺ 4mo
rretzler I never actually bail on a book. It may take me years to read it, but eventually I‘ll get through it. 🤣 There have been books for me that have redeemed themselves more than halfway through. I‘m currently reading Melmoth and it‘s going to take me awhile, sadly. 4mo
See All 12 Comments
Caroline2 @ShyBookOwl now I didn‘t like that one much, I finished but found it a bit depressing & predictable. I think that‘s what put me off this one and why I was quick to bail. 4mo
Caroline2 @mom2bugnbee yes!! I think timing is everything. 4mo
Caroline2 @rretzler hmm, it‘s a tough one though cause sometimes I‘ve struggled through books that have been rubbish and it‘s really annoys me that I‘ve wasted all the time on it when I could have been enjoying another book a lot more. 4mo
ShyBookOwl @Caroline2 ooh interesting! Funny how things work out 🤷🏽‍♀️ 4mo
TrishB I know which ones I can potentially go back to. 4mo
Caroline2 @TrishB how?? What‘s your criteria?? 🤔 4mo
TrishB I think if I just know I‘m not feeling it because of a particular mood/circumstance. I started one last year in hospital and then was I‘ll etc, didn‘t finish but it wasn‘t the book it was the circumstance and I know I‘ll finish once the hospital drama goes out of my head! 4mo
Caroline2 @TrishB hmmm, that makes sense! 👍🏻 4mo
Caroline2 @TrishB hmm, that makes sense! 👍🏻 4mo
109 likes2 stack adds12 comments
review
Amandakay
post image
Pickpick

In love with this story

blurb
SunshineandSimiles
post image

Starting this tonight! #currentlyreading #currentread

review
alexandra.anttt
post image
Pickpick

A yawn for Sasha, but I am liking this one so far. Had a bit of a slow start for me, but I just hit page 100 and it is getting GOOOOOD. Trying to finish this piece before the Hulu series starring Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington comes out. I like the freedom of invisioning everything how I want it before the series comes out so I can compare. #dogsoflitsy

cjk I felt the same way about the beginning. I listened to this and had to start over 5x because my attention kept wandering lol. 4mo
alexandra.anttt @cjk Yeah, definitely took a minute to get into it, but am definitely excited for more now!! 3mo
58 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
Cspen113
post image

This is the July selection of a book club I‘m in. 27th day of the month and I‘m just getting started... 🤦🏻‍♀️ Gonna try to finish this one this weekend.

The_Real_Nani I was supposed to re-read The Bluest Eye for a discussion today but the month got away from me and I never even picked up the book! 🤦🏽‍♀️ 4mo
Cspen113 @The_Real_Nani That‘s exactly what happened to me. I kept putting it off and putting it off...now the whole month is almost over! 4mo
The_Real_Nani We‘ll do better next time! 😂 4mo
28 likes3 comments
blurb
charlotteamber
post image

Finding any moment on holiday to read a few more pages of this. Not sure how I feel about the story at the moment but still around half way to go ☀️

Cathythoughts What a beautiful sight 4mo
29 likes1 comment
blurb
cjk
post image

rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
cjk @rretzler : Thanks! 😊📚 (edited) 4mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more!
4mo
See All 8 Comments
cjk @LitsyWelcomeWagon Thanks! 😊 4mo
Lady_Tigana_20 Welcome! 4mo
cjk @Lady_Tigana_20 Hello and thank you! 😊 4mo
Buechersuechtling I read this on vacation last year in very few sittings. Couldn‘t put it down. 2mo
cjk @Buechersuechtling I listened to this, and had trouble getting into it at first. Things picked up after chapter 5 for me. 2mo
19 likes8 comments
blurb
bewareofwords
post image

📖 I‘ve recommended the tagged book a few times in the past months.
🎟 Aladdin.
🍉 Summer fruit is the best!
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Only three cousins. (Somehow I have more siblings than I do cousins. 😂)
❤️ ❤️❤️❤️

#friyayintro @howjessreads

quote
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
post image

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.”

#Sparks
#JulyColdPlay

Eggs So heartbreakingly true 😩💗 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs this really spoke to me today.... 💔 4mo
101 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
Chelleo
post image

Cheers to hot summer days, wine and books. Thanks @Bookcation74 for this title from the #secretsantagoespostal swap. Enjoying both the #signed print and #audiobook versions. #mood

Branwen Cheers, friend! 💕 Enjoy! 📚🍷 4mo
Booklover77 Looks like my kind of gal! Wine and books! Enjoy!! :) 4mo
NikiDeaf Perfect! Wine and books are my fave combo 4mo
Bookcation74 🥂 4mo
150 likes6 stack adds4 comments
blurb
SunshineandSimiles
post image

#bookmail! Which one should I read first? I can't decide!

Guys, it is hot out in #maine today! Well, everywhere from what I hear. It's supposed to get up to 100° today. ? I know the more I move the more I will sweat, so I'm going to use it as an excuse to just read in one place and drink lots of water. ?

#whataliceforgot #whymommydrinks #whymummydrinks #heatwave #heatwavereads

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I like anything Liane Moriarty so I pick 4mo
13 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
Sward7
Pickpick

Really, really enjoyed this book. Will read all current and future books by this author.