What a great start to my 2024 reading. I loved this book. A Rumplestiltskin retelling set in a feudal and magical Lithuania-ish country with a Jewish heroine, found family and adventure!
Borrowed this from the library (first time in years I've borrowed a physical book) and am enjoying it. Narrated in 1st person from the POVs of 3 (so far) different young women. Though the POV keeps changing, they don't get mixed up. Their lives are interlinked and they're all strong in their own ways, changing their lives for the better (at least Miryem and Wanda; I've only just met Irina). Still near the beginning but enjoying it.
I'm so mad at myself for letting this sit on my shelf for literal years before finally picking it up... it was so good!! Thank you @PuddleJumper and #roll100 for giving me the push I needed.
Naomi Novik's writing is always beautiful and this was the perfect retelling to be reading in the middle of winter.
These are all of the #Roll100 reads I got done this year! I didn‘t quite finish all of my rolled books, and didn‘t even touch my December reads. The tagged is my favorite of these reads. Thanks for putting this together, @PuddleJumper ! I look forward to more TBR antics next year.
A fun, different, and exciting read! I especially loved that the characters in this fairytale reimagining felt real: they had distinct personalities and histories that felt relevant to the time and setting. I liked exploring Wanda, Miryem, and Irina‘s stories, their different goals and drives. The Staryk and their magic were also very intriguing and different for me, but my favorite were their descriptions! Always icy!
Uprooted & Spinning Silver are both fairy tale retellings. Uprooted is about Agnieszka who is sent to the Dragon (the local wizard) as his captive for ten years. In Spinning Silver Miryem takes on the Rumpeslstiltskin tale along with Wanda, Irina & the Staryk (creepy fey).
Both were good but I did like Spinning Silver better.
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“Thrice you shall turn silver to gold for me, or be changed to ice yourself.” And so the daughter of a Jewish moneylender is challenged by a king of ice & snow.
I read this 4 years ago, & the atmospheric descriptions, the variety of female characters, the interweaving of fairytale & Russian folklore continue to enchant me. Everything up to the end I adored. But I continue to dislike how Novik writes romances. That‘s a me thing, YMMV. 🌕🌕🌕🌗🌑
The biopsy came back clear! So the nibling and I are relaxing with some reading time! ❤️
I love fairy tales😻This is a perfect book to escape from real world & to get lost in fairy land. It is magical & charming. Good story line & strong female characters. Since the main character is a Jew, there is antisemitism aspects in the story. I like this aspect, & multiple POV. But it is lengthy compared with d story, could‘ve been shorter & crisp. Difficult to follow in audio cos of monotonous narration.
#bookspinbingo #AuthorAmonth #AAM2022
I have already bailed on my #bookspin for August. I was 2.5 hours in on audio and just did not care. I am planning two other #AuthorAMonth books by this author, so I am hoping something sticks! @TheAromaofBooks @Soubhiville
Loved it, as always 🥰
@ozma.of.oz It is on its way to you! Media mail, so it might take a few days.
I loved this book! Such a great fairytale reimagining. I flew through it in a couple of days while on holiday.
I can't remember who recommended this but thank you. I now have this to go with Uprooted. This can be a sorry gift now from @TheWolfbehindTheEyes who gave me food poisoning lol. Feeling so so rough 🤢 Hope everyone else is OK. Happy reading and weekend littens
Reads like a fairytale! I loved the many interconnected elements, and it was great having a Jewish main character in the cast. The way the author expertly wove in themes of supportive and toxic family, good and evil (and neutral), magic, antisemitism, misogyny, poverty, and others really called back to folktales. My biggest complaint is that it took me a long time (an hour of listening) to realize the narrative was switching between characters.
I had some time to audio-art the other day! I haven't finished my CD project or caught up on my book journal, but I figured I'd work on this also unfinished project while listening to my current audiobook. Someone posted a pretty watercolor postcard on Litsy a while ago, and I thought it needed some fantasy elements in it, so here we are. #litsycrafters #Painting #AudioCrafting #Watercolor
It took me an hour to realize this book has two different girls as the POV characters! I don't know if I wasn't paying close enough attention (yes I know their family situations are both different, but I thought things had just changed suddenly), or if it's not very clear in the audiobook. 🤔
I wanted to love this! It's not bad, in fact I really liked the prose. But, I had a difficult time with it. Took me almost a week to finish—even skimmed the last few pages!
Maybe I expected too much because I loved Uprooted? Maybe because of the long chapters? Maybe because of the multi-POV (although they did have distinct voices)?
I don't know. I just didn't enjoy it. 😫
Here are all (most) of my #LMPBC books over the years!
I know I did an Agatha Christie round, but I can‘t find the book. I‘m wondering if I accidentally lent it to someone or it never got back to me 🤷🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️
I‘ve also done multiple books some rounds, so I may have forgotten some. And I know one got completely lost in the mail, so I had to do a different book!
Spinning Silver, The Grey Bastards, American Gods and The Book Of The New Sun from BookOutlet!
3 For 2 sale!
I‘m always pleasantly surprised to find more boxes on my front porch.
The Annotated version of American Gods is so much better than I thought it would be. A lot of pictures. I loved The Grey Bastards! Can‘t wait to read Spinning Silver! Gene Wolfe has been on my TBR for awhile.
This was my first book by Naomi Novik, and wow! Wow! This was a unique interweaving of the stories of several characters, and I was particularly impressed with how different all of the the characters' voices were as she switched perspectives between them. A great winter read as this is still the view out my window.
Thanks for tagging me @RamsFan1963 and @BethM ! My first #Two4Tuesday, belatedly: 1. No, but I was lucky enough to get some chocolates!
2. I like a good friends to lovers premise when it‘s done well. Or just a good friendship story even if it stays platonic!
Reading at a cafe—for the first time in I don‘t know when! I deactivated both my Facebook and Instagram today, as a sort of experiment. I want to be free of them. I want the space to think my own thoughts… and space to read books. This one is delicious.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book is written in first person narrative through several character's eyes, which is jarring at first but doesn't get too confusing. A young Jewish woman trying to keep her family fed while dealing with medieval Europe style BS prejudices inadvertently makes a deal with the murderous king of a magic kingdom and learns to turn silver into gold. Meanwhile, a rich woman is forced to marry a literal monster. They forge an alliance.
"But the world I wanted wasn't the world I lived in, and if I would do nothing until I could repair every terrible thing at once, I would do nothing forever." Really liking this story about divided loyalties and powerful women having to decide what they will inflict on others to protect themselves, their loved ones, their communities, and their country.
I‘m a little bit miffed this book was so long and yet one of the main storylines felt unfinished. However, I was also very impressed. It‘s a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin from multiple, well developed perspectives. It also critiques the antisemitism behind the original fairytale, while also sprinkling original details into her own plot. I‘ll definitely be reading more of Novik‘s work.
This one is a pick with some issues. It was slow until halfway in and repetitive in parts. I felt it was too drawn out (too much filler in spots). The cold and despair was almost TOO relentless. But I loved the strong heroines who took matters into their own hands. For me, the men/monsters were not satisfactorily redeemed for their heroines with an ending that seemed rushed in comparison to the rest of the book. I enjoyed Uprooted more. This ⬇️
Forgot to post my #bookspinbingo card! Here it is in all its glory. I‘m excited about my spins this month because they‘re books I started months ago, really liked, then never finished. I have no doubt I got distracted by a shiny new read. Anyway, this is a great incentive to finally complete them. Wish me luck!