Book 2 of 2021 was The Cactus by Sarah Haywood. I originally gave it 4 stars and it held up for sure and the MC Susan Green has stuck with me…especially because she reminded me of Angela Martin from The Office.
What a thoroughly unlikable character.
A predictable, easy read that was perfect for reading on holiday with a glass of wine in hand. I do love a protagonist that finds joy later on in life. Her naivety about having a baby and the birth scene made me laugh. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It isn‘t often books make me cry, but on my way to work today, I got teary eyed listening to the ending. Something about Susan‘s struggle to figure out her way through all sorts of challenges just moved me.
From a psychologist perspective I couldn‘t help wondering if Susan‘s on the autism spectrum. I had to stop myself from diagnosing, and just focus on enjoying myself 🌵
#Pop21 - definitely seen it on @Cinfhen (virtual/audio) bookshelf
I quilt and cross stitch. I have been making lots of baby quits but this one is one of my favorites. Thankful my daughter was able to get vaccinated today.
Bit of a love/hate one this.
- The MC & all her prickliness
- The later life pregnancy storyline
- The family dynamics & back story
- The revels (guessed early on but still 😲)
- The totally unnecessary romance storyline
- The idea that there was something wrong with Susan/that becoming less introverted is 'blooming' & universally desirable.
- Did I mention the least romantic romance ever?
So So-So it is.
I‘m not sure how I came across this book as it wasn‘t something I would‘ve naturally selected. It took me awhile to like Susan, I don‘t relate well to uptight women who hold themselves in such a high regard. I guessed the ending about her mom. Overall it‘s okay. Book 14 of 2020
Susan is quite unemotional, or so she thinks. It‘s amazing to see how she and her life change as she navigates pregnancy, romance, death, resentment, shame, and uncertainty over her family‘s love for her. Belonging and family are what she makes of them. No surprise. :)
This audiobook is very well narrated. The main character‘s orderly and straightforward way of thinking come through perfectly. I would recommend the audiobook of this title.
Thanks for this book @Cinfhen (tagging you, too!) I‘m reading it now.
1. I‘ve had some unusual cases as a vet (a dog eating Kinetics play sand, Ehlers-Danlos in a dog), but I‘ve never had an unusual job!
2. Seeing my dad!
#thankfulthursday @Cosmos_Moon (thanks for the tag 🤗)
Tagging @KVanRead @CoffeeK8 @maich @Kalalalatja 💙💙
I really loved this book. Loved Susan!! Susan is orphaned at 45 and is in a bit of predicament already, when her mom passes. She has to deal with why her mother would give the family home to her irresponsible brother and put up with his annoyingly tall friend Rob. I never did warm up to her Aunt Sylvia.. 😕
I like tag-teaming books with audio while driving and reading at home, which is what I'm doing with The Cactus. I actually prefer the audio on this one. The narrator is lovely and the voice fits the main character so well. This seems to be the unpopular opinion, but I'm really enjoying this read so far.
This book was a slow read. I had a really hard time connecting or really caring about the main character for most of the book. For some reason though, I didn‘t want to abandon it and I‘m glad I didn‘t. The ending made up for a lot of the book however I felt it was rushed in comparison to the rest of the book.
I am so lucky to have found Litsy and the wonderful people here! @Cinfhen was thinking flowers when she sent me The Cactus and a floral bookmark. I‘ve been dying to read this book!!
Also, my whole family will be staying warm with yummy tea this winter!! All three of us love black tea, and this sounds fantastic for the winter months.
Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness dear friend!
This started slow and was hard to get into, but then the characters hooked me. Susan, the main character, is SO unlikeable. I agree with the comparisons to Eleanor Oliphant. But it turns out that Susan has good reasons for being the way she is, which are revealed gradually, and she also undergoes self-growth as a result of her unexpected pregnancy and her fight against her brother over their mother‘s will. Good audio version, available on Scribd.
A glorious day for fall reading ☀️🍂☕️📖🍁
My 🧡 sings
If we were still doing the #gratitude21, this would be an entry!! @Eggs
Just started this book yesterday & like it so far 👍🏼 although I‘m sort of wishing I were reading a book that matches the season 🎃 have to look into that.
But for now - back to reading 😎
And a shoutout to @Cinfhen !!! You can do it 💪🏼 Did you squeeze in your 20 min of reading yet?
This has been my handbag book for the last couple of weeks. I really enjoyed (and I have to say identified with😳😬) it's prickly heroine, Susan, and found the story thoroughly engaging. It's a delightful, easy read. Thank you again, Jessie, for such a lovely gift😘
Hmmm. See previous post for mid-blurb. Final consensus 3☆. Didn't love the MC. Pacing felt off, slow but steady for 90% of the book and a rushed conclusion that felt nothing short of hitting a writing deadline. Maybe the first title I truly didn't enjoy from Hello Sunshine.
Finally got my hold on this title from an old Reese's Book Club pick. It's like Elenore Oliphant × Keiko Furukara × Stella Lane × Ove & Britt-Marie all smushed into one character. Only a third of the way through and I feel mediocre about it considering how long I've waited my turn.