⭐️⭐️ Meh. There was too much going on, but not enough depth to the story or characters. In a 300-page book, this causes a disconnect for me. I just didn‘t like, nor care, about these people.
Essie belongs to a conservative Christian family who are popular reality TV show stars with a mass following. But when she gets pregnant at 17, things are not #likeaprayer and we begin to see that this family is not as reverent as they want to appear. #movember
Drawing some similarities to the now cancelled reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting" (and to the allegations of molestation faced by the family's eldest son), as well as a possible amalgamation of the standoff at Ruby Ridge and the Waco siege, The Book of Essie touched lightly upon many themes, from victim advocacy, teen pregnancy, and conversion counseling, to conservativism, religion, and fame. (Continued ⬇️)
@Cinfhen, you are brilliant and we shall all sing your praises 😊 Hooray for creative prompts that keep the reading discussion goin'!
I am slowly nursing myself back to health after an icky weekend with the flu as my companion.
I'm still not 100% bettah, so based on how I'm feeling in the morning, I'll either stay home and read the tagged title (and adjoining graphic novel) between naps or... go hang out with my coworkers 😁
I listened to the audiobook via Scribd, which was well done. Very much enjoyed this book about the youngest daughter of an evangelical reality-TV-star family that is not all it seems to be. It was especially interesting to read this at the same time as The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, and note similarities and differences. Four stars, would recommend, especially the audiobook.
This review has been harder to write than most, despite the fact that I made more notes than usual throughout my reading experience. I have a lot of jumbled thoughts about The Book of Essie, as my feelings vacillated between loving it & feeling unease over the way certain things were approached.
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This is one of my current reads, which I‘m enjoying so far, pictured with a bookmark I made. Have you read The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir? I was so excited to pull this one from my TBR jar because I‘ve been wanting to read it for a while!
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• I certainly do NOT take Instagram-worthy photos but I try. This was my reading (and eating/drinking) spot last night while starting the tagged book. Finished chapter 1 just in time to return to the library today. As soon as I can, I'll pick it back up. The first chapter was very good, and I think there will be a compelling story here. Already much to digest about our celebrity-obsessed culture. Until we meet again, book friend 😁 •
• ASK LITSY: The library is hollering for this one back 🤫 Is it worth starting before I return it in the next few days? As in, did you find it captivating and hard to put down? If so, I might try it... •
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This book starts with a pregnancy test and has a lot of twists and turns before a very satisfying end! It follows a daughter in a Duggar-like religious family and reminded me why I stopped watching that family years ago. It also made me question watching any kids that grow up on TV (Teen Mom, The Little Couple, all of TLC, etc.) I enjoyed the multiple perspectives. #Recommended 4.5⭐️
New day (not quite 😉), three new books! 🥳📚🎧
I‘ve finished so many books the past two days that I‘ve started the new Megan Miranda on #Audible and The Book of Essie, #botmbacklog, as well as the one I posted about at 4 AM!
As Travis Tritt sang, it‘s a great day to be alive! @Cinfhen we need to do a country one! 😘
This was another audiobook I couldn't get enough of! I listened nonstop. I wish I knew a bit more about the mother and father and their perspectives, but Essie is a strong character with a complex story. There are many layers outside of the main plot, and I would read another book about Roarke or even Caleb. So glad I got this in the 2 for 1 audiobook sale on Audibke last month. Both picks were winners!
A reality tv family hiding a devastating secret. This one had me from the first line - "On the day I turn seventeen, there is a meeting to decide whether I should have the baby or if sneaking me to a clinic for an abortion is worth the PR risk."
Essie decides to take charge of her own life. How she does that makes for a great story.
Audible has a 2 for 1 sale today, and I got The Book of Essie--adult fiction based around reality TV, religion, and a pregnancy scandal--and the YA When by Victoria Laurie about a girl who can see people's death dates.
Anyone read either of these yet?
Behind the author during her presentation. New insights: *I never thought of this book as YA, but it well could be. *I had no idea of the pervasive influence of medicine in the book when I read it. *I didn‘t think the only Litten I‘d see would be @ChrisBohjalian . *How were there audiences full of what looked like only white people?
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Today we will be discussing The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir at 2pm ET. Here is the link to join the discussion: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/927897383
This month‘s pick for the @litsybookclub . Another great one that I have never heard about before.
I am looking forward to Sunday‘s discussion. 🤩🤩🤩
This is what Saturday mornings are for. #currentlyreading
I enjoyed this more than I expected. I liked how Essie worked through her situation and was able to find true friends to support her in her decisions. I appreciated that each of the three main character perspectives brought their own history to the story.
Now, however, I'm ready for a story with the kind of caring and compassionate Christians I know rather than those exemplified in some of the recent books I've read.
Just finished this up on audible while getting done work on on my nieces baby blanket. This was a really powerful story bit grabbed me from the start. Great job by the author and narrator! Looking forward to the @litsybookclub meeting to discuss it.
New #audiobook for #LitsyBookClub and so far I‘m enjoying it more than I expected!
*Non bookish portion of the post: The background for this photo is the baby quilt I spent a while helping my cousin hand quilt over the weekend.
Okay I am ahead of the game like usual so don't feel bad if you haven't even thought of what to pick yet 😂
#LMPBC #GroupG for round 5
What do you think of these? Have you read any already or feeling strongly for or against?
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