After cooking all day yesterday, this is my vibe for today.
Waiting to get my COVID booster!
#wintersolsticeswap @Chrissyreadit a major tradition for my family is making a wildlife tree🌲I thrift porcelain tea cups all year so we can fill them with coconut oil & bird seed before tying them by their handles to various branches in the yard 🐿 we also make garlands with popcorn & cranberries, cinnamon, oranges, & bay leaves 🍃 📸 from Longwood Gardens, another lovely tradition 🎄
This was lovely. The pace was probably a little slower than what I was in the mood for, but it‘s written beautifully. A book about the love of wild places and wild creatures set in the beautiful and untamed wilderness of Alaska.
Fairy tale magic meets the harsh reality of survival.
This was a neat book! I loved the combination of the fairy tale and the reality of homesteading in Alaska in the early 20th century. Beautiful writing inspired by a beautiful and wild landscape 🌲❄️☀️
Halfway through 2021 and The Snow Child is still sticking out to me as my top read so far. Will any book in the second half of 2021 beat it? Template by bookswithbuzzi on Instagram!
I‘m 24% in on this Audiobook. So far it reminds me A LOT of „the Winter People“ by Jennifer McMahon - a couple in the middle of nowhere in winter and the wish for a child. Up until now it could seriously be another chapter in the other book. Which is perfectly fine because I loved „the Winter People“😅 I‘m enjoying it, but I also can‘t wait for something happening that feels a bit... newer😅
I found this book a beautiful story of love, struggle, independence, and love. When a childless couple moves to Alaska to escape their grief, they live a lonely harsh pioneer life. Then a little girl of the wilderness enters their life and changes it forever. Alaska and the wilderness is as much a character in this book. This is a lovely story!
Read a total of 13 books this month! 🥳
My fave was the tagged book! 4 were library books that I checked out through Libby, and 3 of those were audiobooks, which is a big deal for me because I don‘t do a lot of audiobooking.
This book was like word porn... so beautifully told. A retelling of a Russian fairytale that tells the story of older couple who long for a child and them made one from the snow! A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for sure!!!
This is a retelling of a Russian fairytale set in Alaska. Mabel & Jack are an older childless couple looking for a new start. The writing is gorgeous. The descriptions of the beauty & brutal nature of life in the wilderness took my breath away. The characters are layered & feel so real. It left me reeling for days.
“Alaska gave up nothing easily. It was lean & wild & indifferent to a man‘s struggle, & he had seen it in the eyes of that red fox.”
Jack and Mabel are new homesteaders in 1920s Alaska. They left their established life in part to leave behind the inescapable reminders of Mabel‘s miscarriage. Life in Alaska is isolating and hard. But on the first real snowfall, in a moment of playful joy, they build a snow-girl and the next morning Faina appears. The novel is able to keep Faina‘s essence ambiguous – whether she a fairy tale or wild child. A perfectly charming book to end 2020.
Thank you so much @Amandajoy for the wonderful and thoughtful gifts! The books you chose are just perfect and the candle and stationary are lovely. I have a special connection to dragonflies. Your package was well-worth the wait. Happy Christmas!
@Clwojick 🌬❄️ +1
The Snow Child has been on my TBRs for a few years now, even to arrive in my bookish gifts last Christmas, and just now to reading.
My mom read this at the library, and found it a bit on the gloomy side of Alaska survival. 4/5 for her. I'm up for the eerie winter fairytales, and look forward to my thoughts!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Such a wonderful book about life on the Alaskan Frontier. An older man and woman cannot have children. Amazing things happen when they build a snow girl. This is a sweet story with sadness woven in. It was so enjoyable to read.
Wowzer I loved this. Magical realism isn‘t usually my thing, but this felt more like a fairy tale. It was super lovely and made me all feel cozy and ready for big snow. My #doublespin for my Christmas list, 15 points for #wintergames #teamreadnosedreindeer AND fills the White Christmas square for #festiveflicks
COVID sucks, don‘t get me wrong, but I‘m grateful to (mostly) have energy to get some reading done if I‘m going to spend days in bed.
So I don‘t know how I did it, but I accidentally animated this image in PicCollage and it‘s so cute everything dances around! Anyway, I‘m super excited to have this curated list from @TheDaysGoBy ! I‘ve been having a hard time sitting down and finishing much of anything but thrillers, so I think these two will be the perfect place to start in January💙
Jack and Mabel are a childless older couple struggling in the Alaskan wilderness when a sudden emergence of a young girl from the woods changes their lives. #WhatChildIsThis #Silver #DecemberSong #SleighTheShelves
@Eggs @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@Clwojick (25p noted)
Here is my TBR post. :^) The buddy read of 'A Christmas Carol' fits right in with the paranormal themes I'm looking for this year, while getting to 'The Snow Child'. I missed time last year on 'The Christmas Mouse'; gotta start that read up first. 🐭👻 Since recently getting subscribed on Shudder movie streams (Krampus on DVD) I'll have spooky films all winter. Also, more of my bead craft projects!
Only read one prompt for this quarter for #booked2020 - the tagged book was for hat/head covering on cover
Hopefully this last quarter I can knock some more out.
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
4.5⭐️ I bought this book back in March 2013 (still have the original receipt) and it was one of those that just kind of languished on one of my many piles of books. This was my #bookspin book for August and I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed it, but I felt that the author rushed the ending. What I liked about the book was just how emersive the book was. #magicalrealism #fantasy #historicalfiction 🔽
A fairy tale inspired story of a snow girl that magically comes to life, bringing joy to a childless couple. The story had some great characters and had some real depth. I enjoyed it!
This fulfills my prompt of hat/head covering on cover for #booked2020
@4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen
Woke up at 4am and couldn‘t go back to sleep. Finally gave up at 5am and here we are: having had coffee and some breakfast and taking advantage of the quiet hour to get some reading done.
At the moment I think I‘d rather be sleeping but I suppose if I can‘t do that, there‘s nothing else I‘d rather be doing than reading
"In my old age, I see that life itself is often more fantastic and terrible than the stories we believed as children, and that perhaps there is no harm in finding magic among the trees" (251).⠀
Oh wow. I loved this book, Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child, SO much. (I had a million more quotations marked, but I'll spare you and stop at one!) ⬇️
First book club book with a new group and this was sensational! The descriptions of such an alien landscape are so vivid and I loved the way she created such a compelling story with so few characters. The thing that was so unique though was the way I was never quite sure if I was reading fantasy or just fiction. At times, like the protagonists, I wondered if the snow child was real. Was this a story of madness? What happened to her in the end?
One of the best things about visiting my mom is I always come home with a new stack of books to read. The tagged book has been on my radar for some time. Mom says she didn‘t love it but thinks it‘s worth a read. I‘ve heard good things about the book on Rome and I‘m fairly certain you can‘t go wrong with Grisham. All in all, a pretty good #bookhaul for this visit.
I dont think I have ever felt so conflicted over how I felt about a book while reading it.
Sometimes I was bored and grazed over the words, but I still just had to know how it ended.
I never felt overly attached to the characters and by the time I got to the end it all felt kind of "Meh".
So not awful, but not that great either.
Then one morning, when the last of the snow had melted, she came to the old couple and kissed them both.
" I must leave you now," she said.
"Why?" they cried.
"I am a child of the snow. I must go where it is cold."
~From "The Snow Child"~
Halfway through this fairytale retelling! I am a sucker for them. Rather slow, but I am so curious to see where it is going...
"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are." -Mason Cooley-
This could not be more true for me right now! After being pregnant and having a baby, books were an escape from worry and boredom! It is so easy to fall into other worlds and take a break from this one for a while. We all need that!
#booknerd #adventure #booksthatinspire #books #readeveryday