Here goes the 70th book for the year ❤️
My first book recorded in my new reading journal, Anne Bogel‘s My Reading Life. I bought this as a Kindle Daily Deal in 2014 after hearing so much good buzz about it and finally read it when my book club chose it as a bonus pick. Lucky me, the sequel just came out in June. Unlike those who read and loved this when it first came out, I didn‘t have to wait 8 long years. So happy to be able to stay in this world a bit longer.
What a joy to see a #20in4 readathon falling on my FiYAY and weekend off! I want to read Wecker‘s The Hidden Palace, but first getting reacquainted with old books friends Chava and Ahmad.
P.S. I‘m catching up on a month worth of the litsy feed. @Andrew65 I hope you and your wife are improving with your health situation. Sending good thoughts to you both.
Two magical creatures find themselves adrift in New York in 1899. The Golem, created to be a bride, is incapable of independent life, and capable of great violence. The Jinni was enslaved by a wizard. Mistakenly awoken from his vessel imposed slumber, his nature makes it impossible for him to know the detrimental effects of his actions on those around him. They meet, and secrets are revealed. A remarkable morality tale; very well written.
All through this second reading I was in awe of Wecker‘s skillful descriptions. By the time I finished, I was of the mind that a lavishly illustrated edition with contributions from artists of varied styles would be a thing of beauty. So many moments in this story cry out for visual interpretation.
I was lucky enough to be able to snag an ARC of the sequel though my old bookselling contacts. Excited to see what‘s next for Chava and Ahmad.
This is my kind of book.
New York City at the turn of the century, mythological beings finding their way in a world that doesn't does recognize them, and back stories converging together. It is one of those slower pace books that create a good atmosphere by letting the settings and the characters build the whole around them a step or a thought at a time.
I enjoyed this book as much now as I did in 2013, maybe more. I wanted to reread to prep for the long awaited follow up Hidden Palaces coming out June 8. This is an unlikely story of friendship and magic. The setting is 1899 in New York, so also intriguing to imagine the communities of immigrants and the city as it would have been at the turn of the 20th century.
Absolutely loved this one! The author took us through time and space as this beautiful and intriguing story took place. Thankfully the sequel will be out in June. Can't wait! 🧙♀️🗽🏜🧞♂️
I have been really enjoying my current book. I like the mix of the historical setting (NYC at the turn of the century) with mythological beings.
Looking forward to finally reading this and hopefully getting entirely lost in the story! 🧞♂️
Thank you @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love my #cupidswap. I look forward to reading this book. My son has already claimed a package of the jellybeans! Thanks @candority for organizing this swap. Happy Valentine‘s Day everyone.
Thanks for the tag @Eggs ! I haven‘t been on Litsy as much as I would like lately or participating then I saw this and decided I would.
1) Being a frontline worker and navigating Covid
2) Grateful for everyone being diligent and taking the necessary precautions for the health and safety of everyone.
This was a great book! I enjoyed the elements of fantasy & magic. It was also neat how although set 100+ years ago, many of the topics on religion & race are relevant in modern time.
I love how this book is constructed, how Wecker holds all the cards in her hand and deals each one out with just the right timing. The setting---New York City at the turn of the 20th century---is beautifully rendered and easy to see. Some of the twists border on too twisty for me, but the events all make sense with the characters and the story. Another great title from the Level 12 Build Your Library curriculum.
I discovered HarperCollins Olive Editions last year and the 2020 editions were recently released. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld looks really interesting and since I loved The Golem and the Jinni but didn‘t own my own copy, I bought that one, too. 😍 #bookmail
I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description or reason for wanting to read the book. Some are old and some will be new. Don't judge me - I have a lot of books.
Thank you for #ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94 and for the tags @Meaw_catlady @Eggs 😊
🐚 Tagged! The Golem begins her journey traveling across the ocean and it leads to one of the most memorable quotes from the book... “I walked.”
🐚 #TarotTakeover has me more active on Litsy this week!
🐚 “Summer Nights” by Van Halen. I was a child of the 80s and this was played constantly on boom boxes at the beach!
If you‘d like to play, you‘re tagged! 😁
In September I plan on listening to Golem and the Jinni (in progress), This Tender Land, Fried Green Tomatoes, White Trash, and Thirteenth Tale. I will try to finish Sorcerer of the North in physical reading, but I am slow at that lately.
What are you going to read?
Set in turn of the century New York City and spanning across a millennium, I have to give credit to Helene. I've never read any of her other books but she's spun this story like a talented elder would around a campfire. I felt like a child being told a brand new fairytale for the first time. She told her story in great detail with exceptional flavor and imagery.
I recommend this book for anyone who loves history & great detail in a story
So many good books in 2014! Loved books across genres with myths, reincarnation, classic, historical, science fiction, memoir of one of my favorite movies ever, and a lovely contemporary. But I have to confess I don't remember Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. I almost feel like I should reread it. Why did I love it?
I finished one book this week: a re-read of The Golem and the Jinni. And it was just as good as I‘d remembered! I started Red, White & Royal Blue on audio, and A Gentleman in Moscow from my TBR shelves. Then yesterday, my eBook holds on The House in the Cerulean Sea and Lies, Damned Lies, and History both came in at once. 😱I‘ll be busy this week!
Thank you for this Glorious #ManicMonday @JoScho 😁
📖 - “The Golem and the Jinni” by Helene Wecker
📝 - Gaiman, Neil
🎥 - “Ghostbusters” (the original, although I did like the Lady Ghostbusters movie too!)
📺 - “Gargoyles”
🎤 - Gillian, Ian (Deep Purple)
🎸 - Girlschool (very under-appreciated all-female band from the early days of heavy metal! 🤘)
🎶 - “Ghost Love Score” by Nightwish 👻
#audiocooking some chili this dreary afternoon. I've been having back issues for the past 10 days or so, so it feels nice to get into the kitchen for a bit, even if I'm still stiff and a little pained.
@BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft
I enjoyed this read. It took be longer than I thought to finish, as it's rich in detail. A combination of fantasy and historical fiction, with both Jewish and Middle Eastern folklore.
A Girl Golem and a boy Jinni arrive in late 1800‘s New York under completely different circumstances. They eventually meet up and have to work together.
I couldn‘t put this book down! A nice crossover between historical fiction and fantasy. I heard there is going to be a sequel, I hope so
It‘s harder to do audio books when everyone is home. Every tv is on in the house 🤦🏻♀️this was an epic tale of love and friendship.
Started this on audio and I‘m wondering if the narrator did Frankenstein? It‘s distracting me
The tale of two supernatural beings who meet where the Jewish and Syrian cultures rub up against each other in Manhattan in 1900 New York. It brings the times and places to life in a way that reminded me of Middlesex, while telling the tale of these two beings, whose lives are more intertwined than any could imagine. I loved the pace and texture of this story. Slow, yes, but everything is there for a reason.
This was SO MUCH FUN
MY GOLEM & THE JINNI BASKET:
Play-dough - Chana formed from clay
Olive oil in a pretty bottle - Ahmad released from an oil flask
Tarot Cards- use of magic & spells
World Atlas- characters traveled the globe
Guide to NYC - both are strangers to NYC
Red hots - represent fire ( Jinni)
Gummy worms - represent earth (Golem)
All gifted in an iron basket - one of the spirit elements
My audible books for November. Check out my blog post! https://reecaspieces.com/2019/11/30/audible-books-for-november-audible-audiobook...
I think I'm actually further along, but my bookmarks aren't syncing from device to device. Anyway, I'm just not digging it (it's sooooo slooooow and boring, so far), so I'm bailing at 1:05:26 / 6%.
I'm actually pretty bummed about this—I've been looking forward to reading it for a long time. Maybe someday I'll try again.