After wanting to read this for a couple of years, I am struggling to stay with it.I'm two-hundred pages in.
Look at me, finishing a BOTM from like 3 years ago already! 😂
This book is full of big: drama, intrigue, opera, romance... I was completely immersed in it and at times thought I never wanted it to end, and then in the last third or so, I decided it was maybe going on a bit too long. Beautiful imagery, strong writing, and a captivating story that did wrap up very nicely.
This was my night-oriented title for #Booked2019. 👍🏻
I thought this book was breathtakingly beautiful. The way the author described every scene, every moment, every breath was surreal in its beauty. I loved it from start to finish but I did feel that it went on a little too long, there was a whole section towards the end that I felt easily could have been removed, I felt it was too many cruelties lined up one after the other. A solidly beautiful book with some caveats.
It‘s #AHardDaysNight for mid-19th century opera sensation Lilliet, whose career is put at risk by secrets from her earlier in her life. I have yet to read this one, but it sounds great, and I love this cover.
Queen of the Night was my third #newyearwhodis book. Thank you to @amb for putting this on your list! The MC is an orphan from America who makes her way to Paris in the mid to late 1800‘s. The novel covers her remarkable life from circus performer, to courtesan, to royal maid, to opera singer. There‘s love, betrayal, and political intrigue, too. It was a little too long, but that was my only complaint.
One of my reading goals for this year is to actually take a break on my lunch at work. The last semester was a nightmare that involved students having to eat their lunches in our classrooms because of truly unprecedented circumstances. But that meant that we didn‘t get lunch breaks at all for several months. Now that I do have 30 minutes to myself every day, I can actually get some reading done and it‘s pretty nice. #teacherstruggles
#MusicalNewYear I have not read the tagged book, I really want to based solely on the cover(s)❣️❣️#Masquerade 🎭 I‘ve seen mixed reviews and the size has been putting me off. Am I missing out??? Thoughts!?!!!
Night-Oriented Title - Can‘t believe I still haven‘t read this!
Cli-Fi - to the South Pole 🐧
Indigenous Author - double dip with Reading Women Challenge
Features a Musician - Punk.Goddess
Social Media Focus - because I‘m probably gonna be publicly shamed one day 😂 I need a manual for what to do.
Food or Beverage on Cover - they‘re small but there. I read her other book set in Paris a few years ago and loved it!
DAY 10: My library‘s fall book sale started today. I nearly #lost my shit a few times because people are annoying (I‘m sure folks thought the same about me😝). But, I snagged this random assortment for only $13, so it was well worth having strangers in my personal space for 15 minutes. 😆
I know I‘m late to the party on this one, but dang was it good! Sweeping historical fiction set during the 2nd French empire follows an American orphan from rags to riches to rags to riches. There is also a mystery element to it, which I adored though the mystery was answered long before the book was over. The picture it paints of the life of a courtesan as well as every other stage was heartbreaking at times but I‘m sure accurate.
The tagged book is my recommendation, about an opera singer in Second Empire France with a VERY checkered past about to catch up with her! Loved it so much, I have given away literally 20 copies at this point.
Congratulations @DivaDiane on your milestone!!! #2x2giveaway #giveaway
Finally finished this chunkster! This takes place over a long period of time about the life of an opera singer. It was an odd story but very compelling. I did have to really try and keep all the characters straight, but it was worth it. I know this wouldn‘t be for everyone, still I loved it.
It‘s been a minute since I did a #friyayintro so here we go....
1. Black Panther??♂️, closely followed by Thor Ragnarok⚡️
2. Dinner out with my spouse, ordering tons of delicious food to share — which we will be doing tomorrow night to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary! ??? #l2n2wed
4. I tried so hard with this book but got totally stuck & never went back ¯\_?_/¯
Happy TGIF, y‘all!
About two months ago we moved to Atlanta. Mid-May to mid-June was a crazy time for us, my husband moved to ATL to start his new job, I quit my job, gave birth to our second child, and two weeks later my mother-in-law and myself spent twelve hours driving a two year old and two week old down to our new house (that we bought without ever seeing in person!). It's been crazy but we're settled now and now I have these beautiful built-ins!
2. The Crown
3. The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee. My husband and I were just talking last night about how the best books are the ones that get you interested enough to stop reading and Google stuff!
4. Ketchup and mustard
5. Final Cub Scout pack meeting of the school year with my older son, to include the Raingutter Regatta. And manic housecleaning, unfortunately. #momlife
Good reading wishes to all! #friyayintro @jesshowbooks
So, game day. Stanley Cup Final. Vegas vs Washington. 🌸 vs Ovi. My ♥️ is with Fleury but I have a soft spot for Ovi. So either team wins I'm okay with it. Forgot my Alexander's book at work so it's opera for reading.
When you get bookmail but you didn‘t realize how much of a chunkster it was! 😂 I don‘t know if the pic does it justice but I really didn‘t know it was this big! Still I‘m excited to read this!
End game for Washington. Might be the end of the road for Ovi. Queen of the Night is quite good. Also, i have a toothache how charming. I have an appointment on Wednesday.
This is a huge and intricate confection of a book. If you love ballet or opera, the lush costumes and settings, the over the top passions, this might be for you. Lilliet Berne is an opera singer in 19th century Paris with plenty of secrets - a newly written opera threatens to reveal her past. Lilliet has been wearing a false persona - but then again, no-one around her is quite what they seem either. It dragged a little for me in the middle ⬇️
Reader, I skimmed it. Ok so - love the overall story, and Chee‘s writing is absolutely gorgeous (except why no fucking quote marks on dialogue????). The saga he crafted is incredible. But. But. As a lot of others have said, it was just too long. It dragged a lot in places and went on and on at times when it felt unnecessary. And I admit to getting confused about characters w/no real names and a bit tired of the narrator‘s shit occasionally. 3/5 ⭐️
The animal will be tender with you, and you with it, but the animal never forgets that when what it wants for survival requires your death, it will become unafraid to kill you. And so you cannot forget this, either.
It is, on reflection, good training to be a courtesan. A woman of any kind.
This book is dense in size as well as details, and I loved it all!! The story is too intricate for one sitting, so if u read it plan to take ur time sifting through its beauty! I had absolutely no prior knowledge of #opera, & thought the author did an impeccable job keeping me informed & the storyline was easy to follow. If you enjoy #historicalfiction , #scandalous stories, & #twistyplots then this is the book for you! #thebookkeepers #bookreview
Whew, finally finished listening. That took a month! I was really drawn in for most of it. There are certainly a lot of twists and turns, but it was just too long. So much unnecessary inner dialogue. I like, as a reader, to be able to fill in some blanks. And the ending was inconclusive considering how much detail the rest of it had.
Ok people. I am getting my literary life together; trying to read allllll the books I missed last year (and before that!) that sounded really really good!
Any recs are WELCOME! Bonus points if it‘s not on my thousand book list. What are your favourites? I‘ll try anything! ❤️