Emma Donoghue is going to be in Corte Madeira on September 12th.
This story was dark and damp and unsettling and I had to read some fun picture books to shake it off. I don‘t regret the time I gave to it, but I was glad to be finished with it. #bfc I have read 2 books and drank so much water (very hot and humid in Florida). Meditating for smaller moments has worked really well for for me. I have worked out almost every day because I am tackling projects and gardening and playing with grandkids!
Today reading is brought to you by the passenger seat of a Nissan Titan XD, somewhere in Illinois. On our way home. #minivacayover.
I might have rated it higher, but the story was pretty slow-going. For the last third of the book or so, I thought it picked up quite a bit, but decided that I‘d keep my rating at “ok”, which is where it fell for me for most of the book. I guess I shouldn‘t have been surprised at the crazy religious people
This novel inspired by the fasting girls of Europe and North America who claimed to go for long stretches of time without food. This story is all historical fiction and a bit gothic also very heartbreaking a definite page turner. A19th century psychological thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ same author as The Room
Set in Ireland #bookishbingo
I enjoyed the book, set in Ireland in the 1830‘s. The MC is a nurse from England, hired to watch a girl who doesn‘t eat. The Irish Catholic Church and their belief in miracles is a back character in this one. Every family has secrets. #24b4Monday finish #3
This starts slowly and somewhat repetitively but overall I enjoyed it. I liked that the main character, Lib, was unlikeable, that she was often pulled up by the people she was so dismissive of. I enjoyed seeing how the story turned into something she wasn‘t expecting. Overall this is a study of faith, religion, communities, superstitions, and the era when nursing was not recognised as a profession or skill. Interesting and worth the read.
I kept avoiding this for some reason, but I‘m enjoying it so far...
A gift from a friend— some welcome spring in this long winter!
Started this one today. Not super impressed yet. Like it? Hate it? Does it get better?
Such an awesome and sweet surprise Danielle!! This has definitely cheered me up!! Thank you so much!! I LOVE chapstick and have it on me at all times!! The man is too sexy to eat!! I‘ll have to hide the candles from my daughter!! The magnetic book holders are beautiful and the book too! Can‘t wait to read it! Thanks so much for thinking of me!! 😘💗❤️ you‘re so sweet my friend 😘
Happy to join the #Booked2019 challenge (a little late to the party 🤷) @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
Just finished the tagged book set in Ireland.
Overall I really enjoyed this read, but there were times it was a little emotionally trying (just eat, kid!). I never really felt that I sided with any of the characters, they all made their mistakes, despite their intentions.
Absolutely riveting! Donoghue really captures how poor Irish lived after the famine and not only religious fervor but how cultural differences and prejudices can cloud ones perception. I was absolutely thrown at one point! Donoghue also created wonderfully unlikable characters!! The photo is of the Irish Famine Memorial, taken on our visit in 2017. *Note below*
Ugh, I'm SO overwhelmed but I have guilt too because it's my procrastination that got me here. Crappy morning with the kids so I feel like a stellar human being... ? I'm going to console myself that I'm still kinder than Lib Wright! My "body bag" helps perk me up a bit too... LOL
#andsowebeaton #Booked2019 #SetInIreland #audiocrocheting #MrsFrankenstein
I have a REAL problem with Lib. She's so offputting to me and if @Tamra didn't say she enjoyed this so much, I'd think about bailing! First of all, she craps all over these poor people's living conditions and I mean POOR. 1859 poverty stricken Ireland! THEN, she breaks Anna's stuff with no remorse and also mocks Sister Michael's beliefs!!! Like you can't have taken vows and believe in caring for people at the same time. I'm mad....
Lib Wright is an English nurse (trained by the famous Florence Nightingale) who takes a job involving round-the-clock surveillance of an eleven year old girl. Anna hasn‘t eaten for months and her parents are convinced that she is a saint who can subsist on nothing more than air. Lib has her doubts and sets out to prove that someone is slipping food to Anna.
A slow-moving, atmospheric mystery that really got its hooks in me.
The subject matter and time period are not my usual fare, but I like to read something outside my wheelhouse now and then to keep things interesting. The story of a girl in 1800s Ireland who claims she doesn't need to eat (and the skeptical nurse hired to keep watch over her for a fortnight) definitely qualifies. This one sat on my Kindle for two years, but I'm glad I finally got around to reading this well-written and interesting book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
The plot moves incredibly slow and builds frustration in the reader which echos the frustration Lib has in her quest of discovering what is really happening with this little girl. Is she surviving without food, or is there something else going on?
Although slow at times, I was enchanted with Donoghue's work and can't wait to see what she has in store for readers next.
A shocking, slow burning novel that tackles the “fasting girls” phenomenon made popular in the 1800s. Lib, a Nightingale nurse, is hired to watch young Anna, who claims no food has passed her lips in four months. Lib is skeptical and sets out to “debunk” this. What she finds instead is a world full of superstition and religion and how the term faith can have many different definitions. This ended up a pick for me. My “W” for #LitsyAtoZ2018 .
It's a wonder I finished this book. The primary protagonist is straightforward Nightingale Nurse that doesn't suffer the religious leanings of the Irish. As expected, the climax leads much to be desired as the author gets bogged down (pun intended) in making everything/one as unlikable as possible. Bold move. Unless your interest is already present, I can't recommend this to anyone.
That what's I feel like reading this book. Lib has finally confronted the young chit of a girl. It was the mother! However, I'm perplexed by Anna. Why would she choose to stop taking manna as the watch began? Nothing untoward was spoken... unless their is some guilt around Pat?! As I see it, this book won't end in any way that will please me.