I‘ve been waiting to post until after our book club meeting! The story quickly informs the reader what to expect but at some point, similar to the neighborhood boys, you have to be ok with knowing there‘s no answers to the questions. Otherwise, you too will spend your entire life trying to put the clues together only to come up to another dead end...
I did not dislike this book, but did not love it either. I don't know, there's just something missing. The writing was good, and while I thought the "outside looking in" perspective was unique, it was probably the reason why I never felt the connection with the Lisbon girls. Still, I'm glad to have checked this classic off my TBR list. I might rent the movie to see if that's better.
#LitsyAtoZ letter V
⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was an odd book. It was an adorable picador modern classic edition which was tiny and for in the palm of my hand. The story of the Lisbon sisters was strange and like looking into a thick coke bottle. Still not sure what to make of it.
This was very interesting. It was done tastefully, and really captures some of the feeling that follows the suicide of someone (or in the case of this book, 5 someones) that you know. Never does the author try to explain how the parents felt, which honestly was a relief to me. It definitely is something I need to continue to digest, but I was pleasantly surprised in reading this, whether of my reaction or how it was written I don‘t know.
My mom & brother came to visit today, which was SO nice. I miss them a lot. This book isn‘t hitting me as hard as I thought it might, but that may just be because I can relate to the narrators more. Either way, it‘s living up to my opinion of the movie.👌🏼 #weekendreads #kittenlittens #littenkittens #snugglecats #familyvisits #bookupdates
I think I‘ll try this one next. I love the movie, but haven‘t watched it since my grandfather‘s suicide, so I‘m not sure how well I‘m going to do. If I make it, I‘m submitting it for book to movie for #booked2019 - here goes nothing!
Unpopular opinion- I did not like this book. Told from the POV of a group of adolescents boys, the story is about the five Lisbon girls who love in the same neighborhood. The boys are obsessed with the girls, remembering details, memories, and interactions. Cecilia, the youngest attempts and later commits suicide. The remaining 4 sisters commit suicide later. The meticulous descriptions are gorgeous but it felt flat as I didn‘t get the girls‘ POV.
Soubhi!! Thank you sooo much for this book!! I brought it with me to work today in hopes of getting to read a page or two!! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 You are so sweet 😘😘
This suburban gothic story had me hooked from the beginning. The Lisbon sisters are a mystery. As a reader, you‘re dying to find out more!
I‘ve always wanted to read this book and watch the movie. The book started out a little slow and was told in an odd style of writing, but I still found it compelling. It‘s the story of the 5 Lisbon sisters and how they all end up committing suicide over a year‘s span of time in the 70s. Sounds depressing and it definitely is in some ways, but it‘s interesting to see how suicide not only affects your family and friends, but an entire community. 4⭐️
I‘ve just finished my book, but I don‘t want to wake everyone up to go get a new book... both cats and the husband are sleeping on the other end of the couch...
This is an interesting story, but the writing style wasn‘t for me. Told from the “we” point of view of the boys in a neighborhood where a family of 5 daughters took their own lives within a year. It‘s strange, kind of haunting, and not bad, but not a pick for me.
I set up my tentative March TBR 📚 last night. Top left 2 are audio, top right 2 kindle. Jackaby is for my RL bookclub. My Mr is traveling a lot this month for work, so I hope to actually complete all of these! (And maybe also start my next Robin Hobb on audio too @Mitch 😊🐉)
I love used books for many reasons, one of which is that you never know what previous readers may have left inside! Here‘s a boarding pass for a flight from Birmingham AL to Detroit MI for a Sarah C. I wish there was a date on it!
Enjoy Froedrick‘s annoyed face. “Will you please stop saying my name? This is the best face you‘re getting from me this morning.”
#Froedrick #PetsOfLitsy #CatsOfLitsy
The movie was way, way better! This book bored me with it's overly long descriptions. 87 pages in and the book is describing trees & autumn leaves falling and how people in the neighbourhood are raking up the leaves - it goes on for TWO pages!!!! "Different families used different methods. The Buells employed a three-man formation, with two rakers raking lengthwise and another sweeping in at a right angle..." OMG!! Time to bail, I think!!
This is my new favorite Eugenides book, though the only other one I read was Middlesex, of which the bar was set so high. The music, the sadness, and the intimacy were captivating. In reading the dust jacket, I expected the plot line to be boring and mundane. The pace was perfect and satisfying.
It‘s not a bad book; at times it‘s rather dreamy and poetic. The blurb on the back said the boys piece together the mystery of the family‘s melancholy but they don‘t. Perhaps the best thing about the book is that there is no reason given for the why the girls commit suicide. The problem with this book is the overwhelmingly creep factor of the boys‘ obsession about 5 dead girls. I am tired of fiction that makes troubled/dead girls romantic.
Demo explained it to us like this: “We Greeks are a moody people. Suicide makes sense to us. Putting up Christmas lights after your own daughter does it—that makes no sense. What my yia yia could never understand about America was why everyone pretended to be happy all the time.”
I do not understand the popularity of this book. It was a bunch of man-boys mansplaining the tragic suicides of girls they didn‘t even really know, but lusted after in a creepy, stalker-ish way. And then at the end they had the gall to say the girls‘ suicides have been selfish because the boys‘ lives had been ruined by them. Nope nope nope nope nope.
Playing around with my #MakeMeReadIt list since it‘s the 4th of July & I have no responsibilities! 🎉 Hence the early afternoon beer *and* the coffee. 😅
So far, Jane Eyre has the most votes (10). Oryx & Crake is in 2nd place (9 votes), & Lamb is in 3rd (8). It‘s a close race!
A couple of books are twinning (👯♀️) in 4th: In the Woods, & A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Smushed together in 5th: The Bell Jar, Interview, Geek Love, & Northanger Abbey.
Sucked into this movie. One of my favorite books and the movie is one of few that lived up to my expectations. Anyone else have a favorite book to movie combo?
Extremely on point (and aesthetically pleasing) birthday gifts from @TobeyTheScavengerMonk
I‘m so close to finishing the Aubrey-Maturin series that I‘ve put multiple years of my life into so this companion will come in handy when I start going through nautical withdrawals. I‘ve also been anxiously awaiting this Criterion edition of one of my favorite films, and it‘s always a pleasure to add another BKV volume to my shelf. Thanks again.
I bought myself this pretty, little edition from Picador Modern Classics. I love the cover!
I forgot about this book!!! It is such a teeny tiny book on my shelf! Does anyone else have this edition?
First thing that popped into my head for today's prompt? The Lisbon #Sisters.
Although this book is considered a cult classic, it was definitely a case of #themoviewasbetter for me. Still, I think the "outside looking in" perspective of the book is brilliant.
I struggled to get through this book. I'm glad that I made it through, but oh man. There were times I wanted to bail on it.
Definitely not one of my favorites. At least it's another 1001 down!