This is super funny so far. The audio was the way to go.
Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView
The cover artists knew what they were doing with the Harry Potter books - my grandson is drawn to them at age 2!
Not everyone can make a great day or get past the worries in their lives or their part of the world - so for today - make a great day for someone else -
I have all the books in motion to complete 2 bingos this month - omg!! My goals for the month are on target (workouts and reading) so I'm feeling pretty good about that (helps to set realistic goals for myself and find books I really enjoy 😉)
Make a great day everyone -
This was even better the second tIme through. I almost forgot how horrible Wallace was at the beginning. I really enjoyed the little hints at Cerulean. Even known how it all turned out, I still got teary at the end. Such a wonderful book. This was just the first reread of many.
#TJKlune #UnderTheWhisperingDoor #PrideMonth #LGBTQ
I know. It‘s a real shock we‘re here. I know none of you saw this coming. Another trip through this brilliant story and world for pride month. Hopefully it won‘t hurt so bad now that I know it has a beautiful, wonderful, happy ending.
#TJKlune #UnderTheWhisperingDoor #PrideMonth #LGBTQ
I loved this book. Wallace thinks he might be dead, when a reaper shows up. At his funeral. She takes him to Charon‘s Crossing. A lovely lopsided tea house, owned by Hugo, a ferryman, who promises to help Wallace cross over. Wallace learns how to live, only after he dies. At it‘s heart, this is a love story. All the kinds of love.
I wanted to read as fast as possible because it was so good, but I forced myself to take the time reading this one. It was well worth it.
I don‘t want to say much about it because it was a book filled with so much. So I‘ll just say I highlighted 15 quotes, this being one of the most powerful to me.
(2021) Wallace Price was a self-centered acquisitive little turd. Then he died. Then he came to a place where he learned how to live. It's excessively sentimental for my taste, but that's not really a criticism, just an aesthetic mismatch. What Klune is trying to do here I think he does really well.
Kline writes philosophy through fiction, or theology (definitely a small “t”) through fiction, but mainly he gives us truth. Through the stories of Mei, Hugo, Nelson, Apollo, Cameron, Nancy and Wallace‘s wondrous journey I wept, loved and believed. Most importantly I grieved, something I‘d been so afraid to do. Thank you T. J. Kline. You gave me such a gift!
I adored this. It‘s light, but not one hundred percent fluff, as it deals with some dark themes and it deals with them thoughtfully. While I did laugh out loud several times while I read this, I found myself tearing up just as frequently, if not more often. This wasn‘t all the result of sadness, although there were certainly some sad moments. I was also moved by the bittersweet and sometimes I simply cried tears of joy.
“The first time you share tea, you are a stranger,” Mei said.
“The second time you share tea,” Nelson said, “you are an honored guest.”
Hugo nodded. “And the third time you share tea, you become family. It‘s a Balti quote. I took those words to heart because there‘s something special about the sharing of tea. Grandpa taught me that. He said that when you take tea with someone, it‘s intimate and
I couldn‘t get into this. Maybe a slow build up? Possibly could have gotten more interesting further into the book? I‘ll never know.
This book is one that I feel like you need to take your time with because you just need to let it settle as your reading it. I‘m really glad I took a few days with this and didn‘t rush it. It brought up so many interesting things about life and death and everything in between. The writing is just beautiful and fun and the characters are so well crafted. I loved this book and it will sit with me for a very long time.
Here are my final #BookSpinBingo results for February! I read 21/25 books, and my most anticipated book of the month (tagged) ended up being my favourite! 💙
As always, thanks for hosting Sarah! @TheAromaofBooks
IThis book is captivating because of the plot, story is about life, death, afterlife & About the journey in b/n . It is humorous, painful and heartwarming 😀 This story is about death but illuminates life at the same time. Interesting concept,good narration with a fantastic message. But overall story was just ok for me. It is a romance between the death & life. Worth reading once 3.5🌟#bookspinbingo
I‘m not sure how the author simultaneously manages to make you feel like you need a big hug whilst also feeling uplifted and hopeful.
Yes there were many bits to make you smile, but in the end it‘s about death and grief and coming to terms with them and for a ‘light hearted‘ read it certainly makes you stop and think.
Absolutely as good as The House in the Cerulean Sea. TJ Klune brings us another 5-star book that is jam-packed with humanity, humor, wisdom and a host of unforgettable characters.
Welcome to Charon's Crossing. The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through. When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead.
Ahhhhhhh I loved this. Listen, if you can, to the audiobook. So funny that you can‘t do it in a public place without embarrassing yourself. This book brightened up my end of year. It‘s an interesting take on what happens after death but it‘s really the interactions between the characters that make it such a delight. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
All the warm fuzzies with this one! 🥰
“The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family, and for our family, we are prepared to do anything, even die.” Haji Ali
I love this just as much on the reread. It‘s a beautiful story about life and death, grief, hope, and love in all their forms. As before, I cried and I laughed, and I missed the characters as soon as I closed the cover. What will you do with the time you have?
This is a need-to-hug-this-book selection for me, just as much as Cerulean Sea, although they‘re very different books. It grapples with grief & loss and coming to terms with death through an initially very unlikable character. It's sad & sweet and goes a bit idealistic deus-ex-machina in the end, but overall it beautifully explores an interestingly-imagined afterlife.
Catching up on much-belated reviews today… I finished this one in November. 😳
I am currently rereading the tagged book as a refresher before my work book club meets Thursday. I also have Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith going on audio.
Ultimately a feel-good book about death that can teach us how to live. I loved the representation in this book, and I also enjoyed the journey the main character embarks in his death, even if it did feel a little fast at times. A part of me wishes the ending was different to fully complete Wallace‘s journey, but the adage holds true - it‘s about the journey, not the destination.
Kindle deal today!! I‘ve been waiting for this one to go on sale 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Love, loss, and healing. I thought this would be a fun, lighthearted fantasy novel, but it was so much more. This was surprisingly deep, meaningful, and thought provoking. This is such a beautiful story, especially for anyone who has ever lost someone they loved and believes in or hopes for life after death. You‘ll laugh, you‘ll cry, and you‘ll believe in the power of people to change for the better. I can‘t recommend this enough. Read this book.
There aren‘t a lot of books that I finish and immediately want to read again, but TJ Klune‘s books seem to the exception to that rule. This was an achingly beautiful story of hope, love, loss, and redemption, with a cast of characters I fell in love with and didn‘t want to leave.