Happy Thanksgiving, friends!! 🧡 🦃
It's taken me over a month to read all 1,325+ pages of this hefty tome, but I think that suited the slow pace of the story: exciting stuff doesn't really get going until the final quarter. That doesn't bother me. I'm interested in the domestic details, and enjoyed my extended visit with Claire and Jamie and everyone.
I haven‘t read this book yet, but this story reminded me of it. 🐝 https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/13/world/europe/bees-queen-elizabeth.html.
I just finished Go Tell the 🐝 🐝 🐝 and that means I need to get back to work and get ready for the coming school year. I really hate leaving the ridge. I read some reviews that people were disappointed by this book, I admit I'm not a fan of the battle scenes. I actually get kind of tired of Claire's obsession with medicine. But I'm hooked. I'll probably reread most of it all just before the next book come out.
Besides catching up on new picture books, I'm reading the most recent #Outlander installment. I'm 45% through and relishing the time on the Ridge. We've been having heat advisories, so sitting still, drinking lots of fluids suits me. I'm fascinated by the fact that Claire would be my grandma's age, and Brianna is close to my mom's age making me contemporary with the kids and I'm in my 50s.
1. I‘m about 6 books behind my Goodreads goal for number of books. I had a slow to start to the year but have been tearing through books lately!
2. My only goal involving a book I own is to read the tagged book - the latest in the #outlander series
Book #9 in the series. Now that I‘ve re-read the series I am not as impressed by this one. While I love the story of Jamie & Claire and all of their family & adventures, I felt like a lot of the book was just fluff. No substance or meat for like 75% of it. Also since the series was fresh in my mind, I felt there were a lot of little inconsistencies that really bothered me. I am still looking forward to book 10!
Anyone else in DAR or love looking into their family history? I gave my patriot story this year and he fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain. I‘ve never read a book that mentioned a battle that I know my ancestor fought in. I love this series and am so excited to continue reading this book to see how the battle fits in to Jaime and Claire‘s story
Reading this book felt like a long awaited visit with old friends (plus an opportunity to gaze longingly at my forever book husband, but I digress). An ill-timed library hold forced my hand with this 900-page bohemoth, but once I got back into the rhythm of Fraser's Ridge it somehow still didn't feel long enough. I hope I don't have to wait another 7 years for book 10 😩
And the epic story of Claire and Jamie continues. I'm always a little amazed at how real Gabaldon's characters feel, and not because of the TV series. It feels like reading someone's memoir, with some other perspectives included to give a more complete story. And now we wait for book 10. #22-2022
It‘s been a hectic month but I finally finished this monster of a book.
Claire & Jamie are trying to manage the rising tensions on Fraser‘s Ridge & beyond. Brianna & Roger are finding their feet as they adjust to being back. Ian, with Rachel‘s help, is confronting his past. William is struggling to come to terms with his parentage.
This feels like an in between book before we get to the big action we all know is coming, but in a good way. 4⭐️
I'm finally finished! After years of entering Goodreads Giveaways I finally won something. I started reading this series right after TV show began. So this was a first time I was able to read as soon as book was published. But when my free copy of Bees arrived, I was hesitant to start reading.
So why did I wait 2 months to start reading? When I'm attached to these characters and I want to know what happens to them? ⬇️
Probably last read by the fire of the Season. But not to jinx it I'm not going to clean up the ash for a few days.
Hopefully I'll finish this over the weekend. I'm on Page 704.
My favorite part is Ian's roadtrip with all the women. "Or I'd be askin' him how to say, 'Clear off, ye brazen-faced trollop," in Mohawk."- Jenny Murray ?
My March #bookspin list.
I may have overcommitted myself on buddy reads this month, but they are all titles I have really been wanting to read so we‘ll see how this goes. Filled in with some other categories for mood reading.
Since the tagged book is very long, I gave it two spots. Plus it‘s also one of my #roll100 choices so if I manage to finish it in March, it will count towards three #bookspinbingo spaces.
#roll100 choices! Since I had so many TBR books on my shelves I doubled up giving me two choices for each number. I can choose the one that most appeals to me, or read all four if time allows.
Roll 1: From Twinkle with Love / Truthwitch
Roll 2: The Love Interest / Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone
I‘m going for the new Outlander, but it‘s very long so we‘ll see. Then I‘ll probably pick From Twinkle with Love as I know it will be short & sweet.
Of course Goodreads would recommend this powerful biography of a woman's imprisonment and resistance to be paired with the time-travel historical-fiction of the Outlander series. ??🤔
Using the Snow Days to make a start. Won a copy on Goodreads and received it around December 1st. Didn't start reading immediately because December is my Holiday Romance month. While I'm excited to read, I'm also a little bit hesitant. Here's why.
I love these characters. Not only Jamie & Claire but the younger generation as well. My problem with these books is the continued return to Sexual Assult as a plot device. 👇
20 Dec 21-28 Jan 22
I have not enjoyed any of the books in this series as much as the first. The characters and storylines have grown exponentially, yet I only really care about Claire and Jamie. And how little of WIMOHB I remembered!
Which is not to say I did not enjoy this (or find myself reading into the night), but I do miss young Jamie and the sexual tension of the earlier books. William might be a substitute, but I really dislike Amaranthus.
Yay, had a delayed opening at work today and got the chance to finish up the newest installment of The Outlander saga! It didn‘t disappoint but was left with a cliffhanger. Now the waiting begins ⏰ #JumpStart2022
At this point, if you made it to book nine of the Outlander series, you know that the majority of this series is different people talking to each other with just a little action sprinkled in to keep you interested.
GTtBTIAG is the same but even more noticeable and tedious than the eight books before it.
Finished my first #ChunksterChallenge2022 read! 902 pages! I listened to it on audiobook, which I highly recommend for this series. This is book 9 and it is definitely not a standalone. Though a flaw of this book is summarizing too much of past books. Trimming some of that would have improved the book. I still enjoyed all the amazing characters. 4⭐️
#RoaringWolf - #Gold
#Pantone - Skydiver
#bookspinbingo 3 squares
🎧listening to tagged, I‘m half way through this chunkster!
📖Also halfway through the newest Kristen Ashley - The Girl in the Mist - which is good but not great but I want to see how it ends
📖Just started A History of Wild Places for my RL book club.
Daughter goes back to Wellesley College on Friday so priority 1 is spending time with her. And then taking down the tagged chunkster for #doublespin. Might try to start Love at First if I‘m really ambitious. #JoyousJanuary #readathon
I love listening to these books, narrated by Davina Porter! Of course, I have hard copies too!
In this 49 hour epic, Gabaldon picks up where Written In My Own Heart‘s Blood left off. As with each of these in the series, there are long winded passages and sometimes things I cannot quite see why Gabaldon added. And yet, I‘m drawn to the story and am preparing myself for the rumored finale of the series with book 10.
As always, Diana Gabaldon has left me wanting more. I was genuinely surprised when it said “The End” despite the length of the book. Jamie and Clare‘s adventures in America continue to keep the reader enthralled, both with their own story and the history intertwined with their lives. At times it lagged a little, getting bogged down with military maneuvers, and there are so many characters to keep track of it was a bit disjointed in places.
Finally finished 😁 I say that and it‘s only been 3 days!! I really enjoyed it, the detail, the interwoven stories and the character development.
Using for #makeyourownprompt #quarantineread #booked2022
Nearly there- just 200 pages to go 😁
Thanks for everyone‘s kind comments on my quarantine post. Day 2 nearly done!!
These are the books that have made it into quarantine with me after testing positive this morning!! Also, my kindle.
I did say I wanted some me time! Be careful what you wish for. Mild symptoms at the moment. I may need some retail therapy.