Starting this one for Thursday‘s book club. While I normally might not finish it this late, I am flying home tomorrow so I‘ll have a good long time in the airport and in the air to get through it.
I would have really liked this book if it had been written differently—a first-person or close third for Beatrice or all 3 witches would have been lovely. Instead, I got head-hopping and info-dumping. Meh.
I wasn‘t going to read this until I‘d finished Winterkeep. But I locked my keys in the car at the library. 😅 So while I‘m waiting for my friend to pick me up so my husband can get the car… at least I have a book.
This is one my daughter has been wanting me to read for some time, so she was excited when it was my #bookspin #doublespin for the month of April. It's an interesting story about 3 witches in late 1800s New York and explores many women's issues of the time. @TheAromaofBooks
I wasn‘t sure about this one when I checked it out, but I really did enjoy the character development and setting!
I have to confess with audiobooks these days that I listen in bed at night with a timer, so I get a story in fits and starts, so I can‘t say that I‘m getting a cohesive experience.
What a lousy reading year for me for a lot of different reasons. Hopefully next year is better - not in terms of quantity, but quality experiences.
The book is about 2 women witches in New York in the late 19th century that run a hebal medicine and tea shop. Then Beatrice comes to the shop looking for a job. But with Beatrice also comes trouble. I found the plot slow and uninspiring. I was frequently bored and almost bailed. The story did pick up a little at the end. 3⭐
I liked Beatrice‘s story, but what I wasn‘t crazy about was all the different changing perspectives of so many different characters. I don‘t like when I‘m a good chunk of the way in and a new character is introduced and I have to try to fit them in. This happened quite a bit in this book, as there was a lot of flopping all over the place, following all the characters. Toward the end, the story picked up a bit, so overall, I‘m still rating it good
I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 56 #bookstoread #tbrpile #bookstagram
I think at a different time I would have liked this book, but now with pandemic-stress-brain is not that time. It‘s an atmospheric, feminist, character study, more driven by the people than the plot, at least for the first half-ish. And right now I need a lot more help to keep my concentration.
I appreciated the feminist rallying cry of the author's note at the end of the book and her reasons for writing it. The personalities of the witches themselves made this book. The plot was a little predictable, but the knowledge of the time period, the feminist flavor, and the detailed magic made it a much worthy read. The narrator does an excellent French accent.
Thank you @4thhouseontheleft !! I love everything! I‘m dressed as Sally for Halloween this year! I may post a pic on here, not sure yet haha. The books were perfect choices too and the plaque is so cute and so me. You‘re awesome. And thanks for organizing such a fun swap @sprainedbrain & @Meaw_catlady !
A good audiobook choice for the season.
It took me a minute to get into this one, but once I did, it was an absolute delight! McKay creates a beautiful world where witches and magic swirl around science & technology and the suffragette movement in late 19th century New York. I didn‘t find this book to be particular plot-driven, and what plot there was didn‘t wrap up so well for me. But the characters and atmosphere were so delicious, that‘s where the book shines.
This book ended up delivering exactly what I was hoping for from my first witchy read of the spooky season...something atmospheric, and fun, and easy to lose myself in for a while. Not a literary masterpiece, just an enjoyable story of strong women, sisterly bonds, and magic.
I could never quite allow myself to be transported to McKay's New York . It had the perfect ingredients for an enjoyable book - an atmospheric historical setting with women issues front & centre, a range of main & side characters that were interesting. But I found the plot too sprawling & at times boring, the characters too one dimensional & the landscape missing the range of voices that were vocal at the time.
Flying home today - drawing out the day with an early breakfast wiling time to slow down.
Settling in for the next 8 hours...
Great, fun read. Perfect for Halloween, or the Halloweenie In you. Witches, demons, ghosts, and fae folk galore. But it‘s more—the plight of women throughout history, the molds forced upon them, the brave being persecuted for stepping out of that mold. Though a little predictable at times, and leaving stray bits and pieces for a sequel, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
The Witches of New York started off beautifully. I paused several times to write down quotes. The writing and descriptions are impeccable and it really draws you into the story. That being said, I did find that about halfway through I found myself getting a bit bored. The plot building was incredibly long with most of the climax taking place near the end. However, the atmospheric writing kept me interested.
“Madame St. Clair had always put great faith in the happenstances that occurred while making, serving, and drinking tea: two spoons placed in the same saucer means a wedding will soon follow; two women pouring from the same pot means one will soon carry a child; tea spilled from the spout of a carried pot means a secret will soon be revealed; tea stirred while in the pot will surely stir up a quarrel.”
“A shepherdess sees to the care and feeding of her flock, a seamstress sees to the cut of a lady‘s dress. Witches see to the things best sorted by magic: sorrows of the heart, troubles of the mind, regrets of the flesh. This is what we do. This is who you are.”
Picture taken in Stone Mountain, Georgia.