“That summer in the Trentham household I could see a different future, one that I felt I might belong in. I felt that I was no longer on the periphery of a life I imagined to exist somewhere out of reach, but that I had broken out of some brittle carapace and was unfurling in the sunlight.” (This is the best thing I could be reading on a hot summer evening.) #summerreads #currentlyreading #historicalfiction
When I go secondhand book shopping, I go hard and then go home 😊
Money goes to a really important cause and I get cheaper books. Win win really, except for finding space for them all on my triple stacked bookcases...
Spring has sprung in Kentucky and April is also #AussieApril month! If you‘re into Book Tube, check out the fabulous Jaclyn; native Australian living and lawyering in Houston, TX for some great Aussie recc‘s. Tune in at: Jaclyn // Six Minutes For Me. Yay spring ... yay books! 😃🦋🌸📚🇦🇺
I LOVE Joni Mitchell madly..... and happened upon this bookriot article a few years ago, suggesting books to go along with this album.
It lead me to my favorite book of 2017 (tagged)
I love the idea of matching an album to a reading list.... I‘ve seen playlists for books, but other than this one, not the other way around....💕🎧🎶📚
Emily Bitto paints a picture of #LaVieBoheme with her story of Lily, who befriends Eva and Eva‘s sisters. Eva‘s father is an Australian painter, and the whole family lives a very different life from Lily‘s unremarkable working-class life.
This was a great read - intense and interesting 👌
This is the second book I have read this year that involved art and again I found myself searching up artworks and artists on google. I loved the story, the characters and especially the writing:
‘It was windy, and men held their hats by the brim as if greeting everyone they passed. Women clasped their flapping coats around them, pulling children behind them like fallen kites.‘
Thanks for gifting me this beautiful book @LapReader 💙
These will probably be my last 2 books of the year! I have picked these 2 as they were picked for me in book swaps.
The strays by @LapReader in the #Diwalibookswap
Relatively famous by @CarolynM in the #StuffedStockingSwap
I can‘t wait to get started!!!!!!!
Friendship, art, family, I was drawn into the Trentham‘s world. Evan is a famous artist pushing against conventions in the Australian art world in the 1940s. He and his wife form an artists‘ commune and Lily, as a teen, lives with them due to her friendship with their daughter Eva. She captures the vividness and destructiveness that ensues as this chosen family reveals its faults. Art by Ande Kempnich an Australian artist and my uncle‘s partner.
Today‘s song gives me ANOTHER excuse to recommend my favorite book I read last year!
I love this story of female friendship, art and parental narcissism, set in 1930‘s Australia.
Lily is a loner until she meets the vibrant daughters of well-known artist Evan Trentham. When the Trenthams open their home as an artists commune, their daughters and Lily bear the brunt of their neglectful parenting to devastating effect.
"Can't stand" is probably too strong, but I was frustrated by this one because I thought there was a much better book in there struggling to get out. #unpopularopinion
@MrsMalaprop it came it came it came!!!!!!! After a super hard exam and three quizzes yesterday it was a long day so to have this show up was the most perfect timing ever!!!! Thank you so much!!! I can‘t wait to read this. It‘s actually going to go with me as one of my books for vacation in a few weeks! Thank you thank you thank you!!!! ❤️❤️😍😘😘Your kindness is amazing! So grateful to get to know you thru Litsy! ❤️😘
Congrats on your milestone! And thank you for your #ozfictiongiveaway.
I‘d love to read the tagged book. I had picked one @LeeRHarry had suggested, but he‘s sending me an extra copy! This book has been on my tbr for a while. It‘s gotten good reviews and sounds so interesting.
Congrats @MrsMalaprop hitting 20K!! Such a huge milestone! Well done and well deserved! Here is to 20k more! I haven‘t read a lot Australian authors so The Strays is what I picked! It‘s looks really good! Thanks again for this giveaway! You are the best! 😘😘🌸🌺 #ozfictiongiveaway
1. Just starting The Strays for #LMPBC #GroupJ.
2. I wasn‘t read to as a child, but we lived across the street from our public library. My mom would take me over there almost every week. She always had a big stack of books. It was also the first place I could walk to on my own, so I went a lot.
3. I love night reading, but really, all-day every day.
4. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. I‘ll always wonder how Neni is doing.
A story of the Australian art world in the 1930s. An Arty family living an alternative life in conservative times. A story of girlhood friendship. And what happens when it all goes wrong.
What a debut. Not surprised it won the #StellaPrize in 2015. #ozfiction
I was a little intimidated going into this book, because I was afraid it was going to be artsy and high brow. Instead, it ended up being utterly brilliant and thought provoking. I felt like a fly on the wall in the Trentham household, and I couldn‘t stop myself from turning the pages to find out what was going on.
This book is an exploration of female friendship, sisterhood, growing up and love, and I fell completely in love with it ❤️
#ReadingResolutions @Jess7 #Memory #Currentlyreading #Ozfiction
Making a start on this #StellaPrize winner that‘s been waiting patiently on my #tbr shelf.
Given that the first chapter opens with,
“This is how I recall it”
I think that #memory is going to feature heavily in this debut Australian novel. 🤗📚
I‘m reading these two books at the moment, and they are complimenting each other rather nicely. I can see a lot of what O‘Toole is saying about females and feminity in the characters and relationships of The Strays 👌
@EliNeedsMoreShelves I‘m so glad you chose this book so I had to read it! It probably never would have crossed my radar otherwise and I‘m really glad to have read it. That‘s all I‘m going to say about it now - my review is in the back of the book 😊
Today is Nina‘s one month birthday and my 29th birthday! We‘re celebrating with snuggles and a book while the guys take a nap.
Sneaking in a little reading time with the snuggles this afternoon. Don‘t mind the bloodshot eye where the little guy accidentally elbowed me this morning...
I‘m really enjoying this book so far! #LMPBC #GroupJ
@TheWordJar @EliNeedsMoreShelves @Rachbb3
@EliNeedsMoreShelves it‘s here!! Can‘t wait to get started, as soon as I finish Salem‘s Lot
@TheWordJar I didn‘t take a photo, but yours is in the mail. Sorry it took a little longer than I had planned to get it to you!
Lily, now a middle-aged woman, reminisces about her childhood friendship with Eva and her infatuation with Eva‘s bohemian parents.
Lily loved being one of the strays in the Trentham‘s artist commune in Australia during the 1930s. As a child, she looked up to Eva‘s glamorous mother and desperately wished to be included in the family. Unfortunately, their creative utopia eventually soured.
The descriptive writing drew me in.
Not going to say a lot because I'm getting ready to send this off to its next #LMPBC stop, but......
Hooo, boy, this is a good one! #readingwomenchallenge
@Johanna414 this beauty is on it's way to you today!
#GroupJ @TheWordJar @Rachbb3
“What drew Eva and me together was our shared sense of imagination. Hers was formed from rich materials, mine from poor; hers developed over endless hours in the exotic garden kingdom she inhabited with her sisters, mine over hours alone. But the end result was the same, and each recognized it in the other.”
Okay the screenshot wasn't that effective. My January reading:
1. The Strays
2. Free food for millionaires (although to be fair I read most of it in 2017)
3. Crooked House
4. Station Eleven
5. Mimi and Toutou go forth
6. A God in Ruins
7. Raven Black
Such a good month! Station Eleven and A God in Ruins were 5-star literary fiction reads for me, with The Strays a little behind them but still very good, and I discovered Ann Cleeves!
My last novel of 2017. I appreciated the focus on women's roles and female friendship, but in the end this felt slightly undercooked to me. I didn't get a feel for the magnetism of Lily and Eva's friendship, and the art aspect came off as incidental and a bit shallow. It's still reasonably compelling, and quite readable for a debut, so I'll look into the author's future works with interest.
This was my husband getting a little bit of reading done on the plane yesterday, while I of course got nothing done as I was trying to keep my one-year-old busy on my lap 😢 We're back in South Africa, our apartment is an epic mess and I have a ton of work to do (I'm a freelancer and something just came in a few days ago).. So not a lot of reading happening around here.