"So I cannot sit here without thinking of the ladylike bums that have sat on this very settee, all delicate and white, like wobbly soft-boiled eggs".
A quiet morning.
I am enjoying this book! It reminds me of Handmaid‘s Tale, with long descriptions of domestic life. It‘s also very introspective, with dual narrative from Grace Marks and her psychologist, Dr. Jordan. Fascinating since it is based on real events!
It always feels good when I finish a book that has been waiting on my TBR, in this case, 11 months. I bought Alias Grace last September in Copenhagen, so this book has already made quite a journey.
Alias Grace is my 2nd Atwood book. I thought Handmaids Tale doesn‘t really deserve all the hype it receives due to current political events. AG is much better written, with a better story.
#AliasGrace #Cover #Holiday #review #MargaretAtwood
Ultimately between pan and so-so for me. The writing was clever and I enjoyed the true crime aspect but I felt like parts of it were long and tedious. I wanted to keep reading Grace‘s story but then it would veer off into Dr. Jordan‘s story (which was weird) and less enjoyable. I enjoyed The Handmaid‘s Tale so i will check out more of her work but this was, overall, just meh for me.
A very atmospheric novel that revolves around the murder and some deeper themes, like gender, class, mental health ... I liked how everything in this novel is up for interpretation, and how the author left the empty space between two different narrators (and dynamic structure) for the reader to decide/ponder for himself about guilt and innocence. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Final check in for #24B4Monday - I just barely made 24 hours before I could no longer keep my eyes open. I finished 2 physical books and an audiobook as well as starting another physical book and audiobook. Very pleased with my progress on my TBR pile this weekend. Thank you for hosting!!
I may actually reach 24 hours this weekend! Ending day 2 of #24B4Monday with the tagged book. It wasn't part of my original stack for the readathon, but I'm changing it up so hopefully I can finish some of my #authoramonth books before the end of July. This has been on my tbr for YEARS so I'm super excited to finally have read it! Started out seeming really dry, but I totally got sucked into the mystery and drama of it all.
I have been in a serious reading slump! So I am going to read the first chapter of each of these books to find a book that hopefully holds my interest. Wish me luck!!
This was another stunning book by Atwood. Great historical fiction based on actual events about the trial and commitment to an asylum of a young woman accused of murder. The story is related from the perspective of her treating doctor and is beautifully crafted. An excellent read!
My current read is Alias Grace and I want to finish it first, but here it is, my pile of possibilities for #24in48Readathon
I‘m supposed to be packing to fly to New Orleans tomorrow. Notice the empty suitcase. 🤣 Instead I cuddled with Hank the Book Sniffer and finished the last half of this book I couldn‘t put down.
I thought this was a really good fictionalization of an 1840‘s “true crime” story. The author‘s afterward made all the difference in my opinion of this book for me. She clearly delineated what is and is not known and what was straight up conjecture.
This is an illustration of Grace Marks. In 1843, she, along with a fellow male servant, was charged with murdering her employer and his housekeeper. Grace was only 16 at the time. Margaret Atwood has done a fantastic job of bringing the time and place to life. Well researched. Exquisite writing. Was Grace guilty? You decide. @MinDea @Soubhiville #authoramonth #margaretatwood
“Then she lent me her red flannel petticoat until I should get one of mine own, and showed me how to fold and pin the cloths, and said that some called it Eve‘s curse but she thought that was stupid, and the real curse of Eve was having to put up with the nonsense of Adam, who as soon as there was any trouble blamed it all on her.”
It‘s almost July!?
Who is joining us for #AuthorAMonth by reading anything by Margaret Atwood? Just use the hashtag and also tag me so I can cheer you on.
Show me your Atwood selection! I plan to read The Heart Goes last, since its been on my TBR longest. I read Cat‘s Eye years ago and liked it a lot.
I‘ve decided I‘ll do a prize box for the participant that reads the most #AuthorAMonth books by Dec 15th!
Grabbed this at a charity garage sale for $5. I've only done it on audio, excited to have it on my shelf now.
♥️The first three are my absolute favourites!
🌊An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
📚Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy- a chunkster that graces my shelf.
Started reading Alias Grace on the way to Austria. So far so good, but I was distracted by the gorgeous views.
“Grace Marks (c. July 1828 – after c. 1873) was an Irish-Canadian maid who was involved in the 1843 murder of her Richmond Hill, Ontario, employer Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery. Her conviction for the murder of Kinnear was controversial, and sparked much debate about whether Marks was actually instrumental in the murder, or merely an unwitting accessory.”
So excited to start reading Alias Grace!
I decided to give this book a go after binging on the Netflix series. It took me ages to read it, but I genuinely thought Atwood's writing was beautiful and insightful. There were times I just didn't feel as if the story was moving along...the quilt/patchwork motif is certainly intriguing.
This Marie Kondo method is working in my favor! I dropped off bags of clothing only to realize that I bet people are dumping books. So I walk into the Goodwill and found 3 books in great shape for $.99 and I grabbed them. 😂
“It is better to be a murderess than to be murdered.” Diving into this Netflix adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel.
When your dog likes ice all you can do is let him bring home a huge icicle. He said it followed him home 😆...
Finished another volume of Library Wars. Now onto Alias Grace for a bit. I‘m at 10 hours and 24 minutes for this #24B4Monday #readathon. I won‘t be getting to 24 hours, but I‘ve gotten quite a bit of reading done.
#LitsyLovesLibraries #dogsoflitsy #MomoToles #TolesBrats
“They had it coming (they had it coming)
They had it coming (they had it coming)
They had it coming all along (they took a flower in its prime)
I didn't do it (and then they used it)
But if I'd done it
How could you tell me
That I was wrong?”
I think that applies to Grace.
#cellblocktango #musicalnewyear @Cinfhen @vivastory
Hello all, just a reminder to join the #LitsyAtoZ2019 #readingchallenge. Remember to follow @BookishMarginalia for updates. Here‘s the link to the google doc: https://goo.gl/forms/Efm31YOt8hnXjcm42
I‘ll be starting the challenge with the tagged book. 😃📚💕
Here‘s my intended #LitsyAtoZ2019 #TBR. I‘ll probably start with the tagged book. I have nothing for #X, again. So I may have to waive the “in my TBR” criterion for that one. #abecedarianTBR2019 @BookishMarginalia
Thoughts on Alias Grace? No spoilers; just a general opinion! Starting it today. Margaret Atwood is amazing but always leaves me a little unsettled... which I‘m sure is her goal.
I love Margaret Atwood, and Alias Grace was interesting, but Atwood‘s writing style is so different in Alias Grace than in her other work. Still a good book, but a little slow. I did love decoding all the hidden meaning in the book though. Read more on https://pickingbooks.com/blog/aliasgrace.
Heartbroken today by cruelty done to a good friend far away. Sometimes men are like giant evil toddlers. I hope he‘s haunted by what he‘s done forever but I know he won‘t ever have to worry about it. He‘ll go his merry way while hers lies in ashes. I can‘t stop crying.
Breathtaking! I don‘t think it‘s quite dethroned the Blind Assassin as my fave Atwood but nearly. I don‘t often love historical fiction but I loved this. I loved the characters, the change of perspective, and the amazing, dreamy, unsettling prose. Can‘t think of a single complaint about it. #1001books
On to another #1001books book! I love Margaret Atwood and I‘ve been really looking forward to this
Excellent listen. I‘m keen to try more of her books now. I was a tad wary I must admit after reading ‘the handmaids tale‘ twice and not really liking it but this was brilliant. Now I can see her narrative much clearer, that being the plight of woman through history. Oppression seems to be a theme. Anyway it‘s a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️from me. #aussiereader