Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
BibliOphelia

BibliOphelia

Joined June 2016

Ex-indie Jack-of-all-trades, wants more time to read NOW!
reading now icon
The Binding by Bridget Collins
blurb
BibliOphelia
post image

😱😱😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣

Melissa_J 😂 5mo
Soubhiville Oh god, this is disturbing. 5mo
BibliOphelia @Melissa_J 👍😂😜 5mo
BibliOphelia @Soubhiville It cannot be unseen!!😂😂😂 5mo
20 likes4 comments
review
BibliOphelia
post image
Pickpick

My first #BuddyRead completed and enjoyed. I admit I read ahead a bit, but since I annoyed all of my classmates doing that throughout school, I guess it‘s just par for the course. While not my typical read, I enjoyed this character-driven family drama, and the similarities and differences between the two historical eras (the two World Wars). Which character did you feel most sympathy toward, buddies? #NanreathNovel @Librarybelle @CouronneDhiver

Librarybelle Thanks for joining us! 5mo
BibliOphelia @Librarybelle Thanks for leading the way! 5mo
17 likes2 comments
review
BibliOphelia
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
post image
Pickpick

GAAAH! I FINISHED IT!! It took me an insane amount of time to finish this for many reasons, including life and irritation at narrators. 😂 This was definitely my least favorite of the trilogy, which is a bit of a let-down in a final installment, but I still enjoyed it overall. Despite MAJOR issues with several narrators, I was really into it ‘til about 2/3 of the way through, then got rather dissatisfied, then was somewhat mollified by the end.

blurb
BibliOphelia
post image

I‘m in the club!! The irony being that I‘m in a bit of a slump, even with the book I‘m really enjoying. Sometimes stress drives me into books at the expense of everything. Sometimes it freezes my brain so I stare at a page for an hour. This, dear reader, is the latter. 😩

Prairiegirl_reading I‘m totally in the same boat. I sat with a book in my lap for quite a while yesterday and didn‘t finish a page. 😒 6mo
TheLibrarian I‘m in the club too! 6mo
bookishkris I‘m in the same boat, both the slump and the botm bff one. Last week was a horrid, stressful affair, and all I want to do is sleep. I‘m trying to finish something, but i think it might be time to set it aside and try something new. 6mo
BibliOphelia @Prairiegirl_reading @TheLibrarian I even carry my book and iPad around with me all day, from room to room, swearing I‘ll read if I get a second, and...er...not so much. 😩 I‘m glad I‘m not alone! 6mo
BibliOphelia @bookishkris Yes! Sleep! The healer of all things. I feel like if I could sleep until I was done with sleeping, maybe I could pick myself up and start over anew. Maybe I‘ll just ditch the book I feel like I should be reading, and focus on the one I‘d rather be reading. 6mo
18 likes5 comments
blurb
BibliOphelia
Dreamships | Melissa Scott
post image

In love with this image my friend shared to my FB page. Sorry I don‘t have an attribution.

blurb
BibliOphelia
post image

Audiopuzzling in between meeting the needs of my needy, er...darling, child.

catiewithac Very pretty 🧩 6mo
CouronneDhiver Nice 👌🏽 6mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous colors! 6mo
See All 6 Comments
BibliOphelia @catiewithac @CouronneDhiver @kspenmoll Thanks! I‘ve followed the artist for a while and was thrilled to see that she‘s licensed puzzles! Her Instagram is gorgeous: @geninne 6mo
catiewithac @BibliOphelia I did her avian friends puzzle when I was in nursing school. It was so pretty and happy! 🐦 6mo
23 likes6 comments
blurb
BibliOphelia
post image

Still working on this one on audio. I‘d switch to print if I weren‘t trying to finish three other print books. The readers for Eva and the Russian agent are bogging me down a bit, especially Eva. Her accent just does not fit. And is horribly distracting. And grating. But, I‘ve got to see how this one ends!

cariashley Eva‘s accent was ATROCIOUS. 😤 6mo
BibliOphelia @cariashley Holy cow, it sure is! Bad enough that it's hard to get past! 😂😭 6mo
25 likes2 comments
blurb
BibliOphelia
The Book Lover | Maryann McFadden
post image

Found on Instagram.

JoScho 💗💗💗 6mo
BibliOphelia @JoScho Right? It‘s a spiritual quest, not a book shopping problem! 6mo
JoScho Exactly!!! 6mo
riversong153 @BibliOphelia agreed! 🤓 6mo
24 likes5 comments
blurb
BibliOphelia
post image

Too tired to make coffee 😱😱 it‘s iced tea, my book, and watching the fluffy baby osprey for me this morning! #NanreathNovel @Librarybelle @CouronneDhiver

Melissa_J How lovely is that view? I love reading by water 😊 6mo
Librarybelle So pretty! And, I have the same case cover for my iPad! 6mo
LibrarianJen 😍 🏝 6mo
See All 7 Comments
BibliOphelia @Librarybelle I just love it, don‘t you? 6mo
BibliOphelia @Melissa_J @LibrarianJen I totally needed some island time! 🌊🌴☀️ 6mo
Librarybelle Yes - the colors are gorgeous! 6mo
BibliOphelia @Librarybelle Agreed! They are so cheerful! 6mo
29 likes7 comments
blurb
BibliOphelia
post image

Oops! Was I supposed to stop at Chapter 6?! Not happening...😜 #NanreathNovel

CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽 6mo
22 likes2 comments
blurb
BibliOphelia
The Binding | Bridget Collins
post image

SO EXCITED! Can‘t wait to dive into this. 😍📖🗝Thank you @WilliamMorrowBooks #unlockthebinding #thebinding

WilliamMorrowBooks Yeah! Enjoy! 6mo
28 likes2 comments
blurb
BibliOphelia
post image

Started this today on vacation - my first #BuddyRead #NanreathNovel

Librarybelle Gorgeous picture! 6mo
CouronneDhiver Beautiful! Where are you hanging out? 6mo
BibliOphelia @Librarybelle Thanks! @CouronneDhiver Southwest Florida. We moved from here six months ago and our old house still hasn‘t sold, so we‘re making the most of it!! 6mo
See All 7 Comments
CouronneDhiver Enjoy! I have some family in Punta Gorda... always seems nice there. ☀️🌴 6mo
BibliOphelia @CouronneDhiver OMG, that‘s Punta Gorda dead ahead. I‘m on Pine Island. It‘s lovely. ❤️☀️🌴 6mo
kspenmoll Lovely picture to go with a lovely read. I miss the beach! 6mo
BibliOphelia @kspenmoll Thanks! It‘s probably my favorite place to be! 6mo
19 likes7 comments
blurb
BibliOphelia
Doggone Dogs! | Karen Beaumont
post image

Happy #NationalPetDay to Snooby & Maggie! 🐶❤️

JoScho Sweet babies! 6mo
rretzler What cuties! 6mo
BibliOphelia @JoScho @rretzler Thanks! They really are very sweet. Most of the time. 😜 6mo
Crazeedi Aww! So cute!!!🐶🐶 6mo
32 likes5 comments
blurb
BibliOphelia
Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
post image

I can‘t let everyone else have all the fun, can I?? 😬

blurb
BibliOphelia
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
post image

Noooooooooo!! A cast change almost put me off the last (audio)book in the series, and now there‘s another that‘s even worse!!! 10yo Eva was narrated by what sounded like a young girl with a heavy Hispanic accent. Now she‘s being read by someone that sounds like Rosie Perez, only more so. 😱

sprainedbrain Oh my. 😣 7mo
BibliOphelia @sprainedbrain It‘s pretty painful. 😳🤣 7mo
16 likes2 comments
review
BibliOphelia
post image
Pickpick

Continuing this series on audio. This started out as a so-so for me, in particular due to one cast change and just some overall cheesiness, but the narrative turned strong in the second half and carried it into a pick. Not going to change the world, but good fun, especially when I‘m stuck in the car. On to Part 3!

19 likes1 stack add
blurb
BibliOphelia
post image

My #bookhaul from last weekend‘s #bookorgy at the #BookBarn in Niantic, CT. A bit of profligacy, but the most expensive was $4, and look at some of those chunksters. 😍😍😍

ravenlee 😯❤️ 7mo
BibliOphelia @ravenlee 😳😂😂 7mo
29 likes2 comments
review
BibliOphelia
Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
post image
Pickpick

I love Murderbot! One of the most endearing MCs I‘ve found in a long time, I can‘t wait for more Murderbot adventure. His new buddy ART is pretty cool, too. There‘s never going to be enough of this series, is there?

18 likes1 stack add
review
BibliOphelia
The Widow | Fiona Barton
post image
Mehso-so

If you‘re really into character-driven suspense and don‘t mind implied child sex abuse, this may be for you. The former was fairly well done, although the MC becomes less sympathetic as the story moves on. The latter just became a bit much for me - nothing graphic at all, just distressing and depressing - and I made it through to the end only as it was my only audio option in a long car trip.

19 likes1 stack add
blurb
BibliOphelia
The Widow | Fiona Barton
post image

Belated post of me waiting for my college roomie to show up for our girls‘ weekend. It was a lot of fun, but I think I got more book shopping than book reading done. That‘s okay, right?

review
BibliOphelia
The City of Mirrors | Justin Cronin
post image
Pickpick

As I was watching The Passage (which is better than I expected) I remembered that I hadn‘t finished reading this trilogy. Well, WOW. How had I let that happen, given Cronin‘s incredible storytelling and excellent writing? I don‘t think there was a page I didn‘t savor, and Fanning‘s backstory was a book in itself. Now I want to go back and start the series from the beginning again, which I very seldom do. I miss this book already. #allthebooklove

sprainedbrain I loved that book! Such a perfect ending to a wonderful trilogy. 7mo
BibliOphelia @sprainedbrain Wasn‘t it?! I‘m too often disappointed, so was really thrilled with this. 😍 7mo
sprainedbrain I think it‘s been two years since I finished and I still think about it. ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
BibliOphelia I can easily imagine doing the same! ❤️ 7mo
18 likes4 comments
review
BibliOphelia
Royal Blood | Rhys Bowen
post image
Pickpick

Still working my way through this series and enjoying them. This one was a bit cheesy with a Transylvanian setting and vampire subplot, but it‘s still nice to spend time with the characters. My biggest series complaint is that the backstory, in initial recap and sprinkled throughout, is rendered wholesale in the same sentences and passages, to the point where I can recite those bits. It just seems a bit lazy. Still a pick for easy entertainment.

review
BibliOphelia
Royal Flush | Rhys Bowen
post image
Pickpick

The one where Georgie is sent back to Scotland to spy on Wallis Simpson, and danger is everywhere at the royal grouse shoot. 😂 Good light entertainment,

DivineDiana I collect books about Wallis Simpson! Stacked! 8mo
BibliOphelia @DivineDiana Ha! She‘s appeared regularly this series so far. It hasn‘t been a flattering portrayal. 😳 8mo
DivineDiana It often isn‘t! 😉 7mo
27 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
BibliOphelia
The Widow | Fiona Barton
post image

Help! Just started this on audio and wondering if anyone can tell me if this is going to get graphic and disturbing?? I‘m a bit wrecked and not sure if I can do graphic and disturbing right now. If you‘ve read this, how would you rate the squick factor?

Jeannineth I liked it. It wasn‘t graphic. 8mo
BibliOphelia @Jeannineth Thanks!! I think I‘ll keep going! 8mo
22 likes2 comments
blurb
BibliOphelia
All Systems Red | Martha Wells
post image

1. I‘m bad at these picture things.
2. We just moved back to MA after a year-and-a-half in FL. It‘s hard, because what one place has the other doesn‘t, and vice versa.
3. ✔️
4. Night
5. Salmon, rice, avocado/cilantro/lime salsa

RealLifeReading Your house looks lovely! 8mo
Soubhiville Great porch! 8mo
Redwritinghood Love the porch! 8mo
BibliOphelia @RealLifeReading Thanks! It has a lot of charm. Now only if I could finish unpacking... 8mo
BibliOphelia @Soubhiville @Redwritinghood Thanks! I‘m looking forward to enjoying it in the Spring, whenever that may be... 😂😩 (edited) 8mo
21 likes5 comments
review
BibliOphelia
A Royal Pain | Rhys Bowen
post image
Pickpick

I've had to read on my iPad as I am recovering from hand surgery and can't hold a book, and keep coming back to this series as quick light reads available on Libby. They're a pick for their easy enjoyment. In this book, Georgie entertains a troublesome Bavarian princess who turns out to be trouble indeed. The continued development of the relationship between Georgie and her love interest Darcy, while plotted a bit too patly, is rather charming.

DivineDiana Hope your hand is doing better! 7mo
17 likes1 comment
review
BibliOphelia
All Systems Red | Martha Wells
post image
Pickpick

I 👏 am 👏 here 👏 for 👏 this!! 👏👏👏 I have jumped aboard the Murderbot bandwagon with both feet. Best, most engaging (and endearing) sci-fi I have read in a while. It made me feel like the best sci-fi does, hopeful and heartbroken all at once. Can‘t wait for my hold on the next ebook to come in. Murderbot forever! 😍😍

25 likes2 stack adds
review
BibliOphelia
Her Royal Spyness | Rhys Bowen
post image
Pickpick

After reading the Christmas book in the series in December, I thought I'd give it a go from the beginning. I'm not big into cozies but these are well-written and there's something charming about their corniness. I imagine I'll sprinkle them in my reading when I need something breezy and undemanding. (The one where Georgie finds a dead Frenchman in her tub...)

review
BibliOphelia
The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
post image
Pickpick

So, first off, I never noticed the face on the cover of this until I ran it through a filter (read it as an eBook). Much cooler cover now. 😂 This was a very auspicious debut thriller, with twists galore and some decent originality that set it apart from the scads of thrillers out there. It was an enjoyable read with occasional pinches of annoyingness. BUT THEN...

BibliOphelia just before I realized the cover was different than I thought, I also realized it was blurbed by Dan Mallory, and I instantly found it more annoying. Which I realize isn't fair, but the WAY in which it was annoying, via the male protagonist and his male gaze toward the female protagonist, just really coalesced for me. Still not fair, and lots to psychologically plumb there, but there you go. 🤷‍♀️ Not an earth shattering book, but a pick overall. 8mo
28 likes1 comment
review
BibliOphelia
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
post image
Pickpick

This is a lovely tale, a slow burn. While the central 'mystery' is engaging it is the characters and the narrative that really had me hooked. It's a nice - well, not always nice, but always interesting - world to get lost in for a while.

blurb
BibliOphelia
post image

Usually when my son is at school I revel in the silence, but sometimes I need to feel a little less alone, and if it‘s not music I want, this app fits the bill. You can surround yourself with the sounds of Belle‘s library, the Gryffindor common room, Rivendell, and more.
Ambient Mixer Music by QaamGo Web GmbH https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ambient-mixer-music/id731882796?mt=8

TheBookKeepers Thanks for sharing!! 8mo
BibliOphelia @TheBookKeepers Hope you enjoy! 😁 8mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I love Ambient Mixer! The Hufflepuff common room is a good one, too 8mo
BibliOphelia @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Hufflepuffs Unite! ✊ 8mo
24 likes4 comments
review
BibliOphelia
post image
Mehso-so

I found this charming in the beginning, a bit muddled in the middle, and more than a bit sad at the end. I'm not usually pulled in by books that are primarily romances, but thought I'd give it a spin, and there was enough in the writing and the characters to carry me through, but I didn't love it. YMMV. Did anyone else read it and find it a bit depressing?

review
BibliOphelia
The Craftsman | Sharon Bolton
post image
Pickpick

This book was a lot of fun to read, despite its gruesome subject. There were a few gaps in logic toward the end, but if you don‘t think about it too much (I am a big over-thinker), it holds together well enough. 😂 It looks like it‘s the first on a series, and I‘ll definitely read the next one - Florence and Tom are an entertaining couple!

19 likes1 stack add
review
BibliOphelia
The Summer Wives: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
post image
Pickpick

There were holes in the plot and problems with the narrative and it was still completely delightful. It was a soap opera of a book. Having grown up in New England, the island and its culture were wholly familiar and that added to the fun. An enchanting setting, complicated people and relationships, and a trip back in time combined to make this great fun. The problems are there but on the whole didn‘t detract too much from the experience for me.

review
BibliOphelia
The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith
post image
Pickpick

I know that these books aren‘t going to change the course of literary history, but I really enjoy them. The echoes of the classic gumshoe novels mixed with current culture, the interplay between Strike and Robin, and even the tragic (or not, depending on how you look at it) Charlotte situation really draw me in, and I truly enjoy spending time with these characters. The murder here‘s a bit squicky, but there‘s a fun romp thru the publishing world.

sprainedbrain Such a fun series, and it just gets better as it goes! 9mo
BibliOphelia Yay! I just ordered the third one last night! 😁😁 @sprainedbrain (edited) 9mo
18 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
BibliOphelia
The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith
post image

Just left the world of Outlander and needed to spend time with someone else I knew I liked, so here I am. Who would you cast to play Cormoran in a movie/series?? I keep seeing Stephen Fry, albeit a bit younger, like here.

CarolynM Tom Burke plays the part in the BBC series. I've got a bit of a thing for him since The Musketeers so I liked him as Cormoron but I've not read the books. 9mo
BibliOphelia @CarolynM Ooh! Good casting! I didn‘t know about the BBC series. 9mo
16 likes2 comments
review
BibliOphelia
Drums of Autumn | Diana Gabaldon
post image
Pickpick

My delayed gratification compunction has me meting out these books at a glacial pace; having just started watching the show, I may pick that up a bit. This was a solid entry. Spending time in another world is my greatest escape and this gives us multiple settings along with timelines. But there were things in here that annoyed me.

BibliOphelia Jamie‘s response to Bree‘s pregnancy, the amount of time Roger was gone, and Roger and Bree‘s reunion just didn‘t play as well for me as I‘d hope. But to each their own. 🤷‍♀️ And Ian! I‘m glad he‘s pretty happy, but still! 😩 9mo
18 likes1 comment
blurb
BibliOphelia
post image
blurb
BibliOphelia
Go the Fuck to Sleep | Adam Mansbach
post image

😂🤣

Bookish_B 😂😂 9mo
14 likes1 comment
review
BibliOphelia
Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
post image
Pickpick

I‘d delayed reading this - half compulsive gratification delay, half fear of being disappointed. Unsurprisingly, not disappointed in the least. Now to gobble up or taunt myself with the next one...??

review
BibliOphelia
Our House | Louise Candlish
post image
Pickpick

About a third of the way in on this I was kind of 'meh'. It felt like it couldn't decide what kind of book it was. But holy wow. It became clear what kind of book it was and had more twists and surprises than anything I've read in a while, and ones that I absolutely never saw coming. And that ending...😱😱😱. Definitely recommend.

StephanieGeiser I loved this one too and can‘t stop recommending it to people! 10mo
BibliOphelia @StephanieGeiser I had it on ebook from the library but wished I had a hard copy to foist upon others! 10mo
18 likes2 comments
review
BibliOphelia
post image
Pickpick

Stuck between a pick and a so-so for this one. It's a decent cosy but nothing particularly earth-shattering; not my usual genre, but I really needed something to bolster my Christmas spirit, and this helped. It was kind of like mashed potatoes -somewhat bland but quite comforting. I could imagine reading more in the series when in the same mood.

blurb
BibliOphelia
post image

After four days of wanting to read but not wanting to read, I‘ve finally decided to put this aside for now, which is hard for me (especially as it‘s a library ebook). It is clever and engaging but really not what my reading self needs right now. Hopefully I‘ll remember to go back to it and finish some other time.

quote
BibliOphelia
The Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith

“...a serpentine goddess in glittering viridian...”???

Oooooh, “Mr. Galbraith” you sure do know how to please a word nerd with the turn of a phrase. *swoon*

(sadly, I couldn‘t find an image to do it justice)

review
BibliOphelia
Behind Closed Doors | B. A. Paris
post image
Mehso-so

So...I finished this book and it was a quick and engaging read. That said, I almost didn‘t finish because there was definitely an element of (emotional) torture porn to this (with a horribly written disabled victim, to boot). It walked right up to my line and stuck a toe across. The characters were rather annoying. There were considerable plausibility problems. (Cont‘d in comments)

BibliOphelia I‘d pan it for the gratuitously abusive content, but the plot and pacing made it an ok thriller for those that like that sort of stuff, so 🤷‍♀️. 11mo
19 likes1 comment
review
BibliOphelia
Foe | Iain Reid
post image
Pickpick

Whoa. This book got into my head even more than I'm Thinking of Ending Things, and that's saying something. It is similarly propulsive, disturbing, and ultimately mind-blowing. And it would make a really, really good movie, if done right. There were scenes that were so very visual. I'm just blown away all over again by Reid's writing, his ability to make stories with almost no action feel like a white-knuckle thrill ride.

Cinfhen Awesome review #stacked 11mo
sprainedbrain Love this review! I‘m sold! 11mo
BibliOphelia @Cinfhen @sprainedbrain Thanks! Hope you enjoy! 11mo
25 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
BibliOphelia

This has nothing to do with books but made me feel ancient and like a starry-eyed youth simultaneously. That is all.
https://youtu.be/GNmppnfgBB0

review
BibliOphelia
The Lies We Told | Camilla Way
post image
Mehso-so

Average thriller. Pretty insane and reasonably creepy ‘bad‘ guy (girl). Most of the characters were fairly unlikeable; the main character wasn‘t particularly objectionable but she wasn‘t very interesting or sympathetically written, either. A few twists, mostly uninteresting secrets...but fast-paced enough to not pan it all-together.

review
BibliOphelia
Cross Her Heart: A Novel | Sarah Pinborough
post image
Mehso-so

Decent thriller...not earth-shattering but not embarrassing either. A lot of times when I‘m tired and stressed and have trouble settling in to a solid book, I turn to thrillers. They‘re sort of my junk-food read (in a non-disparaging way). They don‘t ask a lot of a reader, typically, but do most of the driving, hopefully taking you on a great ride. This one was a quick and entertaining read but definitely a ‘disposable‘ read for me.

review
BibliOphelia
post image
Pickpick

This was an intense apocalyptic horror/thriller, with very human, sometimes-sympathetic ‘monsters‘. Tremblay again pens a very original story that moves along at a good clip. I read a lot less horror these days, but I‘m glad I read this.