For me there was too much present/past back and forth and the prose while smart and dense didn't click with me. Maybe if I read it under a different headspace. I didn't want to work that hard this time around.
Partridge quote for the win today. 😂
Italian rich kids in America, chasing their dreams of cool using their inheritances and allowances from dear old ma and pa. Between tracksuits, tweets, and love triangles I'm still not sure what to think. I bet Italians reading this would get a good kick out of it. Raucous, raunchy, and hilarious in parts it's an interesting look into a world of privilege and contemporary Italian writing. 🌟🌟🌟.5/5.
First book finished in 2018! Can't believe I didn't get to read this one until now. Thought provoking, and an important perspective and voice to experience. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
Should not have read this over Christmas. ...but glad I read it! A raw, awful yet beautiful story of the author's love for and experience living in Rwanda during the genocide on assignment. Although a work of fiction it has real characters and references true events. Haunting writing for its boldness in love and death. Rated R for violence and sex/rape scenes. It was made into a movie, but not sure I can relive this story again! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I'm on a translated works kick...started this last night and it is surprising and different and exactly why I like reading translations. This has to be the only adult fiction told from the point of view of a polar bear. 🐨🐾 (I think that's a koala but close enough)
A wonderfully told story set in the heart of Mexico City over five years by four different voices. Written by Mexican-born Jufresa, and translated into English this was a great book to read for women in translation month. While the primary theme is loss, it is written with humour and great talent for words and storytelling. I promise you will know what the heck umami is after reading this, and you will be inspired to grow a milpa!🌱🌱
Part love story part coming of age. A young woman from China is sent to study English in England for one year. The narration is in the voice of someone learning English ie the 'Loyal family' in the UK. My favourite part was thinking about English from the perspective of someone learning my language and how confusing it must be. For instance 'I'm going to go to the beach' why do we have to say 'go' twice?. It's a fun look at ourselves. 🌟🌟🌟/5
Really enjoying this one so far... I'm late on women in translation month, but what odds! The characters in the compound all have their houses named after tastes on your tongue. Sweet, bitter, sour, salty and the indescribable umami. Which I still am struggling to comprehend. Imagine living in a house called sour. Ha.
🌟🌟🌟. 5/5 this was a quick read which was perfect to get me out of my reading slump. Sophie spends her childhood with her Tante Atie in Haiti until her mother in New York sends for her. Vividly written the novel gives a window to Haitian national identity, experiences with diaspora, and explores mother-daughter relationships and how they affect self identity and expression. I will be reading more by Danticat, really enjoyed this one.
The secret life of raindrops. 🌧️💧☔ I am almost positive I had the same reflection as a kid... Moreso how it would suck to start out as a raindrop looking down on beautiful earth as part of a cloud, flying around, fluffy, cute.. To end up in a dirty mud puddle full of worms. 👎. Lame way to end your life as a rain drop.
This is my first Kadare. What a writer. This one is written from the perspective of an imaginative, short sighted boy about the invasions, occupation, and bombardments by multiple foreign armies from '39-'43 in WWII (Italian, Greek, British, German) in his home city of Gjirokaster, Albania. Incredible imagery and prose. I want to say so much but can't fit it in. It's no wonder Kadare won the inaugural Man Booker in 2005.
#cupidgoespostal is THE BEST!!! What a thoughtful gift and card from @JacqMac Thank You!! The timing couldn't be more perfect. It's a snow day, I've got not one but two toblerone's (❤❤❤) a beautiful bookmark, and a gorgeous hardcover copy of Another Brooklyn which although I did get to it recently, I really need to re read and take more time with. It's a wonderfully written book. Happiness is happening in St. John's today! Happy V-Day!
Loved this book. The first time I have read a genealogy of 6 generations on two sides one tracing the path from Ghana to America, the other that stayed longer in Ghana until the very end. I would have liked a map, but that may just be my love for maps. Wonderful debut, so glad all you #littens got me to pick it up.
My first win from Good Reads I'm so excited!! Do not judge the Christmas tree still peaking out from around the corner. 😩😩😩... He swears it will be gone this weekend.
I'm a 'meh' on this one. It's my first Allende but have read reviews that her others are better so will have to give them a try. This was my second audiobook, and still not sure if it's the medium that I don't enjoy or I haven't picked a good one yet! I didn't feel entranced by any of the characters, and the whole story didn't ring particularly true. A bit fluffy more my liking.
⭐⭐. 5 /5
Greenland whaling ship in the mid-1800's, a crew of hard men and young cabin boys, and Sumner the ship surgeon. The north water and questionable humanity of the crew makes for a dark and gripping adventure. But not a nice adventure. Cruel, terrible, and smelly (seriously... You'll get it when you read this!). Highly recommend.
This has been compared to "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" by Katherine Boo, but instead of the slums of India, the refugee camps in Kenya. While the stories of the nine refugees give a human sense of the dire situation in Daabab, I did not find myself as invested in the characters as I did in Boo's writing and skimmed the second half. Very eye-opening to the complexities of refugee life in Kenya particularly of those from Somalia.
Read the first few chapters of this last night and will be my office lunch read today. I had no idea that one of the biggest camps in Kenya is more of a city now with half a million people calling it home. Hard to still call it a camp when it's that large and was established (and has been funded) for over 25 years. City of Thorns follows the lives of nine refugees, how they got there, what it's like. Very compelling so far.
Fredrik Backman's books make me laugh and cry. This is my second after A Man Called Ove and I was equally as impressed. Loved the cast of characters including Somebody, Pirate, and Bank. Britt-Marie was a riot in her own peculiar way.
A masterpiece. If I didn't have a pile of books including this one that my library wanted back I would start over again at page 1. Perfect way to kick off the year.
"By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration - and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour." - musings of Count Rostov at the Metropole ?
This was my first audio book since Peter and the Wolf when I was a kid. Still undecided about the format but sure helps get through the TBR list.
I found some characters stories better than others (Frannie and Leo in particular) but was interested throughout the book. I wasn't 100% keen on the narrator. All in all I would "pick" it as it was well-woven, and I liked the themes of split families and how lives change over time.
#bookinspiredcooking I was inspired to try to cook doro-wat (chicken stew) , misir-wat (lentil stew) , and injera (the flatbread) after reading Cutting for Stone. Had never used fenugreek or sorghum flour before ... so I can ✔ those off of my list of firsts. Was delicious and would be curious to try other Ethiopian dishes mentioned in this novel.
Yowza!! What a brilliant read. Deeply felt characters, strong sense of place, a story of love, loss, betrayal, and family. Twin boys are orphaned to a family of doctors at a Mission Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The story follows the people, the history, the miracles, and the medicine that contributed to their birth and coming of age while Ethiopia is on the brink of revolution. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.
In my happy place! #blanketbookbooze👻📖🍷while it blizzards outside ❄❄❄ so cozy. It helps when the book (and the wine 😉) is so good! Yay Fridays!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 - I remember hearing an interview with Colson Whitehead on CBC about this novel and knew I had to read it. It deserves all of the recognition it has gained and stood out as one of the best books I have read. I am inclined to agree with John Updike's review where he says "Whitehead's writing does what writing should do; it refreshes our sense of the world."
??/5... I am leaning towards the so-so camp on this one. I can see why many people have given positive reviews as the writing is vivid and brilliant but I couldn't relate whatsoever to Eileen and kept muttering "gross" to myself every few pages. Not my cup of tea ?
Okay Eileen, you better tell me what all this build up is before Chapter Thursday ends (7 chapters for each day of the week). I'm getting impatient and it better be worth it because I'm not totally committed to the story thus far...
???/5. I struggled to get through parts of this mostly because of my general lack of knowledge about the events in Pakistan (or as Barker calls it "Whak-istan" which seemed fitting) and Afghanistan that she covers. That said, this book was a good lesson in what foreign journalists go through when covering war zones and Barker writes with wit and humour despite the terrifying nature of her work.
Wow so bad at putting text on a background!! How do all you savvy folks do it! 😤
In other news I have officially read more this month than in the past 9 so feeling grateful for #litsy for kicking my butt into gear. Also a HUGE TBR pile for November which I will try to post if I don't throw my phone through the window while trying to do so ✌
Tagged book goes to my favourite read of the month Americanah. Second was Here Comes The Sun.
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I wasn't sure after the first chapter and then immediately fell in love with old Ove. Retired, his wife recently passed, and stuck in a lonely routine, Ove's life regains colour when a young family moves in next door. I laughed out loud almost every chapter. It was also such a touching read with sentences I wanted to remember forever. If you want a feel good funny you may want to pick this one up. I couldn't put it down.
If you're like me and not a huge fan of self help books but want some advice and guidance this may be exactly what you're looking for. Strayed gives you just that with no sugar coat (maybe that's why she is called Sugar)...from relationship, family, and love problems to Christmas and writing. I enjoyed flipping through the letters and answers and will definitely re read parts when I need some guidance or assurance. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Sugar has some really good advice for us sweet peas. I love when the universe aligns and what we read feeds a need for guidance or acceptance or understanding about ourselves at a particular moment in time. Whether we knew we were looking for it or not.
Embarking on a big long and serious read about the history of cancer. The author refers to this as "a 'biography' in the truest sense of the word - an attempt to enter the mind of this immortal illness, to understand its personality, to demystify its behavior."