Life has gotten in the way of progression through my #tbr. Hoping to finish Isadora and tackle this one over the weekend.
It is not a common occurrence, but I aggressively disliked everything about this book - the whiny white boy introspection devoid of any true insight, the badly written teenage angst, the lack of character growth, the watered down manic pixie dream girl, the cruelty in the name of religion, the insensitive portrayal of the differently abled characters...should I go on? Pan with both thumbs.
Apparently I could read Tolstoy‘s epic in under fourteen hours if I chose to. (I do not choose to.)
This has been sitting on my #tbr since it was a #botm selection. I joined Now Read This bookclub on Facebook and this is also their selection for the month. Hoping now that I‘m snowbound for the weekend (with only vacation planning and an adventure to the next neighborhood over for soup dumplings on my agenda), I can make good progress.
In a bit of a reading slump, and struggling to stay invested in Little Fires Everywhere. (I think it‘s more a reflection of me than the book.) So lets give this one a go.
DNF. I made it about 25% of the way through before the one-dimensional, wooden female characters and terrible dialogue became too much to bear. Also, "xanax and grape soda" is this book's equivalent of Fifty Shades' "inner goddess" - faux quirky, ridiculous, and mentioned on every other page. I'm sure this book has a target audience, but that audience is not me.
1. 36 years old
2. Married 5 years
3. 3 dogs - 2 pugs and a rat terrier
4. No kids, ever
5. Pediatric RN
6. Nearly done with my family nurse practitioner education
7. ❤️ bourbon
8. Live in Pittsburgh
9. ❤️ my veggie garden
10. 5 tattoos
11. ❤️punk rock
12. Every intention to go "full Stevie Nicks" as I age
13. ❤️ traveling
14. Hate TV
15. ❤️ sleep
16. Obnoxious when I drink caffeine
17. ❤️ ice cream
19. Dem Socialist
Got an absolutely horrific sunburn at the pool this week, but that's not going to stop me from finishing this book outside in the heat (it'll buy me sleepy little dogs later when I want to read inside!). I'm liking this one so much more than Girl on the Train - I still haven't fully figured out the ending.
It's rare that I am as surprised by a book as I was by this one. I picked it up primarily because of the buzz it was getting on Litsy and I am so glad I did, because it was so much more than I anticipated. Outstanding character study of a complex woman over the course of a lifetime.
Favorite hobby: Gardening
Favorite drink: Bourbon and a cherry
Favorite food: ice cream
Favorite color: black
Favorite city: Pittsburgh, PA
Dream house location: A wooded lot ten minutes from the city with a small house, a garden, and chickens
Favorite accessory: OLO Victory Wolf perfume
Favorite tv show: Stranger Things
Last movie in theaters: I can't sit still so I don't go
Currently reading: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
I waffled back and forth between Goodbye, Vitamin and Final Girls as my third book but my local library decided it for me - of the two only Final Girls will be available as an e-book (and I'm only fifth in line on the holds list!). I intended to cancel #botm since I was due for renewal and spent way too much on clothes this month, but you can see how that turned out. Whoops.
Last night as I sat pondering my July #botm box - debating extras, researching the choices sleuthed by other Littens - and contemplating the Salman Rushdie read along, my husband sweetly asked, "Are you ever going to get to that giant stack in the sunroom? It's giving me palpitations." I'm trying, dear. I'm trying. #MountTBR #tbr
Last month Book of the Month delivered to my door two of the best novels I've read this year - White Fur and this gorgeously written debut novel. About everything and nothing all at the same time, told in stunning, lyrical language. I loved it.
As someone who grew up in the Rust Belt at the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder, who is now a college educated, successful professional, I found parts of this book uncomfortably familiar. My story is nowhere near as dramatic as Vance's. I had and still have a loving, supportive, stable family structure. However; there are enough similarities in the cultural experience to make this a difficult read. It's accurate.
The progressive echo chamber largely labels this book as problematic; however, it was passed onto me by a psychiatrist I work with as a must-read for understanding some of our patient population here in the Rust Belt. My Appalachian-born husband read several chapters and had to quit because it was giving him too many feels - he says he already lived it and therefore doesn't need to read about it. Going in with mind wide open. Anyone else read it?
I loved absolutely everything about this book, and I'm too fresh off finishing to unpack all the feelings I have about it. It's dark, visceral, twisted, and I never saw the last forty pages coming (although, in retrospect, it's crystal clear). This book will definitely not be for everybody - it's heavy and heartbreaking. But those things are my catnip, and this is maybe my favorite book of the year so far.
My morning off. I am struggling to stay invested in this one. Gaiman states in the forward that this novel was meant to be big and meandering and that people either love it or hate it. I'm trying to finish it so I can form a complete opinion, but It's slow-going. I find myself only caring what happens in fits and starts. I finally get into the action and then more long-winded descriptive asides take me right back out of it. I rarely DNF, but...
#MeetTheLittens @maich Love this!
1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
3. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
4. Dirty Dancing
5. Stranger Things or Arrested Development
8. I can't pick just one!
9. I'm a registered nurse (And will be a nurse practitioner in four months!)
10. 3 dogs - two pugs and a rat terrier (Walter, Tilly, and Piper)
My all-time favorite true crime book. The title is literal - Ann Rule, a former police officer, worked the night shift with Bundy at a suicide hotline and considered him a personal friend. She also provided police a tip after hearing a description of the killer on the news and becoming suspicious. #SEEWHATIHAVEWON