I just realized that instead of a book you can tag a PLACE. Such as THIS place. How about that? If you're ever in Abingdon, Virginia, which is on Interstate 81 (exits 14, 17, 19) come and see us! #librariansoflitsy @aimeesue
Talk about VINTAGE! At the request of Leah, here‘s an EIGHTY year old library bound copy of Tryst. It‘s filthy, spotty, torn, and has a Dole Banana sticker on p. 53. Out of print for eons. Stamps in the back go back to 1972.
#coololdbooks #vintagebooks #librarybinding #romance @LeahBergen
Sometimes it happens that I grab a fresh book out of cataloging and don‘t get a chance to read it due to life and ARCs and whatever, and then I feel bad after 5 days and let the salivating patrons on the holds list have it. So it is with Recursion! Back it goes! I can always read it after the dust settles. #librariansoflitsy #guilt #holdslist
I received an advance reader's copy in exchange for an honest review. I tripped over the book's poor organization. I also wanted more about how the author approached being a social worker differently after one of her children became an addict. I felt for Lamb, both in her job and as a mom; I didn't think this book pulled the conflicts together. Full review at https://www.librarything.com/work/22688562/reviews/170615749
Here are my #top6reads of 2019 so far. All great! All very thought-provoking! Lots of strong females represented including Dave's dear dog, Lucy!
Conklin‘s writing is nearly flawless and she carried me right along in rapt fascination despite some perspective changes and time jumps. Love the whole sibling dynamic theme. These four reminded me a good deal of the Brontes but I still don‘t get the title. Also it meandered some toward the end before the author pulled it all together very nicely and I cried a bit. Just the right touch of dystopia. #siblings #family #addiction #strongwomen
These Irish kids started out interesting but began to bore me to tears. Loads of emotion related flatly. No quotation marks (which I hate). When Connell and Marianne went to college, I lost interest. This kind of story works best in high school, where it has a meaningful backdrop and can remain all angsty and Breakfast-Clubesque. I‘m also weary of waiting for the young couple‘s socioeconomic class difference to mean something.
Dr. Oz quackery with gorgeous design still quacks. Not that there isn‘t some decent advice herein. He‘s pushing product in this book and when he says “numerous studies show” he cites none. For nutrition advice, try “Dressing on the Side.” For sleep advice, try “The Sleep Solution.” Brushing your skin won‘t “decrease the load on your kidneys” 😂 but feels nice. This is where I bailed.
With great regret I declare it only so-so. Very derivative of his earlier and much superior works, right down to the feces-smearing monkey, the girl in a tree, the commune, and the guru. Entirely predictable. None of Boyle‘s trademark black humor—straight up tragedy except for when the midsixties changes to the hippie era. Maybe I would like it if it was the first of his books I‘d read. As it is, it just made me sad. #addiction #sixties
There isn‘t a CAN‘T EVEN big enough for how much I can‘t even. Based on true crime, it‘s about a closed society where men have ALL the power and women decide to take back some. Anybody who thinks women in these situations need to “stay and pray” can get in line to kiss my ohhhhhhkaaay here are some hashtags #domesticviolence #rape #coverups #sexualabuse #mennonites #canada #faith #survival #feminism #whydonttheyjustleave #because1000reasons
Very arty, wild, profane, and full of honest-to-goodness inspiration and insight. Applies just as much—maybe more—to mature readers who have been kicked around by life. A keeper for re-reads. #design #selfhelp #productivity #inspiration
A fun listen! I went into the audio knowing nothing about the book and I‘m glad. I might have rejected it based on a broad description for not being “my thing.” However, the person who recommended it to me knows fantasy lit better than almost anyone. The book has been one surprise after another and halfway through, I‘m all in! A steampunk Girl Power book that blends many elements of classic novels together. #audiobook #fantasy #Victorian
Delicious, and Lord Peter is narrated by Ian Carmichael, but it is not “unabridged.” I know exactly what Lord Peter said to Harriet on the wedding night, and it‘s not included. The production is on the Libby app and at Internet Archive.
#audiobook #libby #mystery #countryhousemystery #england #dorothylsayers
Wouldn‘t Flavia love today‘s Google Doodle! I‘m working my way through the Flavia De Luce series. Just finished book two. Strains credulity at times but very fun light reading.
You know when authors introduce characters 1-5 and you‘re totally hooked, but then they jump to characters 6-8 and you‘re quasi-okay but REALLY want to get back to 1-5, but instead, in the next chapter you get character 8 foisted upon you plus 9, 10, and... you don‘t care enough to wait around for 10 to get fleshed out or even that much about characters 1-5 any more? Because they could be two whole chapters away still? 😠
Truly excellent book on #nutrition. Covers many topics.
Fukuyama makes a lot of connections, economic and political, across history. He‘s in favor of national identity and assimilation in moral terms—your religion doesn‘t allow you to enslave women, for instance; you must adopt American values—and he goes to the root of identity politics. Very thought provoking 🤔 #socialcommentary #economics #politics #immigration
“This is [Ted] Cruz doing what Cruz does best, perorating into the realms of absolute good and evil, which are, let‘s face it, so much more thrilling than all the drag-ass negotiating and compromising of functional politics. So much simpler to declare holy war on your opponent then to sit down and hammer out a compromise...”
I thought I‘d love this cozy mystery. The detective is ex-M15 and an Anglican priest. I was really bored for most of the novel and the only character with any depth at all was the murder victim. I felt the writing was subpar and didn‘t capture my imagination. Does the series improve?
Mma Makutsi: Ninety Seven Per Cent piece of work. In the 19th book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, our erstwhile co-detective-in-chief or joint CEO or whatever her latest demanded job title is, decides that she is a DOER, MOVER, and SHAKER.
“But here was Mma Makutsi, an identified and admitted doer, lying in bed, thinking about these matters, and not actually doing anything.”
Moving through the generations in New York with a family of doctors, healers and quacks, with madness cropping up now and again, this novel is wonderfully written and knitted together. I was mesmerized by all of the family members, not just the one swinging watches with the entrancing voice. Came highly recommended by @Aimeesue in a parcel from same! #saga #shortstories #shortfiction
Package of books from @Aimeesue has wonderful post-it notes including:
“Have read, was good, can‘t keep, NO SHELVES (!!) Left!!”
“Had 2 copies of this - WHY??? Still haven‘t read it yet!”
“Had 2 copies of this (The Pick of Punch) from the $10 Folio store...” Thanks Aimee! 🤣
#bookmail #bookhaul #foliofreaks #readingbuds
Once in a while (like four years ago) a book takes over the whole world for good reason. I don‘t know if I have the emotional fortitude to cry and laugh on every single page. 337 weepies and 337 crackups.