Ronan Farrow is impressive.
“Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”
― Edward Snowden
I received this beautiful UK edition from @scripturient in a swap and I saved it to read this Halloween season. Excellent choice. Not only was this novel atmospheric and creepy, I learned a bunch about scent and the manufacturing of perfumes. Highly recommend. 4.5 💀s
This was a perfect read for October and Halloween season. It was reminiscent of This Present Darkness by Frank Peritti. The creepiness was augmented by religious, particularly Catholic, references which are always scary to me. There was a degree of “yeah, that wouldn't happen“ that I was unable to overlook. Overall I thought the ending was very clever and satisfying and the writing was above par. #NetGalley
This is a huge book but compulsively readable. It's been on my TBR for awhile now and I'm glad i finally got to it for my Fall - Politics challenge. Very well-written and researched early history of AIDs in the US up to 1987.
Parts I loved. Parts not so much. Kinda torn. However, It was great to revisit Gilead and Aunt Lydia. Atwood says that her books and the Hulu series do not feature anything that does not have a precedent in the real world. That said, check out this in today‘s news - pleasure marriage
This was my first verse novel, so I wasn't sure it I would take to it. I finished it in one sitting and it was glorious. It's the story of a young girl in Australia who, surrounded by death, tries in her own way to make death beautiful. I loved it. It's one of the most beautiful things I've read this year.
With this one, I've completed the NetGalley reviewathon and I'm now over 80% :)
This was a solid historical fiction read. I will probably look up the references in the back to learn more about the children's home that was raided and several other events in France during the Holocaust period. There is a bit of magical realism. The story, however, revolves around several young people and their struggle to survive as well as help others survive. The writing is a bit prosaic but I enjoyed it.
This reminded me a little of Lord of the Flies but with disabled kids. It‘s very long. The audio wouldn‘t hold my attention so I had to put it down. I chose it for “Women in Translation” so I may revisit it at a later date when I can focus better. The writing is excellent and I love stories where the house is a character.
Well this one‘s going back. I don‘t know why I can‘t stand to listen to high fantasy read in an American accent. No offense to the narrator because he‘s doing a fine job. It‘s not you, it‘s me....😕.
Edit: I returned to it and I‘ve become accustomed to the young American narrator. 👍🏻
This is a very good fantasy novel. However, it‘s been 6 years or so and still no third book.
Third book in the Gentleman Bastards series. Once again it‘s 2 stories in one intertwining the gang‘s present adventure with a past adventure. This time Sabetha joins the story. Her character needs a little more depth which I hope will be provided by Lynch in book 4. Still a fun read with the most creative swearing ever committed to paper. 🤣 4⭐️s
The Testaments is pre-ordered from my local bookshop. Can't wait. 😍
A raw look at life from the point of view of a young Jewish woman in the Ukraine in the post WWII 1950s and 1960s. I think when people have been forced to do and see unspeakable things to survive they are deeply and eternally affected and develop a lack of faith in humankind for the rest of their lives.
Since I enjoyed books such as Reincarnation Blues by Poore, Ghostwritten and Cloud Atlas by Mitchell, and Life After Life by Atkinson, I thought I'd like this one. While I loved the whole concept, the rambling lack of cohesiveness annoyed me. The whole chapter dedicated to the synopsis of the film Sex, Lies and Videotapes, however, did inspire me to rewatch the movie. So there's that.
An easy to understand take on the low carb, sugar and gluten-free diet. Promotes organic, non-gmo foods, grassfed beef and poultry, wild caught fish, leafy green veggies and healthy fats. Easy to read “No“ and “Yes“ lists and a very nice list of what to stock your kitchen with. It's a nice, concise reference to have.
Love this series ❤ I'm rereading it on Audible and its just as fun as I remember. It's a series but each book can be a standalone as the guys get up to different adventures in each one. It sets the bar for creative cursing 😂
I'm a Sci-Fi and dystopian fiction fan and I thought this novel holds it's own against Handmaid's Tale, Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451 (which are all mentioned in this book). This novel as well as the newly released The Farm by Joanne Ramos shows us the not so distant future and its a bit unsettling. I highly recommend them both. #Reviewathon review #1
The murder mystery was not necessary to this novel and, in fact, that's where the flaws began. It's as if this was devised by the editor after the fact: “It's like a Kingsolver now throw in some Gillian Flynn so maybe someone will make it into a TV series.“ Many of the plot twists and discoveries at the end where just out-of-character and seemed rushed and disjointed.
I loved that there was a cat character named “Sunday Justice“.
A fun revisit with an old favorite. If you love high fantasy and great world-building, Scott Lynch, IMO, is a better writer than Martin of Rothfuss. And the good thing about his Gentleman Bastards series is that they can serve as stand-alones so you don't have to wait for freaking years to find out what happens (I'm talking to you, GRRM...and Rothfuss) .
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“It appears that nutrient exchange and helping neighbors in times of need is the rule, and this leads to the conclusion that forests are superorganisms with interconnections much like ant colonies.”
― Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World
2019 Reading Challenge: Science
Poetic, so poetic, yet sci-fi. A little reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake. It makes you want to take a class to study the symbolism and meaning. It won't be for everyone, but I highly recommend it. One of the most unique books I've ever read. Thanks to NetGalley and Saga for the ARC.
I think this one will be a hit with the Hunger Games/Divergent crowd but I just did not find it believable and had to put it down after 100 pages. I‘ll make sure it gets into the hands of someone who can enjoy it without tripping over things like stitching an unclean wound. 🤢 Btw, I did not get a Lord of the Flies vibe as promoted. Thanks to #BookishFirst and #Underlined for the ARC.
Samantha Shannon is a young women who writes adult epic fantasy as good as, if not better than, her older male fantasy counterparts (Rothfuss, GRRM, etc). Excellent world-building, unique and diverse characters, back-stabbing political intrigue and ....dragons. I look forward to reading more of her books. (Read this one on Kindle because I was afraid I couldn't lift the hardcopy :P)
Epic fantasy set in a fictional version of medieval Europe and thick (900 pages or so) with political intrigue. I love Carey's world-building that reads a bit like historical fiction., but there are too many asides describing the “specialness“ of Phedre. Not erotica but it does contain some heavy BDSM-type imagery related to Phedre's religion. All in all it's a nice escape. 3.5 stars.
I read this slowly over several months so I could attempt to assimilate the massive amount of information and science Bredesen presents. Sadly there is no cure for Alzheimer‘s. While the drug companies etc try to find a magic pill, Bredesen has scientific data backing up a multi step program called RECODE with positive clinical results. It‘s not simple. It‘s not easy. It‘s not popping a pill. (Which is why it won‘t sell). Contd in comments.
Kingsolver addresses the struggles that indigenous people and immigrants around the world face on a daily basis. Written in 1988, this book, sadly, remains topical.
Btw, this one was not narrated by the author. I didn‘t notice that when I bought it. The narration was sub par so I‘d recommend the physical book.
Just finished rewatching the whole series in prep for this weekend 🐉 🔥 ❄️ 🐺 Cannot wait. This book is a nice venture into Westeros 100 years prior to Thrones. It‘s actually 3 novellas about a hedge night and his squire, Egg. All true fans know who Egg really is which makes this book special.
I can‘t stop thinking about this one. Imagine you are an uber wealthy woman at the helm of your company. Pregnancy, labor & delivery, maternity leave, these are things that will slow you down in a highly competitive world in which men don‘t have to consider these things. Why not source it out? And as the “Farm”, why not make a huge profit using mostly immigrant women who could not make this kind of money otherwise?
I don‘t see why this book‘s ratings are not higher. This was a brilliant novel. Atkinson‘s writing shines as usual. She writes women so well. I found Juliet infinitely Interesting, curiously flawed and strong in that ballsy WWII era women way. Yes, it‘s another British WWII novel. But it‘s a fresh take and has a twist that will blindside you. Read it. 5 ⭐️s