Good advice, I think.
I have mixed feelings about this story of an African girl given by her father into slavery at a religious shrine in a misguided effort to save her family from a rash of bad fortune. It‘s a fast moving story on a difficult topic that is still somehow compulsively readable. However, the writing style is so straightforward and simple, it almost feels totally artless and seems to quickly gloss over plot points that would benefit from more detail.
You know what‘s weird? When you‘re reading a book about something truly appalling but it is written in such a way that it is a quick, easy, unputdownable read. You know what else is weird? Googling the author and finding out she went to school in the town where you live. #SmallWorldAfterAll
This one, on its face, looks like a domestic drama of entitled people, and it is. That said, a vacation in paradise gone awry set against a Puerto Vallerta in crisis highlights how looks can be terribly deceiving and what it looks like when privilege run amok. If you‘re looking for likeable characters, look elsewhere. If you‘re looking for a domestic drama that transforms into something a little meatier, definitely give this one a try.
I loved this one. I very much enjoyed meeting the various characters that populate Lansquenet and Vianne‘s easy, common sense way with them. The prose is beautifully descriptive, and I‘ve never been more hungry for chocolate. I loved the movie, but the book easily surpasses it!
The last flight of the last workation should be good for The Last Book Party, am I right?
I loved this hilarious tale about the unbelievable adventures of a Swede with a laissez-faire attitude, an allergy to politics, a penchant for vodka, and a talent for blowing things up. It‘s a totally absurd story and a wild way to explore history as the 100-year-old man in question unwittingly shapes the course of it, but the characters are lovable and I can count on only one hand how many times I‘ve laughed so hard at a book.
I gotta say, when I started this book, I definitely was not expecting a tongue in cheek tour of world history with no small amount of satire aimed at the madness of politics. But I like it. 😄
So many things I should be doing today. Like putting down this book and putting on real pants. Obviously those things are not happening.
That (great) feeling when you think “Jeez, it‘s been a long time since I‘ve seen anything new from *insert author whose books you enjoy here.* I wonder if they have anything new coming out soon” and when you look them up on Goodreads they actually *do.* Looking forward to reading this new one by Erica Bauermeister. She‘s an author I discovered through book blogging, and I just loved The School of Essential Ingredients!
It‘s never too late for that #riotgrams “book and a mug” prompt that I missed, right? It‘s been a long, crappy week at work and this mug suits my mood going into Friday just about perfectly. It probably doesn‘t suit a book about female West Point cadets though. 🤔
When you go to the little free library to drop off (not pick up, for crying out loud) some books because you have alarmingly too many books and find the only Kate Morton you don‘t have on your shelves already (well, that wasn‘t released about a minute ago). Please note: I haven‘t read any of said Kate Morton books. Please also note: I have a PROBLEM. Will no one stop me???
This was good, very good. 5 unique points of view that were perfectly voiced. 4 coming of age stories of 4 women spun in wildly different directions by an ill fated mission work in the Congo. One chapter about the slow falling under the sway of an abusive husband that might be the best single chapter of fiction I‘ve read in a very long time. A truly compelling exploration of the “shifting terrain between righteousness and what‘s right.”
A little bit of a wider angle of my “book fort” which in actuality is my plunder from the first friends of the library book sale of the year. I always make out great at this one, and this year is no different. Sure, I‘ll need a few lifetimes to read the books I already have on my shelves, but why should that stop me from getting more? 🤣
Finally got another audiobook from Libby. Glad it‘s this one. So far it‘s made me laugh out loud often and almost cry and that‘s all within the first hour....
I‘m not usually much for short stories, even though I wish I was, but I‘ve been enjoying these so far. It‘s been too long since I read any Stephen King. Whimsical holiday sloth pants pair well with a good horror story, right? 🤔
Mixing it up and actually *reading* a book on this Kindle contraption instead of just buying more. Also, the sun is out for the second day in a row. What kind of madness is this??
I can‘t believe it, but my first ever read of Rainbow Rowell is going to be a DNF. I was super excited to start this one, but for the first 75 pages I was mostly just bored and/or irritated at this book‘s many unlikeable characters. Next!