I‘m in the mood for a great thriller as my next read! I‘ve narrowed it down to the 4 pictured here. Any suggestions? I think I‘m leaning to one of the Tana French ones?
I‘m in the mood for a great thriller as my next read! I‘ve narrowed it down to the 4 pictured here. Any suggestions? I think I‘m leaning to one of the Tana French ones?
Hmmm. Well, I read this book in 24 hours, so I clearly wanted to find out what happened. I did like the storytelling for the most part. Somehow it just didn‘t resonate with me the way I think it has with other readers, though. I won‘t be recommending it to everyone like I often do when I finish a book. It didn‘t really touch my emotions even though many parts were about emotional topics. I don‘t know. 🤷🏻♀️ Between a pick and so-so for me.
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1. My favorite genres are mystery and YA!
2. I love sweet things.
3. Sometimes just a visit to the library is a nice treat. On rarer occasions I will get a massage!
What a treat to discover a new-to-me, or at least a completely forgotten, Hercule Poirot case! I borrowed the audiobook from the library for a work trip and listened to the first 5 hours that way. It kept me alert during my drive! And then when I got home I picked it off the bookshelf and finished it. It was really good! I didn‘t see any of it coming! I love Agatha Christie. 💜💜💜
I have a question for Littens who are Ann Cleeves fans. So I started the tagged book, the first in the Vera Stanhope series. I love this genre and was really hoping to get hooked on a new (to me) series, but I‘m having a hard time getting into it. I‘ve read 187 pages, but I‘m just not caring about it yet. And Vera hasn‘t even been introduced! I assume I should keep going, so I‘m looking for some encouragement. Maybe the other books pick up more??
This was an enjoyable window into a community I knew nothing about, the Canadian Muslim community. I liked the main characters a lot and thought the book was well written. The book is billed as a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I can absolutely see the comparison; especially towards the end there are overt similarities in plot and dialogue. At first I was trying too hard to look for the P&P references. It‘s better to just enjoy the ride!
This book did not do it for me. I found the writing weird and annoying, like it was trying to be poetic and lyrical but was just flimsy. None of the characters felt real. The tone was one note the whole time and didn‘t have levels. I don‘t think I‘ll read more by this author.
I was pulled in from the start to this short novel about a British judge who is having marital problems while also ruling on a controversial family law case. McEwan was very very convincing at writing from the point of view of a middle aged woman. I borrowed the 2018 film from the library when I returned the book; I bet Emma Thompson is going to fill the role beautifully.
All the stars for this YA novel about a teenager balancing being a mom, being a granddaughter, and pursuing her dream of being a chef. I can‘t relate very much to any of those experiences BUT I still totally connected to the main character Emoni. I liked that even though there was a potential romantic interest for her it wasn‘t overly focused on that at all. I highly recommend this one!
I read this for a discussion with colleagues at the school where I work. I don‘t think I would have picked it up on my own, but I am glad I read it. The author‘s research and clinical observations inform her ideas about teenage girls and stress. Importantly, I did NOT feel like her points were confirming what I already ”knew.” I felt like she was suggesting fresh approaches and forcing me to see the topic in a new light, backed up by research.
I think this will probably be the last Shari Lapena I read. Her plots are interesting enough, but I‘ve come to feel like her writing style isn‘t up to the caliber of many of my favorite thriller authors. She does a lot of “telling, not showing,” to put it in English teacher terms. So even though this book was a fast read, I know it‘s not going to stay with me.
Beautiful. Just beautiful. I inhaled this book during the last 24 hours and really loved it. It‘s a story about a woman named Anna who is in a residential program to combat her anorexia. She and her fellow residents have triumphs and setbacks as they bravely face each day with this disease. They support each other. Anna navigates her changing relationship with her husband and family. Zgheib tells Anna‘s story lyrically and authentically. Read it!
What an absolutely delightful book! 💜💜💜💜💜 From the first chapter I could tell I was going to relate to this protagonist, a Litsy-using (!) school librarian from basically my town in rural PA. I want to be friends with her and her friends! I borrowed this from the library, but I‘m going to buy it and lend it to all my bookish friends. I‘m always disappointed by the “books about books” that everyone seems to love, but this one made up for it!!
I started this book this afternoon and, other than a brief break for dinner, read it straight through to the end. I was so absorbed that I didn‘t have any idea what time it was. It could have been 9:00 or 2:00 in the morning! This book is laid out in a fascinating way. You think you know everything pretty early on but trust me, you do not. I‘m going to be turning this one over in my mind for a while.
(Eeeeep! It‘s giving me the shivers!)
I liked it! The premise wasn‘t too original- a group of friends takes a remote holiday somewhere and while they are snowed in one of them is murdered- but I did like the execution. It was a fast, easy read and I didn‘t guess the resolution in advance. Thumbs up in my book!
I just did a library return and picked up these 3 from the New Books shelf. I‘m so excited! Which should I read first, Littens?
I love Anthony Horowitz! At this point I know I‘m going to like whatever mystery he writes, and this was no exception. Like The Word Is Murder, this book featured the author himself as a sidekick character to an ex-detective out to solve a murder. He plays around with this role as the facts about himself, his other projects, his family members, etc are true but the crime is (presumably) completely fictional. This is a clever and enjoyable book!
I totally didn‘t get this book. Was it supposed to be funny? Or purposely unfunny so it was a commentary on life in the modern urban world of comedy television? Beats me. 🤷🏻♀️ The main character is a young low-level assistant on a comedy show starring a past-his-prime comedian, Hugo. He randomly asks her to spend the weekend at his house. Bizarrely, she accepts. The book covers what happens that weekend. ...I don‘t know what the point was.
This was my first Harlan Coben and I liked it a lot! I would definitely read more of his thrillers. My dad loves this author, and I borrowed the book from him when I ran out of my books on the last day of vacation. The only thing that was a weak point wasn‘t Coben‘s fault: the plot revolves a lot around cutting edge technology, but based on when the book was written it really dates itself. Other than that, clever twists and solid writing!
Angie Thomas is a master of voice. This book is every bit as good as The Hate You Give, and I really felt like I was in the head of the main character Bri. I loved watching her relationships with her mom, brother, aunt, and friends evolve. I highly recommend this to young and not young adults alike!
Thus ends the last book of #lmpbc with @BennettBookworm @Mem_ugh and @kstadt929 ! The verdict is that we expected to like this book more than we did. I found several of the characters compelling and the author had no shortage of engaging plot threads. Somehow, though, it was less than the sum of its parts. The book felt unfocused and I wish it was more... just more, I guess. Disappointing. Storytelling matters and Gray hasn‘t mastered it yet.
What an awesome thriller!! For me, this book really lived up to the hype. Theo is a psychotherapist who believes he can help a woman named Alicia who is in a psych ward after murdering her husband several years ago. Since she was discovered at the crime scene, Alicia has not said a single word. Can Theo or anyone get her to talk and find out what really happened? This book was very well plotted and the reveals happened masterfully. Gasp-inducing!
I‘m going to be thinking about this book for a while! For most of the book, I thought I had figured out the big reveal but was still enjoying the writing and the characters. It turns out there were still MANY things I didn‘t know. This is a beautiful story about the little and big things that make up a life. Now I‘d like to go back and read her first book. And I can‘t wait to discuss this with @BennettBookworm when she reads it!!
Thanks for the giveaway chance @kellyann28 ! I am still thinking about all the ins and outs of Miracle Creek last month! It was a great courtroom drama with fascinating characters.
This was an awesome book! It‘s a courtroom drama but also a story about all different types of relationships. I was drawn right into the story from the first chapter and was impressed by Kim‘s plotting and writing style. I‘d never read anything about the topic of hyperbaric oxygenation and found it fascinating and easy to “get” early in the book. Very memorable and I recommend it!
Good pick for #lmpbc, @kstadt929 ! I actually really liked this one in spite of the flawed characters and pretty outlandish plot. I felt the tone of the writing was just right and I like the way the story was interspersed with interviews. I felt very sucked into the story. I probably would not have liked it as much if I was the first reader, because part of the fun was chiming in to the indignant comments from @kstadt929 and @BennettBookworm 😋.
This book could have been a lot better, in my opinion. The main character was slow to grasp things that were apparent to the audience, so things that were obviously supposed to be big reveals fell flat and were predictable. Maybe I just didn‘t like the main character and her choices? There was the potential for some interesting relationships (friendships, sibling bonds, parent-child) but they mostly didn‘t move past cliches. Bummer.
Well, this is one I‘m glad I borrowed from the library rather than buying. It was well written and the author, a 28-year-old, should be really proud of this debut novel. Still, I didn‘t enjoy the experience of reading this book. I think it‘s because the characters were pretty unlikeable. But they were developed well.
I looooooove Giant Days! I received the first 9 volumes for my birthday last month and have read the first 3 so far. The friendship between Esther, Daisy, and Susan is just so real and gets them through all the craziness at college. Daisy reminds me of a friend of mine. 💜 I love the art, especially the panels by Lissa Treiman. McGraw is one of my favorite characters! I highly recommend this series.
That‘s the takeaway from this review. ☺️
But if you‘d like more details, I was impressed with the character development and writing style in this book, the first I‘ve read by Rowley. Jackie O felt like a developed character, not a caricature (which was one of my pet peeves about The Dinner List). I breezed through the book quickly but at several points slowed myself down to appreciate a beautiful phrase or idea. An enjoyable read!!
I think this author may just not be for me. While I really got into the writing style and the word choices, I just felt like not enough happened. I guess I like my mysteries to be a little... grittier? Higher stakes? There was nothing remotely mysterious (or in my mind interesting) about the 3 crimes this police department solved. It all just seemed a little too “lite.” Though again, charming writing.
I read Patina and Sunny, the middle 2 books in this series, back to back. They were very quick reads and I enjoyed them! I like how the track series is great to recommend to girls and boys, athletes and non-athletes, kids who like reading and those who don‘t (yet!). Jason Reynolds does a good job with dialogue and reproducing authentic conversation styles from lots of different demographics. Pick!
Time to catch up on my last few books!
After proctoring the SATs all day a few Saturdays ago, this light middle grade graphic novel was just my speed! It was charming and I loved the illustrations. I especially loved the part at the end where the author described her creative process. Not sure why I haven‘t heard of her before since I love Raina Telgemeier and books like hers, but I will definitely read others by Chmakova!
This was a bookful week for me!! For my birthday, I received the books on the right from @wanderer15 and a bookstore gift certificate from @BennettBookworm which I used to buy some of the ones in the middle. I celebrated Independent Bookstore Day by visiting my local indie plus a new-to-me one (Firefly Books in Kutztown, PA) and bought the tote and the remaining books pictured.
Now I‘m just fantasizing about taking a week off to read! 🤔
I loved reading this! On Wednesday nights I like to listen to The Moth stories on NPR sometimes, but until recently I didn‘t know some of the stories had been compiled into books. I thoroughly enjoyed this format of stories that were told aloud first. They really drew me in more than collections of essays or short stories. Too many favorites to name!
Hmm. Well, I finally forced myself to finish this. It was my own pick for #lmpbc but it didn‘t really click with me and it was a slog to get through. I‘m still not quite sure what I think of it. I am really curious what my other group members think. Sorry it‘s so late, friends! @Mem_ugh @kstadt929 @BennettBookworm
Reading this book in a 24 hour period was like getting a hug. 💗 Iris is a wonderfully endearing young protagonist who learns about a whale who can‘t communicate with other whales because he sings at a different frequency. As a Deaf girl at a hearing school, she immediately empathizes with the whale and wants to help. Her journey- physical and emotional- is well worth taking. Not strictly believable but heartfelt with great side characters. Pick!
Very different with its interview format, but I really liked it! I think it lived up to the hype. The last 100 pages were especially compelling. I was impressed with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I still like this author a lot!
Wow! What a completely bizarre ending! This book completely kept me guessing the whole way through. When there were 50 pages left I still had no idea what the resolution would be. I‘m torn because it was a really enjoyable reading experience but then the ending was pretty big stretch. I don‘t know. I want other people to read it so we can discuss, though!
Hi #lmpbc friends! I just wanted to let you know that I‘m still working on finishing the tagged book for our group. One of the reasons is shown in the picture: I‘m a nun in The Sound of Music at the school where I work. It‘s been SO MUCH time for rehearsals that I have not been able to spend reading! Looking forward to getting back to reading soon and then sending the book along!
Hi, Littens. For the last couple months I‘ve been really stressed with my job. I‘m at work late every night, and when I get home I don‘t even feel like reading or going on Litsy. That‘s how I know I‘m not myself. I just went to the library and stared at the new book shelf and didn‘t recognize anything.
Can you help me catch up on what‘s new? What books are everyone talking about lately? Can you suggest a slump-buster? Thanks and sending hugs!
Ok, here are my ideas for #lmpbc! I liked @BennettBookworm ‘s idea about each group member choosing 2 favorites from this batch (unless you have read or just hate the sound of them all! 😬) and then I‘ll decide where the consensus is. Happy picking! @Mem_ugh @kstadt929
So... for some unknown reason I read this whole book in one long sitting. I guess it was a perfect storm of early dismissal from work, no set plans, and an interesting (terrifying) story. I‘m bleary-eyed now! Ultimately, the author created a scarily-possible dystopian scenario and really evoked my anger. Then, she lost me in the middle and end with some really weird plot choices. I‘m so glad I read this one with my #lmpbc group!!
Booooring. That is my verdict. BUT it was genuinely fun to read the comments by @kstadt929 and @Mem_ugh in the margins! Even though the second half of this book didn‘t at all deliver on the interesting premise established at the beginning, I still enjoyed reading it “alongside” my #lmpbc girls and my furry girls too. 😋
The Litsy community never fails to blow me away with its kindness and thoughtfulness. @kstadt929 , thank you SO much for the amazing portable wedding planner that I just received, along with the stress-reducing chocolates! I‘ve been having sort of a stressful week and the fact that you thought of me, even though we‘ve never met, really means a lot. Thank you, my #lmpbc friend!!
What an unusual little book! This short, simply told story focuses on an efficient and responsible Nigerian nurse who takes good care of her stunningly beautiful and probably sociopathic younger sister, who seems to always end up killing her boyfriends. It‘s not a comedic story but nor is it tragic. It‘s hard to describe except to say that the narrative voice is fresh and it‘s a quick read. I highly recommend it and am still scratching my head.
I finished this today, and it‘s only my 3rd book in 2019 as I‘ve been distracted with wedding planning. I don‘t always enjoy epistolary novels or ones set in war-time, but I really connected with this one! @BennettBookworm recommended it to me years ago and I‘m glad I finally read it! Some very vividly drawn female characters (loved Mrs. Tilling and Kitty especially!) who discover their own strength and sisterhood as WW2 draws closer to home.