I chose this as a BOTM selection back on 2017. Finally getting to it as it was chosen for a book club read. So good!
I chose this as a BOTM selection back on 2017. Finally getting to it as it was chosen for a book club read. So good!
This was my follow-up read to Hill House. I loved reading about SJ raising kids in rural Vermont in the 40s and 50s. I was surprised by how relatable I found it, raising my own kids 60 years later and in a new century-and of course, some things are very different-10 days in the hospital after a normal uncomplicated birth?! (And the reason, per SJ, why some opted for baby #3- all that uninterrupted rest! 😂) I ordered the sequel, Raising Demons.
Chicago has a new bookstore! The sister team behind Volumes in Wicker Park just opened this beautiful new spot on the Magnificent Mile. Whether you live here or you‘re just visiting, add this one to your list. There‘s no cafe in the store itself but right next door is a fabulous food court with all kinds of eats and drinks. One floor up is the cozy Bar & Book spot when you can settle in with your new books. Pro-tip: validated parking $7 after 5.
I‘m almost halfway through and not getting all the love for this one. It‘s disjointed in a way that doesn‘t really work, it‘s written in way that comes across to me as self conscious and not as clever as it thinks it is. Many readers I respect loved it but I‘m close to making this a DNF.
THIS is why I read. Unflipping believable. All the stars 🌟 ⭐️ ✨ all the ❤️ 💕 💗 Notes: I think this would fab on audio...lyrical, poetic..BUT...there‘s a visual aspect to this book, much like Lincoln In The Bardo. So if you do this on audio (and I might as a reread) take a look at the physical presentation. This reminded me a lot of The Bone Clocks and Slade House. Sad that this didn‘t make the Man Booker shortlist.
This week‘s NYT By the Book interview is with the legendary Patti Smith. I LOVE Yuri Herrera and love that she talks about Kingdom Cons, which she read and loved, and the blurbed book, that she is taking on tour with her. I am going to see her next week-ah, how I wish we could discuss these books together! https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/09/05/books/review/patti-smith...
The first time I read this little book, I posted about a contemporaneous experience with serendipity, which Amy loved as much as I do. I‘m listening to the audio now (which is wonderful) and got to this part. Not 20 minutes before, I read an article about the 25th anniversary of Shawshank 😮 Image from the PDF that accompanies the audiobook.
I read this on paper and loved it but listening to her read these words, written entirely before she was diagnosed with the ovarian cancer that would take her life at 51, is something else. If you haven‘t read her Modern Love column, You May Want to Marry My Husband, you should. But have the Kleenex ready before you start. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/style/modern-love-you-ma...
I loved Grief is the Thing With Feathers so I have high hopes for this one, long-listed for the Man Booker this year. Many tiny books made it home with me from the library today. I should be able to read them all three weeks. Puzzle and ornament shown here for @RaimeyGallant ❤️
Finally getting to this one, which I bought as an Audible Daily Deal years ago, because my bookstore started a non-fiction bookclub and its the August pick. I read (and loved) From Here to Eternity, and this is great so far as well. I love her narration. Just learned she has a new one coming out next month, which I‘ll tag below. I‘m already on the library hold list for it. I just love the way she writes about death and its aftermath 💀
I picked up this puzzle on Independent Bookstore Day; it felt fitting to start piecing it together on National Book Lovers Day. I‘m finding it very helpful that I am familiar with every book and author in the puzzle. I‘ve read 13 of the 23 books illustrated. I think it will be a fun challenge to read the rest. Bonus-the puzzle comes with a frameable print of the finished product. Really had a great night working on this with my dh and daughter.
Lots going on this weekend (a burger for breakfast gives an idea of the kind of night I had (late night Lollapalooza after-show)) so I‘m going to get only one book finished for the #reversereadathon. So far, I‘m liking this book much more than I thought it would. For some reason I thought I‘d hate it and was avoiding it like the plague but book club got me to finally pick it up. @DeweysReadathon
A book set in an east coast beach town felt uber appropriate for reading while on vacation in an east coast beach town (I‘m about 150 miles straight south of where this book takes place). I haven‘t read historical fiction in awhile and so far I‘m really enjoying this story. Coincidentally, this is my third St Martin Press book in a row. 🏖
This seems to be the book of summer. I think it will go down quick but probably not quick enough to finish before book club tomorrow night 🤷🏻♀️🙃
I loved the Springsteen book from this great series of kids‘ books. Fresh off of a Stones‘ show a couple of weeks ago, it feels like the perfect time to read this one. This cover is fantastic 😂😍
I still get giddy like a kid on Christmas morning when I receive an ARC, but I hate to admit I have a pretty bad track record for reading them prior to their pub date. I took this one with on a weekend getaway (I always bring at least one print book on vacay, even though the Kindle is fully stocked) and I‘m really enjoying it so far. Definitely some debut author vibes but overall I‘m having a good time at the Chelmsford Arms in NYC.
I downloaded this after finishing Normal People, which didn‘t blow me away. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ s for that one, which was long listed for the Man Booker. I‘m not loving this one, her debut, either but I do like it more so far than Normal People. And it‘s yet another book in my no-fly reading zone-things happening to teenagers/young adults. I‘m really on a tear with those, my usual avoid-at-all-costs books 🤷🏻♀️😂
I love Jim Crace‘s writing so I snagged these two today while I was at the Printer‘s Row Lit Fest in Chicago. The hardcover is a really cool looking Franklin Library edition of two of James Cain‘s most famous novellas (so really two books for the price of one 🙃). I stayed under budget and stayed dry, too-the called for rain held off during my visit.
This book was just what I needed. A fun easy reading palate cleanser (that I may or may not have downloaded during legal education seminar 🤷🏻♀️) I started it yesterday and it went down quick. I love that the last chapter is dated the same day I finished the book. Bookish serendipity at its finest. Looking forward to the sequel, coming out in July.
I‘m very much a Libra, weighing options ad nauseum & sometimes deciding to just not decide 🤷🏻♀️😂 I have *4* credits because I‘m a chronic skipper. I just can‘t make up my mind! I went all out this month & ordered 3 😛 The blurbed book because I missed my Overdrive hold 😑 and it‘s the June pick for one of my books clubs, Elin H‘s new one for an upcoming beach vacay and The Golden Hour because I love historical fiction. What did you pick? #BOTM
Taking advantage of some beautiful outdoor reading weather, which we haven‘t had much of in Chicago this spring ☹️ Feeling very meta sipping this Dragon Drink while reading about the Targaryens and their dragons 🔥🐉 👑
I wasn‘t ready to leave this world behind when the series ended last week, so I picked up volume one of the 2-part Targaryens in Westeros history. I love the way GRRM just takes me into this world with his writing. The illustrations are gorgeous. And, along with the tale, definitely give context to things that happened in this last season 🔥 🐉
This was the last book I picked up at BEA 2016. I HAD to have it and I COULDN‘T WAIT to read it. Fast forward to 2019 and I still haven‘t read it 🙄 But I did hear the delightful and charming author speak tonight about this book, (and his first, The Rules of Civility) his inspirations and writing process. This book is going to be adapted into a multi-episode television show with Kenneth Branagh as the Count. I‘d better get to it!
Indie Bookstore Day 2019 is in the books! Christmas in April indeed for book lovers. And in Chicago, we had a winter wonderland to go with that vibe. @seebiscan and I hit 11 stores together, and then I went on to four more. Because....why not? New books, used books, classics, books about books, bookish stuff-I brought home a little of everything. Did you do Independent Bookstore Day?
Morning reading. Trying to make substantial progress before book club tonight. Pulled me right in-this is one I never would have picked up on my own. Yay for book clubs! #morningreading #bookandcoffee #bookclub @seebiscan
Hey, Litsy, who else is readathoning today? For a number of reasons, I‘ve had a terrible last few weeks of (not) reading. I started these back in December and still haven‘t finished them. My big goal today is to finally get these marked as read. #deweysreadathon
Good morning, Litsy!
I downloaded the audio of this book because I didn‘t think I‘d finish before book club tonight. It was so good, I knocked it out over the weekend, no audio necessary. Although I may listen to a bit while I have it; the narration is lovely. Really looking forward to discussing the book tonight and looking forward to the author‘s next book as well. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My bookstore‘s March read for our fiction book club. I wasn‘t crazy about the beginning but now I‘m at the can‘t put it down stage. I‘ve had this downloaded since it made the TOB longlist for the current tournament. Looking forward to tonight‘s discussion. #morningreading #bookandcoffee
I really liked The Friend, which won the US National Book Award in 2018 and wanted to read more from the author. This book, her first, published in 1995, is positioned as a novel, but given the author‘s own heritage, it definitely has an autobiographical/auto-fiction feel. The part about studying ballet is one of the best I‘ve ever read.
I really missed the Quinn family when I fished the Winter Street series, my first books by this author (not my usual cuppa), so was excited that she was starting a new winter trilogy. 200 pages in & really enjoying this one, then BAM-a major editing issue-so annoying! And stunning that it could happen with a best-selling author and a Big 5 publisher. Dudes, read the damn book before you set it out in the world 🙄 (Error not in Kindle edition)
Here‘s another graphic from the recap. You can scroll through the book covers horizontally. If you have the Kindle app, check this out.
I just discovered this neat little recap of 2018 on my Kindle app called Your 2018 Year in Review. This is a little skewed because my husband shares my Amazon account but I still enjoyed seeing the numbers all in one place like this.
I can‘t resist a blank planner (or a few blank planners 🤷🏻♀️) for the new year. I also can‘t decide exactly how I want to use them so at this point, the only one I‘ve actually used is the little nothing one 🙄 I‘m blaming it on being a Libra-I gotta weigh all the options ⚖️
The face is not because of the book (although at about 70 pages in, I am finding it to be a slow go) but because I left my Kindle at work yesterday (Some Luck! 😉) and so I have to get my morning reading done on my phone-doable but not my fave. This first of a trilogy is clearly a set-up book so I‘m trying to be patient, but I definitely won‘t finish it in time for bookclub tonight 🤷🏻♀️
From my Goodreads Your Year in Books graphic. 65 books/19,478 pages. Not a stellar year numbers-wise, but not too shabby. Sea Prayer was a perfect follow-up/companion read to From a Low and Quiet Sea, both of which were 5 🌟 reads for me this year. Looking forward to many great books in 2019. Still deciding what challenges I‘ll do and where I‘ll set my Goodreads Challenge number. #2018inbooks #2018wrapup