Spent this Mother‘s Day moving our daughter to her summer dorm. Found a couple of snippets to down time to read a few of these fun and funny essays. Bless my heart.
Cinco de Mayo vibes. 📚🍷🇲🇽
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
I think this will be my last completed book of 2018, bringing the year‘s total to 65.-15 more than the arbitrarily chosen 50 that was my GR challenge for the year (easy to achieve and not a number that would discourage me from choosing chunksters) but the least number of books read since ‘14, when I read 61 books (and 1320 fewer pages) than ‘18. Not sure why the decline (Bookstagram? 🙄🤷🏻♀️🙃) but it was still an excellent year of reading.
And here is the beautiful after! Don‘t those books all look so pretty together? So happy to own them and not have to return them to the library- I love why @Bookworm83 chose each of these books from my TBR. I‘m a constant note taker and tabber of books,so the notepads and stick notes are perfect. The magnet and bookmark are adorable, and I have never seen chocolate infused marshmallows before. YUM. I just love everything.Thanks so much, Erin! ❤️
Seems fitting to spend Jane Austen‘s birthday reading this book. I saw a theater production of MP last night so it‘s interesting to see the differences in the stage adaptation. I needed to take a few notes at the beginning to get the family straight. Why doesn‘t Miss Ward have a first name? 🤔 And her married name of Mrs Norris keeps pulling me out of the story and into Harry Potter land. Thankfully Severus has been mentioned only once (so far🙃)
I reluctantly put this down to attend work meetings this morning and couldn‘t wait for lunch so I could get back to it. Sadly, this didn‘t make the ToB short list (nor the Man Booker short list for that matter) but I‘m so grateful to the MB longlist for putting it on my radar & then a publishing rep‘s mention at my local indie for pushing me over the edge. This book is ringing all of my book bells and I can‘t wait to read more from this author.
I‘ve seen mixed reviews on this one, which I bought a few months ago when it made the Man Booker longlist. It‘s also on the Tournament of Books longlist, and thus far, it‘s leaps and bounds better than the other ToB longlister I‘m currently reading, French Exit by Patrick deWitt (whose Sisters Brothers I adored but this new one, not so much 🤷🏻♀️)
This book hits my only two reading no-fly zones; bad things happening to teens/young adults and crime/law enforcement-they aren‘t triggers per se but they hit close enough to my current station in life, both personal and professional, that I prefer to avoid them. That said, I think this is an important book and I‘m glad my book club chose it. Bonus-the audio is performed by Bahni Turpin, one of my absolute favorite narrators.
Who says nothing good happens after 2am? (there may or may not have been wine involved 🤷🏻♀️)
Can Reading Make You Happier? https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/can-reading-make-you-happier
I treated myself to this box from HealthTea Book Crate-it‘s just lovely. They have subscriptions and single box options (which is what I did) They reveal the book and other content in the weeks prior to shipping so you can decide if the box looks like something you‘d like. You can also purchase past monthly and specialty boxes. This is not a promo link, just a link to the website if you want to check it out. https://www.healthteabookcrate.com/
Very grateful that my local, within walking distance indie had this specific edition of Macbeth in stock. My daughter informed me last night that she needs it for school on Monday. Dude, you‘ve been home all week and you‘re telling me this NOW? 🙄 At least she didn‘t wait until we were on our way to school Monday morning 🙃
Today I‘m reading short stories and New Yorker articles. This collection was one of 3 books @Liberty chose for me via @bookriot ‘s TBR service.Tailored book recommendations sent to your inbox(or you can chose to receive the actual books in your mailbox) every quarter. Stitch Fix for Books-check it out here:https://www.google.com/amp/s/bookriot.com/2018/10/02/introducing-tbr-tailored-book-recommendations-from-book-riot/amp/ if you haven‘t already.
I gave a shout out to Daughter #1‘s high school yesterday, as it came up in one of my current reads, so it‘s only fair that I give Daughter #2‘s high school a shout out as well. This video was filmed by Field Notes for an upcoming special edition. They are also long time sponsors of the #ToB, whose long list I am currently tackling. Check out the video: https://vimeo.com/299142029 It‘s pretty cool.
It‘s been a really rough few days. My best kind of self-care right here; a light, fun yet darkish witty book, a glass of wine, an aromatic candle and a tub full of Dr. Teal‘s. I may stay here all weekend.
Glad my book club chose this one so I have reason to pull it from the TBR-I bought it in April and other books kept siren-calling me away. Greek myth inspired pun attempt intended 🙃
#BOTM people...I‘ll make your November pick easy. This.book.is.RIDICULOUSLY.GOOD. OMG, full stop, just pick this book. And I love Liane Moriarty and Barbara Kingsolver, and The Proposal sounds amazing, so this is really saying something. @Liberty NAILED IT with her choice this month. Side note: John Boyne books=Eater of Book Darts.
Sunday night plans.
I wasn‘t blown away by Beartown but I was interested enough in what happens next (Benji!!!!!) that I‘m going in for the sequel. Halfway thru. This won‘t blow me away either but so far, I‘m liking it more than Beartown. #bookandbath #bookandwine