Philly Littens! My brain is Monday mush so I can‘t even think of who to tag. 😬
I love discovering a new to me author with a backlist. While ostensibly about the disappearance of a woman, this gorgeously written novel is about seeing, hearing, believing, and valuing women, particularly black women in America. There is so much truth and humanity in this. I am a gigantic fan. 4⭐️.
I was absolutely fascinated by this. Rubenhold‘s level of research and ability to so convincingly transport us to Victorian era London was quite remarkable. 4⭐️
Contemplating the meaning of life. #DogsOfLitsy
I am not really a graphic novel person - I think this is the 3rd one I‘ve ever read - but this is nothing short of a masterpiece. It literally took my breath away. ALL THE STARS.
And with that I‘ve finished my summer prompts for #booked2019.
Confession: Every so often my cold, cynical, black heart thoroughly enjoys a romantic comedy in either cinematic or novel form. This is a warm, witty, cozy, charming romantic comedy for grown ups. It‘s begging to be turned into a Nancy Meyers movie. 4⭐️
Anti-Monday mopes superpower ACTIVATE! 🦸🏻♀️
While I still love Maeve and I‘m even beginning to warm to Derwent, this was sadly my least favorite of the series so far. I found the continuing threads from the previous entry more compelling than the central mystery. And Jane Casey could use some help with her LGBT representation. It‘s London in 2012, not 1960. 🙄 On to the 4th! #seriesread
USPS land speed record! #BOTM
This was...cute. It sort of lost its luster for me once they stopped communicating via Post-it and I found the manner in which Leon‘s chapters were written to be sort of odd. Having said that, it‘s sweet and would probably make a good chick flick. 3⭐️
I was supposed to be buying fewer physical books.
ALL ABOARD THE HOT MESS EXPRESS! I know I‘ve used the word “delicious” in several reviews this summer but this one also falls firmly in that camp. Rich people behaving badly stories are firmly in my wheelhouse and this did not disappoint. I was reading this as satire but sadly I know just how true to life these parents are. As a child of the 80s/90s from a working class background and a time when 👇🏼
Colson Whitehead is an otherworldly talent. Easily the best book I have read this year. I would not be at all surprised if he adds another Pulitzer to his haul.
Hoping to get my reading mojo back this week. I haven‘t finished a book since August 15! 😱 I‘m in the middle of and loving the top 2 and have the bottom 2 from the library.
The story of my life...
Deep thoughts, aka my dog is a human.
Well this is serendipitous. FINALLY crossed the 100,000 mark on my 3 year anniversary. I‘m probably the slowest ever to 100K. 😂
Because one can never have too many series ongoing. #StartASeries Quite different from my typical British murder and mayhem picks as it is a geopolitical thriller set in Canada. The recounting of the genocide and rape camps in Bosnia was breathtaking. Not at all an easy read but an important one. 4🌟 👇🏼
The mystery isn‘t the star here. It is the complicated and messy family dynamics and experiences of immigrants in both the U.S. and Europe. Loved it. 4🌟
OOPS, I DID IT AGAIN.
Slowly but surely getting my reading mojo back by focusing on stereotypically “lighter” fare. But while this novel is sort of soap operatic, there is an entire smorgasbord of misery from alcoholism to infertility to domestic violence to eating disorders and on and on ad infinitum. I‘ve never read this author before but it did seem at times she was laying it on a bit thick. Still interesting & entertaining & kept me out of my own head. 3.75🌟
Hello mental health day!
This was the delightful balm my soul needed. Sure, the protagonist is prickly but so am I. And yes, the romance was predictable but I DID NOT CARE because it made me smile. Loved it. 4🌟
A lone bright spot in this terrible week. #BOTM
AND IT‘S ONLY TUESDAY, FOLKS!
I apologize for this but I am just so tired. My soul is weary and my heart hurts. El Paso and Dayton - I love you.
My reading this month has been CRAAAAAAP. Between houseguests and the boiling temperatures and the World Cup and an unexpectedly busy work month, my heart just has not been in it. I‘ve started and stopped far too many books but am hoping to get back on track in August. #StartASeries I‘m coming to “hang out” with @TrishB and @suzie.reads 😋
I think meticulous is an odd word choice to describe Israel Keyes but scary AF is an apt descriptor. The idea that this man operated somewhat under the radar for as long as he did and so skillfully manipulated the investigators even after his capture is spine tingling. Obvious trigger warnings for torture, rape, etc. but also animal torture. This madman was textbook. 🤯
This was the delightful lesbian romantic comedy that I really wanted Camille Perri‘s When Katie Met Cassidy to be. I don‘t “get” the idea of polyamory or open relationships cause I‘m a green eyed Scorpio monster and Sam is an emotionally abusive asshat, but I really really really loved this. 4🌟
Welcome home, Cindy!
Next up! Justifying my #BOTM rejoin.
Absolutely riveting. Women‘s sexuality is messy and complicated and contradictory and Taddeo captured it so beautifully. It is a very specific story about a very specific sub-set of women and those going into it expecting some sort of Masters & Johnson study will undoubtedly be disappointed. But I found this to be earth shatteringly good. 5🌟