I am angry. You should be too. If you aren‘t, you haven‘t been paying enough attention and should probably ready this. Backed this up by watching Hannah Gadsby‘s Nanette. Pow!
This is my bookclub‘s #chunkster for the year. Due for discussion at our weekend away by the beach in November. Have just started. Gonna take me a while with 36 hours of audio!
So much to take in about things I know little about. I really enjoyed the learning curve.
Finished this off this morning, ready for book club tomorrow. How can a story be about not much and everything at the same time? I found the style of writing very calming, almost meditative and I really liked the gentle progression of each of the stories. I think some of the imagery in this one will stay with me for a while.
I did this on audio in the car, which was great for all the voices, but during the first half I did wish I was reading a book so I could go back and pick up on little things I missed. I got royally confused a couple of times and I‘m sure I missed key details. However, it was a great story, and I got most of it in the end. Some fabulous fabulous sentences too.
Excellent. Worth your time. You will always have problems, so have good ones. That depends on your personal metrics and how you view the world. Action results in motivation, not the other way round. Get over yourself, and start choosing which few things you will truly give a fuck about. Let the rest go. Add this to your pile of happiness reading @Joanne1 ! Really!
Negative emotions are part of the human condition. It‘s silly to think we can avoid them or that if we have them something is wrong with us.
No, we are not all exceptional.
Pick pick pick pick. Not so harrowing as to be unbearable (which is always my fear with Books like this), really well written, totally compelling.
Probably the best author talk I‘ve ever been to. Can‘t wait to get started on this.
A really good listen. Well researched and Summerscale evokes a vivid Victorian setting. Tho there were some parts that, although interesting, did seem to not be relevant for eh story and dragged it out a bit. Would read another of hers tho.
Started The Wicked Boy audiobook in the bus on the way back to Nanjing from Yangzhou. This pic is taken at the Bamboo garden we visited today.
A book I definitely have to read. I‘m currently in Nanjing and took my students to visit the massacre memorial museum the week before last. It‘s harrowing, with it‘s partly excavates grave of 10,000 bodies, and I am moved every time I go there. It‘s also an excellent example of a museum experience.
Important. Read it. Listen to it. Get angry and don‘t be a bystander.
Many parts felt very repetitive, which made it difficult to get interested in. I was interested enough to see how it all came together, so I made it to the end, but was relieved to be done.
Next audiobook. Will sneak snippets while hiding away from the numerous teenagers we brought here to China 🇨🇳 on a school trip. 12 days to go! :-)
Just started this. Anyone read it? Tell you what I‘m enjoying at the moment - Kindle‘s WhisperSync. I‘ve read my last couple of books with it. Sometimes reading, sometimes listening, sometimes following along in the text while being read to. And all on my phone. It‘s pretty cool.
I‘m in China at the moment (on a school trip) and Litsy hasn‘t been working, but it is now so I‘m catching up! Anyway, really enjoyed this book and will definitely read the next two. Love love love the rugged Scottish Island scenery which is why I love the series Shetland as well. This book was recommended to me because I was raving about wanting to visit the Shetlands after not being able to get enough of seeing it in that series.
I just didn‘t get it. I liked the parts with the historical references, and the characters in the bardo were interesting, but I wasn‘t sure how it all fitted together. I‘m not sure how much i cared either. I‘m looking forward to discussing this one with both of my book groups.
Am heading o/s in a few days so going to try to whip through this one before I go, in amongst all the other things that need doing :) Am using my new bookmark, sent by my Litsy penpal @kidamy which I think suits the magic theme of this book perfectly.
In PJs with book, blanket and hot chocolate. All is well with my world. It‘s a damn good book too. Horrible story (child soldiers in Sudan) but important to know. Anyway, back to it. Night Littens!
I am going to listen to this while reading it. I can see the structure would be a bit tricky on its own with audio but want to hear all the different voices. So will read on my Kindle app and listen along with WhisperSync (via Audible). Not sure if I‘m going to like this one, but reading it for two different book clubs. See how I go...
Excellent. So many topics covered and so accessibly written. Many moments of deep thought.
In Feb 2009 the small town of Kinglake, just north east of Melbourne, was engulfed by a megafire. Conditions were extreme and resulted in a fire front that lasted an hour, melted roads and killed over 170 people. This is an absolutely gripping account of that day. It even goes into the science of the weather of bushfires and some of the history of how societies view fire. I cannot recommend it enough.