Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Twocougs

Twocougs

Joined May 2016

Lover of beautiful prose and big, fat books📚
review
Twocougs
Greenwood | Michael Christie
post image
Pickpick

I‘m not sure what I expected when I heard about this book but I knew I HAD to read it, so ordered it from Canada (it‘s not released in the Stated until 2/28/20.)Wow, so worth it. Incredibly sad yet Christie somehow continues to be hopeful in this multigenerational, future and past. I‘m scared that his future may become too realistic. Pre-order people or better yet buy it from an indie-bookstore in Canada, like Munro‘s in Victoria!

review
Twocougs
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
post image
Pickpick

Wow, deserves the praise it‘s received. Immensely creative, soul crushing, beautiful, honest, we need more Pets. Jam was the perfect protagonist and hero.

Peddler410 Glad you liked it! I bought it a week or so ago but haven‘t read it yet. 2w
28 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

I adored this book. It‘s a book of humanity and when you think how could these terrible things keep happening, a moment of honest, beautiful love occurs. The preface of the brain slowly dying, in 10min38seconds was intriguing and made me wonder what my brain would remember. It‘s worthy of the Booker Short List.

29 likes1 stack add
review
Twocougs
Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
post image
Pickpick

Beautiful, heart wrenching, prepared myself and yet...I hope we have many more exquisite novels from Julia Phillips.

30 likes1 stack add
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

This is a beautifully written book about the ethics of climate change but it‘s also a book of connections with family, the Holocaust, grandmothers, guilt, human history, religion, and Science. Frankly it felt like a conversation with a close friend when you talk about the difficult and unspoken things. Go out and read this NOW!

28 likes2 stack adds
blurb
Twocougs
post image

I haven‘t read anything by Jonathan Safran Foer for awhile and had forgotten how stunningly beautiful his writing is. Such irony, exceptionally beautiful writing about about the terrifying,, complicated and divisiveness of climate change.

19 likes2 stack adds
review
Twocougs
The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
post image
Pickpick

I wasn‘t sure what to expect from this novel.I love Margaret Atwood, adored The Handmaid‘s Tale & was slightly terrified this would fall flat.I shouldn‘t have worried &trusted Atwood. Nine months ago I ordered a signed copy (coming from Blackwell‘s) but couldn‘t wait,so listened to it.The voice talent was excellent.I can‘t wait to get my hands on the actual book to read it.I can only speak for myself but I feel as though the story is now complete.

marleed It makes me happy that it was Margaret Atwood who was able to finish it. 1mo
Twocougs @marleed ❤️ 1mo
38 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
Twocougs
The Memory Police | Yoko Ogawa
post image
Pickpick

Elegant,unusual, mind bending.

27 likes4 stack adds
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

Such glorious women to read about and be inspired by. The perfect book when you are looking at age.

review
Twocougs
The Incendiaries | R.O. Kwon
post image
Pickpick

More emotional than I expected, realistic, and incredibly sad. I enjoyed Kwon‘s interesting narrative style. My heart broke from the pain these characters felt.

BarbaraBB I loved this one too. 2mo
31 likes1 comment
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

Heartbreaking and fascinating stories from a lawyer that is trying to help those abused and hurt. Her work gives me hope for victims.

24 likes2 stack adds
review
Twocougs
Mostly Dead Things | Kristen Arnett
post image
Pickpick

Unusual and surprisingly sad. One of the the reviews called the novel funny, which I certainly would not say. About the time you think Jessa is never going to pull out of her sadness, the story changes.

review
Twocougs
Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
post image
Pickpick

So how to describe, is it dystopia, a fable, a warning, a tribute to crows or all animals for that matter, a comedy, a mystery, a novel of Seattle, a nightmare, HOPE... all or none but what it is, pure joy to read. Incredibly unique, fun and best of all about my home. Shit Turd is a fantastic protagonist.(picture of book with my own “Dennis”)

Hooked_on_books I‘m looking forward to this one! 2mo
Twocougs @Hooked_on_books the best time I‘ve had reading a book in a while. Enjoy! 2mo
37 likes3 stack adds2 comments
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

I enjoyed Ben‘s story. He‘s a year younger than I am, so I got a kick out of parts of his childhood.

review
Twocougs
Sea Prayer | Khaled Hosseini
post image
Pickpick

Beautiful yet heart wrenching. Hosseini‘s writing shines in this mournful tale. There is a whole generation of children that know nothing but war, with no end in sight. Bless the refugees and may they all find “home”, wherever it maybe.

review
Twocougs
An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris | Georges Perec, Marc Lowenthal
post image
Pickpick

A fascinating small book about three days of the infraordinary sitting in the same square, Place Saint Sulpice recording everything the author saw, from the simple to the unusual to the ordinary (lots and lots of ordinary). At first I was unsure, it felt like a list but over those three days I began to “see” this part of Paris in a very different way. Quite an extraordinary little book.

charl08 Sounds fascinating. 3mo
21 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

Inspiring book that went well with my goal of #plasticfreeJuly . It‘s gives science based info on the problem and easy advice on how to begin to rid your life of plastic. Happy to say I‘ve made progress but it‘s not easy with all the packaging in our lives.

janeycanuck Oh, I didn‘t know this existed, I‘ve been trying to start reducing our plastic so I‘m going to have to get my hands on a copy. 3mo
Twocougs @janeycanuck I think it‘s available in the States now but I got my copy from Blackwell‘s in the UK- free shipping to the US😊. Some good advice 3mo
28 likes2 stack adds2 comments
review
Twocougs
The Need | Helen Phillips
post image
Pickpick

I have absolutely no idea what I just read. I don‘t even know what type of genre it is. However, I could not put it down. There‘s so much to say or maybe better to think about. Weirdly all of this makes a weird type of sense. What I do know is the name Molly/Moll has a completely different feeling for me. I‘m guessing, we‘ll see this win some awards.

Nute This is just the type of book that intrigues me - when I have to question what‘s happening and then go all in for deep thinking. I bypassed reading this book when first released, but based on your wonderful review I am reconsidering! 2w
37 likes4 stack adds1 comment
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

My favorite Aimee Leduc Mystery so far. Paris, murder, theft, search for long lost mother-what more could you ask for?

JennyM That looks a perfect reading set-up 🍩 ☕️ 📖 3mo
Twocougs @JennyM only problem was I wanted another 🍩 and cappuccino 3mo
30 likes2 comments
review
Twocougs
The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
post image
Pickpick

Wow...Colin Whitehead writes quite a story here. Beautifully written, with twists you don‘t see coming. Stunner of a story. I will be surprised if this doesn‘t win literary awards!

39 likes5 stack adds
review
Twocougs
Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
post image
Pickpick

Beautifully written, intense, terrifying, relevant. John Green said it pairs well with 1984 and the Handmaid‘s Tale and I agree. Being a West Coaster, this hit home even more. Octavia Butler was a master storyteller.

42 likes2 stack adds
review
Twocougs
The Body Lies | Jo Baker
post image
Pickpick

I certainly did not see where this story went-holy cow. Terrifying and sobering yet the ending was perfect for this novel. Read it in a day. Jo Baker can certainly write!

35 likes3 stack adds
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

Wow, dark and heartbreaking. A powerfully unique read. I absolutely adore Matt Haig but there is some serious darkness to this one. I feel shattered but so glad I read it.

34 likes2 stack adds
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

If I needed/wanted to run away, Buenos Aires is where I‘d run too. Interesting preface but took a little to long to get to what “it” was, which made it not feel quite as bad as it should have. I liked her time in BA and her skiing history but the rest was too drawn out. I like it but not 5 stars worth.

review
Twocougs
The Forgotten Summer | Carol Drinkwater
post image
Pickpick

Took some turns that I didn‘t expect and by the end it all made sense. I enjoyed Carol Drinkwater‘s Olive Farm quartet of books, so thought I‘d give one of her novels a try. It didn‘t disappoint.

28 likes1 stack add
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

We‘ve had some race issues come up at school this last year and as a white, female teacher, I wanted to make sure I am dealing with it in a positive way, so that my students of color are supported. This book helped me to not to not only think about race from a different perspective but also has given me ways to help fight against racial oppression. A book all Americans should read.

Hooked_on_books I thought this book was terrific. 4mo
44 likes1 comment
review
Twocougs
The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
post image
Pickpick

Such an inspirational story. Loved their courage and adventure. Must admit I had to go online to check on how Moth‘s health is doing currently😀

32 likes1 stack add
review
Twocougs
The Lost Girl | Carol Drinkwater
post image
Pickpick

It‘s been a while since I read a novel this size in one day. Interesting stories intertwined from after WW II and during the terrorist attacks in Paris in Nov 2015. I savored this.

26 likes1 stack add
review
Twocougs
post image
Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book but I just couldn‘t get into it. Not sure if it‘s my mood or the book. Not sure how it got nominated for the Women‘s Prize ( which probably means my mood was the problem).

Niso My Sister The Serial Killer and the Silence of the Girls were rather mediocre and still they were nominated for the prize, so maybe it is not your mood 😉 4mo
Peddler410 I loved this book when I read it in high school. I‘d like to do a re-read. 4mo
Twocougs @Peddler410 This book was published last year. I‘m guessing you‘re thinking of the older book with same name and that one was great. 4mo
Peddler410 Ah! I didn‘t pay attention to the author 😬 4mo
25 likes4 comments
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

Important and terrifying book. Extremely readable but scary as the most horror filled story. Everyone e should be required to read this!

41 likes3 stack adds
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

My new favorite book. Smart, strong, women to inspire and look up to.

review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

Stunningly beautiful, heartbreaking, a letter from a son to his mother. Vietnam to America on all that this family had to go thru. I greatly hope Ocean Vuong continues to write prose.

45 likes2 stack adds
review
Twocougs
City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
post image
Pickpick

Just the book I needed. An “interesting” woman, so unlike me. Lovely story, see right before WW II.

39 likes2 stack adds
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

Doing some reading for my LGBTQ+ kids. I want to be set and ready for the beginning of the school year. This one is directed more towards students, and gives some good basic info for them. This will be a nice resource to offer my kids in our GSA. #happypride🌈

Peddler410 I‘d love to hear more about your gas! One of my schools is trying to get one started. I‘m currently taking a course — Safe Spaces: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Schools 4mo
24 likes1 comment
review
Twocougs
Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
post image
Pickpick

If I woke tomorrow with one wish I could only use on myself, I would ask to write as beautifully and as uniquely as Max Porter. I ❤️ his books and Lanny is no exception. Perfection in 210 pages.

Emilymdxn I totally agreed! 5mo
22 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
Twocougs
Eileen Gray - A House Under the Sun | Zosia Dzierzawska, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes
post image
Pickpick

I received this fantastic book in my Year of Reading subscription from #shakespeareandcompany . I had not known the story of Eileen Gray and her stunning E-1027 before and now I‘m dying to go to Côte d-Azur to see it. What an extraordinary woman. Lovely read.

blurb
Twocougs
post image

I hate that I felt the need to own this book, I hate that I felt the need to buy two more, including one for my daughter, I hate that it‘s 2019 and this is a true concern in America. It feels like I‘m living a dystopian future and it makes me incredibly sad.😢

Emilymdxn It‘s so awful 😞 5mo
27 likes2 stack adds1 comment
blurb
Twocougs
We'll Never Have Paris | Andrew Gallix
post image

Holden speaks the truth about about Paris, “making an art of everyday life”.🍷

review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

Painful, heartbreaking, maddening, a 9 years old‘s rape. Immensely difficult to read but important and necessary. Adelaide tells her story so honestly, that at times I felt my heart shatter. And then I think of every little girl, teenager and woman has been dealt this same trauma💔. Read this!

review
Twocougs
The Gloaming | Melanie Finn
post image
Pickpick

😳😳😳Didn‘t expect that ending. Beautifully written, heartbreaking . I see why it was long listed for the Booker.

38 likes2 stack adds
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

I‘ve read the book years ago, watched the series, and was curious how well a graphic novel could capture the story- I must say it captured the essence remarkably well. Always upsetting to even think of this ever happening. I have to say that Margaret Atwood is a genius and am looking forward to the next book.

review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

As a Seattleite, looming back on our fair city and her adventures were fun.

review
Twocougs
Normal People | Sally Rooney
post image
Pickpick

Adored this book except for three pages. There‘s a piece of each character that I deeply understand. I wonder if I had read this when I was younger if it would have had the same impact on me.

Suet624 I agree completely with everything you‘ve said. 5mo
32 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
Twocougs
Codename Villanelle | Luke Jennings
post image
Pickpick

Was curious after watching Killing Eve what the book was like (love the show). Enjoyed it very much. Hope he keeps writing them.

25 likes2 stack adds
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

Saw Moby speak in Seattle about the book. The books gives an honest and intense telling of what fame and his childhood did to him. He‘s come a very long way from those days. Worth a read.

Soubhiville Thanks for the review, I was wondering how this was! Just saw him on Bill Maher. 5mo
Twocougs @Soubhiville I‘ve been whispering and crumpling paper ever since I saw that episode😂 5mo
24 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

Excellent book for teachers on the concern of students not reading. This is making me think deeply and make some changes.

34 likes4 stack adds
review
Twocougs
Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
post image
Pickpick

Beautifully written story. Heartbreaking and brave. A fictional story based on a Mennonite community in Bolivia and brazen sexual attacks of more than 100 women and girls.

Cinfhen Such a powerful read 6mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m interested in this one but have seen many reviewers say it‘s very philosophical. Did you find that to be the case? 6mo
Twocougs 😀 @Hooked_on_books I wouldn't say that it is philosophical, as much as the women talking about their mennonite beliefs and how what they are talking about, impacts that. I'd encourage you to read it. 5mo
Hooked_on_books @Twocougs I think I‘ll give it a try. Thanks! 5mo
36 likes4 comments
review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

Great book for teachers. Wished it had more middle level examples though

review
Twocougs
The Parisian | Isabella Hammad
post image
Pickpick

Beautifully written,fascinating story.

review
Twocougs
post image
Pickpick

I teach an 8th grade Holocaust unit and was looking for some books to add and found this. Heartbreaking yet hopeful. Definitely a book I will add. Using the graphic novel format for the story was an interesting twist.

31 likes1 stack add