Good palette cleanser. Perfect first book of summee vacation
An interesting story about a woman deemed insane because she fought for what she believed and didn't submit to the men around her. Creepy that although this story takes place in the latter half of the 19th century, it reads like it could happen today.
I know people love this, and it was nice to read a heartwarming story for a change, but I felt like it dragged on and could have been edited down.
I'm not that big of a fan of Benedict. Not knocking her, just not my cup of tea. I don't know if it's the subject matter, the fact that this has a co-author, but I enjoyed this. Rather than exploring an alternate history, this is storacle fiction follows a true woman whose father was the first African American to graduate from Harvard, but she passed her adulthood as white, I'm broke gender barriers to become J.P. Morgan's personal librarian.
Tessa, a Northern Irish native works for the BBC when one day she sees a still from CCTV footage of an armed robbery. The police are asking for info on the the suspects who are considered IRA terrorists. The middle suspect is a woman looking towards the camera. There's no doubt in Tessa's mind that the woman is her sister.
What would you do if you were in her shoes?
Loved this, 4 thumbs up!
"First, they refused to believe me. And they shamed me. Then they silenced me... I say it is better to be a slut than to be silent. I believe, in fact, that the slur slut carries within it, Trojan- horse style, silence as it's true intent. That the opposite of slut is not virtue but voice."
^ Sums up the memoir better than I could.
I'm back to Litsy, y'all. Life has started to settle down a bit, and I'm hoping to get back to reading more.
My friend gave Guncle to me saying, " I couldn't get past the title-" not the best vote of confidence. However, I really enjoyed this. It managed to be really light even though a central premise of the novel is grief and how it brings the main characters together.
I listened to the audiobook and I feel like this was a missed opportunity to tell further develop the characters as a narrative nonfiction or historical fiction. I would have preferred a deeper dive on fewer women, but I'm assuming she didn't have a lot to go on, so a historical fiction with some creative liberties taken would've been great.
I was rooting for every character; Majumdar did an excellent job at making them all sympathetic. For me, what made the book is even though as a reader, I knew something tragic was around every character, I felt the undying hope that each character had that things had to and would get better.
There was one chapter that I felt shamed people for choosing to have epidural and interventions, but otherwise, I loved the book. We'll see how effective it is during actual labor, but the techniques have helped me deal with anxiety and pregnancy after infertility & recurring loss.
I didn't know much of anything about Bletchley Park other than Alan Touring, so I found this fascinating. I am shocked that Kate Quinn has done it again, but I loved this book and the narrator did an excellent job with the various characters. This might actually be my favorite book of Quinn's.
I loved this book and was not familiar with Marie Smith's case. There was a little bit of everything ranging from the history of Asbury Park itself to the murder, to the life of Ida. B. Wells. The reason I'm giving this a 4 versus 5 stars is it felt like the Wells story didn't tie as neatly as the other stories. It seemed totally separate story that was interesting and well-written, but the connection wasn't as obvious as the other stories.
I absolutely loved this book. I knew very little of the information in here, and I love learning. This isn't just about codebreaking, but there's also fascinating information about South American history, the war, mental illness, the FBI, etc.
I love the cover. This is not my cup of tea; I just don't really ever read this self-help, blog- post type genre. However, there were a lot of quotes I did like, and overall it was a positive experience. I can definitely see why it is so popular, and Doyle is a good writer. Edit: I forgot to tag @thearomaofbooks This is my #bookspin for February.
@Thearomaofbooks February #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo
I hope to finish the tagged book first. I wasn't as successful during January as I had hoped. I was one book short of bingo; however, I am proud for completing both the bookspin and doublespin. My goal is to get at least one bingo row this month.
I really tried, but I bailed with 2 out of 7 hours left in the book. I actually am a fan of Leviton's album, My Favorite Place to Drown which is probably the only reason why I got so far in this book. I can only take so much of a privileged white man telling anecdote after anecdote of where he was d!$& to people, and how it negatively affected his relationships and ability to maintain a job.
“I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ast. And that in wondering bout the big things and asting bout the big things you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love.“ Finished my #doublebookspin @thearomaofbooks
Very cute middle grades novel about Amina, a 6th grade daughter of Pakastini immigrants. Told through her perspective, she deals with a variety of issues ranging from shifting dynamics in her friend group to a hate crime. 100% and would recommend to upper elementary and middle school students with confidence.
Given to me as a gift. The first two trimesters I feel like you could just get off of the various apps, nothing new here. It was the third trimester section that really made it worth it. People give all sorts of advice when one is pregnant, but no one really talks about the postpartum care nitty gritty like padsicles, boobytubes, etc, and that section is what made the book worth it for me.
This is mix of Billy Elliot (male, homosexual growing up in Thatcher's U.K.), Angela's Ashes (children of alocholic parents living in poverty), Trainspotting (Scottish dialect). While the story is horribly depressing, there was hope woven throughout the story, even at the end. I highly recommend the audiobook if you're struggling with the dialect as hearing a Scottish narrator made the story come alive. I felt like Shuggie was in the room with me.
1. My husband is in a book club where they meet quarterly, so reads at least 4 books a year. I know for a lot of adults don't read at all, but he's not an avid reader like me.
2. My mom @BookBridget reads a lot and is always giving me books including the tagged one. @TheSpineView
I would love to teach in the world of this book where one can do creative writing on a daily basis w/o standardized tests. One Time follows Gina who had gotten in trouble in the past because of her active imagination and daydreaming. An ELA teacher and a mysterious neighbor help Gina to foster her creativity. 100% clean and would not have any issue recommending to upper elementary and middle school students. #bookspin @thearomaofbooks
#unpopularopinion I did not enjoy this even though it apparently is a moving starring Tom Hanks and has amazing reviews. It's a quick read, and I'm glad to have another #bookspinbingo down. The lack of quotation marks drove me crazy and made it difficult to follow at times. I also felt like the story lacked transitions; it just went from one crazy event to the next. Definitely an interesting concept for a novel though.
I enjoyed this audiobook about an Indian woman during the 1950's. I enjoying reading about the Indian Caste system and there were aspects of that in this. Although it is published by Harlequinn Audio, and there were certainly discussions of sex, there was nothing too pornographic in here. I also wouldn't classify it as a romance, but rather, for fans of historical fiction and even feminism.
This was tough at times since it is sooo long and there's a lot going on. Everyone is named Thomas, Richard, or Mary. However, I really enjoyed it and thought it was worth it. It's just the type of book that one must read in a distraction-free environment if possible. First book of 2021 and off my #bookspinbingo board.
1. 12 books
The tagged book recommends a practice of 30 minutes of mindfulness a day to get ready for labor. I'm aiming for 20 for January.
I also want to do some sort of physical activity whether it's walking, yoga, etc, for 30 minutes a day.
Understanding that my minutes don't have to be in a row will be the most realistic/healthy way for me to achieve my goals this month.