Pretty sure this time last year I was ranting about #botm not having any spooky picks for October--let's hope this hits the mark!!
As a side note, I think the fantasy pick sounds awesome--maybe an add on next month as a treat once I see some reviews!
The Killing is one of my all-time favorite TV shows, so when I saw that this (debut, I think?) author was directly involved in writing the screenplay of the original Danish series, I knew I had to check it out. This read JUST like a fictional crime serial, and it was almost perfection. I'm hoping for potentially a sequel, maybe with some of the characters' backstories! 4.5 🌟 #botm
I cannot believe how much I loved this!
I totally see where the negative reviews are coming from, especially given the nature of the author's other works. But this, right here, is gothic fiction at its finest. Rather than spotlighting a well-crafted plot, this instead is a character study of a man who is haunted--perhaps both physically and emotionally. I loved The Thirteenth Tale, now I really want to pick up Once Upon A River!
I've been using audiobooks to help catch up on all the reading I missed out on during the first half of the year due to my MASSIVE slump. Listen to something in the car, and pick up something entirely different at night (I'm usually a 1-book-at-a-time gal, so this has been a great, but rewarding, reading challenge for me!). Loving this performance so far, which is usually a good sign 👍
What a pleasant surprise!! While I pegged the basic whodunit, I loved the dynamic between Cap and Vega, the two main investigators. Plus, just found out there's going to be a second book! Hoping we get more backstory with the characters, too. Loved this on audio #botm
Major #unpopularopinion time. But that's the beauty of places like Litsy, it's always fun to share ?
I'm really not having luck with some of these recent releases. For this, I found it just plain messy, so much that I couldn't buy into the "fun" that it was probably supposed to be. Especially after strongly disliking The Last Time I Lied, this is just not an author I jive with.
Anyone else not a fan? Would love to hear your thoughts! #botm
This year hasn't been the best for me so far, and its showing in my reading/writing habits--or lack of those habits lately. But when all else seems to fail, I can turn to my books for comfort 👍😊
Here are my #top6reads so far for 2019. A review for the tagged still to come--one of the most beautiful pieces of literature I've ever held in my hands 💙 Thanks @Cinfhen for the idea!
Here we go, July!!! Pretty cool choices this month--what's everyone picking? #botm
For #pridemonth, I wanted to share two of my favorite books featuring #bisexual characters (LaCour's much more subtle than Colbert's, but still worth mentioning). I cannot stress enough that healthy bi representation--like ALL representation--is so important today, especially in YA literature. I think we've seen a steady increase in books breaking stereotypes of all degrees, and I only hope it continues 💪#repmatters
Jennifer McMahon is typically my go-to author for "guily-pleasure" horror/creepy reads, but she really stepped it up with this one! Her writing has so improved since her earlier works (some are quite messy), and the story (while cheesy at points) actually felt fresh and coherent for the most part. This had just enough "creep" to make it a lighter read for horror fans, but it's also a good choice for newbies to try the genre out ?
FANTASTIC audiobook--I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it nearly as much had I picked up the print copy. The narrators did a great job capturing the gritty and raw emotions packed within this, and I adored the podcast-like format.
Know that this does have some pretty significant TWs for those who would need to know (I won't mention them here because I consider one to be a huge spoiler, so make sure to research if needed). #audio
I may have enjoyed this had I known more going in. I thought this would involve a feminist look at women in today's military culture, but instead it read like a PG-rated Hallmark movie (which can be fun, just not what I expected). The relationships were unnatural, the diversity felt a little forced, and overall it just was fragmented. Still, this could be a great book for the right reader. GR: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2768175138 #botm
Ugh. Just started this, and already I'm not a fan of how the author is incorrectly portraying Pittsburgh as a place that natives want to "escape." In reality, locals and transplants young and old are damn proud of their wonderful city and its schools, and this is coming from a Philly girl ?? I may be nit-picking, but it's a HUGE pet peeve of mine when authors fail to research local cultural norms #botm
This will probably be the last rainy Sunday snuggle session for me and my buddy--he's in the final stages of heart failure and we've decided that it probably will be time to take him to the vet this week. Between his illness and my grandmother's passing last Christmas, it's been a really hard 2019 for me so far--and especially lately, it hasn't been easy. Sending positive thoughts to all Littens struggling in some way ❤ #dogsoflitsy
1. My two sheepies, me, and my mom ❤ (Jingle up top with my me and mom, Frosty and myself in the bottom left, and my mom with double trouble on the right!) #dogsoflitsy
2. Nothing! Only read 2 books in April, hoping for a productive May!
3. Going down the shore/beach for some peace and quiet
4. 🌧🌧🌧 but that's ok!
5. It's pizza Friday! 🍕
Hmmm not sure how I feel about this month's picks--I didn't read The Kiss Quotient but I'm sure alot of readers will be thrilled with The Bride Test! Thinking about either skipping, or getting the historical or non fiction if I do pick one #botm
My second month in a row that I failed in the "planning to skip" train of thought...got Miracle Creek, Lost and Wanted, AND Beyond the Point ? anyone else have a hard time picking this month?? #botm
1. One if my faves 💜
2. I'm not organized at all, but do try to make my bed every day to make up for it!
3. 48, and its raining...which is perfect weather for me 🌧
4. I put maple syrup on ALL my breakfast items (hashbrowns, omelettes, bacon), and apparenlty that's weird!
5. Saying hi to all new #littens who wish to join the fun!
Ugh I HATE when I DNF a #botm pick, but I just couldn't focus on the story. I think the premise is interesting, but I couldn't connect to the writing style in any way. Maybe I'll give it another try later this year, but for now I need to move on to something else!
One of my reading goals for this year is to actively read more culturally-influenced books as a way to diversify my #TBR. With the start of March, I'm looking for everyone's favorite Irish-inspired reads-- fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, historical, YA, or anything else you've enjoyed!
All I can say is...wow. While not entirely flawless, this is such an important book on so many different levels, sparking dialogue about gender, domestic violence, and mental health. The hype for this one is spot on! #botm
#Botm is up! Actually thinking about skipping this month since I just overhauled myself from the used book sale last week 🤣 but still excited to see what everyone else picks!
Nothing like a good haul from a used book sale to brighten me up! Even though its been two months since my grandma passed, I still have been finding it hard to smile some days, let alone read or check Litsy. I didn't even feel like going tonight, but here I am so excited share my finds with everyone--here's to the power of books! 💙 #bookhaul
Jingle Bell is here to wish all my Litsy friends a #HappyValentinesDay, and to remind everyone that no matter where you are in life--single, married, divorced, or somewhere in between--you are loved today, and always will be 💜 #dogsoflitsy
Had really low expectations after her first one, which was such a snooze 😴. But this one is worth checking out! The writing was spectacular, and overall the book was everything I wanted #TheChalkMan to be. Minus some points for the too-obvious Stephen King tropes, some plot holes, and an ending that was totally bonkers--but overall, one of the better thrillers I've read recently! 4/5 🌟#TheTakingOfAnnieThorne
1. Just finished the tagged book and HATED it. So disappointed, but seems like everyone else loved it so don't let my opinion deter you from trying it!!!!
3. Philomena & James, Theresa & Anthony
4. Free Willy
5. I wouldn't care, as long as long as there's good food 😋
#Botm is up! I'm trying to manage my #TBR #backlog and only got one, A Woman Is No Man. Was thinking about The Winter Sister and may add it next month after hearing what you all thought of it (I keep hearing mixed reviews and that it's good but nothing spectacular). What did everyone else get??
Even though not a full "pick," for me, I think most readers will LOVE this one. I personally am not a fan of books where you find out what's going on right at the get go (and the rest of the plot following as so). But wanted to give this a try to stretch my reading, and did end up liking it :) onto the next! #botm
About 100 pages into this one and liking the writing style, but it's just putting me to sleep 😴 hopefully it picks up a bit!
What an utterly heartbreaking look at privilege and what it does to hinder progress--if this is what the book world looks like in 2019, bring it on!! #botm
Full review here:
It's been a very emotional and un-festive few weeks for me since my grandmother's sudden decline this month and her ultimate passing on Christmas Eve. I wasn't able to finish any books and had zero interest in anything outside of work. With these EXCELLENT #botm selections, I think this is her way of telling me that it's ok to start reading, smiling, and kicking life in the butt again 😊👼
#BOTM is up!! Some interesting choices--haven't heard of any, but thinking I'll go with The Far Field and possibly No Exit. What's everyone else picking??
I overall enjoyed this one, but it wasn't my favorite of hers. As usual, Moriarity's writing is sharp and witty, and the characters were wonderfully developed. Sadly, the outlandish plot just didn't work for me--though I still had a lot of fun with this! #botm
Full review: https://theweekendlibrarian.wordpress.com/2018/11/25/nine-perfect-strangers-by-l...