The Farm offers a much needed window to observe those working for “the American dream,“ their hard choices, and the true costs. A page-turner that sneaks up on you with its tension & heart & hope in the face of terrible circumstances. I finished 4 days ago & am still thinking about it. The commodification of women's bodies is not new, but Ramos presents this story with multiple POVs, the most powerful of which is working class immigrant mothers.
Nocturnal Animals is one of my fave 2016 films. The book and movie complement each other well, and, while I enjoyed the book, Tom Ford's adaptation is slightly superior -- mostly for the visual aesthetics and smart story changes, like moving it out west, including cellphones, giving Susan more agency, and THE ENDING!!! The film's ending is a punch to the gut; the book's a mere slap in the face.
“That was both the best and worst part, that all that happened was the unintended consequence of a good person‘s mistakes... Good things and bad - every friendship and romance formed, every accident, every illness - resulted from the conspiracy of hundreds of little things in and of themselves inconsequential.”
“People talk so much about the loss of intimacy between married couples as the years progress... but no one measured the number of hours spent holding your baby in the first year of life versus the remaining years... Like an addiction, you could go for years without it, but you never forget it, never stop missing it, and when you got a dab of it, like now, you craved it more and wanted to gorge on it.”
When it comes to romance, I'm an unabashed cynic. So I was pleasantly surprised when Passing Strange had me from page 1! And when I closed the book, smiling, my heart full, I wanted more - to know what became of the rest of The Circle in between 1940 and present day. To further explore this world's intersections of magic and science and art. And I wanted to re-read the story again immediately.
#TheLesbiansDontDie #LGBTQ #TorPublishing #TorNovella
The big reveal was... disappointing.
My main problem with the story?
It‘s implausible, and that‘s coming from a reader who happily suspends disbelief. I Know Who You Are just asked me to do so often enough that I was rolling my eyes by page 288.
Oh well. It was a page-turner though, and I still plan to read Feeney‘s next one, which I hope is more like Sometimes I Lie.
I‘m not big on romance but I love magical realism and it seems most mainstream magical realism features romance too. Thankfully, I was drawn into the star-crossed lovers (even if I didn‘t necessarily like either of those lovers), and I was curious whether Tita would ever escape her toxic mother.
All in all, I‘m glad I finally read Like Water for Chocolate, and I‘d recommend it to fans of Sarah Addison Allen style magical realism.
(figuratively, of course. Who would want to abandon hard-won solitude for what would likely be an awkward and mostly silent assembly?! But it‘s nice to know we‘re out there, supporting each other, from a comfortable distance.)
For introverts and the extroverts who love ‘em. Highly relatable, fun graphics.
Recommended to those who enjoy Sarah Andersen‘s graphic novels.
It‘s cloudy and rainy out which fits my mood. I had to say goodbye to one of my clowder early in the morning. This is the hardest part of pet friendships. 💔 RIP Esmerelda aka Squeaker.
#catsoflitsy #esmerelda #foreverfriends
Thank you for the tag @JessClark78 🤓
1. I was living in SC at the beach: No Diggity- Blackstreet, What I Got- Sublime, Aaliyah, 2Pac, Fugees, Garbage, Cranberries, Alanis, LL, too many lifelong faves to list!! Overplayed on radio (for good reason) Pony - Ginuwine, Wannabe- Spice Girls, Crash- Dave Matthews Band
3. Early years: Roald Dahl (Matilda)
4. I‘m late so anyone who sees this and wants to join in
**Repost for @TK-421 **
Almost time for #QuotsyApr19! If you haven't played before, the idea is to use an image to display a quote. It doesn't have to contain the daily word but should be related. Check out #QuotsyHost or #QuotsyInfo for more info or any previous month‘s hashtags to see examples. Thank you to all of you who shared your wonderful quotes this month! Seeing your posts makes my day 😊 I hope you‘ll join me again in April!
I‘m suffering a serious #bookhangover after In An Absent Dream. It was just SOOO good. I‘ve read like 7 books since I finished it... gonna switch to non-fiction for a while and see if that helps.
#catsoflitsy #Amelia (my daughter, who was 10 at the time, named her after Amelia Earhart. We nicknamed her Squirrel, though, for her super fluffy tail.)
1. My book budget is quite small nowadays. So nay?
2. I don‘t get embarrassed but I prolly should. This happened on Monday: I sent a text to my mom, then put the phone to my ear, waiting for her response. After a second I realized what I was doing... laughed for like 10 minutes!
3. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life
Samantha Irby is the best at making you cry-laugh (while making you think).
4. The kitchen, for lunch 😀
A sweet middle grade read for anyone who enjoys #magicalrealism #retellings of the #TheOdyssey with #sisters who fight but have an unbreakable bond. Their quest takes them from Texas, across the border to #Mexico, and back. And this is an #ownvoices book too!
“It was a magical time, full of dreaminess and charm, a time to watch the mariposas emerge out of their cocoons, gather their courage, and take flight while we floated faceup in the water. And that‘s exactly what we were doing the morning the body of a dead man drifted into our swimming haven.” (p. 4)
#currentlyreading #ownvoices #Mexico #magicalrealism #retellings #TheOdyssey
“Why should they want to hide anything from me?” I asked, thinking about Carmella‘s incurable passion for drama. “ I don‘t give them any trouble and they almost never see me.”
“You never know,” said Carmella. ”People under seventy and over seven are very unreliable if they are not cats. You can‘t be too careful...” (p. 8; Marian and her best friend, Carmella; both in their 70s)
#catsoflitsy #Olivia (named after Fringe agent, Olivia Dunham)
2. Depends on my mood really. But my fave band is Linkin Park. Current replay rotation The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Hozier, Heart
3. Eye appt, gotta get some new specs; some website dev, some bookkeeping, trip to B&N
4. Gilgamesh: A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell
“Consider a world in which #cause and effect are erratic. Sometimes the first precedes the second, and sometimes the second the first. Or perhaps cause lies forever in the past, effect in the future, but future and past are intertwined.”
Einstein‘s Dreams is one of my favorite books - so much fuel for ideas and imagination.
[ image from The X-Files S7 E6, The Goldberg Variation ]
📚 Summer of the Mariposas and The Winter of the Witch
🎬 a doc called The Woman Who Wasn‘t There which shocked me that someone would even do that, but more so that she got away with it for like 4 years! https://m.imdb.com/title/tt2114490/
☕️ apple cinnamon tea
1. I have eclectic reading tastes, but this is the one book rec that connects w/ all who read it (so far). I cry then smile every time I get to the end. 🐓
2. Yep, the cats would be displeased otherwise.
3. 43 F
4. Mashed potatoes with A1 sauce.
5. Will do!
“Memoir, for me, functions as something vulnerable in a sea of posturing.” Terese Marie Mailhot, Heart Berries
I‘m in awe of anyone #brave enough to share their personal story w/ the world. A memoir by a woman of color or Indigenous woman takes even more courage. (Roxane Gay‘s Bad Feminist is another example that comes to mind.) I feel grateful for these women who are willing to share so much of themselves with the public.
Hey, thanks for the tag, @AnansiGirl !
1. Stick to my morning walks no matter how busy the day ahead is.
2. I‘m an open book — I see no point in living behind a mask or facade.
3. I never give up, no matter how many times I fail, I just try again.
4. 1 of my earliest followers and fellow Cranberries fan @JessClark78
“I was never in that camp of a night out with someone is better than a night alone. I was someone, and there was always something to do with me.” - Gloria Naylor, Mama Day
#QuotsyMar19 #solitude @TK-421
When Cocoa said the above line, I was like, YESSS!! She‘s strong, independent, refuses to settle for less, all while keeping an eye out for a man who respects her and accepts her as-is.
Full review on GR:
“When art sets racism in the past, no matter how good it is, it allows white people in the audience (and others) to say to themselves ‘Wow! That racism sure was bad way back then!‘ It's what happens when people go see 12 Years a Slave. My response is always, ‘Yeah, you wanna know another time when racism was bad? Earlier today.‘” from The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell
#QuotsyMar19 #awkward @TK-421
(yeah, I‘m a day late on this one.)
Woman from Bowling Green #ohio goes missing in 1974. Her childhood friend investigates.
Being an Ohioan, who currently lives in one of the cities in the story, I was intrigued by the premise and what I thought was going to be a true crime novel. Sadly, the book ended up being more memoir than true crime, and another example of what happens when an author's narrative straddles genres rather than blends them seamlessly together. Full review on GR:
While I didn‘t ❤️ this as much as All the Birds in the Sky, I‘m glad I read it. And there‘s some important commentary in addition to the surface sci-fi story.
Side note: Bianca* is THE worst! 😡 I loathed her right outta the gate. I‘m not sure I‘ve ever met (in a book or IRL) a Bianca who wasn‘t a narcissistic spoiled twat.
*My deepest apologies for this scathing generalization, especially if you‘re a good Bianca. 🤓
📖 The Reapers Are the Angels, which is my go-to rec for zombie books (Temple earns all the 🧠 (get it?! it‘s zombies so brains instead of stars 🤣)); see also Raising Stony Mayhall
🎬 1st thought was In the Flesh, but that‘s a BBC series. 2nd thought was The Signal (2007), but they‘re infected, not dead; hence, not a “true” zombie. Sooo, 3rd and final answer is Shaun of the Dead.
🎼 Zombie, The Cranberries
Here‘s info for anyone who wants to know more about #QuotsyMar19. It‘s never too late to join in! The idea is to use an image to display a quote related to the daily word. Hashtag the daily word (eg. #book), use the monthly hashtag (#QuotsyMar19) and tag me, @TK-421 so I don‘t miss your posts. You can find the list of prompts here: https://litsy.com/p/T2FSTlVRSlA3. And if you have any questions, please comment! #QuotsyHost #QuotsyInfo
“Sometimes I see Bianca by my side and feel so grateful my heart almost breaks, as though I still can‘t trust this much luck. But another part of me can‘t stop worrying at the distance between us. I wonder if Argelan has a word for when you get what you‘ve always wanted, but it‘s still not right.” (Sophie, p. 172)
1. Strawberries or blueberries
2. A Storm of Swords (973 pages); planning to (finally) read The Counte of Monte Cristo this year
3. 3- way tie between Raven Girl, Through the Woods, and Scott Pilgrim‘s Precious Little Life
4. Hopefully living on my own land, in my new tiny home which I built with me own two hands
“Once upon a time there was an empress, trapped as a ghost in the ruins of a jewelled palace, cursed to find another soul to take her place. At least, that's what the empress heard. But, as it turned out, stories can have any ending you like.” - Kirsty Logan, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales
#QuotsyMar19 #jewel @TK-421
“His fear was whetted to such a fine edge that he could actually feel it now: a disembodied ball of baby fingers inside his stomach, tickling him from the inside. That's what mortal terror felt like, he realized. Tiny fingers tickling you from the inside.” from The Troop
1 of the best horror novels I‘ve read in last 10 years. I dare you to read it, watch The Bay https://m.imdb.com/title/tt1713476/ then try to eat. 😈
#QuotsyMar19 #scout @TK-421