"A coward never has to learn." ????✨?️
Another fun book in this series. The political and personal relationship dynamics were compelling -- and she meets Vlad. Yes, THAT Vlad. ??♂️ For such a "raging feminist", she sure is tolerant of Tate's aggressively sexual pursuit of her despite repeatedly telling him no. It was really frustrating. Just wanted her to tell him off!
Continuing with this fun series. Though I was disappointed by some slut shaming. Especially since the femme protagonist talks critically about misogyny at a few points. 🤷🏻♀️ Your inner work leaves something to be desired, henny. And despite some the caricature British slang, I really love Bones. 🖤🧛🏻♂️ I just have to picture him *without* platinum blond hair. Because no thanks.
"All that you touch / You change. // All that you Change / Changes you. // The only lasting truth / Is Change. // God is Change." •••• I feel a little guilty choosing this as our first book club reading, as it is brilliant and timely (still) but full of horrible things happening to the most vulnerable of society, specifically children. But there's no lie here. That's the power and challenge of Octavia Butler's writing.
I've been depressed and withdrawn, but learning too, and there's a library book sale tomorrow morning that I'm going to alone so I feel some sparks of life.
Used bookstore finds from yesterday. I *hate* stickers on book covers, but it's hard to argue with trade credit options.
Is Foxfire a thing outside of southern Appalachia? Not sure. But these books are basically collections of traditions, folk lore, and practical knowledge from country and mountain folk in Appalachia. It's thorough and intimate and not at all other-ing.
Been having a really difficult... 4 weeks or so. But sitting here is soothing. 💆🏻♀️
Mixed bag. The title essay and the essay about Woolf/Sontag were strong, stand alone essays, but the others felt a bit like internet "think pieces" (time sensitive, not very in-depth). Do they belong in a book? Do they contribute to feminist posterity? They felt like filler to me, like feminism 101 and not really the best version, due to a lack of intersectional considerations.
Do you ever just slump into a rut of not taking care of yourself (which includes not reading) and you know what you need to do but you're still slumped? I was away from home and didn't have much access to the internet for about 2 days and during that time read Bluets. Yes, it's short, but still I felt really good about it. Also, related, my grandmother gave me this book that she used to read to her kindergarten students. 💙
We had a very bookish Easter. 🐸🌷🌼🐞🐝🌿🐇🐣🦆 I hope you had a lovely weekend as well.
Finished listening to Sing, Unburied, Sing last night. It's a stunning book. Beautiful, achingly beautiful. And so richly layered with each character, burning with the survivors and the ghosts of historical pain brought to the surface again and again. No one escapes, but some learn to love, some learn to sing.
Picked this up on a whim at the library and was surprised to find it quite useful. I've worked as an organizer so honestly I was a bit arrogant that some popular self-help book would teach me anything. I know from my own experience that our relationship to our possessions is really complex and reflective of so many larger thoughts and habits of our lives. It was nice to see this represented in a fun way that's also informative.
I can see how this has been getting mixed reviews. It was definitely almost so-so for me. If you're expecting Nutcracker-esque magic, then you'll be very disappointed. If, like me, you always found Godfather Drosselmeier to be extremely captivating and are open to interpretation, you may enjoy it. I appreciate the tonal shift from precious fairytale in the first couple chapters to a kind of sober curiosity. (Cont. in comments)
We went to the shelter to adopt one cat but then decided on a whim to get two and I'm so glad we did because these two love each other so much. Zeke and Jean-Ralphio sleep together, groom each other, play together, and clearly conspire to annoy us everyday. 💗 #catsoflitsy
#ReindeerReads day 14 - Whenever I hear the words #silentnight I think of three things: the song, my brother (born Dec 24 in the middle of the night), and Twas the Night Before Christmas. I've always loved the silence before so much activity, so much excitement, so much yummy food and talking on Christmas morning. 💚❤️
I read this part last night and immediately thought of #ReindeerReads day 12 prompt #travel which of course I had struggled with all day. And today thought of several possibilities. Oh well. My brain was taking a break yesterday. Here, Dirk (young Godfather Drosselmeier) considers the divergent road ahead of him.
Beginning this tonight. I've been a little obsessed with The Nutcracker since I was little and I watched a movie version of it, which used the art of Maurice Sendak. Plus, Wicked was much more enthralling than expected, so I'm curious what Maguire does with Godfather Drosselmeier and how this story may be enriched.
#ReindeerReads day 6: Was it just me or were green books harder to find? I could've just taken a picture of the cover of Never Let Me Go since there's a woman wearing a red blouse, but I had already selected the other #redandgreen books. And now remembering how many interesting unread books I have in my library!
I don't really have TBR lists that are timely (except when I'm reading for a book club), but I would really like to finish my current book and these library books during December. But I might get distracted and read something entirely different. 🤷 Day 1: #ReindeerReads #tbr @Jess7
The Golden Compass impacted me more than I expected at the time - I was just casually listening to it in the car on a road trip. I remember laughing, trying and failing not to cry, feeling my heart pound in terror or excitement for Lyra and her loved ones. You just can't duplicate that kind of response. And now my daughter is named after the story's heroine. Thank you for the generous giveaway, @Jas16 😺 #feelslikethefirsttime
Coming soon: baby book reviews.
#myfavoritethings - thanks, @TricksyTails 😉
1. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Phillip Pullman
2. Can't answer this concisely. 🙊
3. Cheddar & sour cream chips, turtle cookies
5. Hiking, yoga, bicycling, embroidery, baking
6. Mac & cheese, ramen, scotch, tequila
7. Mexico, Ireland, Iceland, South Korea
8. The X-Files, In The Mood For Love, Children Of Men, Spirited Away
9. I don't collect merchandise. 🤷
Trying to rest after a long day of taking Care of a sick kiddo, who appears to have made me sick as well. 🤧 Do you like to snack while you read? Do you have any go-to snacks? I'm trying to cut back on sweets, but my friend brought me these cookies so obviously I should eat them. 😁
Returned last night to this book after a weird 3 weeks long break from reading. This is so hard to read and still somehow shocking even with what I already know. Hopefully there will be some good participation in our book club discussion later this month.