Soooo late to the party on this one.... been waiting on my kindle library hold.....forever!
Think this is going to a must buy! She‘s such a great writer... and I love the illustrations. Now maybe I can finally watch the Netflix show!!
#Foundations is definitely a song about a relationship going sour, heading for a break-up...
It made me think of this super clever, unique way to tell a story of a relationship from beginning to end, through dictionary entries. (See examples ⬆️)
Told non-sequentially, it goes from heartbreaking to really funny and back again, with such beautiful use of each chosen word.
An all time favorite this one.... 💕💕💕
This is a novel about the nature of obsession and unrequited love.
After Ester and Hugh meet, we quickly see Ester lose herself to an obsessive love, as she spirals into self-deception, and her ‘hope becomes a parasite‘. It‘s unsettling to see her self-respect unravelling at her own hands. I kept wanting to yell “He‘s just not that into you!” at her, willing her to regain her grounding in reality and escape her own undoing.
“At the end, all that's left of you are your possessions. Perhaps that's why I've never been able to throw anything away. Perhaps that's why I hoarded the world: with the hope that when I died, the sum total of my things would suggest a life larger than the one I lived.”
― Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
Leo Gursky is one of my favorite characters.... he just breaks my heart...💔💔
The sweetest of all Jane Austen‘s heroines has to be her namesake, Lizzy Bennet‘s older sister, Jane.
Not only is Jane Bennet beautiful, she is incorruptibly good-natured. She always looks for the best in people, even if there is very little to be found.....
Says Lizzy to Jane....“To take the good of everybody‘s character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad... belongs to you alone.”
I‘m not usually much of a Personal Growth/Self-Help reader, but as a total ‘Greys Anatomy‘ fan girl, I picked this one up by Shonda and really enjoyed it...
This little nugget of practical advice has stuck with me.... (oh, and if you‘re feeling crappy, Dance it out! 💃🏿🎶💕)
My first thought today was of this cover.... #thehat stand with the hats of the Major and Jasmina... the widow and widower at the heart of this funny, sweet and charming story. I‘ve enjoyed Helen Simonson‘s two novels that are set in the part of England where I‘m from... they give a lovely cosy feeling of home for me... 💕
An odd one, but definitely a pick for me. Tonally its a bit all over the place. It‘s a dark comedy about London publishing, there are some truly great characters (an aging married couple of genius writers), some sharp commentary on art vs commerce, and then a main character who resembles a Jackie Collins heroine (ie. she‘s brilliant, gorgeous and has tons of sex!)
But I couldn‘t put it down.
So thank you @JennyM for putting this in my hands 💕😘
My favorite one-sitting read. An odd, quirky and surprisingly romantic little book.
Tom's friends really ARE all super heroes. His wife (The Perfectionist) is hypnotized by an ex-boyfriend (Hypno) into believing Tom has gone and left her. She cannot see or hear him.
Tom has the duration of a flight to convince his heart-broken wife that he hasn't abandoned her, before she uses her power to erase all memories of him forever.
Went to see the lovely Hugh Jackman last night. I wasn‘t sure what to expect but he was fabulous!
I‘m such a broadway lover, and he sang music from the songbooks of Les Mis, The Boy from Oz, The Greatest Showman, Dead Evan Hanson and so much more!
He sang, he danced, he tapped (brilliantly) and also included some amazing Aborigine musicians and singers💕
The best way to describe the evening was utterly joyous! 💕
Going with a wine theme today with four books from my shelf....
🍷I loved ‘Cork Dork‘. It‘s such a fun ‘learn to do something new‘ memoir...
🍷 ‘Seasons in the wine country‘ is a lovely cook book I bought on a trip to CA..
🍷‘Wine with Food‘ is a great beginners guide to food & wine matching
🍷The tagged book is a novel from my #TBR mountain that sounds just my jam!
“All of these lines across my face
Tell you #thestory of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am”🎶
I love these fabulous Brandi Carlisle lyrics. They made me think of the words of poet Tyler Knott Gregson (and the wisdom of the gorgeous DVF)
That‘s what I‘m calling all my wrinkles from now on. #scarsofhappiness
These four novels, their settings spanning the whole length of the UK, really capture the gorgeous wind-swept, rugged coastline that I love so much...
Each story features a crumbling home, a woman, drawn to the isolation and beauty of the coastline, seeking solace or escape, or finding a connection with the sea...💕🌊
Today‘s song choice 🎧🎶
#Thanks so much for the tag @Klou ! 😘💕
1. Listening right now! https://open.spotify.com/track/1It1TxBK3xIQAB4xJkPevn?si=aRTQdkbVTOK7kuUWgHTBng
2. Have the beach and the ocean to myself, with a stack of books....
3. Not a house, but a home, for sure.... whatever it means to you....💕
4. @Tex2Flo @Jillylovesbooks Tag you‘re it! 😊
#LilithJuly #Umbrella @Cinfhen
Today‘s prompt of course made me think of my beloved Mary! ☂️
This is a pic from the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony from the bit that celebrated beloved children‘s books. 💕
The inset pic is of the lanyard for my work name tag.
I carry a little bit of Mary with me every day!😊☂️
Here‘s a link to today‘s (cover version)song🎶
A mini one book #bookhaul today that I‘m starting to regret.....
I‘ve heard such amazing things about this posthumously published memoir. Mallory Smith suffered from CF, the same condition as my husband has... which is why I bought it. But I just read the back blurbs, and the inside flap, and not sure if I‘m up to it......
It was soooooo hard to narrow it down, @Cinfhen but here are my favorite #Top6Reads at the halfway mark.....
Would never have thought I‘d have had 2 by the same author! Rooney Fan-girl right here! 🙋🏻♀️
Couldn‘t think of #BasketCase and not have my brain go immediately to the ‘labels‘ from The Breakfast Club! #Oncean80sgirlalwaysan80sgirl !
This non-fic book has been on my #TBR for ages, but it sounds really fun!
And I ❤️ today‘s (breakup) song so much! .... link below ⬇️
I‘ve always loved maps, and have loved to be the navigator on road trips since I was little.... and still do!
So I‘ve been coveting this lovely bookish map for a while...Loosely based on an old London street map, it includes locations that are book titles, and fictional streets, places and houses from literature.... 😍😍😍
Link to see full thing... ⬇️
Reposting for anyone who missed it...
I‘m so excited to be co-hosting July‘s playlist photo challenge with my lovely friend and DJ @Cinfhen 🎶
For July we‘ll be hosting a throwback to the 90‘s/00‘s music festival Lilith Fair, that celebrated female singers and raised nearly $10 million for charity. There‘s a Spotify playlist attached in the comments. Enjoy the tunes!
Please play along, use the hashtag #LilithJuly and tag me @KarenUK & @Cinfhen
I loved this book.... 💕“Survival is Insufficient”
“No more diving into pools of chlorinated water lit green from below. No more ball games played out under floodlights. No more porch lights with moths fluttering on summer nights. No more trains running under the surface of cities on the dazzling power of the electric third rail. No more cities.”
This book is SO dark and twisted! It‘s a car-crash, in that it‘s horrifying and unsettling yet I couldn‘t stop reading!
Narrated uncomfortably by Jack, a callow teen loner, he and his 3 siblings hide the death of their mum to avoid going into care. The eldest, Julie is so manipulative, and she leads the unsupervised clan further into disturbing dysfunction.
TW for incest and simple F‘d-up-ness! But wow am I always captivated by McEwan‘s writing!
I‘m super excited to be co-hosting July‘s playlist photo challenge with my lovely friend and DJ @Cinfhen 🎧🎶
For July we will be hosting a throwback to the 90‘s/00‘s music festival Lilith Fair, that celebrated female singers and raised nearly $10 million for charity. There is a Spotify playlist attached in the comments. Enjoy the tunes!
Please play along, using the hashtag #LilithJuly and tag me @KarenUK and @Cinfhen & please share the post! 💕
Like many today, I realized I haven‘t read any Argentina-set books!
So #notbookrelated , I cannot wait to see this documentary, but I have to wait until September to see it here in the US.
Asif Kapadia is such a fantastic documentary film maker. I loved both ‘Senna‘ and ‘Amy‘ so much, & Maradona should be a fascinating subject.
Asif was interviewed on my favorite movie podcast this week (link in the comments)
#nextup this one... I usually ❤️McEwan and I‘ve heard this is possibly his best novel... Excited! 🤞
Started our day with a couples massage, a float around the lazy river... now chilling in a beautiful shady oasis.... I could get a bit too used to this! 💕
Jansson of ‘The Moomins‘ fame, wrote this beautiful, gentle meditation on aging and nature, of a summer spent on a remote Finnish island. Cantankerous and feisty Grandma and her inquisitive 6yr old granddaughter Sophia, have adventures and share life lessons in their wild surroundings. Inspired by her mother and niece and the island home she built with her brother, these are characters to truly fall in love with. A warm hug of a book.
Such a nostalgic pick for me today. This is my (well-loved) copy, that was my Great Grandmothers, and was the first ‘grown-up‘ book I read when I was about 8. And I‘ve loved Dame Agatha ever since.💕
I also used to watch the 1978 movie over and over as a kid. That cast! Maggie Smith, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Angela Landsbury, Jane Birkin, David Niven, Peter Ustinov! 🤩Can‘t wait to see what Sir Ken does with it!
"The moment I decided to leave him, the moment I thought enough, we were thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean, hurtling forward but giving the illusion of stillness and tranquility. Just like our marriage.”
The 1st line of the book sets up the story of Joan, self-proclaimed King-maker and Wife to her narcissistic novelist husband. I think this is Wolitzer‘s best novel, with sharp writing full of bitterness and regret.
We‘ve (finally) been watching this HULU show.... just ‘endured‘ Season 2, Episode 1..... I think the first ten minutes, are the most harrowing minutes of TV I‘ve ever seen..
It‘s such great television but WOW is it tough to sit through..... 💔
My hubby has had a rough few months with his health, so we are taking a few days away this weekend to a fancy hotel for a break and relax...
Deciding on what books to take is obviously the most important part of packing! Think I‘ve decided on these 3, plus a loaded kindle of course!
London is always calling me..... I lived there from aged 18 to 31.... it‘s one of the places I call home.
And to me, traveling/wandering always involves book shopping. (Or maybe that‘s every day!😂)
Here are my hauls from my Spring trip home... (from top left clockwise) Books for Cooks, Daunts of Marylebone, WHSmiths Books at the airport & Waterstones.... 9 books plus some magazines in a 5 day trip! 🤦♀️📚💕🇬🇧✈️
Sadly this marriage is on a #roadtonowhere !
A simple tale of a young married couple, on their wedding night in 1962...this story covers only 2 hours, yet is soooo emotionally complex.
It‘s McEwan, so of course the writing is gorgeous!
Told through memories of their courtship, feelings unable to be expressed, buried traumas and some truly cringeworthy scenes, I felt so much for Florence and Edward... just so heartbreaking.💔
“I don‘t like cricket....No no.....I love it” 🎵🎵
This perfectly describes my dad, so I just sent him this book for Father‘s day!
“Part memoir of a West Indian boyhood, part passionate celebration and defence of cricket as an art form, part indictment of colonialism, ‘Beyond a Boundary‘ addresses not just a sport but a whole culture and asks the question, 'What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?”