I looove a good Historical Fiction. And this is historical fiction-meets-mystery-meets-romance. Very well done. Kept my captivated and broke my heart 💜
This book made me queasy - and I think it did so on purpose! The sickly descriptions of the heat, the odors, that infamous mutton broth... I felt claustrophobic and dreadful. Which is EXACTLY what Lizzie and Bridget felt waking up in that house every day!! It‘s a Pick for the imagery and the suspense, a So-So because it made me feel seasick.
Please, read this book. The world would be a kinder place if everyone read this. She is so talented at earning empathy, without ever once asking for pity.
Oh my goodness, Trevor Noah can tell a story. How does someone take a story about a Bar Mitzvah and Hitler and make it ridiculously funny?? And what a story he has to tell. Read it for the stories, stay for the South African history and culture and empathy
This book reminded me that Love does not have to look a certain way, or fit into a certain construct, or have a certain ending, in order for it to still be Love. There are many ways to love someone. This was the story of love under circumstances that are bigger than love.
OK, so I read this one right after reading Tiffany Haddish's memoir, so maybe this is unfair of me. But...
Tiffany Haddish: "I was abandoned and abused and grew up in foster care and was homeless and I STILL grew up to be a damn delight."
Anna Kendrick: "My grandmother died when I was in my 20s. We weren't that close."
? I just think that if that's the worst thing that ever happened to you, you're not qualified to write a memoir yet.
"Was she the bird, or was she the cage?"
This book understands that Motherhood is often a paradox, and some questions are unanswerable. I absolutely loved it, loved the way it made me ask myself some tough questions about my own privilege and my own choices.
Charles Lindbergh: what a dick!!
I'm very conflicted about this one! I feel like the Nazi was the most sympathetic character. And Nazi sympathy is... not cool, to say the least. But maybe the author was trying to convey a "know your enemy" theme. Otherwise, this was a very compelling drama, very readable.
Just read that Viola Davis and Julia Roberts have signed onto the film version!
I thought this was SO well-done, and ran much deeper than the cover would have you believe. The story about the sisters is just a doorway. Behind the doorway is a journey of discovering your origins. You know how there are things about you that you KNOW to be true, even though you can't fully articulate them? This book was about finding the words and the history to tell your own story. Loved it.
Mid-July checkin... I'm closer than I thought!
B: Everything Everything, The Whole Town's Talking, The Cutting Season, Dead Wake.
I: ... I'll get there
N: Hidden Girl, Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk
G: The Secret History, Room
O: Forty Autumns, The Girls, Those Who Leave And Those Who Stay
Actual photo of me when the major plot hook unfolded in The Secret History. 😳 Donna Tartt is a master. The subtle but thorough character development, the imperfect underdog heroes, using Greek epigrams as allegories and foreshadowing?? I just can't believe I've never read this before, and I'm so excited to be reading it now!
*unpopular opinion alert* I immediately get turned off by the spinoff books... "If you loved Gone Girl, you'll go wild for (insert 'Book Kind Of Similar To Gone Girl But Not Quite As Good' here)." I felt like this was a pretty obvious attempt to pander to the Fault In Our Stars crowd. Not a bad read! But not a very original one either. #sorry
This book ripped me open. Right back to being an awkward preteen, both praying someone would notice me, and praying they wouldn't.
"I waited to be told what was good about me. I wondered later if this was why there were so many more women than men at the ranch. All that time I had spent readying myself, the articles that taught me life was really just a waiting room until someone noticed you — the boys had spent that time becoming themselves.”
Awesome surprise! I was expecting just a collection of tales about Aziz going on disastrous dates, told in his really funny fast-paced tone, and that would've been great too! I was not expecting empirically-based studies, historical trends, focus groups, and collaboration with social scientists. I would also not expect for those things make me laugh, but they did! Very pleased 👍
"Beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing." I took this to mean that behind a person's action, lies the reason for their action - the fear, the pain, the weakness, the love. But does knowing that someone only hurt you because they were scared and weak make it hurt any less?
First of all, I loved it, the way the writing meandered luxuriously, exactly like a stroll through city streets. Second, it opened some fresh wounds for me. I want to apologize to Lillian (and the women of her generation that she represents). We almost elected the president who would make her proud. We almost won another battle for reproductive rights and equal wages. Almost. I'm sorry, Lillian. We let you down.
I can't do it. I made it 1/3 in, and just cannot force myself to witness the torture that is about to take place in this book. It's important to be educated about the darkest moments in history, but I can't do this to myself right now. I was having dreams about Nazis. No more Nazis before bed.
I love, I love, I LOVE the bingo reading challenge. Let's do this! #LitsyReadingChallenge
Amazing. Three generations on two sides of the Iron Curtain. Very poignant and intimate
It was good, but why not write it from Frances's perspective? That would have made it GREAT. Adoption, abandonment and self-worth, anorexia, sexual orientation and secrecy, finally self-love... Felix really only WATCHED those emotional processes, Frances LIVED them. Writing it from Felix's perspective was kind of the easy way out. Agree? Disagree?
Quoth the Chicken, 'Nevermore.' #onlythisandnothingmore