Next up! @QuirkBooks
Backlist and vacation mornings. #beachreads
The beach is great, the hat is wonderful, the book is not doing it for me. On to the next read (which will be my first 2019 book!)
A serious and well-crafted mystery, part whodunit and part cold case, that tackles issues of power and race in searing and realistic ways. East Texas is as much a character in this novel as any of the humans, and all of them--place and people--are drawn with an expert eye for nuance and detail. Great narration, for you #audiobook fans out there.
We're moving in three days, and all my books are packed, and I have to say goodbye to these shelves my partner built for me (they go to the buyers with the house). Le sigh. I miss you already, shelves. #bookshelf
What one could reasonably call a riot of a read. Dread Nation is a clever, action-packed, sharp novel that imagines a slightly-alternate US history in which the Civil War ended in an uneasy peace because the two armies needed to turn their attention to a new enemy... the undead. Ireland manages to breathe new life into the tropes of the zombie novel, exploring timely (and timeless) topics of racism & sexism along the way. Excellent #audio, too!
Quirky, listsicle-like* memoir about living with anxiety and depression (and other mental illnesses). Those triggered by stories of self-harm, in many varieties, may want to stay away. // Full review to come in @shelfawareness // #memoir #nonfiction #arc
*The author works for BuzzFeed, so not surprising, really.
This book is a beautiful, heartbreaking story of young love and young loss, a meditation on grief and what-could-have-beens and friendship and mental health, with glimpses of the sometimes cruel, sometimes magical ways the world works when life is shattered and we're left with nothing but the pieces. // Full review to come, but you're going to want to add it to your pre-order list immediately. (On sale August 2018 from @melvillehouse)
Heartfelt and touching exploration of love and sex and friendship and how the three are sometimes the same and sometimes not at all the same, and also how we make our families and ourselves and lots of other lovely things and lots of unapologetic queer women. Recommended.
A quick, one-sitting take on setting reasonable goals for yourself and then structuring your days in such a way as to achieve them without burning out due to exhaustion. It's a good book, but it felt a lot like regurgitation of the productivity principles in lots of other business and self-help books. Maybe that's not a bad thing, though.
This was interesting enough to finish for a book club discussion, but I really struggled with the voice and exposition throughout. When the narrator, Li-yan, is young, her voice feels far too old and mature for her ten years. When she grows up, her perspective is imbued with distracting asides about China, the Akha, and tea history--all of which are interesting in their own right, but jolt from the story and feel forced in the moment.
Next up for book club. Anyone read it? Or other books by See? This is new to me.
The author talks about decluttering her bookshelf and she has 95 books and only kept 54 (and then cleared all but 6 of her 36 pens...). I can't decide if I should laugh or cry.
I think I found God in this pizza though.
I'm 78 pages into this and every time I think I'm finally invested in the story, the POV changes. Again. Anyone read it? Worth powering through? The blurbs (and description!) had me so intrigued...
I'm over on Shelf Awareness today talking about the essays I plan to re-read this winter during my "hibernation" reading phase: http://www.shelf-awareness.com/readers-issue.html?issue=668#m...
This book was a slow build for me, but I loved dipping a toe into Reina's world chapter by chapter. Through her story, Engel explores immigration and homecomings, family, belonging, and faith in ways that will linger with me for some time. Highly recommend.
Full review in Shelf Awareness for Readers; http://www.shelf-awareness.com/readers/2017-11-14/as_lie_is_to_grin.html
I'm not a huge fan of self-help, but Brown's books span the bridge between social psych & self-help in ways that resonate without promising quick fixes. Brown's theories on empathy, compassion, connection and vulnerability all the more important in today's political climate, and this book offers ways to walk into that maelstrom while remaining true to oneself. Strong back, soft front, wild heart: may it be your mantra.
Homeward bound, if we ever get on this flight (C31 and C32 aren't exactly the best boarding positions, but you get what you get when you forget to check in to your flight early). Got a good book to keep me company, but I'm ready to be home now, kthanks.
In honor of the BBC adapting the first two Dublin Murder Squad books for television, my next audio pick will have me caught up on the series. Who else has read these? What's your favorite?