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Joined September 2016

Just a lonely little bookworm in the middle of the Canadian badlands
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Southernmost by Silas House
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Prayers for the Stolen | Jennifer Clement
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So far this book is amazing! It's the story of a girl, Ladydi, who lives in a rural area of Mexico filled with criminals, kidnappers, and high level drug traffickers. All the good men have left the area to seek work elsewhere with promises to send money to their families. The landscape is fantastic and one review on the back calls it "a glorious fever dream of honesty and love." I'm slightly less than halfway through and excited to keep reading.

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It's been a long time since a book creeped me out enough to keep me up at night... and it's nonfiction! Yikes! Thankfully distant history. I have been interested in some of the cases discussed in here for a long time, and I couldn't put this down. I am also extremely impressed with the amount of research that the authors put into this, and their emphasis on understanding the impact of time and place on the crimes and investigations.

ljuliel I really liked this one, and liked how the author almost talks directly to the reader in parts. It was different, but very good. I‘ve read books on Villisca , and I think one of them mentioned there‘d been a few other axe killings around the same time frame. 4d
pigeonsandcrows @ljuliel The one by Troy Taylor, Murdered in Their Beds, talked about a lot of the “subsection“ murders that the Jameses discuss, but the addition of all the other cases they uncovered in their research was so impressive to me. I got interested in Villisca a while back, and kept thinking it had to be a stranger and he couldn't have only done something like this once. So I have been excited to see more books that connect the dots! 3d
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Coming to my spooky read for the fall a bit late!

veritysalter This looks interesting, I‘m stacking it📚x 1w
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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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This book is due back at my library tomorrow and 4 people have holds on it behind me. I can't say I'll be rushing to get back in line for it. I love the idea- reimagining the relationship between humans and trees, a new understanding of trees- but after 250 pages, I have become quite bored with the multiple virtually indistinguishable human characters and their stories and there are still another 250 pages to go. Just not a good fit for me. Bail.

merelybookish I found this a slog. 1w
BarbaraBB Me too! 1w
pigeonsandcrows @merelybookish Slog is a great word for my experience with it. 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Quirky, dark, experimental or unusual books. Fiction or nonfiction are both great. Poetry, too.
2. Coffee
3. Bookmarks
4. Scented hand creams
5. Fudge and gingerbread.
6. The animatronic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
7. I am very easy to please. I love all things bookish and comfy and soothing things like socks, scented candles, soaps.
#poutinepenpals #canuckchristmasswap #xmasfaves

KarynGood Candles! Must haves for the winter season! 1w
LA_Mead YES that Rudolph is the best! 6d
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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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I haven't read anything quite like this before. Dark, humorous, neurotic, at times quite perverse, it's the story of Eileen Dunlop's unexpectedly last week in her New England hometown and the events that were her undoing and salvation. I could see where some people would hate this, but I kind of loved it. It was somewhat reminiscent of Lynda Barry's Cruddy.

Addison_Reads Great review! I will definitely have to check this out. 1w
Megabooks Great review! I love her books! 1w
Margot0817 Dark as in scary, dark humor or other? 1w
pigeonsandcrows @Margot0817 Darkly humorous at times, and also shining a spotlight on some of the darker aspects of humanity (addiction, abuse, greed). It doesn't necessarily make you feel great about the world. 1w
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I am super excited to throw this nonfiction into the mix. Right up my alley!!

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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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I've been struggling with this one for a while. I haven't given up, but it's not getting any easier. The writing is good and the concept is very appealing- trees communicating with humans and whatnot- but it's just not drawing me in by the halfway point.

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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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So I picked this up at the library. I'm about halfway through and very curious to see where she is headed with it. I am enjoying the dark humor although it is also pretty bleak and deranged.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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A fictional representation of the experiences of boys at a juvenile detention center/reform school in 1960s Florida, based on an actual place. Whitehead drew off of various historical sources to keep his version as true to life as possible and honor their experiences. This book is not as intense as other nonfiction I have read on similar topics, and avoids being graphic or gratuitous in its depictions of violence. Recommended.

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@KarynGood @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thank you!! Getting pretty things in the Canada Post really made my day! #poutinepenpals

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Happy Halloween 💚👻💚 3w
KarynGood Glad it got there! 3w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Thanks, @julesG !
❤ Alberta, Canada
🧡 44
💛 I almost exclusively use the public library- I am very lucky to have a good one.
💚 Married for 12 years
💙 she/her/hers
💜 Just a couple of my favorite types of birds 🙂

@Susannah want to participate? @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego ?

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I'm going to have a hard time matching the impression Lincoln in the Bardo made on me, but here's a sampling of the books I got from the library to try. Not sure where to start!

Emilymdxn I loved On Earth We‘re Briefly Gorgeous! 1mo
EmilyM The Nickel Boys 👍 1mo
merelybookish I couldn't resist the Cusk! But so many good choices! 1mo
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pigeonsandcrows @EmilyM I settled on the Nickel Boys- 3 chapters in. I can already tell it's going to break my heart! 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Emilymdxn I started this one and the writing is beautiful. It'll definitely be near the top of the list! 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @merelybookish It is irresistible! I got pulled into the first chapter and felt like I was chatting with a very clever friend. 1mo
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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I know there were several people who found the format of this book didn't work for them, so I approached it with trepidation. Happily, it worked for me. I read it in two sittings and couldn't wait to see where Saunders would go next on this surreal, poignant, comically absurd and highly imaginative depiction of Lincoln's heartrending loss of his 11 year old son in the first year of the American Civil War. 4 1/2 stars.

wanderinglynn Thanks for reviewing this book. I too have put off reading it because I had seen so many comments about the format. I will have to move this up on my TBR. 👍🏻 1mo
Susannah Excellent! I‘m glad you liked it. 1mo
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The Good Son: A Novel | You-Jeong Jeong
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I hesitate to give a truly negative review to a book I read in translation. Maybe this works totally differently in Korean. However, I felt like this one dragged for me, even though it was short. It's very dark. There were parts I liked, but I felt like most of the plot twists had been done elsewhere before, and done better. Plus I got tired of the claustrophobic feel of being in the main character's messed up head for 300 pages.

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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So far this one has been a punch in the gut with the themes of the death of a child and Lincoln's grieving, but I'm enjoying the format and the whole concept more than I thought I might.

Tanisha_A I loved this. Unique storytelling! 1mo
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I love the cover, and a location on the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border is integral to the functioning of the time traveling Universe, so it's made a positive impression so far! 3 chapters in.

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Fire Sermon | Jamie Quatro
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The story of a neurotic middle aged woman who marries the first man she has sex with in college to make up to God for the fact she's fornicated, then 25 years later tiesherself in psychological knots questioning why God is compelling her to have an affair if He is also prohibiting her from doing so. I found everything about this book questionable, and would've bailed on it if it weren't for my book club (continued in the comments)

pigeonsandcrows ... and, sadly, one that I proposed. I couldn't connect with the protagonist, Maggie, at all, despite being a neurotic married middle aged pseudointellectual myself. We're told she has the prototype of the enviable life, with perfect house, kids, more money than she knows what to do with, good looks, brains, "very fit," but is dissatisfied with all that perfection (largely because she really, really doesn't like having sex with her hot husband... 1mo
pigeonsandcrows ...who is an agnostic and she can't talk about God stuff with him). Anyway, Maggie is spineless and never takes personal responsibility for any choice she makes, telling herself that someone (God or her husband, usually) is forcing her to feel or do something. This book is her inner life and thoughts more than it is a traditional novel with things like character development, a plot, or a storyline. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows Perhaps I missed something- in fact, it's clear I did, as there are many rave reviews on Goodreads- but I can't in good conscience recommend this book to anyone. 1mo
Susannah I agree with your assessment 99%. The only point I‘d argue is that you‘re not a pseudo intellectual. You‘re just a regular one. 😊 1mo
Redwritinghood Totally agree. This book was just a whiny woman trying not to take responsibility for her own actions. It was stupid. 1mo
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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I finished reading Mona Awad's Bunny. I wish I could say I liked this book more than I did. It was different, which I appreciated. It ostensibly follows the trials and tribulations of Samantha, a 25 year old MFA student in creative writing at an elite university, who we are told many times over has a really vivid imagination and uses it to hide from the unpleasantness & demands of the "real world". Part satire, part fantasy (continued in comments)

pigeonsandcrows ...I ultimately found it an unsatisfying imaginative interpretation of Samantha's creative process in writing her thesis. It was not nearly as outrageous or transgressive as I've seen it described. It was overall very juvenile and self-indulgent without much story there. Some parts of it were funny, especially with the Bunnies, but those sections were not nearly enough to carry the novel for me. 2.5 stars. 1mo
Aimeesue Really, really hoping that's not a spoiler. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Aimeesue I don't think anything I've said here should be a spoiler. A lot goes on in the book. It's also only my interpretation, and I could see this book being open to many different readings. 1mo
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Aimeesue Maybe you could leave that interpretation out? It‘s pretty spoilery in that I now know what one interpretation is, and that‘s def going to color how I read the book, if I keep it on my TBR list after knowing that. Clicking the spoiler cover at least gives people who haven‘t read it a choice. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Aimeesue I haven't said anything here about my ultimate interpretation or anything more than is in most blurbs about the book on Goodreads, Amazon, etc. I would encourage you to read it and find out what happens in it and what you think it's about and not rush to a conclusion. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Aimeesue I covered up my initial comment, but nonetheless, don't read too much into it. There is a *lot* in this book and I wouldn't take it off your TBR based on my vague commentary. 1mo
Aimeesue I'll try to keep that in mind. But I don't read random reviews of books I want to read, either, for much the same reason. If something's meant to be worked out -or Interpreted - by the reader through reading the book itself, even broad hints can Color the reading, if you know what I mean. I'm going to be looking for that, where I might not have even considered it before. I def had not seen anything that mentioned it before. Thanks! 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Aimeesue I'm not even talking about reviews. I mean the blurb that describes the book for the general public to generate interest. Clearly you've taken something I've said to mean more than what I wrote. I'm not even sure what you're referring to here. My "interpretation" of this book could be thesis length, it's got that much content. But you do what you want here with regard to reading it. 1mo
Aimeesue Feel free to read “reviews” as “reviews, blurbs, random internet postings, or whatever” I have literally not read anything beyond the Amazon description and blurbs that talk about her writing. A spoiler doesn‘t have to be major, particularly with books with ambiguous endings or… various interpretations. It‘s likely going to color the way I read it. I would now be looking for indications that what you related is/is not true. That‘s all 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 1mo
Aimeesue And I appreciate you spoiler-marking it! 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Aimeesue No problem. I do hope you'll still read it, though. It's a very original book and kooky, even if it was so-so for me. 1mo
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The last third was not as strong, but still a 4 star read for being so hard to put down for the first 2/3. Part courtroom drama, part a reflection on responsibility versus guilt and other complex moral and emotional topics. It would be a great book club read and sure to generate much discussion!

Scochrane26 My book club is reading this month. I haven‘t started it yet. 1mo
LaurenELovesToRead Intriguing! 1mo
Kaila-ann In the process for reading this one right now for #lmpbc 4w
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pigeonsandcrows @Kaila-ann What is lmpbc? I'm pretty new to Litsy, and I've seen this hashtag but I'm not sure what it means. 4w
Kaila-ann @pigeonsandcrows it stands for Litsy markup postal book club and is run by @suvata - sign ups for round 7 just ended but if it‘s your thing, you should definitely keep an eye out for round 8. It‘s a lot of fun. 3w
ClairesReads Totally agree 3w
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For the Time Being | Annie Dillard
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I thought I was just picking randomly off the shelves at the library earlier this week, but I clearly had a theme I was pondering..."For The Time Being" "The Future of Another Timeline" and "Memories of the Future"! Any other time-related titles that pop to mind, anyone?

KimHM The Once and Future King (TH White) 1mo
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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Since I'm reading Bunny on my Kindle, here's a photo of a weird fake bunny to accompany my blurb. I'm about 65% done. It's hard not to feel that Mona Awad has a chip on her shoulder about her experience in the MFA program at Brown, although I am usually hesitant to draw a direct connection between an author's life and writing. This one is just begging to made, though. And that she's using this fantastical satirical style (continued in comments)

pigeonsandcrows ... suggests that being an outsider at a pretentious New England school with a group of wealthy, privileged students was an Owie (to borrow a term from the novel). I hope churning out this novel led to some catharsis via chaos if that was her experience. I'm still waiting to see where the ending goes and definitely enjoying Part 2 more than I did the beginning. @Susannah 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I will just add at this point that my neighborhood is overrun with bunnies, and I can't see one without thinking about what sort of "draft" of a person I could make out of it! I am wondering if you're enjoying the second part any better, especially after listening to the podcast? 1mo
Susannah I‘ve finished Part Two now, and I thought it was a good setup for Part Three but not much more. It read a little more like a middle part usually does—cleaning up Part One and prepping the last part. Samantha really frustrates me. This is terribly judgmental (surprise, surprise), but I wish she wouldn‘t be so weak! I feel bad for thinking that, but reading Part Two, I was just, like, Ugh, GROW UP! 1mo
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Susannah It continues to feel really high school to me, with Samantha simultaneously hating the Bunnies and desperate to be one of them. And I was pissed when no one realized that Samantha had transformed the stag. I think I‘ll be very satisfied by the end, based on what we learned from the podcast. And speaking of the podcast, I actually have very little sympathy for Mona Awad, if our takeaway is that this is a roman a clef. 1mo
Susannah Like, Samantha is in pain for a myriad of reasons and struggling, but everyone else—who doesn‘t know—is just supposed to figure it out? I know in Part Two, Samantha comments on how she had gone to Fosco to tell her that she wasn‘t doing well in her cohort, but she said it was because the Bunnies were all in the same clique. It‘s like she doesn‘t know how to explain her alienation and loneliness. And she‘s supposed to be a writer! 1mo
Susannah I feel like she should be able to express herself better, you know? I‘m frustrated, obviously, but with myself for my lack of sympathy as well as the character for her lack of insight. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I've been wondering that... is "Samantha" Mona Awad just as "Warren" is clearly Brown? Are these portraits of specific people that would be recognizable to people who attended the MFA program? That takes it to a different level. 1mo
Susannah I‘ve been assuming that it is, but that‘s based on the podcast, not on my own knowledge. The woman on The Librarian Is In episode seemed to think Awad was putting some (significant) degree of her experience at Brown into the book. I admit that I‘ve picked that up and run with it in my comments.... Tell me more about your response to Part Two. You said you were responding more positively than you had to Part One. (edited) 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I was just perusing some interviews with Awad to get a sense of how much she openly admits to modeling her novel after her time at Brown. I don't think it's quite at the level of being strictly autobiographical. More satirical than a roman a clef as I understand it. She was in her 30s and already had a Master's in English (from the U of Edinburgh!) and was halfway done with her first novel when she attended Brown. That being said... 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah ...although I think she overall sounds like she got a lot out of her time in the MFA program, I think she clearly identifies with the role of the outsider and that Bunny was a chance to explore all the insecurities, uncertainties, and maybe resentments that came to the surface while she was at Brown. I am basing this both on reading the book and on various interviews I was looking at. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I think I have just settled into or embraced the weirdness of the novel more than I did at first, at least in part because of the podcast giving me a framework for it. It still strikes me as very childish and (so far) I do not find it very disturbing or violent. I think her tongue is firmly planted in her cheek, and so the over the top cartoonish gore aspect really isn't bothering me. I have started to enjoy the descriptions more. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I highlighted a couple of passages I enjoyed reading in my Kindle...let me see if I can find them.... 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah From when Samantha's riding a city bus with the Bunnies & they see a homeless man & are trying to process the experience: “Our mothers always said to look hard at the things of this world that are owies on the eyes because they will put more colors in your inner rainbow.“ That cracked me up. Or when they run into Ava on the same trip: “All of this goop we rubbed into our bodies has run, has slid off of our skin because of her slut rain.“ (edited) 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah As juvenile as it is, I enjoyed that section, where Samantha is group thinking with the Bunnies. It was so ridiculous. So. Also, I agree with the podcasters that I like Jonah and his 90 page poem about Alaska that he can't stop writing, as well as the spoof of what I assume was Whole Foods or something similar, and the horrible Yule party where she and Jonah are the only people there (aside from the server who is also a Bunny hybrid). (edited) 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah And did you know Mona Awad is Canadian? 1mo
Susannah Oh, I‘m really glad you‘ve been able to embrace it more. I‘m irritated that I cannot. I mean, I assume we‘re not supposed to think the Bunnies are empowered, regardless of how much they think they are (and especially after we see their response to the man Samantha makes out of the stag). I feel a little like, I don‘t get it. Maybe I don‘t want to get it? 🤷‍♀️🙄 1mo
Susannah I didn‘t know she was Canadian! 1mo
Susannah At this point, what‘s your perspective on all this? Do you think it‘s all happening in Samantha‘s head? Or some things are not real and the things that are real are exaggerated (like the Bunnies)? The way Ava will appear and disappear, and the way Samantha‘s stag-transformation will show up randomly makes me think they are hallucinations. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah She was born & raised in Montreal, and attended college in Ontario. I guess she got her PhD at the U of Denver & now lives in Colorado! 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah Hmmm, if I were to try to summarize my perspective in terms of what's “really“ happening, I think there are many clues that Samantha is imagining a lot of it. Like she's this totally underdeveloped personality who can't cope with the real world and so projects this kind of cool, outsider persona that people initially buy into, but in reality her coping skills are totally inadequate to deal with the stress of attending this MFA program. (edited) 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah It would not surprise me if that part is not really resolved by the end of the novel and we're left hanging as readers as to what is “real“ and what is not. Maybe a really close reading would reveal more clues as to the author's intent, but I don't think I'm up for that! 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I don't know if I totally “get“ it, but some parts of it resonate with much earlier parts of my life. Like being an outsider poor kid among rich kids who don't know how privileged they are and who think you're cool and deep and intellectual when you're really just broke. I don't think I was as desperate to be liked as Samantha is except maybe in junior high school, though. She's more like a 15 year old than a 25 year old. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah The skewering of the pretensions of New England liberal arts programs I totally get, with their insider intellectual jargon. 🙄 Watching people blow huge amounts of money on frivolous stuff without a second thought while you're trying to buy 20$ worth of groceries at the poor people's grocery store you rode the bus to get to. I get that. People vacationing in exotic spots while you're the only person staying on campus for the holidays. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah So I understand the kind of childish, hateful, chip on the shoulder vibe she has at times. One interview alluded to how there are a lot of class issues brought up in the novel- also in the lurid descriptions of the city's poor- and also how, although it's never stated what race Samantha is, she dwells on how the Bunnies are very white and blonde and that perhaps some racial tensions could be read into it, too. (edited) 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I am totally not sure if anything I am typing constitutes a spoiler anymore. Anyway, the way she goes after the Bunnies who think they're really deep when they're actually very sheltered is pretty spot on in terms of mocking rich kids at liberal arts schools who think they've had profound experiences- owies that have added colors to their inner rainbows. I guess I like that aspect of it. I like the lush descriptions of cuteness, too. (edited) 1mo
Susannah Oh dear, I totally read Samantha as white. 🤦‍♀️ That‘s my projection, but I also think that a person of color wouldn‘t have such poor coping skills. I can totally buy that Samantha would struggle with class differences as a poorer white woman, and, I feel like since class issues are raised explicitly, we‘d know if she weren‘t white (that is, race issues would have been raised explicitly too). 1mo
Susannah I get that appeal, though I actually thought you *wouldn‘t* want to read this book because of your not-so-happy history with small, east coast, liberal arts colleges. Thinking on it, I am wondering if I‘ll be able to overcome my feelings about Samantha‘s juvenile behavior w/r/t the Bunnies.... Do you think Awad is trying to skewer herself too by giving so little credit to Samantha? 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I read her as white as well, and it didn't occur to me to read her in any other way until I saw a review where someone pointed out Mona Awad is Arab-Canadian and that Samantha is never described (other than tall and smelly) and was left deliberately ambiguous while the Bunnies are ultra white. (edited) 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah Someone suggested that Awad is constantly having Samantha describe herself in a mocking, self-aware way and making her behavior so overtly childish and pathetic as a way to preempt serious criticism of the character's motivations by making her too ridiculous to take seriously. Is it a way of putting emotional distance there and keeping us from getting too close to Samantha? 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I am mostly removed enough from Hampshire now that I don't think I have enough residual emotion left for it to resonate on a deeper level. The beauties of getting old...you just stop caring about a lot of it. Dysfunctional family stories can still wound me, but this book is too over the top silly in any case to evoke much visceral emotion. I am amused by it and curious about it but not getting any feels of any kind. 1mo
Susannah Ooh, that comment about making Samantha intentionally ridiculous is interesting. It reminds me of what the guy on The Librarian Is In (Frank?) said about how he doesn‘t like satire because it seems like an attempt to distance a reader from a story. 1mo
Susannah Do you think Awad doesn‘t want readers to get too close to Samantha because it would be too close to her (Awad)? Hmm, apparently, I‘m not going to let the roman a clef thing go. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I think Frank was onto something. I think possibly the experience of the MFA program brought some shameful, unpleasant emotions to the surface for the author and she wants to use that as material, but she doesn't want us to get too close. Because it's satirical, Samantha is a farcical, overdrawn portrait of an emotionally damaged, insecure, and misunderstood scholarship student. She's the embodiment of feeling of being excluded. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah She's a caricature, as are the Bunnies. Awad is mocking all of them, and there's definitely a sense that she's showing that she knows that Samantha's reactions, behavior, thoughts, & motivations are juvenile. Maybe we get something different in Part 3, but that's my take right now. 1mo
Susannah Interesting. So it‘s a Grad Student Bites Back kind of thing. 😉 I‘ll approach Part Three with this in mind. (edited) 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah Are you ready to move on to Part 3? Or do you want to read our IRL book club book and then move on? I can do either.... not sure how your week is looking. 1mo
Susannah I‘m ready to move to Part Three. I‘m happy to do both. 1mo
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A taxi driver in modern times in Beijing begins receiving letters and stories from an obsessed person claiming to be his soulmate who has been reincarnated with him multiple other times, detailing their previous lives together but refusing to reveal his or her identity. We learn about these past lives and betrayals as well as the dark secrets in the current life of Driver Wang. The writing is lush and descriptive (continued in comments)

pigeonsandcrows ... although the storylines are cruel and show the worst sides of humanity. So much to discuss and think about here if you can wade through the darkness. 1mo
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It's been a while since a book has been truly hard for me to put down and I find myself wondering about where it's going throughout the day. I am pleasantly surprised to find that's the case with this book! (Black cat included in photo in honor of October 1!)

Redwritinghood I really liked this one too. Under appreciated, I think. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Redwritinghood Yes, I can't believe I haven't heard more praise of this book. So far I'm finding it dark but so lush and complex. 1mo
Susannah Wow, you read fast! I need to prioritize better and stop spending my evenings watching news shows regarding the latest s***storm in US government. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I honestly just can't stand the TV anymore... books give me a more palatable alternative reality. I'm a low stimulation kind of gal. I also find this book to be hard to put down, and Pedro also really enjoyed it. I'm not sure why it hasn't gotten more press. Maybe because it's a bit dark and violent... but still better than the American government! 1mo
Susannah Most things are better than the US government. Remember the good old days when we could just kind of passively engage with the government? I miss that. 1mo
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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I'm reading Bunny on my Kindle so here's a photo of some actual bunnies to accompany my blurb. I'm about 12 chapters in and so far it is an easy read but perhaps a bit sophomoric? I was expecting dark and subversive but am underwhelmed at about 30% in. Keeping an open mind, though! Buddy read with @Susannah

LaurenELovesToRead Trust me, it only gets better! You‘ll love it! 2mo
Emilymdxn It changes a lot as it goes on I found and I definitely thought it got weirder and weirder 2mo
Redwritinghood I recommend to keep reading. It does get darker. 2mo
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Susannah I‘m trying to figure out how it gets darker, and my imagination is running amok. Still on Chapter 11, but something is definitely up with the dudes all wearing . 2mo
Susannah I finished Part One and have just started the first chapter of Part Two. Are we meant to think that all the violence in the town is due to the Bunnies abandoned hybrids? Why do you think they wanted Samantha? Do you think they continually drug her, and that‘s why she is with them? And why do they care so much about having Samantha with them? SO MANY QUESTIONS. 1mo
Susannah I get the feeling that the author wants us to think the Bunnies are subversive feminists because they allude to the patriarchy and empowerment of women, but I‘m not buying it. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I stopped at the end of part one...do you want to move ahead with part 2? When do you want to plan to finish it by? That's a good question about the violence in town. I hadn't considered what they did with their “hybrids“ when they were through with them, I mean, aside from the ones who have to be killed because they won't stop screaming. (edited) 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I'm still waiting for this book to declare itself in terms of if it has any kind of “message.“ So far my take is that the Bunnies want Samantha with them because she has rejected them up until now. They see her pretensions to gritty “outsider-ness“ as her trying to set herself up as better than them. I think a lot of the things the Rob Valencia hybrid was yelling before his head exploded were their thoughts about Samantha, (edited) 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah To save you the trouble of looking Rob's quote up, essentially he rants that Samantha thinks she's too good for the rest of the world, that she acts like a princess, that she thinks her poverty makes her deep when it actually just makes her smelly, that she thinks she understands everything about the human heart but that she fails to understand the depths of the Bunnies' hearts. (edited) 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I'm not sure what the author wants us to think so far, except that she's spoofing how ridiculous MFA programs can be. In terms of the story, I still get the feeling that all of this could just be occurring in Samantha's head, with her vivid imagination and tendency for lying and her lack of connections to the real world. Like, the whole thing, including Ava and possibly even including the existence of this specific MFA program. (edited) 1mo
Susannah Sorry! My question about the hybrids was the result of something the Bunnies do in the first couple pages of the first chapter of Part Two. Yes, let's do the same thing with Part Two that we did with Part One. I should be done with Part Two by Saturday at the latest. (edited) 1mo
Susannah To me, so far, the satire of academia is not sharp. These women behave like they are in high school, not graduate school. I mean, there were cliques in grad school, but not like sorority cliques, which is what the Bunnies remind me of. I get the heightened language about literature--that works, but it's such a small element of the story that it doesn't read as satire. It feels like a poorly developed Ryan Murphy show. 1mo
Susannah I remember Rob Valencia's rant, yes. And I had figured that everything he said was what the Bunnies were thinking about Samantha. I can see where they want to prove to Samantha that she is not better than they are, but I also wonder at something one of the Bunnies said about the hybrids being better created since Samantha was with them, so it seems like they want her for something related to that. 1mo
Susannah I don't know. The book is just really weird but also muddled, which makes me cranky. I mean, if you're going to walk out on a limb like this, at least know what story you want to tell, you know? I'm with you: the message is lost in all the STUFF we have to wade through. 1mo
Susannah Is this satirical horror? Is it psychological horror (all in Samantha's head because she's had a break with reality)? Is it an academic satire, and Samantha has written herself into her story? Any one of these things would be fine, but I'm not sure the writer knows, and so has kept it a mystery as part of her “style,“ which unfortunately isn't really working for me so far. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah Satirical academic psychological horror? I am totally not sure. I agree that it reads more like high school or maybe undergrad interpersonal interactions than like a bunch of people in their mid-twenties. Samantha the goth girl versus the Bunnies/popular clique. It took quite a while to build up to anything dark or truly creepy, and the buildup was juvenile and didn't grab me. But I'm trying to keep an open mind going into part 2... (edited) 1mo
Susannah I totally agree with your comment about the buildup being juvenile. I'm not sure if I believe that the story getting darker is going to make me like it more. I'm curious to see if the author slaps on more grotesquerie to distract us from the fact that she doesn't really have a handle on her own story. Maybe she should have killed a few more of her darlings before she called this book complete. 🤷‍♀️ (edited) 1mo
Susannah Ok, I listened to whole episode of The Librarian Is In about this book, and I'm actually really glad to be spoiled. Now I can sit back and enjoy the journey instead of just pondering the destination the whole time. I really appreciated what they said on the podcast about satire. I agreed with the assertion Frank made that satire distances you from the story, or, in this case, the narrator. Maybe the satire didn't work so well for me because ... 1mo
Susannah all I could think about was how lonely Samantha was. But, objectively, I realize that the way the Bunnies behave and the way they take creation and destruction to this whole other level (the impact isn't quite so profound if they're just crossing sections out of their story drafts) is very satirical. I think the problem is that I often associate satire with humor, and that's a mistake. I mean, I heard My Sister, the Serial Killer ... 1mo
Susannah referred to as satire and being very funny, and I *guess* it was satire, but I didn't find it funny at all. It makes me wonder if other people make the same mistake I did by conflating satire and humor.

Anyway, I have been babbling on at length, but I think I'm starting to get this book more, which is good. What do you think of it? I've been yammering on about my response to it, but you've been a bit quiet about your overall response ...
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Susannah which makes me worry that I'm being too aggressive in my dislike and consequently taking up all the air in the room. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah You are absolutely not yammering on! I enjoy hearing your thoughts. I'm only about 20 minutes into the Bunny podcast and am glad to know the spoilers didn't spoil anything for you in the reading experience. I think I've also been struggling with how to "take" this book, so knowing where we're going might help me to understand or appreciate the journey. So far (& I'm only now beginning pt 2) I think my response has been... underwhelming. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I just finished the podcast. I think we often expect satire to be funny, but it requires certain conditions to be funny to a particular reader or viewer. It relies on them having enough knowledge of the original subject to recognize when exaggeration is meant to ridicule or criticize a specific group or situation. But then again, if it's too close to home, it just becomes distressing to have the truth out out there in satirical form... 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I also just want to say that I feel so vindicated that Ava is not a real person! I've been getting "not real" vibes off her from the start! Ok, back to reading... 1mo
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I'm not sure what I just read here, but it was certainly different. I've heard it referred to as magical realism, but there was no consensus reality operating here at baseline. It was like reading a transcription of a night's worth of dreaming, with people, locations, ideas all flowing in and out with no purpose. The writing is beautiful and Oyeyemi is clearly brilliant, but if you want a book with an actual plot, I would not pick this one up.

pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I'm ready for Bunny now! I got it on my Kindle last night 😁 2mo
Susannah Yay! I‘ve just started it myself, and I‘ve got five words for you: “Lipstick is for whores, Bunny.” I already have thoughts. (edited) 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I'm at about the same place, and one of the questions that immediately jumps to my mind is if Ava is an imaginary friend. I have no specific reason to think this, though. 2mo
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Susannah There‘s a definite fantastical vibe, especially with all the Alice references (the flask that says “Drink Me,” the note from the Bunnies that says “Open Me,” the, you know, *Bunnies*). It‘s kind of clever but mostly obvious?... I‘m so judgy. 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I keep hoping it's going to turn out that she's being playful with all this and it's going to turn in a different, less predictable direction...we shall see. 2mo
Susannah Just got to the part where Samantha‘s best friend in high school was named Alice. 🤦‍♀️ 2mo
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Oh my. I've suffered from dreadful insomnia some nights recently, and I'm thinking I'll be setting this one aside for when I need something to help make me sleepy. Although the title would lead one to think there will be a mystery involved, so far it's been many, many detailed descriptions of minutiae from her mother's repressed childhood. Continued in the comments.

pigeonsandcrows I suspect the solution to the "mystery" is going to be some extremely pedestrian family secret that would be freely discussed today but was very scandalous in 1920s England, but I also suspect I may lack the fortitude to get to the end and find out! 2mo
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Sorry, fellow Littens, I know this amounts to heresy, but I need to bail on this one about halfway in. Perhaps I'll return to it when I can reset my expectations. Sometimes a book (or restaurant, or movie) gets so much hype that it spoils the experience, and I think that's the case for me here. Now I just have to figure out how to break the news to the friend who recommended it so highly and is waiting to discuss it!

Reagan-reads I 100% agree that so much hype can ruin something. My expectations just get so high. I hated the tagged, and I felt that a big part was the hype surrounding it. 🤷‍♀️ c‘est la vie 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Reagan-reads Thank you, I'm glad to know I'm not alone in this experience! I'm stopping before I end up hating a perfectly reasonable debut novel for not being amazing and perfect in every possible way, which is the expectation that was set up. 2mo
Well-ReadNeck So glad to read this review. I‘ve been avoiding this one - just doesn‘t feel like my cuppa and sooooo much hype. 2mo
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Aims42 I almost bailed on this as well, the hype didn‘t match my experience. I did end up finishing it and enjoying it, but for me it wasn‘t the “best book” I‘ve ever read 2mo
auntie_jenn i didn‘t love it, either. finished, but gave it a so-so. 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Well-ReadNeck Maybe wait a year or two until the hype dies down if you do decide to try it. Too high of expectations definitely killed this for me, despite my trying very hard to like it.
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pigeonsandcrows @Aims42 I think that's part of my reaction...I'm like, wow, this is not bad for a 70 year old debut fiction author! If I hadn't heard anything, I might have enjoyed it. But based on how glowing the reviews are, you'd think it was a new entry into great modern literature or that I would be moved to tears by its perfection. Just liking it is a letdown after all of that!
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Aims42 @pigeonsandcrows Yes, exactly! Part of my letdown was being on my library‘s waitlist for a month before getting a copy. I‘m glad I didn‘t buy it, but the wait wasn‘t worth it for me 2mo
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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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I started this last night and am enjoying it more than I thought I would - I was not a fan of the last one I read by her. It probably helps that I consider gingerbread to be a magical food myself! Looking forward to fall starting tomorrow and all the tastes and smells that come with that.

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Indian Horse | Richard Wagamese
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The story of an Ojibway man sent to residential school in the 1960s and his struggles to find a way to build a life for himself and deal with multiple traumatic events in his life. You'll probably get more out of it if you like sports and especially hockey, although that's certainly not necessary to understand Saul's overall journey.

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My children are loving this book right now. A great find at the public library!

Nute This looks like an amazing book to treasure! 1mo
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A debut novel and the author is sometimes painfully earnest and a bit heavy-handed but overall I thought this was extremely well done. It's an exploration of misogyny, intergenerational trauma, and their effects on 3 generations of women who struggle to define themselves in a patriarchal society. While it's got a specific cultural background as its setting, the themes and struggles are universal. Ends on a note of hope despite a lot of tragedy.

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I'm actually a fan of being happy, but still really liked this quote. "If anything, I think it's sadness, or discontent at least, that's at the root of everything beautiful." -A Woman Is No Man, Etaf Rum

Susannah This is a good quote, though I don‘t agree with it. I don‘t think it‘s that easy to be happy. It‘s like talent—you‘ve either got it or you don‘t. If you don‘t, you can train yourself to be skilled at it, but you‘ll never be as good as the people who come by it naturally. 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah Agreed. I more highlighted it because it was a thought-provoking quote, especially in the context of the book, rather than one I completely endorsed. Deciding to be happy is a commitment, and for me it takes more effort to embrace happiness than be unhappy. However, I also find my discontent more often leads to inaction and hopelessness rather than revolution or the creation of anything awesome. (edited) 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah In the context of the book, however, one of the characters, who is being pressured to enter a culturally traditional marriage at age 18 and start a family as a means to be “happy“ is questioning her aunt, who ran away from home and rejected the supposed “happiness“ of domestic life to live as a single working woman who is estranged from her family. So this is her response when the niece asks if she's happy with her life. (edited) 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I have also been reflecting that maybe part of the reason this quote resonated with me is because I have often felt the need to justify- if only to myself- why sometimes choosing the harder thing that might not immediately be perceived as making me “happier“ has been the better choice. This whole topic is also making me think about our character Samantha from Bunny...but that's a different discussion! 😊 🐇 🐇 2mo
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I am in the middle of 3 novels at once and somehow I unintentionally have picked a group of books that all have children that are abandoned by their parents and/or society as protagonists. I think I need to be a bit more intentional in my selection next time to mix it up a bit!

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Divine Excess | Ichiro Ono
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#7in7days #CoverCrush. Day 7- I hope this picture can capture the beauty!

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BookNAround Gorgeous! So perfect for the topic and the time both. 2mo
TrishB That‘s lovely 💕 2mo
Nute Beautiful! 2mo
squirrelbrain Gorgeous! ❤️ 2mo
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Well, I didn't bail, and I can't quite pan this book, but neither can I in good faith entirely recommend it, so I'll settle on so-so. Jewell certainly captured the dysfunction of the Birds vividly, but I can't say to what end- Entertainment? Emotional catharsis? Neither of those terms describes my experience as a reader. Although well-written, this novel left me partially revolted and partially just incredibly irritated. Anyone else?

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Susannah Yes, me too. How could so many things happen to one family? I mean, I guess we‘re supposed to assume that all that happened to each person was because of the dysfunction at the head of the family, but it was just TOO MUCH. It felt a little like how you described A Little Life. Tragedy porn. 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah Right? I like a little scandal in my fiction, but it was like these people were so pathetic and wallowing that they couldn't even commit a convincing sinful act, they just sat around passively violating every taboo of how decent people should act towards one another. And then it's all going to be OK because Beth has a baby? That's the last thing that character needed. Spoiler alert for life: a baby does not fix everything. 🙄 2mo
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Susannah Not to mention the forgiveness did not resolve all the interrelationship stuff that they‘ll continue to have to experience with each other. Also ... see next comment for spoiler. 2mo
Susannah Was it weird that Beth moved into the house? Cleaned and refreshed as it was, how did they not all have hoarding PTSD? 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I found virtually every part of the forced happy ending chapter creepy, including Beth moving into the house. I also found the big reveal of the incestuous kiss between Lorelei and Rhys explained absolutely nothing to me and was just unnecessary. Did you feel like that detail advanced your understanding of events surrounding his suicide? 2mo
Susannah No. I was baffled by that reveal. When I read that the book‘s topics included rape, I honestly thought Rhys was going to have raped Beth or Lorelei. Not that the act had to be so heinous to drive him to suicide, but his entire character felt underdeveloped. It was like the author had to hurry because she had a lot more trauma to pack in. 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah It's probably good that I'm venting my spleen now in case one of the other girls loves it! IMHO Rhys killing himself because he was depressed or awkward was tragedy and trauma enough without upping the ante by including that reveal. It was so unnecessary. The author just had to pack in more at every turn. Don't even get me started on the Bill and Beth affair subplot and how that's handled. Grrrr. 2mo
Susannah No, no, get started! I was pretty appalled by Bill and Beth, but I thought the dad and Kayleigh relationship was kind of sweet. Just me? 🙄 I definitely thought Kayleigh was reasonable to call out Beth when Beth threw the temper tantrum at Vicky‘s funeral. That said, again, I couldn‘t believe suddenly it was ok to bring Kayleigh to the house at the end (though I realize that Whatshisname wanted to meet Tia). (edited) 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I just thought the entire Bill and Beth affair was so ugly and long lived, so potentially devastating to Meg, and then it's all resolved in the end with a wave of the hand. "Oh, he just slept with my sister for years because she was the part of me I wouldn't let him get to. Well, we just decided to be happy so it's all awesome now, Bill and I will just help Beth raise her baby, no biggie." Huh? 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I thought Bill was a morally repugnant sleaze. Kayleigh may have had a chip on her shoulder, but so far as I could see, there was no moral reason she and Colin weren't free to do as they pleased in terms of having a relationship. The Rory-Colin-Kayleigh love triangle was left unresolved in the end, and I'm not sure Kayleigh was going to despise the sisters any less, so the ending was a cop out IMHO. 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I mean, what was the take home message here? Everything is forgivable and the important thing is for families to stick together no matter how everyone behaves? Their big failure was just not loving each other enough before, and now all their relationships are going to be great since Lorelei is dead and the trash is out of the house??? Was that your take on it? 2mo
Susannah Simply put, yes. I got that cleaning the trash out of the house was symbolic, but how can we believe that they won‘t all just start building up another bunch of petty and not-so-petty resentments? And I totally agree that Meg‘s vague acceptance of Bill and Beth‘s affair did not work AT ALL. Like, what part of Meg could Bill not get to that, um, Beth kept between her two large breasts? 🤦‍♀️ That was just a massive rationalization on Meg‘s part. 2mo
Susannah And I have known too many estrangements in my own family to know that you don‘t just magically get over them. (edited) 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah Ditto, my family does repressed trauma, narcissistic parents, and estrangement super well and I found this ending a bit hard to swallow. 😉 (edited) 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I love how we're just producing a string of spoilers here. I mean, yes, super yuck, Bill just wanted Beth for sex, and Beth apparently didn't even like the sex but was just too passive and underdeveloped as a human being to say no? She finally felt validated in her existence because Meg's partner wanted to sleep with her? And Meg's response to finding all of this out was to kick him out for a while, then force him to marry her? (edited) 2mo
Susannah I know. It‘s just icky. Funny how Colin and Kayleigh are portrayed as questionable (like, I got a judgmental vibe from the writer, not just for the sake of the story), but the Beth-Bill story is treated as much more normal. WTH? 2mo
Susannah Also Bill cheated on Meg! With her sister! How is this not a permanent dealbreaker?! 2mo
Susannah Spoiler, spoiler, spoiler 🤣 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I couldn't agree more with your comments. I feel the level of betrayal Bill and Beth exhibited was such that Meg realistically would've decided they were both dead to her. At a minimum, I would have expected her to have grave reservations about having either of them be her closest allies and confidantes, but she's portrayed as just taking it in stride and forgiving and forgetting and remaining enmeshed with both of them, which Huh? (edited) 2mo
Susannah Because, la, la, la, family and forgiveness, the end. That‘s not how any family I know works. 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I despised the character of Lorelei. Jewell did a great job portraying a narcissistic parent who values her little rituals of love more than she values the feelings of her actual children, but I also felt like she wanted us to feel sympathetic towards her- ugh. Did you think the emails were meant to make us understand her motivations, or were they more of a way of advancing the story by throwing in reveals and plot summaries? 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I'll stop commenting now as I know we're supposed to discuss on Saturday. I don't want to run out of steam. Although thankfully I don't get the sense anyone else really *loved* this book, especially since Jennifer didn't remember the ending! 2mo
Susannah The latter. I hated those letters. I thought they were just exposition, and they took up way too much space. 2mo
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Plus I picked this one up at the library to help with baking treats for a picnic today, and it's a simple and very attractive little book.

Come-read-with-me @pigeonsandcrows looks like it has some delicious options! Have a lovely picnic! 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Come-read-with-me Thanks! We made chocolate almond cupcakes and they turned out great! 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Come-read-with-me Also, the author is originally from Saskatoon 😊 2mo
Come-read-with-me @pigeonsandcrows the cupcakes sound yummy and thanks for the heads up about S‘toon. I‘ll look for the book next time I‘m home! 😀 2mo
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Current TBR pile from the library!!

Susannah Wow, terrific! I‘m surprised you‘re giving Oyeyemi another try. Have you read anything of hers besides Boy Snow Bird? 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I haven't, and I will admit I was hesitant. I have three of the others going right now, but I read the opening chapter of Gingerbread and found it more easy to digest than I did Boy Snow Bird. Have you read anything more by her?
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Nute So many good books in that stack! 1mo
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#7in7days #CoverCrush
The content is way too esoteric for me but the cover always grabs me in its austerity.

Leftcoastzen Cool cover! 2mo
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Indian Horse | Richard Wagamese
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😊 😊Are there any other littens here located in Canada? I see all the beautiful book swaps and whatnot going on and wonder if there is anyone else out there dependent on Canada Post who might want to start a group or a book swap or something similar? 😊

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 I host a Canadian penpal group #PoutinePenPals . If you're interested in connecting with more Canadian Littens send me an email with your name, Litsy handle, mailing address & birthday. 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That sounds great. How do I send a private message via Litsy? (Sorry, I am still pretty new here!) 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego There isn't a way, but here's my email danielle_gangur@hotmail.com 2mo
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Readswithcoffee Welcome to Litsy 👍🏻📚📚📚👍🏻 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego OK, just sent you an email! 2mo
Reagan-reads 👋 I'm in Alberta! 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Reagan-reads Me too!! 2mo
mcctrish I‘m in Southern Ontario and I‘m in #poutinepenpals ⬆️ 2mo
LA_Mead #poutinepenpals is lots of fun! 2mo
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#CoverCrush #7in7days
Purchased just for the cover ❤❤❤❤❤

Susannah Beautiful. Looks quiet, which is a quality I crave (as I sit and listen to the music pounding from the church down the street). 🤦‍♀️ 2mo
xicanti That road looks much nicer than the ones I took through Saskatchewan when I was a kid! 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @xicanti I think they picked a nice one for the cover...just browsing the text, there are a lot of warnings about road conditions!
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pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I have to remind myself that I moved out here for the quiet, not for the easy airport access ;)
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xicanti @pigeonsandcrows this does not surprise. 2mo
Susannah Fair point: anywhere requires a certain amount of sacrifice. 2mo
Come-read-with-me @pigeonsandcrows Thank you for posting this wonderful cover. I grew up in Saskatchewan but now live in Southern California. I was feeling homesick today and this picture is exactly what I needed to see! 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Come-read-with-me I now live in eastern Alberta and find Saskatchewan to be an amazingly beautiful place. I bought this at the Maple Creek Visitors' Centre. I'm glad this picture was what you needed! 2mo
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Split Tooth | Tanya Tagaq
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Set in the white, frozen North. The cover made it my first purchase of 2019 but I still haven't read it yet 😕

batsy Great cover and sounds super intense and interesting. 2mo
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Like so much of this book, I just don't know whether to laugh at the absurdity or just feel really sad and disgusted.

Susannah Both. Or rather, all. 2mo
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Mull and Iona: 40 Favourite Walks | Paul Webster, Helen Webster
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Always a sucker for a pretty cover!

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Post a book cover you love every day for a week!

#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1 @Susannah Tag, you're it! I'll just tag you every day, in fact ;)

Susannah Did you tag me every day? I want to do this challenge, but I need to line up the books in advance, so I don‘t miss a day. 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I didn't tag you every day because I finally decided that was maybe a little excessive! 2mo
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Alone in Berlin | Hans Fallada
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I picked up this book randomly while on a layover at Heathrow airport and I had no idea what I was in for. A novel about life in Nazi Germany written in 1946 by a German author who lived in Germany during the war and died in an asylum immediately after finishing the book. And was addicted to morphine. Did I also mention it's based on a true story? It's dreary and morally conflicted and there is no surprise happy ending but I found it compelling.

Buechersuechtling I liked this book, too. It was a joy to read your review because it transports the sparks it light in you perfectly. 💙 2w
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And in other news, when I'm not reading my book club selection, I'm currently struggling with the fourth book in Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie series. I will admit that I want to love these more than I actually do. I'm still in the very early chapters of this one. I'm curious to check out the television adaptation of these.

SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😀 2mo
Andrea4 4th book and still not loving? That's dedication. 2mo
KathyWheeler I love the tv series, but I‘ve never finished any of the books I‘ve started. 2mo
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pigeonsandcrows @Andrea4 I loved the opening chapter of the first book in this series so, so much. I thought it was great. I just keep trying to rekindle that original magic and never quite getting there. Sometimes it's close, but it's just never consistently as good as I know Atkinson can be. I really enjoyed her writing in Life After Life!
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pigeonsandcrows @KathyWheeler That's encouraging! I will definitely check out the TV series.
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pigeonsandcrows @SW-T Thanks!! 2mo
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Reading this one for my book club. It's an exploration of the struggles of the adult children in the Bird family to launch into the world in the face of parental mental illness and pathological grief. It hits a bit close to home in terms of my own family, and I don't think I'd continue reading it if it weren't for my book club.

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Reading_in_the_meadow So I totally read it as paranormal mental health. Parental mental health makes much more sense! 2mo
Reading_in_the_meadow *mental illness. I'm going back to sleep now 😂 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Melissa_J Thanks! 🙂 In the interest of full disclosure, I am originally from the States, but my family and I are living in Alberta for work. That being said, which part of the country are you in, if I may ask? 2mo
pigeonsandcrows @Reading_in_the_meadow A book focusing on paranormal mental health and illness sounds right up my alley! Ha! 😁 2mo
Reading_in_the_meadow @pigeonsandcrows 😂😂😂 I have to admit, I was confused, but also very curious! 2mo
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Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 A book that hits close to home can be a tough read, be kind to yourself!💕 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Nute Thank you so much! That was definitely a tough read for me.
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