I think that if I preorder a book long before Reese Whitherspoon chooses that book for her book club that my copy should not have that stupid stamp on it. #dontneedacelebritytotellmewhattoread
If I‘m honest I have to say that I struggled with this book. It took me an entire month to finish. I couldn‘t stay focused on it and wasn‘t always compelled to pick it up when I had time to read. HOWEVER, part six (the last 27 pages) wrecked me. It is absolutely beautiful and made the pace of the rest make sense and totally worth while. I DNF a lot but I‘m glad I wouldn‘t let myself give up on this one. Thanks “Past Angie”.
I put my crochet down to grab some lunch. Sadie had some other ideas so I guess I‘m reading! 📚🚫🧶
I‘m ok with that! 😄
So far, I‘ve had a pretty decent summer for reading but it has also been full of disappointments. This was definitely one of them. To me, this felt like an outline to a really great novel, not a great read. It‘s short, choppy, and I didn‘t like the third person point of view. There were some very poignant sentences, a few laughs, and some gut punches. I can‘t “pan” it but I didn‘t love it as I was expecting. #unpopularopinions
My favourite book of the year so far! I first heard about this one in the Modern Mrs Darcy summer reading guide. I almost skipped over it but then I read what it was about and figured I better try it. It‘s not easy, breezy summer reading but it‘s EXCELLENT!!
The narrator‘s southern drawl is perfection. I had a hard time putting it down.
1. I am currently reading Unlikely Animals set in Everton, New Hampshire and Book Lovers set in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina
2. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus 💜
3. So many! Fredrik Backman, Celeste Ng, Blake Crouch, Alexis Hall and Becky Chambers all have books coming out this year that I can‘t wait to read.
Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead 😄
This book is far more sad than it is funny. I don‘t find mental illness “riotously funny”. Had this been marketed differently I may have enjoyed it more. It wasn‘t what I was looking for right now. I am still curious to see what Byron Lane writes next as this was well written.
#bookspin One thing you have to know is that I hate it when my husband asks me what‘s for dinner. I almost drove off the road this morning as I listened:
“When he was young my father would, as all children do, ask the question, “Mom, what‘s for dinner?” His very sweet mother …. would respond with “Cazzi e patate” this translates directly as ⤵️
May #bookspin #doublebookspin
The weather has been so bad here in Manitoba. We are currently experiencing our third Colorado Low in three weeks, in a year where already more snow than normal. At least it‘s not more snow this weekend.We really do not need any more moisture but it‘s coming anyway. 😬😞
I‘m really hoping May brings outdoor reading weather! ☀️🌱🌷💐
I am currently culling my shelves. I‘ve already donated a ton. I‘m pretty proud of myself actually! I have had this one since it came out in 2010. It looks to me like a chunkster about people I imagine I‘ll have a hard time liking and I‘m guessing it‘s fairly bleak, none of which I‘m very interested and in right now.
Might future me like it? Or at least finish it?
You decide! Keep or donate?
Not loving this at around 20%. I‘m definitely considering bailing. I got it from a list of books that are like Eleanor Oliphant. The rec said quirky characters which this definitely has but I thought Eleanor was a loveable character and not finding that here.
I don‘t usually track my DNFs but I think I might this year. Do you track your bails? Do they count for your challenges?
My #bookspin list for January is somewhat winter themed. My life in Manitoba is decidedly winter themed at the moment!! It‘s super cold here, like colder than Mars cold!! Happy New Year!
Over the last while I have been binging Rupaul‘s Drag Race. Basically, if it doesn‘t involve drag queens my brain can‘t handle it. So when this was an audible deal I thought “Graham Norton, the drag race judge?” (I know he does lots of other things but…) Low and behold, it‘s that Graham Norton. I had no idea he writes fiction! I was very impressed and I will read more. This is the first book in a very long time that I couldn‘t put down.
1. I have been in a book club with my mom for almost 20 years.
2. We choose books by suggesting books we want to read, not ones we have already read and recommend. I like this because then no one gets their feelings hurt by bringing something they love that others end up hating. One I really loved was Water for Elephants. Also Ragged Company.
3. The conversation is most often more interesting when we don‘t all love something IMO.
I feel like I have been so busy lately! While I have been reading it‘s been very random. I couldn‘t even put lists together the past couple months! Feeling ready today! I have two weeks off work at the end of the month so I‘m hoping to make a good dent in this pile. 🤞🏼🤞🏼
#bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo
I loved this!! Richard Wagamese is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. This starts out with a very graphic bull riding accident and then a rape and I almost DNF‘d it. I decided to try again and then I got sucked in right away. I would recommend the print version as opposed to the audio though because it changes perspective without any heads up and was a little hard to follow at first.
This is such a sweet story!! I loved it. It gave me Be Frank With Me vibes, which for me was a good thing. This is a total #blameitonlitsy 💜
I‘m rating this a pick even though I didn‘t love it. I had very high expectations with this one because I really liked the Flatshare and I LOVED The Switch. Addie and Dylan are no Eileen. I don‘t like to judge based on what a book ISN‘T and what this is is a light, mostly fun summer read. It‘s better than a so-so but not a rave.
Dog stole my reading spot. Too cute, can‘t move. #dogsoflitsy
1. I LOVED the tagged book. I had never heard of it before someone in my irl book club suggested it. It‘s definitely a favourite of this year and also on my all-time favourites.
2. We‘ve had many great discussions. I think Water for Elephants was a good one. A book none of really liked but the discussion was great was Fishbowl. I would recommend The 57 Bus because it has so many interesting aspects for discussion.
This was so fun for this bake off lover!! Lately I‘ve binged 10 seasons of the British and four of the Canadian and I was missing it. This is so well done!! It‘s hilarious and it just hit the spot for me right now!
I think Mary Berry would say it‘s scrummy!! 😄
And the Canadian female judge might say it‘s beautiful in her ridiculous Moira Rose unidentifiable accent. But I digress.... it‘s cute, fun, and funny. 💜
I listen to the get booked podcast weekly so when Amanda went on about The Switch I thought it sounded like something that I wouldn‘t normally read but my pandemic brain said YES! And I loved that one. When she recommended this as a read alike I thought PERFECT! I guess September pandemic brain and April pandemic brain are different because I hated this one. I have nothing good to say about it.
I‘m giving this a pick but I didn‘t love it. It is problematic AF but it also has great character development and strong sense of place. And then it‘s insanely long which it didn‘t need to be IMO. I laughed in a lot of places but I hated the ending!!! However I‘m sure it will be one of those books I‘ll remember for a long time. Struggling to put a star rating on this one.
Coffee is life. I am one of those people, I can‘t go without it. Always dark roast and black, hardcore!
Then when it‘s wine time it‘s red wine 95% of the time. The occasional craft beer, never hard stuff.
Trying to drink water in between.
Consider yourself tagged if you‘ve gotten this far 😄
1. I‘m going to have to say Dumbledore. I really thought she was going to bring him like a Phoenix from the ashes, oh well. 😢
2. I have a bad habit of not remembering the endings of books or movies. 🤦🏻♀️
3. I am surprised how much I am enjoying Lonesome Dove! I always put off the chunksters but this was my choice for this year.
Thanks again for the tag @mandarchy
1. When they call you a terrorist just really stuck with me. Also I have to add that Mariah Carey‘s bio was so fun on audio.
2. I haven‘t read enough of James Baldwin but I think I would call him a master.
3. I don‘t think I have one. I‘m not sure I‘ve read more than one book by a non-fiction author. 🤷🏻♀️It‘s more about the topic for me when I read nonfiction.
Thanks for the tag @mandarchy
1.I don‘t read along but sometimes if I have to have a book finished by a certain date then I will get the audio and paper and interchange.
2. When I was commuting I always listened to either audiobooks or podcasts. I enjoy being able to do something else while I read, cooking, crafting, puzzles, driving.
Thanks for the tag @Come-read-with-me
This month‘s theme is Spring Cleaning! I have to get my “currently reading” shelf organized!! These are books I‘ve started and don‘t want to DNF but I just never finished for whatever reason. #bookspin #doublebookspin #bookspinbingo
There are some good nuggets in this but overall I found her obnoxious. When I rated it 2 stars I went back and read some reviews on GR. There I found a five star review from Glennon herself. She gave herself a five star rating on goodreads, therefore proving my point.
Sadie would like to know how she was supposed to tell the difference between love your pet day and every other day. 😄😍💜🐶
I wasn‘t feeling well yesterday so I didn‘t get very much reading done. Feeling better today and definitely not leaving the house!! Hopefully I can get this one done while I do a huge pile of laundry.
This book broke my heart!! Five alarm snot bomb for sure. Not something I would typically go to in the middle of winter but it was so good! Totally character driven, multiple points of view, non-linear, and beautifully written and reflective. Right up my alley!
I just recently finished binging all the seasons of The Crown and I LOVED IT! When I saw this was on sale at Libro.fm I grabbed it. I‘m only 10% in and enjoying it but something today struck me so funny. The word scone. I was brought up to pronounce it “scawn” and I always thought that people who said “scown” where pretentious and snooty lol! I don‘t know how old I was when I found out it‘s just the one is Scottish and the other English. ⤵️