My last of Dickens‘ completed novels and a real high note! Paul Dombey Sr. is crippled by his overweening pride and is jealous of the affection his son and heir shows for his sister. Tragic yes but also classic Dickens with its bright spots of humor and fantastic supporting characters! ❤️ #ClassicsChallenge2020
My last TOB shortlist book to read. I‘m a little over half way through. I am enjoying it but I think The Handmaid‘s Tale didn‘t “need” this complementary volume and is more powerful on its own. #tob #tob2020
I completed my first book for #classicschallenge2020! This is the final novel in Trollope‘s six-book Palliser series. This book (and the series as a whole) didn‘t quite have the same emotional punch for me as his Barchester series but still it was a very satisfying experience...romance, politics, intrigue and always with the author‘s patented humor and humanity.😍
Thank you for the tag Centique! We have a few overlapping titles. My criteria for choosing one book over another is completely random and unscientific! Ask me again tomorrow, the list might change. But not the tagged book. I read all four Murderbot novellas in 2019 and loved them so! 😍I can tell they will stay at the top of my all time best of list!
I succumbed to the siren song of the library book sale. $5.50 and four books later. I figure if I leave them in my car until 2020 I don‘t have to count them as incoming for this year. 😜
It took almost a month but I did it! There is something compelling about the voice of the unnamed narrator as she recounts random thoughts, memories and her anxieties about 21st century America. The text has a certain rhythm that I noted and admired. Not perfect, I have a couple of quibbles but definitely a work of genius and a book encapsulating a slice of our current fraught political and cultural landscape.
1. Serendipity 😍
2. Three is optimal! Favorite series? Maybe Mapp and Lucia?
3. Not a writer. I only write emails and contract drafts for work and blog post and goodreads reviews online.
4. I tag @BookNAround @readordierachel and @Erofan If you are so inclined.
Thanks for the tag @Lcsmcat
Thanks for the tag @Lcsmcat . #NameChallenge Spell your name with book titles. 😀 All the titles shown I have read and liked, though Robinson is not a favorite (I know she is beloved but her genius misses me). I tag @Aimeesue and @Buechersuechtling if either of you are so inclined to play along.
FINALLY! I‘ve had this book for four years and have meant to read it every fall season for the past three years 😬. It was great. A good companion to The Bone Clocks but can also stand on its own as a short, creepy read. 😨
Just finished this the fifth book in Trollope‘s six book Palliser series. It can be read alone but was particularly satisfying since many characters from previous books pop up here and there. Trollope has become one of my go-to comfort reads.
Dropped off a couple of bags of books at the Goodwill this afternoon! I browsed but was able to resist the temptation of buying any replacements. 😀
Super excited to read this novella in the Wayfarer series!😃
#Thethingummybob is what one says when one forgets the proper name for something so I‘m gonna link that to the tagged title about a woman with amnesia. I‘ve read two books from Moriarty before- one good one not so good...this one will be the tiebreaker. 🤔 #RedroseSeptember
I kinda hated this book. But I think I am a real outlier in this case. It is kind of a bookish equivalent to Forest Gump which I also hated... I know, what is wrong with me!?!?
An overweight, middle aged sad sack man goes on a tragicomical journey across the country on his bike to find his mentally ill sister and save her. Along the way he has adventures and meets a cast of eccentric characters. #Iran #RedroseSeptember
#TwoTribes by Frankie goes to Hollywood was about the (futility of) the Cold War. Which makes me think of this amazing nonfiction oral history of the transition from the Soviet Era to the unbridled capitalism of the Wild Wild East. So many stories from real people. It made me think a lot about my own country‘s propaganda and indoctrination. #RedroseSeptember
I don‘t remember too much about this except that it was about twin brothers where one them suffered from schizophrenia and the other brother found himself conflicted about having to be his brother‘s caretaker. It was a compelling story. An Oprah pick too, so have your tissues ready!
Interesting to think what #allaroundtheworld 🌎 meant back in the classical age of Europe and Asia Minor. How small it was and yet how complex and rich. This book was a pre-internet purchase. Back when if you wanted to know anything you likely had to look it up in a book! 📚 #RedroseSeptember
To many Jay Gatsby appears to be living #thelifeofriley - he has everything money can buy. Well almost...this book shows the dark side of the American Dream and launched a million high school term papers. #RedroseSeptember
I enjoyed this satire on academia, publishing, U.S. politics, gaming etc. It is a little overstuffed maybe but ultimately satisfying. The prompt #sitdown made me think of it because the protagonist‘s mother was photographed at a “sit in” in the 70s which has a lot to do with the plot. Convoluted but it‘s the best I can do.😅 #RedroseSeptember
My cat decided to channel Vanna White for this one. #7days7covers #covercrush
Hey @ctboeheim @rwmg @BarkingMadRun would you like to play by posting a different cover you love for seven days in a row with no explanation? It‘s fun!
This book was a lot of fun but also pretty crazy. It is based on the myth of Theseus which I actually got it because I had previously read The King Must Die by Mary Renault. I don‘t remember If Oreo actually has a #kinkyafro or not but she might have given the book was first published in 1974 and is contemporary. ☮️
Oops! I said I was only going to see if there were any Ishiguro books for sale and leave if none...two books and one DVD later...🙊
I didn‘t love this brick of a book as much as I might have at some other point in my reading life. Romantic historical fiction isn‘t quite my jam at the moment. But it does feature a #bizarrelovetriangle! 😀
#Saturn5 is a kind of rocket 🚀 so I went with the cover of this early Heinlein novel that I‘ve not read for this #RedroseSeptember prompt. Heinlein is sort of hit and miss for me so I may never read this title! 👽
#withmylittlestickofblackpoolrock was the most difficult prompt! Since Blackpool is a coastal resort town my mind did go to the first Persephone I read which was the tagged book about a family holiday to Bognor in the 1920s. This is a lovely, gentle and melancholic story about a happy family who know this will be the last summer together as the children are now reaching adulthood. Highly recommended!😍
The prompt #chippytea makes me think of one of my favorite Booktubers Amy at From the Dusty Bookshelf,whose nickname from another booktuber (Erica at The Perks of Books) is “Chippy Cup”. What I love about Amy is she reads way outside the mainstream. From deep dives into Simone de Beauvoir‘s complete works to Lesbian pulp fiction...she marches to the beat of her own drummer! Totally unpretentious, she is a joy to listen to.