It‘s funny as I usually dislike books where there are no answers or conclusions. This book just drifts along and we don‘t get to find out the ‘whys‘ - why someone did what they did, or why someone behaves like they do, but I still enjoyed it all the same...
This book fits for #maryland for #readingUSA2019.
I also have a spare charity shop copy if anyone would like it... but be sure to read other reviews first as many Littens don‘t like it!
Reposting for @LitsyBirthdays
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I haven‘t read this yet but it sounds fascinating.... Mary Wortley Montagu‘s journey through Europe to Constantinople in the early 1700s, investigating the hidden lives of women.
A lovely walk around Ingleton Waterfall Walk today has reminded me that it‘s the #littlestthings that count, fresh air from being outdoors and spending time with loved ones.
I didn‘t enjoy this as much as Americanah and Purple Hibiscus, but only because of the difficult subject matter (the Biafran War, and Adichie doesn‘t flinch from giving us the terrible details). Besides this, it is also a study of relationships, as Adichie‘s books are, and of Nigerian life in the 60s.
I love how you learn so much from this author‘s books, about cultures and events that I would never otherwise get to see.
I‘m a little bit torn on how to review this book, as there was a bit near the end that made me feel more benevolent towards it (in spoiler tag below) but....
The dialogue was clunky and forced, there were so many clichés and you could see the storylines coming from a mile off. (Who knew that someone travelling to a wedding in trainers would forget their shoes?!) It felt like a poor girl‘s Bridget Jones to me, even as far as the chain smoking....
I‘ve gone with a French book for this one, but it‘s also to do with love of course....
I bought this in the vintage section in Pages of Hackney on the #londonbookshopcrawl.
This is on my TBR shelf and it‘s one I‘m really looking forward to reading.... The author is a pastry chef who moves to Paris and falls in love with the city. There‘s a lot of cooking and recipes too! 😋
A classic that I should probably have read before but hadn‘t.... I‘ve heard so much about it and, whilst fabulous, it‘s also quite menacing and terrifying. I‘d like to actually see the play now, but I think the actors would have to be just right.
It‘s also the first play that I‘ve read ‘for pleasure‘ (the last was for French A level!😁)
It‘s a very quick read and fits nicely into the #louisiana prompt for #ReadingUSA2019.
One of my favourite books so far this year. The author takes a terrible fire in 1986 at the LA Public Library as her starting point for a wide-ranging book all about libraries. Sometimes with NF you get bogged down in detail, but this was a perfectly balanced mix of history, personalities, psychology and crime investigation.
Highly recommended - after all! who doesn‘t love books about books?!
We know from the start that the MC‘s beloved older brother has died; the story tells us what happened to him.
To begin with I loved this book, the narrative was very evocative and I felt immersed in their childhood in the 1970s ‘Deep South‘. However as the siblings grew up, the brother moved away. What happens to him is told from a distance and almost skimmed over - very much a book of 2 halves.
Still a pick though!
This is what #modernlove means to me; it‘s about the chaos and recriminations that ensue when someone posts a compromising photo on social media.
I‘m just glad I did my growing up before the internet!
Yay! Another ARC from Readers First arrived in today‘s post... looking forward to reading this.
Did you try for this one @Birdsong28 ?
Loving this book so far!
I think us Littens may be rather at risk of being labelled ‘fiction fiends‘, don‘t you?!
Brookner has the ability to draw you in to people‘s lives, even though her stories cover the every day mundanities of life.
There‘s often something unspoken in the background, and we become anxious to find out what this is.
It just goes to show that #younevercantell what goes on, particularly if someone is being a fraud to themself as well as to others.
I didn‘t love this quite as much as Hotel du Lac but it wasn‘t far off.
Close your eyes and I‘ll kiss you
Tomorrow I‘ll miss you
Remember I‘ll always be true
And then while I‘m away
I‘ll write home everyday
And I‘ll send #allmyloving to you
I adored this epistolary book with Helene writing to a London bookseller. She also sent lots of love too, in the form of food parcels and other gifts during rationing.
Thanks for the tag @Nessavamusic !
1. Sometimes it‘s the characters, sometimes the plot, sometimes the setting, but often just that ‘x‘ factor.
2. Squirrels! 🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿
3. I have quite a few cookbooks and usually one favourite recipe from each.
4. I don‘t know enough poetry to have a favourite 😳
5. @RachelO if you haven‘t already done it....
I bought this book the first time I visited NYC, just over 10 years ago.
As I recall it‘s a difficult but fascinating read about people living in the tunnels beneath the streets - perhaps time for a re-read.....
‘Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours her life is changed - forever.‘
Running a bit late today and everyone else has been so clever with their #redrighthand posts....
I‘m not feeling clever at all 🤪 so I‘ve gone with the film Hellboy and this is as hellish as I could find....
I haven‘t read this yet - @Birdsong28 and I are doing a buddy read in June if anyone wants to join us.
However I believe that this tells about how the students #cometogether to grieve, to support each other and also to launch a remarkable campaign against gun violence.
I hardly ever bail on books but fortunately this was a library book so I did...
I imagined it to be mildly amusing but it turned out to be a litany of snide tales about the more unfortunate members of society who used the library.
Example: A woman apparently faints but on reviewing the CCTV they see that she has deliberately laid herself down on the floor. ‘Ms Munchausen presumably got what she came in for‘
At that point I bailed....
What a great book - thanks for the initial Ann Rule recommendation @Kaye !
This wasn‘t a whodunit as much as a whydunit and a psychological profile of an individual. Liysa shot her husband but was it in self defence or was she a calculated killer?
I still can‘t stop thinking about this book...
I‘ve included it as #oregon but would equally work well for #hawaii so I may move it, depending on what else I read.
Besides having far in the title this book is definitely all about #howfarillgo.
It‘s the story of Teresa, a young girl who is ‘dragged off‘ to India by her father, to avoid her mother who has recently returned to Teresa‘s life after abandoning her as a baby.
The descriptions of the boat trip there, the people Teresa meets and, of course,India itself are just fabulous.....
Loving the Persephone endpapers, as usual!
An old man is told he hasn‘t gone long left to live and looks back on the mistakes in his life. It sounds depressing, and in some places it is, but it‘s also uplifting in places, and beautifully written.
So @Kaye has been posting lists of books for our #ReadingUSA2019 challenge. There was a fab-sounding one by Ann Rule for #delaware but of course my (UK)library didn‘t have it.
However they did have this one so off I went. The blurb on the library website definitely said something about #texas but now I‘ve got the book it seems to be split between #oregon and #hawaii. I need all 3 states so we‘ll see when I‘ve read it!
Also 2 other great books!
I‘m afraid I‘ve been rather obvious with this prompt... When I saw #youngandbeautiful my first thought was The Great Gatsby; I didn‘t realise it had actually been in the film - doh!
Never mind, I have two copies so why not...?!