This was a labor to get through for me. Probably because it was basically multiple short stories. There wasn't a main character or plot for me to get into.
I particularly can relate to the themes of isolation and loneliness in this book. There is something alluring about solitude. I have said in the past that "Isolation is my vice." Even though it can be unhealthy, I crave alone time. Probably most bookworms know what I am talking about.
This story was beautifully crafted and touched me. It deserves the hype. I have to blame my book club because I never would've read this on my own!
Intense. Not sure how to feel about the ending or the main character right now. It took me down a depressing rabbit hole of reading about the Nanking Massacre which I heard The Poppy War was based on. I had difficulty reading those parts, and then to read that an atrocity happened similar in reality is disturbing. I love that a fantasy expanded my history and deepened my compassion. Perhaps that was the author's goal.
Even though this sequel entertained me, it bothered me. It kinda felt like it was having an identity crisis. The ending in particular sealed its fate that I highly doubt I will read book 3.
I had a wonderful bookish adventure today visiting the magical Baldwin's Book Barn in West Chester, Pennsylvania. It's a maze of 4 floors of used books! In my early twenties, I worked there, and I was delighted that not much about it has changed. #bookbarn #usedbookstore
I wanted to read this to find out for myself what is the controversy about these books. They were forbidden books for me growing up. The book did deal with kidnapping, child abuse and some characters exhibit appalling disregard for the lives of children. That's disturbing to me, but it is part of why I got so pulled in. The cruelty to these children must be avenged! The story is rich and enchanting. I will be diving into the sequel.
is the title.
I didn't understand a lot of the theoretical physics in there, but I tried! His answers about what may cause the end of the world, the dangers of artificial intelligence, the possibilities of time travel and the existence of God were very clear and interesting.
I am taking my time reading and savoring this short book of poetry. Does anyone else feel torn at including short works like this as a part of their Goodreads reading goal? I feel like I am cheating!
Downton Abbey meets Agatha Christie meets Black Mirror.... I enjoyed it, but I am honestly still confused. Maybe I need to read it again? I am going to put a spoiler in the comments.
A little disturbing. I hope no killer mermaids are in my dreams tonight.
Really, it's not you. It's me. If it weren't for this reading slump I am in, maybe I would find your endless world-building ingenious or witty! But after 4 hours of this audio book, nothing really has happened, and I am giving up...
Good Reads: Anna Marie, but that won't narrow it down so use the link! I love new GR friends and the compare books feature.
Brandon Sanderson knows what he is doing even in YA Sci-fi! This is YA with NO Romance!! Genius!! Because Brandon Sanderson doesn't need romance to be a master storyteller. Complex world, unique characters, building plot, well described action sequences, satisfying ending, and no paltry cliffhanger to make you read the sequel. No need to bait me. I will read the sequel.
My library books I picked up yesterday. I am feeling very indecisive about what to read, so I read the first 10 pages of each. Fahrenheit 451 is for my #LitsyAtoZ challenge. Why is it that as soon as a book is part of a challenge then I no longer want to read it??? It becomes something I SHOULD do, and I hate all the shoulds in life. Does anyone else have this problem? #libraryhaul
"Hmm. No. I'm telling this wrong."
Among other things, it is a love story between a mother and a daughter. The world has broken apart but what pulled me into this book was this rift - when a daughter is ignorant of who her mother really is/was and when a mother has been cruel to protect her daughter. Can they ever really understand each other?? I am so glad I don't have to wait as I am diving right into book 3.
"Let's start with the end of the world, why don't we?" If you like to judge books by first sentences instead of covers, this book starts just so. Part of the narrative is in 2nd person. For this reason I struggled to connect to the story at first, but I kept going. It pays off when it comes together. There is a reason for the 2nd person, and it's brilliant. I am almost done the second book!
1. Teleport - Is there any teleporting superheroes?
2. Thanks to Scribd, my kids and I are listening to the Series of Unfortunate Events every night at dinner.
3. Yes, I have a long list of them. I also do monthly ones to keep on track.
4. I need to find a new one. Just finished Travelers - loved it!
5. Got it! Happy Friday!
1. Pennsylvania, U.S.
2. N. K. Jemison - I am halfway through The Fifth Season and enjoying her style.
3. Goodreads says my Want To Read Shelf is 180
4. The chaise end of my couch
5. The tagged book is a classic that doesn't get enough love. I plan on rereading it this year to see if it is as good as I remember.
Thanks, @tessavi #littenintro
I never read romance, but in 2019 I am trying different genres out. This was enjoyable! However, a steady diet of romance would certainly annoy/bore me. I love that the female character is intelligent, self-sufficient, doesn't need a man for completion, and that from kissing to sex it is emphasized consensual.
I have learned from Thich Nhat Hanh's other books, but this was a disappointment. My approach to food is Intuitive Eating, and I thought this book was a Buddhist perspective on mindful eating. Sadly it focuses on weight loss and fat shaming. This monk is unaware of the dangers of eating disorders, the evil diet industry and that HEALTH IS NOT A SIZE. If you want mindfulness with a side of shame, read this. If not, read Intuitive Eating.
"I felt betrayed, the way you do when you discover that your cat has a secret secondary life and is being fed by neighbors who call him something stupid like Calypso. Worse is that he loves them as much as he loves you, which is to say not at all, really."
I managed to create my A to Z list all from my TBR, except there was no letter X to be found!! I am looking for any X suggestions that are Sci-fi or fantasy?? Also, my goal next year is to read more female authors. 13 of these are written by women, so that could be better! Very excited to get started!
#litsyAtoZ #readingchallenge @BookishMarginalia
I found a pre-made spreadsheet to track my books for next year. It will make pie charts for you!! And graphs! You could use it to find out how much money you spent on books in a year, but I don't know if I want to know that! The link is to a YouTube video explaining it and there is a free download as well. I just changed everything to 2019. #booknerd
1. So many favorites, but Battlestar Galactica brought me joy during a rough time.
2. Family time, relaxing time finishing a few books, and I will be watching booktube videos of people's favorite books of the year!
3. Sci Fi Time Travel or Alternate Reality
4. Having breakfast often while reading
5 I want time off work which I will get next week! Yay!!!
Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend - Current read but it is going to be a favorite!
H. G. Wells
What Happened to Monday - Pretty good Netflix Sci-fi Movie
Wasabi, just a tad, on my sushi 🍣❤
#manicmonday #letterw @JoScho
The only book I did not finish this year. A floating bookstore in Paris?! Such a charming setting for such a contrived plot! #worstreads
Ok, I am freaked out and have to remind myself that this is fiction. Do I keep reading or put the book in the freezer???!!! 😯😮🤤😦😰
Unpopular Opinion - This book rubbed me the wrong way. It's strange because I adore The Handmaid's Tale! This premise could have been handled so much better. Maybe I will put my spoilery reasons in a comment below...
1. Excercise! lol
2. Buy a tree, Bake cookies, Family Christmas party
3. Chocolate Chip
4. Vox, Christina Dalcher
5. I do realize it is now Sunday! Since @RestlessFickleBookHoarder tagged me, I really wanted to do it still. Thanks for the tag!!
The main character in this book wakes up in a different body every day. That concept makes the book fascinating! However, I wish more was done with it. There is so much representation that it starts feeling like the theme is more important than the story. The fat body day irked me though. The author simply promoted that fat equals lazy and unattractive. Overall, interesting read!
" Imagine if tomorrow all the images changed. No more Photoshop. No more exclusion. Real diversity and real bodies displayed for all the world to see. Imagine every person being able to open a magazine or turn on their screens and see themselves represented, see bodies just like theirs being celebrated as beautiful and worthy of cover pictures or leading roles. I think the effect on our self-esteem would be undeniable."
My 11 yr old daughter picked this for us to listen to in the car from the Juvenile Fiction section on Libby, so I didn't know anything about what we were listening to. It's great! The story introduced a teen character with a physically abusive father which led to a conversation about abuse between my kids and I. Reading books with my kids has kickstarted numerous talks we never would have had!
1. Cranberry sauce is essential.
2. Pho 🍲❤
3. William H. Macy visited my work. Also, George W. Bush waved in my direction from a passing car.
4. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
5. Uh, I am 3 days old on Litsy. Am I doing this right??
I just wish I could erase my memory of this trilogy, and read it for the first time again! The Brandon Sanderson love is well deserved. I am excited to start his other series! #mistborn
"Be a full person. Motherhood is a glorious gift, but do not define yourself solely by motherhood."