This is a fascinating and (at times) horrifying look at cooking on a professional level. The audio, read by Bourdain himself, was great. Be aware going in that his tone is blunt, and his language is rough. His critiques of others and himself are unflinching. It was a little sad reading this knowing how his story ended, but I‘m very glad I read it.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A heartbreaking and beautifully woven tale of a family on a road trip. Their past and their uncertain futures are explored through the parents‘ two projects: one on lost children at the US border and one on the lost Apaches. I loved this so much. The language and writing is so rich and layered. And the way the stories converged was brilliant. #tob2020
I want to read like this more. This book, in fact, forced me to slow down and savor words in a way I do not often do.
I‘ve been doing a little research for my preteen. I found the information in this book to be informative, science-based, and appropriately geared toward the preteen set.
I‘m still enjoying this series. Every time I pick up one of these volumes I am transported right back into Hazel‘s world. Only one more published volume to go, and then I join the waiting queue with the rest of the fans.
The 2019 #booker shortlist was announced today. Sadly, the two I was rooting for, Lost Children Archive and Frankisstein, did not make the cut. #booker2019
Have you read any of these finalists?
This is a very unique book and one of the best I‘ve read all year. While it was frustrating to watch the characters make repeated bad decisions and some of the action was a little unbelievable, it made sense in the context of the book. I was here for all of it. Zee and Gentry are characters that will stick with me for a long time. #botm
‘Tis the season for Readers Imbibing Peril. This is the fourteenth year(!) of the challenge. The idea is to read books that embrace the autumnal mood, which can include mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror, supernatural, etc.
I‘m definitely in an autumnal reading mood and have been gathering a list of potential titles to share soon. Will you play along?
readersimbibingperil.com @estellasrevenge #ripxiv
Well, it‘ll come as no surprise that Colson Whitehead‘s latest book is good. He‘s an excellent writer, and this small tome packs a punch. This is an “important” book due to the subject matter, but the story and characters are front and center where they should be. I thought the back and forth between time periods and perspectives was on point.
This is my September #botm pick. And, I‘m finally a BFF (even though, by my count, I should have been one long ago)!
I ended up loving this book. It is smart and funny and sexy and cute. The love story is fun, the settings are interesting, and the characters are fleshed out and kind. I love that the author made a world close to ours with a little more optimism and love. I highly recommend this one.
I found this short compilation of ten letters written by Rilke to be a mixed bag. There are some pithy and insightful comments, and some that are not. I wish I had done more research and read a version with the letters from the young poet included. Still, I am glad I read this, and I‘ll probably read more Rilke.
Unfortunately, this book was not for me. While I enjoyed the idea of a look at a new-to-me part of Asian society, I did not enjoy the execution. The plot was weighed down by incessant descriptions of every outfit, watch, and car in view. I felt like most of the characters, the rich women in particular, were mean and catty and self-absorbed. I rolled my eyes throughout and wanted it to be over well before the not-an-ending.
I really enjoyed this thoughtful exploration of how small changes, especially to the lives of women and girls, can change the world. I thought this would have more memoir in it, but once I adjusted there was little to dislike.
Decently cute middle grade book on this year‘s Battle of the Books list for 3rd/4th graders. #battleofthebooks
Hmmm...this is mostly accurate. Except for the TBR part — it is NOT under control. What owl are you?
Thanks to @That-Bookish-Hiker for the link!
As it says on the tin, this was heavy in subject matter. A memoir about Kiese‘s teen/early adult years, it deals with sexism and racism and health and abuse. I found it to be well written and insightful. The audiobook experience was superb; it‘s read by the author.
I got to visit Powell‘s yesterday, one of my favorite bookstores in the world. I had to restrain myself due to airline restrictions, but I found many new book friends. ❤️
I really really wanted to love this romantic debut about two delightful geeks. But it was a little repetitive, and though I was hoping for the couple to get together by default, I didn‘t feel that I really got to know the characters enough to truly cheer for them. Still, it was a fun quick read with crossword puzzles.
I went with this one for my August #botm pick. It sounds super original.
I enjoyed The Power of Habit but wasn‘t sure what to expect from this follow up. I was pleased that it was in the same style but with a new spin on some familiar material. I found it to be interesting and enjoyed the reporting. I felt that he made more of an effort this time at some practical application tips, but I wanted even more. The stories and studies are fascinating but putting them all to use would be even better.
SALE! $2.99 on Kindle. I‘ve been wanting to read this book for a long time. A boy and a girl meet when they tie for first in the National Spelling Bee. And their adventure takes many turns from there but always meshes with words and puzzles.
#kindledeal #ebookdeal #psa
This is a very thoughtful and humorous collection of essays about books and reading. As usual with essay collections, some were more enjoyable for me than others. But overall, the reading experience was very pleasant. My favorite essay was the first.
I was initially very engaged by this book, by the back and forth between Robin and Cormoran and their individual characters. But as it progressed, I found it to be rather tedious and too long. Much of this is probably my general blasé toward mysteries, but I think the other part of it was too much interviewing of witnesses - too much telling.
I spotted this license plate out in the wild! I loved seeing it, but I‘m kind of bummed it has been taken. 😉 #booknerd
(Sorry about the poor picture quality!)
Here are my #top6reads from 2019 so far, in the order I read them. This was definitely an interesting exercise for me. It looks like Becoming and Normal People made lots of littens‘ lists.
Thanks for a fun hashtag @Cinfhen and for the tag @BarbaraBB! If you haven‘t done it yet, feel free to join in.
June was a pretty good reading month for me. There were a couple of duds but also a lot of wins. My favorites were City of Girls, The Valedictorian of Being Dead, Ask Again, Yes, and Bad Blood.
#monthlywrapup #junewrapup #junereads #junestats
I was having a hard time choosing my #botm this month, so I went with this reader fav I‘ve been wanting to read for a long time. And I caught the elusive confetti!!
#bookproblems When 4 (out of 7 allowed) of your holds come in over night.
I found this Brazilian novella yesterday in a pile of books I‘m giving away and read it. Sadly, I did not enjoy it. The disturbed narrator rapes a young girl and is sent to prison for a day, then to a clinic, and then to a manor with mysterious benefactors. The set up is interesting, but the narration is emotionless and cold, jumps in time, and does not explore anything presented. There may be something more here, but I did not get it.
Well, #LMPBC #Round5 #GroupD kind of sizzled out. I‘m not sure where we ended up. I mailed my book (Maid) to @BookishMarginalia back in March. April would have been LazyDays‘ book. She sent me @WanderingBookaneer‘s book (Off the Rails) in May, which I read and passed along as well. I didn‘t ever receive Gloria‘s book for June. I think life happens. 🤷♀️ It was still fun. Will you ladies send along my book when you get a chance?