Liked it but the end felt contrived to me. I read an interview with her that said this is not really based on any historical record (of the LGBTQ community in Victorian London). Glad I read it, but the ending fell flat for me.
I‘m a sucker for YA romance novels, so I enjoyed this a lot. But that ending… More in the spoiler comment below👇
I loved this book! It reminded me a lot of Ann Patchett in how he looked at all the little details that led up to the cataclysmic event that starts the book, and then the aftermath of that event. It‘s told from multiple perspectives, which isn‘t at all confusing in print, but I imagine it would be as an audiobook. This is a beautiful meditation on love and family and the fact that we are all flawed human beings.
Not my typical genre (because usually books in this genre are so badly written I can‘t stand to read them), but I really enjoyed this book! It kept me guessing until the end and I really liked the different points of view. Some reviewers on here said it was confusing, but I didn‘t find it confusing at all (but I also really dislike it when authors announce whose point of view they are using. If it‘s written well, it should be clear). Great read!
This is an amazing first-person account of the journalist who seemingly went psychotic out of nowhere, who was later diagnosed with a treatable illness. The author does an excellent job of describing what it felt like to descend into madness, and she also does a wonderful job of explaining the scientific and medical concepts in a very clear and understandable way.
This book was set in rural Wisconsin outside of Eau Claire, where I have lived for the last five years. He captured what it feels like to live here perfectly. I loved this novel that‘s as much about the power and messiness of friendship as it is a love letter to the author‘s home state and hometown. Pic of my backyard right now. We have been dumped with ~4 feet of snow in the 3 weeks! I thought it was a fitting photo to accompany this review…
I don‘t care at all about sports or rowing, but I loved this book! I saw some people on here said they skipped the descriptions of the races, so I was expecting them to be super long and tedious to read, but actually I felt that reading about the races really helped illustrate the chemistry that developed between these athletes. As a professional musician, I was continually struck by how much elite rowing is like performing chamber music.
1. Ann Patchett
2. Jhumpa Lahiri
3. John Irving
4. Margaret Atwood
5. Daniel Pink (a stand-in for smart science writing)
I really wanted to like this book because I loved A Long Way Gone and Ishmael Beah was at Oberlin at the same time as me. But the structure of the book just didn‘t work for me. It felt like it was supposed to be inspired by storytelling traditions, but most of the book felt formless and meandering without much focus or narrative arc.
What a book to read at this juncture in US history... (also, why was the spelling sometimes “pajamas” and other times “pyjamas” in my edition of the book??)
Definitely one if the best books of the year or maybe ever! I am going to steal what @MicheleinPhilly said about this book because she said it so perfectly:
If you are pro-death penalty, please read this book.
If you are anti-death penalty, read this book.
If you have read Just Mercy, read this book.
If you haven‘t read Just Mercy, read this book (and read that one, too!)
If you want to be inspired, read this amazing book!!
I can‘t stop laughing about this! 😂😂 He is describing names of the different octopuses (octopi?) in a lab that studies symbiotic microorganisms. I just love that he indicated the gender of Yuk the Octopus by putting “Mr” in parentheses! 😂😍😂😍 This whole book is delightful so far. I‘m loving it!
I‘ll admit this is not my typical genre. Some of the writing was great, but artists and art lovers not knowing the term chiaroscuro and otherwise intelligent, well-informed people seemingly completely unaware of how AA works…? It‘s a little bit too much for me to swallow.
If you don‘t understand why saying “All Lives Matter“ or “Blue Lives Matter“ is so unbelievably offensive and tone deaf, you need to read this book. An amazing memoir by one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.
A huge thank you to Litsy introducing me to this book! It is Jung Chang‘s memoir of her life, her mother‘s life, and her grandmother‘s life in China. I learned so much about Communist China that I never knew before. I was also struck by the similarities between Mao and Donald Trump… Fantastic read!
Fantasy is really not my genre, but I absolutely loved these two books! I read Strange the Dreamer this summer on my iPad and loved it so much that I immediately went and bought a physical copy of the book and pre-ordered Muse of Nightmares. How can you not love a book where the hero is a lover of books?
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Okay, no. Why is this book so popular? To me, the recipes and home remedies seemed like clunky product placement. And the story itself read like it was written by a child (I‘m not talking about the magical realism). And what in the world is up with the ending?!? Worst book I‘ve read in a long time.
Is it possible to be nostalgic for a place you‘ve never been? That is how I felt reading this book. I actually read it twice in a row because the first time around I thought I had missed things. Turns out I hadn‘t, she just leaves a lot unsaid. It took me twice through to really understand everything. Also, as a professional musician, I am always wary of books that have musician characters, but she does a great job with the musical parts!
Just came back from my favorite annual used book sale! I got these nine for $15. Who of you has read any of these? Which should I read first? (not that I don‘t already have a TBR stack 100+ books high!)
I really wanted to love this book, but a lot of it came across as contrived to me. I agree with one reviewer on here who said the character of the miniaturist was completely unnecessary to the story. It also didn‘t feel like historical fiction to me. I felt like this could‘ve taken place literally anywhere in the world anywhere in time. Disappointing.
Another masterpiece by Margaret Atwood. How had I not read anything by her but The Handmaid‘s Tale until this year!?
She is such an inspiring young woman! I had read a little bit about her dad, but I didn‘t realize the extent and the uniqueness of the support she got from her parents. I also learned a lot about the rise of the Taliban in Pakistan from reading this book.