I finished two nonfiction books for #NFNov.
I Am I Am I am : Maggie O'Farrell
The Fire Next Time: James Baldwin
DNF No Friend But The Mountain: Behrouz Boochani I think it was a case of wrong book at the wrong time. I hope to go back to it some day.
I have to finish Happiness: Aminatta Forna by Monday as it is due at the library. Just started Galore: Michael Crummy.
Today, we released our episode discussing Maggie O'Farrell's I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death, a gorgeous memoir told through interconnected essays. This book, the first Readers' Choice book for Unabridged, is our book club book for November, so head over to discuss it with us all month on social media.⠀
Have you read I Am, I Am, I Am? What did you think?
I just finished re-reading Maggie O'Farrell's I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death (it's our listener-chosen November Book Club book for Unabridged, and I was wowed all over again by O'Farrell's brilliance. While I'll save most of my thoughts for our podcast discussion (listen during the first week in November and then join the discussion on social media all month), (continued in comments)
Latest #audiocrochet project done! I finished up this shiny magikarp hat while listening to I Am I Am I Am. It was a lot harder than I thought especially the tail which didn‘t turn out right and I‘m not sure if I was counting wrong or the pattern had issues (I had to frog it twice & still doesn‘t seem right). I haven‘t put in the barbels yet and was thinking of leaving it off as I imagine the 6yo might complain about it hanging about his face.
I finally have my own copy and just finished reading it. This is one of those “idk” books for me, as in idk why it‘s so compelling that I‘ve read it three times now!
Also a fav bookmark and booksleeve are making an appearance!
What a beautiful book! Such writing Ms. O‘Farrell gifts us. Chills. 5🌟
A great #SummersEndReadathon. I finished seven books, only one that I had planned to read and am 60% of the tagged book. Hurricane prep cut into today‘s reading. Thanks for hosting and this is something that should be repeated.
Listening to the tagged audiobook, while I wait to write my first exam. I‘m not worried about this one, which is Medical Conditions, but I‘m more stressed about my Medical Terminology exam tomorrow and my Pharmacology exam on Monday. 😅😅😅
This is such a unique book, and I am absolutely obsessed with her writing. 🌟
This audiobook has instantly pulled me in, and I haven‘t been able to keep my mind off of it all day. I am obsessed with how the stories are written. It‘s just SO GOOD! I had to pause it last night, because my heart was racing & it was too intense to be an #audiobooktofallasleepto. Hoping to finish this one today or tomorrow. ♥️
Really terrific, low-key memoir. Based on 17 near-death experiences, o‘Farrel‘s life story is told with a lack of self pity that is bordering on clinical but leaves you wondering how any of us survive at all. Lovely writing from a strong, insightful author.
The narration by Daisy Donovan elevated this one to a 5 - star! Her narration combined with O'Farrell's beautiful writing made this fantastic!
Wore myself out with my hike this morning, especially since I was still sore from weights and running yesterday! It feels great to sit on the porch with the dog and read. And the weather is a little cooler today! 💕 #BookFitnessChallenge #BFC @wanderinglynn #dogsoflitsy #bostonterriersoflitsy #Pippin
17 essays held together by the theme of the author‘s brushes with death. It‘s a poetic look at each of those moments with the maturity of hindsight. It‘s about death and cheating death and the awareness that so much can change in a moment. There is no single story arc and yet O‘Farrell brilliantly weaves together her narrative that somehow seems to have a beginning, middle, and end. Life is unpredictable; live it to the fullest.
I really liked this approach to memoir: slices of a life, nonlinear and centered around a common theme. In this case, it's a terrifying one, as O'Farrell relates her various brushes with death, many taking place while traveling, and some due to an illness from early childhood. She writes beautifully, whether about mortal terror or quieter moments. As a person who is fairly risk-averse, I admired her zeal for new experiences, in spite of her luck.
First, Maggie is a badass, who has lived an interesting life.
Second, this book has pulled me out of a reading slump twice. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 Seriously, it‘s good.
Third, I went to Vanderbilt Hospital about my foot, and the MRI done in my hometown cuts off where I‘m having pain. So I need another MRI and appointment. 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ At least I liked the doctor! 😂😂
1. Right now, but I like @julesG ‘s not in the mood! I‘ve been watching 7 Little Johnstons.
2. Usually just rolling with it. Sometimes switching genres or formats.
3. Rural/small town American South
4. The Veins of the Ocean, The Italian Teacher, and Sissy (glitter 👍🏻) are some fav covers!
I think Maggie O‘Farrell was aiming to make readers really consider how fleeting moments can alter the course of their lives. In this memoir, it is clear that her near misses with death gave her a new respect and awe of life that she shares with her readers in a very profound and extremely personal and intimate way. And that last chapter about her daughter left me breathless. i was afraid to read this, but I‘m truly glad I did!
This is a unique way of telling an autobiography. Each (non chronological) chapter reflects on a near death experience of the author and are beautifully written. I was incredibly moved by the story of two of her children and her fertility issues as well as a childhood case of encephalitis in particular. This really moved me and at times resonates strongly
It‘s been a hot minute! My brother visited from Germany, so it‘s been a fun-filled 2 1/2 weeks with his cute little family. We had a blast but I‘m exhausted! 😩 My little introverted nature has kicked into overdrive & all I want to do is retreat & read.
Right before they came, an unexpected & delightful package arrived in the post, which included the book & postcard pictured. Thank you @Jas16 for the lovely surprise! #JB #justbecause
#popsugar2019 advanced unusual chapter headings
Intrigued. Lots of thoughts of My Favorite Murder and “f... politeness”.
#audiobaking to the words of Maggie O‘Farrell (as a re-read for a bookclub)
A friend is coming over to play cribbage this afternoon, so thought I‘d make her favorite Lemon Drizzle with some added blueberries I had handy....
Maggie O'Farrell has bravely allowed us all to see a snapshot of her life, but rather than show us the best parts, she's shown us the times when things could have easily ended differently - her near death experiences. I liked this collection but I wasn't amazed by it and lost interest somewhere in the middle. It's 3 stars for this brave and thought-provoking memoir.
My full review is up on my blog now 📚
• I am, I am, I am (2017) by Maggie O'Farrell
I actually read this in 24h - hadn't done that in a long time! I was hooked on this memoir. O'Farrell gives the reader little snippets of near-death experiences she has had (not necessarily her own), and since they aren't chronological the reader slowly puts together all these isolated moments of her life. Her writing is, as always, outstanding, visceral, and personal. I loved learning more about her.
I haven‘t read a lot of her books but found this on the new books shelf. I loved her style of writing after some of the books I have tried recently. However I woke early one morning and read right through to nearly the end. A mistake. This books needs to be read slowly, perhaps just a couple of stories at a time . An amazing life.
Here is my #24in48 stack which I am hoping I will actually stick to other than a few ebooks and an audiobook yet to be chosen. This readathon could not be happening at a better time. Work was crappy this week and next week is going to be even worse so a weekend of reading is just what the doctor ordered.
1. Edmonton, Alberta 🇨🇦
2. Maggie O‘Farrell
3. Over 200 on Kobo, over 300 print. Well over 1000 on Goodreads. The shame 😬
4. Anywhere! I like to read on my commute.
5. I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O‘Farrell or The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
I enjoyed this and some of Maggie's near death experiences were horrible, but some I found myself thinking "Duh". I felt like she did a few things that were kind of dumb and landed her in specific situations.
I listened to the audio and loved the narrator, it was not Maggie. Her voice was so soothing.
I READ ACTUAL BOOKS!!
I am, I am, I am: a quick read, at times very emotional, an interesting way to tell the story of your life ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Choice: I have decided to only read books about the Holocaust by actual survivors. Edith Eger is an inspiring woman, and I wished I would reach only one iota of her wisdom and kindness. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#holidays #reading #covers #biographies
Thanks so much Caroline! Been wanting to read this one for ages! Merry Christmas! Hope you're having a lovely break xxx
Finished one audiobook, HP2 Reread, and started another yesterday.
Maggie O'Farrell had me tearing up within the first story. I have about an hour left in this audiobook but I needed a break from all the heartbreak. Maggie has definitely poked my anxiety.