This book has a lot of words, but it is engrossing. It‘s really good on audio.
A few cumbersome parts at the end and some of the transitions between characters were ambiguous but overall a great read!
This is modern fairytale loosely based on Rumplestilskin. I liked the way that the main characters were females who were underestimated yet determined. It is well written with great imagery. A bit of a slow burn but a great read.
I have owned this Staryk King candle forever, but I am finally burning it (to see if I want to buy more from this store) and it smells SO wintery delicious, I love it.
Oh man, Squidapus liked this a heck of a lot and way more than Uprooted. An amalgamation of folklore and fairy tales into something wholly unique in execution. A story about women being underestimated in a society that doesn't give them many choices or respect. The fantasy was so well thought out and the plot intricately wove varied plot points into a week connected whole. Any minor quibbles Squidapus had were thrown aside by some great writing.
Real talk, Squidapus is only really reading this for his book club. He'll give her another chance cause there were parts of Uprooted he enjoyed but overall he didn't care for it. So here's hoping!
I didn't think I would enjoy this as much as Novik's earlier Uprooted, but I'm the end I may prefer it! The examination of racism, prejudice, and class distinctions felt more relevant than I remember Uprooted being. And so entertaining that I didn't want to get out of my car and stop listening to it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.
There are men who are wolves inside and want to eat up other people to fill their bellies. That was what was in your house with you, all your life. But here you are with your brothers, and you are not eaten up, and there is not a wolf inside you. You have fed each other, and you kept the wolf away. That is all we can do for each other in the world, to keep the wolf away.
I‘ve been reading this book since April. While I was enjoying what I read I found myself not reading it for long periods of time. Well, I finally sat down and finished it in a day and a half. The story seems like a mix of various vaguely remembered fairy tales but is actually a unique tale with three strong female characters. Despite the slow start I ended up loving this book.
5⭐! Even though there were 6 POVs we follow, it's easy to keep up with each narrator because they each have their own distinct personalities. While the story runs much slower than I'm used to, I was just really immersed in the storybuilding and the eventual #slowburn #romance. The main selling point are the girls, but really liked how interwoven everyones stories were and the concept of debts, payments, and consequences
So the NEWTs part of the #MagicalReadathon2019 is happening right now! Found out about it because @Schnoebs is participating and figured I'd double book it and do my "make up exams" and the NEWTs ??? And because I think alchemy is cool, my Wizarding career is Alchemist!
I'm going to try to only use novels for as long as I can, then manga once it's almost time to end ??
Learn more about it here: https://youtu.be/Rq7vFHcngYs
I love a gritty, no nonsense heroine and Miryem definitely fits the bill. She drags her family back from the brink of starvation and faces every challenge thrown her way with grim determination. Novik‘s fairy tales are atmospheric and utterly gripping. You won‘t be released from her spell until you turn the final page.
I finally got this from the library, and made the time to read it. I can see why some found it long in parts, but I enjoyed all the shifting POV‘s of the ongoing story, even as I wanted to rush to the end. I loved the mixing and melding of a few classic fairy tales into something new and compelling, and some great nods to ongoing human conflicts, Jewish culture and persecution, environmental issues, women‘s rights, etc.
It‘s #TBRTuesday & halfway through the month already, & Halfway Through Summer 😱
Here‘s where my July plans stand! Slowly but surely moving forward, the blurred ones are done, 4 others are in progress and will hopefully be finished before the end of the month, and 2 are probably getting swapped out with next month because some library holds came in sooner than I expected.🤷♀️. Just keep swimming, swimming 🏊♀️🐠, I mean reading, reading.📚
No one had ever shouted at me in my life: my mother with her quiet voice, my gentle father. But I found something bitter inside myself, something of that winter blown into my heart: the sound of my mother coughing, and the memory of the story the way they'd told it in the village square so many times, about a girl who made herself a queen with someone else's gold, and never paid her debts.
Why is DNFing books so hard to do? I‘m trying to be better about not forcing myself through books I am not enjoying and I think I‘m doing better with that this year! In my latest video, I‘ll show you all of the books I‘ve given up on in 2019! https://youtu.be/osXgkL232Ws
#booktube #dnf #abandonedbooks #unpopularbookopinions
I haven‘t been feeling the best this week and therefore haven‘t been reading that much (which is how you can tell something is off with me!).
I have been managing bits and pieces of Spinning Silver, my atmospheric read for the Hallow Isle in the #bookjunkietrials
Definitely a great read for winter, which it is here in Australia ❄️
#currentlyreading #bard #bookjunkietrials
June was a very prolific reading month, partly thanks to audiobooks for the #bookfitnesschallenge, and partly because I finished up several that had been in progress for a while. Here are my reading stats!
📕Nonfiction: 5 👧🏽Kids/YA: 4☀️SFF: 2 🐐Classics: 2 📚Fiction: 1 📓Poetry: 1
📚Print: 9 🎧Audio: 5 🖥eBook: 1
🏫Library: 8 💸Purchased: 4 📚TBR: 3
⭐️Five-star picks: Spinning Silver and Inspired
This was excellent. I enjoyed it just as much as Uprooted, if not more—and was impressed at how well Novik handled the multiple first-person narrators. The richness of the themes woven throughout just became more apparent through my book club‘s discussion over the weekend. I kind of dismissed it as a bit of a stretch to call it a Rumpelstiltskin retelling until we started getting into all the thematic parallels during our discussion. So, so good!