Banjo prefers book Sundays to tv Sundays. My “Read” playlist - consisting primarily of Modern Jazz Quartet - may have something to do with it. She loves vibraphone.
Really didn‘t know about this book as it didn‘t seem like the multiple plot lines could / would come together. They did! This book left a lasting impression on my heart and soul. It made understand how the horrors of all human tragedy - world war and war on people through inhumane politics - transcend time. It was a long read but I‘m continuing to think about it today. I cried the last 30 pages or so. It really moved me.
My top five books of 2019.
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⭐️½ • My review is not about the book topic. The 1980s AIDS crisis was horrifically sad & a huge failure of our government that needs to be talked about more. But, this was a very slow read for me due to poor pacing & extreme amount of rambling. The author outright connects things that should be left up to the reader to connect. The only remotely developed character is Yale. I didn‘t at all enjoy reading this book and do not recommend.
I like to read books that take my mind to a time and/or place that I haven't really considered before. This book is set in Chicago in the 1980s at the height of the AIDS crisis (and modern day Paris). The characters were complex and real. It was an emotional read for me, very well written but heartbreaking. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I‘m so spoiled!! Thank you Amy so very much for this awesome Christmas surprise!! I love everything and those cozy socks and chapstick!! I HAVE to have chapstick at all times!! I‘ve been needing some lotion for my purse! Can‘t wait to have time to read these books!! Thank you!! Love you!! 😘❤️
Moving depiction of a group of young gay men in 1980s Chicago as they cope with the AIDS epidemic, homophobia, and their own diagnoses. Going back and forth in time between the mid-1980s and 2015, it focuses on the stories of Yale and of Fiona (a sister of the one of the men and a friend and caregiver to many of them). Yale‘s story was particularly compelling and heartbreaking. #familybookclub
Looking forward to diving into this book over the thanksgiving weekend. It is my family book club‘s pick this month.
Chronicling the lives of a group of men at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 80s this book slowly breaks your heart, over and over again. These characters may have been fictional but their story was all too real, and that is what leaves me haunted.
I narrowed my choice from the first group of books I posted to Outlaws by Javier Cercas. Then I was in a bookstore and started reading The Great Believers by Rebecca Makai, and I think I‘d like to choose that, but it was everywhere last year and I suspect one of you may have already read it. Have any of you read it? Any preferences between these 2? @DarcysMom @Shakespearience @mcipher
Do you all have your choices yet?
I feel like this book is as close to perfect storytelling as you can get. The characters were so fleshed-out. The multiple plot lines were woven together seamlessly. There were so many good choices and parts that fed other timelines. Really enjoyed this book. Gut-wrenching and hopeful at the same time.
Congrats to the sweet and wonderful @Librarybelle on reaching a HUGE Litsy milestone #200KGiveaway
I‘d love a copy of the tagged book. I almost bought it when I was doing a bookstore crawl with another #PhillyGirl @MicheleinPhilly but I put it aside and ever since I‘ve had #FoMo 😜 Thanks for the chance to #FixMyWrong 😂
Really fell hard for the characters in this book that swings between 1980s Chicago (and the start of a group of friends getting AIDs) and present day where one of those friends is trying to track down her daughter. Definitely a little sad but not overly crushing.
This novel isn't just about HIV/AIDS, and it isn't just about the gay community in Chicago in the 1980s. Through characters that are real, distinct, and flawed moving through vivid settings, Makkai offers a story of friendship, love, and redemption. There's a sense of eternity, of time folding in on itself that brings a timelessness to this story. This novel is what A Little Life could/should have been.
Final #24B4Monday numbers:
Hours read: ~14
Books finished: 2 (and started a third)
Not too shabby for a readathon I started at the last minute and never told my family about (it probably says something that me reading fourteen hours in a weekend doesn't register as noteworthy to them).
My cat loves this book. Or this Kindle. Or both. Or neither. Really, I have no idea what he's thinking. Aside, perhaps, from, "Sit down, woman, so I can curl up on your lap. That bathrobe's not going to claw itself."
I also have almost no idea what this book is about. I picked it up because it's a One Book, One San Diego selection. We'll see how it unfolds.
One of the best books I‘ve read this year. Push it to the top of your TBR if you haven‘t read it yet.
Man, this was a three hankie novel, but so worth the read. I finished it at 4 AM this morning; could not put it down.
In alternating time lines, moving from 1985 to 2015, Makkai presents us with a powerful accounting of Chicagoans who died or lived through the AIDS crisis, all scarred in virtually unsurvivable ways.
I choose to believe, however, that Fiona finally finds a life in Paris and, for all of us Roman‘s videos are so healing!
A haunting novel and a must read.
ALL these folks were great in person: Barbara Kingsolver, Laila Lalami, Richard Powers, Susan Choi, Rebecca Makkai (middle pic) Louis Bayard, Roxanna Robinson. Had to watch RBG on Youtube as line was maxed out an hour ahead. Decided to skip an hour-long wait in line for Jose Andres and just go to lunch at his tapas restaurant Jaleo instead. Fantastic day! #NatBookFest
Loving Rebecca Makkai's talk at #natbookfest!
In the style of Tales of the City, Makkah has written the story of Chicago‘s gay community from the 1970‘s to the present. While I enjoyed it, and I think she writes incredibly well, she left out a big part of the story—the lesbians and bisexual women who cared for so many of those who lived (and died) with HIV/AIDS. She obviously could not cover every story, but I think this is a significant omission. Otherwise, I loved it! Well worthwhile.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Gosh this book squeezed my heart but it was so worth it. Am I the only one a little in love with Yale Tishman? The story is so moving and the characters so well fleshed out. The book flipped back and forth between 1980s Yale and 2015 Fiona which created great momentum and I enjoyed both timelines equally. As the book progresses more pieces come together. Beautifully executed.
I don't usually post twice in one day, but want to share this pic of #Chicago from the helicopter ride our son & daughter-in-law took yesterday to celebrate her birthday. Also an opportunity to recommend the tagged book. Makkai weaves a compelling story of art mysteries & acquisitions amidst the looming personal toll the AIDS crisis will take in 1980s Chicago. #LetsTravelAugust @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @originalcyn620
“Chicago would unfurl its map to him one promising street, one intoxicating space, at a time. It would weave him into its grid, pour beer in his mouth and music in his ears. It would keep him.”
Bought this recently, still tbr, set in #Chicago in the 80s, during the AIDS epidemic.
First of all, I do see the greatness of this. It was just so gosh-darn long though! I feel bad thinking this way because it was moving and a subject matter (the AIDS crisis) I've rarely encountered. Pick, but I ended with some questions and was a bit relieved to be finished.
Newest read on #audiobook while I shuck corn for dinner 🍽 🌽
With fresh picked, homegrown tomatoes 🍅 of course!! I love summer food.
I picked up the top three earlier today, and the three on the bottom were kindle deals that I just couldn't resist last weekend. My August #tbr is already a bit daunting, but I'd like to fit as many of these in as I can. Where should I begin? 😳
Yes, tucked amongst the postcards and stacks of books is Rebecca Makkai reading from The Great Believers. If you have the chance to go to a reading of hers, grab the car keys and go. Engaging stories of the research done, the importance of knowing the history of AIDS and activism, and the people she met on her previous tours. I‘m happy to say she‘s a part-time Vermonter. Thanks to Bear Pond Books in Montpelier Vermont for hosting the event.
My husband highly recommended this to me. What do you all think. My life is pretty heavy right now and I‘m finding the TV show Sharp Objects too much. Should I read it or wait?
A slightly premature #recommendsday suggestion, this was the most recent read for my book club and one of my favorites of the year so far. It‘s kind of odd: I found the book to have a lot of flaws (mostly stemming from the fact that I think Makkai diluted the Eighties story by including the 2015 thread and that the two threads resulted in weaker character development), but I was totally engaged while I was reading it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-1/2