Settling in for the night.
Settling in for the night.
Grabbed a copy of True Grit (set in Arkansas) in this sweet little bookshop in Eureka Springs, Arkansas on our road trip. I love getting books as souvenirs.
All of my adulting is done for the day so I am ready to settle in with a snack and finish this book. 70 pages in and I cannot believe it took me so long to pick this book up. #mrbook1inamillion #24b4monday #litsypartyofone
This morning before work I put together a tentative stack for #litsypartyofone #mrbook1inamillion knowing there was no way I would actually stick to it. True to form all of my library holds have been coming in all day and my Netgalley shelf is suddenly over flowing. The good news is I will have lots to choose from!
An old school western, this book. Raving reviews everywhere but I wasn‘t pulled in for one minute. I couldn‘t connect to the plot, the setting or the characters. Well, at least I can tick off #Arkansas for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge!
“I will go further and say all cats are wicked, though often useful. Who has not seen Satan in their sly faces?” 😼
Mattie has some very strong opinions on kittehs, to be sure. Not sure she‘s entirely wrong 😹
Had to put this quote over an old photo of Tilney - cause it does look like he‘s plotting something... #catsoflitsy
I'm starting to realize that I have an awful lot of books that are nearly finished. This is my third one today. One thing about this one... Do not read this right after watching The Hateful Eight. I kept expecting everyone to get their heads blown off. Otherwise, my RBG action figure thinks you should read this. If you haven't. We may be late to the party.
I am not a big fan of Westerns. I have enjoyed a Clint Eastwood film or two, and a novel here and there, but the genre has never captured my imagination. The Book Cougars podcast chose True Grit for this month‘s read along, and I finally decided to give this novel a try. Charles Portis has long been on my radar, since he is so admired by some of my favorite authors. His writing is superb. The characters, setting, and plot are perfectly unified.
I listened to the audio narrated by Donna Tartt. Yep, that Donna Tartt. The Goldfinch/Secret History Donna Tartt.
Now, Tartt is not a great narrator. Accents came and went and you could tell when she would come back from a break because it would take her awhile to figure out the characters‘ voices again.
But she has loved this book with her whole heart since childhood, as detailed in the essay included after, and I appreciated her enthusiasm.
At some point in my youth I placed Westerns in the mental file with Werther's Original under the heading "Stuff Old People Like".
Now I know that genres aren't good or bad, writing is, and this book is a classic for a reason.
I was continually in awe of the way 14-year-old Mattie Ross plowed under every obstacle through sheer unyielding stubbornness in her quest to bring her father's killer to justice.
Teared up a little at the end too.
This was the first Western I ever read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a short section in the middle that dragged a bit, but the rest was thrilling. And our wise beyond her years hero, 14 year old Mattie, with her deadpan delivery and manner, is so much fun.
If you are wary of Westerns, this would be a great one to start with!
I never read this classic nor watched the movies, which isn‘t a surprise because I don‘t really gravitate towards westerns. But, I‘m so glad I read this because I loved it! It‘s beautiful, straightforward storytelling. And I loved the voice of Mattie Ross. Highly recommend.
I loved Mattie‘s courage and spunk. I‘m not a big fan of westerns, but after reading Lonesome Dove earlier this year, I felt compelled to give this one a try. So glad I did, loved it!
And thus begins my 2018 round up:
Part one of my favorite books of the year not released this year. In no particular order:
True Grit by Charles Portis
O Pioneers! By Willa Cather
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Flappers and Philosophers by F Scott Fitzgerald
The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
More to come I the next few days. More backlist, my runners up for the year and then my top 10.
DAY 28: When Mattie Ross heard that her father died from a #gunshot wound inflicted by an acquaintance, she vowed to avenge him.
I loved this book so much. I listened to the audio version narrated by Donna Tartt. 5⭐️
📷: 2010 film
Excuse the mess in the background. Life‘s a little messy rn 🤣 Daisy reeeeaaaally wanted to be in the #bookhaul pic 💜🤣 Here are the books I got at the sale today 📚
First Western I've read, don't know how it holds up to the genre, and no doubt it has aged poorly, But for the better part it was a good read, interesting for the period it talks about and active. And how could you not love Mattie, playing with words and bossing every grown man she comes across around.
1. Saturday‘s book sale #bookhaul with proper orientation this time. I read the tagged book on Sunday. It‘s “a hard day‘s night” when you traipse around the countryside with a couple grumpy old men looking for the guy who killed your pa.
2. Yes! #DMVmeetup but could also do a Baltimore one.
This morning: book sale/yard sale at church where I bought these books and something else that will make an appearance later.
Mid-day: community day where I helped staff a table for the cat shelter but we all visited the tie dye lady‘s booth where I bought this skirt.
Tonight: found #sockswap package waiting for me, but it looks like the items aren‘t wrapped so I hid it in my filing cabinet until opening day. Had to do a little work and now CAPS.
True Grit understands the unspoken desperation and hidden desires of the West at the turn of the century. It questions what is lawful and what is awful through a corrupt justice system and the manipulation and absence of good human nature.
#truegrit #charlesportis #western #west #novel #bookreview #review #mattieross #frankross #roostercogburn #tomchaney #justice #corruption #arkansas #wildwest #law #humannature #america #civilwar #19thcentury
I've been putting this reading project off for awhile & decided hey I need a western read for one of my challenges. This way 'I'm killing 2 birds with 1 stone' 😉. A couple years ago one of the Book Riot podcasts mentioned 'The Wolf Road' being a combo of 'True Grit' & 'The Road'. I already had an ARC of it & embarked on finding editions of the other two to start my project. First up 'True Grit' 🔫🤠. #westernreads #bookriotreads #readingprojects
This is one of my all-time favorite audiobooks. The humor is wonderfully blunt and dry, and the narrator is pitch perfect. Oddly enough, that narrator is Donna Tartt. Yes, that Donna Tartt. Apparently, she also narrated The Secret History which I have heard is terrible (and having heard her voice in this book I can definitely see it clashing horribly with the feel of that book) BUT, for True Grit, she is pure perfection.
Combine roasting and screaming with no, put the lid on it and you get Mattie Ross, my favorite leading lady.
Medea (Seneca not Euripides)
Elinor Dashwood (Austen)
Miss Marple (Christie)
#favoriteleadingladies @bookriot #riotgrams