Jude St Francis is so pure.
'Fear and hatred, fear and hatred: often, it seemed that those were the only two qualities he possessed. Fear of everyone else; hatred of himself.'
This book continues to crush my soul. Brother Luke is awful and reading about Jude‘s first suicide attempt was almost too much.
I've been reading this for a month now, in fits and starts, with entire other books in the intervals. It's rough going.
I can‘t stop reading this.
I understand why this book is highly regarded. The prose is descriptive and the characters are compelling, consistent and well written. However, it‘s not one I‘d recommend. It‘s bloated with endlessly detailed scenes, mercilessly drags out grotesque and violent scenes past the point of the plot, and contains too many improbable plot points for me to have fully invested. If you like long, drawn out sorrowful epics? This may be for you. 3/5
This is a book everyone who constantly complains about how hard life is should read! Jude and his friends move to NYC after they finish college. The book takes us through their lives, mostly through the eyes of Jude, a successful lawyer, but with the saddest, horrible past, which he can‘t get over. Luckily, he has many good friends in his life, but tragedy is always present, old and new. Might be a hard read for many, but it‘s worth the read!
A four-day weekend with absolutely no plans, and for two of those days, I'll have the house completely to myself. Considering taking on the tagged book. I've been hesitating because of the impact everyone talks about after reading it. I may barricade myself in my library all weekend. #MyHappyPlace #LoveMyLibrary
Reading it right now. Heard so much about this book, don‘t really know what to expect. I‘m about 25% done.
1. Tagged - heard it‘s an emotional read
2. Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief (I tend not to reread books).
3. Too many (1,500+ owned)
4. “A River in Darkness” last year - ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
5. Tagging you!
💜 Tagged. Not sure I can handle the heartbreak.
💜 I don‘t generally read books more than once but I have read We Are Never Meeting In Real Life twice.
💜 I would say around 600.
💜 Tan France‘s Naturally Tan and I gave it 4🌟
💜 @hermyknee @Craftylikefox
Thanks for the tag @tournevis and @lynnsoprano!
1. A Little Life - it scares me and has been sitting on my shelf since 2015. 😥
2. I've read Little Women 5 or 6 times. 😊 It was the first book my mom gave me as a kid and I probably go back to it more for nostalgic reasons than anything else.
3. Just checked - 593 books - that seems doable 😂
4. Bad Blood ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
5. I tag anyone who sees this and who wants to join in!
It took me a full month to read this book. Not because it was boring, or slow, or not to my liking. No, because of its intensity. I wanted to keep reading, to keep an eye on Jude, but sometimes, I just had to put it down and remember life can be good. I don't mean this in a negative way or to bash on this book, but it was INTENSE! Gorgeous, but intense! I loved it!!
Oh Em Gee!! Do ya‘ll realize I have been on a 13 month waiting list at my library for this book?!? I had the afternoon off and decided to go to my local thrift store, and BAZINGA, here is this beautiful piece of art, practically brand new for $3!!! Yep! The thrift gods were watching over me today 😊
The axiom of equality states that x always equals x: it assumes that if you have a conceptual thing named x, that it must always be equivalent to itself, that it is in possession of something so irreducible that we must assume it is absolutely, unchangeably equivalent to itself for all time. But it is impossible to prove. It was the kind of axiom that could drive you mad, that could consume you, that could easily become an entire life.
I finished and I am not okay. Sad and tragic, bordering on emotional manipulation of the reader. Fundamentally a story of how to be a friend and how hard it can be to accept ourselves, in all our brokenness. It took me about 400 pages to get into it, but these are characters I won‘t forget. I wept through the last 50 pages. #24in48 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 21/30 for #BFCR2 and completes one of main book goals for the challenge!
Excited to have an afternoon with my boy spending the @Waterstones vouchers we got for our birthdays 📚 I‘ve read some good books lately but nothing that I‘ve totally loved and has completely consumed me, that I‘d give 5 ⭐️ or more... I‘m thinking of books I‘ve loved like A Little Life, The Goldfinch, The Passage, Tinman. So, before I‘m let loose in the bookshop I‘d love your 5 ⭐️ recommendations! (📷 The British Library)
1. Tagged. Difficult and deeply moving. I still miss the characters
2. Crunchy for sure!!!
3. Sunset. Definitely not a morning person!
4. I‘d buy my youngest daughter clothes for college and a very used car.
5. 4th. I had the most amazing teacher ever. We studied Julius Caesar, plus she introduces me to Harriet the Spy. I invited her to dinner at my house (saw it on tv) and she came!❤️
I'm also picking up this one. It's been selling like crazy at work and I want to know more about it. According to Goodreads, it's been on my TBR for quite a while as well, so it seems like good timing haha!
While there were certainly some lovely, powerful pieces to this novel, especially in the middle sections, overall I found it plodding and repetitive and unrealistic in the levels of achievement and wealth and the depths of friendship everyone seems to have. About 100 pages from the end, I found I no longer cared about the characters and trudged my way to the end mainly because I'd already invested 600+ pages.
Indulging in some afternoon reading. I dropped off my teenager for five days at camp, which is a good thing and I'm so proud of her independence and confidence, but it's also a little emotional for me. It's possible I should have picked a different book to read today. Luckily, my cat came to my aid. Nothing like a cat napping on my chest to put things in perspective.
I tore myself away from the tagged book for a bit of morning tidepooling. One of the perks of SoCal living. Now back to reading.
I've spent several years judging this book by its cover. Let's see what I think if I look at the pages inside.
This is the most devastating, heart wrenching and haunting book I‘ve ever read. it repeatedly broke my heart and left me sobbing at the end, sounds terrible but my god what a book!! Such beautiful fully formed characters that you care so deeply for. A masterpiece!
Getting those morning pages in before it‘s a thousand degrees. I‘m in the middle of three chunksters, which was possibly a mistake, but I‘m determined to finish FLYBOYS today, at the very least.
3. His acceptance of his own frailty and that of others, conversely, promotes a special brand of perseverance unique to Jude and his experiences. Read a couple of years ago and I still think about this character almost every day.
4. Thanks for the tag @Trashcanman ❤️
#30JuneBooks #SpinePoetry & #MadeYouCry
I'm terrible at poetry but heres my attempt & books that made me ugly cry
A Man Called Ove,
A Little Life
The Time Traveler's Wife,
All the Light We Cannot See
Me Before You,
The Fault In Our Stars
Haven't read All the Light & tagged book yet but I know I will cry my eyes out with them
Do you see your favorite here?Do U like books that made U cry?
#booknerd #bibliiphile #poetry
This book had me in tears for 350/400p of its 700p. I had to stop reading because I couldn‘t read because of all the tears.
I don‘t think I‘m the only one who had this reaction to this book.
A Finnish hockey player read this book during the world championships, and the book is now out of print in Finland. Every single library has a long queue... 😁 Has anyone of you Littens read it?
@Kdgordon88 Thank you for the #Debra‘s5KGiveaway and congrats on your milestone! 🎉
My favorite book....one of my top few....is the tagged book. I love the depth of feelings...the saddness and the love. The characters were so vivid that I became so invested in them all. I had read this on my ipad and the minute I finished it I ran to. Barnes and Noble to buy it as I needed to have a physical copy. Such a wonderful book.
I knew from the start this book was going to rip my heart out & tear it into tiny pieces, yet I still was not prepared for the grief I'm feeling. A truly amazing novel that shows the best & worst of mankind, & everything in between. The 4 friends, & extended cast of characters, were all fascinating & wouldn't let me quit, even when the going got tough (which it did frequently.) Trigger warnings - any conceivable trigger is covered at some point.
#MayMovieMagic what a haunting beautiful song @rohit-sawant 🎵I googled the English lyrics to #LeTempsDeLaAmour and immediately thought of this haunting beautiful story.
🎶It is the time of love,
the time of friends and adventure.
when the time comes and goes,
one thinks of nothing in spite of one's wounds🎶
Fan art from Google (no named credit)