New month, new opportunity to speak at a book talk... I‘m always a bit sad that more library staff don‘t want to participate (public speaking can be scary but also very rewarding - sometimes at the same time) and yesterday there was only two speakers - but still a good session I thought.
These are the ones I spoke on. Have you read any or maybe plan to?
A moving portrait of grief - the Babbitt family is floundering after the drowning death of their mother. It‘s told from Elvis‘ perspective & as she‘s only 10 at the start - there is much she doesn‘t understand & with an older sister with anger issues and an escalating sleep walking problem and a Dad who has taken to wearing his wife‘s bathroom around the house - the answers are slow in coming but they do come, as much as they do with sudden loss.
Wow. My 4th Bail this year. That's a record. The older I get the easier it is for me to say nope moving on. Lots of people love this book, I just wasn't in the mood for a mother who died sleep swimming. Since it's for a Book Club that I don't always attend decided to Bail. #imho
Read 45 books in 2018-top 5:
1. Rabbit Cake @annie_hartnett
2. Beartown and sequel 2.5 Us Against Them @Backmanland
3. The Dry @janeharperautho
4. Need to Know @karecleve
5. The Fighter @michaelwsmith
And a few more:
6. Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley @hannahtinti
7. The Weight of the World @DavidJoy_Author
8. The Woman in the Window @AJFinnBooks
I enjoyed this book narrated by Elvis, a young girl, as she attempts to come to terms with her mother‘s death. Elvis‘s voice is precocious, yet not annoying, and the story is scattered with intriguing factoids about animals, sleepwalking, and the Guinness Book of World Records. While some of the quirky references occasionally strained credibility, I learned you can, indeed, purchase coyote urine on Amazon!
I‘m really enjoying getting to know 10-year old Elvis and her family as she grieves the death of her mother. It starts with a bit of #petsemetary - a burnt rabbit birthday cake 🎂 🐇 - and I‘m sure I‘m going to #howl with both laughter and tears.
It‘s also my first #readwhatyouown, after taking inspiration from @Cinfhen @valeriegeary and not ordering any more library books for the next little while 😳
IS IT FRIDAY YET????
I am fascinated by sleepwalking... The thought that someone can be in a #deepsleep and still eat, drive a car, and in this case, walk into a deep lake to die, terrifies me 😱 10 year old Elvis Babbitt is left to deal with the sleepwalking death of her mother while also adjusting to her mourning father and sleepeating sister. I bailed on the audio version but gave it a second chance in print and my opinion did improve slightly 🙃
An odd and quirky book that had me totally absorbed for two days. I am definitely keeping an eye out for this authors next book.
#LMPBC Round 003 - Group P
@suvata @Laura317 @Arubabookwoman @collegecatlady
Rabbit Cake is a sweet and touching novel about 10 year old, Elvis, and her family as they try to work through their grief after her mother dies while sleepwalking. Great characters and heartwarming without being sappy.
Alright friends, I'm giving this one another go, but in print this time....although I did switch back to audio long enough to make some banana pudding that I was craving!!😛
Wish me luck! 🤞🏻
I don‘t know if it‘s the audio and the aloofness of the narrator but I just can‘t get into this one. I had high hopes after some great Litsy reviews (including @Cinfhen !!) but I‘m just bored 🤷🏻♀️ Glad this was a #borrownotbuy 😉
Heading to the post office with my #lmpbc book for #round3 on its way to @suvata and my #myfavoritebookswap on its way to @HighLadyoftheStacks as well as a bunch of #jb replies! Please excuse the swap packaged in a new shoe box 😂
This book was PHENOMENAL. I can‘t say enough great things about it. It has grit, emotion, comedy, and such a lifelike presence. Please read this one. I can‘t wait for my #lmpbc group to read this. I‘m so glad I picked it.
What a sweet, funny, poignant story Annie Hartnett has crafted! Told from the perspective of 10/11-year-old Elvis, it‘s never too precious or mature. This was a straightforward story, an easy like Sunday morning read and I absolutely recommend it as a bittersweet palate cleanser between tough reads. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼1/2
Eleven year old Elvis is trying to process the death of her mom. Was it a sleepwalking accident like everyone thinks? Her older sister sleepwalks too, and Elvis and her dad are worried about her new sleep habits and behavior problems.
This is adorable and heart wrenching. It‘s a great book for animal lovers, as long as you can deal with some animal deaths. I loved it, and already know I‘ll be gifting it to some loved ones.