Book club last night equals headache this morning! Too many delicious chilli margaritas for this working girl who has to sit alone with her bitch boss today triangulating data on which kids to put in intervention this semester. Kill me now! The weekend can‘t come soon enough. Here we are at QT rooftop. I enjoyed the book and found it funny that my other book club read the Australian version of this book recently, The Fossil Hunter by Tea Cooper.
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical novel based on the lives of two women who are important to the history of paleontology, but who did not gain recognition in their lifetimes. Beautifully written, I could so clearly picture being on the Dorset coast, digging for fossils in the early 1800s. I‘m amazed that this was my first book by this author, who I‘ve heard about for years. It won‘t be my last.
Thanks to @Andrew65 for hosting the #FabulousFebruary readathon. Own goal readathons are just my speed. My goal for the nine days is to finish the tagged book, read the materials on nine plant families in the botany book I‘m currently working my way through, and make some progress on the other novel I‘ve started, The Winter Palace.
The post from @Mitch about the biography of Mary Anning reminded me that I bought this a couple weeks ago, when it was a Kindle deal. Since I‘m ready to start a new novel, it seemed like a sign of what I should choose 😄. Amazingly, this will be my first by this author. How did that happen?
Day 20 of #30DaysOfGratitude
Today‘s prompt: Great Women. Post about a unique great woman in history. @jb72 posted about Gladys Ingle (pictures on the plane).
I have chosen to highlight Mary Anning, a fossilist from Dorset, who made many important discoveries in the field of palaeontology. These discoveries became key pieces of evidence for the idea of extinction!
(The tagged book is a historical novel based on Mary Anning)
I ate up much of this fictionalized tale of Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, historical English fossil hunters. Two women with disquiet in their hearts about both what society is telling them to be and what the church is telling them is true. How isolating it is to feel you are the only one who questions.
But quite a lot is set over to potential suitors and social impropriety, treading well-worn ground. I had less patience for those segments.
Just started! Pretty much caught my attention right away. Mary Anning, fossils, 1800s England-- yes please.
My bk club met on zoom in apr + this is our rd for may. A joy to read and evoked a grt hol we took last yr in beautiful lyme regis (pic is my finally opening a LR brewery porter and nancy hunting for fossils). This is a reimagining the life of Mary Anning, a lovely sense of place, character which had me totally involved in her story in which a humble woman is expert in a science which causes stirs in a victorian society dominated by religion.
#MakeMeReadIt I'm really tired of HF novels about women involved in science at a time period that it is unheard of to be reduced to a story about a man. The first third is slow character building and some fossils. The second third of this novel is entirely about the two women being jealous about a man. The last third tries to go back to fossils but feels off after all the man obsession. Authors please stop diminishing incredible women.
After all the votes came in for #MakeMeReadIt, I decided to read the top six. I've read the first two and have begun the third. However, I finished an audiobook and decided to start the sixth selection as I don't have the others in AB form. I'll be reading the others, just obviously out of order. #sorrynotsorry 😏
Also, I hated the other book I've read of this author so that doesn't bode well. 🤷♀️
This is a lovely atmospheric little novel about real people in the 19th century. Mary Anning a working class girl with an eye for finding fossils and Elizabeth Philpott a gentle lady spinster. They are true forgotten discoverers of some famous fossils in museums today. I read this a little too fast I think and some of the magic in it was lost to me. Not quite as emotionally gripping as The Girl with the Pearl Earring but still very good.
I‘ve spent a snowed-in day reading this amazing story about a woman who discovered fossils of "creatures" leading to an understanding of extinction and a questioning of religious and scientific concepts. At this time in the early 19th century, women weren‘t acknowledged as able to understand let alone significantly contribute to scientific discourse. It is also a lovely story about female friendship and how immeasurably affirming it can be?
I loved this fictionalized story of Mary Anning, a 19th century amateur palaeontologist whose discoveries of Jurassic era fossils at Lyme Regis changed our understanding of the history of the planet. She was 12 years old when she made her first discovery! Dinosaurs!
A five star read for me!
One of the many creatures uncovered by the remarkable Mary Anning which is on display at the Natural History Museum in London.
Remarkable Creatures, by the author of Girl With a Pearl Earring, is a fictional account of Mary Anning's life. I read and enjoyed this book a few years ago, and was delighted to see this specimen today in London.
This fascinating story looks at the life & discoveries of Mary Anning and her friendship with fellow fossil hunter Elizabeth Philpot. Equal parts celebration of strength and determination of independent women and frustration with lack of acceptance and recognition by the scientific community. I listened to the audio book & was initially put off by Mary's voice but as I became more engaged realized it was fitting for the story.
A quick read, this was an interesting view into the early years of the discovery of dinosaurs, and the contribution of two British women. I'm not big on fossils etc. so I can't speak to the scientific accuracy, but it was a good story. Not a rave, but better than so-so. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterR
It's a leisurely read, but I appreciated the history and science. It was the perfect bath read as I got lost in the slow, quiet coastal town of Lyme. Then I found out that the novel is based on two real women who were mentioned in 19th-century geology and fossil records. It's a part of women's history we don't often get!
While visiting the Natural History Museum in London, I was pleasantly surprised to see exhibits highlighting the findings of Mary Anning. It just so happens that this is the very book I'd brought along for the train journey! Serendipity indeed.
This was a wonderful and smooth read. All in undertones and shades of grey. Two strong women trying to survive in the early 19th century. Standing tall when they had very little ground to stand on. Being an old maid doesn't make any difference if you are from the upper classes or the working classes, you have no freedom, no status. This is the story of two amazing women, Elizabeth Philpot and Mary Anning both venturing where few men even dared.
The true story of two female fossil scientists at the start of the 19th century...already hooked... another gem by Tracy Chevalier #historicalfiction #tracychevalier #remarkablecreatures #currentlyreading