September was a bust. Failed to read either spin; goes without saying that I completed no rows, no columns of bingo 😔 I only finished 3 books! That‘s OK - I hit my goal for the year. 😁
Me, too! Ann Patchett; me, too. Depth, complexity, and love. All told so simply. (Ann is also on my list of favorites.)
And HOW COOL and how poignant! To have Hilary Mantel provide her praise to this Lucy book.
Me and Ann and Hilary could have had a book club talk together on how amazing and wonderful it is to have Elizabeth Strout books to read.
HELP! I need one of my Litsy-pals + Strout-devotees who either has a photo-memory or an e-Book who can tell me what page the first reference is to the ping pong balls, cuz I can‘t find it... 😏😤
I am on page 195; “And it seemed that my ping-pong ball could not touch his right now.” . . . And I want to go reread the explanation and I can‘t find it.
My first book finished this month. Way way way off my average. I liked this one okay; I never quite got to that place where you forget you are reading and not noticing how the author is very skilled but I am not quite convinced. I did appreciate the ending, the construction overall. Four out of five (and no pie mentions, boo) 76th book of the year.
Purchased our next month‘s book club selection because the library holds were too long. The Sarah Addison Allen purchase because I enjoy her light magical realism.
Not-so-fun Fact: I have yet to finish a book this month. #BookSpinBingoBust
Jury Duty! Waiting for jury selection to begin. Estimated to be a 2-3 week criminal case. Looks like I might be able to make progress on my book.
I love doing laundry - of all the chores around the house, give me laundry! But I also am NOT an expert. I am looking forward to reading this and finding all the perfect tips. 💕
I am bailing on this; I just can‘t read about Texas right now. Yes, I realize many wonderful people live there, but. Not for me right now.
Ok, my wonders-full Litsarians, how ARE we all today? I endured listening to some hack of a sportsdude yapping about how overrated ThE AmaZinG GOAT Serena was going to lose tonight. BUT, ahem. She won. And somehow, unrelated to sports, I find myself on this last day of August, bewildered abt my #BookSpinBingo. Did I win August?! I read my Spin (in orange: The Sum of Us 👍) #Bingo!! Row5!
[Sept Goal: Read Listen Like You Mean It!!!]
Made me crave Italian food.
Esther prefers reading eBooks on her iPad via the kindle app (than reading on her clunky Kindle) #EstherFest
This might be a 4star read but I think I will keep it with a 3star rating on gr — even if it did have apple pie — but it just failed to excite me after the startling “reveal”/twist. It was OK, it did get me over a bit of a slump, sure; but it felt flat like low-carbonated sodapop. Or something.
Esther listening to audiobook Destiny of the Republic. I learned a lot about what a great man was President Garfield, how incredibly arrogant and harmful were the “team” of doctors who killed him with their ignorant methods, and how interesting some progressive thoughts may have had their successful impetus because of it all. Fascinating
Instead of reading…. Reading!!! — — I am somehow, surfing the interwebs… for orange cabinet pulls. Send help.
Pretty, tho, yes?! I love me an orange kitchen…
“A vital, urgent, stirring, beautifully-written book that offers a compassionate roadmap out of our present troubled moment.” -Geo Saunders #BookSpin
Pictured with Esther the Griff and my #DoubleSpin, continuing my August-Nonfiction endeavor #withoutevenrealizing
Excited to finish this in time to count for July. Esther wonders if I read it too fast. I assure her that I learned new perspectives, enjoyed all the googling-research this prompted (the book references so many things that I wanted to SEE and provides no photos so I explored.) And will likely ponder the reckoning, the appreciation, the shifts required in action and thoughts.
Oh yeah. This is one of those those books that is SO intriguing how accomplished it is! I‘m one of those extremely averse to knowing too much about plot/characters/spoilers/anything and sure enough, I wish I had known more. OTOH, I did know — vaguely — maybe? — about, the idea? Of a variety of view points and versions and perspectives, whatever, but it didn‘t make sense or enough that I gave it anymore than a glance of thought. What I did know ⬇️
I was blown away by the experience of this book! Not knowing what to expect other than being safely in the capable hands of a writer-provocateur, I very much enjoyed the artwork, feminism, thoughts on aging, and discussions on memory.
I don‘t know any more about the series - does Winter give us the same characters?
Congratulations to @Nessavamusic for the #100kGiveaway!!! Thank you. (Somehow I shot past 25k when I have been watching it not grow for months… I really do NOT get how points accumulate; but #whatever)
Well, THIS is interesting… Here in Litsy, I was viewing a post about Shuggie Bain that reminded me that I hadn‘t yet looked into the Booker Prize announcements. The interwebs say the tagged book is a winner, so I came back here to read more and NO ONE has posted about this?! Seems incredible. Who else besides me wants to read this? Tho, I am wondering about availability- could that be a reason no one has yet shared?
Another pick for a book that Ann Patchett has blurbed. Didn‘t realize until I finished the book. I very much enjoyed this story of Alice trying to figure out what life she wants to create. Looking forward to discuss more. I took a few snapshots of great quotes as well as questions that popped up.
Review of Jodi Picoult‘s audiobook CHOICE (not title tagged since Litsy doesn‘t have): PICK.
What if cis-gender identifying males were the only humans (suddenly!) to have a uterus? (I think that is the accurate question considered here.)
Reminds me of once asking my husband what he would think if he saw only women in (favorite) movies and on television (ie ESPN) - he told me not to be ridiculous. His brain couldn‘t even comprehend.
#BookSpinBingo Col5, #DoubleSpin
The cover might suggest light and fluffy but it‘s not. Nor is it heavy, either: just smart. Martha has an important role at her college, and balances the needs and concerns of students and faculty while assisting a new Head “Master” - the first time a male has held the top spot in this all female highly regarded institution. She has troubles at home to balance as well & is always the ultimate in composure.
It‘s the weekend! Want to post things 😁
I received a Chewy 📦 today and as the Chewy + #DogsofLitsy fans know (maybe?!) there is a commercial with a Saint Bernard who says “The Peanut Butter Box is here” and we have been saying that over and over tonight! EFFECTIVE commercial. Okay, moving on to the image on the left, my cousin sent me a recipe card for Blueberry Fool. Since FOOL is in the title of my current read… OH! I switched to hardcover!!!
Esther reports that this book is very good. Her momma especially loves time travel stories and this hit all the buttons. Only complaint? Too short!! Could‘ve delved more into a few more character story lines but these are reader issues and not plot point issues. #tobcamp
If “reality” is actually a simulation, so what? ⏰🚀