Just writing down some of my points and checking in. I didn‘t get to start my readathons until today. I have three hours on the clock now though. Copper would like to know why I have so many books in his napping spot. #20in4 @Andrew65 #spookoween @TheSpineView #pointsathon @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES Hoping to finish this book tonight. We will see. #scarathlon2022 @StayCurious
#bookhaul Hubby took me on a bookstore date. They are my favourite kind of dates. I forgot the new Backman came out this week. But it will have to wait until after #scarathlon. I also picked up this gothic horror for next month. I hope it‘s good. It sounded good. #TeamMonsterMash
I have been considering a reread of the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles. And maybe the Mayfair Witches. I gave away my Anne Rice collection in one of our many moves and I thought this would be a good time to reread and rebuild. But I‘m having a hard time finding new copies. So we will see how it goes. #scarathlon2022 #TBR @StayCurious
We were hit a little hard by Fiona. We didn‘t have any serious damage, but our power has been out since Friday. It just came back tonight. Since I didn‘t have a lot to do, I was able to get pretty far into Fairy Tale. It was a great book to read by candlelight. I can‘t wait to finish it.
I am trying to organize my hubby‘s new home office. I can‘t tell you how many years I have been trying to find my Strunk and White. But here it is. I guess he used it a lot. The last time I saw it, it still had a cover. Sigh. I guess it might be time for an upgrade. But it won‘t be the same.
I almost forgot to introduce you all to my new reading buddies. Meet Castiel and Copper. They are 15 week old brothers. We have had them for a week now and I already love them so much.
I‘m still working on my new book nook, but it‘s getting close. I think it‘s ready to share. Maybe. My brother brought me a plant. It has my grandfather‘s rocking chair. And a lamp that just fits. I think it still needs a little table for my tea.
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I‘m back! Maybe. Thanks for checking in on me Littens. My husband got a new job a couple of months ago and we spent our summer cleaning out our house, packing our things, and moving across the country. I have mostly unpacked. We are mostly settled in. There is a bit of paperwork stuff and a few boxes left. But I rewarded myself with a trip to the bookstore. I have been waiting. I have reading time! And I‘m going try to catch up with you all.
“Make death proud to take us.” This book destroyed me, right where I am. The first half is set in 1986. A group of boys travel from a small town in Scotland to a music festival in Manchester. James and Tully bond over music, movies, and books. They agree to live a different life than their fathers. The second half is set in 2017. Those boys are now in their 50s. And it hits hard.
Hubby just pulled this book off a shelf and said, “You should read this one. You‘ll like it.” He didn‘t even read the back. “What holds more secrets in the library- the ancient books shelved in the stacks, or the people who preserve them?” The writing wasn‘t the best, but the story was good. The editor was lazy. Overall it made for a good Sunday read. So I guess hubby was right. Don‘t tell him I said that.
I loved this book. Wallace thinks he might be dead, when a reaper shows up. At his funeral. She takes him to Charon‘s Crossing. A lovely lopsided tea house, owned by Hugo, a ferryman, who promises to help Wallace cross over. Wallace learns how to live, only after he dies. At it‘s heart, this is a love story. All the kinds of love.
I guess I‘m reading a big book next. I had to dig a fat hardcover from the TBR piles. My new bookmark needed an appropriate home. Isn‘t it lovely?!?
The true story of Katherine Swynford, the long time mistress and eventual wife of John of Gaunt, The Duke of Lancaster. And how they become ancestors of much of the British royal family. A decades long love story that survives war, plagues, murder, loneliness, and arranged marriages. It‘s a well researched and beautifully written piece of historical fiction. It‘s soo good.
I love David Sedaris! His observations on life and the people living it, never fail to amuse me. I liked this diary better than the first one. But he never fails to make me laugh or just see the world through other eyes for a bit.
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I‘m almost 100 pages in and I‘m so bored. I find myself wondering if it‘s worth it. It sounds like the kind of book I would love. I want to like it. But I just can‘t get into it. Maybe I‘ll take a break and come back to it later.
Canada Reads, book 4. This one broke me. It‘s very intense. So much beauty, poverty, abuse, diversity, racism, friendship, and despair. Having lived in a few, I think it could have been set in any city in the country. I don‘t know how she fit so much into so few words. I think they are trying to turn on the country‘s empathy with the choices this year. It‘s going to be a great debate. But I‘m going to need something uplifting soon.
I love this cover. Canada reads book 3. So much generational trauma. But somehow Thomas- Muller, is turning it all around. From residential schools, poverty, drugs, abuse and gang life, to bettering the next generation and healing the planet. A lot of people don‘t like his writing style, but it made his story feel more real to me. It‘s very Canadian and very relevant to life in our country right now. 4 ⭐️s
Canada Reads book number two for me. The story of a little Syrian boy who washes up on a beach in Europe. I bet you can picture him now. It‘s a good read. And beautifully written. I give it four ⭐️s. I don‘t think it will win. It isn‘t set in Canada. It‘s not irrelevant, but I think it will be hard to defend. It will be a repeat of what happened with American War. It already won The Giller, so it‘s all good. We will see what the rest bring….
My daughter gave me These Violent Delights at Christmas, and I was really upset that it was “to be continued”. I‘m glad I didn‘t have to wait too long for this one. It‘s a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. I keep hoping they won‘t die in the end, but I have this feeling….
I am reading, but I‘m really awful at posting these days. I had my booster last night, so most of my day is going to be spent with a heating pad and I this book my daughter bought me for Christmas. And I‘m really going to try to post more.
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Perfect book for a snuggly day. Boxing Day is my favourite. Just warm blankets, lots of tea, and all the books I haven‘t had time to read.
Witches? Chemists? Serial killers? Two hundred years ago, Nella sells potions only to women who want to rid themselves of oppressive men. There is also a lovely, adventurous 12 year old and a present day historian of sorts. Their fates all become intertwined. This has the all the great dark and magical things. I loved it.
I wasn‘t sure about this one. I‘m kinda really over this pandemic. But I ended up loving it. It also pulled me out of the slump. Reading slump. Winter slump. All the slumps.
One book down for #DashingDecember @Andrew65
I really did start this yesterday, but I forgot to post. I have been a bad Litten this month. December is always so crazy. And a little moody. As long I find time to read, right? I‘m halfway through the tagged book. I‘m going to try to finish three this week..