Bookshop crawl, you say? How could I not?! Featuring 6 local bookstores. 🤓📚
Bookshop crawl, you say? How could I not?! Featuring 6 local bookstores. 🤓📚
This was on a list of best audiobooks so I went in with high expectations to this story of a dysfunctional private inspector family and their shenanigans. It didn‘t quite live up to its review for me, but still a fun listen, and short at 6 hours. That ending though - it packed a punch that I didn‘t expect.
Embracing the darkening days and colder weather (first full-on snow today!) with the help of the #WinterCosy Readathon. My focus will be less screen time and more page time. December: all the holiday books with some BOTM thrown in, along with Dune and finally finishing A Suitable Boy! January: some reflective reading and #NYWD book list.
#NewYearWhoDis has me in 2022 planning mode. Excited to make my way through @TheLudicReader ‘s list! I‘ve read 2,4, & 9 but Castle is due a reread. Most looking forward to the pictured. For my swap matches, I don‘t own any of these and would be perfectly happy receiving them 😊
@TheLudicReader After seeing your list, I‘m tempted to make recommendations from mine, but will resist.
I can‘t say no to anything cozy, and focusing on reading goals and being cozy is a great way to get through short, dark, cold days. I‘ll set my goals once I get through November. #WinterCosy
Who knew I needed mermaid horror in my life??? All you littens that recommended it, that‘s who! Loved this, and what a great time to read this during Halloween. It gave me some wicked dreams, and I hope I forget about it when I‘m in a boat on the ocean next week 😂. Highly recommend, and definitely recommend the prequel first (audiobook is great-3 hours and found it on hoopla). All the starfish for this book! 🧜🏽♀️
Well, opening day is the day before my birthday so how could I not sign up for the #LittleChristmasSwap ? I like how someone mentioned it‘s a nice thing to look forward to with the post-holiday blues. Thanks for hosting, @bookish_wookish ! Looking forward to it!
Does anyone else follow the American Library in Paris‘ book award? Last year, all the titles fascinated me and I immediately purchased them all (but have yet to read them 😂). This year‘s nominees are intriguing, and only one of these books were on my radar. Love being exposed to new books!
Wow! The book I was rooting for wins the prize! I wasn‘t planning on reading the Booker nominees this year, but am so glad I did. I really enjoyed many of them, and this one in particular gave me a lot to think about. Congrats, Damon Galgut 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
A group of kids come together to fight the modernization and erasure of Nantucket‘s history. Are they teaming up with the island‘s ghosts or is there something more nefarious taking place? A fun read for the season, though the writing often felt pretty convoluted. And perhaps I should have seen it, but a good twist as well.
I expected to plod through this. Instead, I found myself following along as if I were listening to a fascinating lecture. After the death of Krishan‘s grandmother‘s previous caretaker, he travels north to the funeral. As he travels by foot, by train, by bus, by foot again, we take part in his ruminations and meditations on a lover, aging, the gaze, the effects of war with a unique perspective that I hadn‘t read before.
This wasn‘t quite the large, warm, cozy cup of tea I was expecting, but it was still pretty lovely reading. A journey, the meeting of unexpected individuals, solitude versus community… and I really liked the commentary on the expectations we put on ourselves to have deep meaning in life and reach our potential as opposed to just being. A book to revisit. October #Bookspin complete.
My most anticipated moment of #Deweys24HourReadathon was going to be starting this one while drinking tea at the bookstore. Alas, the town was taken over by witches. Literally. For the Witch on the Town event. Witches everywhere, including the bookstore. So instead, I get tea and read in the coziness of my apartment, while listening to witches cackle outside. I‘ll take a break for the witch dance party in the street this evening. 🧙♀️
Hours 5 and 6 of #Deweys24HourReadathon had me listening to the tagged audiobook while doing some audiopuzzling and taking a walk around town, including a stop at the cute library. So glad someone told me to listen to this before starting Into the Drowning Deep and that it was available on Hoopla!
Dewey‘s 24-hour #readathon is one of my favorite days of the year! I super treated myself this year by renting a loft above a bookstore in my cute hometown, with a delightful library across the street. I couldn‘t be more excited for a day free of obligations, free to just read. The tagged book is the book I‘m looking forward to most. Anyone else readathoning?
Normally me: legal thriller? Meh.
THIS legal thriller - Yes please and more from this author!
I won this through a GoodReads giveaway, so felt obligated to read it, and I‘m so glad I did! I loved the noir vibe, and there was something about this that made me want to keep reading. If you‘re on the fence about whether to read this one, don‘t be.
A cool bit of bookish news for your Monday…
Such a fun read for the season! Annie moves to a new town after a breakup leaves her feeling sorry for herself. She meets the compelling Sophie, and witchy shenanigans ensue. A light read on the outside, but I appreciated the celebration of witchy women at the heart of this book. And who knew spiders could be so cute and endearing?? 🕷
Finally just over halfway through this chunkster! I‘m on goal to finish by the end of this year 🤞🏻 #chunksterchallenge2021
This book is why I make myself read the Booker nominees when I rarely really enjoy them - because once in a while there is an absolute gem. I love this epic saga of Marian Graves, aviatrix. Well-crafted sentences that keep you reading, even all the details of aircraft and flight were interesting. I have a book hangover now, and am grieving the fact that Marian is not a real perso.
September #Bookspin complete. I didn‘t think I would like this one as much as I did. My favorite aspect of Kearsley‘s books is the setting, and I didn‘t care to be in this setting. But my mind changed when I began reading. Kearsley does dual timelines so well. I wanted to know how both storylines were going to play out. A perfect fall read.
October #Bookspin list! I keep thinking I can‘t wait to read ALL of these books in October when I have to remind myself that I might read 6 🤦🏻♀️. The 24-hour readathon is at the end of the month, so I included some short, quick, fall-themed books for that.
I‘ve been reading through the Booker Longlist and have been finding them surprisingly intriguing. This one starts off quite bookery (I think @squirrelbrain dubbed the term), with its shifting narration, but it quickly captivated me as the saga of the white South African family played out. Four chapters, four funerals. With each new chapter, I had to know what was going to happen, if the promise would be kept.
This is my reading situation on National Read A Book Day. Squeezing out the last bits of summer in northern Michigan, and getting immediately hooked to the tagged book. It‘s also a great reading companion to A Suitable Boy, my current chunkster read.
I didn‘t love Daisy Jones, and TJR gets so much hype, so my expectations were low. They were blown out of the water. I loved the Riva family saga. They were characters with such complexities, I wanted to follow them wherever they took me. And that ending… on point. August #Doublespin complete
I don‘t normally gravitate towards domestic dramas, but my curiosity got the best of me with this one. I‘m a Quaker, and Quakers are rarely represented in contemporary fiction. Tompkins did it justice. I found the Quaker bits accurate and true to real life. The story also pulled me in, and kept me up all night reading it. I‘m really glad I read this story and have it in my mental warehouse now. August #Bookspin complete
After purchasing it at a library sale years ago, this book has been waiting to be my summer read for a long time. I‘m so glad I finally got to it! Who knew murder could be so funny? Reminiscent of Christopher Moore, this screwball plot and quirky cast of characters hooked me and made me laugh a lot. Just as interesting - finding a newspaper clipping in the book of a husband who went missing from a cruise! Highly recommend this super fun read.
I had intended to take a year off from being sucked in by the #manbooker nominees, yet here we are. I was drawn in to the premise of this short book, and true to form, with its stream-of-conscious thought by M, who grew quite insufferable to me, I thought this was going to be a slog to get through. Surprisingly, I couldn‘t put it down. There is a plot that left me needing to know what was going to happen. (Cont.)
Emily Henry can sure write a vacation read. This is the story of Poppy and Alex and their journey from friends to lovers to strangers, and then maybe, lovers again (look up the song Strange by Celeste!). I loved reading about their different vacations, and reflecting on my own (2019 trip to Marseilles, France pictured here). July #DoubleBookspin completed.
I can‘t resist a book about swimming, and this was lovely. A collection of essays from a variety of lenses about swimming at the Hampstead Ladies‘ Pond in London. I have aspirations to be a cold water swimmer of lakes, so this was inspiring. July #Bookspin complete. #blameitonlitsy
August #Bookspin List, featuring a bunch of #BOTM titles, some Man Booker Nominees, last books I want to get to this summer, and some motivation to help get through the massive A Suitable Boy (4 parts is over 400 of the 1400+ pages).
My #BOTM selections. I don‘t think I will be trying to read all of the Man Booker Longlist this year, but I am looking forward to reading China Room.
On vacation in northern Michigan. It‘s been a long time since I‘ve had the focus to just sit and read for a long time. It‘s peaceful, beautiful, there‘s a nice breeze - the perfect way to spend a summer day reading.
Does anyone else slightly panic when they have no audiobooks available to listen to? Just me? I feel like I usually do a good job of taking holds off of suspend in time for the next one to come by the time I finish one. I‘ve been waiting two days for one to become available. Usually I would go to Hoopla, where there are no wait times, but nothing is catching my eye. I‘m also being picky because I‘m about to go on vacation. #firstworldproblems
Thank you for passing this along to me, @catiewithac As per usual, your package came at just the right time. I was also really excited about the Washi tape - I had been covering them for a while, but never pushed the purchase button, so thank you! Lastly, the card was beautiful! The best design I‘ve seen yet 😊
Transformation comes in the most unexpected ways sometimes 🤣. Book - meh. But I‘m super curious about its Hulu adaptation, and think I will like it better on screen.
It only took 5 months to finish my February #Bookspin pick 🤦🏻♀️. Definitely a case of “it‘s not you, it‘s me.” I have loved everything Silko writes. This book just took a little more focus that I obviously didn‘t have. I still highly recommend reading Tayo‘s story - the search for self, culture, tradition.