Congrats on your 50k #LitsyMilestone 🥳 And thanks for such a generous giveaway 😘
In Australia, Hallowe‘en isn‘t really a big thing, and we rarely get trick or treaters. And this year we will be spending the evening at an end of year school celebration - so not spooky at all. But I do enjoy seeing all the spooky posts from lovely international littens 👻
We read The Christmasaurus last year as our family read and loved it. So we are all rather excited that our pre-order of the next book arrived. Hurry up December so we can start reading it 🦖🎄
The grief and loneliness is palpable in this beautiful little book. So well done.
When Mia‘s long-term boyfriend asks for a break, she finds herself embarking on a humanitarian trip that takes her from the slums of Mumbai to the refugee boarder crisis in Europe.
While there were moments I enjoyed,I felt this was essentially a light romance and a bit of a fluff read. Maybe it was my expectations & not the book, but I was expecting more depth and so was left a bit disappointed. 👍 for the cover though 🐝
🐝 🐝 School hols again with the kids, which means I can go to the library and get my holds when they arrive 🐝 🐝
After getting a lot of mixed reviews of late, I was a bit hesitant going in. However, after getting through the first very slow chapters, I found myself firmly in the ‘I-love-this-book‘ camp. Centering on two families over a few decades, we are taken through the suffering of life - trauma, loss, addiction, mental illness and more. But I saw the hope, and the power of compassion and forgiveness. This one will linger in my thoughts for a while.
Friday night is gym night... & I forgot my book 😱😱😱
Loving this so far...oy, the snark 🙌
Magical, whimsical...I really liked this. Part 2 was my fave - I thought it very cleverly captured the small village way of life. The ending was a bit abrupt but, overall, it‘s a pick from me.
#7days7covers #covercrush #day1
Thank you for the tag @KarenUK @CarolynM 😘
I‘ve posted this a few weeks ago, but I love the cover so much, here it is again 🍁 ❣
If you have time and want to join in, I‘d love to see your fave covers over the next 7 days @Tanisha_A @Chelsea.Poole
I know I‘m very late to the party, but I‘m finally here to add my love! Absolutely wonderful and completely unexpected, especially from a post-apocalyptic novel, I was wrapt! Thanks to Tanisha again for gifting it to me 😘
This started out well (it‘s quite funny) but, at 100 pages, I just don‘t feel like picking it back up. So it‘s back to the library...maybe I‘ll try again in a few months
1. I was a Roald Dahl kid, so probably the tagged book.
2. Most recent I can think of making me laugh, and cry, was Lily and the Octopus 🐙
3. Another recent one I enjoyed was A Nearly Normal Family
4. Pancakes, with syrup and🍓
5. Consider yourself tagged 😊
Thanks for the tag @Cathythoughts and @Eggs for hosting
Saturday-ing hard 🍺 📖 ☀️
It took me a while to settle into this one, but I am so glad I stayed with it. Lyrical and bitingly raw - and the cover is just 😍
Ooofff, this book 💔 A hard-hitting, very realistic portrayal of three generations of women as they face older, middle and teen age. At times it was very difficult to read, and I shed more than a few tears. But it was done so well and the ending was a surprise.
Upfront TWs for self-harm and suicide.
It‘s always a good day when you come home to book mail from friends. Thanks so much, Tanisha for sending me this. I cannot wait to read it. You‘re a kind heart & a beautiful friend ❣
I‘ve heard VERY good things about this one, and when I picked it up from the library on Friday I was told I was in for a beautiful, heartbreaking treat 💐
I think this might have been better in print - the audio was 💤
After a morning of serious gardening, I‘m settling in for an hour of sunny backyard reading. I though I might hate this book - school has been a bit bumpy with my 6 year old and I‘m over the focus on academia - but so far so good 👍
Tucked up in bed on my wild Friday night with this gorgeous book. I‘m trying to read it slowly so I can savour it. I think @TrishB put it on my radar, and I could hug you for it. Lovely read 🧡
A group of kids destined for juvenile detention are given a reprieve and sent to an alternative ‘school‘. It looks like they are part of some sort of weird experiment, but for what isn‘t clear, and the methods are dubious at best.
I have read some fantastic #ozfiction this year, and this has to be up there as one of the best! Very much in my wheel house. Great read!
Leon is a 9 year old forced into foster care and separated from his baby brother. His story is heartbreaking and made me cuddle my little ones closer. However, I just couldn‘t get into the story like I was expecting. I read De Waal‘s second book, which I loved, but this is so very different. Maybe a case of going in with too high expectations - it was just not as good as I hoped it would be.
As part of a home share scheme, an Asian university student moves in with a 75-year old spinster in suburban Australia. An unlikely friendship is formed, but each are facing their own life difficulties, and with outcomes that impact both of them.
I didn‘t connect with the story as I would have liked, so it kind of missed the mark for me. But it‘s a different story that touches on some of the big issues (racism, ageism), so I‘m giving it a pick.
Augusta is the quirky twin, the clever one who doesn‘t quite fit in, while Parfait is raising his siblings in war torn Burundi. Worlds apart they are, yet this is their story. And, my goodness, it is lovely. The writing is simple and poignant - which did feel a bit YA for me at first - but literally had me weeping at the halfway mark. Lovely 💫💕
The writing in this one reminded me a bit of Ann Patchett, in its slow unravel and insight into the mundanity. It pulled on the heartstrings and took a turn I wasn‘t expecting. I enjoyed it.
An unsettling and thought-provoking book about the objectification and treatment of women. While packaged as a thriller, it was quite experimental in form, and reminded me why, as women, we are constantly vigilant about safety as we move through the world.
*TW - sexual assault
What to say about this book?!?! On one hand I thought it was brilliant. Focused on a thespian group of adolescents, it was dripping in teenage angst and drama, which the writing so aptly captured. Yet because of this, it was such a slog to read, and I felt wrung out every time I picked it up. Perhaps a little too over-wrought in style for me, I was quite glad when I finished it.
I really have to stop requesting library books. I don‘t need any more. But it‘s just too tempting!
I don‘t read much sci-fi but when the lead time traveller is a 71 year old woman (Yes!!!) I thought I would give it a go. Not really my bag but it had a good storyline and, at less than 200 pages, was the perfect bite size for me.
All the 👏🏼 to the author for writing a non-typical lead character!
What a great, punchy palate cleanser! I didn‘t think there was much meat to the story, but somehow it worked for me.
I‘m not sure how to review this other than say it‘s a fantastic, quirky, funny and sad gem of a book. There‘s a lost manuscript, a crazy literary family, and an extraordinary life. Loved it!
This book has been lingering on my TBR for 3 years!! I wish I‘d picked it up earlier - it is fantastic so far ❤️
New books 📚
My #top6reads - I‘ve had a great first half of the year, and am hitting off some of my longest standing TBRs.
Thanks for the tag @readordierachel @youneverarrived and to @Cinfhen for this fun prompt 😘😘😘
Heartbreaking YA read, that will have you in a puddle on the floor.
On Sept 8 1978, Lou is born, and this is the story of Lou as a male and Lou as a female. Told in parallel, I thought it might be confusing to have dual life stories, but it worked well, and there were interweaving chapters when Lou was brought together as one. Issues around masculinity, femininity, patriarchy, sexuality and equality were at the heart of this story, and I‘m so glad to have read it. Highly recommend.
Library day = happy day 📚