This is a strange book. I can‘t tell if I actually like it or not. 🤔 This afternoon I was sure I was going to DNF it. This evening I‘m not so sure. Anybody read it and have an opinion?
The title story really got me.
I loved Flavia just as much as everyone said I should! The mystery is engaging but it‘s Flavia‘s unique and amusing take on everything from an ongoing war with her troublesome sisters to the murderous events occurring at their country estate and her savvy investigative skills that really make this book sing.
You know what‘s lame about reading ebooks? The photos I take of them. I thought I‘d fallen out of the YA groove never to return but this one was unputdownable. It‘s a twist on Beauty and the Beast and I am a sucker for Beaty and the Beast. Nyx Triskelion was raised to both marry and destroy the demon that rules her world, but there‘s more to him than meets the eye, of course. Nyx is a believable conflicted heroine and this is a great read!
A slow Saturday morning with a book is just what the doctor ordered. I‘m not much for short stories, but some of the ones I‘ve read this year are chipping away at my armor. Sarah Hall writes beautifully and sets a compelling scene in just a few pages, but there‘s always one story in a collection that I don‘t quite understand, you know the one - where it‘s beautifully written but ends in a way that makes you feel obtuse instead of satisfied? 🤔
Do you ever just get bored with a book before it ends? There‘s nothing *wrong* with this book. The writing is above average and the characters are believable. I‘m just ready to move on, and I‘m not sure if it‘s the book or me. 🤷🏻♀️
Have you ever bit into a cookie expecting chocolate chip but actually getting oatmeal raisin? That‘s kind of how this book was for me. I was expecting a unique spin on a World War II/Holocaust story, but this is more of a fictionalized biography of a young jazz musician where Buchenwald makes what amounts to a cameo appearance. It‘s not a bad book. It‘s just could have been a better one had I gone into it with a different set of expectations.
Is it nerdy to consider getting a copy of The Economist a treat? Asking for a friend. 😉
I‘ve been in a bit of a life funk all week that spawned a bit of a reading funk. Glad I was able to start this one and get into it today. Not being in the middle of a good, distracting book makes those life funks that much worse. I‘m enjoying this so far, very curious how the three threads of the story are going to meet up...
I think this is the most I‘ve enjoyed YA in a while. Wallach depicts a wide variety of Seattle teenagers as they await the moment when an asteroid has a 66% chance of destroying the Earth. I liked that Wallach, despite tackling a large cast of characters, managed to make each of them unique and believable. His writing is thoughtful and does a great job of mingling typical teenage angst with more potent end of the world existential questions.
I have mixed feelings about this story of an African girl given by her father into slavery at a religious shrine in a misguided effort to save her family from a rash of bad fortune. It‘s a fast moving story on a difficult topic that is still somehow compulsively readable. However, the writing style is so straightforward and simple, it almost feels totally artless and seems to quickly gloss over plot points that would benefit from more detail.
You know what‘s weird? When you‘re reading a book about something truly appalling but it is written in such a way that it is a quick, easy, unputdownable read. You know what else is weird? Googling the author and finding out she went to school in the town where you live. #SmallWorldAfterAll
This one, on its face, looks like a domestic drama of entitled people, and it is. That said, a vacation in paradise gone awry set against a Puerto Vallerta in crisis highlights how looks can be terribly deceiving and what it looks like when privilege run amok. If you‘re looking for likeable characters, look elsewhere. If you‘re looking for a domestic drama that transforms into something a little meatier, definitely give this one a try.
I loved this one. I very much enjoyed meeting the various characters that populate Lansquenet and Vianne‘s easy, common sense way with them. The prose is beautifully descriptive, and I‘ve never been more hungry for chocolate. I loved the movie, but the book easily surpasses it!
The last flight of the last workation should be good for The Last Book Party, am I right?
I loved this hilarious tale about the unbelievable adventures of a Swede with a laissez-faire attitude, an allergy to politics, a penchant for vodka, and a talent for blowing things up. It‘s a totally absurd story and a wild way to explore history as the 100-year-old man in question unwittingly shapes the course of it, but the characters are lovable and I can count on only one hand how many times I‘ve laughed so hard at a book.
I gotta say, when I started this book, I definitely was not expecting a tongue in cheek tour of world history with no small amount of satire aimed at the madness of politics. But I like it. 😄
So many things I should be doing today. Like putting down this book and putting on real pants. Obviously those things are not happening.
That (great) feeling when you think “Jeez, it‘s been a long time since I‘ve seen anything new from *insert author whose books you enjoy here.* I wonder if they have anything new coming out soon” and when you look them up on Goodreads they actually *do.* Looking forward to reading this new one by Erica Bauermeister. She‘s an author I discovered through book blogging, and I just loved The School of Essential Ingredients!
It‘s never too late for that #riotgrams “book and a mug” prompt that I missed, right? It‘s been a long, crappy week at work and this mug suits my mood going into Friday just about perfectly. It probably doesn‘t suit a book about female West Point cadets though. 🤔
When you go to the little free library to drop off (not pick up, for crying out loud) some books because you have alarmingly too many books and find the only Kate Morton you don‘t have on your shelves already (well, that wasn‘t released about a minute ago). Please note: I haven‘t read any of said Kate Morton books. Please also note: I have a PROBLEM. Will no one stop me???
This was good, very good. 5 unique points of view that were perfectly voiced. 4 coming of age stories of 4 women spun in wildly different directions by an ill fated mission work in the Congo. One chapter about the slow falling under the sway of an abusive husband that might be the best single chapter of fiction I‘ve read in a very long time. A truly compelling exploration of the “shifting terrain between righteousness and what‘s right.”