I bought this book up during the summer but only now got around to reading it. It can be tempting to think all family dramas are the same, but this one is simply wonderful. Despite being 500 pages, it reads quickly. I loved the multiple perspectives given by each member of the family. This book has wit, charm, and heart, and is so relatable. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Few things bring me as much joy as a little bookshop decorated for the holidays ??⛄.
And of course I left with 3 books after claiming I was "JUST BROWSING" to my husband ....
This is a short novel that focuses on the death of a Black poet in the deep South. I enjoyed the author's writing style - she did a great job keep suspense and mystery without relying too heavily on cryptic cues. While the mystery was well developed, the ending was a bit rushed. I wanted a greater sense of closure at the end but enjoyed the journey of reading this one. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I liked the overall premise and am glad to get this off my to TBR, but I wouldn't rush to recommend this to anyone. A bit predictable and, by the end, I was annoyed with the frequent references to some secret in the main character's past.This was also a book focused on plot rather than character development - so it lacked some depth. A quick and easy read. ⭐⭐⭐/5
This book was one of my #BOTM selections earlier in the year. The premise intrigued me but for some reason, it ended up in the middle of my TBR pile. There have been some comparisons between this book and Eleanor Oliphant. I'm about 60 pages in and I can certainly see how this gives off some Eleanor vibes. Hoping this one will pull me out of my recent reading slump.
I'm the first to admit that I have an unhealthy attraction to really sad, soul breaking books. And yet... This one was endlessly sad. I kept thinking maybe the author would provide some semblance of hope or optimism... Yet, that time never comes. I found the narrator unlikeable and sometimes hard to feel empathetic toward. Because this book was based on a true story, I was more inclined to review it favorably (out of guilt). ⭐⭐⭐
I've been a little underwhelmed with the #BOTM selections over the last few months. Decided to give this one a try. Hoping it was a good selection.
This book is intense. I find it easiest to read it a little at a time, rather than to binge it - it helps with digesting the heaviness of the author's experiences.
Is this an easy read? No.
Is it an important one? Absolutely.
I have been in such a reading slump the last month. I couldn't seem to focus and started and stopped several books. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was just what I needed to get back into reading. It is salacious enough to hold attention but also covers some serious issues. I completely understand the hype surrounding this one. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
After years of trying, my husband and I finally are expecting a baby of our own. Our wedding was literary themed and now so is our baby announcement! I can't wait to start buying all the kids' books! #plottwist
Picked up this powerhouse of a novel yesterday. What does it mean to be a parent? How much can you give before you break? Does the heart truly have the capacity to love even when the child you so desperately want to connect with is so broken? What if what you dreamed of isn't what your life turns out to be? A raw, unflinching look at fostering a child and the toll it takes on the adults who so greatly desired a child.
Due to terrible storms in Chicago, my flights were cancelled yesterday. Finally getting out on a flight today but I finished my book before my connecting flight 😱 Stopped at a store in the airport and picked up this little book to help see me through my travels!
Sometimes a book just isn't for you. Reading this was incredibly painful - it felt slow, predictable, and unbelievable. I felt the relationship between Sylvia and Lukas to be very odd - and was surprised no one else in the book seemed to take issue with it. Others have said that this is more family drama than mystery (which I'm okay with), but I just never connected with the characters and mostly couldn't wait to just be done with it. ⭐⭐/5
The weather is just gorgeous today. Snuck outside for a little reading time before dinner needs to be prepared. I'm about halfway through the tagged book and finding it to be a bit of a slog. The storyline is intriguing but it seems to move at a snail's pace. Also, some of the dialogue seems a bit odd . Plugging along, simply so I can move on to something else.
WOW. Tara Westover spoke to my soul. My experience is no where near Tara's, but I related to her struggles to reconcile her multiple selves: before and after education. In my own life, it has been difficult to evaluate the values and "truths" of my childhood through the lense higher education affords. It isn't easy but there is beauty in the transformation. I devoured this book in one weekend. It's heartbreaking, gut wrenching, and inspiring.
This book feels like fiction. It actually reminds me quite a bit of Fourth of July Creek - except it's based on real events. Completely mind blowing.
*Miss Daphne refused to look at the camera even when I begged her 😂
This book tackled heavy issues like sexual assault, substance abuse, and self-harm. An unflinching, honest look at the aftermath of rape - how it rips apart friendships, impedes daily living, and disrupts functional romantic relationships. The first half of this book read quickly, but I found the second half to be a bit slow. Although the content is important and timely, the delivery is certainly not action packed. A slow burn. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/ 5
🥰 Because one book is never enough and when BOTM posts on the 29th of the month you go ALL out. #BOTM
My TBR is officially at an unhealthy level.
Nora's father, a Moroccan immigrant and restaurant owner, is killed in a hit and ran. In the aftermath, Nora returns home to mourn her loss. Along the way, she confronts old enemies, encounters a new love, and struggles to keep her father's memory alive. This book made me incredibly homesick for my parents and a bit guilty for how our individual ambitions often lead us away from those who raised us. Told in alternating perspectives, a real gem.
This book has been in my physical TBR pile for several months. I picked it up after finishing a "just okay" read. I can already tell this one will be something special. It caught my attention from page 1. A really interesting portrayal of immigrants, class differences, cultural differences, and conflict.
I eagerly awaited the release of this book, and was so glad BOTM chose this as part of their selection. I did enjoy the storyline, but I found this book to be lacking in depth and darkness (compared to her prior novel). Also, the use of Olde English added to the authenticity of the storytelling, but I found those chapters where it was heavily used to be my least favorite. Five stars for creativity, but only a so-so on depth and delivery.
@LibrarianRyan I cannot imagine how much time it took to make these homemade bookmarks - I especially love the glittery ones! These will be perfect for adding some pizzaz to my next reading adventures.
Thank you for hosting and for sending these lovely bookmarks my way!
This book is not for everyone. The subject matter is at times hard to read, it can be painfully familiar. The book comes across as raunchy and I felt a bit awkward as I read it. Then, I thought, isn't this the point of the book? The fact that women have had to downplay their desires for centuries. Desire is not shameful. It's part of being human. On the surface this book is about sex; dig deeper and it's about power, freedom, and self love.
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I'm seriously growing concerned about my growing TBR pile. It's overwhelming and yet they are all so beautiful.
Does it count as hoarding if it's books? 🤔
Last day of July.
August will bring a new semester. Savoring these days where I can have lunch outside with a book.
I am 100 pages into the tagged book and enjoying it so far. It is culturally well-timed in it's examination of the pressures surrounding student achievement.
*Not a book post.*
My dog started daycare today. I think it was more sad for me than her. Counting down the hours until I pick her up.
... Is this helicopter parenting??
I didn't know how much I needed this book when I started it. 400 pages about therapy? It flew by. I felt like I was talking with a friend. I laughed, I cried (okay, sobbed), and I contemplated my own life journey. This book confronts grief and struggling head on and yet challenges you to KEEP GOING. It has so much to say about the process of living and losing. Seriously, this is a book every person should read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ giant-sized stars.
Visited Otto's Bookstore in downtown Williamsport Pennsylvania today. This is thought to be one of the 5 oldest bookstores in the US. 😍
I purchased the tagged book after listening to an interview with the author on NPR.. he signed 15,000 copies for his new release! (And I got one!)
I bought my mom an audible subscription for her birthday. This month she picked Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. I just so happened to own this book due my ever-growing BOTM backlog, so we are having an impromptu book club for two. The temps are cool and it's the perfect day for sitting outside and savoring a new book.
Started my day by finishing this book. Eve spends a memorable summer on Cape Cod exploring her desires and ambitions. A true coming of age story that involves romance, self-development, and a look into the publishing world of days past. Definitely a quick summer read that covers some important ideas without being too heavy.
P.S. Lots of literary references in this one! I had to look some up as I read.
It's hard to say that I "love" this book. Rather, this book is simply too important not to read. Despite the #metoo movement, women are belittled, ridiculed, and villified for speaking their truth. Baker aptly describes barriers for working women in a modern world. She highlights how women both protect one another and aid in pepetuating the mistreatment due to their silence. There were so many truths in this book and they need to be shared. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Holy emotional read. This book follows Anna as she seeks treatment for her anorexia. It provides a realistic look inside the struggles associated with eating disorders - for those who are sick and their families as well. This is definitely not easy reading material but my heart broke for these girls and their successes and failures. It also used a short chapter format which made it easy to breeze through. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A murder investigation of the death of a young child. While this book had some great twists and turns, I was left with a feeling of frustration at the end. I didn't guess the murdered until it was revealed but once it all "came together" I couldn't help asking "why? What was the point?" Obviously, murder is hard to justify in any instance but I truly felt like the motives could have been accomplished in a different way. Any one else read this one?