Great, heart wrenching, sad, inspiring book. Really, really good.
I love that the science behind trees affirms the Tolkien characterization of Ents 😁 I listened to the audiobook, which I wouldn‘t necessarily recommend. Not because the reader wasn‘t great (he was!) but because I lost focus in the jargon. The writing was excellent. He related trees to humans so we can get them more. Lots of learning happened here.
Of course I love the book itself - it‘s always been my favorite of the series. But I was disappointed with this illustrated edition. I enjoyed the first three but this one comparatively had very few illustrations and the ones that were there made me wonder why. Seemed like there were a lot better options of things to illustrate. Kinda bummed.
Sirius is the best 🥰
People think that caring about silly things like cooking or fashion is mutually exclusive with serious politics. But my mother and grandmother and their friends taught me that finding pleasure at home, whether it was in a family dinner, or a book club, or a backyard barbecue, can give us the strength to go out into the world and do incredible things.
I keep up with all the Vampire Chronicles, but this one was hard to get through. So much of the book was devoted to these alien creatures that inhabited Atlantis with background on Amel. I feel odd saying this but there‘s way too much mushy love going on among the vampires. I‘m all for love but she says it so much that it belittles it to me. In any case, I got my copy at THE Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans, and Anne Rice signed it 🤩
An inspirational and affirming read. As someone looking to have children soon and not leaving my job, hearing the advice on doing both was helpful to me and to share with my husband. The statistics were frustrating and enlightening. I especially found it interesting that there is no difference in child well being with a stay at home mom versus a working mom. And unfortunately true that queen bee women bring us all down.
The orchestra is generating a soul 😊🎼🎻
This was more business-oriented rather than music-oriented, which was disappointing. The author is opinionated and judgmental in language rather than objective in writing. It felt more about Brian Epstein than the Beatles themselves. It certainly gets into the dark and dirty aspects of the Beatles and felt more negative than positive. Overall, disappointing and unsettling.
My haul from the Garden District Bookshop in New Orleans. I got to see the houses Anne Rice lived in, the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 where some of Interview with the Vampire was filmed, and you‘re seeing correctly that I bought a signed first edition of Anne Rice‘s latest addition to the Vampire Chronicles 🤩
‘the flesh we are working off was put on with grave pleasure‘
From ‘Ugly Things (A Song)‘ by Teresita Fernández
From ‘Trying on for Size‘ by Mary Dorcey
Found this first edition at a library book sale and knew about it from reading Queen Elizabeth II‘s biography as the betrayal of Crawfie. She spilled all the royal personal life here and was disowned by the royal family. Rightfully so! And yet I still really enjoyed reading it. And feel bad about it 😩 A beautiful telling of a beautiful family.
This was recommended to me years ago and finally got around to listening to it. Love Ron Perlman‘s voice and his acting but his reading is a little one-note. I love reading all kinds of vampire fiction so this was definitely a different spin on vampires. I appreciated the viral, disease aspect and yet still has that old-world mythology. Even so, probably won‘t continue with the rest as it is kind of zombie-like and the characters were okay.
Life in a palace rather resembles camping in a museum.
Got this edition in Florence at the Accademia! Disney made Pinocchio into a Swiss or German or something. Italians are proud that Pinocchio is from Florence! Anyway, read this one after bringing it back. Darker than I expected, which I guess I should know given that Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen get dark. Very frustratingly stupid marionette boy but he does FINALLY figure himself out of course.