This dark, creepy novel about a tree nourished by lies and fruited with truths is the perfect read for a Snow Day!
ATL got 1-2 inches of snow last night, and the city has ground to a halt. It‘s not a problem for me though, plenty of reading to do!
It‘s decided. I am not leaving bed today!
I would have liked this better if I had a connection to characters and the comics from which they were derived. An incredible writer, Valente created six vibrantly different voices for each of her characters. The novel is filled with rage at an industry that time and again dismisses it‘s women, both fictional and realistic.
It just was not for me.
A perfect Halloween read and highly recommended!! 🎃👻
Thirty-five years after the initial uprising, society has changed to accommodate zombies. The main characters are blogger journalists following a presidential campaign of the first candidate to have been under 18 during the zombie uprising. After a series of fatal incidents on the trail, the bloggers begin to suspect someone of sabotaging the campaign. Another wild ride by Seanan McGuire!
Bui traces her family‘s origins and flight from war-torn South Vietnam to parse her identity. Beautifully illustrated, the memoir sketches the trauma of forsaking a home to seek refuge and belonging in an entirely different culture. A poignant read during the current political and socioeconomic climate.
I wish it were still the weekend, and I did not have to work! Oh well.
I loved this book. Liadan was such an engrossing character, and her strength was so inspiring. The romance was absolutely lovely, despite lacking picture perfection.
This novel was powerfully feminine. I am not sure I can do its beauty justice in this review. I will be rereading it for years to come.
#mounttbr #backgroundboxer #wantsmetofetchhisball
I might have a problem. #mounttbr
This is my cull pile for today! I am trying to declutter and make room for an upcoming move, so it pains me but I am only keeping the books I adore and plan on rereading. Some of these I'll add to my ebook collection 😊
Can anyone motivate me to read this monster?
I have had it on my shelf for close to two years. I promised a friend I would read it, but I find myself dragging my heels and tired of feeling guilty.
I finally got around to reading this novella. It starts with a very interesting hook, the incarnation of a being who is forcibly dedicated to a task. Ree is a fascinating protagonist with a fierce nature and the desire for self-determination.
I am absolutely looking forward to the sequel. And tor.com is winning the novella game so hard. Maybe the Booksmugglers will give them some competition this year.
A philanthropic actress is talked into faux-dating one of her co-stars to improve his cantankerous public image. Slowly but surely the ice between the two melts into a sassy and happy romance. I loved the banter between the two and the realistic look at how people relate to others in a relationship. It made me so happy!
#romantsy #chaosandordermuppets #crankynobles
My sister was in LA this weekend, so she stopped by The Ripped Bodice (the only brick and mortar romance bookstore in the contiguous US)!! She got to meet the owners, two lovely sisters and their adorable Instastar corgi, Fitzwilliam Waffles!
She even brought me back three books 😍 #sheluvsmegood #bookhaul #bestsister #romantsy
When a friend comes over, out comes a pile of book recommendations. #sorrynotsorry
One race with ice magic, the Frostbloods, have oppressed the fire magic race of Firebloods for about a century. There is not a better sentence to demonstrate the two-dimensionality of this novel, except perhaps, 'the Fireblood girl melts the icy heart of her Frostblood guard with her magical heat.'
The romance is trite, the romance plot twist barely merits that description, the heroine whines ceaselessly, and the dialogue. Omg the dialogue.
Girls at the Kingfisher Club is a retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses, which was one of my favorite fairytales as a child. Valentine does a wonderful job subverting the fairytale narrative and offering instead a novel about women claiming independence for themselves in 12 different ways.
(and Genevieve Valentine is the name her parents gave her. So cool, right?)
Pic: Mr. C0zy and I dressed for his MBA dance.
#bookhaul I'm so excited to add these to my pile!!
Just a snapshot of last week in my passion planner! #pashfam
I am enjoying this novella, but I feel that I would get more out of it if I were familiar with Lovecraft at all. Has anyone else read it? Did you feel the same?
I cannot believe it is over. It was such an enjoyable novel. The characters feel well and truly fleshed out, and the plot was well-executed. I was concerned the novel's length would make the plot plod along, but it did not! I would have felt swindled if it were any shorter.
According to @maria.mianaai , V.E. Schwab effectively had two books in A Conjuring of Light, but she wanted the Darker Shades to remain a trilogy. To make that happen, the publisher had to mess with the margins to keep the book under 700 pages. This picture does not perfectly illustrate the difference, but the margins in A Conjuring of Light are about half the width of those in A Gathering of Shadows. 😍🤓📚
Tangentially bookish, but Arrival is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. I shouldn't be surprised though, everything Ted Chiang pens is intense and full of expression.
I just want to stay up all night and read, but I'm supposed to be a responsible adult. What's a girl to do?
I am so excited 😍
I missed it yesterday, but I wanted to post a pic of my darling pup, Finnegan! I'm out of town currently, so I'm missing him bunches. I'll get to see him later today though 😍 #dogsoflitsy
Hope you're feeling better, @lemonlime799 !
I am so happy I read this novella immediately rather than pushing it further down my #tbr pile. It is full of the emotional depth I have come to expect from Nnedi Okorafor. Binti is an incredibly engaging character. Watching her grapple with who she is and where she belongs was the perfect way to end a long week. I cannot wait to see how Okorafor finishes the series! #ownvoices
This #bookmail totally peeked up my workday! For over a year, I've been waiting for this book, a debut from Thoraiya Dyer about whom Galactic Surburbia raves. I'm won't lie, the gorgeous cover sucked me in, but the magic, gods, reincarnation, and rainforest setting made me stay. What more can you ask for??
So look, I read this as I was recuperating from my wisdom teeth extraction, which means pain meds affected my perspective on this book. They made me like it. It probably also helps that I've never read any Connie Willis before.
It was a light science fiction romance. Without my pain meds, I would have found the characterizations and dialogue painful and irritating. So I guess I say read this when you're not fully focusing on it.
I had my wisdom teeth out today, been putting it off for ages. I'm trying to stay awake so that I can sleep through the night, so I'm watching Sense and Sensibility and reading Crosstalk 😊 Does anyone else try to watch tv and read at the same time?
Somehow this #bookmail isn't as exciting as the others. I also exempted it from my book buying ban 😒 oh well.
I made a huge mistake when I started listening to this book. I started it while working. Cue me, sobbing like a baby while trying to work on an excel spreadsheet.
It was gorgeous, poignant, and rage-filled. I think it stayed true to the conflicting emotions inherent in traumatic situations. I think I will probably wait to watch the film in my own home. I'm not big on crying in theaters.
Kate Harker is a human who wants to be monstrous, and August Flynn is a monster who wants to be human. They are on opposing sides in the simmering conflict that embroils their city, but choose to protect each other rather than fight.
I did not connect with the characters as much as I would have liked, but still enjoyed reading the novel.
This was a really good read, focused on determining your truth and standing up for it respectfully. I think this will be especially important for me in 2017.
Now I'm thinking about pursuing a career in Negotiations, that's how much I enjoyed reading this book.
To be honest though, this Pan was really my bad. I forgot that I hate being told how I should act or who I should want to be. Actually, I intensely dislike the word "should." Thank you, #CatholicSchool.
I did appreciate the shoutouts to the Simones Veil and de Beauvoir.