This debut is quite unremittingly harsh and bleak and dark and also (as so often happens) quite unremittingly beautiful and insightful and tender. Read my full review at http://www.wanderaven.com/blog/2017/8/23/gather-the-daughters (image sourced online)
Not a book, but excellent reading (and viewing - I hope Annie Leibovitz lives forever) material to help me get through immunology shots this morning!
#RiotGrams Day 11: #littlefreelibrary It's not that any of the books in my library were free to me, but rather that I very rarely keep books after I read them, and usually decide shortly after beginning a book where it's going next, whether as a donation to my local library, to a friend who I know will enjoy it, the next door neighbour who has invited me to give her anything I'm ready to relinquish, or to the #littlefreelibrary down the block.
My #RiotGrams Day 10, #booksinthewild is a *bit* false. I did get up at 6 am to go hiking before it got too hot, and I did take my book into the wild (read: foothills above #saltlakecity) but the poem shown is as long as I could sit there, what with all the pollen laden grasses, before I had to keep moving!
#RiotGrams Day Seven: #booksandicecream PSA: do not succumb to the cuteness of pint slices. More expensive for much less yumminess - the two I've had so far average about one tiny chunk of cookie dough per "slice". The book, however, has been fantastic so far.
#RiotGrams Day 4: Notebooks/Journals. I've been bullet journaling for more than a year now and find it really works for me. A couple journals back I stuck a great sticker on one, and now doing so is my favourite part about starting a new journal. Sticker via one of @Liberty 's special printings.
#riotgrams Day One: #shelfie No actual bookcase because the part of me that can be quite minimalist in the rest of my life hasn't managed to stop buying physical books, but I keep saying I'm going to read them down and then keep up with anything I buy, so I don't need a bookshelf! Right? These are all unread.
All my reading is going through a slower-than-I-would-like phase, in part due to other parts of life being busier. But I'm really enjoying this one and every time I read it I question why I haven't yet read every word he has ever written.
Right up there with Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo, this is absolutely one of my favourite books of the year thus far. Incredibly dark and more brutal than one might anticipate, it's also rich, gorgeous, funny. Chapter 44 really did my head (& heart) in; might well do so for months to come. Will definitely have a book hangover after this one. Out on Tuesday the 14th.
The (physical, there are a couple of digital in play, too) books of which I'm currently reading a bit of each night while the doodle snores in the background during my #litsypartyofone. Sometimes I'll have several books going at once but eventually one will take over and I'll end up reading mostly just that one until I'm done - the emerging runaway in this instance is It's All Absolutely Fine...
Saunders' descriptions of Lincoln's appearance made me go back and look at images online throughout reading. Saunders is often noticed for his flamboyant style, a trait that can be a red flag. But, unlike some others, Saunders absolutely backs up all that posturing with solid storytelling that affects the reader deeply, sometimes not until sometime after you're done reading and think, "Oh, damn, man.... that was ROUGH."
Somehow, not quite what I wanted, though I can't articulately express exactly what felt lacking.
I had some issues with the protagonist, whom I think such a story relies heavily upon for empathy and identification, and a couple of her actions.
In general, though, I quite enjoyed the setting, the storyline, the elements of magical realism, and will be keeping an eye on the author.
Just absolutely gorgeous writing. Violent, gruesome, tender... don't let the synopsis or dog on the cover fool you into thinking this is cutesy. It's the beauty and harshness and love and sadness that I want from a story with a dog at the heart.
Very appropriate image found online by the photographer Anthony Hazelden.