A real page-turner and a @#$!#% cliff-hanger! Do not start this without the next book available.
#Scarathlon word search words: blood=13, killer=6, ghost=4, dark=67, spooky=3, evil=1, crime=37, trick=4, treat=1, costume=6, party=23
Third book finished during #20in4 . Correction - fifth! (But only 2 were started during it, and one was a short graphic novel.)
For #BookSpin I DNF'd Even Though I Knew the End -- will try it again in a better frame of mind -- and read Ten Things I Hate About the Duke for #DoubleSpin. I also read Tramps and Vagabonds, Nasty, Brutish and Short, and DNF'd The Scandalous Letters of V & J, so there was some good movement on my list.
My goal for the #20in4 #Readathon is to read 10 chapters per day. Today and tomorrow I'm finishing up reads before the #Scarathlon starts - 2 chapters of A Passage to India, 7 chapters of Old New York, and the rest will be Passage by Lois Bujold.
On October 1st I'm reading Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson and starting some new buddy reads for the month.
Wonderfully atmospheric period details, and incisive portrayals of several marginalized people in wartime England/Scotland, one who can “pass“ and one who definitely can't. All inspired by true events, including a devastating episode in which a little boy assumes half-Jamaican Louisa is a Nazi, just because she has brown skin.
I found the quick switches of multiple points of view disrupted the narrative.
Me: “How many times for I have to tell you? Desires are not reasons for actions.“
Kid: “Okay Boomer, I've read Hume.“
Me: “What? I'm not even a Boomer. I'm Gen X.“
Kid: “Reason is a slave to my passion, Xoomer.“
Can't tell you how many times I've had this basic conversation with my kid. Nothing pisses off a Gen-Xer more than being called a Boomer. 😂
I think Chase didn't have quite enough inspiration from “Ten Things I Hate About You“/The Taming of the Shrew because the plot of this feels a bit overstuffed and lopsided. But as always, the romantic relationship is delightful, as His Dis-Grace the Duke thoroughly reforms and even becomes an early Victorian feminist under the taming influence of a strong, capable woman. A fun read.
I think maybe you have to actually be a fan of reality shows to enjoy this? Because all the glowing reviews just loved the pettiness and drama, and I really didn't. And it felt very weird that this was a YA book; none of it quite made sense to me.
There's decent arcs for the main characters and some laughs, but it was disappointing after the author's previous books.
1) “The Phantom of the Paradise.“ I imprinted on it as a child. Still have the soundtrack album.
2) I love how much my husband loves it. He can't wait to feel Autumnal and put on George Winston music.
3) Paranormal romance.
4) Adding to the TBR/TBW. 😁
5) I had it last year! We rented a popcorn machine and showed movies outside to our friends. It was awesome.
It's not too late to sign up for the #Scarathlon ! Be on a team and have fun doing Halloween-y reading and watching!
“For a moment or two Quiller toyed dizzily with the idea of double-crossing the man who had made him wear running shorts.“
“He himself was so far from having any pretensions of being an amateur that he could not even claim to know what he liked.“
#TitlesAndTunes Midnight Duet is a modern day “Phantom of the Opera“ and by all account, both main characters are total drama queens. 😁 And “Black Widow“ features the verse, “I'm gonna love you, until you hate me... I'm gonna love you like a Black Widow baby!“
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT8cg7LStwk (Just Dance version)
An enjoyable read despite some infuriating characters who do not get the comeuppance they deserve! #tbrdeckofcards
A thoughtful reframing of the endless TBR problem:
“I'd only ever had one boyfriend and it hadn't gone well. I'd realized pretty quickly that this boy and I were incompatible (because of everything he said and did), so I told him it was over. It took months for him to get the message. It was so excruciating, I thought I was going to have to pay someone to kill him.“
I suspect Aster Glenn Gray must be independently wealthy, since she spends so much time on research and virtually none on trying to get people to actually buy her books. 😂 But she has a bunch of loyal fans and deservedly so. This fairy tale retelling/friendship story/college story/young adult historical romance/time travel tale weaves disparate threads in in an immersive, quietly moving, and astonishingly insightful way.
1. public school ridiculously early, like this week. My kid starts college at the end of the month.
2. I *love* school stories, of all kinds! This, Gaudy Night by Sayers, Cat Among the Pigeons by Christie, Witch Week by Ibbotson, Dragonsinger by McCaffrey, Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Sachar, The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N, Little Men by Alcott -- too many to count!
“At the spiritual level, Yavilah believes, racism interrupts the human connection with the divine.“ pg. 251
My #bookspin book, which also amused me to use for the “high/low“ #ISpyBingo space. (And red lipstick!)
Not really my cuppa; I'm not a fan of accident/humiliation humor. Kept reading mainly for the pov of a non-binary character. Overall I liked it pretty well, but I think the author isn't great at third-act break-ups--they always seem to be based on mental breakdowns.
I thought of the perfect image for this, a Jules Feiffer cartoon which ends with a man saying “I love you Dorothy!“ and her thinking, “What terribly poor judgement.“ Alas, I cannot find it.
This is a much rougher read than you'd expect, light in tone but serious in topic. I almost DNF'd but am glad I didn't, because I actually related quite a bit to depressed, pessimistic Lizzie, who's married to a kind, generous optimist.
My #bookspin for August. Although I DNF'd my book for July -- The Algorithm Will See You Now, I found the prose too pedestrian -- I did read *eight* other books from my July list, and one from my regular list (Unmask Alice. Two, if you count The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher, but I'm leaving her on the list.)
A thoughtful memoir that looks at the nature of community college and the additional barriers created by the 2020 lockdown. Very powerful use of the graphic novel format.
(My own daughter was one of the community college kids left behind: not from technological or financial issues like many, but from a brain that doesn't work with zoom and that suffered so much from isolation.)
I'm almost flabbergasted by how hideous AND non-communicative these covers are. It's a pleasant contemporary sports romance.
A quiet, character driven romance in which Alexei finds love and emotional healing while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Very moving, and also a good, non-stereotypical portrait of an autistic person.
My choice for “mountain on the cover“ for @faranae 's #URC challenge.
#MidYearBookFreakOut I love this hashtag!
1. This is How You Lose the Time War. For book published in 2023, We Could Be So Good by Cat Sebastian,
2. ok, this is embarrassing but... The Heir Apparent's Rejected Mate by Cate C. Wells. 😊
3. Happy Place by Emily Henry. I started it on audio but even though I usually love that narrator, didn't get into it.
4. Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon. Loved the Ex Talk and Weather girl.
I've decided to find my weird canva efforts charming.
Very close to a second bingo this month! I started False Colours by Alex Beecroft for the “fire and water“ square but it was more war-ish than I felt up to.
Bummed to say I DNF'd both my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin books, Everyone in this Room Will Someday Be Dead and Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. Part of my great DNF-fest of 2023! 8 books in June alone, so far!
On a brighter note, I did read If This Gets Out and am listening to Moral Follies by Alexis Hall, from my June list. And I read Shades of Wicked and several books by Sarah Rees Brennan, from my May list.
This month's #bookspin reflects the fact that a) I'm feeling overloaded and need to just read for fun for awhile and b) I have a 3 month free trial of Kindle Unlimited and a huge backlog of interesting books in it. (True story: I was just about to subscribe to KU again on the *very day* that they raised the price, and I just can't bring myself to pay that much!)
Family Sabbatical was my absolute favorite Brink though. I'm so happy it got reprinted!