I finished La Belle Sauvage aka The Book of Dust. I have never read the Dark Materials series, of which this is a prequel. It was sort of slow at the beginning with the character building and occasionally a character would be introduced and it would seem like, had I read the other books, there would be a light bulb going on in my brain like “oh that’s who that is” but because I hadn’t, there was not. It might be better for those who know the foreshadowing. I liked the characters, Malcolm was endearing. Also, because I haven’t read Dark Materials or any other Philip Pullman I didn’t know what to expect. At times I was thinking, is this supposed to be current times? There are cars but no phones. Oh and people have demons. And then there were giants and magical fairies and all pretense was lost. Michael Sheen is the reader, and he does a great job at the exciting parts. Detour, did you know he’s with Sarah Silverman? And has a kid with Kate Beckinsale? I went on a serious black hole with all that information. I digress, although there are loudly narrated exciting parts at the same time there’s also a lot of nothing. I wasn’t completely enthralled and it took me awhile to finish. Read if you liked Dark Materials.
This book is hilarious. Honestly, one of the funniest books ever. You may not think so unless you’re a librarian but I am and it’s hysterical. Annie Spence has written letters to books in her library, books she has read and books she has hated. I particularly loved her letter to the romance spinner. I laughed so hard I cried. She also has a letter to children’s librarians that I found particularly moving. A great stocking stuffer for your local librarian or avid book reader friend. Put in Kleenex too for their happy laughing tears.
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book of letters
I read some graphic novels for kids recently and loved them!
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani. I kept seeing this gorgeous cover at bookstores so I was very pleased to pick it up at the library. Pri and her mother live in California. Pri finds a pashmina in a secret trunk in her house that when worn takes you to see you desire. When Pri wears it, it takes her to India. Pri wants to know more about her father, who she thinks is in India but her mother refuses to talk about him or why she came to America. By mysterious circumstances her aunt calls and requests Pri come to India, and her mother relents. This story is about learning about yourself and what you want and even learning answers to questions you may have wish you never asked.
Swing it, Sunny! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. This is the second book about Sunny. The first is Sunny Side Up, where she is sent to her grandfather’s 55+ community for the summer. She’s not sure why she’s spending her summer there but she finds out that it’s because her brother Dale is acting out and he needs attention from her parents. In this second book Dale is sent away to what looks to be a military school. Sunny and her family have to change their dynamic now that one of the siblings is missing. These books are real life! I did just notice that on the Sunny Side Up cover she is in the same position as this cover but on a pool float and now she’s in a fall scene. Perhaps there will be winter and spring covers coming soon.
Jane by Aline McKenna is probably technically for young adults. It is a retelling of Jane Eyre through graphic novel and during current day rather than the 1800s. Now, I love Jane Eyre. I read The Flight of Gemma Hardy last year which is also (supposedly) a retelling of Jane Eyre. I did not enjoy it so I was a bit wary when picking this one up. However, this one was good! I loved the art, Jane in this book is an artist. I also liked the way they transferred the mother character. You can’t really claim insanity when locking someone up in an attic in 2017 so I think they did a good switch with that. I liked the relationship with Rochester. The only thing I didn’t like is the brother-in-law angle. It was a bit much. You’ll know what I mean if you read it.
I’m ahead of the game! I finished a Netgalley that doesn’t come out until January 2018. I am so proud. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin first caught my eye because of the beautiful cover. Then I read the summary and was intrigued. “If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present?”
Four siblings in 1969 go to a witch to hear the day of their death. Some of them take their day and run towards it by doing everything recklessly. Others try and pretend it won’t happen. You follow each sibling leading up to their death. Once the first sibling dies you move on to the sibling who dies next. Generations span in an instant and everything moves very quickly even though 50 years pass. I liked all the characters a lot and I definitely liked hearing each point of view. I didn’t care for the ending so much, and the last sibling wasn’t my favorite, but the plot was interesting and kept my attention. Definitely recommended!
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book that takes place over a character’s life span
We’re going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union is hilarious. I laughed out loud constantly. To me, she’s famous for 10 Things I Hate About You. She’s also in Bring it On and has had appearances on Friends, Star Trek, 7th Heaven and many many other things. But her stories are mainly about her life with those acting gigs interspersed here and there. She talks very frankly about many things. She was raped while working in a Payless Shoes when she was 19 years old – I will never go to a Payless Shoes ever again. She talks about that and how it gave her serious anxiety from then on, and even now that she’s 44 years old. She also talks about her and her husband‘s three boys and how they raise them as black men. She has a unique perspective, especially from mine, and I appreciated everything she had to say. I highly recommend it and I guarantee you will enjoy it.
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book written by someone you admire (I do now!)
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a juicy memoir
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 : a collection of stories by a woman (I never would’ve called this a collection of short stories but the word stories is the subtitle so I guess it is and I’m going to count it)
I saw this movie preview. Sooo I read the book. I feel like I say that a lot. But I can’t in good conscience see a movie unless I’ve read the book. So I read them. There are also a ton of famous actors in this movie so I’m assuming it will be good.
I thought the layout of the book was interesting, meeting the players, getting the facts, interviews. Each section had a different goal towards solving the case. I can’t say that the way it was written really helped me figure out who the killer was but it doesn’t matter because, spoiler alert, THEY’RE ALL THE KILLER. This I hated. Hated. It will be interesting to see if they follow this in the movie.
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book that’s becoming a movie in 2017
I finished my book. The one I was so excited about. Origin by Dan Brown. And it was good! But maybe not worth the excitement level of a squee! I apparently forgot my annoyance at the Inferno book, which I talk about in my blog post. And he did not spend the first five chapters explaining how people were not infertile. So that’s annoying. Way to follow-up. This book is just as far fetched as the others. Obviously. That is the Dan Brown M-O.
Langdon’s friend, Edmond Kirsch, has been murdered right before his world wide presentation on where we came from and where we are going. Thus begins the journey to broadcast the presentation with the help of his female sidekick, the soon-to-be Queen of Spain. The do this via the assistance of an artificial intelligence computer named Winston. Spoiler alert, Winston is bad and technology is taking over the world.
I liked most of the book but since I was listening to it I found some phrases to be repetitive. Perhaps I hadn’t noticed before that he does this but when you’re listening to every single word and can’t skim it becomes more apparently when he overuses certain phrases. For example, Winston, the computer has an artificial awkward laugh. So every time Winston laughs Brown says, he laughed awkwardly. Yes, I get it. He has an awkward laugh. You don’t have to tell me every.single.time. Aside from that, I liked the plot and I love Robert Langdon. It was enjoyable and if there is a sixth book I will read it as well.