I received this poetry book from Netgalley. I can’t say I know a lot about poetry but I can say this book is gorgeous. I read it in one sitting. In the dark. In my bed. Which was a great location because most of these poems are about a break up, sadness, anger, and many other things that wouldn’t have felt as magnified on a sunny day outside. Trista experiences a break up with a girl she wasn’t really dating. They were friends and yet also more. This girl she was in love with said horrible things about same sex relationships, all the while loving Trista. Or Trista was feeling like she loved her. How can you really know when someone loves you? So she left. Moved to Australia. And tried to forget her first love. There are also some poems about being bisexual and her relationship with her mother. All around it was just so moving. I loved it. It will be released in May of 2018. Put it on your list!
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author
I finished The Invisible Library. It was so fun. There was literally a chapter that ended with, and then the alligators came. Whaaa? There is nothing that can’t happen in the alternate worlds that Irene and Kai visit as librarians. They are sent by their employer, The Library, to visit alternative worlds and retrieve books. Mainly fairy tales. That part I didn’t quite get. Why fairy tales? They do talk about it but it wasn’t a good enough reason to resonate. I like the relationship between Irene and Kai, there’s a bit of romantic tension but it could go either way. This is definitely a world building book, I will move on to book two. Goodreads also said that readers of this book also enjoyed Sorcerer to the Crown. Which I can verify as truth because I also enjoyed Sorcerer to the Crown.
I’m about 50 pages in to two books. I need to push on with one of them. Have you read them? Give me advice on which to continue to the end.
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. So far very funny but a bit confusing because it’s a new world. Needs full attention.
A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan. I was hoping this would fulfill my Discovery of Witches hole. I can’t say it’s doing that but I do like the generational progressions. It’s reminding me a bit of Homegoing.
Every Note Played is the new Lisa Genova book. Lisa Genova of the Still Alice / Julianne Moore movie (and book). Her book Inside the O’Briens is also being made into a movie. I must admit I’ve read all her books – there are 4 before this one – except for Inside the O’Briens. I couldn’t handle the language. But I should try again.
Every Note Played was a great book and reacquainted me with my love for Genova. She is seriously amazing. She typically writes fiction books about a character with a medical issue. Still Alice was Alzheimers, Inside the O’Briens was Huntington’s and now Every Note Played is ALS. She’s so knowledgeable. Listen to this. “Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University.” I mean honestly. Have you ever heard such a thing? Good Lord.
Anyway, Richard and Karina are the main characters of this new book. Newly divorced, they are both pianists who met at school and quickly married. At first Richard, the more famous of the two, thinks he just has tendinitis. He is then diagnosed with ALS and instead of telling anyone he goes into denial. By the time he loses both of his arms Karina has discovered and accepts the fact that he must come back and live at their family home. What follows is his quick decline and their changing relationship with each other and their 18 year old daughter. I didn’t know much about ALS, I’m not sure many do past the ice bucket challenge, and I learned so much. I highly recommend this poignant story. Also, I’ve read TWO books from my Netgalley before their publication date. It’s a record! Every Note Played will be released in March of 2018.
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book by or about someone with a disability
We’ve put out the lights and put up the tree. The holidays are here y’all! Coincidentally, someone in my Facebook book group asked about great books to read over winter and this would be a great one! I just finished it and it was full of holiday fun. (Side note, if you’re look for a series to binge definitely check out the Winter Street series by Elin Hildebrand. Link to my review of the most recent book and links to other past 3 in the series are in that post as well.)
Seven Days of Us is about a family who is brought together for the Christmas season and quarantined. You cannot leave! For seven days! It sounds simple enough but being in close quarters makes people crazy. Each chapter is a different family member, which I enjoy. Multiple POVs always keep me moving right along when reading. At first it seems like a fluffy little book but there are some shocking moments in there too that I wasn’t expecting. I liked the characters a lot and definitely liked the way it ended and came together. Also, who doesn’t look a good British book?? I read it via Netgalley but it was released last month.
I am doing the real time reading of Discovery of Witches. It is very nerdy. Let me tell you about it. The events in the novel take place from September 18 to Halloween in 2009. The author, Deborah Harkness, in her infinite wisdom set up a real time read along of the book. When events in the book happen on September 27 you read the chapters that correspond with those events on that day in 2017. It’s great. Not only that, she has a free Kindle book with photos from the places that inspired the book’s settings and a real calendar with each day written out. I have now put them all on my Google calendar and I will be reading it every year with this read along.
It’s one of the best things I’ve ever discovered. Other books that use specific dates and timelines should follow suit.
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : read a book you’ve already read
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 : a book you’ve read before
And so it ends. I received the last book in the Winter series as a digital advanced reader copy from Netgalley. I adore this series (reviews for book 1-3 are below). I heard this is the last one, and she all but confirmed it in an author’s note at the end, which makes me sad. Kelly does die (I was worried he would in my review for book 3) but the family soldiers on, the characters continue and everything is moving forward. They’re all fleshed out and wonderful. There are resolutions but also loose ends. The story could easily continue and I hope it does. Yay for Christmas in August! This book will be released on October 3.
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book with one of the four seasons in the title
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet (I love this series!)
Winter Street (book one)
Winter Stroll (book two)
Winter Storms (book three)