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’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 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
I have finished The Resurrection of Joan Ashby. It is 544 pages and / or 20 hours on audio. I bought it with my Audible subscription and then ended up reading the last 2 hours of it because it was only 53 book pages. Honestly, two HOURS equals 53 pages? Seriously?? But that’s a rant for another day..
I found this book intriguing because there are lots of stories within the story. The main story is about Joan Ashby, an author, who gets married and has two kids. Her whole life leading up to that she spoke openly about not wanting either of those things : no marriage, no kids. I found this interesting because I always say I don’t want kids and I was talking to a high school friend last week and she said that she always thought I didn’t want to get married either. But here I am, married. Still no kids. I wanted to hear Joan’s point of view. She had them and she loved them. However, it ruined her career. Not just having the kids but the actual kids themselves ruined her career. I can’t say that would happen to me because I’m a librarian however, I always tell people that if I had kids I’d be worried I wouldn’t enjoy my job as much. I am a children’s librarian. I find kids entertaining. This is because I see them full of joy at my storytimes or playing in my library’s play space that I built (via grant). I don’t see them kicking and screaming. And I feel like, if I had to go home to my own kids I wouldn’t want to see more kids at work. All day. Every day. God help me.
Anyway, lots of stories within the story. Because Joan Ashby is a writer there will be parts of the book where you read her works. Her short stories, parts of her novel. The book opens with some interviews and articles written about her. I liked this a lot. I did not like Part 3, it went on way too long. Overall it was enjoyable and I would recommend it to those who like character driven novels that move slowly without lots of action. Think John Irving or Kent Haruf.
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book set in a hotel (Part 3 at least)
I downloaded I am Pilgrim with my Audible subscription on the recommendation of Jessica Turner. She suggested it to people who like Homeland or Alias and I love Alias. If you’ve never seen it go watch it, it used to be on Netflix. I also love intricate plots. This one has lots of characters and story lines and they all come together at the end, which I love. It is a very long audiobook but I’ve officially come around to the 1.25x speed so it goes by faster. I have no idea how much time that actually shaves off, but it makes me feel better. The actual plot about the small pox disease is terrifying. I hope to God none of that could really happen, but I’m sure it could and we all just go on blissfully living our lives *shiver*. Goodreads summary below.
“A breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy. An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity. One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey.”
My only complaint is that it takes awhile to connect the stories together. Which could be annoying to some if they don’t want to keep going until everything makes sense. I am usually one of those people. Push on, friends!