Another one from Happy’s bookshelf. This story of an 8th grader eager to find his father (after he abandoned the family years before) is a touching tribute to home and family and a tender rendering of how our understanding of our parents comes to us in little pieces as we grow up. This middle grade novel from @phcartaya is also a love letter to Puerto Rico, la isla de la encanta, which made it especially sweet for me to share with Happy. #RosieReads#LatinxHeritageMonth
0 2723 September, 2019
Oh, this book by @casey.mcquiston is just the sweetest, loveliest, most delightful, tender, true read. Simply put, this is the story of what happens when the son of the President of the USA falls in love with the Prince of England. It’s so fresh and earnest and the passage on grief (photo 2) was so profoundly true that it caught my breath when I read it. Need some joy, delight, and earnestness in your reading life? This is it. #RosieReads
5 3725 August, 2019
Circe is one of the most exceptional reads that I’ve had this year. Miller’s language is lyrical and paints a gorgeous retelling of a more quiet and demonized figure within Greek myth. (A personal favorite figure of mine, if I may add...) “Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.” #circe#circemadelinemiller#madelinemiller#bookstagram#bookporn#rosiereads
6 3214 August, 2019
Evvie Drake Starts Over by @lindaholmes97 is just an incredible joy of a novel (and a perfect beach read). Evvie (rhymes with Chevy) finds it hard to leave home after her husband’s death in a car accident. Dean, a former Yankees pitcher who has lost his pitch, desperately needs to leave NY to escape the scrutiny of the press. When he rents the apartment in Evvie’s home, they are both forced to figure out what will help them heal and recover. Gently romantic, thoughtful, and reflective, this book made me laugh (the cereal box race story had me chuckling uncontrollably on the beach), hold my cheeks in recognition, and swell with hope. Check out one of my favorite passages in my stories.
Have you come across any delightful reads lately? #RosieReads
16 5310 August, 2019
This doesn’t happen to me often: I was hooked by the first page! Hannah, the main character of #BookSmartsandTenderHearts , by @shelleypearsonwrites found her way into my heart immediately.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Highly recommended. Read Rose’s full review & click over to Shelley’s bio for a purchase link, & as always please support indie authors with ratings and reviews!
I actually finished this book a week ago; it took me so long to write the review because I didn’t know how to condense everything I loved about it into a short post. Shelley Pearson takes on a lot in her novel but manages it so deftly, with clear and insightful prose, that you feel like you’re peering through a window at a very honest slice of life.
From the blurb: “Hannah is sixteen and doesn’t feel like she fits in anywhere. Brainy, fat, and secretly in love with her best friend Liz, she’s always found solace in her sweet and loving grandma.”
The story begins with a major transition for Hannah; her grandmother has just moved in to an Alzheimer’s care home. That sense of shifting roles and inevitable change—sometimes good, often painful—carries the plot. The highlight for me was Hannah’s exploration of her sexuality & identity as something bigger than her feelings for one other person. I was also rooting for her while she took on the balancing act we all reckon with at some point: finding our place within our family while taking agency of own own lives. I haven’t read a story in a long time that gives such vivid life to a teenager’s aching, chaotic world.
Hannah is smart and by turns believably naive and brilliantly insightful, & she’s surrounded by a complex cast of characters who felt just as real as she did. Her complicated relationship with her best friend Liz — and the glimpses we got into Liz’s own complex inner & outer world — really struck home for me, & I was in love with Corey from the first letter she exchanged with Hannah.
Shelley, thanks for sharing your story with me! It was a real pleasure to read and review. You can follow @shelleypearsonwrites here on instagram and check out her blog at www.shelleypearsonwrites.com
Such a pretty spot for such a haunting read. 😱
Love a dark, disturbing, and twisty thriller with an ending that makes you say, “what just happened?!” Well, then go ahead and grab I Know Who You Are by @alicewriterland. I read Feeney’s first (Sometimes I Lie) earlier this year and then made everyone around me do the same so I could discuss it. The fact that I feel the same way after this one definitely means there was no sophomore slump for Feeney (this one might be even more dark and twisty). Basic premise: Aimee Sinclair is an actress who is just beginning to break out when she discusses divorce with her husband and then he disappears- leaving her as a suspect in his disappearance. Will Aimee’s carefully created world crumble or did it actually not ever really exist?
A quirky aside about the reader and the empath in me: I LOVE a thriller. And, yet, they also totally make me so anxious (when a character is about to make a bad decision or when they are in danger) that I have to take significant breaks while reading them to soothe my nerves (sometimes I have to max out on my library renewals just because of the breaks I need to take in order to recover from all the feelings that get stirred up). Do you have that type of visceral reaction when reading or other reading quirks? #RosieReads
Read this book aloud to Happy, and I was undone by the beauty and brilliance @kwamealexander has laid down on these pages. In gorgeous poetry that reverberates with rhythm, heart, and the intense reality of coming of age, Alexander poignantly tells the story of twin brothers whose connection- on the court and off- falters as life begins to change things. Happy and I laughed, gasped, shrieked, cried, and cheered together as we sped through these pages. Easily a favorite read of the year- for both of us. #RosieReads What middle grade or young adult books have you loved? PS- this is the ball that I use in HORSE to lose to Happy on the regular.
“It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble. An animal perfectly in harmony with its environment is a perfect mechanism. Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change. Only those animals partake of intelligence that have a huge variety of needs and dangers.” #hgwells#thetimemachine#bookstagram#bookporn#rosiereads
1 335 July, 2019
Not gonna lie, I totally judge a book by its cover and this cover had me all 😍 the moment I saw it. Not surprisingly, Queenie- the book and the protagonist- are just as fabulous as the cover. Queenie is a deep dive into black female identity, mental health issues and healing trauma, immigrant and first generation family dynamics, race and ethnicity (and the microaggressions and racism that people of color experience on the daily), and sexual identity. It is a modern and tender read, and I found myself not just loving (and caring deeply about) Queenie but also her loved ones. Bravo, @candicec_w. Have you read Queenie? Your thoughts (or suggestions for other great reads)? #RosieReads
The Bride Test is @hhoangwrites’s 2nd book (I posted about The Kiss Quotient a few months ago), and it is another delight. The Bride Test tells the story of Khai (a character introduced in TKQ) and Esme. When Khai’s mother decides he’ll never find a wife on his own, she visits Vietnam to find a woman who might be able to sweep him off his feet. Her choice is Esme, a mixed-race hotel maid who travels to the United States to meet Khai and try to win him over. But Esme and Khai both have private struggles (hers: believing in her worth, his: the belief that he cannot feel or love) that they must face before they run out of time. A sweet book with a tender and thoughtful rendering of both the autism spectrum and the immigrant experience, even the author’s note is a don’t miss. Have you read The Bride Test? What did you think? What are you reading and loving these days? #RosieReads
9 2718 June, 2019
Abandon all your senses and allow yourself the pleasure of becoming ensnared to the amazements that lie beneath the black and white tents of Le Cirque des Rêves! As the audience, you will discover that the circus serves as a veil of ensorcellment to sunder the iniquitous truth about it’s creation and purpose. A game is orchestrated between an adroit illusionist and a gifted agent of mental manipulations who are instructed (from their youth) that they exist solely to refine their talents to supreme perfection and to win. Win what, against who? Descry as they may, the eclipsed truth of their purpose eludes them and the climate of their lives, and the Circus, becomes inimical. Knowing this...will you still choose to become a Rêveur? #thenightcircus#thenightcircus 🎪 #thenightcircusreveurs#rosiereads#bookstagram#book#erinmorgenstern
2 2714 June, 2019
I attended a book swap this evening for the very first time here in Tokyo! I brought along with me three books that I had absolutely no plans to ever reread - and returned home with four new books to devour! Two of these were on my tbr list (Circe + The Devotion of Suspect X) so I’m feeling very contented and grateful right now ☺️❤️ (ft. Lil Thor)
If you have a Goodreads account or like reading - let’s connect! 📖 #bookstagram#book#circe#riversofblood#thedevotionofsuspectx#alltheplacesiveeverlived#rosiereads
0 2312 June, 2019
So thankful to have this precious book with me while traveling- it made me want to read non-stop when not working and I had the time to just savor and enjoy it. Things You Save in a Fire by @katherinecenter tells the story of a firefighter whose dealt with her share of trauma and grief by making herself as strong- physically and emotionally- as possible. When the past she has put so carefully behind her resurfaces, she has to find a new way of coping, relating, and healing. I especially loved the reminder to savor good things in the midst of life’s tragedies. This book releases in August (my dear friend who owns @mainstreetbooksdavidson got me a signed copy when she met Katherine at a booksellers event earlier this year. LUCKY ME!) but you can pre-order it (ideally from your local indie bookstore or call the good peeps at MSB and they’ll totally hook you up with a mailed copy when it releases). #RosieReads
18 1212 June, 2019
❤️ I have gifted this book to four women in my life. It’s full of relatable experiences and things that women rarely talk about because of the taboos attached to them. She addresses awkward situations with men at work, trials & traumas of dating, failed marriage, imposter syndrome, ivf & miscarriages. It’s refreshingly candid & you feel like you’re in conversation with a close friend.
We all, mostly, sing about our successes. Society deems celebrating success as acceptable but mentioning failure is often awkward and uncomfortable. But how do you get to success? The best things in life are often the hardest things. Failure is human. Highly recommend. 5/5 #rosiereads#bookstagram#book#reading@elizabday
1 4627 May, 2019
“The Lake” offers a more sinister flavor for those who are accustomed to Kawabata’s routine and customary employment of 物の哀れ. Follow Gimpei as he achingly recounts a somber past and finds fleeting solace in a dangerous obsession with stalking numerous women. Here you’ll find imaginary foot fungus colliding with an ugly truth about our world societies. “A secret, if it’s kept, can be sweet and comforting, but once it leaks out it can turn on you with a vengeance.” #bookstagram#book#thelake#kawabatayasunari#rosiereads
0 2627 May, 2019
The 2019-2020 books nominated for the Elliot Rosewater Award are now available to read in the library! There is something for everyone. Vote and help pick the winner! #rosiereads#carrollchargersread
“Evil Eye” by Madhuri Shekar had me gasping out loud between shouting advice to the characters. 💯 highly recommended especially because I love all forms of alternate storytelling so the format of phone calls and voicemails delighted me.
I cannot stop thinking about it. I feel like it’s haunting me. #rosiereads#rosiereviews#audiobooks#audioplay#evileye#madhurishekar
2 206 May, 2019
And now, like a complete hippy, I’m reading Mary Oliver in the woods.
It’s the first nice day we’ve had here in Wisconsin okay?? #rosiereads#maryoliver
0 274 May, 2019
Seeing a favorite book on the shelf at a bookstore feels like running into your best friend out and about in their own neighborhood. You have no reason to be surprised to see them there, but that jolt of joy and wonder and ‘I know you’ in that moment you recognize their face is something special. ‘I’ll give you the sun’ by Jandy Nelson is easily my favorite book I’ve read in the past year or more. I cannot recommend it highly enough #readlocal#indiebookstore#illgiveyouthesun#jandynelson#favoritebook#rosiereads
🌹 “Beautiful You” by Chuck Palahnuik. A mordant and jocular examination of society’s endless quest to satiate its unremitting appetite for pleasure. Witness as the worlds population of women succumb to a novel and untamed voracity of orgasm addiction. Now, one’s joie de vivre is defined only as long as the batteries last. 😏 A crude read - not for the lighthearted. #chuckpalahniuk#beautifulyou#literature#bookstagram#rosiereads
Oh, these essays. When @marylauraphilpott’s son declares, “I miss you when I blink,” she is struck not just by the tenderness of that sentence but the breadth and depth of its meaning. After all, sometimes the very person you find yourself missing is you. When Mary Laura realizes that might be true for her, she sets out to not just examine her life but rearrange it. Tender, funny, and honest, you’ll nod in recognition, pause to consider, and feel profound relief that you are not alone. And a fun fact: ML and I graduated from college together and, though I didn’t realize this until I got to This Guy (an essay in IMYWIB), I booked and organized the @hootieofficial 🐡concert (you can take the girl out of Columbia, SC but you cannot take Colatown out of the girl) where she first spotted the future father of her children. 😃 Charlotte/Davidson folks, come hear ML speak @mainstreetbooksdavidson on 4/9 at 7 pm. You won’t be disappointed. #RosieReads
The Qin introduced uniformity of measurements, script, and monetization of the economy. The highly meritocratic (as opposed to nobility by birth) society encourages of professionalism. The Qin also fans national identity through national service, promulgation of law and order, tax reforms, management of unemployment, and creation of passports.
In the state of Qin, salary and taxes are paid in cash, and nobody (including royalty) is exempted from law and order. The government is the only body that mints coins so well made so much so that forgeries are scarce. The king creates employment by giving farm land to every nucleus household and collects surprisingly reasonable tax from the produce.
The Qin places importance in urban planning, massive construction of road ways (highways) and waterways, both so sophisticated, that are still in use today. There is a highway leading from its capital Xianyang all the way to today's Inner Mongolia, and even one that stretches all the way to Nanhai (today's Guangdong).
They also built massive irrigation system, greatly improving agricultural cultivation. Again, the same irrigation network built by the Qin is still in use today.
Such a magnificent kingdom, the initiator of the Qin Dynasty, unifier of warring states. A kingdom of technological advancements, intellectual ideas, and effective governance.... yet too short lived.
Merely four years after the death of Qin Shih Huangdi (First Emperor of Qin), the Qin collapsed.
It leaves behind only blue print of effective and modern public policy for a land as big as China.
Well, and perhaps, the impressive terracotta warriors and mystery surrounding it :)
They’re here! 1 for me & 1 to pass around. How to you feel about anthologies? Personally I ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 them.
Found this one by way of @kevinthomascraig whose story “This is me in grade nine” appears in its pages and I can’t wait to read it!
To quote the review by @tianareadslgbt ... “The anthology is filled with gorgeous poems, two YA short stories, and beautiful artwork. The best thing about it is that all the proceeds go to the The Trevor Project! This anthology is so important for teens who might be facing internalized homophobia or body dysphoria! You can buy it and support a wonderful LGBT+ cause here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/http://www.lulu.com/shop/various-authors/loveislove-an-anthology-for-lgbtqia-teens/paperback/product-23966851.html”
What an exquisite, tender read. The Sun is Also A Star by @nicolayoon tells us the story of Natasha, an undocumented immigrant from Jamaica, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American, who meet by chance (or fate?) on the day Natasha is to be deported. Are they meant to fall in love? Or is “meant to be” just the precious hope of poets? The story unfolds in tightly written, beautiful chapters with alternating voices/perspectives/insights, carefully showing us the way things hold hands in the universe (even when we have no idea). The prologue (photo 2) is the perfect example of Yoon’s crisp, beautiful insight. First love, falling in love, immigration, first generation American, navigating parental expectations/disappointments/regrets and more. This book grabbed my heart and mind. #RosieReads
Last September at the @pflagmounthoreb book group I made a startling discovery: The movie ‘Love, Simon’ was based on the book, ‘Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda’.
Why did it take me so long to put it together? I blame mom-brain. My life was devoted in full to the tiny manuscript I was about to bring forth into the world. (In some ways I miss those days; when Charlie and Pip belonged only to me and Mina, and there was no worrying about how they were doing, if they were making friends, if the big scary world was going to be kind to them.)
Anyway. After making this discovery, @amylylesconnie lent me her copy and I finally picked it up yesterday and read 13 chapters in one sitting. I’m loving it.
But also...I can’t remember the last time I read a book after seeing its movie. Maybe Lord of the Rings when I was 15?? It’s a little disorienting, I keep catching myself thinking things like, ‘Wait, that’s not how it goes ... Wait, shut up, Rosie, the book came first, this is /exactly/ how it goes!’
I think books & movies are both valid forms of storytelling and I try not to get caught up in any games of moral superiority. They’re different forms; adaptation will always necessitate change. I still wish I’d read the book first so that I could be experiencing it as the author intended & enjoying the characters for who they are without feeling slightly jarred when there’s a disconnect from how a person or plot point was conveyed in the movie. Overall though I’m just happy to finally be reading it.
And, to be 100% honest, I’m reading it in large part because I /really/ want to read ‘Leah on the Offbeat.’
It’s another snow day here in SC Wisconsin so I’ll just be sitting here, drinking my tea & reading my book. A little later I might get really wild and do some writing. Cheers to all & don’t forget to enter the ‘Portrait of a Stranger!’ giveaway, link in bio 🏹
3 3212 February, 2019
Your grassland made my heart race. Your wildlife made my lips gasp. Your ethnic division made my anger flare. And when the desert swallowed the lush grassland, my tears stung.
New listen! I was totally grabbed by the premise but so far not swept away, though by no means disliking it. It may be too soon after finishing ‘Spinning Silver’, I may still be in mourning, and it’s a bit of dissonance to go from high fantasy to contemporary YA. Will report back... (also a review of Spinning Silver is definitely forthcoming) #amreading#amlistening#audiobooks#audiobookstagram#rosiereads#rosiereviews
When Aaron Falk is summoned to his old hometown after his childhood best friend and his family appear to die from a murder-suicide, it is not just this latest tragedy he must face. Falk left town years before- under great suspicion- after the death of another loved one. Now, heavy expectations keep him in the small Australian farming town to investigate what happened and it is not just the town’s dire circumstances that place him in danger. A well-crafted read from @janeharperauthor that deftly uses flashbacks to unfold the story, I also appreciated how the town itself was so palpable in the story that it was almost a character in its own right. #RosieReads
3 315 February, 2019
Though I am not really a hotel brekkie person, I am always happy to find tea bags and Nespresso in hotel rooms ♡ Give me an apple and a banana together with these, I am good to start the day!
“This crusade to fix herself was ending right now. She wasn’t broken. She saw and interacted with the world in a different way, but that was her. She could change her actions, change her words, change her appearance, but she couldn’t change the root of herself.“ @hhoangwrites /
The Kiss Quotient— what a delightful read! Stella Lane is a 30-year-old econometrician whose parents are ready for grandchildren. Stella’s single, hates sex, and prefers working all weekend to socializing. Her solution to her parents’ pressure? Hire an escort to school her. This one is sweet, sexy, and earnest with a great self-acceptance message (and I read it in a day). #RosieReads
With wisdom from @neilhimself and illustrations from @chris_riddell, Art Matters is an inspiring call to creative arms (or creative call to arms). A timely, direct read on why ideas, libraries, art and showing up on and to the page matter. Perfect for inspiring you when you need a push or as a gift for a reader, writer, artist, librarian, creative in your life. What have you read that has inspired you to keep moving forward on your journey? #RosieReads
If you like your thrillers super dark and twisty and want to finish the book and think, “I need to read this all over again,” then Sometimes I Lie is calling for you. It’s one you’ll be thinking about long after it is over. Have you read it? What are you reading right now? Any recommendations? #RosieReads . *** I’ll again be sharing books (including books that I read aloud to Happy that you might enjoy reading yourself or with your kids) I read and recommend this year under #RosieReads (and there are other RosieReads taggers so you might discover some other great books that way).
In the age of #MeToo , this could not have been a timelier read. I happened to read this the same week as the Kavanaugh hearings and was struck by how prescient @emilygiffinauthor was when she conceived this novel. In All We Ever Wanted, two parents navigate doing right by their child (and doing right may not always mean what one thinks it should mean) after one photograph alters everything. The depth and heart and tenderness of this book had me reading it with my hand over my open mouth, identifying with so much of what was happening and haunted by the echoes of the real-life hearings going on at the same time. Absorbing and thought-provoking. #RosieReads
9 365 December, 2018
Oh, this book, my soul. While it pummeled my empathetic heart, it also gave me hope. And I won’t forget this passage anytime soon: My life, I realized, had gone very wrong. Very, very wrong. I wasn’t supposed to live like this. No one was supposed to live like this. The problem was that I simply didn’t know how to make it right... I could not solve the puzzle of me. #RosieReads
Confession:: I was an adult before I ever read Dickens (and even so I haven’t READ I’ve listened), but there is honestly no greater introduction than Richard Armitage’s (yes, Thorin Oakenshield himself) performance. His narration is 👌🏻 and the story is 😭😍😱🤔😬😍 #audible#bookgirl#rosiereads
0 1118 September, 2018
We interrupt our regularly scheduled book posts to introduce Rosie, who has been interrupting my reading and writing since we adopted her on Saturday. 🤩🐕🐶🐾 It's worth it to see those ears perk up every time I come in the front door. 💕 #rosiereads
This was a case of the right book at the right time. I picked this book at just the right time for my heart. @katherinecenter’s How To Walk Away tells the story of how one woman puts her life back together after a plane crash (amazing that I read this book at all given my profound fear of flying). Lovely read with some important reminders for me (see photo 2 for the quote I wrote down to tape into my journal). Also, shout out to @heychookooloonks for so deftly capturing the author’s light in her back jacket photo. Love seeing my friends’ talents out in the world! #RosieReads
9 725 July, 2018
This book. Beautiful. My heart. Shattered. It starts on September 11th with two people meeting for the first time, witnessing the horror of that day side-by-side, and making promises to themselves that then impact the rest of their lives. It is about the incredible vortex that is created when you find a certain type of love and the choices you make- sometimes in spite of and sometimes because of that love. And it is about light and regret and hope. Bravo, @jillsantopolo. #RosieReads
8 6129 June, 2018
I’m still trying to catch my breath. 💆🏼 This book. 📚 It’s up there. Up there with the likes of Gilead, Till we have faces, and a Tree Grows in Brooklyn. 🌳 This book is working on changing my life, I can feel it. ❤️ Not only is the writing stunningly, hauntingly, and incredibly beautiful, it is reminding me why I am where I am. Why I initially chose archives in the first place (though I’m now a hop skip and a jump away from that beginning). Why I’m thinking of changing my name to Patricia. And why I value people and their history enough to preserve it. 🗄 (imagine a card catalog emoji in place of the filing cabinet) #theweightofink#rosiereads@rachelskadish
3 205 June, 2018
Are you a fan of true crime podcasts and who dunnit books? If so, you’ll enjoy Are You Sleeping by @katelizabee which is a riveting fusion of both. When a podcast launches to reconsider the murder of Josie’s father (a tragedy she has tried to escape with a move and a new identity), past pains and secrets inevitably surface. Incorporating podcast episodes, Twitter updates, and Reddit discussions, I really enjoyed the varied storytelling devices used in this mystery. #RosieReads