Unforgiven by Jay Crownover coming out February 25th!
Hill Gamble is a soulful Texas Ranger with an unrequited love for his deceased brother’s fiancée. Talk about family drama – am I right? Kody is a wild firecracker with trouble following her in spades – skating on the illegal edge. I was constantly trying to figure out how Crownover was going to clean up Kody’s shady side in order to keep Hill’s model good cop conscious satisfied. Jay masterfully weaved that needle without landing Kody on the wrong side of her shady sidekick – Shot. (OMG! Now that biker world will be a wild ride in Jay’s next book in the series – which can’t come SOON ENOUGH!) Full review in BIO --> Coming February 25th! Pre-Order Now!
Hello #bookstagram friends! 👋
I’ve been finding myself reading a lot of the same types of books over the last several months - mostly thrillers & historical fiction - I really think I need to switch things up so I don’t lose interest in these genres altogether.
So I’m looking to 𝕐𝕆𝕌 for some reading suggestions!
Ideally, I’m looking for a few really beautiful and memorable reads with complex & relatable characters that bring to life an engrossing and special narrative about the human experience.
“𝒴𝑜𝓊 𝓀𝓃𝑜𝓌 𝓎𝑜𝓊’𝓋𝑒 𝓇𝑒𝒶𝒹 𝒶 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝒹 𝒷𝑜𝑜𝓀 𝓌𝒽𝑒𝓃 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓉𝓊𝓇𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓁𝒶𝓈𝓉 𝓅𝒶𝑔𝑒 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒻𝑒𝑒𝓁 𝒶 𝓁𝒾𝓉𝓉𝓁𝑒 𝒶𝓈 𝓉𝒽𝑜𝓊𝑔𝒽 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝓁𝑜𝓈𝓉 𝒶 𝒻𝓇𝒾𝑒𝓃𝒹.” 💫 Paul Sweeney
I ❤️ Lisa Genova’s, Kate Morton’s and Jodi Picoult’s novels and count The Time Traveller’s Wife & Where the Crawdads Sing among a couple of my favourites.
On your mark... get set... GO! 📚
Mastering Memory—Techniques to Turn Your Brain From a Sieve to a Sponge
By Chester Santos (US Memory Champion)
Paperback, 144 pages, 2018.
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"𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑛𝑜𝑤𝑠"
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Happy #TropeStack Thursday! Celebrating #FindYourForeverTrope with @readforeverpub by sharing a stack of my favorite hate to love romances. 💕
Enemies to lovers always makes for a great storyline, in my opinion. I tend to eat these stories up! I love when I can feel the tension radiating off the page and follow along with the entertaining conversations these couples almost always have.
What are some of your favorite hate to love romances?
We met Cain in Book one and I knew it was going to be a good story from that. Mystery Hacker that you know was going to be good if he was friends with Tuck and Walker. Kenz we meet in the last book as Little J's new employee. They both have deep scars to deal with.
This I think was the best book yet, the setting is just so set, the side characters we know and love so well, you know there is going to be drama and danger but don't know when or who. The chemistry of these two was off the charts.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 stars
😱 1/5 scream
𝐌𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐬
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book for an honest review
Unfortunate this book is not for me.. I can see why it has the high ratings it has, but it just didn’t work for me. The story didn’t really appeal to me at all, and I didn’t really feel anything for the characters at all and about 50pages in, I found myself skimming It more than reading. I do think that the plot and the general storyline was interesting . I definitely think there’s an audience for this book - just not me
The cover on the other hand definitely gets 5stars
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I’m actually marking this book as a DNF for the year for my yearly goals
I find it really difficult writing “bad review” ... how do you feel about sorting a review when you just don’t like the book ?.
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Turning the last page of the book, in which I didn’t know, up until then, most of the names and even some words. Where sentences are so long that if you read out loud, you need to pause in the middle for a breath. And the ideas are at times hard to follow. But it is such a beautifully written book. A two-page description of a mallard’s plumage reads like a thriller, and the description of one chord in a Wagner’s opera can’t be more revealing and fascinating. These eye-widening surprises happen throughout the book. Everything is heart-felt and mind-observed.
Not a page turner still, but a slow and steady pleasure of reading and relating.
And as you read on, you understand that the author’s amazement at this world will never be overcome by the knowledge about it.
Like a classic music piece, the book starts and ends with the same theme - it might be the survival of the beautiful, not of the fittest, at the core of our evolution. With so much explored in between the first and the last page about our emotions and minds, art and science. “Without thinking or knowing, the peacock knows he is nothing without his tail.” (I can’t help smiling at that :) )
“Life is beautiful as it lives and endures, not needing to question whether it could have taken another path.” Beautiful book.
Survival of the Beautiful, by David Rothenberg @d.rothenb #booklover#bookworm#naturelover#bookclub#bookreview#bookreviewer#pages#page#evolution#nature#naturephilosophy#myfavoritebook#reading#read#davidrothenberg
0 51 hour ago
Open. Sniff. Read.
QOTD: do you subscribe to any bookish boxes? -
I have been a member of the @bookofthemonth club for over a year. It’s been a game changer!! I look forward to those little blue boxes of love each month. But recently, I added another little gem to my monthly subscriptions. -
This box is from @inkandtwine_bookco I love these boxes so much! Every month, along with a new book I receive other bookish goodies like candles, mugs, bookmarks, socks and chapstick. I chose to use @inkandtwine_bookco over some other corporate companies because 1) this is a women owned business 👊🏻 2) they support other small businesses so the items inside are always unique and locally sourced by creatives a 3) you can choose the genre you receive (fantasy, contemporary, YA) and finally, and the best one, is 4) each month they support an organization that gives back. So you know with each purchase you are making a small difference in the world!! -
The Illustrated Letters of Jane Austen is a wonderful and delightful read for anyone who loves regency era history and novels! Lots of historical facts, lovely illustrations and the letters Jane wrote to her friends and family members gives you a good look into the type of woman Austen was. A great add to my library!
It’s nearing the end of another week and I can pleasingly say I’m booked with books! It seems at the moment a bunch of new novels by my favorite authors suddenly released all at the same time making me both very excited and a bit overwhelmed. But I’d rather have a book flood than a book drought!
2 132 hours ago
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
Cilka's journey is the prequel to the Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris. It follows our main Character Cilka, and her experiences in a concentration camp.
I absolutely loved this book! It drew me in from the first page and had me highly invested in the characters. I loved the writing style and the way it educates the reader about the awful reality of concentration camps in such an enjoyable way.
This is the kind of book that you will not want to put down. This is one of the best books I'v ever read and woukd love for @heathermorris to continue on with these books!!
In summery I highly enjoyed these books, and the insight it gives readers. Highly recommend!
so proud of my little peanut 🤗❤📚 . reading @bob_books
he is only 5yrs old and loves reading books so much, and it helps me encourage his little siblings to lov reading books. it makes me so so happy just listening at him reading the books 😍🙏❤ .
@bob_books has wonderful books that my kiddos would love to read more. I showed them how many books @bob_books
has to offer for little readers to read more books, so much fun to learn. he say, "😱 wow! mommy I want all of them so I can read all @bob_books books please 🤓📚" now, my 3yrs old daughter and 2yrs old son wants to read books, 😱 @bob_books my kiddos just fell in love with your books ❤😁🤗 thank you so much.
at what age your little one started reading books?
👀👀👀 ooh look! Any fans of @michelle.paver’s Wolf Brother series? Viper’s Daughter - publishing April 2020 - is the first new addition to the series in over 10 years! It’s book 7 in the hugely popular prehistoric fantasy series, but can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone.
Many thanks @_zephyrbooks for my #gifted copy.
More info from the publisher: A boy. A wolf. The legend lives on.
Viper's Daughter is the seventh book in the award-winning series that began with Wolf Brother, selling over 3 million copies in 36 territories. Like them it can be read as a standalone story.
For two summers Torak and Renn have been living in the Forest with their faithful pack-brother, Wolf. But their happiness is shattered when Renn realizes Torak is in danger – and she's the threat.
When she mysteriously disappears, Torak and Wolf brave the Far North to find her. At the mercy of the Sea Mother and haunted by ravenous ice bears, their quest leads them to the Edge of the World. There they must face an enemy more evil than any they've encountered.
Viper's Daughter plunges you back into the Stone-Age world of Torak, Renn and Wolf: a world of demons, Hidden People and exhilarating adventure which has entranced millions of readers.
Thank you @fiercereads!!! I can’t wait to dig into these titles!!!
📚💖 QOTD: what are some of your most highly anticipated releases for 2020?!
Normally I do a bunch of research and compile a massive list of upcoming titles ! ... but somehow, I missed out on that this year!! I feel like I have no idea what’s coming out over the rest of 2020.
7 253 hours ago
This was such an emotional, engrossing, and character driven story. A cautionary tale of how with every action we take in our lives we really need to think about what kind of ramifications we can expect to get back in return. A Good Neighborhood was written in a unique style in which the reader gets to read the story from the first person view, where the first person is WE, a.k.a. the Neighborhood. I think this is a first novel that I have read where an author uses this style and I wasn’t sure if it will work for me. Honestly, I was struggling at the beginning and I almost stopped reading; however, the author’s promise of a “tragedy” hitting the neighborhood kept me going. And I am so happy I did! This book turned out to be EXCEPTIONAL! Why? Because it made me feel. It made me anxious and uncomfortable. It made me gasp and it sent my heart racing, and I could not stop thinking and having feelings about it long time after turning the last page. .
I definitely recommend this book to anyone that can appreciate a unique writing style, well-developed characters, including ones that are very unlikable, and is ready to get emotional and heartbroken. .
Thank you Edelweiss, @stmartinspress , and the author for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
24 773 hours ago
Title: No Bad Deed
Author: Heather Chavez @iamhrchavez
Publisher: William Morrow - Penguin Random House @williammorrowbooks@penguinrandomhouse
Publication Date: February 18th, 2020
Synopsis: Cassie Larkin has a problem: she was on her way home from work when Cassie helped a woman whom she saw on the side of the road being attacked by a man. As the three of them struggled for control, the man made an offer: Let her die, and I’ll let you live. When Cassie refused the man ran off with her van. And her purse.
Cassie calls the police and is able to identify the man right away. The police then inform her the man is a violent criminal they for whom they had already been looking. And now this same man had access to all of her information: her name, address, kids’ names, husband, where she works. He now also had a motive to come after her.
Cassie tries to put it all out of her mind until her husband goes missing the next day while trick-or-treating with their daughter, which happens to be Halloween. Cassie does not know what to think, though, as she begins to get eerie text messages from him.
I need time.
Cassie had felt her husband slipping away of late, but was she imagining things? The police are not helping, so she decides to do some detective work herself. But, the deeper Cassie digs, the more dirty the secrets become. It turns out her good deed could cost her everything. Can she look beyond the shroud surrounding her family and rescue them? Or is it too late for heroics?
There can be no doubt about it: Cassie is in for the fight of her life and must save her family – in more ways than one.
Review: No Bad Deed is Heather Chavez’ first published novel, and what a debut it is! This book grabbed hold of me from the first sentence and took me for a wild ride, not letting go until the very last line. It tells a story so thrilling and twisted I could not put it down, no matter how hard I tried. (Not that I wanted to, but the body cannot sustain on book alone). Highly recommended for fans of the mystery/thriller genre.
Full review up at FanFiAddict.com.
10 203 hours ago
Expressive Sketchbooks shares a host of creative ideas and prompts, tools and techniques, methods for working around obstacles and barriers, and tons of visual inspiration to help you grow in your sketchbooking practice.
An expressive sketchbook is a place for you to explore, express, and enjoy your own innate creativity on your own terms. It is a safe playground for the imagination—a place to mess about, play, and experiment—and to gain confidence in your abilities as you develop your skills.
Expressive Sketchbooks offers techniques and creative exercises that incorporate mark making, watercolor and mixed media, collage, words and text, and more. Take your skills outdoors to capture the world around you, learn how to use a viewfinder, select a view, work with the rule of thirds, explore space and perspective, and much more. It also unpacks some of the obstacles and barriers that you may face along the way and help you decide why and how to start your sketchbook to meet your personal goals.
Only about 100 and odd pages into this one, but this series has quickly become one of my favorites. Despite the hype, and the VERY low expectations I put on myself when I first picked up Throne of Glass, this series has become one of my favorites of the year. Is it too early to say that? 👀 It’s only February and this is only book 2/7...but heck. Sarah J Maas’s books just has that grasp on my soul!
💭When do you usually determine if a book series will be your new favorite? Book one, three, seven? 💭 tell me in the comments 🖤
I've been in a reading slump lately, nothing was catching my interest. This book was on my kindle for a while now. Thought I'd try it and I'm so glad I did!! Needless to say, I will be reading this entire series. Because I want to know what happens to all the Omegas and Alphas.
All her life Kat lived in nature. Always on the run from infected and wolf shifters. Then she is caught after trying to take down a food truck. Only she isn't killed, she is taken back to the X-Clan to be turned into a wolf, only she doesn't know it yet. Elias, second in command for the X-Clan decides her fate. Then Ander Cain decides the next step for her when she is revealed as an Omega. She has NO choice in her life anymore and that doesn't work for Kat. Ander's half claims her as his, helps her thru her heat and impregnates her. Then leaves her high and dry. He doesn't want her? He just wants to control her. She needs to survive for the baby. She needs to survive for herself and escape.
Ander is so happy to have an omega. An omega just for him. He can't lose sight of his pack, but he needs to do his duty to his Omega. He needs to give her his knot, so she can breed and carry a pup. His pup. His Omega has a temper and needs to learn her place. He will teach her what it means to submit or be denied. Only after he breaks her, does he realize what he's done. The shell of a woman is not the spitfire he fell in love with. Anders will do anything to get her back! Anything. Even let her go outside to run as a wolf. What happens when push comes to shove and another Alpha wants to claim Kat because Anders didn't bother to yet? Will she let another mount her? Will she accept another Alpha? NO!
🖤 𝐓𝐇𝐔𝐑𝐒𝐃𝐀𝐘 🖤
Be honest: how many books do you have on your nightstand?
I actually only have two- but four looked better for photo purposes 🙃😬
41 1803 hours ago
ALL I ASK, a breathtaking new story about first love, second chances, and starting over from New York Times Bestselling Author Corinne Michaels, releases on March 17th. The feels are coming—and I’ve got a new teaser to tide you over! (Link in bio.) ~Danielle
From the New York Times bestselling author of One Last Time comes a breathtaking story about first love, second chances, and starting over.
Teagan Berkley is trying her best. A single mom raising a precocious teen, she may have given up on her dreams, but she’s accepted her life in her small beachside hometown. Now the one person who abandoned her when she needed him the most has returned, bringing back memories of what might have been.
Derek Hartz arrives in town with a teenage daughter–and he’s full of guilt over his failed marriage and the way he ended his friendship with Teagan. He’s determined to set things right with her, but first he needs to gain her trust. Something he’s not convinced he deserves.
Have you read a synopsis and gone OMG can’t wait to read this?! Because phrases like “razor-sharp edge mystery” or “secrets til the very end” have you switching from sweatpants into jeans so you can head to B&N to get a copy?!
Well, that’s the anticipation that was built with this one. And, unfortunately, it ended up being a 2.75 star ⭐️ read. 😬
LET ME EXPLAINSSSS... 💁🏻♀️
I’m not here to bash any books or authors. But I do think some “realistic” expectations need to be set when writing these synopses and genre labeling!
When a book is labeled a murder mystery or mysterious thriller, I’m not going into it expecting 80% of it to be about feelings. But this was all emotion, all inner monologues, and all “should I or shouldn’t I” hypotheticals. Which made this mystery book a buzzkill to read.
And because I was annoyed with all this emotion, then I found all the twists and turns to be melodramatic. It just didn’t bowed 😒
So after I finished, I went back and read the synopsis again. Here’s my beef - realistic words need to be used. All these big and bold terms tell my brain that I’m gonna be UTTERLY SHOCKED. And I get it, it’s a marketing ploy. But then you end up with reviews like this and unfavorable ratings.
If this book were labeled a domestic drama, I probably would have given it a 3.5 rating. But I’m going off of my expectations; and ALAS, I stand by my 2.75 stars. 🤷🏻♀️
Your turn: what’s a book that didn’t live up to its hype or synopsis?
The first thing that I noticed while reading Tara Westover’s Educated was that although she grew up in the same generation as ours, her experiences growing up were so different that they seem more like that of a girl who was born a hundred years ago.
In her heart-wrenching story, Tara talks about growing up on the mountains in Idaho with a survivalist family who do not believe in any system run by the government - not the schools, not the hospitals, not in vaccinations or birth certificates, not even the judiciary system. She is the youngest of seven siblings in her family. She grew up with a bipolar, survivalist, religious father who had narrow patriarchal beliefs and was the person who called the shots in the family, a mother who solemnly agreed with everything her husband said, an older brother who brutally abused her physically on multiple occasions while her parents turned a blind eye, and other siblings who were supportive but not around for the most part. Her tumultuous journey that starts with her being a little girl who does not even know what a school looks like to that of someone who goes all the way to get a PhD is engrossing to say the least.
If you haven’t read this book yet, it’s a definite recommendation!
The Life You Stole - @authorjeweleann
Overall Rating - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+
I started this book one morning at around 3am when I couldn’t sleep and thought I’d maybe get an hour reading in. I was so wrong and I found myself unable to put this book down, my heart racing with the anticipation while I devoured it.
After the heart clutching cliffhanger from book one, I couldn’t wait to get started on the conclusion of this duet and I was so not ready for everything this book threw at me, in one word, it’s was phenomenal.
The book picks up right where book one ended and the heart wrenching and angst journey begins. I don’t want to give to much away as I think this read is one you should go into blind to experience it fully so I hope my review doesn’t jump too much.
Ronin is still plagued with the pain and agony that Lila is in and is trying his best to love his family and carry on but his link to Lila is so strong and starts to complicate things. Like book one, I had some suspicious of where the story was going to go, but I did not expect that.
Although book one builds the four main characters, this book gives us more of them and a POV from everyone, although mainly Evie and Ronin.
What I loved most were Evie and Ronin, they were just perfect. Yes, their marriage had secrets but I felt every ounce of their love for each other and when they hurt, I was hurting, there were times I had to put my kindle down for a few minutes just so I could process my thoughts at what was happening to them.
I highly recommend this duet and is definitely a top read of 2020 for me. The story pulls you in with the love between Evie and Ronin and drives you crazy with the psychological thriller that it turns out to be. Beware, there will be points where you will hate everyone with the choices they make, but ultimately surrender to the genius that this story is and the emotions it will make you feel. A MUST read!
ARC received for an honest review - thank you
POV - Multiple
Hero - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+
Heroine - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Story - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+
Angst - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+
Steam - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Chemistry - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
2 194 hours ago
Book: Chase your Life Dreams💭
Author : Alka Dixit
Genre: Self Help Book 🌠Do you believe thoughts play vital role in our life situation??🤔. Chase your life dreams is a guide to choosing the right, positive thoughts over the negative ones, to find the true purpose of your life, to create your own destiny, and to lead a meaningful and joyous life. Positive and negative thoughts can make or ruin your life.
Book is divided into 3 parts where Part A discusses how to train your mind, Part B encourages us to face the storm and Part C urges us to chase our life. Each part has its own chapters and few exercises that will help you for better understanding
Chapters have few bulleted points so as the reader may recollect these positive points if he faces any difficult situation. 🌠In order to connect with readers author has also narrated few incidents of her own life. 🌠I liked the cover of the book which subtle and serene apt with the title
Good writing and explanation with lots of charts ,exercises ,
Overall a good read and Recommended one😊🌟
1 157 hours ago
🤍 T~H~U~R~S~D~A~Y🤍📖 Hey loves !
First off OMG thank you for over #900followers • Secondly -I have a new review for you • Big thanks to ((( partner ))))@minotaur_books for this #gifted copy. This book is already out and here’s what I have to say about “ Into The Fire “ It’s a slow in some area though and I thought that some parts wasn’t really necessary but overall I’m
Not an author I am simply a reviewer but I totally recommend this book to anyone who wants a thrill .
it’s a - 5/5 •This is my first book from this author , Gregg has talent it’s quite easy to see that as he takes his readers on an action packed thrilling adventure. As we are introduced to this book , we’re already being brought smack dab into a chilling scene where a man is struggling for his life ( Grant ) In fact several folks are killed throughout this book good folks and bad folks. All because one mans life is the life truly at sake and that needs to be save. His cousin was the one who got killed first and is the reason why he’s in the complicated situation he’s in. Max is fighting for his literally every move his makes , every people he’s meeting. We meet another protagonist Evan who has one duty to protect MAX and do whatever it takes .
Evan and Max become best friends , At one point even Evan is caught in a pickle where he is struggling and trying to fight who he thought was the professional killer , but even though he thought him
And max was safe ... it’s not over . If you like action , thrills and drama and a little
Complication. This book and author is for YOU , The ending has me to believe that this book is NOT the last of this series. That ending has potential to extend the series to at least one book. #bookstagram#review#reviews#igreads#booklover#bibliophile#booknerd#bookworm#bookaddict#900followers#bookstagrammer#likeforlikes#like4likes#likeforlikeback#bookobsessed#bookish#bookreviewer#recommendedreading#reading#recommended#booksbooksbooks#booksofinstagram#instadaily#instagood#instalike#influencer#minotaurbooks
30 7620 hours ago
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• Book Review• ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I could not put this book down! It was the perfect thriller with a haunted motel, a girl running the night-shift, a creepy town where people go missing, and ghosts. I loved everything about the new book by Simon St. James. This was my first time reading anything from this author and she did not disappoint!! I know I'll be adding her other books to my tbr list. Thank you to @netgalley and @berkleypub for allowing me to read this early readers’ copy for an honest review. In 1982 Viv Delaney takes her life savings and runs away from her newly single mother and younger sister with the idea of going to New York to become an actress. She wasn't the type to want to stay in the small town of Grishma all her life like her perfect younger sister. She doesn't get very far and ends up in Fell, New York and working as a night-shift clerk at the local Sun Down Motel. While working there strange things began to happen like the smell of smoke in the office room at 3 am and then it disappearing, an anguished women appearing in front of her car and telling her to run, someone pushing her after locking her in a room, etc. She knows something has happened at the motel and is determined to figure it out to save the ghost that are still there. Also told in Viv’s nieces POV in 2017. Carly has heard all her life of her mother's older sister who had gone missing in 1982 and the local authority's never finding a body or closing up the case. Her mother had said that Vivian wasn't missing and she was dead whenever she asked as a child about her aunt. Carly has followed mystery's all her life and with the passing of her mother recently from cancer she realizes that life is to short and she has always wanted to find out what actually happened to her aunt Vivian all those years ago. So she takes time off from college and goes to Fell, New York looking for answers. Upon arriving in the small town she begins also working as a night-shift clerk at the Sun Down after seeing that they are hiring. The motel hardly has any visitors and is run down and outdated. * Read the rest of my review on Goodreads!*
24 12012 February, 2020
A lil’ reading update for ya! ( #gifted@scribnerbooks@atriabooks@booksparks) I’ve not been fantastic at keeping you all abreast of my recent reads, but today I’m fixing that! I finished Twice in a Blue Moon (4 shining stars - I LOVED) + Amnesty (a high 3 stars) this week, started + am loving In Five Years, + will be picking up The Tattooist of Auschwitz next for my work book club! So there ya have it, friends - my current reading life ✌🏼
How’s your reading sitch? What are you reading + loving lately?
24 76719 February, 2020
❝i say let the world go to hell, but i should always have my tea.❞
— fyodor dostoevsky
what is something that you simply cannot live without?
i can’t imagine a life without hot, caffeinated beverages, my husband’s smile, sunsets, fresh herbs, sweet & buttery desserts, my dog’s hugs, horror films, my cat’s small meow, heart-stirring music, advice from a good friend, or breakfast food.
& books, always.
41 1,24319 February, 2020
Pretending this is what I am doing right now. 2020 has been a blur so far. I feel like I’ve hardly had a moment to slow down, so finding time to read has been quite difficult!
This year I am:
Working full time + overtime
Coaching 4 different hockey programs
The Co-Maid of Honour in 2 weddings
I could use some serious tips on how to make the most of my “me time”. Lately that’s just meant staying up too late to catch up on reading or journaling. On the bright side our next meet up in almost a week away on March 3rd!
Thank you @fitzcarraldoeditions for gifting me an ARC of Annie Ernaux’s latest autobiographic piece of work to review! Those of you who know my reading tastes will know that non fiction scares me, but Ernaux is the only author whose work I will pick up without hesitation, knowing it’s all non fiction. 😍
I don’t know an author who chooses their words as carefully as Ernaux. You can sense that every word, every phrase, every sentence has been meticulously chosen to represent that episode in her life as accurately and honestly as possible. And obviously, as Ernaux chooses each word with care, so must the translator take equal care. Alison L Strayer is more than up to the task. I feel like I can SENSE the effort she’s put into reproducing Ernaux’s thoughtful phrasing, even more so than with other translated works. Don’t ask me why, I just sense it 😂
Ernaux isn’t interested in portraying a romanticised version of her life. She simply wants to lay bare what she lived and make some sense of it. But she also reminds us how our memories can play tricks on us, altering the way we remember certain episodes in our lives. Can we ever have a truly non-biased and accurate memory? How does time distort our perception of what happened 10, 20, 50 years ago?
I realise now I’ve got quite far in my review without any mention of what she’s writing about 😂 In A Girl’s Story Ernaux recounts her first night spent with a man and the events that unravel from that, including her experience with bulimia. As ever, it’s unflinchingly honest and I admire her for putting so much of her life down on paper, so that other people might realise they are not alone in their experiences.
Somehow she makes the intensely personal seem universal. There is some of the juxtaposition between personal and political, but nowhere near as heavily as in The Years, nor is it as searingly intimate as Happening. It sits somewhere in the middle, and for that reason I haven’t rated it as highly as those two, but it is still an excellent piece of writing.