Showing posts from March, 2019

audiobook thoughts: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The backstory:  I bought this audiobook in 2014 when it was a Daily Deal, but like so many of the Daily Deals I buy, it never rose to the top of my audiobook TBR. On Litsy, CareBear hosted a low stakes read-a-long: read the book in February and discuss it at the end of the month. I'm so glad that I read this book but also that I had people to discuss it with because there is SO MUCH to discuss. The basics: This novel is set in a country house West Hall, Vermont in 1908 and the present day. The town has had quite a few strange disappearances and deaths over the years. In 1908, Sarah Harrison Shea, who is struggling with the death of her daughter, Gertie, and writing in a diary. Her husband and doctor confuse her grief with psychosis. In present day, 19-year-old Ruthie and her little sister Fawn live in Sarah's house, and their mother is missing. When looking for clues, they find Sarah's diary. My thoughts: If I'm being honest, if I knew I was reading a paranormal gho

A Love Letter to Daisy Jones & the Six

Dear Taylor Jenkins Reid, I'm so glad Daisy's publication day is here and the world will get to enjoy it. I was lucky enough to get a galley of it last June and instead of saving it , I read it compulsively in a single day. I had high expectations, as The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo  was my favorite read of 2017 . I've been recommending it to a lot of people the past two years. And since June, I've been saying, "you read Evelyn Hugo , right? Her new book is even better. Pre-order it." I did too. I pre-ordered the audiobook because the cast is incredible: Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, Pablo Schreiber, and more. I also chose it as my Book of the Month because I want a hardcover copy. I'm in good company, as Reese Witherspoon   picked it for the Hello Sunshine book clu b this month. Plus she's making my dreams come true and making it a tv show . Daisy Jones & the Six  is a book I want to read and listen to over and over and over.

The 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist: A U.S. Reader's Guide

After writing this post for seven years in a row, apparently I took last year off, but I'm back with my thoughts on a very U.S.-friendly and number of pages-friendly 16-book longlist filled with many novels from my TBR and a few I hadn't heard of that sound really interesting. The hardest part: deciding which one to read first. The Ones Available in the U.S. Now The Silence of the Girls  by Pat Barker My Sister, The Serial Killer  by Oyinkan Braithwaite The Pisces  by Melissa Broder Milkman by Anna Burns Freshwater  by Akwaeke Emezi Ordinary People  by Diana Evans An American Marriage  by Tayari Jones Number One Chinese Restaurant  by Lillian Li Bottled Goods  by Sophie van Llewyn Lost Children Archive  by Valeria Luiselli Praise Songs for the Butterflies  by Bernice L. McFadden Circe  by Madeline Miller Ghost Wall  by Sarah Moss The One Coming to the U.S. Soon Normal People  by Sally Rooney (coming April 16, 2019) The Ones We Hope Make Their Way to t