Science fiction isn’t something I read very often, but as part of the #readharderchallenge , I wanted to stretch myself. And I am so glad I did!! It’s a retelling of Cinderella, set in the future. There are androids, cyborgs, magic, political intrigue, a forbidden love story and a kick-ass female protagonist. I couldn’t put this book down! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Quotes from Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto 💛
"Why is it we have so little choice? We live like the lowliest worms. Always defeated -- defeated we make dinner, we eat, we sleep. Everyone we love is dying. Still, to cease living is unacceptable."
"I realized that the world did not exist for my benefit. It followed that the ratio of pleasant and unpleasant things around me would not change. It wasn't up to me. It was clear that the best thing to do was to adopt a sort of muddled cheerfulness."
"Those women lived their lives happily. They had been taught, probably by caring parents, not to exceed the boundaries of their happiness regardless of what they were doing. But therefore they could never know real joy... What I mean by 'their happiness' is living a life untouched as much as possible by the knowledge that we are really, all of us, alone. That's not a bad thing."
"I had come to understand that despair does not necessarily result in annihilation, that one can go on as usual in spite of it, I had become hardened. Was that what it means to be an adult, to live with ugly ambiguities? I didn't like it, but it made it easier to go on."
Lately I've been living off of fire noodles and Japanese literature. Both are painful yet wonderful. 😂🔥😋❤️
I have been in a reading rut for the past two months and with 11 books remaining to finish my #goodreadschallenge this year, I thought it was about time I got back to reading so today I went to the library and picked up these 5 books. The return deadline is 11th September so I’m hoping to get stuck in. #goodreads#librarybooks#readingtime#goodreads @goodreads
I've been getting more comfortable with dnfing books as of late. Before I would just push through a book I am just not liking just for the sake of finishing it. Now I'm like I have so many books I want to get to why keep reading something that just isn't doing it for me. Just sucks when said book is something you've been wanting to read and it just doesn't measure ip to your expectations. Oh well
Do you guys dnf books no problem or force yourself to push through it?
“He’s twelve years old, and this summer he learns that people will always choose a simple lie over a complicated truth, because the lie has one unbeatable advantage: the truth always has to stick to what actually happened, whereas the lie just has to be easy to believe.”
If you read my review of Beartown you know that I had very mixed feelings about it, and found it hard to process them. I almost didn’t read Us Against You because I wasn’t sure if it would be more of the same. It turns out that I’m glad I decided to read it!
Where Beartown felt like a primer in toxic masculinity and the scariest aspects of being female for those not living that experience, Us Against You felt more hopeful, demonstrating the ways communities can start to claw their way out of that abyss.
Backman’s writing style is very much the omnipotent, all-knowing narrator which is charming when paired with his lighter fare, but with the darker subject matter of his Beartown books it comes across as dark and foreboding. It almost feels as if Backman is toying with us the same way the politician expertly plays everyone in Beartown and Hed, as if they’re merely pieces on a chess board, existing to get him a win.
The beginning of Us Against You feels inescapably hopeless, I think due to Backman trying to communicate what life in a very small town can feel like to Beartown’s residents. But like any great sports movie, once the stage is set there are amazing moments of hope, community, and heart that had me crying, and flashes of suspense as intense as a close hockey game.
Us Against You demonstrates the potential of a community that has learned that sometimes it takes seeing the worst humanity has to offer for others to step up and show their best. It exhibits people’s power to heal and encourage hope in their communities equally through tiny, anonymous gestures, and the grand, sweeping movements. This book is equal parts dark and haunting & bright and hopeful, completely salvaging, and elevating the series for me!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! #TheBankersWife was perhaps one of the easiest reads I’ve had this summer. Full of scandal and suspense, it was hard to put it down!
Anna, young wife of a prominent banker, finds herself widowed unexpectedly after her husband died in a plane crash....or does he? Full of intersecting stories and twists, Anna must find out the truth behind her husband’s accident and what led him to be in a plane so far from her in the first place.
The weather has been stormy and moody, which has totally put me in a spooky reading mood. This year, I’ve decided to stack my TBR with some middle grade spooky reads so I can give recommendations, so I’m starting Wait Till Helen Comes. It looks delightfully frightful.
2018 Book 242: Broken Girls was an interesting mix of an investigative thriller and ghost story. It was a thoroughly compelling premise which kept a decent pace and balance between the modern day storyline and the 1950's. Until the end when it dissolved into a clunky mess and pretty much dismantled all the good work that came before.
I wish that there had been more about the school and Mary Hand, because that's where St. James story really shines. I feel like we only got a taste of life there and the girls were given just enough depth to make us care and not much more in a time with multiple mysteries that were so much more interesting. Instead, we get more of the modern day reporter haunted by tragic past that I've read before and could care less about. .
Still, until the last third of the book I was invested, which made the heavy handed, long winded explanative conclusion to what amounted to a highly ridiculous, semi-pointless, far-reaching plan of "female wiles" that I almost felt insulted by. The characters should've felt insulted by their nature. But I suppose this is a case of self-sacrifice and turning expectations in their favor, to fit their purpose, in a time when their wasn't much else to be done. Bullshit. I was disappointed in these characters who were capable of more. Much more.
Hard boiled Wonderland and the end of the world.
--------------------------------- I am not sure how to explain this book. Its a fantasy book in the most simplistic way. You can also consider it a science fiction and a detective story.
If you like Unicorns, Dreamcatchers and other mythical stuffs, you probably would like this. Also, this one has lots of skull.
I really didn't get intrigued by the story but the writing was jaw-dropping.
Can't wait to read Kafta😅
🙋🏻♂️is here. These are my library books I picked out. Well my Mama💁🏼♀️picked out a few. Already read the Star Wars one and give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. It was a good book and there are some pictures. The book took place around the time the ‘First Order’ started. I haven’t found too many books about this and it’s one of my favorite parts of Star Wars. Good read! I read it in 2 days! 📚👍🏻💙 #bookstagram#lovepubliclibraries#summerreading#librarybooks