Friday 56, #28

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here is my contribution

I am a huge fan of the Brontë sisters, so I’m looking forward to To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters airing on PBS Masterpiece on Sunday evening here in the States. So to celebrate my love of the Brontës I’m planning to focus a number of blog posts for the next few weeks on their novels. Are you a fan of the Brontës? Are you looking forward to watching To Walk Invisible? Or have you already seen it? If so, what did you think of it? Be sure to let me know in the comments below

Friday 56, #27

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

My contribution:

 

Have you read this book?  What do you think of this excerpt? Would you read this book, if you haven’t already? Let me know in the comments below.  And Don’t forget to leave your link below so I can visit your blog. Happy Reading!

 

 

Quickie Review of The Girls

Author: Emma Cline

Published: June 14, 2016 by Random House

Length: 368 pages

Genre: Fiction, Thriller

Source: Library eBook

My rating: 4 1/2 stars

From GoodReads:

The GirlsNorthern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted.

There seems to be a theme in my reading choices in the last couple of months. For whatever reason cults and women’s experiences in cults are really interesting to me right now. The last book I reviewed, Troublemaker, is the true life story of Leah Remini and Scientology. This novel is a fictionalized story of a Manson style cult in the late ’60’s. The story is framed by the adult Evie remembering the events of that summer while staying at a friends isolated cabin in Northern California. She is joined by the friend’s son and his girlfriend which causes her to remember the events of that summer when as a fourteen year old girl she joined the cult.

This novel is intriguing, interesting, and disturbing. I felt a sense of menace and unease as I read the book. So if you are looking for a comforting read, The Girls is not it. So many books that feature women lately have featured women who are unlikable and do awful things. This novel fits into that Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train vibe. But it’s not a mystery or a thriller that needs to be solved. Anyone who is familiar with the Manson cult activities will know what happens in the story. What is different and interesting for me is the relationship between the girls in the cult. How they interact. Why they stay. Russell, the thinly veiled Manson figure, is less important in this story. Evie and Suzanne complicated connection is much more interesting. What is Evie looking for from Suzanne?

“I waited to be told what was good about me. I wondered later if this was why there were so many more women than men at the ranch. All that time I had spent readying myself, the articles had taught me life was really just a waiting room until someone noticed you–the boys had spent time becoming themselves.”

And Evie is seen by Suzanne. I like how this story explores how girls do interact and acknowledge each other. It reminds me of how difficult it is to be a girl in this world. The cult, and more specifically, Suzanne give Evie what she needs as a young girl. And this made me so uncomfortable as a reader because I knew what was coming. And Suzanne’s menace is frightening too. It’s not often that women in a novel are just as menacing as the men. And rather than being fascinated by the bad boy or even Russell, Evie is drawn to the bad girl. The toxic stew of girl crushes, menace, and desire for acknowledgement makes this a fascinating read for me.

But the scenes that take place in the current day are less pleasing. I don’t enjoy reading about the teen characters that show up and prompt Evie’s remembrances. I don’t really like how Evie relates and behaves with those teens. And the ending is frustrating.

Would I recommend it? Yes. If you are interested in female characters behaving badly, cults, and girls struggling  with coming of age then you will probably enjoy this book. I think it will end up in my top ten books of the year.

One more of my favorite lines from the book:

“I knew just being a girl in the world handicapped your ability to believe yourself.”

Have you read The Girls? What did you think of it? Are you planning to read it? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Friday 56, #26

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here’s my contribution: 

Have you read this book?  What do you think of this excerpt? Would you read this book, if you haven’t already? Let me know in the comments below.  And Don’t forget to leave your link below so I can visit your blog. Happy Reading!

March 2017 TBR

 

TBR: So many books, so little time! And because I have so many books this list is fungible. Three of the books are for the Read Harder Challenge, and the others are books I’ve had forever.

The Story of a New Name by Elena Farrante

The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff

Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
What are your plans for March? Have you read of the books I’ve listed? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to leave a link to your March TBR.

February 2017 Wrap-Up

February has been a good reading month, but not a good blogging month. And I need to improve my reading of diverse authors in the coming month is my big takeaway from this list.

Total books read: 9

Written by men: 1

Written by women: 8

Diverse authors: 0

Nonfiction:0

Fiction: 9

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 4

Purchased in February: 4

Library books: 4

Audio books: 0

Books Abandoned: 1 The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Phillipa Gregory. I just dislike her writing style. It distracts me and I don’t enjoy her story telling at all. and this annoys me because I love reading Tudor historical fiction

Books started in February: 2

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante [#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks]

The Lost Tudor Princess by Allison Weir [Library eBook]

List of Titles Read:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

It Takes a Hero by Elizabeth Boyle

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Attraction: Elements of Chemistry #1 by Penny Reid

The Girls by Emma Cline

Heat: Elements of Chemistry #2 by Penny Reid

Capture: Elements of Chemistry #3 by Penny Reid

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

Favorite Book:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Purchased:

Heat: Elements of Chemistry #2 by Penny Reid [Kindle]

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson [Paperback, Quarterly Box]

The Annie Year by Stephanie Wilbur Ash [Paperback, Quarterly Box

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker [Paperback, Quarterly Box]

How was your reading life in February? Did you meet your goals for the month? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave a link to your February wrap up.

 

Friday 56, #25

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here’s my contribution:

Have you read this book?  What do you think of this excerpt? Would you read this book, if you haven’t already? Let me know in the comments below.  And Don’t forget to leave your link below so I can visit your blog. Happy Reading!