The Friday 56: #96

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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 okay.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky at Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here is my contribution:

This book came to me via #bookofthemonth.

From page 56:

Movement outside the window caught his eye, and he froze with his feet dangling over the ground. Esme was in his background, hair in a ponytail, wearing baggy floral-print pants—were those Hammer pants?-–and a white T-shirt with no goddamned bra underneath.

This looks so good. It’s been all over bookstagram, book blogs, and Youtube this spring. So, when it came up as a May Book of the Month club pick, well, I picked it. Tell me what you think if you’ve read this in the comments below. And leave a link to your Friday 56 so I can visit you, too.

Happy Reading!

Quickie Book Review: The Night Tiger

Title: The Night Tiger

Author: Yangsze Choo

Published: February 2019 by Flatiron Books

Length: 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Mystery

Source: Book of the Month

Stars: 4 Stars

Summary from the  book jacket:

Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dance-hall girl to help pay off her mother’s mahjong debts. But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin plunges into a dark adventure: a mirror world of secrets and superstitions.

11-year-old Chinese houseboy Ren also has a secret, a promise he must fulfill to his dead master: to find his master’s  severed finger and bury it with his body. He has 49 days to do so, or his master’s soul will wander the earth forever.

As the 49 days tick relentlessly by, and a series of deaths racks the district, along with whispers about men who turn into tigers. Ji Lin and Ren’s increasingly dangerous paths crisscross through lush plantations, hospital storage rooms, and ghostly dreamscapes.

Dazzling and propulsive, The Night Tiger is the coming-of-age of a child and a young woman, each searching for their place in a society that would rather they stay invisible.

I’ve had such good luck with novels with tiger in the title (click here to see my thoughts on The Tiger’s Wife) , plus the gorgeous cover convinced me to pick this book for my January Book of the Month Club. And it did not disappoint.

Like:

If there is one thing I love it’s magical realism. And well written prose. So that’s two, technically. And this book has both. And a compelling story that explores a world and a culture that I am woefully unfamiliar. Most stories about Colonialism are told from the point of view of the colonizers not those who are colonized. And it explores a mythology that I’m not familiar with and am interested in learning more about.

Following Ji LIn and Ren through this story and not being sure that either will survive until the end. The magical elements of the story that help guide them is fascinating and helps build the story’s tension.

Not so much:

The romance subplot is a bit odd and awkward for a couple of reasons. But I don’t want to give too much away and spoil it. I will say that it isn’t clear by the end of the story whether Ji Lin will find the happiness and love she deserves with the man she loves. And she does deserve a happily ever after. But don’t let this keep you from reading this novel.

What I’ll remember:

The setting -1930’s Malay- and the main characters. The were-tiger stalking and killing at the edges of the story. The sweet innocence of young Ren and the gumption of Ji Lin. This story is a parable about the abuse of power by colonizers. And it’s important to read a story that strips away the romantic veil we in the west often use to tell those stories.

Would I Recommend:  

Yes! It is a thoroughly enjoyable tale.

 

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Also, here is a link to my Friday 56 for this book if you are interested. Happy Reading!

 

The Friday 56, #95

4754621A-7122-48E8-984F-91A83CF2AD93  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 okay.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky at Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here is my contribution:

 

From page 56:

Isra unwrapped her hijab and set it on the bed. She had never once considered not wearing it in public. But standing in front of the mirror, eyeing the long black strands of hair as they wilted off her shoulders, she found herself feeling hopeful again. Perhaps this would be her first taste of freedom. There was no reason to reject it before she had tried it.

This novel seems to be all over book blogs and #bookstagram the last month or so. I’ve yet to read it, but I’m  looking forward to it. Have you read it? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

And for everyone in the USA have a great holiday weekend. Happy Reading!

April 2019 Wrap-Up

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Here are my reading stats for April.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Book:

This month there is a three way tie. I love all three and can’t bring myself to pick one over the other two.

 

Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Normal People by Sally Rooney

 

 

 

That’s my April. How was your reading month? Have you read any of my favorite reads, and what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for visiting my blog. Happy reading!

 

The Friday 56 #94

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 okay.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky at Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here is my contribution:

 

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From page 56:

Graham:   The night before we finished recording, I cam home from somewhere or other and found Karen sitting up on the railing of the deck, looking into the canyon….Karen turned to me and said, “It’s a shame the water’s up to my ankles. I wanted to go for a hike.” And so I said, “What are you guys on and is there anymore?”

Karen:   It was mescaline.

This book! If you are are a fan of ’70’s rock, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks (I named my daughter after her), band drama, Almost Famous, and Behind the Music, you will probably like this book. It is something else. As of this writing, I am about half way through it. It’s a quick fun read.

Has anyone else read this yet? Is it on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below. Happy reading.

Friday 56 #93

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 okay.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky at Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here is my contribution:

From page 57:

History-obsessed Viv went on to spearhead the insane Boy Georgey New Romantic style: she brought back pirates and gave women a postfeminist thumbs-up on the controversial issue of corsetry. Ultrwacky Viv, who, aged fifty-six, received her OBE from the Queen sans panties, believes that their is nothing more powerful than an alluring courtesan brimming over her basque.

 

This is a fun collection of essays about unconventional women in pop culture.  A friend gave me this book because she knows I love wacky chicks. Have you read this? Do you agree with me if you have read it? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading!

Friday 56 #92

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 okay.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky at Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here is my contribution:

From page 56:

It was unusual to hear him speak so openly. It wasn’t that their relationship was strained, exactly. It was more that he and Fred seemed to have an unspoken agreement to keep to certain topics. And those didn’t include honest appraisals of their feelings.

 

This one has been on my wishlist/TBR pile since it was published in 2015. I’m very interested in the expat writers living in Paris between the World Wars. And the couple Gerald and Sara Murphy were a part of that community. So when I found this  book on the sale table at B&N I snapped it up.

Have you read this book and what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading.