Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Reading Envy 122: A Cylon Raider Shaped Hole in Your Heart

Sara joins me to chat books from a tropical location, where we talk about books that capture the hospitality industry, fight about space battles, agree about World War II books, and talk about translated works.

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Books Discussed:



Don't Stop the Carnival by Herman Wouk
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristof
Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper
The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal, translated by Sam Taylor
Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin, translated by Chi-Young Kim
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler


Other Mentions: 

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristof
Battlestar Gallactica (tv series)
Caprica (tv series)
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)
Man Asian Literary Prize
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang
The White Book by Han Kang
Tilted Axis Press (Deborah Smith)
Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl 
My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
Insatiable by Gael Greene
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett


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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Review: Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays

Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays by Chelsea Hodson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"Last week, I decided my friend, Erik, was both beautiful and impossible, and I felt it save my life in a way."

Okay friends, I'm going to say some honest things about this book, because I was given a review copy in exchange for an honest review. That quote I used up there is not from final copy so it may not appear as written exactly but I wanted to pull out something to use as an example.

How did you react to that quote? I predict that your overall feelings about this book will have a lot to do with your reaction to the quote. If you felt a resonance with it, you are probably younger than me and this book will be a great read for you and where you are in your time of life. If you rolled your eyes at it, hang on because most of the book is a lot like that, and you are likely not to warm to the navel-gazing essays of this book. I'm almost 40; I felt too old. I remember feeling similar to how she feels in some of this, in other ways I'm of a different generation that was never so willing to give up independence to feel emotionally manipulated by people who don't deserve that power. I think I learned earlier to see people from their perspective instead of only from my own.

So there are individual essays except for me they bleed together quite a bit. Throughout the pieces, the author is referencing someone who she can't let go of, to ruminate (again) about a memory or a feeling, longing for them and wondering about them. There is a lot about finding identity and a place by subverting expectations. There also seems to be a theme of the pursuit of the feeling of complete and utter freedom or abandon, which could also be seen as ultimate selfishness (nobody knows where she has gone) or ultimate recklessness (nobody knows where she is!).

So, I gave this three stars. I felt like the book wasn't for me. But I can see how others might really like it, and for those readers, I would highly recommend it.

Thanks to the publisher for providing access to this title. I discussed it on a book speed dating bonus episode of the Reading Envy Podcast, where I did say I liked it enough to finish it, which I did. This book came out June 5, 2018.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Reading Envy 121: Love, Lust, Loss, and Longing

This is Casey's first time as a guest on the podcast, although his voice may sound familiar from the Best of the Year episodes. Our original conversation was over three hours long, so Jenny is hoping the holes aren't super obvious, but that you enjoy our chat about northern lit and what we look for in books.

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Books Discussed:



I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
Two in the Far North by Margaret Murie
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
Jaws of Life by Laura Leigh Morris
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

Picture of the carving Casey mentions:



Other Mentions: 

Kwakiutl, self-name Kwakwaka'wakw
Frank Muller, audiobook narrator 
The Home Front by Margaret Craven
One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey by Richard Proenneke
Waterland by Graham Swift
Iris Murdoch
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
Downton Abbey (tv series)

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Scott McClanahan
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, 2018 West Virginia episode
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector
Circe by Madeleine Miller
Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Related episodes:
Episode 070 - Words Like Weapons with Yanira Ramirez
Episode 105 - Best Reads of 2017 


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Friday, June 1, 2018

Books 124-142 of 2018

Pictured: 5-star reads



124. Two from the Far North by Margaret Murie **** (borrowed copy; my review)
125. Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel ***** (review audiobook; my review)
126. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui **** (Hoopla eBook; my review)
127. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson ***** (Hoopla audiobook; my review)
128. The Heart by Maylis de Kerengal **** (library book; my review)
129. Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff **** (personal eBook copy; my review)
130. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler **** (personal copy; my review)
131. So Lucky by Nicola Griffith ***** (review copy eBook; my review)
132. Mating in Captivity by Helen Zuman *** (review copy eBook; my review)
133. Three Sides Water by Peter Donahue **** (review copy eBook; my review)
134. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett *** (Hoopla audiobook; my review)
135. Tin Man by Sarah Winman ***** (review copy eBook; my review)
136. Trash Mountain by Bradley Bazzle **** (review copy eBook; my review)
137. This Must Be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell **** (library book; my review)
138. Circe by Madeleine Miller ***** (personal copy; my review)
139. Standing at the Edge by Joan Halifax **** (review copy eBook; my review)
140. American Hippo by Sarah Gailey ***** (review copy eBook; my review)
141. Spy of the First Person by Sam Shepard **** (library copy; my review)
142. Unlearning to Fly by Jennifer Brice **** (borrowed copy; my review)