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The Witness Wore Red

by Rebecca Musser

Book 34 – A book that includes a wedding

Wow – what a story – and so many weddings!!!
How crazy is it that in modern day society this kind of weird thing goes on, right next door
I am not talking about polygamy – I have no problem with consenting adults doing whatever they want. I am talking about the wholesale brainwashing of hundreds of people. And brainwashing so that they allow these awful things to happen to themselves and each other.
How cooked are you that someone wanting to marry your 12 year old daughter is okay? How slewed your version of a god that you think he would be okay with this?
Like, I just do not get it.

And then that one girl in that society which allows girls nothing, can grow into a woman brave and articulate enough to do what Musser did, it truly extraordinary.

Her critics, including her brother, have said it was not as she remembers. I say that is 10% of what she says is true it is a travesty.
If 15 and 16 year old’s are giving birth, they were children when impregnated – by husbands 30, 40, 50 years older than them
I shudder

This is a long book with lots of detail but it keeps the reader in the whole way through. It tells her whole story from childhood to court room.
Musser is truly an amazing woman

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In The Body Of The World

by Eve Ensler

Book 35 – same letter first and last name of the author

what a book
i am reeling and stunned and shocked and moved
and so very grateful to have read it
although i actually listened to it – narrated by the author – which may have been better

It is powerful and inspiring and heart wrenching and heart warming in equal measure
a profound book

it is about love and rape and cancer and surviving
and it’s about how messed up the world is and the reflection on us that is
and it’s a bit about poop and vomiting – and the bit about farting will move you

Ensler is amazing – simply, and so very complicatedly, amazing

by Shaida Kazie Ali

Book 31 – a book about family

I loved the idea of this book – two sisters telling stories of the same time in their lives, but independent of each other.
I was drawn to both sisters when reading their stories, and loved, when reading Saleena’s tale to cross reference it with Zuhra’s.
I love that idea that everything we see and experience, other people are seeing and experiencing – but differently.
This is not the main theme of the book, but it was one i really enjoyed.

This story is so uniquely South African in many ways; having a family member able to pass as white in apartheid South Africa would have done all sorts of damage to all the members of the family. Combine that with the patriarchal system of the Muslim life the girls, and then women, lived in, and you have all sorts of wonderfully complicated and convoluted dynamics in play.

At times I thought the characters and situations were a bit thin, but in hindsight I wonder if Ali expected her readers to understand the tapestry against the which the stories were happening. Did it really need to be spelled out any more? I think not actually – I think the sparseness works the one a plain ornament against textured, colourful wallpaper works.

I really liked the spiderweb of family we are introduced to – parents and siblings, in-laws and partners, children and nephews. For me, this further emphasised the importance of context for all stories and experiences, and how it defines our unique responses.

These sisters and their lives will stay with me a while

That this is a debut novel makes it even more extraordinary

 

1. A book becoming a movie in 2019
2. A book that makes you nostalgic
3. A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
4. A book you think should be turned into a movie
5. A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads
6. A book with a plant in the title or on the cover
7. A reread of a favorite book
8. A book about a hobby
9. A book you meant to read in 2018
10. A book with POP, SUGAR, or CHALLENGE in the title
11. A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover
12. A book inspired by myth/legend/folklore
13. A book published posthumously
14. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
15. A retelling of a classic
16. A book with a question in the title
17. A book set on college or university campus
18. A book about someone with a superpower
19. A book told from multiple POVs
20. A book set in space
21. A book by two female authors
22. A book with SALTY, SWEET, BITTER, or SPICY in the title
23. A book set in Scandinavia
24. A book that takes place in a single day
25. A debut novel
26. A book that’s published in 2019
27. A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature
28. A book recommended by a celebrity you admire
29. A book with LOVE in the title
30. A book featuring an amateur detective
31. A book about a family – Not a Fairy Tale by Shaida Kazie Ali
32. A book author from Asia, Africa, or South America
33. A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in title
34. A book that includes a wedding – The Witness Wore Red by Rebecca Musser
35. A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter – In The Body Of The World by Eve Ensler
36. A ghost story
37. A book with a two-word title
38. A novel based on a true story
39. A book revolving around a puzzle or game
40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading challenge
41. A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book
42. A “choose-your-own-adventure” book
43. An “own voices” book
44. Read a book during the season it is set in
45. A LitRPG book
46. A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters
47. Two books that share the same title
48. Two books that share the same title
49. A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom
50. A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

 

by Jenny Lawson

This was fun
A memoir that had me giggling out loud at times and being slightly grossed out at others
You can read that Lawson was/is a blogger – there is a style to her writing which is very blog-like. This makes her hugely readable and very entertaining

A fun romp around her life with all her weird and wonderful family members
Worth taking to the beach or curling up with in a rainy Sunday afternoon

Becoming

by Michelle Obama

What a beautiful, strong, moving and amazing book and woman
I absolutely loved this memoir by Michelle Obama.

She tells her story openly and honestly, with such apparent compassion and integrity it is hard not to feel like she is a friend, simply chatting. She shares the stories, experiences and emotions of life that usually take years to become part of the fabric between people.

This is not a political book – this is a woman’s book, a mother’s book, a wife’s book, a partner’s book.
I listened to the audiobook which Obama narrates herself, and I think that was the perfect way to experience this book – for the first time.
I want also to own a hardcopy because there are bits I want to reread and sections I want to copy out and place all over my office to read and read and read again.

I want to experience Obama’s words, thoughts and energy over and over again.

What an amazing woman and what a wonderful book.

The Dead of Winter

by Peter Kirby

I feel a bit mixed about this book but that may be, in part, because I am not from Montreal and don’t speak French
The book is obviously in English, but many of the protagonists have French names – which were, for me, so similar that I found myself getting confused.
In real life they are no more similar than Sean and John, but for the unfamiliar ear, they sounded similar.

I have visited Montreal and liked that I got some of the references, but, from other reviews, it would seem I missed a lot of the charm of the book because I didn’t know so many of the references.

After all of that the story was pretty gripping and interesting. Five homeless people are found dead on Christmas Eve and rather than just write this off as a coincidence and kind of irrelevant considering who died, Inspector Luc Vanier decides to do a proper investigation.
And that opens a whole can of Catholic worms.

All sorts of sub-plots and nasty people emerge as he digs away, trying to get justice for those without voices.
A perfectly solid crime written with such a feel for the cold you may want to wear a jumper as Kirby brings the iciness into your reading space.

by James Patterson

I liked this book for many reasons
I liked the relationship between the women of the Women’s Murder Club.
I liked the gentle love story with all its twists and turns
And I really liked the crime and its investigation.

The crimes are quite gritty and I did pull my face a few times – nasty details make me feel yuck
The investigation reveals all sorts of twists and goes off in unexpected directions.
And just when you think you have worked it all out, you realise you haven’t.

This books keeps on going, right to the very end.
My first Patterson but not my last

Popsugar 2019

Additional reading challenge for 2019

2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge
1. A book becoming a movie in 2019
2. A book that makes you nostalgic
3. A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
4. A book you think should be turned into a movie
5. A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads
6. A book with a plant in the title or on the cover
7. A reread of a favorite book
8. A book about a hobby
9. A book you meant to read in 2018
10. A book with POP, SUGAR, or CHALLENGE in the title
11. A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover
12. A book inspired by myth/legend/folklore
13. A book published posthumously
14. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
15. A retelling of a classic
16. A book with a question in the title
17. A book set on college or university campus
18. A book about someone with a superpower
19. A book told from multiple POVs
20. A book set in space
21. A book by two female authors
22. A book with SALTY, SWEET, BITTER, or SPICY in the title
23. A book set in Scandinavia
24. A book that takes place in a single day
25. A debut novel
26. A book that’s published in 2019
27. A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature
28. A book recommended by a celebrity you admire
29. A book with LOVE in the title
30. A book featuring an amateur detective
31. A book about a family
32. A book author from Asia, Africa, or South America
33. A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in title
34. A book that includes a wedding
35. A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter
36. A ghost story
37. A book with a two-word title
38. A novel based on a true story
39. A book revolving around a puzzle or game
40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading challenge
41. A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book
42. A “choose-your-own-adventure” book
43. An “own voices” book
44. Read a book during the season it is set in
45. A LitRPG book
46. A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters
47. Two books that share the same title
48. Two books that share the same title
49. A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom
50. A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

First challenge for 2019

1. A book that was nominated for or won an award in a genre you enjoy
2. A book with one of the 5 W’s in the title (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
3. A book where the author’s name contains A, T, and Y
4. A book with a criminal character (i.e. assassin, pirate, thief, robber, scoundrel etc)

5. A book by Shakespeare or inspired by Shakespeare
6. A book with a dual timeline
7. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #1
8. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #2

9. A book from one of the top 5 money making genres (romance/erotica, crime/mystery, religious/inspirational, science fiction/fantasy or horror)
10. A book featuring an historical figure
11. A book related to one of the 12 Zodiac Chinese Animals (title, cover, subject)
12. A book about reading, books or an author/writer

13. A book that is included on a New York Public Library Staff Picks list
14. A book with a title, subtitle or cover relating to an astronomical term
15. A book by an author from a Mediterranean country or set in a Mediterranean country
16. A book told from multiple perspectives
17. A speculative fiction (i.e. fantasy, scifi, horror, dystopia)

18. A book related to one of the elements on the periodic table of elements
19. A book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR
20. A book featuring indigenous people of a country
21. A book from one of the polarizing or close call votes

22. A book with a number in the title or on the cover
23. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #1 Something Old
24. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #2 Something New
25. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #3 Something Borrowed

26. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #4 Something Blue
27. A book off of the 1001 books to read before you die list
28. A book related to something cold (i.e. theme, title, author, cover, etc.)
29. A book published before 1950
30. A book featuring an elderly character

31. A children’s classic you’ve never read
32. A book with more than 500 pages
33. A book you have owned for at least a year, but have not read yet
34. A book with a person’s name in the title

35. A psychological thriller
36. A book featured on an NPR Best Books of the Year list
37. A book set in a school or university
38. A book not written in traditional novel format (poetry, essay, epistolary, graphic novel, etc)

39. A book with a strong sense of place or where the author brings the location/setting to life
40. A book you stumbled upon
41. A book from the 2018 GR Choice Awards
42. A book with a monster or “monstrous” character
43. A book related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) [fiction or nonfiction]

44. A book related in some way to a tv show/series or movie you enjoyed (same topic, same era, book appeared in the show/movie, etc.)
45. A multi-generational saga
46. A book with a (mostly) black cover
47. A book related to food (i.e. title, cover, plot, etc.)

48. A book that was a finalist or winner for the National Book Award for any year
49. A book written by a Far East Asian author or set in a Far East Asian country
50. A book that includes a journey (physical, health, or spiritual)
51. A book published in 2019
52. A book with a weird or intriguing title