Saturday, July 1, 2023

Rabbit rabbit: The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal

The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
by Edmund de Waal
Memoir, History | Published: 2010 | Goodreads

264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them bigger than a matchbox: Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in his great uncle Iggie's Tokyo apartment. When he later inherited the 'netsuke', they unlocked a story far larger and more dramatic than he could ever have imagined.

From a burgeoning empire in Odessa to fin de siecle Paris, from occupied Vienna to Tokyo, Edmund de Waal traces the netsuke's journey through generations of his remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century.

First sentence(s):
In 1991 I was given a two-year scholarship by a Japanese foundation. The idea was to give seven young English people with diverse professional interests - engineering, journalism, industry, ceramics - a grounding in the Japanese language at an English university, followed by a year in Tokyo. Our fluency would help build a new era of contacts with Japan. We were the first intake on the program and expectations were high.

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Rabbit rabbit: Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin

Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead
by Emily Austin
Contemporary, LGBTQ | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

Gilda, a twenty-something lesbian, cannot stop ruminating about death. Desperate for relief from her panicky mind and alienated from her repressive family, she responds to a flyer for free therapy at a local Catholic church, and finds herself being greeted by Father Jeff, who assumes she’s there for a job interview. Too embarrassed to correct him, Gilda is abruptly hired to replace the recently deceased receptionist Grace.

In between trying to memorize the lines to Catholic mass, hiding the fact that she has a new girlfriend, and erecting a dirty dish tower in her crumbling apartment, Gilda strikes up an email correspondence with Grace’s old friend. She can’t bear to ignore the kindly old woman, who has been trying to reach her friend through the church inbox, but she also can’t bring herself to break the bad news. Desperate, she begins impersonating Grace via email. But when the police discover suspicious circumstances surrounding Grace’s death, Gilda may have to finally reveal the truth of her mortifying existence.

Monday, May 1, 2023

Rabbit rabbit: Rabbit Island

Rabbit Island
by Elvira Navarro
translated by Christina MacSweeney
Short stories, Horror, Spain | Published: 2021 (first 2019) | Goodreads

Combining the gritty surrealism of David Lynch with the explosive interior meditations of Clarice Lispector, the stories in Elvira Navarro’s Rabbit Island traverse the fickle, often terrifying terrain between madness and freedom. In the title story, a so-called “non-inventor” conducts an experiment on an island inhabited exclusively by birds and is horrified by what the results portend. “Myotragus” bears witness to a man of privilege’s understanding of the world being violently disrupted by the sight of a creature long thought extinct. Elsewhere, an unsightly “paw” grows from a writer’s earlobe; a grandmother floats silently in the corner of a room.

These eleven stories from one of Granta’s “Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists” are psychogeographies of dingy hotel rooms, shape-shifting cities, and graveyards. They act as microscopes fixed upon the regions of our interior lives we often neglect, where the death of God and the failures of institutions have given way to alternative modes of making sense of the world. They are cracked bedroom mirrors. Do you like what you see?

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Rabbit rabbit: Finding the Bunny

Finding the Bunny
The secrets of America's most influential and invisible art
revealed through the struggles of one woman's journey
by Samantha Paris
Biography | Published: 2018 | Goodreads

Through narration, flashback, inner monologue, and snappy laugh-out-loud dialogue, Samantha Paris's Finding the Bunny--now optioned by Warner Bros. for development into a television series-- artfully peels back the curtain on the fascinating world of voice-over, and much more. With untethered honesty and humor, voice-over genius Paris reveals her intensely personal story— that of a woman in mid-career, recovering from a disastrous childhood, dealing with a failed but far-from-loveless marriage, running a hugely successful business, shepherding thousands of students through the learning process so that they can realize their dreams, while dealing with a burning internal conflict about what happened to hers.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Happy release: Confidence by Rafael Frumkin

by Rafael Frumkin
Contemporary, LGBTQ | Published: March 2023 | Goodreads

At seventeen, Ezra Green doesn’t have a lot going for him. He is shorter than average, gap-toothed, internet-addicted, and halfway to being legally blind. He’s also on his way to Last Chance Camp, the final stop before juvie.

Ezra's summer at Last Chance turns life-changing when he meets Orson, brilliant and Adonis-like, with a mind for hustling. Together, the two embark upon what promises to be a fruitful career of scam artistry. But when they try to pull off their biggest scam yet--NuLife, a corporation that promises its consumers a lifetime of bliss--things start to spin wildly out of control.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Rabbit rabbit: What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

What Moves the Dead
by T. Kingfisher
Horror, Gothic, Retelling | Published: 2022 | Goodreads

What Moves the Dead is Kingfisher's retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's classic "The Fall of the House of Usher.”

When Alex Easton, a retired soldier, receives word that their childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, they race to the ancestral home of the Ushers in the remote countryside of Ruritania.

What they find there is a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wildlife, surrounding a dark, pulsing lake. Madeline sleepwalks and speaks in strange voices at night, and her brother Roderick is consumed with a mysterious malady of the nerves.

Aided by a redoubtable British mycologist and a baffled American doctor, Alex must unravel the secret of the House of Usher before it consumes them all.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Febregency 2023

Febregency on YouTube
a regency readathon details (here)

The main goal is to read a work that was popular during the regency era/written by a writer who lived during the regency era (1795-1837).

Group read:
or The History of a Young Lady's Entrance Into the World
by Frances Burney
Classics, Regency | Published: first 1778 | Goodreads

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Read Christie 2023

Read Christie 2023
hosted by Agatha Christie Limited
details | YouTube | instagram

This year we are focusing on the methods and motives used within Agatha Christie's books.

JANUARY: Jealousy
Sad Cypress
by Agatha Christie
Mystery, Hercule Poirot | Published: first 1940 | Goodreads

FEBRUARY: Blunt Object
Partners in Crime
by Agatha Chrisite
Mystery, Tommy and Tuppence | Published: first 1929 | Goodreads

MARCH: Anger

APRIL: Poison

MAY: Betrayal

JUNE: Gunshot

JULY: Love and Lust

AUGUST: Fall from a Height


OCTOBER: Stabbing


DECEMBER: Strangulation

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Rabbit rabbit: Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo

Hell Bent
by Leigh Bargudo
Urban Fantasy | Published: 2023 | Goodreads

Find a gateway to the underworld. Steal a soul out of hell. A simple plan, except people who make this particular journey rarely come back. But Galaxy “Alex” Stern is determined to break Darlington out of purgatory―even if it costs her a future at Lethe and at Yale.

Forbidden from attempting a rescue, Alex and Dawes can’t call on the Ninth House for help, so they assemble a team of dubious allies to save the gentleman of Lethe. Together, they will have to navigate a maze of arcane texts and bizarre artifacts to uncover the societies’ most closely guarded secrets, and break every rule doing it. But when faculty members begin to die off, Alex knows these aren’t just accidents. Something deadly is at work in New Haven, and if she is going to survive, she’ll have to reckon with the monsters of her past and a darkness built into the university’s very walls.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Partake in Parties

Partake in Parties
doing things party-ish
* read - watch - listen - craft - puzzle - etcetera etcetera *

The Last Party
by Clare Mackintosh
Mystery, Thriller | Published: 2022 | Goodreads

The Hunting Party
by Lucy Foley
Mystery, Thriller, Scotland | Published: 2018 | Goodreads

MARCH: The Headmistress' Party
by Charlotte Bronte
Classic, Victorian, Gothic | Published: first 1853 | Goodreads

APRIL: aka Fiesta
The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway
Classic, Historical, Spain | Published: first 1926 | Goodreads










* header image source: cover of Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland

Friday, January 20, 2023

Lah Lah La-La La La-La... A Little Bit Jane

Jane, but not Jane Austen

JANUARY: Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte
Classics, Historical, Gothic | Published: first 1847 | Goodreads

FEBRUARY: Jane Capel
Gentleman Seeks Bride
by Megan Frampton
Romance, Victorian | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

MARCH: Jane Marple
4:50 from Paddington
by Agatha Christie
Mystery, England | Published: first 1957 | Goodreads

APRIL: Jane Mixer
Jane: A Murder
by Maggie Nelson
Poetry, Memoir | Published: 2005 | Goodreads

MAY: Jane Cornell
by Dee Wells
1970s, Women's Fiction | Published: 1978 (first 1973) | Goodreads

JUNE: Jane Shen
Fiona and Jane
by Jean Chen Ho
Short Stories, LGBTQ, Taiwan | Published: 2022 | Goodreads

JULY: Jane Chisholm

Miss Jane
by Brad Watson
Historical, Southern | Published: 2016 | Goodreads
AUGUST: Jane Wyatt
Jane's World
Volume 1
by Paige Braddock
Graphic Novel, LGBTQ | Published: 2003 | Goodreads

Boston Jane
An Adventure
by Jennifer L. Holm
Middle Grade, Historical, Adventure | Published: first 2001 | Goodreads

OCTOBER: Jane Stanford
Who Killed Jane Stanford?
A Gilded Age Tale of Murder, Deceit, Spirits and the Birth of A University
by Richard White
True Crime, Mystery, Biography | Published: 2022 | Goodreads

NOVEMBER: Jane Morris
Jane Morris:
The Pre-Raphaelite Model of Beauty
by Debra N. Mancoff
Art, Biography | Published: 2000 | Goodreads

On Borrowed Crime
(Jane Doe Book Club Mystery #1)
by Kate Young
Mystery, Cozy | Published: 2020 | Goodreads


* header image source: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 2018 cover by Harper Perennial

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Jane-austenesque 2023

Jane-austenesque 2023
doing things Jane Austen related
* read - watch - listen - craft - puzzle - etcetera etcetera *

JANUARY: audiobook
Pies and Prejudice
by Ellery Adams
Mystery, Cozy, Paranormal | Published: 2012 | Goodreads

Austen Mondays
September 19, 2022 to March 20, 2023
details | episodes












* header image source: cover of Austenland by Shannon Hale

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Books and Tea in January

National HOT Tea Day
Ming Tea Murder
by Laura Childs
Mystery, Cozy, Tea | Published: 2015 | Goodreads

Monday, January 9, 2023

Foreign Intrigue Book Club 2023

Foreign Intrigue Book Club
face-to-face (details)
Books, Inc. Laurel Village

Do you like to travel? Experience a country through the eyes of a local? Try the food of another country?



The Silver Pigs
by Lindsey Davis
Mystery, Historical, Rome | Published: first 1989 | Goodreads

The Opium Prince
by Jasmine Aimaq
Mystery, Historical, Afghanistan | Published: 2020 | Goodreads











Saturday, January 7, 2023

Sunny's Book Club 2023

Sunny's Book Club
hosted by CJ Reads
YouTube | Website | instagram

Sunny’s Book Club is a monthly book club highlighting both new releases and backlist titles we love.


Jane: A Murder
by Maggie Nelson
Poetry, Memoir | Published: 2005 | Goodreads


by Dizz Tate
Mytery, Thriller, Coming of Age | Published: February 7, 2023 | Goodreads











Thursday, January 5, 2023

Stitching Book Club: Jane Eyre

Stitching Book Club
stitch along December 2022 to March 2023
hosted by Sapphire Mountain Handcrafts
details | blog

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte
Classic | Published: first 1847 | Goodreads

Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.

But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?

Monday, January 2, 2023

Rabbit rabbit: Snow Hare by Paula Lichtarowicz

The Snow Hare
by Paula Lichtarowicz
Historical, WWII | Happy release: January 31, 2023 | Goodreads

Is it possible to fall in love at the edge of life?

Lena has lived a long, quiet life on her farm in Wales, alongside her husband and child. But as her end approaches, buried memories begin to return. Of her childhood in Poland, and her passion for science. Of the early days of her marriage, reluctant wife to an army officer. Of the birth of her daughter, whose arrival changed everything.

Memories less welcome return, too. Her Polish village, transformed overnight by the Soviets, and the war that doomed her entire family to the frigid work camps of the Siberian tundra. And buried in that blinding snow, amongst the darkness of survival, the most haunting memory of all: that of an extraordinary new love.

First sentence(s):
A shadow is moving in Lena's bedroom.

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Lovely Books and Things - 1.1.23

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Mailbox Monday (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Sunday Salon (details)


1. Kindness from strangers
2. Holiday tea events
3. Cozy art from @nettleandtwig

Slightly Foxed
December 2022; issue 76
literary magazine | website

Library: audiobook
Pies and Prejudice
by Ellery Adams
Mystery, Cozy, Paranormal | Published: 2012 | Goodreads

Legends & Lattes
by Travis Baldree
Fantasy, Romance, LGBTQ | Published: 2022 | Goodreads

Freebies: from Free Little Library
Pearls, Poison & Park Avenue
by Colette Clark
Mystery | Published: 2022 | Goodreads

For Review:
The Snow Hare
by Paula Lichtarowicz
Historical, WWII | Happy release: January 31, 2023 | Goodreads

Giveaway wins: from Happy Hannukah Romance -Thanks!
See archive of this author event (here)
Love and Latkes
by Stacey Agdern
Romance, Holiday | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

Season of Love
by Helena Greer
Romance, LGBTQ, Holiday | Published: 2022 | Goodreads

Matzah Ball
by Jean Meltzer
Romance, Holiday | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


AND watched: Netflix
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021)
Original title: Gaet-na-eul cha-cha-cha
season one
Stars: Shin Min-a, Kim Seon-Ho
Comedy, Romance, Korean | imdb | my rating: 4

A big-city dentist opens up a practice in a close-knit seaside village, home to a charming jack-of-all-trades who is her polar opposite in every way.

AND watched: theatre
Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody (2022)
Director: Kasi Lemmons
Writer: Anthony McCarten
Stars: Naomi Ackie, Stanley Tucci
Biography, Drama, Music | imdb | my rating: 4

A joyous, emotional, heartbreaking celebration of the life and music of Whitney Houston, one of the greatest female R&B pop vocalists of all time, tracking her journey from obscurity to musical superstardom.



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