Reactions to Recent Library Reads 04/24/13

Mind blown. For reals. The hook of this novel is that Ursula lives her life over and over. It doesn’t read like a gimmick because it’s done in a subtle and masterful way. Bravo Ms. Atkinson, bravo.Β 

A short story collection with a decidedly quirky flavor. Girls that turn into silkworms, giant seagulls with a penchant for thievery and vampire-sustaining lemons. I can’t say much more than that.
How could a book about such an awful time (Leningrad during WWII) make me smile so often? The blurb on the front of the copy I read says it all: “This spellbinding story perfectly blends tragedy and comedy.” -USA Today
Let me take this opportunity to thank my local library for being SO AWESOME! I don’t know what I’d do without that place.

34 thoughts on “Reactions to Recent Library Reads 04/24/13

  1. I'm definitely going to have to get moving through my library pile faster so I can get to Life After Life! When I heard about it at a Random House event months ago I didn't think it would be for me but it's sounding good now.


  2. When I first read about Life After Life I didn't think it would be for me either. I generally don't go for fantasy type stories. I don't know if this is fantasy (I'm terrible at describing genres!) but it sounded like something a bit too magical for my taste. But I'm so so glad that I read it!


  3. Sounds like this bunch are all winners! I've had City of Thieves on my shelf to read forever and a day. Not sure why I keep putting off reading it. I've read one Kate Atkinson book and I loved it. For some reason, I can't bring myself to read anything else by her. I'm not sure why. What is it about her books that's intimidating me, I wonder?


  4. I am definitely looking forward to Life After Life, and City of Thieves sounds great. As for Vampires in the Lemon Grove … LOVE the title. About the premises of the stories … hmmm. πŸ˜‰


  5. I loved Life After Life and can't wait to read more of Kate Atkinson's books! City of Thieves sounds great. Books about the siege of Leningrad are usually very sad so I'm glad to hear there was some comedy in it too.


  6. Ewww, the silkworm gif! I can't. Loved the book, though!Ahhh LIFE AFTER LIFE I NEED TO READ IT! It's too bad that, although I kept checking my library system for it so I could get on the hold list early, I'm 97th in line :/


  7. I HAVE TO READ CITY OF THIEVES! I've been saying that for so long now and just haven't done so yet. Sounds perfect.SO GLAD you loved Life After Life. I'm so excited to pick it up again. Really such a great novel. And apologies for all the caps going on above – I'm pretty enthusiastic about these statements.


  8. I just finished Life After Life and I didn't know if I should immediately start reading it again or start making some sort of chart or swear off other books for a while. Kate Atkinson has magic or something.


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