Tag: The Lady Janies Book Tag!

It’s time for another tag! I was tagged for this one by Jess and Teagan! Thank you both and if you’re not following them, you’re missing out. Their blog is so great!

The Lady Janies Book Tag was created by Rebecca over at Bookishly Rebecca & Ellyn of Allonsythornraxx and it was created to coincide with the release of the Lady Jane books by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton.


Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer all the questions down below.
  • Pingback to the creators Rebecca & Ellyn.
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag.

Questions:

Jane Lynch: A favorite book featuring a character on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum:

I have so many favorite books that could fit this prompt! To name just a few: the entire Raven Cycle, Running With Lions, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Nevernight.

Lady Jane Grey: A short book that packed a punch:

This little book is only 63 pages, but I’m still thinking about it eight months later.

Jane Austen: Favorite heroine in a classic book:

This is the only prompt in this whole tag that I struggled with! I don’t read a ton of classics and the last classic I really enjoyed (The Catcher in the Rye) doesn’t have a heroine. Does We Have Always Lived in the Castle count as a classic and does Merricat count as a heroine? Because if not… I have no idea.

Jane Eyre: Your favorite retelling:

I really like retellings in general, but I loved all of the Lunar Chronicles.

Calamity Jane: Your most anticipated release:

WHAT IF IT’S US 😭😭😭 What even will be my answer to this question once this book comes out? I’m going to have to rethink my entire life.

Jane Fonda: A character who upholds feminist ideals:

Izzy O’Neill in The Exact Opposite of Okay. Izzy is just great in every way.

Jane Krakowski: An underrated book you wish more people would read:

Until the entire world has read it, I will always think that Starry Eyes is underrated.

The Lady Janies: Two or more authors you wish would write a book together:

This is always a question! I think Libba Bray and V.E. Schwab would be an interesting team. We’d get some really strong characters, a spooky vibe, and plenty of action.


Tag Time!

Erin | Demi | Raya | Jaymi | Alyssa Grace

No pressure if you’re already done this tag or if you just don’t feel like it! And if you like tags and I never tag you, let me know! I would love to tag you in things! ❤ And, as always, if you want to do this and I didn’t tag you, consider yourself tagged and please link back to me so I can see your answers!

Book review: Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads
Publication Date: July 18, 2017
Source: Borrowed

Who says you can’t run away from your problems?

You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can’t say yes–it would be too awkward–and you can’t say no–it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.

QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town?
ANSWER: You accept them all.

What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.

Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, LESS is, above all, a love story.

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as “inspired, lyrical,” “elegiac,” “ingenious,” as well as “too sappy by half,” LESS shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.

I had actually forgotten that I put a hold on Less until I got the email that, a good three months later, it was finally ready for me. My TBR was honestly already derailed enough, but August’s Monthly Motif was “award winners” and this won the Pulitzer, so I guess it worked out in the end. It was also an audiobook, which is a little easier to sneak in than an actual physical book.

I don’t really have any strong feelings about this one. The writing is good, I can say that. The book can be funny, it can be sad, it can be emotional. But it’s hard to feel very bad for a man with the resources to literally travel the world for the sole purpose of avoiding his ex’s wedding. I know it wouldn’t have been as good of a story, but couldn’t he have just… I don’t know… declined the invitation? I mean, I hate conflict and confrontation more than the average person, but I don’t think that I would fly to Morocco to avoid my one and only ex. (Although, admittedly, he didn’t invite me to his wedding, so maybe I would have.)

In the end, I was entertained by Less, but I wasn’t blown away.

#mm18: award winners


Have you read Less? Do you usually read Pulitzer winners?
Let’s talk in the comments!


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