Ramble Ramble Rosie

Have I told you about my friend Rosie? She’s very smart, and very funny, and my partner in crime when it comes to creating book challenges. She recently started a bookstagram account, too, and it’s simply gorgeous. If you aren’t following her already, you should be.

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Quoted: NW

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What is the fear? It is something to do with death and time and age. Simply: I am eighteen in my mind I am eighteen and if I do nothing if I stand still nothing will change. I will be eighteen always. For always. Time will stop. I’ll never die. Very banal, this fear. Everyone has it these days.

 

The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Yes, I’m still working on my 2016 book challenge.

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Since The Painted Girls fulfilled the “something your mom recommends” category, I present to you my genius mother’s review:

“This book called my name from several places—bookstores, airports, discount chains—so I finally gave in and purchased it. Having a niece in the ballet industry, combined with my love of historical fiction, drew me in, wooed me. And once I began to read I couldn’t put it down. The dark underbelly of Paris, teeming with ne’er-do-wells, is revealed: the façade of the well-to-do patrons, the incredible struggle of the poor, the heartbreaking sacrifices of the dancers, all woven together to create an intriguing tale of love and loss.”

No. 18 on my challenge. Thanks for the recommendation, Momma. I whole-heartedly agree.

Koa Beck is smart

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I want to share an article with you. It was written by Koa Beck and published in The Atlantic on December 31, 2015. I was directed to it for work reasons earlier this spring and have read it several times since. I think I learn something new every time. So now it’s your turn. Let me know what you think.

Female Characters Don’t Have to be Likeable

Several novels this year starred female protagonists as flawed and interesting as literature’s most memorable male characters.

Shortly after Jill Alexander Essbaum’s novel Hausfrau was published in the spring, the New York Times book critic Janet Maslin dismissed the novel on the basis of the main female character being an “insufferable American narcissist.” The story, a modern Anna KareninaMadame Bovary hybrid set in a suburb of Zürich, features a compulsively unfaithful housewife named Anna. While Maslin wasn’t a fan of Essbaum’s writing (which she compared to “a sink full of dishwater”), her criticism lingered on Anna’s unsavory traits. “This may be hard to believe, but Anna becomes even more myopic and selfish in the book’s later stages,” Maslin wrote. “[Anna’s husband] becomes more interesting, she grows less so, and still she snivels at center stage, whining about her bad luck and mistreatment.”

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