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text 2019-08-21 12:02
Bout Of Books Day #3
Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple
Asking for it - Louise T. O'Neill
F*ck Love - Tarryn Fisher, Madison Seidler
Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire
The Travelling Cat Chronicles - Hiro Arikawa
Conversations with Friends - Sally Rooney

Here's the challenge for day 3:


Pick your favorite book and recreate it OR reimagine the cover either live (with yourself or a willing participant as the cover art) or drawing, sculpture, crafts, painting, etc.


There were so many I liked that I put up 6! I'll give a brief summary of each one.


  • Where'd You Go Bernadette


I like the simplistic nature of this one and I love that shade of green, so soothing.


Asking For It


The plastic image of the doll relates so much about this book and the way woman are objectified. It really speaks to me.


F*ck Love


Tarryn Fisher's covers are lovely, but this one stands out as beautiful


Every Heart A Doorway


What's not to love about this image?


The Travelling Cat Chronicles


I love cats and snow, so it's a perfect combination


Conversations with Friends


This cover is so vibrant and simple. I love it.



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review 2019-06-22 15:24
Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire

I decided to read another page and got sucked into the vortex of this book, not too bad as it's a novella but bad in that I just couldn't stop.


In a school for children who have returned from worlds they fitted in, Nancy is a new girl.  Eleanor West is the headmistress and while she looks in her 60s she's older.  Her world remains open but it no longer fits the person she has become.  The students in this school yearn to return.  Then people start to die and Nancy and some of the students determine to discover what's happening.  


I'm sure there aren't many people who read escapist literature who yearn for a place that properly reflects their inner life but this is, indeed, one of the stories that points out some of the problems with that.  It also points out some of the seduction of these other worlds and how they change a person in subtle ways.  It was bitterly wistful and heartbreaking and I really liked it.  


I got this copy from the library after reading the third novella in the series from the Hugo Ballot (which stands quite well alone) having had it on my TBR pile for quite a while.

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text 2019-06-22 14:36
Reading progress update: I've read 89 out of 160 pages.
Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire

There's a bitter wistfulness about this. A dragging me in, making me interested bitter wistfulness

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review 2019-01-16 22:20
Every Heart a Doorway, Wayward Children #1 by Seanan McGuire
Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire

The Wayward Children series explores the what-ifs and uncomfortable questions behind portal fantasies where children are brought to a magical other-land, save a kingdom or perhaps conquer their fears, only to wind up home again once the adventure is over. Classics of the genre include 'Alice in Wonderland', 'The Chronicles of Narnia', and 'Coraline'. McGuire is not the first person to ask these questions, sanity has always been a dubious virtue in many of the other-lands. I loved the concept of these books, I read 'Beneath the Sugar Sky' some time before this, but I seem to have misplaced that review somewhere on the internet.


This was the first book in the series and I suppose I expected more groundwork than from what I'd inferred or had been told outright in the exposition of the third book. That's the reason for my rating being less than perfect. This is a delightful slice of fantasy, I think I just want more. I'm not sure any of the characters had a chance to grow beyond their initial descriptions, which are repeated as they appear again in the next volumes. The series is a wonderful idea nonetheless, and I appreciated the small time I could spend with it.


Wayward Children


Next: 'Down Among the Sticks and Bones'

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review 2018-11-15 03:58
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (audiobook)
Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire,Cynthia Hopkins

Series: Wayward Children #1


I probably should have know better than to try another book by Seanan McGuire, but this was available at my library so I figured I'd give it a shot.


This wasn't the book for me. It started out with an interesting concept (kids travel to weird worlds and then back to the boring old real world), but the whole thing just fell flat for me. Part of it may have been the delivery of the audiobook, which may represent Nancy's style well but did not make for riveting listening. Overall I just found the concerns to be just too YA for me (high school aged kids acting like high school aged kids) and the dénouement to be a little too telegraphed. Oh and all the talk about high logic vs nonsense directions was tedious.


Lots of people loved it; it just wasn't for me. Maybe I should have abandoned it.

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