The Nopes: Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

I should have had a review up this week for Summer House With Swimming Pool, but I don’t. I made it to page 50 and said, “Nope.”

nope octopus

Here’s why. The narrator is a doctor, a GP. Somehow, probably because he plays fast and loose with the prescription pad, he has a lot of patients who are artists and actors. He is a terrible doctor. He tells them what they want to hear and rarely listens to anything they tell him. He puts off tests, because sending his patients off to specialists will lose him money and he doesn’t like specialists anyway. He doesn’t care about them or their health.

I thought maybe I could get past some of this, then this happened. He relates how when his patients come to see him, and he or she gets undressed, he imagines them having sex with their spouse. And he describes those thoughts in detail.

Nope.

I’ll put up with a lot of questionable stuff when it comes novels but apparently I have my limits and I believe pill-pushing, pervy doctors is it. I know this guy is not someone to admire right from the beginning but I cannot stay in this guy’s head. It’s…ewwwww.

This guy has no empathy, no compassion, and he’s just gross. At the beginning of the book, he’s getting read to appear before the Board of Medical Examiners. I hope he went to jail. I hope he went to jail, did not pass go, and did not collect $200.

Is Herman Koch trying to be like Vladimir Nabokov when he wrote Lolita? With Lolita I was seduced by the language, I was just grossed out by Summer House With Swimming Pool. I didn’t see anything there for me, or a reason to continue. In fact, someone on Twitter told me that things just get worse. So, no. It didn’t work for me.

This was a DNF. Thanks to Crown for the review copy via Netgalley.

Media Madness Monday: Season Finale of Orphan Black, Waa!

media madness monday 1

I'm a media junkie, not just books, but TV, movies, music, podcasts, and internet nonsense. On Mondays I discuss something that's caught my interest this past week.

On the TV

ORPHAN BLACK FINALE!!!!

---------Spoilers-------

That was a crazy ending. Project Castor? That’s going to lead to weird things. I was glad to see Sarah hug Mrs S. She knows more than she says but she loves Kira and Sarah. Marion surprised me. Just like Mrs S she has secrets. Yet another clone, though a much younger one. Rachel- right in the eye! Ouch! I can’t wait until Season 3.


I finished watching The Returned. The last episode, The Horde, was pretty strange. Are they zombies? I don’t know. I was impressed by how the show builds suspense, especially in that last scene. The problem with this show is that it was filmed in 2012 and they even haven’t even written season 2 yet! What?! Get it together France.

Tunes

I’ve been listening to Lana Del Ray’s new album Ultraviolence. I like the moody, strangeness of it but I’m not a fan of some of her lyrics. Like, “He hit me and it felt like a kiss.” Not the kind of thing I’d want my eleven year old to hear. So many of her songs are about some dude treating her bad and how she waits for him to come back to her. She says weird things in interviews too. Maybe she’s trolling us all. It definitely gets her noticed.

When I look back on some of the music I listened to as I kid now, I think, “Wow, that was not appropriate.” I remember my parents being uptight about Material Girl. I had and still have no idea why they were so weird about it. Was it the vague references to prostitution? If it was, bless their hearts, they thought I was a much more sophisticated kid than I actually was. I thought she just really liked diamonds.

Podcasting

Some good episodes of my favorite podcasts this past 2 weeks.

Welcome to Nightvale aired its live recording of Oak Doors Part A, the first of a two parter. Lots of guests made an appearance, including Maureen Johnson.

The Dead Authors Podcast welcomed Oscar Wilde (Jon Daly) who did a lot of weird stuff in the 19th century, which was the style at the time.

Reading the End discussed Sleep Donation by Karen Russell, which prompted me to pick up her book of short stories Vampires in the Lemon Grove from the library.

I’m looking for some new shows to watch over the summer. Recommend anything good?

Blog Problems: Learn From My Mistake

IBM Electronic Data Processing Machine

Not sure if you noticed, but my blog was acting wonky the last couple of days. Upon landing here on the homepage, if you or I attempted to click on anything on the page, you would stay exactly where you were- on the homepage. Like a kind of purgatory. This was very frustrating to me.

Since this was a recent issue, I thought it had to have been something I did in the last couple of days, but what I didn’t know. I do what I always do when something strange happens on my blog. I Googled it, and came up with nothing. I then searched the Blogger forum. Nothing. So, finally I reached out to the Blogger forum readers, and waited. I had one reply.

I’m stubborn so I started fiddling with my blog. Combing through this and that. Clearing my cache. Removing links. Pages. Ads. Nothing worked. Finally, I remembered that Trish had an issue a last month involving a gif.

I had embedded a gif on my The Bees review from a gif site (Giphy). I usually just save gifs to my computer and put them in myself. This was the first time I had put an embedded gif in a post. That gif of Bee Girl slowed down my blog so I removed it later in the day. I just deleted the pic. This was my mistake. After looking at the source code for the post, I saw that a portion of the code for the gif was still it the post. It didn’t appear on the post when published but it was hidden in the body of the post’s source code. A simple thing but one that incapacitated my blog.

I learned a few things: 1) be wary of embedded gifs, 2) always check the source code first, and 3) when it comes to a free blog service like Blogger if you have an issue, you’re pretty much on your own.

The third was the biggest lesson for me. I don’t mind troubleshooting on my own usually, if someone else out there had the same problem and found a solution for it and blogged about it. In this case, I felt all alone. No matter how many searches I ran for some variation of “blog stuck on homepage” I found nothing. This made me seriously consider switching to self-hosting on Wordpress. At least there is tech help available when you choose this route.

So, I’m still thinking about it. It just seems so messy and time consuming and stressful and I’m imagining myself in tears with a disappeared blog. I’ve been a Blogger blogger for 7 years, guys! The thought of moving my blog overwhelms me.

What do you think? Is moving to self-hosting scary? Have you done it? Was it a lot of work? Did you lose anything?

The Naughty Little Book of Gaelic by Michael Newton: Review

naughtyThis is a fun little book and I do mean little.

The Naughty Little Book of Gaelic: all the Scottish Gaelic you need to curse, swear, drink smoke and fool around is a long title for a 39 page ebook but that’s an accurate description. It’s a glossary of all the dirty Gaelic words you could possibly need. The book is divided into cursing (wishing someone or something ill), swearing, snuff and tobacco, drinking, and sex.

This book by Michael Newton will give you quite an education and expand your swearing vocabulary. Stub your toe? Here’s one for you: Iutharnaich riabhaich na galls! O brindled hell-dweller of the bitch! Want to tell someone off? Pòg mo thòn! Kiss my arse!

The Scots were big fans of tobacco. Not only did they have several words for it and proverbs about it, but wrote poetry for it. Some very long poems are included in the book. And what is a book about the Scots without mentioning whisky? My whisky loving Twitter friends would enjoy the many ways to invoke mac na bracha (the son of the malt), as well as the states of drunkenness from imbibing a little too much.

The last section of the book is all about sex. Unsurprisingly, there are a plethora of words for penis. Not only does The Naughty Little Book include words for genitalia, but an interesting collection of expressions and idioms, like this one cho trang ri triùir ann an leabaidh (as busy as three in a bed). Indeed.

The Naughty Little Book of Gaelic is illustrated by Arden Powell. I enjoyed his adorable drawings, for example this one found in Drinking.

naughty

She is unimpressed by his shenanigans.

The Naughty Little Book of Gaelic is entertaining and I enjoyed reading parts of it to my husband. “Flying vagina. That’s not something you hear everyday.” As long as you’re not easily scandalized, you’ll enjoy it too. This would be a good companion read for Written In My Heart’s Blood, the latest Diana Gabaldon highland romance/adventure novel, most definitely not a “little” naughty book. The only thing I wish was that the Gaelic had been spelled out phonetically. Being able to pronounce the words, or at least try to, would add to the fun.

This book was published by my local university: CBU Press.

The Bees by Laline Paull: Review

the beesFlora 717 lives in a world where everyone is born into a particular caste with a particular job to do. Her kin, the floras, are the lowest caste, the sanitation workers whom others are loath to touch. At the top of the chain are the Queen, her maids, and the kin Sage, or priestesses. When Flora 717 is born, a Sage recognizes her as something different. She is large and, unlike the rest of her kin, can speak.

If you haven’t already guessed, Flora 717 is a worker bee. She lives and dies to serve the hive. Her kin are dispensable. Because of her abilities, Flora has opportunities others of her kin don’t. She’s asked to work in the nursery, and serve the Queen. When a chance to fly with the bravest kin of the hive, the Foragers, appears, Flora takes it and lives the most adventurous life. However, Flora has a secret, a treasonous secret that endangers her life.

If Watership Down taught you everything you needed to know about warren life, The Bees will teach you everything about the hive. Laline Paull intertwines bee behaviour, like the Swarm, the Cluster for winter, and the fight for a new Queen into an imagined bee mythology. The Queen, or Mother, is worshipped by the bees and she provides them with Devotion, a pheromone that calms the hive. Without Devotion the hive would fall into anarchy. Above even the Queen is the Hive Mind, which enables the bees to commit terrible things to ensure their survival. The Hive Mind connects all bees together mentally so when the hive in threatened they are able to work as one entity.

During Flora’s lifetime, the Queen becomes sick. A fact the Sages try to hide. To even discuss the health of the Queen is treason, but the Sages have their secrets. I’ve read The Bees described as a dystopia, but is it? I mean, the bees are just doing what bees do here. The bees are connected to the Queen and each other by pheromones. It’s not some kind of conspiracy, it’s nature. It’s like saying your liver is being hassled by your heart. Even Flora’s secret has some basis in science (thelytoky- only look that up if you don’t mind spoilers). Yes, I fell down the bee internet rabbit hole when I wrote this review. I wanted to know how much of this story could be fact, and I got to say Paull has covered all her scientific bases. As for Flora’s uniqueness, to answer that look closely at what the spider tells her about her father and what the old bee says before she dies.

If Paull strays out of science and into dystopia territory, it’s in the caste system. Yes, bees do have a caste system, but they aren’t born into “kins.” Bees have different duties based on age: new bees clean, old bees forage. The Sages, in this story, are the most useless of all the worker bees. They just wander around being bossy. They are the source of the conflict: no bee but the Queen must breed. Only Flora’s abilities enable her to transcend her kin and become what she ultimately becomes.

Does Laline Paull have a point other than bees are cool in The Bees? I don’t know. I mean, in Watership Down the destructive hand of man was all over it. I thought maybe that’s where she was headed with the weather, and the poisoned crops, but that never really went anywhere. Is it the religious aspect? It was a weird component. Drawing parallels between bees and humans is a stretch though. I don’t see this as an allegory (and Amal El-Mohtar of NPR agrees). We’re not bees! Bees are bees, people are people!

As for the characters, besides Flora the superbee, I loved the bravery of Lily 500, the craftiness of the wasps, and the all knowingness of the spiders. The Drones threw me for a bit. They were out of place in the seriousness of the rest of the bee shenanigans. I suppose they were comic relief with their bawdy jokes and demands for the worker bees to “clean my groin.” Sir Linden did eventually win my heart. 

This is something different, for sure. The Bees is an imaginative look at the life of a bee and the hive where she lives.

The Fever by Megan Abbott: Review


the feverWhen I heard the premise of The Fever, I knew I had to read it. Back in March, I listened to the podcast, The Mysterious Case of Convulsing Cheerleaders, which is fascinating. Human brains are so weird!

In The Fever, the affliction strikes a suburban town high school. On an ordinary morning, a girl has a seizure in the middle of class. No one knows why. Not long after, another girl, a friend of the first girl, passes out at an assembly. Soon several girls are exhibiting strange behaviours: ticks and twitches. What is the cause of these symptoms? Is it pollution of the nearby lake? Something in the school? Recent vaccinations?
 The Fever by Megan Abbott is told through the point of views of three members of the Nash family: Deenie, her Dad Tom, and brother Eli. Deenie is best friends with the first afflicted girl, Tom is a teacher at the high school, and Eli a clueless hockey jock. Deenie and her friends are privileged, popular girls, headed by Gabby, a dark haired beauty other girls clamour to be around. As more girls in her group fall ill, Deenie wonders if she’s next. The school tries to conduct business as usual, but when officials arrive with questions and parents come up with wild conspiracy theories for why their kids are sick, hysteria sets in.

Abbott sends readers chasing theories and wondering what is going on in this town. Some parents blame the HPV vaccination, but why is this town the only one afflicted? There’s the lake that sounds like something out of a horror movie. Then there’s the girls themselves, with their secrets and petty jealousies. It was interesting to see how other people saw the girls. The parents believed they were just trying to protect their precious baby girls. Others, men and boys in particular, almost fetishized their adolescent femininity, pondering their long hair, and giggly secrets. I found it disturbing. Sex, particularly loss of virginity, is treated like a transcendental experience. The girls are both afraid and anxious to lose it. The adults in a hurry to vaccinate them, before the boys get to them: “They never get sick. They just make everyone else sick.”

The Fever in many ways reminded me of all the reasons why I hated high school. The cliques, the constantly questioning where you stood in your own group, the jealousies, and whispering. I’d never want to do it again.

Abbott drops red herrings, some almost supernatural; I was frustrated by this, especially since by the end they drift off into the ether... like they never existed. Other little hints are dropped here and there until the end they all come together and seem to make sense. At the time though, it just created confusion. I thought the reasons for the illness were going to be a lot different because of the tone of the writing. So, I’m not sure how I feel about the ending. Just not sure. I’ve discussed some of this with other readers who weren’t sure about the end either, though they seemed to have different reasons than I did for feeling that way. I think The Fever is going to be one of those books that people are going to have strong feelings about.

I recommend The Fever because I think it’s a book that will get people talking if nothing else.

Thanks to Little, Brown and Company for the review copy via Netgalley.

The Book Report: Monstrous Affections

book report 3

A book has got smell. A new book smells great. An old book smells even better. –Ray Bradbury

New books, old books. Books never stop coming. What’s new to your house this week?

The Book Report discusses a book I received, whether it was bought, borrowed, or given, why I got it, or why I’m excited about reading it.


Monstrous Affections edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J Grant

 Where Did It Come From?

I won a prize during Armchair BEA. I chose this one. It was sent by Candlewick Press. 

Why did I want it?

I didn’t know anything about any of the prizes available. I thought “an anthology of beastly tales” sounded good, so I picked this one.

Describe the book within 140 characters.

A collection of stories about mythical beasts for the YA crowd.  

Pre-reading thoughts

Since I didn’t know anything about Monstrous Affections, I was surprised when I opened up my mail. First impressions: I LOVE the cover. The stories included are written by some of YA’s darlings: Patrick Ness, Holly Black, and Cassandra Clare. I was excited to see Nalo Hopkinson wrote a story for the book! Some of the titles are hilarious: Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying. I want to see what that one is all about. This was an excellent surprise. I chose well!

The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa: Review

Diving Pool

I don’t know what I just read. It was weird.

The Diving Pool is three novellas by Yoko Ogawa: The Diving Pool, Pregnancy Diary, and Dormitory.

The Diving Pool is a story I found difficult to read. In it, fifteen year old Aya obsesses over a boy living in the orphanage her parents run. The boy is a diver and she spends her time secretly watching him dive. The rest of her time is spent tormenting a one year old in her care. Both these activities make her feel something. While she takes pleasure in hurting the child, she is anxious to keep it hidden from her crush. It’s pretty twisted. I did not enjoy this one. At all.

Pregnancy Diary is about a different kind of obsession. Another young woman watches her sister’s pregnancy with a strange obsessiveness, and keeps a cold, clinical journal of her gestation. She begins conducting experiments without her sister’s knowledge.

In a departure from the depravity of the women in the last two stories, the heroine in Dormitory is at least a caring person. After her young cousin asks for the phone number of a dormitory she stayed in when she was in university, she helps him get a room there. She becomes concerned when it seems that he’s the only resident living there, and even more worried when he’s never there when she comes to visit.

I absolutely loved Revenge by Yoko Ogawa, which is why I bought The Diving Pool. Revenge is a series of connected stories, many of them about Revenge. The stories in The Diving Pool are even darker. I tried to find a connection and to me it’s about what people keep hidden, from others or themselves.

In The Diving Pool, Aya tries to keep this sinister side of herself from the quintessential boy next door. It’s not that she’s ashamed of herself. She doesn’t appear to have those feelings, but fears his rejection if he knew her secret.

The sister in Pregnancy Diary seems to be hiding her resentments in this clinical evaluation of her sister’s pregnancy. The older sister is married to a nice, but boring, man. The younger sister lives with them. Her job is a sample lady at a grocery store. She doesn’t have anything else going on. There they all are living together, while this life changing event is happening. Instead of a household of three, they will be four. I wonder how many, “When is your sister moving out?” conversations are happening behind the bedroom door.

Finally, in Dormitory the young woman is about to join her husband in Sweden once all the loose ends of their life in Japan are tied up. Is her worry for her cousin really about her own fears? Is she nostalgic for her old life just when she’s about to leave everything behind? I too thought something fishy was going on, but maybe I was just reacting to her fear. What was with the bees? Maybe that’s Japanese symbolism lost on me.

I started out not knowing what I was going to say in this review and now I’ve begun to ramble. This is what Yoko Ogawa does to you! She gets in your brain! You wonder if you’ve understood any of what you read and what it all means. Somewhere in Japan she’s stroking a white cat and whispering, “Excellent.”

The tales in The Diving Pool are twisted and strange. If that’s what you enjoy, I recommend them to you. If you ever figure out what they all mean, please share your ideas with me!

Media Madness Monday: Traumatized By The Bachlorette

media madness monday 1

I'm a media junkie, not just books, but TV, movies, music, podcasts, and internet nonsense. Every Monday I discuss something that's caught my interest this past week.

On the TV

I was going to tell you about my watching The Bachlorette for the first time, but the show ended with a contestant dying (not on the show, but at a later time). I just can’t bring myself to discuss it. It feels icky. I will say I think showing his final moments arguing with Andy, the bachlorette, was tacky. I will never watch that show again. Good luck, Marcell (Marquel???). I hope you “win.”

Orphan Black (Spoilers)

Orphan Black introduced a new clone, Tony. Tony is transgendered so he’s a boy clone. Tatiana Maslany can add “boy” to her resume now. I don’t trust Tony yet. He doesn’t have that connection to the rest. I’m not sure where they are going with his character. I did not like Tony kissing Felix. I was just like, “Felix, dude! That’s your sister, sort of. Well, foster sister. That’s like kissing your sister! Think about it! NO!” I guess I should never watch Game of Thrones from what I hear about it. There are only 2 new episodes left. I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself.

Podcasting

I just discovered Reading the End, hosted by the two Jennys. I only caught the latest episode where they discussed the Amazon/Hatchette situation, the book If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler, and played a game: Italy or Not Italy. They were funny and interesting. It’s the kind of podcast I’d love to create, if the Jennys hadn’t.

 

On the Web

If you haven’t already, check out Go Fug Yourself. It’s a celebrity fashion blog, but the Fug Girls are hilarious. They aren’t mean, at least not about the people. They review the clothes celebs wear and often wonder about the taste of the people wearing the outfits, but do not critique bodies or faces. They also do TV recaps. Recently, they’ve been watching I Want to Marry “Harry” so that we don’t have to.


I really want to see Maleficent, but I’ve been super busy with my kid’s end of the year productions. Things should be getting quieter soon. Since summer is coming (eventually), my TV and movie watching could be sporadic. There are a few new shows I’m going to check out though. So, I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting this feature. I’m just going see how things go.

Seen anything good lately?

The Finale of Lady Audley’s Secret Readalong

So many thoughts. So, so many.

SPOILLLLLLLLLLLLLERZ!

Yes, Robert escaped the fire because he didn’t like his room. His fussiness saved his life and the lives of the other inhabitants, including Luke. He finally gets a confession from Lady Audley. She is – “a MAD WOMAN!”

lucille wink

Some thoughts. Okay, I don’t buy it. Lucy, or Helen whatever, says her mother was mad and that’s why she’s mad. They don’t sound remotely like the same affliction.

“I saw no raving, straight-waist-coated maniac, guarded by zealous jailers, but a golden-haired, blue-eyed, girlish creature, who seemed as frivolous as a butterfly, and who skipped toward us with her yellow curls decorated with natural flowers, and saluted us with radiant smiles, and gay, ceaseless chatter.”

That could be said of the character Lucy plays, but the real Lucy is devious and cunning. Her mother didn’t push her husband down a well because he was about to blow her secret. I don’t think Lucy is mad. I think she’s been told all her life, or surmised, that’s she has her mother’s madness and that information is a lot to bear. Deep down she’s thought, “Someday I’m going to do something terrible and it will be because I’m mad.” In a way, that gives her freedom to do what she wants and blame it on her mom. It’s a perfect defense too. Can’t hang a mad woman. Is she selfish? Yes. Mad? No. Well, maybe a sociopath.

Lucy tells her life story and even after George abandons her, she’s doesn’t go mad. She gets depressed, which considering her situation is understandable. I’d be depressed too. She’s frustrated with her poverty, and although it’s the wrong thing to do, she does something about it. The men in her life are useless. She must take her own, and little Georgey’s, destiny into her own hands. I actually admire her for that.

So, the pushing of George down the well. Not her finest hour. I think she could have had a case for putting George in a madhouse if she had insisted on her not being Helen. The guy’s wife dies, there are witnesses, he simply saw a woman that looked like his wife and became obsessed. Considering all she had done up to this point, it should have been easy. She’s got a rich husband- badda bing, badda boom- madhouse for George. She lost her temper and murdered George instead. Robert is shocked at this information, even though this feels like old news to me by this point.

lucille eyeroll

After Robert consults a doctor who can just look at a person and tell if they’re mad (uh huh), he packs Lucy off to France to a Madhouse Spa. Lucy is a tad angry about this.

Luke is the Worst!

Robert receives a message that Luke wants to see him and reluctantly returns to Audley Court. What to do about George’s body? Guess it has to stay down the well.

Luke has some interesting news. George is alive! He climbed out of the well and hid in some bushes which is where Luke finds him. George writes some letters and then toddles off to Australia, presumably, WITHOUT SEEING ROBERT IN PERSON! Did he learn nothing? Do not leave letters behind for people. See them face to face like a man, George. You are so stupid!

Because Luke is the worst, he doesn’t deliver those letters to Robert or Lucy. He is an asshole. His reason is because Lucy doesn’t offer the money to him to his liking. News for you Luke, blackmailers are jerks, no one is friends with their blackmailer. He doesn’t deliver Robert’s letter, because Rich People.

lucille banana

Threesome

With this good news, Robert hangs out with George’s family and asks Clara to marry him, She will, if she can go to Australia with him to find George. But wait! George shows up at Robert’s apartment! You’re a little late, George. You could have saved everyone some trouble and come home months ago. Instead, of going to Australia, he went to New York. He would have stayed but he “yearned for the strong grasp of your hand, Bob.” *snort* Subtle.

In the end, Robert, Clara, and George all live together. Cosy. What they get up to there, I don’t know. George has no lady in his life. Alicia marries that Towers guy and everyone is happy, except for Lucy. She dies in the madhouse.

I have changed the ending in my head. I believe Lucy Moriarty-ed her way out of the madhouse. She bribed a doctor or used her sexuality to get out. Now she travels about Europe, relieving rich old men of their money while plotting jewellery heists. She is quite happy.

lucille better


What did the Victorians make of Lady Audley’s Secret? I feel like the whole novel is subversive. Braddon appears to be giving this “unnatural” woman who uses her wiles to climb her way to the top her comeuppance but isn’t she really pointing out how unfair her situation is? Maybe it’s a 21st Century view but couldn’t they see that Lucy got the shaft? She’s a pretty girl who has a bright future and instead gets abandoned by her husband and left with a kid to feed. Lucy brings up this fact of George’s abandonment to Robert several times but he just brushes it off. Easy for him, he’s a rich dude who has no idea how scary it is to be that poor. He just struts around with his great wealth and education doing nothing but reading French novels. He couldn’t imagine her situation so he doesn’t. CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE, ROBERT!

Really, Lucy was just too damn smart and too ambitious. Like Thomas Hardy said, “The woman pays.”

Kobo Chat: Disturbed Teenaged Girls and Anthropomorphized Insects

What’s new on your Kobo or other ebook device? First, let’s take a look at the electronic reading I’ve been up to lately. I’ll talk about what I’ve finished, what I’ve downloaded (bought or borrowed), and how that’s working out for me. Grab a coffee and let’s chat!

Finished

This past week I finished both The Fever by Megan Abbott and The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa. They were each not what I expected. I’ll be reviewing them soon.

New to the Kobo

  • Bought: Dare Me by Megan Abbott was a Daily Deal ($2.99).
  • Borrowed from library: The Bees by Laline Paull has lots of buzzzzzz.
  • Netgalley title: Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch. People seem to like The Dinner.

Let’s Talk

I had mixed feelings about The Fever when I finished it, so when I saw Dare Me as a Daily Deal I thought I’d give that one a try. Megan Abbott’s writing is interesting. I think by giving Dare Me a chance, I’ll decide if she’s the writer for me or not. Both books deal with teenaged girls. The Fever is about an illness that affects some girls in a small town; Dare Me is about competitive cheerleading. If you’re on the fence about an author’s writing style, would you read another book by them?

The Bees sounds so weird, I’m really looking forward to reading it. My husband and I have been discussing bees quite often these days. The book is from the point of view of a bee. It’s a dystopian bee book.

How about you? Are you reading anything interesting on your device? Find any good deals? Tell me about it!