Posts Tagged ‘tlc tours’

13th July
2011
written by Steph

I know that I am not the only book blogger out there who is stubborn. I’ve read plenty of posts in which readers proclaim about “refusing to give in to the hype” and steering clear of books that have shot to the top of bestseller lists and set the general public on fire. I like to think that I tend to avoid mass hits in the publishing world because they tend to be directed at readers whose tastes are different from myself, but I do know that part of my avoidance is definitely due to not wanting to give in to peer pressure and jump on the latest bandwagon. Tony is probably the first person who can tell you that I do somewhat pride myself in being difficult and contrary, so it’s no surprise that this aspect of my personality extends to my reading preferences. All this to say that even though I have been told by people for ages that I would love Ann Patchett and that Bel Canto is one of the best books ever, I have resisted reading anything by her until now. I have a copy of Bel Canto that has languished unread for a few years now, but just when I think I’ll give it a try, someone tells me how much I will love it, and I immediately feel like I have to read anything else. When I saw that State of Wonder was being offered up for a TLC Tour, I was mildly interested, but it wasn't until I read the brief summary of the book that I was fully intrigued. I mean, a book that involves doctors and scientists researching medicines in the Amazon sounds like heaven to me, so with that temptation before me, I asked to be part of the tour. And I promise I did so in good faith, or mostly in good faith. I admit that I wanted to like the book, but part of me also sort of hoped that I would hate it so that I could be a lone ornery drummer in a band full of Ann Patchett fans. (more…)
27th January
2010
written by Steph
I believe this is a darn good read!

I believe this is a darn good read!

I can’t remember which post a few months ago compelled a whole slew of readers to leave comments suggesting I read Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller, but needless to say the recommendation, while overwhelming, came in loud and clear.  I’ve been trying to limit my book buying this year because I really do have so many books that need to be read, but when Trish emailed me asking whether I’d like to participate in any of the upcoming TLC Tour stops and I saw The Believers by Heller was on the list, I jumped at the chance to do so (which, yes, this means that I received this book for free).  One way or another, I wanted to know what all this Heller hype was about! The Believers is the story of a family, the Livitnoffs, who have more than their fair share of skeletons in the closet.  Joel and Audrey were left-wing activists, fighting for socialist causes back in the ‘60s.  They have tried to instill their extremist beliefs on their children (Rosa, Karla, and Lenny), but things haven’t turned out exactly as they might have hoped.  Lenny is a layabout who only really excels at developing addiction problems; Karla is overweight, infertile, and in struggling marriage; and Rosa has suddenly decided to embrace their Jewish heritage and is dabbling with orthodoxy.  Things take a turn for the worse when Joel collapses during a trial (in which he was defending someone brought up on charges of terrorism) and winds up in a coma, only to have some of his shady secrets finally creep into the light… Oy vey! (more…)