- #38 for Audiobook challenge
Wednesday, August 31
- #38 for Audiobook challenge
Tuesday, August 30
Best TV show of the Month:
Blodeuedd - Never Have I Ever (S1-3)
Best Cover of the Month:
|C: There is just something about this cover that catches my eye!|
Sunday, August 28
Where I Got It: Netflix
Saturday, August 27
Author: Bernadette Jiwa
Title: The Making of Her
Genre: Historical Fiction
Published: August 9th 2022
This was just a random book I said yes to and made Carole read it too.
Awwww! It sounded too good to not check it out. I’m glad we read it! This is for sure an excellent book club book.
I thought the whole preggo in Ireland in the 60s sounded good cos of all those scandals and all. But there was almost nothing about the effed up things the Catholic church was up to back then. And I still wonder about her siblings?!?!
I do wish we had more seeing her journey when she was young and preggo. We only got glimpses. And yessss I would’ve liked to see what happened to the siblings. Maybe there will be a sequel with her finding all her family?
I did feel a bit disappointed personally, I felt there were many roads that could have been taken. Like did she never look or wonder about them? I’d wonder about my siblings! And yes I felt the whole pregnancy journey should have been more. Now it was more a boring middle-aged couple where the husband was a d*ck.
I think it would’ve been more…. heart-wrenching if we got to see her before, during, and then after. And then all the drama with Emma and Ben. I think it would’ve been more impactful. And ugh damn Martin and his venomous mother.
Yes, it should have been more gutwrenching. I did not even like Emma, I felt she was too oh if my mum had been alone then poor mum, but now she was not so f her.
I get Emma being a little bitter because she didn’t know the story. You finally get a chance to learn and hear Joan’s side, but she was still f her. It’s tragic how it all went down. I felt bad for Joan and Emma and even Carmel. They deserved more. Again…f Martin and his mom. LOL that is all I kept saying the whole time.
I get bitter, but one thinks that after hearing the story she would understand, like hello, your dad?!? Doesn’t that tell you anything? I felt really sorry for Joan. Being stuck with Martin and his toxic mum for 30 years. The ending too was so meh, it needed more impact.
For real. Joan was so young and she was pretty much a prisoner in that house….a bird locked in a gilded cage. I did cheer at the end when Joan did what she did. Good for her. Good for Carmel. I’m mad at Emma for what she did. I am hopeful there will a second book. I feel like there is more story to tell. Like we get to see Joan’s siblings. The ending just ended. Too many loose ends.
Hmm, I wonder how Catholic the author is, maybe she doesn’t want to say too much about 60s practices of taking kids and such. Delve deeper you know. But yes I really wanted to know more. Maybe there were no records, but still, go find them! See, what this book left me was that question.
To be fair…Joan may not know anything about that. If there is another book maybe the author can dive into with Joan looking for her siblings that were taken. I’m sure those poor kids have horror stories!
I do wonder….but hey at least Martin did stand by her. This book could have taken a much much bleaker turn. Her ending up in some home run by nuns, and shunned by her friends.
I’m very, very surprised Martin stayed by her. I still don’t fully get why he just didn’t marry her in London. He was an ass and only wanted to do things on his and his mother’s schedule. Grrrr Martin. Maybe Joan could’ve found a nice fella to take her and her baby in.
Nah, that baby would have been taken from her and adopted, and maybe she finally had made it somewhere to start a new life. But yes I am surprised Martin didn’t just say bye and leave. At least he tried that asshole. And they could just have pretended to have married earlier, but hhh scandal. Well fu Martin, you coward. Be a man!
Yes. That was his biggest flaw. He was a coward. I like to think that maybe Joan could’ve found another man. Even if they took the baby…maybe when Emma showed up that man would’ve been all “YES! LET’S HELP HER!!!!” IDK. I’m so glad Joan and Carmel womened up.
That other man would totally have been, let’s help her at once! And then it would have taken a happier turn. And maybe they would have hunted down Martin, and he would still be a bitter old man. But this time Joan and Emma would have been all f that guy.
Wishful thinking! I hope there is a book 2. I am invested in these characters…especially Joan, Carmel, and little Ben. I need more of a closure.
I need more closure too.
More is needed, but def a good book for book club. Lots to talk about lol.
The end! Until next time friend.
Friday, August 26
Thursday, August 25
- #37 for Audiobook challenge
Wednesday, August 24
Tuesday, August 23
Monday, August 22
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
Release date: 08-02-22
Romance /to review
I am usually not a fan of author narrating their own books, but this author IS a narrator, so this works. She knows her stuff!
This book also made me think of narrating since it is a book about an audio book narrator. All the time that goes into it. I found it so interesting because I was reading this article about audiobooks here, and they clearly do not know their stuff here. They do not do their research like Sewanee does. The article in question was how narrators were butchering words and city names because they just read them, without knowing how to. Ok story time over. It was just so fascinating seeing what goes into it. I love audiobooks, but I do not know audiobooks.
To the story! Sewanee is a former actress turned audiobook narrator after an accident. We do not learn why she uses an eyepatch until later on, and damn! She gets this huge opportunity to narrate a romance and cash in. With the romance nr 1 Brock McKnight. They have not met, but sparks fly through emails. And I liked that, they really got to know each other without even knowing what they looked like.
There is romance, but also so much more. Her wanting to care for her grandmother with dementia. Her relationship with her best friends who is making a name for herself. Her relationship with romance (there is none, she have given up.)
A good book that had me laughing out loud. And as I often take walks while listening, well, it must have been a sight.
Good narration, obviously Wheelan knows what she is going. I'd love to read that other book she wrote too. It would be interesting.
For Sewanee Chester, being an audiobook narrator is a long way from her old dreams, but the days of being a star on film sets are long behind her. She’s found success and satisfaction from the inside of a sound booth and it allows her to care for her beloved, ailing grandmother. When she arrives in Las Vegas last-minute for a book convention, Sewanee unexpectedly spends a whirlwind night with a charming stranger.
On her return home, Sewanee discovers one of the world’s most beloved romance novelists wanted her to perform her last book—with Brock McNight, the industry’s hottest, most secretive voice. Sewanee doesn’t buy what romance novels are selling—not after her own dreams were tragically cut short—and she stopped narrating them years ago. But her admiration of the late author, and the opportunity to get her grandmother more help, makes her decision for her.
As Sewanee begins work on the book, resurrecting her old romance pseudonym, she and Brock forge a real connection, hidden behind the comfort of anonymity. Soon, she is dreaming again, but secrets are revealed, and the realities of life come crashing down around her once more. If she can learn to risk everything for desires she has long buried, she will discover a world of intimacy and acceptance she never believed would be hers.
Wednesday, August 17
Tuesday, August 16
Monday, August 15
Narrated by: Heather Long
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
Release date: 08-09-22
Fiction / to review
So this is not a romance if anyone thinks that, but, it does have a happy ending. The author does manage to sneak in some romance finally in the last few chapters. Because we all need happiness.
Harriet was nice, but oh the trauma from a previous relationship. The more I heard the more I felt for her, and then when that thing happened. Omg, my heart broke. My heart broke! Her ex is the world biggest asshat. And if that wasn't the worst, her latest ex might not have been the worst, but still an idiot.
After a breakup she finds a new place to live. It happens to be with a hottie, but they are both coming out from relationships, and they have their issues to work out.
I enjoyed the book. It was a hard one to put down.
Great narration. I was there with everyone. A good range of voices and a book that really pulled you in.
There are some heavy subjects in this one. I could not put it down. I wanted to Harriet to be happy, but destiny kept throwing things at her. I raced towards the end. I could not put it down.
Harriet Hatley is the most in-demand wedding photographer in town, but she doesn’t believe in romance, loathes the idea of marriage, and thinks chocolate fountains are an abomination. Which is why, when her long-time partner proposes, she panics. Suddenly Harriet is single…and living down the hall from her ex. She needs a new apartment, like, yesterday.
Enter Cal Clarke, a hopeless romantic who just experienced his own wedding-related disaster. Harriet and Cal are like chalk and cheese, but as they go from strangers to roommates to friends, it becomes clear they’re both running from something. When Harriet’s most heavily guarded secret comes to light, her world implodes. And Cal, with his witty humor and gentle advice, is a surprising source of calm at the center of the storm.
With her career, friendships, and reputation on the line, Harriet must finally face her past in order to take control of her future. Because if she’s willing to stop playing it safe and risk everything to share her truth, real love and happiness may be waiting on the other side....
Saturday, August 13
Where I Got It: Hulu