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WWW Wednesday–7/30/14


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love ninaThanks to my bogging buddy Cleo for reviewing this book several months ago—I’m quite sure I never would have discovered it otherwise! Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home by Nina Stibbe is a memoir in the form of letters. Each letter is written by Nina, a young woman living in London during the 1980s and working as a nanny for a single mother and her two very intelligent and entertaining sons. Nina shares short, slice-of-life vignettes and snatches of dialogue in the letters that she writes to her sister back home.  I enjoyed this book a lot (I’m always a fan of books made up of correspondence!) but it definitely wasn’t a quick read for me. There were so many  British terms and slang that weren’t familiar to me at all, and I found that this really slowed me down. Aside from that, though, the many short samples of dialogue throughout the book were WONDERFUL! Dialogue is often a big deal-breaker for me—if it doesn’t ring true, I’m probably not going to be a fan of the book. In this case, Stibbe totally captures the different people in her day to day life—especially the two young boys she’s caring for. Much of their dialogue was laugh-out-loud funny—even with the unfamiliar slang!

appetites of girlsHave you ever really, really wanted to just love a book? That’s the way I felt about The Appetites Of Girls by Pamela Moses. It seemed like it had lots of characteristics that I usually enjoy—narrative told through multiple viewpoints, college friends, strong female characters—these are all usually real winners for me! But in this case, the lack of characterization really killed the book. This novel was told through the first-person voices of the four main characters, and I honestly could hardly tell the difference between any of them. Each chapter read almost exactly like the one before, and I felt that this was quite unbelievable as the four young women all came from very different backgrounds. Even the dialogue that was included seemed the same, no matter who was talking. I wanted to like this book so much, but unfortunately it really fell flat for me.


landlineI’ve been anxiously waiting for Rainbow Rowell’s Landline to be released here in the US, and I finally made it to the top of the library hold list! I’m only about 70 pages in (it’s been a busy time at work!), but I’m enjoying it so far—even though it’s quite different from Rowell’s other books. I have a three-day weekend coming up, and I’m hoping to be able to spend some quality time with these characters soon!


As usual, I don’t have a clue! I’ll have to see what I’m in the mood for when I’m ready to start something new.

How about you? Have you read any of these? What are you reading this week? Please share!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

23 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday–7/30/14

  1. It’s a shame about The Appetites of Girls book, I hate being disappointed by books! Hope you have better luck this week 🙂

  2. Love Nina is going on my wish list! It sounds so unexpected and unique. So sorry The Appetites of Girls didn’t work out. I hate when I get disappointed like that. Landline is on my wishlist as well. Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Landline is very different to Rainbow Rowell’s other books. Glad you’re enjoying it though!

  4. How much are you loving Landline?! I can’t get any where around here yet so I’m super jealous! 😛

  5. Thanks for my mention 🙂 Because I didn’t even really notice the slang, except when it was especially outdated (the letters were written some time ago) I felt I should have included this in my review, sorry it didn’t occur that it would seem difficult across the Atlantic. Isn’t it annoying when a book just doesn’t work for you; I’ve had a bit of a run of those lately but fortunately broken up by some fantastic reads too.

    • The slang was a bit of a surprise, but it wasn’t really off-putting–I just had to take my time so I could figure out what was being talked about! And the characters of the two boys more than made up for it–I’d love to read a book that only featured them! I hope that they are just as entertaining now that they’re all grown up!

  6. I loooooved Landline! It is quite different from Rainbow’s other books and, truthfully, something I wouldn’t have been likely to pick up if she hadn’t written it, but I was so sucked into it when I read it a couple months ago. I hope you find time to get back to it soon!

    Happy reading!

    My W… W… W…

    • Same here–I doubt that I would have picked it up if it wasn’t by Rowell, but I’ve become such a fan of hers that I’ll probably give anything she writes a try!

  7. Looking forward to your thoughts on Landline! I’ve only read Rainbow Rowell’s first book, Attachments, but I love the synopsis for Landline!

  8. Love Nina sounds terrific. I’ve not found many books about nannies in modern times. Those that feature child care will either be about governesses in the Victorian era or romance novels. LOve Nina sounds refreshing and I’m hoping that I get a chance to read it. Thanx for the pointer 🙂

  9. I need to buy Landline, although I really want the UK edition :). The Appetites Of Girls used to be on my TBR list, but I re-read the synopsis and nothing really stood out to make me want to read it. Enjoy Landline!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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