Currently reading Renegades, very slowly making my way through this, not because I don't like it, I've just been super busy all month and reading has taken the back seat this month. But so far I'm loving it! I live Marissa Meyer's writing, if you haven't picked up a book by her, I recommend that you do!
Oh where do I start with this book. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt was an up hill battle. I did not enjoy reading it at all. The story was a great concept, - the reason I picked it up in the first place - but with over 700 pages, side stories that to me, didn't really need to be there and a very slow moving plot, I struggled to finish this book. -
We follow Theo Decker from when he was thirteen and the drastic death of his mom to his current age as he retells his story about living with the lost of his mother and the weight from carrying a famous painting in secrecy. -
Again, an interesting story but with too many pages. In my opinion, I think the story would be much more successful with 400 pages less. -
This is just my opinion and if anyone read The Goldfinch, I would love to hear your opinions. Maybe I would enjoy this book if I was older but for now, I would put The Goldfinch in the pile of books I wouldn't read again. -
Michelle Obama's memoir is a powerful story that chronicles her life - from the South side of Chicago to the White House.
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A truly 2018 question. I'm only on chapter 4 on my library copy of Ijeoma Oluo's So You Want To Talk About Race and I already know I'll have to buy myself a copy and mark up all the lines I want to remember and spend time considering so I can go out and stumble awkwardly through necessary conversations. Not to mention it's a great title specifically meant to piss off the people who were never gonna read it in the first place #soyouwanttotalkaboutrace#checkyourprivilege#ijeomaoluo#currentlyreading
Hey guys! Just want to share this interesting book. Did you know science has proven that lucid dreaming is possible?
I actually have no plans to try to be awake or be conscious in my dreams 😂 I just find it amazing that this is a real thing. Plus, I got to learn more about the brain, sleeping, and dreams.
And did you know that it's important to have a dream journal? Ideas from dreams or your dream itself can be helpful to your reality. It says on this book, the periodic table of elements came to chemist Dmitri Mendeleev during a dream. Interesting, right? 🤓
Here's a question: who do you agree more with:
🔶️Plato = dreams are expressions of repressed desires
🔷️Aristotle = dreams have no purpose
When down with a fever and your palette recognises no taste, only flavourful writing can help you pick yourself up. Chimamanda Adichie's writing has equal portions of humour and horror, anger and tenderness and I devoured each story like a warm soup on a damp day. #adichie#currentlyreading#shortstories
“I catch Tommy as he’s looking at himself in the mirror - just for a split second - a split second that seemed to last forever - and his eyes are smiling, I’ll never forget it, Irish eyes just smiling right back at himself; everything they say in the songs is true. And he fixes his hair. He licks his finger and he runs it through his hair and he fixes his parting. All in this film that has slowed to the point where you feel like you could live in it forever. And then he pulls the chatsby out his trousers in one big sweep and he looks down at Bobby and he smiles and he looks back at himself in the mirror and he pulls the trigger and he blows this guy away without even looking at him.”
Huge thanks to @faberbooks for sending me this arc of David Keenan’s upcoming new novel, ‘For the Good Times’, about four friends living in a Catholic area of North Belfast who get swept up in the violence and chaos of 1970s Northern Ireland. A raw, harrowing and impacting vision of The Troubles, this book could be considered a masculine mirror to Anna Burns’ 2018 @manbookerprizes winning novel ‘Milkman’ - not just for its setting and topic but for its deeply lyrical prose, its powerful and nuanced first-person voice, and vivid yet experimental vignette style of narrative. Disturbing and gut-wrenching but equally touching and poignant. I really enjoyed this. It’s out January 2019 if you’re interested 😉
REVIEW - So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo
I sure wish I’d read this book years ago. Okay, so it wasn’t published till this year, but still it’s the book I didn’t know I was waiting for.
This is the first of a pair of books that I’m reading on the subject of race (see previous post) and it was a great start. Oluo has written a great primer for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of racial oppression and take concrete actions to make change.
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo speaks directly to her audience weaving in her personal history with concepts of systemic racism. The table of contents shows how clearly and concretely she has broken this large and difficult subject into distinct topics. Each chapter includes recommendations for actions the reader can take.
This book made me reflect. I thought about things I’d done nearly 40 years ago that I’m not proud of and things I wished I’d done much more recently before I retired from a career in education. As Oluo says, “...you can only do better if you are willing to look at your entire self.”
Please read this book. And when you do, please come to it openly, ready to listen and learn. And then, when you’re done, think about what you can do. As Oluo says, “racial oppression starts in our homes, our offices, our cities, and our states, and it can end there as well.”
“‘I can say without question I’ve honestly never known anyone else like you.’
‘So completely undateable?’
‘Something like that.’” —Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
#currentread : started the first of two Christina Lauren books that I picked up at the library this weekend (this one & Roomies) and I can’t put it down! Found the next author I’m going to binge read😍 Christina Lauren recommendations?
Hey bookish friends! 📚 How are Thanksgiving plans looking? 🦃 We have family coming in tomorrow so want to get some reading in tonight. I’ve been saving the ARC of The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer for a while now but decided to finally start it last night and already really enjoying it. ❤️
Here’s the synopsis:
A captivating debut novel by Whitney Scharer, The Age of Light tells the story of Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her search to forge a new identity as an artist after a life spent as a muse. “I’d rather take a photograph than be one,” she declares after she arrives in Paris in 1929, where she soon catches the eye of the famous Surrealist Man Ray. Though he wants to use her only as a model, Lee convinces him to take her on as his assistant and teach her everything he knows. But Man Ray turns out to be an egotistical, charismatic force, and as they work together in the darkroom, their personal and professional lives become intimately entwined, changing the course of Lee’s life forever.
Lee’s journey takes us from the cabarets of bohemian Paris to the battlefields of war-torn Europe during WWII, from discovering radical new photography techniques to documenting the liberation of the concentration camps as one of the first female war correspondents. Through it all, Lee must grapple with the question of whether it’s possible to reconcile romantic desire with artistic ambition-and what she will have to sacrifice to do so.
Told in interweaving timelines, this sensuous, richly detailed novel brings Lee Miller-a brilliant and pioneering artist-out of the shadows of a man’s legacy and into the light.
The book will publish on Feb. 5, 2019. Thank you to Little, Brown and Company and NetGalley for the advanced copy!
What are you reading over the holiday break? ☺️
Congratulations to Esi Edugyan who won her second #GillerPrize last night, for the novel “Washington Black”! Luckily for me, this is the Nov/Dec pick for one of my book clubs. And, it’s partly set in Barbados - definitely another draw for me. Can’t wait to dive in!
After reading the Kindle sample, I knew I needed to pick up a copy of @reneredzepinoma’s newest book. the introduction alone makes fermentation sound like a fun project and gratifying endeavor worth learning about. But instead of ordering on Amazon, opportunity came in the form of lunch at the San Francisco Embarcadero and a stroll through one of my favorite bookstores. So excited to dive in and just in time for tomorrow’s long drive to Los Angeles.
🦃🍁🍂🌰Happy Thanksgiving🌰🍂🍁🦃 Which cozy mystery author or book are you most thankful for? Is there a particular book or story that got you through a rough patch this year or helped you to get through a bad day? Leave a comment below, it doesn't even have to be a cozy mystery book or author. What are you most thankful for this year?
PS. Don't forget to grab over 60 free cozy mystery books as part of our 'giving thanks for the cozy mystery books' celebration: http://www.sarahweldon.co.uk/blog/giving-thanks-for-the-cozy-mystery-books
This library haul is good. My eighth grade self would have been mighty pleased with a stack like this to disappear into on a long Thanksgiving holiday. 🤓📚 Too bad my holidays as a parent are not quite as leisurely and escapist. 🤣 Now, what should I read first as soon as I’m done with Middlemarch?? #bandbreads
My life lately has been mostly trying to catch up at work after missing three days from oral surgery, trying to get in some reading after vegging too much when I get home, and trying to get back into yoga this week now that I’m starting to feel a bit better. I’ll be glad for a 4-day weekend come Thursday. I’m ready to start evaluating how I want to enter 2019. (2019...that’s weird, right? It’s not just me?)
Another odd stack of books. There seems to be no reason why you would put these together.
Except, this is me we are talking about. There is a reason. I mean, besides the obvious fact that these books are awesome.
I'll give you a hint.
Take the first letter of every title and what does it spell?
Evaporation of Sofi Snow
Mark of the Raven
Isle of Swords
What?! Finding the vowels and a "g" was really hard but it was so much fun! Any reason to stare at my bookshelves makes it a good day.
Now, that I'm really thinking about these papery adventures, this group of main characters would make for a very interesting squad. I kind of want this to happen.
#cerfallbookchallenge - bookish friends
#novinbooks18 - Favorite Author's Debut - Daughter of Light by @morganlbusse
#theYAsisters - bookish squad
#novelswithsteph18 - #StackSaturday with books spelling your name
We have reviews up of The Storm Runner and Lair of Dreams today. The Storm Runner brought alllll the amazing mythology that I’ve been waiting for since Percy Jackson. What is some mythology you would love to see turn into a story?
Rereleased today by @vintagebooks, Fletcher Knebel’s NIGHT OF CAMP DAVID asked this question in 1965. 52 years later, America answered. • Senator Jim MacVeagh begins to question President Mark Hollenbach’s mental competence after a night at Camp David, during which Hollenbach spins paranoid theories about enemies conspiring against him and confides his plan to restore America’s global power through a new, “enlightened” imperialism. With only his mistress supporting his opinion, MacVeagh finds his credibility undermined by partisan politics and his career scrutinized by state security apparatuses. • In the same vein of political thrillers such as Richard Condon’s THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1959), Ted Allbeury’s THE TWENTIETH DAY OF JANUARY (1980), and Robert Harris’s THE GHOST (2007), Knebel pushes the reader to consider the precariously balanced scales of political power and the perilously drawn lines that demarcate patriotism from nationalism.
“In justification of his manner of living there was first, of course, The Meaningless of Life....It has begun to appear that we can learn nothing from the past with which to face the future—so we cease to be impulsive, convincible men, interested in what is ethically true by fine margins, we substitute rules of conduct for ideas of integrity, we value safety above romance, we become, quite unconsciously, pragmatic.” —-F. Scott Fitzgerald
Although highly regarded for The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Beautiful and the Damned offers an even deeper insight to the notion of one the most toxic relationships that readers will come across in his writing and everything that causes that toxicity. Meet Anthony Patch and his wife, Gloria! In short, while waiting for his grandfather’s inheritance, his marriage to Gloria becomes filled more and more with darkness and toxicity through severe alcoholism and greed. Their marriage becomes so dark, that all readers will see how the presence of parasites, aka, the seven deadly sins will destroy all relationships. Readers will see how these parasites mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually destroy those who embark on them. In this incredibly written novel, Fitzgerald has created a memorable rendition of a marriage that fails due to the presence of these parasites. The novel is remarkably well-written and an absolute eye opener to everyone that all parasites should immediately be removed for a healthier life and healthier relationships. #booknerd#bookworm#bookblogger#booklover#bookish#bookshelf#bookaddict#bookaholic#ilovebooks#bookstagram#reading#readinglist#currentlyreading#fiction#novel#literature
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posting a third pic bc i wanna get a row of my new theme & i’m very impatient lol
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