(Almost) new season, new background! Since I ruined my last background (see: tea stain in earlier picture...), I figured it was time to find another summery background.
I’m working through Kristin Hannah’s books, and am in the first quarter of this lengthy tome. Sister drama! Yikes! But since I have none of that drama in my own life, I don’t mind so much delving into someone else’s story. What are you reading right now? Anything new and notable?
This is one of my favorite gifts I've ever gotten. I even used it for a hummanties paper last semester. My Aunt Rachel got me this book because she wanted the girls in her family to read and see these strong woman of history! That is something I really appreciate because one of my favorite things in the entire world is a strong female whether that be in film,televison, literature, or real life.
So question of the day: Who are some of your favorite strong woman from film,televison, literature, or real life? (And just if you were wondering all the little posters and the bookmark are from Nerdy Post)
#thisbook people!!! @sarahwinman
This book.is only 200 pages. I marvel at what Sarah Winman can do to bring such imagery and emotion to so few words. I am at the halfway part and I had to.put it down because im devastated and probably much like Ell dont know how to go on from there. This book has so much atmosphere..i love Ells mom so much. I love Michael so much. Im not.sure where this is going but I love Sarahs writing so.much and Im enjoying the memories and stories being told. Just coming home from a funeral today combined with reaching page 103 is just a bit overwhelming. Im going to resume tomorrow morning. #sadstory#heartbreaking#beautifulbook#brilliantwriting
Somehow I knowwww this will become one of my favorite books of all time. It makes me feel joy and sadness bridged to melancholia, with a hefty dose of nostalgia. So far.
Who of you have read it and what did you think & feel???
Book 67 of 2018: The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton.
Nor Blackburn's goal in life is to go unnoticed and therefore, she is exceptional at being invisible. But Nor's life is extraordinary: her ancestor, Rona Blackburn, landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and after being shunned by the original eight, Rona unknowingly cursed the women in her family to fall in love with the originals' offspring, experience three days of love and passion, and raise their daughters alone.
Nor is hoping to escape this fate and the drama that will come with it, but when The Price Guide to the Occult lands in her hands, Nor realizes escaping from her past, present and future is not possible.
I first read and absolutely LOVED The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender about a year ago, and I was ecstatic to find out Walton was releasing another novel. I *knew* this was going to be just as wonderful as her first book and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. But I was so wrong. The problem is, I let myself think The Price Guide to the Occult was going to be vibrant with beautifully done magical realism, and while there's parts that belong in that genre, this was more of a paranormal romance.
So here is what I want you to understand: my disappointment is entirely my fault.
That being said, the writing is beautiful in a way only Walton can manage and the first chapter really set the mood and atmosphere for the story.
The Blackburn women are witches and the way the subject is approached is pretty wonderful, but at the same time I do wish it had been explored a little more in depth; I desperately wanted to find out more about their magic and how it came to be.
The romance is sweet and it added that cute element to the story, but it ended up feeling insta-lovey and the way the book ended made me feel like the story would have been better off without it.
I would still recommend this to anyone, because even though I'm disappointed, I understand I expected too much from this book (and, overall, it was a great story).
I am giving this 3/5 stars.
Trigger warning: self harm.