My companion in rainy days ☔️♥️
#CurrentlyReading Of Human Bondage by William Somerset Maugham, a massive 700+ paged beauty.
I have read only a small percentage of the whole but I know I will get through it sooner than I should because of the easy flow to the writing and a story which is familiar in the sense every good book is.
One thing I wanted to bring in focus is the very evident disparities between women and men in the book. I’ve come across so many such lines in just about a hundred pages that I am intrigued more than I am frustrated.
This is the reason I love classics. They are relevant to the time when they are read, but they also show you how far we’ve come. To give a few instances, I’m quoting the following lines: “It was a large black stove that stood in the hall and was only lighted if the weather was very bad and the Vicar had a cold. It was not lighted if Mrs Carey had a cold. Coal was expensive.” And, “On each side of the fireplace were chairs covered in stamped leather, each with an antimacassar; one had arms and was called the husband, and the other had none and was called the wife. Mrs Carey never sat in the armchair: she said she preferred a chair that was not too comfortable; there was always a lot to do, and if her chair had had arms she might not be so ready to leave it.”
Just a couple of lines but it just hits you so strongly, when it’s written so subtly, in conversation.
If you’ve read this book, I would love to read your thoughts on it.
Still a long way to go🙆🏻♀️
I’m having a very slow reading month this month and I’m not buying many books so I don’t really have much to post about, so I’ve decided to share with you some of my TBR pile. These are most of the hardbacks that I have on my TBR and I’m probably not going to read them any time soon because I really struggle reading hardbacks. I find them very difficult to read as I can’t get comfortable whilst holding one. All of these sound really good and a few of them are ones that I’ve wanted to read for a long time now. Hopefully I will overcome my reluctance to read hardbacks and I can read these later on in the year! Have you read any of these? Would you like to see more of my TBR? 💜 #bookstagram#bookworm#booknerd#booklover#bibliophile#bookphotography#bookrecommendation#tbrpost
guys i am currently looking for some book recommendations!! would love to read any genre of young-adult fiction, mystery, fantasy, drama, action, romance, any popular YA novels that everyone basically reads and loves! please comment on this post ♡
Holiday read number 2... a pretty shocking insight into the 97 hour week of a junior doctor. Struggled to get into this at first but ended up really enjoying it and finished in 2 days! A very sad reminder of our overstretched NHS with lots of dark humour thrown in. NHS staff = heros! #bookrecommendation#holidayread#thisisgoingtohurt#adamkay#nhs#bookclub
#BookstagramTogetherJuly day 15: A Book You Didn’t Finish
~ The Shack. I picked this book up because as a Christian, I thought it would be an interesting read, and an interesting take on religion and God, and while I did enjoy it, it’s super dense, and pretty slow, and I’m just much more of a straight up Fantasy person 😅😅 But I do want to finish it someday. .
I have three tags this time, from the lovely @shellzbookz !! The first is the #PiratesOfTheCarribeanTag
✨Jack Sparrow (character who gets out of crazy situations): Tris (all but once 😭)
✨William Turner (defies death): My beautiful babes, Rhys and Feyre
✨Elizabeth Swan (female who breaks the mold): Claire Fraser
✨Captain Salazar (badass villain): Bellatrix Lestrange, all the way
✨Henry Turner (Prince Charming character): Darien Freeman, literally 😂😂
✨Carina Smyth (smart female): Celaena Sardothien
Second is the #SpellTheMonthInBooks tag!
J - Jane Eyre
U - Unearthly
L - Lord of Shadows
Y - Young Elites (it is so friggin hard to find books that start with y 😅) And third is the #BookRecommendation tag!
1. Harry Potter, of course
3. Red Rising
4. Shatter Me
5. TMI/TID/TDA, cause if you go Cassie Clare, you gotta go all the way
I hope everyone had a great weekend! I went to the marina today and enjoyed reading under the sun...with some wine on the side. 🍷🏖️☀️
QOTD: What did you do over the weekend? -
⭐Book Challenge ⭐
Book: Wide Acre by Philippa Gregory. Not sure if it's my favorite beach read yet but I'm reading it at a marina so still a beach read. I'm doing the #beachbookschallenge by @the_book_enchantress
Every creative life needs a push now and then! If you’re a writer looking for some inspiration, you definitely need to check out @monicabhide’s “Read. Write. Reflect.” This lovely guidebook will unleash your inner muse and help you tap into some new ideas!
Silence by Shusaku Endo
I have a weak spot for Japanese literature. I like the simplicity and poetics of its prose, precision of language and the questions it asks and tries to answer.
I was inspired to read this book after I watched the Scorsese movie of the same name, and I can say that both are equally powerful. ⚡️
This is the book that I'm going to keep in my library, and would definitely reread again. ❓So, what is it about? Two Portuguese priests set off to Japan in the times of Christian persecution, and try to find their teacher who is said to have apostatised. The journey is not about places, but more about faith and meaning of martyrdom, love and life when all one hears in reply to their prayers is silence. -
Are you a lover of Japanese literature? Any books you could recommend?
STAFF PICK OF THE WEEK •
Dear Mrs. Bird - AJ Pearce
"This is a lovely read! Pearce transports you to London in the 1940s, where Emmeline Lake wants to do her part for the war effort. She volunteers at the Auxiliary Fire Service, and her dream is to be a War Correspondent - but life doesn’t always take us on the path we imagine.
This is a moving, but surprisingly funny novel that brilliantly displays the effects of war on the perhaps unassuming victims - those on the Home Front. Filled with heart and charm, this book shows the power of love, kindness, and friendship." - Georgia
💛⚫💛 #bookreview#review 💛⚫💛
Second Chance by @bjharvs .
Oh holy heaven! BJ Harvey has ruined me with this magistral masterpiece! Second Chance is the second installment in the Chances Series. In my opinion this book is the hottest and most tempting book in the series. It has the right amount of sinful passion and forbidden temptation. All wrapped in a sizzling cover. This book is the kind of book that makes you believe in second chances but if life gives you good books to read, you must devour them like the good book addict you are. Amen!
BJ Harvey has done and excellent work! She never disappoints her readers. She penned an all-consuming story that makes you want more and more. It hooks you from the beginning and at the end you will lose a piece of yourself because Gabrielle and Bruno's story is ardent, hot, forbidden and deeply strong. It is about second chances, friendship, trust, forgiveness and redemption. In the past both were battered by love however their souls mended in a fierce way without knowing it.
The chemistry between Gabrielle and Bruno is hot and reckless and totally addictive. Bruno is and addition, he is the kind of man that consumes you and makes you grow desperate to get another hit of him.
Second Chance is definitely my favourite flavor of the month. I highly recommend you to read it. It is a must read for those readers who loves raw romance and strong and complex characters. BJ Harvey's writing is sizzling forbidden and brilliantly addictive. Once you start reading her book you won't be able to stop. She is a talented lady that knows how to play with her readers in a marvelous ways. Her male characters are always hot AF and her heroines are strong independent women. Insanely perfect!
Rate: 💛💛💛💛💛 Five cautious and addictive stars! This book takes the Second Chance Romance to a new level!
I just finished Cecile Richards’s memoir, Make Trouble, this weekend and I highly recommend it to everyone. I learned a lot, I got incredibly mad, but in the end, it was so inspiring. There were lots of passages that I wanted to highlight and call out, and I usually do that while reading, especially nonfiction. But while reading this book, I found myself not wanting to break my momentum.
This was a library book so I’m definitely going to get myself a copy. Here’s to all the troublemakers, may we keep pushing for positive change!
There I was dreaming about #dragons 🐉🐲and this wonderful 🎁 gift #renegadeskyfarer from #author @rj_metcalf appeared! I’m so excited to read this great adventure for #youngadultfiction 📖📖📖
Here’s the description:
The airship crew saved Ben’s life from a dragon, of all things.
When Ben wakes up, he has no memory of his family, his home, or how he got to this strange world. All he knows is what his new crew members tell him: the magical Barrier that protects their land is weakening. Unless they find the artifact that can repair it, all of Terrene will be destroyed and enslaved by the enemies beyond.
But when Ben suspects that danger may lurk closer than dragons or sky pirates, he has to decide: stay and fight with the airship crew, or focus on regaining his lost memory? If he leaves, he risks losing his newfound friends–but if he stays, he might never return home.
Welcome to Terrene–where dragons exist, the past haunts, and magic is no myth.
Welcome aboard the Sapphire.
Here is my #bookstareal photo - currently bruising and reading Only Human by @sylvainneuvel (#partner @netgalley @penguinrandomhouse). My @netgalley percentage isn’t the best, so I’m trying to catch up on some reads and eventually reviews. What are you reading right now?
Also note my huge font size and backlighting for my kindle. It’s necessary for middle of the night reading 🤓 and tired eyes!
Hello, friends! Our book today is A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS, written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith, an interesting examination of what makes a house into a home.
Two children are exploring the woods one day when they come upon a derelict house. Its path is overgrown, its paint is cracked and fading, and its windows are broken, the last providing entry for the curious kids. Inside, they find evidence of a life once lived there: faded photos, dusty kitchen contents, even a still-made bed. They speculate as to who might have once inhabited the home: a lady who painted squirrels in the garden? A little boy who made model planes? A girl who loved to dance? And what became of these people? The children return home after their expedition, and reflect on the house that was once a home - for a house is only truly be a home because a person makes it so.
This is definitely an intriguing story, and it has it’s ups and downs for me. As a mom, I think I got hung up on the idea of two children exploring a crumbling house unsupervised, starting by climbing in through a shattered window that still had shards of glass; I realize that it’s a kid’s book, and begs a suspension of disbelief, but it still made me clench. Also, there was something faintly bothersome about the way the story left the speculative former family of the home, wandering the woods because they couldn’t find their keys. Again, it’s a figment of a fictional child’s imagination, but it felt a little unsatisfying. However, past those two trifles, there is a beautifully illustrated meditation on home, things, and how we leave traces of ourselves in both. The text flows like a gentle stream, and JJ seemed very soothed by it. It’s a good length, and overall a very pretty book, so we’re calling this one Baby Bookworm approved!
Be sure to check out our website at thebabybookwormblog.wordpress.com for more reviews!
MANHATTAN BEACH: I’d read enough about this book before picking it up to know that it was a departure from her previous post-modern novel A Visit from the Goon Squad. But still, it was hard to believe that the two books came from the same author. I suppose once you’ve written a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, publishers will let you write whatever you damn well like. And Egan can write, that’s for sure, but this didn’t come close to being anything as special as the Goon Squad for me. It’s pretty much a traditional story set in the Great Depression, a novel of New York and the sea. It’s feminist fiction. It’s interesting. The historical detail was impressive until it became excessive. It’s a solid book at 438 pages and I was invested for maybe two thirds of it before it became too long and meandering. But it’s an ambitious novel and if historical fiction is your jam then I am sure you will appreciate it. Also, I hate to be that person but I reckon it would make a great movie, such is the cinematic quality of the novel!
An easy read all about food chaining! Great resource for parents and professionals. All about picky eating vs. problem eating, when to get help, and ways you can help at home! Lots of good info in this book and it’s super parent friendly! Check it out 📕Added this book to my Amazon store 🔗 Link in bio
My husband and I finally agreed on our next read after finishing The Shining a few weeks back. Stephen King books always take us forever, but we love them. We decided to go with an author both are interested in, Lovecraft. ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨
Also, can’t recommend the Libby app enough! The app is free and so is downloading ebooks from your local libraries straight to your phone or preferred reading device. Who doesn’t love reading books for free?!🙌🏼📚
Just finished up GIRL, JUST WASH YOUR FACE on Audible and it was AH-MAZING!!! Highly recommend!! Next up!!! This book which is yet another WOW profound poignant point after another!!!!! Doesn’t hurt that I get to soak it up with sand between my toes, salt in my hair, with the sound of waves crashing in the background!!!! YESSSSSS!!!! Feeling blessed!
Absorb this thought, “Effectiveness in life does not come from focusing on what is automatic, easy, or natural for us. Rather, it is the result of how we consciously strive to meet life’s harder challenges, grow beyond our comforts, and deliberately work to overcome our biases and preferences, so that we may understand, love, serve, and lead others.” #highperformancehabits#bookworm#bookrecommendation#personaldevelopmentbooks#growyou#beachread#calife
¡Hola!💜 ¿Cómo están? Espero que bien.
Hoy la genia de @un_capitulo_mas_ me nominó a realizar este #booktag .
Diganme si coincidimos en algún ítem🍃
🐼1) Libro leído más corto: «Rebelión en la granja» de Orwell.
🐼2) Un libro que leí antes de que fuera popular: «Las mil y una noches» (cuando salió la novela del 13 todos estaban leyendo los libros y poniendole a sus bebés el nombre de los protagonistas).
🐼3) Libro con portada bonita: Todos los libros de las Crónicas lunares (son perfectos😍).
🐼4) Libro que me gustaría ver la película: «The raven boys».
🐼5) Libro que siempre recomiendo: «Siega» de Neal Shusterman (EL MEJOR LIBRO QUE LEÍ ESTE AÑO).
🐼6) Libro ilustrado favorito: «La condesa sangrienta» de la escritora Alejandra Pizarnik (editorial El zorro rojo).
🐼7) El libro más largo que te hayas leído en 24hs: Ninguno, jajaja, leo muy lento. 🐼8) Libro que estarías hablando y discutiendo por horas: «El diario de Ana Frank» y «El ruiseñor» (todo lo que tenga que ver con la Segunda Guerra Mundial)
🐼9) Un libro que amas: «La joven durmiente y el huso» de Neil Gaiman.
🐼10) Un libro cursi: «A todos los chicos de los que me enamoré» de Jenny Han.
🐼11) Un libro que todos han leído menos tú: «Y al final mueren los dos» de Adam Silvera.
🐼12) Un libro que siempre estás por leer: «Guerra y paz» de León Tolstói
🐼13) Un libro que te hizo llorar: «Mi planta naranja lima»
🐼14) Un libro que leíste en dos días o menos: «Decir amigo» de Elisa Roldán (escritora argentina)
🐼15) La protagonista que más te gusta: Cersei Lannister de «Juego de tronos»
🐼16) Él protagonista que más te gusta: Jon Snow (él no lo sabe, pero nos casaremos algún día, ahre loca, jajajaja, broma)
🐼17) El romance de libro que más te gusta: Emma y Julián de «Cazadores de sombras» (más vale que Cassi los deje juntos🙃🔪)
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
“Everything is a game, Em. Whether you know it or not. Which means that sometimes a lie is more than just a lie. Sometimes it's the only way to win.”
What a satisfying ending to a favorite series!
Yes, you can read or listen to The Penderwicks at Last even if you haven’t read the rest of the series. But why? And you’ll appreciate it so much better if you do read the rest of the series.
I listened to all the books before listening to Penderwicks at Last. It was so fun to hear the settings, characters and themes repeated throughout the series.
And the way author Jeanne Birdsall ended it? Perfect. In every way.
I adore the Penderwicks. I adore Susan Denaker’s narrations. All five made my Audible list - books I’ll listen to again and again and again.
I can’t say much more about it without ruining lots of surprises. I will say there is a wedding - but not whose wedding. Or where.
If you’ve not read or listened to the Penderwick books - I am sad for you. And I implore you - download them on Audible, check them out from your library, buy them at your favorite bookstore. You will not regret it!
Highly recommended for the entire family. Read alone, probably about at 8 and up, depending on reading level.
Here’s what I really like about #dailyrituals : our superheroes are human too. Most people in this book are committed to their daily work but were never entirely confident of their progress. They made the time to get their shit done. But it’s an infinite variation that they structured their life with. This is what I mean by #awesome . It doesn’t matter how your #routine look like but what matters is that you have a routine to support your #goals , or #ambitions , or just a #progressive life. #masoncurrey
Is #BooksAndBeer a thing? Because if it isn’t, it should be 🍺📖 •
My district is reading this book over the summer and I’m completely invested in the story of this strong survivor named Sandra 💜 • I’m flying through this book and I recommend it to anyone looking to read more non-fiction and/or a story about someone who is likely from a very different walk of life than themselves. •
What is everyone else reading right now?
No one is like Daemon Black.
When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn't fooling around. Doubting him isn't something I'll do again, and now that we've made it through the rough patches, well... There's a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.
After everything, I'm no longer the same Katy. I'm different... And I'm not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I'm capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won't turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Together we're stronger...and they know it.
#newyorktimesbestseller#luxseries#thirdbookintheseries#opal#jenniferlarmentrout#bookrecommendation#booklover#agoodread#bookaholic#bookaddict#bookhaul#books 📚 #buildingmyownpersonallibrary
📖 BOOK REVIEW 📖
"Spellslinger" by Sebastian de Castell - Rating: 4/5 ⭐
What if you're not the hero? What if you're painfully ordinary in a world ruled by magic? Well meet Kellan.
He is 15-going-on-16 and has showed none of the neccesary magical abilities he needs to complete his trials and become a mage - oh and the deadline is his sixteenth birthday in just a few weeks.
Sebastian de Castell has created a delightfully inticrate Secondary World in Spellslinger - yet never so inticrate that it leads to confusion, which is a fine line in Fantasy. Futhermore, speaking as a 25 year old girl (woman?), Kellan is exactly as I would imagine a 15 year old boy; unsure of himself and his place in the world, as he struggles towards the arbitrary treshold for adulthood, & sprinkled with a dash if teenager awkwardness. All in all, Kellan's pov is well written and very genuine.
Essentially Sebastian de Castell is telling a classic coming of age story in Spellslinger but with a delightful twist, because our hero, well he might not be a hero at all. Guided by a Squirrel Cat that constantly questions his abilities and one sassy badass woman who speaks mostly curses or riddles, Kellan does however manage to find his path. And I can't wait to continue reading about his adventures!
Well written, funny & with a healthy dose of fighting, Spellslinger is a great YA Fantasy!
(It's been AAAAGES since I dida review but til can find them all by clicking #christinereadsreview 😘)
Happy Sunday☕️ Hope everyone climbed back into bed after brunch!
Y'all I just finished The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas and WOW! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️'s, stay tuned for a review closer to the pub day (July 31st).
My next July read is The Nightingale by @kristinhannahauthor 🕊
Fun Fact: I found this novel at my local 2nd&Charles for $2!! I've been wanting to read this book for a while now so my day was instantly made! Don't you just love bargain shopping.
Synopsis: FRANCE, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real--and deadly--consequences.
It's been a while since I've read a historical fiction novel, but I'm so excited to start this one!! - C💘
Comment below: What is your favorite historical fiction novel?