So the awesome people at @hachette_india are organising a readalong for this latest read by Alex Rutherford. If you are a fan of historical fiction, you would definitely enjoy it. The readalong runs between 10th and 23rd December. Join me along with @hachette_india team and let's read together
Note: There's gonna be a awesome #GIVEAWAY by the end.
BAD BLOOD: SECRETS AND LIES IN A SILICON VALLEY STARTUP | John Carreyrou 🌟 🌟 🌟⠀
Book Review 3/5 ⠀
BAD BLOOD is the story of the epic rise and fall of Theranos, the biotech startup that purported to have industry-changing, blood testing technology. It’s founder, Elizabeth Holmes, was the youngest woman to become a self-made billionaire. The author is an investigative journalist, and it’s an incredibly well-researched, fascinating read. I enjoyed that although I was reading about blood testing, proficiency testing, etc, it was still a page-turner.⠀
It's an insane read. The practices of lies, manipulation and terror tactics used by Elizabeth and her business partner/boyfriend, were mafia-esque. My only problem with the book was what felt like a very sexist depiction of Elizabeth. She absolutely did horrible things and could be a true sociopath with the magnitude of lies and lack of real empathy. ⠀
That being said, the author was so caught up on her appearance. If I read another line about her black turtleneck, her blue eyes, or blonde hair, I was going to pull my hair out. I get that the turtleneck illustrated her adoration of Steve Jobs and how becoming a unicorn, game-changer like Jobs filtered her decisions. But there is a description where she walked out of a meeting “in a huff” and the language to describe her look, her demeanor, her voice, her relationship just all felt tinged with some sexist language. I may be alone in this or sensitive to it, but it drove me nuts. ⠀
Holmes is a villain, for sure. But I'm more interested in finding out why someone does the horrible things they do and not just a review of said horrible things. She obviously didn’t talk to the author and neither did her family or significant others, but I felt the book lacked that important insight, besides a few half-hearted conjectures in the end, of the why...and that was a real problem for me.
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Woke up extra early today to read in the sun ☀️ Pictured here is the book I’m hoping to end the year with: Love 💕 in the Time of Cholera 🤒 written in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s lyrical, magical ✨ style. This is the second of his books that I’m reading 🤓 and already, less than a third of the way through, my heart aches for Ariza. 💔
I first heard of this book in the movie Serendipity, when Sara 👧 asks Jonathan 👦 to write his name and phone number on a $5 bill 💵 , while she writes her name and number on the inside cover of a copy of Love in the Time of Cholera 📖 . If they are meant to be together, he will find the book and she will find the $5 bill, and they will find their way back to each other. 💜 And that put the book immediately on my To Read List. So happy I finally got to it. 📚 #zmeetsworld#loveinthetimeofcholera#gabrielgarciamarquez#girlswhoread
Selam.. İlk defa okudugum bir yazar @murat_mentes__ .. ve #ruhimücerret . Nasıl zekıce yazılmıs bir kitap Allahım. O nasıl cumleler.. Karakterler aman Allahım 🙈Cok güldüm ya çoook. Bir o kadar da çok sey ogrendım. Sevgili google ile beraber okudum cunku arada örnekledıgı müzikleri de dinledim. Konusu ayrı,degındıgı noktalar ayrı,karakterlerı ayrı güzel. Bu kitabı kesınlıkle okuyun efenım. Uzun zamandır bana bu kadar iyi gelen,iyiki okudum yahu dedıgım,ınanılmaz keyıf aldıgım bir kitap olmamıstı. Daha kitap bitmeden baska kitaplarını da siparis ettım siz düşünün artık 😉Kalemınıze,yuregınıze,zekanıza saglık Murat Mentes 🙏🏻❣️
#dosesofcalm : I used to hate breakfast. I would never eat it. Sometimes I protested by sleeping right through it and on to lunchtime. However, now I have come to understand the importance of breakfast and without it, my day is not started the right way. I always make sure to eat oatmeal, cottage cheese, or yogurt so that I am setting my body off on the right foot and have brain power for the rest of the day. I also always have a large mug of tea nearby and then off we go! .
QOTD: What do you usually eat for breakfast?
Is there a book that you haven’t read but it seems like everyone else has? I’m only 20 years late to the HP party, but better late than never right? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I’m looking forward to finishing this series while sitting next to a crackling fire visiting east coast family later this month. 🎄✨ Tis the season for all things cozy.
Apparently I have no self-control when it comes to buying books because I ordered six new ones yesterday 😂 but there was a really good promotion, and a delivery was for free ☺️
Also, I took some photos yesterday and, quite honestly, I thought there were more of them 😂 I thought I took like 10 different ones, but in the end there were only 5 💛
The lovely @gandalfandunicorns tagged me to do #spellthemonthinbooks tag ☺️
📚 D - 'Dracula'
📚 E - 'Everless'
📚 C - 'Crooked Kingdom'
📚 E - 'Eleanor & Park’
📚 M - 'Memoirs of Geisha'
📚 B - 'Born at Midnight’
📚 E - 'Endgame'
📚 R - 'Ruin and Rising’
I bought The Tattooist of Auschwitz back on Black Friday. I've been excited to start reading it, but I also want it to be the first book I read in 2019. It's been sitting on a pile patiently waiting for me, tempting me daily. I may have to temporarily hide it until January 1 because 22 more days - I've already waited 17 - may be too long to wait if I continue to leave it out in the open.
Have you read #thetattooistofauschwitz yet? What were your thoughts without any spoilers?
I’ve been working on this for a while and finally finished it last night - at 576 pages, The Queen of the Night tells the tale of Lilliet Berne, an orphan who escapes the American frontier and becomes swept away in glamor and terror in Second Empire France. Transforming into an opera sensation, Lilliet discovers an opera written from all of the secrets of her past. The story is complicated, romantic, and dangerous, and I loved it despite its density. A coworker described reading it as “bathing in champagne”, and I couldn’t agree more. So decadent and definitely an occasion read!
"I used to feel like i was on the top of the world. Then one day, i noticed that it felt like i was no longer on the top of the world. I was just floating around inside of it. And then eventually, it felt like the world was on top of me." - Colleen Hoover, Without Merit
I can relate to this quote quite a lot. Sometimes books can understands us more than people.
#bookstagram#colleenhoover#withoutmerit , #withmerit
Przy polecajkach prezentów dla młodszych czytelników nie mogłabym nie wspomnieć o "Listy od..." Część 2 ✉️
Kupując tę książkę, pomagasz!
10 zł ze sprzedaży każdego egzemplarza @empikcom przekazuję Fundacji @zaczytaniorg na program Bajkoterapii w domach dziecka.
To setki terapeutycznych spotkań, które pomagają dzieciom radzić sobie z trudnymi emocjami poprzez kontakt z literaturą, bajkami.
Linus i Rudolf znani z książki „List od…” powracają, a wraz z nimi Majk, nowoczesny Święty Mikołaj, w skórzanej kurtce i motocyklowych butach. Jego dwaj pomocnicy znów mają ręce pełne roboty, mimo że za oknem świeci piękne wakacyjne słońce. Okazuje się, że… święta trwają cały rok. Każdy czas jest bowiem odpowiedni, aby pomagać innym. Chłopcy szybko przekonują się, że jeden dobry uczynek pociąga za sobą następne, mimo że czasem nie wszystko idzie tak, jak powinno. Bohaterów czeka wiele niesamowitych przygód, mnóstwo zabawnych zbiegów okoliczności, a także niewiarygodne zwroty akcji. A towarzyszyć im będą dobrze znane z poprzedniej części postacie: Włochaty, myszątko, gadający pies…
Ciepła, zabawna i wciągająca opowieść z uniwersalnym przesłaniem: zawsze warto czynić dobro, nie tylko w święta.
Good morning and happy Tuesday!
Q: do you have any festive reads on your TBR? •
I have only this one because I don’t actually know any other contemporary books at the moment that are Christmas heavy that actually intrigue me 😅 this one is an Emma retelling! I picked it up and was like MHMM IMMA READ THIS BABY so hopefully soon I’ll pick this up ☺️
Today is my only exam 👏🏼👏🏼 then I’m DONE until the new year 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 I cannot wait to be in complete festive mode. Woo!
Alright friends have a great tuesday!!!
We LOVED reading all of your IG stories ballots and can’t wait to share the winners tomorrow & the winner of our Grand Prize Giveaway 🎉. In the meantime: get an inside look at our She Reads Awards Nominees! (We may or may not be a little obsessed with @arianagrande around here 😜) #WhatSheReads#SheReadsAwards 💕
Hello! I’m really on a roll with posting. I just don’t really like it when I barely have any pictures in the same style on my feed. So prepare for multiple posts the next couple of days 🤗 .
In other news, look who I finally got into my pictures again 😻 isn’t he handsome? 🐱 (also, don’t worry, I don’t force him to lie down, he can leave at any time he wants) .
Have you seen the new Fantastic Beasts movie yet? I haven’t 🙈 .
QOTD: lets play a kind of game in the comments. Tell me which Hogwarts house Pottermore put you in and which one you thought you would be in? ✨
AOTD: I was sorted into Hufflepuff but I assumed I would’ve been sorted into Ravenclaw 🧙🏼♀️
✏Are you a collector? What sort of stuff do you collect?
Hi peeps! I have a free day tomorrow and the day after that which means I can finally catch up on some reading 💛 What are your plans for the rest of the week?
Tysm @rapretzelreads for tagging me to do #spellyourbookcrushnameinbooks 💕
C - Cinder
R - Red Queen
E - Everless
S - Siege and Storm
S - Strange the Dreamer
W - Warcross
E - Escaping From Houdini
L - Language of Thorns (OK I kinda cheated 😂)
L - Language of Stars
Late last night, I turned in STRIKING MIDNIGHT to the Kingdom of Glass and Ashes boxset coordinator. I had so much fun writing my Cinderella assassin, but this book wound up being more than that for me. It proved to me what i’m capable of. I’m publishing 3 books this year. I wrote, revised, re-revised, and re-re-revised STRIKING MIDNIGHT in under 3 months.
Thank you, Cyndria and Knox, for showing me that I can write quickly and still write well.
Kingdom of Glass and Ashes, a limited collection of YA Cinderella retellings from 11 authors will be out December 18th. Get your copy from your favorite ebook retailer at https://www.books2read.com/u/49DX0d
Happy Relewse Day to Two Thousand Years!🎉🙌🏻😍💕
We're so excited for @author.mdalto she's written a beautiful story and we can't wait for you all to read it!! .
Check out the synopsis here 👇👇👇
Two thousand years ago, the Prophecy of Fire and Light foretold the coming of the Queen Empress who would lead the Empire through a time of peace and tranquility. But instead of the coming of a prosperous world, a forbidden love for the Empress waged a war that ravaged the land, creating a chasm between the factions, raising the death toll of innocent lives until the final, bloody battle.
Centuries later, Alexandra, a twenty-two-year-old woman living on her own in Boston, is taken to an unfamiliar realm of mystery and magic where her life is threatened by Reylor, its banished Lord Steward. She crosses paths with Treyan, the arrogant and seductive Crown Prince of the Empire, and together they discover how their lives, and their love, are so intricately intertwined by a Prophecy set in motion so many years ago.
Now Alex, the predestined Queen Empress Alexstrayna, whose arrival was foretold by the Annals of the Empire, has the fate of her new home resting upon her as war rages between its Crown Prince and the Lord Steward. Each choice could have the potential to tear her world apart as she attempts to keep the Empire’s torrid history from repeating itself. In a world where betrayal and revenge will be as crucial to her survival as love and honor, Alex must discover whether it is her choice - or her fate - that determines how she survives the Empire’s rising conflicts.
I came across an article on @medium yesterday about Elon Musk’s early reading habits. 🚀
Apparently when he was in high school, he was reading up to 60 books...per month. 😳😱
While I don’t think I’ll ever be at that level, I’m going to try my hand at reading multiple books at once, with Essentialism & The Hard Thing About Hard Things 🔀
Do you guys ever read multiple books at the same time? 🤔
Be yourself and believe in yourself. Confidence isn’t a light switch; it’s a foundation you build. Work hard at something and take pride in the accomplishments. Don’t act like you’re better than anyone and don’t act like anyone is better than you.
Tag someone who needs to see this!
Merhaba🌸🙋🏻♀️ Birinci kitabını bayılarak okuduğum Ruhlar Üçlemesi Serisi’nin ikinci kitabı olan Gecenin Gölgesi’nin yorumu ile geldim.
Kitap, ilk kitabın kaldığı yerden yani geçmişten devam ediyor. Konusu hakkında biraz daha fazla Bilgi vermek isterdim ama çok fazla spoiler olabilir, bu yüzden anlatamıyorum☹️
Yoruma gelecek olursam, ilk kitabı gerçekten harikaydı ama aynısını bu kitap için söyleyemeceğim. Genel olarak yavaş ilerleyen bir seri ancak bu ikinci kitapta daha fazla. Gerçekten son 150 sayfaya kadar herhangi bir olay olmadığı gibi Matthew ve Diana’nın yaşamları detaylıca anlatılmıştı.
Bunun tek avantajlı yanı gerçekten Elizabeth dönemi İngiltere’sini gözümün önünde canlandırabiliyor oluşum. Yavaş olması nedeniyle okuma sürem de doğal olarak uzamış bulundu, ki ilk kitabı resmen göz açıp kapayana kadar bitirmiştim. Bir ara gerçekten artık bulun şu kitabı bir oh çekeyim dediğim bile oldu, öyle anlatayım.
Karakterler konusunda da çok sevgili Matthew’ciğimin bazı karakteristik özellikleri yine beni deli etti. Çok korumacı olmasını ilk kitapta kabullenmiştim de bari bir şeyler saklama yani 😒 Diana’nın da kitabın derdine düşüp büyüleri takmaması çok hoştu gerçekten. Cadı sorumluluklarından böyle kaçabilirsin Diana’cığım tebrikler👏🏻 Philippe ve Ysabeau en favori çiftim ya tek geçerim şu an. Ay bir de Stephen☹️
Bu arada ne kadar tarihten kaçsam da son dönemde tarihe dönmeli kitaplar okuyorum, ne kadar ironik, bu da beraberinde bir tarih bilgisi getiriyor, ki bende yok😅, ancak bu bilgi bolluğu gerçekten beni korkutmadı. Geçmişte yaşayan isimlerin karakterler olarak seçilmesi gerçekten hoşuma giden bir detay oldu. Okumadan önce dönemin önemli insanları hakkında bir kaç bilgi edinmenin yararlı olacağını düşünüyorum, zira kim kimdir birbirine karışabiliyor. Simya ile ilgili kısımlar gerçekten başarılıydı bence.
Devamı yorumda ⬇️
Hello everyone! I know I’ve been a bit inactive but these past few days have been very busy and he next two weeks will be even more busy but I will try to post when I can!
Here’s my review of Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks:
This book is on sale on January 8, 2019
This was a smartly written thriller about what happens when a child goes missing and how far a mother would go to protect her children.
Going into this novel, I thought it would just be about Alice's disappearance and I thought the whole novel would be about the same thing and I thought that it would be boring and I said to myself "Oh please not another story about missing children." This was far from it! It had everything I didn't expect from a novel like this and more! All I can say is wow!
Told from Harriet and Charlotte's point of views, switching back to before and after her disappearance, the story never gets boring. I can guarantee that you will devour this book in very little sittings because it's just so captivating.
It's hard to figure out what happened to Alice because you won't know the full story unless you keep on reading till the end. I had my doubts about certain people in the novel, and as I read through, I figured out part of the plan, but I did not expect such a level of complexity from Perks!
It's clear that Perks' intention in this novel is to scare all the mothers and fathers out there and although I am only 18, I felt as if I was Harriet myself and it was my child who has gone missing. Perks is clearly a talented writer and although this book has many levels to it, I would 100% categorize it as a thriller.
Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.