If you are an avid follower of my stories you will have seen my enormous haul of bargain books from The Book People that arrived this week!
In that haul was this absolute gem of a book ‘100 Things to Know About Planet Earth’ by @usborne_books which is becoming a fast favourite with the tribe. It is laid out infographic style, with multiple short boxes of text broken up by bright and engaging illustrations, making it less intimidating than many non fiction books - even 7 year old Niamh feels confident to read chunks of information (including some very big words!) by herself. Swipe for pictures of the inside!
Our absolute favourite thing about this book however is how easy it is to dip in and out of thanks to the numbering of the facts. It’s actually become part of our nightly bedtime story ritual - each night everybody picks a random number between 1 and 100 and we read aloud the corresponding information for that number. We’re really enjoying this method of exploring the book and it’s perfect for us as home educators to introduce the children to a wide range of information and hopefully prompt deeper study of the things they find particularly interesting!
I'll admit I wrote off #HarryPotter as a kids series when it first came out and basically ignored it. But as the years have passed I've fallen in love with it. The books, films and the Studios and Universal theme parks etc. It's all so magical to me now and I absolutely adore it. I wish I'd let myself get caught up in it all when they were first released.
Have you ever found a love for something later and wished you could go back in time and enjoy it with everyone as it happened?
Enjoyment Rating: 4🌟
Writing Quality: 4🌟
Audiobook Narration: 4🌟
A very common structure in mystery/thrillers these days is a dual narrative between the past and present, with some dark secret lurking in the murky between. When done well, it’s an excellent writing tool, but I have found myself growing increasingly annoyed and tired by it. Lying in Wait does NOT do this, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll find this a refreshing change of pace.
It’s 1980 Ireland and right of the bay you KNOW Lydia’s husband killed a Annie, a young woman, in Lydia’s presence. You KNOW that Lydia talked him into burying the body in their backyard (this is also where you get your first inkling that Lydia’s is without question a terrible human being). You KNOW their son Lawrence discovers the body soon after and decides to stay silent. You KNOW Karen - Annie’s sister - is absolutely desperate to find out where Annie has gone.
What you DON’T know is how, in what horrible way, the truth unfurl, but as a reader you’re more than willing to read on until you find out. Having the story play out in real time was infinitely more satisfying than a back and forth narrative would have been. The terrible foreboding of of a truth about to surface just builds and builds and builds. This book is like the thriller equivalent of a slow burn romance novel. And the ending...well, I stay mum about that one, don’t want to spoil it for you 😉
Suffice it to say this was a very enjoyable one for me and I look forward to reading more by this author. If you have read this one, or other novels by Nugent, let me know what you think!
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¤T͠ít͠u͠l͠o͠: Oscuridad. Cuentos de terror y misterio.
¤A͠u͠t͠o͠r͠: Mauro Croche @maurocroche⠀
¤S͠i͠n͠o͠p͠s͠i͠s͠:Un ente maligno que hace su aparición a través de la pantalla del celular. Un enigmático y nauseabundo monstruo que habita en las tuberías del baño. Un psicópata decidido a corromper la ingenuidad de una fanática religiosa. Una velada de amigos que termina en espantosas escenas de posesión satánica y secretos revelados. La locura se adueña de un pueblo luego de la caída de un misterioso bólido... Un libro de lectura fácil y emocionante, para los amantes del terror, o para regalar a la persona adecuada. 21 cuentos de terror, misterio y suspenso en donde podremos encontrarnos con demonios, exorcismos, monstruos, criaturas espeluznantes, litros y litros de sangre y mucho, mucho más! ⠀⠀
¤ O͠p͠i͠n͠i͠ón͠: OMG! OMG! 😱
No me cabe duda que Mauro Croche es uno de los mejores escritores de terror de nuestro país, y con este libro solo ha logrado convencerme aún más.
A través de más de veinte relatos Mauro nos lleva por un viaje cuyo hilo conductor es la oscuridad, en todas sus formas y asepciones. Cada cuento tiene su conexión con la premisa del libro y es INCREÍBLE cómo el autor logra pasar por géneros tan variados como el terror puro, el terror fantástico, el psicológico, de ciencia ficción, incluso algo de realismo mágico. Hasta los microrelatos te dejan con la boca abierta.
Si bien me gustaron todos los cuentos, por supuesto tengo mis preferidos, y en ellos voy a ahondar un poco más. ⠀⠀
๑۩۞۩๑Continúa en comentarios๑۩۞۩๑ ⬇️⬇️⬇️
En una Inglaterra patriarcal, repleta de Napoleones y Mussolinis, Virginia Woolf reflexiona acerca del papel de la mujer en la novela y la concepción de esta sobre sí misma. Ensayo que ahonda en la historia de las mujeres que valientemente decidieron escribir y todas aquellas que decidieron no hacerlo, en una sociedad donde la transgresión hacia los derechos de las mujeres, muchos de ellos sin ser aún decretados por el sistema patriarcal, era constante.
Virginia clama con este discurso irónico y elocuente, la manifestación de una fuerza valiente y arrolladora, el feminismo; desde la exquisita tilde de la literatura. .
«Cada penique que gane, se dijeron, me lo quitarán y se utilizará según las sabias decisiones de mi marido, quizá para fundar una beca o financiar una auxiliaría en Kings, de modo que no me interesa demasiado ganar dinero. Mejor que mi marido se encargue de ello».
«¿Por qué los hombres bebían vino y las mujeres agua? ¿Por qué era un sexo tan próspero y el otro tan pobre?».
«De ahí la enorme importancia que tiene para un patriarca, que debe conquistar, que debe gobernar, creer que un gran número de personas, la mitad de la especie humana, son por naturaleza inferiores a él. Debe ser, en realidad, una de las fuentes más importantes de su poder».
«Puedes cerrar tus bibliotecas si te place; pero no hay verja, ni cerradura, ni candado que puedas imponer a mi libertad de pensamiento».
«Durante la mayor parte de la historia, 'Anónimo' era una mujer».
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So, let's hear it: how many books did you haul in February?
Y'ALL! I was SO CLOSE to haul less books than I read in a month. SO DAMN CLOSE! And then Audible had to go and have a slammin' sale and well...I hauled 24 books this month (and read 19). *cries forever*
Now, technically, all the books from Audible were books I already owned in physical form and was getting audio for future rereading purposes. If we look at books I acquired in a way of which are read vs unread, the numbers are better. Of the books I hauled, 10 are unread by me and 14 are for rereads or I ended up reading them in the same month I hauled them. So that's a bit better.
Hi All. My February was an absolutely dismal reading month. I also somehow managed to only haul 3 books, 2 of which were from book boxes. I guess that's actually a good thing, but it sounds sad. ASTAT was one of the books I got this month, I already had an e-ARC that I finished earlier in the month, but I'm glad now to have a physical copy. Look for my review coming soon on my blog!
I am still reading Priory of the Orange Tree and Praetorian Rising, which is why my physical wrap-up is non-existent. I did manage to finish 5 audiobooks and 1 e-book though:
🎧 Deathless ⭐⭐⭐
🎧 Vicious ⭐⭐⭐⭐
📱 All The Stars and Teeth ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🎧 Ember Queen ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🎧 The Overdue Life of Amy Byler ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🎧 My Not So Perfect Life ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Unfortunately, I didn't have any 5-star reads this month. I did have several 4-star reads though and I recommend each of them.
The Eleventh Hour is out now!⠀
"If you’re afraid of me, I’ll take you home. You only have to say so."⠀
"I’d like to stay. You’re a little intense, but I think I can deal with it."⠀
I need a female companion to help me eliminate my latest target. My lucky candidate Pepper just wants a night filled with fun and adventure. She thinks I am a bit intense, but says my attractive face makes up for it.⠀
Pepper has no idea how intense I truly am. She could have left, but missed her chance—and now she is mine.⠀
This dark, kinky, and twisted romance is safe, with no cheating, and a guaranteed HEA.⠀
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Hello my lovely book dragons and happy Friday! My god, I have been so sleepy lately and have no idea why - I know my sleeping patterns are not ideal but I can still manage to keep it together, but this week was the exception. I'm really looking forward to sleeping in!
Can we talk about the gorgeousness that is this pin banner?! It was inspired by The Hobbit, lovingly designed by @in.the.reads and was included in @owlcrate's "Vengeance Will Be Mine" box. It's so pretty I'm not sure I can bring myself to put pins on it! So it's just gracing one of my walls with its presence. 🖤 OwlCrate keeps selling out of boxes, so grab one before they are gone yet again! You can use FAERIE for a discount on your subscription 🖤
What fandom would you like to see bookish merch for?
I need a blanket inspired by The Falconer and a tote bag with artwork depicting The Priory of the Orange Tree. Just imagine! I'm already swooning from the potential beauty. Somebody please make it happen!
P.S. Can you spot my tiny dragon's little butt? I *just* noticed and can't stop giggling.
Check out this teaser reveal for @kaydencesnowauthor coming soon as part of the Bully Me Anthology.
Bully Me, releasing March 24th, is an all new anthology featuring stories from eight bestselling authors and all proceeds will go toward helping to support victims of bullying through one of the largest anti-bullying organizations in the world, @ditchthelabel.
Haven’t been able to post because I’ve been out of town doing a book signing for The Dating Charade in Nashville (yay Public Library Association!) but I THINK WE OFFICIALLY HAVE A HOUSE PLAN PICKED OUT!!! (More info at my author account @melissafergusonwrites ☺️)
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Book 6 of 2020: Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal.
ARC provided to me by HMH Teen in exchange for my honest review.
Celia Sand was marked by the Divine when she was but a child; the land of Illinia believes in the powerful, beautiful and magical religion of Profeta, one where the goddess manifests her will in the form of alluringly intricate tattoos and makes her wishes known through inklings, people who have been chosen to exact her justice.
Upon arriving to the temple and meeting Anya Burtoni, the girl who would become her closest friend, Celia realizes that the people are being blindsided by pretty words and a very conniving deity - the tattoos take away freedom and the mistico in charge of the temple are as ruthless as they come.
When Celia and Anya are given the surprising opportunity to run away from their fettered lifestyle and join a traveling theater troupe, they do everything imaginable to be accepted by people who were born to perform. But the immortal they refused to believe in is outraged at their behavior and desperate to make them pay - in order to defeat this ancient being, Celia and Anya will have to put on the best performance of their lives.
Before I start my review, I would like to thank the publisher for gifting me this ARC (and the gorgeous fake tattoos that came with it, which I promptly will put on my skin after I finish writing this). Oh my goodness guys, I don't even have a clue where to begin. Ink in the Blood is Kim Smejkal's debut novel and, in my very humble opinion, it came in crashing through a sea of similar stories to leave its unique, beautiful and heart-rending mark behind. This is one of those books that once I read the very first page, I could not for the life of me stop thinking about it. It features absolutely everything I want in a book, such as but not limited to realistic, fleshed out characters, a wonderful sense of humor, a unique and powerful magic system, morally grey personas, LGBTQ+ representation, death positivity, a sister-like friendship, a slow burn romance and The Most Gorgeous and Descriptive... 5/5 ⭐. Full review on my Goodreads account, link in bio!
MADE IT ON THE AMAZON TOP RATED LIST FOR NEW ADULT/COLLEGE AND MILITARY ROMANCE ❤❤❤ ❤❤WHY NOT GOODBYE❤❤
Heartbroken and betrayed on a bathroom floor eighteen-year-old, Kendall Brooks was found by her own personal hero... Jayson Stone swooped in with his strong arms and made her feel like more than just his best friend’s little sister.
After crushing on Jayson for years Kendall was all too willing to fall into his arms, and his bed. The next morning, he was gone. He left her, without a goodbye and without her virginity. Not even a smack on the butt, or a good job.
Four years later, Kendall is living her best life. She seems to have it all; white picket fence, loving marriage, adorable three-year-old twins, future politician husband.... But Kendall’s perfect world scatters like a tilted box of Legos when Jay shows up on her brother’s door step. With his mouthwatering abs and tantalizing eyes popping up around every corner, will Kendall be able to resist him? Or, will she risk everything for one more taste? **Trigger warning** This book contains strong domestic violence and adult content.
WHY NOT GOODBYE is not your average love story. It’s real and heart-wrenching. Not only does Kendall and Jayson have to face their betrayals and secrets, they also have to face scandal, black mail, and domestic violence. This story follows Kendall as she faces her own truths that she's avoided for years. Her feelings about abuse and what she has to do to protect herself and her children. This story contains struggles women face every day, while also following a story of lifelong love and second chances.
WHY NOT GOODBYE? Is a standalone that will be part of the WHY NOT series ♡
• 02.28.20 •
• Q - What do you need more of in your life?
• A - More travel adventures! Except I’m scared to travel anywhere right now.
• Guys I’m in desperate need of a massage. My neck has been killing me lately. I need to check to see if it’s covered through my benefits. And that’s all I really need to tell you guys today lol
• I would just like to say a big thank you to @caffeineandlegends for allowing me to help her get her amazing subscription box known and thriving. I’ve had the best time working with her and I’ve loved the past 8 months of my “employment”. This will be my last rep post as I’ve decided to step down from my position to focus on me and everything I’ve got going on. Thank you so much Cassie for taking me on! Love you ❤️
• Reading Update - I finished By Your Side and I’m almost done Regretting You!
• February Book Haul
- After We Collided
- After We Fell
- Regretting You
- Illuminae (thanks @obsessive_bibliomaniac)
- Aurora Rising
- Truthwitch (thanks @novelhaus x2)
- In Ruins
- The Witcher Trilogy
- From Here to You
- Spine of the Dragon
- The Wives
• “Just because you're not saying it doesn't mean you aren’t thinking it.” - Aurora Rising
• #berryenchantressfeb20 || #moonbooksfeb20 || #letsgetlitfeb20 || #bookstababesfeb20 || #bookhaul
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This bookmail was MUCH warmer outside today than the LAST stack was - no pages OR fingers froze! 😀 And yes, that IS a copy of Llama Llama, Red Pajama, which is always being freestyle sung by Ludacris in MY mind! 😂 Thanks to anyone tagged for gifting me books. Have a great Leap Day, Bookstafam! 📚☕ .
Ah, #13thCenturyScotland , we’re back! Torrian, Book 2 in #TheHighlandClanSeries (see my earlier post about Loki, book 1), is another easy read. Reminder: this book is part of a new series that is the 2nd generation spin off of Keira Montclair’s other series, #TheClanGrantSeries . This book should be read after book 1 (Loki), but I have found no issue without having read the parent series.
In this book we have jumped from the Clan Grant to their cousins over in Clan Ramsay. Torrian is first cousin to Loki, the son of their chieftain and future Laird. Homeboy is a little bit shy when it comes to the lassies, but that’s because in this family, their grandmother was staunchly supportive of marriages driven by love, not strategic arrangements.
Our boy Tori (you know, short for Torrian) isn’t too concerned, as a mid-20s lad, with looking for love. Something that knows no generation, or century, it would seem. I digress... T-dawg goes from zero to 2 real quick in the ladies department, and #throuples most certainly were not a thing back in the day day, so what’s a lad to do? Does he even get a choice?! WHAT. Read the book to find out. Shit gets a little wild in this one guys, but it’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you smile, it’ll make you mutter ‘bitch’ under your breath quite a few times. Or you’ll be muttering the C-word if you’re my friend Luke. Bless him. Part of the reason I love historical fiction set in Scotland is the excessive yet wholly appropriate use of the word lad/lads all the time.
Another quick and easy read for vacation, commuting, or mindless relaxing. 4 Clan Ramsay plaids out of 5 (how I wish there was a plaid emoji). Bonus note: This entire series is available on #KindleUnlimited !
helllppp I have absolutely no idea what to read next! I'm craving something like: ⠀
THE SECRET HISTORY ⠀
THE DUTCH HOUSE⠀
do you have any recs for me? I know these are all totally different, 😂 but if you see the vibe I'm going for (that I can't explain)... we get each other 😉
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⭐️⭐️ The Little Prince // Antoine de Saint-Exupery⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Look, I'm just gonna say it: I didn't get it. Would someone care to explain?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sent via @planoly#planoly
I picked up Snow Lane earlier this week and it served to totally deliver me out of a reading slump, hallelujah.
The main character is a young girl who is so sweet and not at all a typical middle schooler. Socially awkward but surrounded by friends to cheer her on, she is no stranger to the pain of family dysfunction and even abuse. Her perpetual cheerfulness and care for others makes her so loveable, and as she navigates life as the youngest in a big Catholic family you can’t help but hope hard for all of them by the end. This is more character than plot driven but speaks to some very important familial problems (and their solutions) without being too graphic for middle grade readers.
Snow Lane, by Josie Angelini ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Do Sul do país nasce a lenda do negrinho do pastoreio, uma figura que te ajuda a encontrar aquilo que perdeu, pedindo em troca apenas que lhe acenda uma vela para guiar sua jornada. Porém, uma historia de dor e sofrimento se esconde por trás dessa lenda do folclore, uma historia que o fará pensar duas vezes antes de acender a próxima vela.
Esse conto foi um dos primeiros que li ao fechar parceria com o autor. Mas, infelizmente não funcionou tanto comigo quanto suas outras obras.
Nunca fui uma pessoa muito fã de contos folclóricos brasileiros. Portanto, mesmo sendo uma leitura extremamente rápida, tive alguns problemas em me concentrar.
Entretanto, se você é uma pessoa que não curte muito terror mas gosta de folclore nacional, te garanto que irá gostar muito do conto!
Tanto “Uma vela para o negrinho” quanto outros contos do autor Marcio Pacheco encontram-se disponíveis na Amazon para kindle unlimited.
Você gosta de folclore brasileiro? Qual sua história favorita?
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“The length of the cry matters. I especially value an extended session, which gives me time to become curious, to look in the mirror, to observe my physical sadness. A truly powerful cry can withstand even this scientific activity. You lurch toward the bathroom, head hunched over, tucked in, and then gather your nerve to lift your gaze toward the mirror, where you see your hiccoughing breath shake your shoulders, your nose like a lifelong drunk’s. It may interest you for a while to touch your swollen face, to peer into one bloodshot eye and another, but the beauty’s really in the movement, in watching your mouth try to swallow despair.”•
I like nonfiction books that explore a topic without ever really trying to posit anything as singular “truth.” Christle’s The Crying Book is one-such example...it is a meditation on grief, loss, the subtle varieties of despair. It is also autobiographical, an elegant exposition of events of profound sadness in the author’s life. I really enjoyed it, would compare the experience to that of reading Maggie Nelson 🖤
Thank you @berkleypub for this free book! How Quickly She Disappears is a debut literary thriller set in Alaska, and it sounds SO good! While I’ve read other things, thrillers seem to be the genre of the year for me so far. I’ll put the synopsis below for you.
What genre have you read the most this year so far? ••
How Quickly She Disappears:
It's been twenty years since Elisabeth’s twin sister, Jacqueline, disappeared without a trace. Now thirty-year-old Elisabeth is living far from home in a small Alaskan town. She's in a loveless marriage and has a precocious young daughter she loves more than anything but who reminds her too much of her long-missing sister.
But then Alfred, a dangerous stranger with a plan of his own, arrives in town and commits an inexplicable act of violence. And he offers a startling revelation: He knows exactly what happened to Elisabeth's sister, but he'll reveal this truth only if she fulfills his three requests.
Increasingly isolated from her neighbors and imprisoned by the bitter cold and her own obsession, Elisabeth can almost hear her sister's voice saying, Come and find me. And so she will, even if it means putting herself—and her family—in danger.
* Guten Morgen ☀️ •
Was ist ein Gefühl welches ihr besonders hasst?
Bei mir ist es Nervosität! Egal ob vor Prüfungen, neuen Begegnungen oder sonst was. Bei Prüfungen kann man sich jedoch meist noch irgendwo vorbereiten. Wo das meist nicht geht und was für mich das schlimmste ist: Arzttermine. Ich hasse sie und bin davor ein nervöses Wrack. Gerade wenn ich bei einem Arzt noch nie war oder was neues machen muss. So wie heute: ich muss das erste mal in meinem Leben zu einem MRT Termin und ich bin gelinde gesagt, dezent nervös. Schon alleine auf die Nadel hab ich keine Lust. Und ob ich Platzangst habe, merke ich dann auch gleich noch 😅 •
Englisch lernen ist dadurch heut nicht mehr drin. Jetzt versuche ich mich bis nachmittags noch irgendwie abzulenken.
______________________________ * Good morning ☀️ •
What is a feeling you hate most?
With me it's nervousness! No matter if before exams, new encounters or whatever. But at exams you can usually still prepare. Where that usually doesn't work and what is the worst for me: doctor's appointments. I hate them and before that I am a nervous wreck. Especially when I have never been to a doctor or have to do something new. Like today: I have to go to an MRI appointment for the first time in my life and I am, to say the least, discreetly nervous. I don't even want to be on a needle alone. And if I am claustrophobic, I can tell afterwards 😅 •
Learning English is no longer possible today. Now I try to distract myself until the afternoon.
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9 37328 February, 2020
Haven’t shared a #shelfie in awhile! ✨
#readingupdate : I finished A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD last night and really enjoyed it. Review to come! I’m now trying to plan which new release to start next. It’s definitely that time of year when *allll* of the great books come out. Struggling to keep up! 🙈
What are you guys reading this weekend?