Good Morning All😊 What is everyone currently reading? I’ve been on a bit of a roll lately, which is great as I was in a bit of a slump not so long ago!
So I finished The Family Upstairs yesterday 😱 ....and I raced through it in record time, I’m now looking forward to discussing with my book club tomorrow!
This was my first time reading anything by Lisa Jewell and I really enjoyed it, I’ll definitely be picking up more by this author in future. Have you read it? It’s the perfect book if you’re looking for a page turner with lots of twists!
I read Salt Houses hoping to find another ‘Mornings in Jenin’. It’s a l multi-generational story of a Palestinian family forced to leave their house and land during the establishment of the State of Israel. The question of Palestinian identity is explored as subsequent generations are forced to relocate again and again in different countries due to wars. 🇵🇸 .
Siblings Alia, Widad and Mustafa choose different options: Alia and her husband Atef reluctantly move to Kuwait to join Widad; Mustafa remains in Nablus. We witness Atef’s flashbacks to his and Mustafa’s imprisonment in Nablus and we see Alia struggle to accept Kuwait as home. In general, I thought these poignant early chapters were the best in the book. As more generations are added to the story, and there are further moves to Lebanon, France and the US, I felt the initial impact of the story being diluted. And whilst it’s interesting to see how identify becomes murky when you are born and raised in a different country from a ‘motherland’ you have never visited, I didn’t feel this was explored deeply enough to satisfy me; only really being addressed in a final chapter.
It’s a good book, but just doesn’t have the brilliance and emotional pull of Mornings in Jenin so if you’re going to read just one book about the occupation of Palestine, Mornings in Jenin would be my recommendation.
Is there something like a perfect couple? Many seem so but who knows what’s going on inside? 📚 .
Synopsis - 📖
The perfect couple…or the perfect lie?
A year and a half ago, Gemma met the love of her life, Danny. Since then, their relationship has been like something out of a dream. But one Friday evening, Gemma returns home to find Danny is nowhere to be seen.
After two days with no word from her husband, Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified with what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she sees the photos of the victims she is even more stunned…the victims all look just like Danny.
But, the detectives aren’t convinced by Gemma’s story. Why has no one apart from Gemma seen or heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace of him in their flat? Is she telling them the truth, or are there more secrets and lies in this marriage than meets the eye?
[Find someone who makes you feel drunk when you're sober]🌹
Es heißt: Berühmtheit hat ihren Preis. Doch was, wenn der Preis die Liebe deines Lebens ist?
Als Felicity Wilde mit nichts außer einem gefälschten Ausweis, ihrer alten Gitarre und ihren Songtexten in Nashville ankommt, will sie nur eins: sich so unauffällig wie möglich ein neues Leben aufbauen. Aber sie hat nicht mit Ryder Woods gerechnet. Der stadtbekannte Rockstar zieht sie vom ersten Moment an in seinen Bann. So sehr Felicity auch versucht, die Gefühle, die er in ihr weckt, zu unterdrücken, fasziniert er sie bei jeder Begegnung mehr. Und schließlich können die beiden nicht anders, als der Anziehung zwischen ihnen nachzugeben. Doch als Ryder einen Plattenvertrag angeboten bekommt, scheint ihre gemeinsame Zeit zu einem Ende zu kommen. Denn ein Leben im Rampenlicht an Ryders Seite ist für Felicity eigentlich unmöglich ...
Qotd: Wer hats schon gelesen?
Ich muss es unbedingt weiter lesen, aber ich habe einfach keine Zeit. Ich lese gerade so viel, ätzende Fachliteratur für meine Facharbeit, dass ich total das schlechte Gewissen gegenüber meiner Bücher bekomme.🙆🏻♀️😅
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The Mars Room is time, justice and morals turned into a rat king, with striking #MeToo era relevance.
Protagonist Romy Hall is serving a double life sentence in Stanville after killing her extremely persistent stalker. She loses parental rights and contact with her son, so his recovery becomes her sole driving force. A merry band of inmates join the fray; each of them peppering the book with an unputdownable quality that rivals a bag of hot French fries. Greys between right and wrong, crime and self-preservation are questioned as the puzzle of Hall’s crime unfurled, and with the last haunting page, I still have no answers. What is not in question, though, is Kushner’s devastating genius and the fact that she did the crisis that OITNB became one better. No gratituous nudity needed 🚮
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"The Anarchist's Club by Alex Reeve"
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People try to be courageous in different ways. I chose to be courageous by reading a thriller I was putting away for all the wrong reasons. The Anarchist’s club being the second installment in the Leo Stanhope series raised my doubts while reading it as I was not familiar with the first one ( The House on Half Moon Street) I am glad my doubts were rubbished by the author. Not only was the book enjoyable but also filled with bits from the previous one.
Did I mention that our hero was not always a hero? Well there lies the catch. Leo Stanhope was Charlotte 'Lottie' Pritchard. The Reverend’s daughter who did not want to remain caged in the body she was born with.
Leo’s new life or perhaps his monotonous new life was the one that suited him which was disturbed when a young mother came to visit the shop he worked along with her two children. The death of the woman forces Leo to get involved in the mess which threatened his very existence, by unearthing secrets he wants desperately to hide.
What worked for me was a female-turned-male detective(I do avoid using the word “trans” as I never liked the sound of it), a Victorian setting and the thrill of catching a killer in this fine mess. The relationship that Leo developed with the two unfortunate children, certainly had my heart. I loved how the author breezed effortlessly through the plot revealing things at the ultimate moment. I would also admit that choice of the perpetrator surprised me a little though not much.
The start was however slow at the beginning and it did take a substantial amount of time to get to the plot. I am quite sure that I didn’t get enough hang of the anarchist’s club and its’ occupants and also the fates of the children at the last did disappoint me a little.
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This was funny and cute right out of the gate! I had a feeling I’d love this one because @lyndseydrawsitagain told me so 😉 She wasn’t wrong. I was grinning constantly! I loved the courtship, the struggles they faced with life (romantically, personally, and in the work place — it felt real), and the topic of adoption was handled beautifully. THE DATING CHARADE was an incredibly sweet book that had me cheering hard for the characters. It tugged on my heartstrings and I loved the way it ended! Oh that ending 💕 This may be a book that’s quick and again, cute, but it also has a lot of heart and I can’t wait for more from @melissafergusonwrites! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is officially out and I can’t wait to read it! If you’re looking for historical books to read, you have to check out Erik Larson. He’s one of the best historical nonfiction writers out there! #TeamPRH
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I would like to revise my previous statement: If you have to read TWO books this year, please make this one of them (the other one being Little Fires Everywhere, of course).
There There features several characters, all from Native communities, and all connected in some way or another. Individually, their stories are compelling, gripping, and earnest. Together, they form an eye-opening, sometimes heart-wrenching depiction of urban Native Americans and their experiences.
I don't know what I can say that will do this book justice. Tommy Orange is a MAGNIFICENT writer - I was hooked by the first page. The prologue is intense, unflinching, and sets the tone for what to expect. Each character is so distinct, each storyline so unique, but all equally engaging. I definitely I gave myself fine lines from constantly frowning in concentration. I re-read sentences, sometimes even entire passages, going at a slower pace, just so I could properly absorb them. I think I might have even forgotten to breathe at some point.
Seriously - it's just soooooo good, you guys. I can't wait to see what he writes next.
Educated 📖 ✨ A book that encompasses the unbelievable challenges that are faced throughout Dr. Tara Westover’s life. Where she strives in the face of adversity. Where she is determined to make something of herself. Where she suppresses her profound feelings in order to appear “normal”. Where she solidified her love for her family and showed her ability to acknowledge their broken relationships. ✨
There are many themes within this novel, however, the breakdown of the family is evidently highlighted throughout Tara’s life. And for that breakdown, I give her credit. Families are important and to have such disparities between the relationships with all of her family members is arduous. The love that she continued to have for her family depicts her character. Her strength. Her ability to forgive and succeed. ✨
This novel allowed me to feel gratitude. Grateful for things that people believe we should automatically be given. Grateful for an education, grateful for my family. Not everyone is blessed with these things. ✨
My second book of the year. An easy read with extensive powerful messages. A book that makes you appreciate the things and people that you have in your life. On to the next one... 📖✨
I really enjoyed this one, it was a quirky and fun read. I liked the storyline and absolutely loved Annie!! I loved the writing and the format of the book (emails and diary entries). I definitely need to pick up more books by this author! I recommend checking this one out. Out now!
Thank you to the publisher and @netgalley for providing a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
No new people: that’s Annie Mercer’s vow. It’s bad enough that her boss sabotaged her chemistry career and her best friend tried to cure her with crystals. But after her fiancé, Jon, asks for space while he’s gallivanting around Paris, Annie decides she needs space too—from everyone.
Yet when Harper moves in next door, Annie can’t help but train a watchful eye on the glamorous but fragile young woman. And if keeping Harper safe requires teaming up with Mo, a maddeningly optimistic amateur detective, who is she to mind her own business?
Spring Girls by Karen Katchur 💚
Isn’t this cover STUNNING!?!? I love it!
I’m very excited to start this gorgeous book. Thank you to the author for sending copies to Brenda and Norma from @travelingsistersread and I to read together. We are looking forward to diving in to this novel soon!
Synopsis (from Amazon) ⬇️
She’s the only one who survived…and the only one who can help find the killer.
Another spring, another dead girl pulled from a lake in the Appalachian foothills: the latest victim in a series of murders with few leads. But Detective Geena Brassard and her partner, Parker Reed, finally land a break when they receive a tip about a previously unknown survivor of the so-called Spring Strangler.
The survivor’s reluctant to help with the case for reasons that aren’t all clear. Even so, Geena uncovers a connective thread between the victims, and recently discovered DNA brings her closer to the killer’s identity. But Geena knows the survivor has the most to offer the investigation—if also the most to lose.
Geena is torn between securing the surviving victim’s help and protecting her from further danger. One thing is certain: Geena and Parker must find answers before the killer claims another life—or returns to finish off the one who got away.
Expected date of publication: June 16, 2020. Stay tuned for our reviews....
What are you currently reading?
Does this qualify as a self-help book?
As has been well documented here, I love a good book and often share my fiction reads with you. But the truth is, I also tend to a fair amount of nonfiction. It ranges from history to personal development. Most of them I listen to in the car with Audible, but sometimes I will read a regular copy.
I bought this book over a year ago after @emilyley was recommended to me!
As life has felt a little chaotic and cluttered lately, it seemed like a perfect time to pick it up. I found such power in gaining wisdom from people who have gone through similar experiences to mine.
There is a book for everything…changing habits, gut health, organization, history, entrepreneurship and so on!
My plan is to read this for about 10-15 minutes a day so that I can still continue on with my fiction read as well! The best of both worlds?
How do you feel about nonfiction or personal development books? #graceoverperfection#growthmindset
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Y’all, today is one of my favorite days.
Today marks the beginning of the season where we are called to be pensive and reflective.
We get to practice our LATIN.
We are called to examine our sins and not only repent, but work to have a closer, more meaningful relationship with our creator.
Not everyone will read the bible and believe, but it is worth reading for the parables, the psalms, and the endless stories of people who overcome, people who suffer, and those who triumph over evil.
And THAT is always a story worth reading. .
[ partner @tlcbooktours ] I hope you all are having a great week!
If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?
I would absolutely love the ability to learn and communicate in any language!
Murder In An Irish Cottage by Carlene O'Conner was published yesterday.
Here's the synopsis:
In a remote—and superstitious—village in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies . . .
Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi's Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to keep it just between the two of them for a little longer.
But Macdara is her family, which is why when his cousin Jane frantically calls for his help, Siobhán is at his side as the two garda rush from Kilbane to the rural village where Jane and her mother have recently moved. Unfortunately, tragedy awaits them. They find Jane, who is blind, outside the cottage, in a state. Inside, Aunt Ellen lies on her bed in a fancy red dress, no longer breathing. A pillow on the floor and a nearby teacup suggest the mode of death to their trained eyes: the woman has been poisoned and smothered. Someone wanted to make sure she was dead. But who?
Devout believers in Irish folklore, the villagers insist the cottage is cursed—built on a fairy path. It turns out Ellen Delaney was not the first to die mysteriously in this cottage. Although the townsfolk blame malevolent fairies, Siobhán and Macdara must follow the path of a murderer all too human—but just as evil . . .
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Oh! What adventures our inner souls can go on when we dare to open our hearts to a new perspective and enlightenment through the power of books
Where would you start? What heights would you love to reach? Where does your heart and mind need you to take them?
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We went on a mini-getaway this weekend and I got to visit one of my favorite indie bookstores, @pointreyesbooks. I did buy two books, which I'll show y'all in an upcoming post. It was nice to disconnect from everything and I'm feeling ready to tackle the upcoming week. Did you do anything fun or relaxing this weekend?
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Alice in Wonderland vibes
Added a new shelf to the library last night for my Alice in Wonderland collection (you can take a look at it in my stories if you like). It’s so nice to get them off the floor finally. It’s definitely the biggest collection in my library.
What’s a book you love to collect in multiple editions?
I am finally on book three of the After series, and I will have to say this is my favorite one so far. It could be because we are finally getting more into depth on Tessa and Hardins relationship. Also learning so much more on why things are the way they are. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. I will say though I do highly recommend this series especially if you are into romance.
This series though has me sucked in, and I don’t intend to stop until I read every book ✶
37 31326 February, 2020
The Virago Modern Classics Designer Collection is one of the prettiest in my library, so I’m always thrilled when a new title is released. And I love that the series features women writers. The latest, The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton, just arrived. Isn’t she a beauty?
Do you collect these? Do you have a favourite female author you think should be a part of the collection?
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February is the month of love, and despite Valentine’s Day already passing I decided to keep the love going 💕🤗 Here are some (read: probably all) of my contemporary romance novels- see any favorites?? Q: who is your favorite romance author?
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So I received the PRETTIEST book mail earlier today, and I just HAVE to share it with you all!
As most of you know, The Animals at Lockwood Manor by @jane_healey_ has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, being a huge fan of historical fiction.