Another one of our books of the month for this week's Fiction Focus. .
Queenie is a refreshingly candid and provoking novel that deals with mental health, race, and class with a light but confident touch. .
Set in modern Britain it tells the story of Queenie Jenkins, a fabulous but flawed character who is hilariously funny and shot through with tenderness. .
Caught between the Jamaican British family who don't seem to understand her, a job that's not all it promised and a man she just can't get over, Queenie's life seems to be steadily spiralling out of control.
. 'ᴴᵉᵃʳᵗᵇʳᵉᵃᵏⁱⁿᵍ, ᶠᵘⁿⁿʸ, ᶠʳᵉˢʰ ᵃⁿᵈ ᵐᵒᵈᵉʳⁿ ᵃˡˡ ᵃᵗ ᵒⁿᶜᵉ' ⁻ ᶜᵃᵗ ᵃᵗ ᵂᵃᵗᵉʳˢᵗᵒⁿᵉˢ ᴴᵉᵃᵈ ᴼᶠᶠⁱᶜᵉ 'ᴬ ᵇᵉᵃᵘᵗⁱᶠᵘˡˡʸ ᵉᵐᵒᵗⁱᵒⁿᵃˡ, ʲᵒʸᶠᵘˡ, ᶠⁱˢᵗ⁻ᵖᵘⁿᶜʰⁱⁿᵍ ᵗʰᵉ⁻ᵃⁱʳ ᵇᵒᵒᵏ' ⁻ ᴴᵃⁿⁿᵃʰ ᴷᵃᵗᵉ ᵃᵗ ᴸⁱᵛᵉʳᵖᵒᵒˡ ᴼⁿᵉ 'ᴬ ʳᵉᵃˡˡʸ ˢᵖᵉᶜⁱᵃˡ ᵇᵒᵒᵏ ʷⁱᵗʰ ᵐᵘᶜʰ ᵗᵒ ˢᵃʸ ᵃᵇᵒᵘᵗ ᵇˡᵃᶜᵏ ᶠᵉᵐᵃˡᵉ ⁱᵈᵉⁿᵗⁱᵗʸ, ˢᵉˣᵘᵃˡ ᵖᵒˡⁱᵗⁱᶜˢ, ᵍʳᵒᵘᵖ ᶜʰᵃᵗˢ & ᵉᵐᵒᵗⁱᵒⁿᵃˡ ᵇᵉᶜᵒᵐⁱⁿᵍ ⁱⁿ ᵃ ʷᵃʸ ᵗʰᵃᵗ ᶠᵉᵉˡˢ ᵗᵒᵗᵃˡˡʸ ᵘⁿᶠᵒʳᶜᵉᵈ. ᶠⁱˡᵗʰʸ, ᶠᵘⁿⁿʸ & ᵖʳᵒᶠᵒᵘⁿᵈ.' ⁻ ˢʰᵃʳˡᵉⁿᵉ ᵀᵉᵒ
If you enjoyed Normal People by Sally Rooney, you will adore this window into an honest, dramatic and beautiful life. .
Just looking at what people are saying on Instagram about this book should be enough to convince you to pick it up this weekend. .
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It’s @bullybookclub review day. You’d think we could read a children’s chapter book super quick..I thought so too. But life happens and reading didn’t happen so we aren’t finished with it yet. So- if you want to see some awesome reviews today search #bullybookclub and watch for our review at a later date!!
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A promise is everything, especially when Gillian makes them. Gillian’s new start in Becker Circle means new rules. This is her 18th of 20 rules to help avoid #freshstart land mines. Need an escape packed with suspense, romance, and colorful bar patrons you won’t soon forget? You might like Becker Circle. See my profile for buy links.
Oh my, this book. Your mileage may vary based on how you feel about religion and religious stuff and romance, but I really enjoyed THE LORD I LEFT by Scarlett Peckham.
Henry Evesham is a Methodist minister assigned by the church to write a report summarizing his research and recommendations for what the church and the government can do to best assist those who choose to engage with “seedier” parts of society. Alice Hull is a housekeeper and governess-in-training at an establishment where Henry is conducting research and interviews. From there... things happen. This one has (oh, how to explain this):
-a virgin hero
-a heroine training to become a madam
-enemies to lovers
-denying those feelings
-carriages beset by peril
-some of the most frustrating family members I’ve ever read in historical romance
-lots of talk about god
-lots of thoughts about decidedly NOT god
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I was on the blog tour yesterday for @josiesilverauthor’s latest book and you can read my spoiler free review on my blog! There’s a link in my bio 📚
If you're one of the thousands of people who have already read The Jezebels of Bedlam, I have good news. Book 2, The Daughters Return, is available for a limited time for just 99c. This weekend, YOU CAN OWN BOTH BOOKS FOR UNDER $1 since Jezebels is FREE! As always, PLEASE consider leaving a review. You don't have to be a master reviewer, just saying "Great read," or "Loved the humour," is fine. It's the number of reviews that counts. The more reviews an author has, the more likely people are to look at their books. Reviews determine the popularity of books and keep indie authors writing. Thank you in advance ❤
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Title: Delinquent Demons
Author: K Webster
Release: February 24th
★¸¸.•*¨*•★ ★¸¸.•*¨*•☆ I don't really read PNR but when i saw K Webster was coming out with one i had go give it a try!
I really liked it, i had to work a little harder to imagine everything but it was good, hugely different but still good.
From the beginning i loved Charis, she was funny and squirrely, but she was also fiercely loyal. She was also easy to read with all her sass.
I loved the four demons, they all brought different things to the table and they seemed to fit each other well.
I'm not gonna lie but with some bits i was slightly weirded out but hey these are four weird looking demons and i don't read Paranormal often so I'd be more surprised if i wasnt weirded out.
I loved how even with Demons K Webster seemed to write them perfectly and her imagination is crazy i tell you. ❤
Books really do take us where we’ve never been!
Are you like me and always have a book or two with you if you’re going to be waiting for a long period of time somewhere or traveling?
What books can’t you leave behind? (Comment below your favorites!)
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It’s snowing here in NC! I thought we would escape the winter unscathed, but unfortunately I was wrong. But hey, at least that means I can snuggle up with my pup and get some good reading in. I’m starting The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I’ve heard amazing things about it so I’m excited to get into it! Do you get a lot of snow where you live?
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A little (not so) light reading to keep me occupied at work. I don’t do a lot of non-fiction, honestly. But sometimes the real stories are impossible to resist. .
Would you choose to visit the past or future? - I’d pick past. There are so many historical things I’m curious about! ▪️
In this epic sequel to Once & Future, to save the future, Ari and her Rainbow knights pull off a heist...thousands of years in the past.
All U.S. residents who pre-order Sword in the Stars by April 6th will receive the Knights of the Rainbow enamel pin you see in this photo! Check out the link in JIMMY Patterson’s Instagram bio to submit your receipt and claim your pin.
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I'm playing catch up with my #candleloversfeb20 prompts! (To nobody's surprise...) Day 16: love. Well, all of these are a love story to some extent, and I love them all.
Day 17: spells. There are spells afoot for each of these, though the October Daye series has a LOT of these!
Day 19: nemesis. The Princess Game pits a princess against the curse itself, and what a story!! These are all fun reads, so if you're looking for a good read, look no further! #amrevising#amreading#amwriting#amlearning#storiesforhisglory
REVIEW — Dominik by @sawyerbennett123
OMG!! How do I explain how much I loved this book. Dominik is the ultimate alpha hero and such a great and caring individual. Sexy, intelligent, and generous? Sign me up! And Willow, such a strong and independent heroine. I love how she stood her ground on her career even though it can be dangerous.
This was the ultimate hockey romance-a powerful romance combined with some actual and enjoyable hockey scenes. A sizzling attraction that grows into a deep and powerful connection and the excitement of the team fighting for the cup. Sawyer’s writing is so descriptive—you felt like you were there watching the Arizona Vengeance battle their way to the cup—there was such excitement and anticipation coming off the pages during the game scenes.
I read this book in one sitting—I could not put it down! Amazing writing as always, interesting and engaging characters, with a sexy romance on top.
Can be read as a standalone but the rest of the series is just as good.
Here’s two things about this book: It’s an obsession-worthy and perfect to break any reading slump.
This is one of the books I didn't get the chance to read last year, but since I heard about the movie adaptation is around the corner, I really proposed myself to read it before any spoiler goes through my ears, which I’m lucky because I’ve heard tremendous things about this but no spoilers.
It’s a fast-read and chapters are short, and the narrator’s voice is smooth and crisp as good wine.
“In the endgame a pawn can change into a queen.”
I’ve been aware of Kate Atkinson’s private investigator series staring Jackson Brodie for a while and after reading one of her other books, Life After Life, last year, I was keen to try them out. Big Sky marks a return to the Jackson Brodie series for Kate after a break, but it’s also a really good starting point for the series if, like me, you’ve never tried them out before! I didn’t feel lost at all having not read the previous books in the series and I was pleasantly surprised by how light and funny the tone was despite the gritty subject matter. •
The pacing of Big Sky is pretty slow to start with, and there’s a lot of it spent on establishing characters. For a book in the Jackson Brodie series, Jackson appears surprisingly little. However the action picks up towards the end. There were a couple of things that felt oddly a little unresolved by the end of the book, and I would have liked slightly more of Brodie’s character – he’s interesting and full of contradictions and I felt more could have been made of him in this book. However on the whole, I really enjoyed it and am keen to go back and read the rest in the series!
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First in the Cobble Cove Mystery series!
While this could be considered a cozy mystery, I don’t feel like it’s the typical cozy. It is a clean read when it comes to language, the crimes aren’t written in a gory fashion like in a horror novel, and there are not graphic sex scenes. But this read as more of a mystery to me than a cozy. Not that it really matters because it was an enjoyable novel.
Another way that I felt this was more of a mystery than a cozy, was how quickly the relationship between Alicia and John heats up. In cozies it’ll take at least a couple of books before the amateur sleuth decides to let herself fall for the love interest. In A Stone’s Throw, I think it was less than a week.
At first I was getting a Wicker Man vibe from the story. Everyone would change the subject when Alicia asked about the previous librarian and there would be furtive glances too. The town also had a bit of the Stepford Wives going on with almost everyone being super nice and eager to please. The inn owner was a crab the first time Alicia met her but the next time she was as nice as everyone else. And we have one more cantankerous homebound library patron who shows up later in the book, but she too becomes nice by the end.
As far as the mystery went, I figured a couple of things out early, but I did not see the entire conclusion. And even after it ended I still didn’t feel like one of the main relationships were resolved. I still felt like there was something more hiding with the character, and perhaps that will come up in future books in the Cobble Cove series.
Finished listening to Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates today. I started listening to it before Christmas, it took quote a long time to finish because I wanted to make sure I spent adequate time with each chapter.
The main thing I took away from this book was how greatful I am to have only experienced a few, minor incidences of sexism, though I am hyper aware that this is not the case for the majority of women. Largely I think this is because I'm disabled so ableism has been a much bigger issue for me since leaving school but that's a conversation for another day.
I love listening to this style of book rather than reading them because it feels like I'm having a conversation with the author. I feel I think about what is being said more. It reminds me of uni lectures where the author of teaching about the topic.
The Ravenel's series has been just so strong. Usually in an extended series, I don't love all the books. (The name Simone from the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid still makes me shutter. I don't 'get' George in The Bridgerton's.) But I have absolutely Captial L Loved every single one of the books in this series.
There were amazing quotes like "Brace yourself" and "Can I have her?" and "Try it."* Seriously. Lisa Kleypas is a genius for conveying so much with so few words.
My favorite Hero was decisive Winterbourne and my favorite Heroine was beautiful, hilarious Pandora. I also loved Phoebe, both in her roles as eldest sister and Heroine. The conversations between Sebastian and Gabriel were basically hypnotizing.
I appreciated that the titles weren't cheesy play-ons from popular sayings/movies etc. And the covers were all so beautiful. Just, everything about the series is beautiful.
My heart is having a hard time absorbing the fact that Chasing Cassandra is going to be the last book in the Ravenel's series. There are other characters that I need to read about. What about Raphael in America? And Serafina?! Even disheveled Barnaby. He desperately needs a woman to un-rumple him.
Alrighty, they're have been many kisses with everyone ending happily ever after and I've told you about it!
PS. Doesn't Lisa Klaypas just have the best voice? I love listening to her talk.
"Brace yourself" - West from Devil's Daughter
"Can I have her?"- Tom from Chasing Cassandra
"Try it." -Winterborne from Marrying Winterborne
Gretchen Sorin’s “Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights” “make[s] powerfully clear the magnitude of the injustices and harrowing encounters endured by African-Americans traveling by ‘open’ road, as well as of their quiet acts of rebellion and protest, which went far beyond having to find alternative places to eat, sleep and buy gas…. Deeply researched… Driving While Black is more focused on the history of African-American car ownership and travel, exploring why both have been so important to African-American life.... A scholarly examination of the history of black mobility in this country from the antebellum period to now, including the ongoing quest by whites in power to deny or restrict that mobility.” – Bridgett M. Davis, @nytbooks. Read the full review using the link in our bio.
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We've had some pretty disrupted baby sleep over the last few weeks thanks to colds, stomach bugs, a weekend away and teething so I needed a book that was entertaining and easy to read - enter Fiona Barton's 'The Suspect.' 📖
This is by no means high-brow crime, as the writing isn't great and it is full of what I call 'dun dun duuuuun' moments, but nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed it. 😁
At this point I confuse myself. The book I picked up before The Suspect I instantly disgarded due to poor writing, but there is something about this genre of binge-worthy, trashy crime, that I can't get enough of. 🤔
Having read two of Barton's other novels, I feel quite attached to Kate, the reporter now and really enjoy seeing a crime unfold from a journalists perspective. 👍
The chapters are short and the writing is super easy to read, which, when combined with a twist type, far-fetched plot, make this the sort of book you could easily read in one sitting. 😊
Overall, a really entertaining read, but if you're a stickler for writing and/or police procedurals, perhaps give it a wide-berth. 😂
Hungrycaterbella rating: 🐛🐛🐛
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Do you read non-fiction books? On what topics?
These are some of the non-fiction books I've been reading this month. Writing craft and self-help! I've only got into self-help books in the last couple of years but I'm so glad I did - some have changed my life! As for my collection of writing craft books, well, let's just say, I probably shouldn't be buying any more in the near future... This week has been a crazy roller coaster of ups and downs. Very much looking forward to a calmer weekend.
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It was always him. The one I shouldn't want, shouldn't crave, the one who could destroy my carefully built life.
Hagen Lykaios was the essence of sin, indulgence, and danger - everything I knew to avoid.
All it took was one unexpected touch, and he consumed me, left me begging, needy, and hungry for more.
He said if I entered his world he would corrupt me, own me, and change all that I had ever known...and you know what? I went anyway.
This is the second to last Newbery Award winner I have to read. This book is out of print. I could find no e-versions anywhere. It is not in any of our county or city libraries. I even contacted the university library and they don't have it either. Apparently, it's pretty racist, so no complaints from me on how hard it is to find. Used copies are going between $50 to $100. I was able to find this gem for $18. It's a little bit sticky on the spine. Worth it to finish the list? I guess. Also, it doesn't matter how many times I photograph it, it keeps coming out sideways. It's a sign. #bookstagram#amreading
Of Fire and Lions by @mesuandrews was one of my top 5 reads last year. It’s an amazing book and that cover is stunning!😍
I’m struggling to finish my current read and it’s not the book’s fault. I’m only 9 chapters in and it’s taken me a week.
It’s partly because my people have been sick, partly because my spare time has been spent editing, but mostly because the baby has decided he’s not cool with me reading while I feed him anymore, and he’s gotten really good at slapping the book out of my hands.😑😂
I can't believe it's already February. Here's my TBR books for the new month. Thanks to my husband for lending me a hand. He's so uplifting.✨ What are you reading?
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✨WE’RE HALFWAY THROUGH THE WEEK✨
It may just be me, but this week has lasted forever, & it’s not over yet. Thank goodness that I have books to distract me from the chaos that this week has been. From medical emergencies to having to close at work while a new girl is trained in, this week has been too long & too stressful. Ya girl needs a break.
Here’s a stack of books that I’m, fittingly, halfway through! Us Against You is brilliant, powerful, & excellently written. The Book of Delights is positively delightful, & The Governess Game by Tessa Dare (an e-book) is full of charm & wit!
What are you currently reading?? 📚
I received a gift card for my birthday, and I'm so excited because I think I know what I'm going to purchase... LONG BRIGHT RIVER by Liz Moore! I borrow 95% of the books I read from the library (the other 5% being e-books and used bookstore finds), but when I read a book I love with all my heart, it's hard to give it back. I want to own LBR so I can add it to my shelves and look at it lol. I've been recommending it to everyone I know, but I don't think I'll be able to loan my copy. They'll have to get it from the lib, just like I did. 😝
Booksta-milestone post! (Thx tagged pub) I just hit 6k followers, this is my 499th post, and my two year #bookstaversary was a couple weeks ago. All this is making me look back with nostalgia at everything I’ve learned along the way, the highs and the lows, the good and the bad. I feel a little like a wise auntie gathering the young ‘uns around her: “Now let me give you some advice, my dears...”
📚 Bookstagram should be FUN. If it turns into a headache, or pressure, or stress, back off. This is a hobby and the earth will not cease spinning if you don’t post for a few days.
📚 It’s normal to think about things like engagement and follower count, but don’t *obsess* over it. It’s the least interesting thing about this community.
📚 The best way to increase your engagement is to post engaging content and to engage with other people. It’s really that simple! Make connections by commenting and having conversations with other bookstagrammers, readers, and writers.
📚 Have fun taking pictures but they don’t need to be perfect, and don’t be afraid to show your real self. I truly enjoy being creative and taking pretty photos; it’s allowed me to express a side of myself I had never developed before. But if that’s not your thing, no worries! Just be your authentic self.
📚 Above all, be kind be kind be kind! This should not be a place for nastiness or drama. Luckily, I’ve rarely seen any, but let’s remember that you can disagree with someone without being nasty, and you can dislike a book (and share an honest review) without trashing it or the author. There’s enough negativity online that we don’t need it here in our cozy little bookish corner.
I hope you are having a wonderful week. I have two more days here in paradise before returning to snow and freezing weather back home, so I’m gonna soak it all in! I might finish The Jane Austen Society today—and I am adoring it so far. I have a feeling it’s going to be incredibly popular this summer.
Is there anything else you’d add as advice to a newer bookstagrammer?
What’s your favorite part of the community?
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#gifted - It is a transcendent experience to read Fernanda Melchor. Her sentences are like quicksand but with mud instead of sand. there are so many metaphors I can use to describe her writing—her asthmatic sentences—but none will fully describe the experience. I can only say, you had to be there.
Yet I’ll try to put it all into words…
When I finally did finish Temporada de Hurracanes (the original Spanish version of Hurricane Season), cause it took me months cause I read slow in Spanish, I was enamored with Melchor. It wasn’t just that the story was great but also that Melchor had the ability to evoke physical sensations with her words. This novel is consuming.
In a small pueblo en Mexico, the village outcast referred to as the bruja, the witch, is found dead. though essentially this is a murder mystery, it definitely does not feel like a traditional who dunnit novel, instead, it feels like short stories told from an omniscient perspective. Each chapter/section focuses on a different character and each gets closer to the murder. The wretched people of this village seem to be stuck in a vicious cycle that keeps them broken, damaged… they are all victims and all perpetrators.
In this english translation by Sophie Hughes, we get almost exactly what Melchor gives us in her original Spanish. No translation will ever be 100%, it’s just not possible. But Sophie Hughes has done an amazing job. The Spanish version is deeply set within the Mexican world, the entire book is written in Mexican slang… the way it translates in English is different, though still as coarse and colorful. I will admit that in English curse words sound a lot more harsh than in Spanish, but this is mostly because I grew up hearing my parents use spanish curse words casually and taught my siblings and I that English curse words were “bad words”.
Translations are so fascinating to me, there are so many versions of a language. This book is heavily written in Mexican-Spanish and translated to English by a British translator… it’s just fascinating. If you find translations fascinating as well, I recommend another title also from @fitzcarraldoeditions called This Little Art.
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One nighters. When was the last time you pulled one? What book kept you turning the pages and won the battle against your heavy eyelids and the weight of tomorrow’s responsibilities?
My sad sad truth is that I cannot remember the last time I stayed up at night until finishing a book. For the last few months work and moving has absorbed all my energy 🙃 happy days huh. WHAT AM I EVEN.
So let me live vicariously through you guys. At least until i get my life back.