Book recommendation- the mighty 'The Art of Asking' by Amanda Palmer. Read this book. It helps.
@amandapalmer is not only an insanely talented musician (who I had the pleasure to see live in November) but she manages to pack such a punch with this self-help/ autobiographical book. At the same time funny, heartbreaking, honest and rousing, Amanda takes us on a journey of how she learned to ask for help when the asking seemed too vulnerable. She invites us all to recognise that our art and creativity is valid and meaningful and that we need to rely more on the communities around us. She implores us to be brave. She recognises the true power of human kindness. She helps us seek joy amongst sadness. She validates our fears and worries. And she gives us the strength to ask for help.
Henrietta Lacks died of Cervical Cancer on October 4th, 1951. The cancerous cells that were extracted from her before she passed have become immortal. Not only have they been used to research and study cancer but have also been used to create vaccines. However her cells were used for these studies without consent from her or her family. And though they launched a medical revolution and a multi million dollar industry, her children have led difficult lives.
Skloot first heard of HeLa cells in a class and her quest to learn about the woman behind them took her on a decade long journey. While Skloot easily explains the science, it's the heartbreaking story of Henrietta's death and subsequently her childrens' lives that makes this book such a great read.
The debate about patient consent and the ethical and legal dilemma such a scenario presents is well thought out and well written.
I was glad to learn about Henrietta and her inadvertent but mammoth contribution to science. It also gave me a completely different perspective on the medical industry that I would not have thought of on my own.
This is my current reading pile - @ocean_vuong’s sharp and delicious On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, @carmenmmachado’s Her Body & Other Stories (which I haven’t started yet), and Guest Book, which showcases @shaptonia’s genius for the finding the uncanny in found images. I’m currently seriously craving a quiet weekend in the company of these babies. Would love to know what you’re all reading right now :)
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So I saw a fun challenge going round bookstagram a while ago and thought I would share my #onewordbooktitle from my bookshelves
All of these books I have read and very much enjoyed! My particular favourites are Wonder (I think this has to be one of my favourite ever characters - Oggy is the best and just melts your heart) and Rebecca (my first Du Maurier - it had me absolutely hooked on her gothic delights from day one and got me to read her short stories ). I find one word titles so intriguing and compelling - it adds to the mystery of how the book will enfold and in a lot of instances make such a bold statement. I feel this is the case for Uprooted and Room
I have tagged some lovely people to show me your favourite one word titles!
✨ REVIEW: KNOW MY NAME✨
By Chanel Miller Pub: Penguin Books Available now
Quite simply, if you haven’t already, you need to read this book.
Chanel surrenders her anonymity, where she was formerly known as Emily Doe, to bring to light her experience of sexual assault at the hands of a Stanford student, and the events that unfolded from that point onwards. . . “I thought the first time I said I do would be at my wedding, not at my rape trial” .
She talks powerfully about her experiences: from the moment of assault in the pine needles to the Rape Kit in the hospital, from that hospital bed through the judiciary system, then from the Victim Closet on to the Witness Stand and beyond.
.”I was the wounded antelope ... and he chose me” .
Throughout this book, Chanel explores the events that happened to her body and how she was treated by the court system when she chose to hold her attacker to account; she documents her trauma, her feelings of helplessness, anger and determination, the impact on her relationships and her own mental health, all culminating in her fight to address her attacker to make him “get it”.
While I wish she never had this story to tell, she is calm, powerful and resilient narrator. She tells her story with dignity and articulates her fury beautifully. The reader is with her through the trauma, the confusion, the isolation, the fear, the testimony and the fury. I listened to her read her own words as an audiobook and had to stop what I was doing more than once to take the moment in.
Thank you for finding the words Chanel and for never losing sight of your own worth.
.”I am with you I fought for you I believe you”.
TW: rape, sexual assault, judicial failings, mental health, victim blaming.
1 141 minutes ago
Hullo! I've no QOTD today. Just how are you doing? Feb is nearly done & it went by in a blink!
Let's dive into a #bookreview of The Space We're In.
This is a #middlegrade novel, from the pov of 10 year old Frank, who has an autistic brother, Max. Frank has trouble navigating his relationship with Max and at times, he even hates him. Frank feels he's living in the shadow of Max as everything in the household revolves around him, to cater to his needs. He feels he doesn't get enough attention from his parents bc of Max. But due to events in their life, through tragedy and shame, Frank grows up & starts appreciating Max and loving him.
It's a beautiful journey, albeit a slow one. The writing is very simple and I would really suggest it for kids or anyone who likes to read middle grade novels. This will be a good introduction to autism and understanding it from the perspective of a kid.
It really brought out the problems and frustrations one can have in an household with this kind of environment, especially in a child but also the parents, who had their own ways of dealing.
Even though the topics in the book are quite deep for a middle grade novel, nonetheless, it deals with everything in a really sensitive way.
It doesn't disregard Max but portrays him in how special he is in his own way.
It's about grief, acceptance, growing up, friends and family. I think I would've been more emotionally invested if the writing was a bit better (but it's still good for kids) and it was more fast paced.
Thank you @bloomsburyindia for a review copy :)
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I once saw a quote that went along the lines of
‘There are people less qualified than you succeeding at the things you have always dreamed of-
Simply because they decided to believe in themselves’
✨ how powerful?!
Belief is such a powerful thing; whether this be belief in yourself or in a higher power; after all,
When you have these two ingredients,
Beautiful occurrences begin to manifest ✨
Take that first step!! What is stopping you?! ♥️
Good luck 🥰 •Snippets from my motivational book, ‘Perspective by Sophia’ @perspectivebysophia ♥️
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📚Book 9 of 2020: My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
My Sister, The Serial Killer is a short and snappy novel that manages to pack a big punch in its 223 pages. In it, nurse Korede has felt responsible for little sister Ayoola their entire lives and that sense of responsibility has only deepened in their adulthood. After Ayoola phones Korede one night begging for help, Korede knows what to expect. This is the third boyfriend of Ayoola's who has wound up dead, killed by Ayoola in "self-defense", and with her fastidious love of cleaning and a cool head, Korede is the perfect accomplice when wanting to dispose of a body. Despite Ayoola's murderous streak and apparent lack of remorse, Korede would never do anything to jeopardise her sister's freedom. But when Ayoola catches the eye of Tade, a doctor at the hospital where Korede works and with whom Korede has long been in love, she will have to choose: to save Tade from a probable untimely death or to remain loyal to the sister she has always protected.
This novel was so fast-paced and sharp: with chapters that are never longer than about 4 pages (often shorter), there is never much time to catch a breath before we are hurtled into the next phase of action. The writing is simple but extremely effective and manages to feel very tongue-in-cheek without detracting from the tension. Ayoola is hilarious, horrifying and sympathetic all at once and Korede is a more complex character than you'd expect from such a short and action-packed novel: smart, caring, fiercely protective but sometimes quite cold and calculating too.
This is of course a novel about a serial killer but it is never gratuitously gory. In fact there is a relative lack of violence considering the number of Ayoola's victims in so few pages! The surface story, then, is one of murder but the true star of the story is the examination of Korede and Ayoola's sibling dynamic which is written about beautifully. The unconditional love and instinct to protect one another undercut with a simmering vat of jealousy, bitterness and doubt. This is a real celebration of the complexity of sibling relationships, especially between sisters.
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#bookreview : 💗ADORKABLE by @cookieogorman💗 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | #youngadult#contemporaryromance
Perfectly titled, teenage angst-filled, an explosion of geeky charm, "Adorkable" was a delight to read – just in time for Valentine’s Day. "Adorkable" instantly captured my attention and held on tight. I was sad when it ended and it had to let me go. My copy also came with additional bonus content, which I’ll read at a later date.
"Adorkable" was an auto-buy for me. I was browsing the shelves in Barnes & Noble, ready to splurge my Christmas money on more books, when my eye caught Adorkable‘s cute cover art. I’ve heard of fake boyfriend/girlfriend stories but had never read one, so I gave this one a try.
The author did a good job pacing the story. I was surprised by how riveting the story was. I was invested in what was at stake. It didn’t feel rushed despite being only 261 pages.
The only character I really liked was Sally. Her mom was so-so but too pushy about setting up Sally with blind dates. Hooker, her supposed best friend, was very unlikable. It seemed like she didn’t care (or refused to care) about Sally’s clearly stated strong desire to not be set up anymore. Becks was also so-so for me. He was sweet at times. Then there were moments when I didn’t like how he treated Sally and took advantage of Sally’s predicament.
Anyway, "Adorkable" was a great story. Perfect pacing. The right amount of suspense, geekiness and drama. It’s refreshing to read a book that really embodies its title – this was truly adorkable.
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Sohvapöydällä on aina paikka inspiroivalle sisustuskirjalle. Avaan kirjasta usein kauniin aukeaman esille ja palaan sitä ihailemaan ohi kulkiessa. Palaan myös kirjan sivuille yhä uudelleen, lukemaan, oppimaan ja ihailemaan visuaalista kädenjälkeä, kirjoittajan ammattitaitoa.
Sisustussuunnittelija Helena Karihtalan @helenakarihtala marraskuussa 2019 julkaistu ’Funktio’ on kokoelma suunnittelijan kymmenestä erilaisesta sisususprojektista.
Kirjassa kuvataan erityisesti kotien käytännöllisyyttä ja tilankäytön ratkaisuja. Samalla tuodaan esille teemoja, joilla on jokin funktio, tehtävä, tarkoitus tai rooli sisustuksessa.
Erityisen paljon kirjassa sykähdyttää sisustussuunnittelijan sanoma ja miten hän onnistuu toteuttamaan sitä suunnittelukohteissaan. ’Jokaisen kodissa on aistittavissa palanen identiteettiämme. Se, millaiseksi oman kodin rakennamme ja sisustamme, kuvaa elämäämme ja mieltymyksiämme.’ Kirjan kuvat ovat Martti Järven.
She is you 🥰✨
From my poetry collection ‘This One’s for You’ 🙏🏼♥️ a poetry collection teaching you the power of self-love and guiding you towards a journey of healing ✨
It makes a lovely gift for anyone going through a tough time or somebody who may need words of encouragement 🙏🏼✨ we’re available on Amazon! X
From my poetry collection ‘This One’s for You’ 🙏🏼♥️ a poetry collection teaching you the power of self-love and guiding you towards a journey of healing ✨
It makes a lovely gift for anyone going through a tough time or somebody who may need words of encouragement 🙏🏼✨ we’re available on Amazon! X
⏰Oona Out of Order ~ Blog Tour/Book Feature⏰
⏰If you’ve been paying close attention, the buzz is pretty darn positive for Ms. Oona. But you know me...buzz-worthy books tend to not be my friend. I officially started reading Oona yesterday and let me just tell you...this book is damn delightful. Delightful I say! And for those of you that have been following me for a while, you know that I have never called anything delightful. Giving off those 13 Going On 30 “with a twist” vibes, it just has this amazing, easy-going storytelling that just allows you to sit back and enjoy the tale that’s about to unfold.
⏰The books opens in the early 80s with a college age Oona about to make a large life-changing decision. At the stroke of midnight on the eve of the New Year, everything changes. Oona wakes up in a 51 year old body and finds out that with each passing year, she will continue to embark on a new year of her life...out of order. And here’s the thing! As the reader, you strangely aren’t bogged down with questions like: Why is Oona time-hopping? Did she make a wish on a genie machine at a fair like in Big? Is this a dream? Nope- you really don’t care about the formalities. You’re just immediately invested in Oona’s journey and are ready to take the ride with her.
⏰So if you’re over formulaic thrillers, if you’ve had enough of rocking in a corner over WWII tragedies, if you cannot stand one more human behaving badly and if one more 600 page family drama makes you want to claw your eyes out...go do yourself a favor and get Oona. It’s out TODAY and I’m telling you...Freaking. Delightful.
⏰Thank you @flatiron_books for the gifted copy and having me join this blog tour to brag about this joyous book!
Dust Of Dreams by Steven Erikson.
Book Nine of The Malazan Book Of The Fallen.
Subterranean Press, 2019
... To me, it is still the perfect lettered with a quality production / price point combo. It’s priced under $400 and you get beautiful wraparound dust jacket, exclusive artwork, traycase, etc.
Kuala Lumpur, watch out. After a whirlwind Kuching tour, Malcolm Mejin is fueling up for his next stop at St. John's International School, right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
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“You probably know someone like Shay Miller. She wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is becoming increasingly isolated.
You probably don’t know anyone like the Moore sisters. They have an unbreakable circle of friends. They live a life of glamour and perfection. They always get what they desire.
Shay thinks she wants their life.
But what they really want is hers.”
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5 ⭐️ Wow. This was such a thrilling read and had me dying to know what was going to happen the entire time. I loved how this book never had any dull moments and kept up the intense pace. My favorite part was how each chapter began with a data quote that gave way to what would occur in the story. The woven in statistics gave the story such a real feel. I highly recommend reading this one if you are looking for something that is going to have you on the edge of your seat.
15 651 hour ago
Close your eyes, take a breath, inhale calmness, exhale stress, make a cuppa, sink into a chair, pick up a book, disappear. 🍁
Wow, where do I start. The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney was nothing short of amazing.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The synopsis reads - Abbie wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there. By her side is her husband Tim, the driven British founder of one of the worlds most ground breaking tech companies..... but as Abbie's memories return, she realises there's something missing from Tim's version of events. Because five years ago Abbie Cullen-Scott was pronounced dead..... The story is centered around the world of AI (think robots) which i didn't realise when I picked up the book but its definitely more of a suspense/thriller read, not sci-fi.
The story swaps between Abbie's present day, after she has woken up, and the past where we learn how Abbie came to be where she is today.
I really dont want to say any more for fear of giving anything away except to say I'm dying to hear from anyone else who has read this.
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The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie
As soon as I heard there was a new BBC adaption of another Agatha Christie classic I knew I had to immediately buy and read this book. I knew nothing about it going in, I'll admit, I hadn't even heard of it. All I knew was I wanted to read it before I watched it, so my imagination couldn't be influenced and the book couldn't be ruined.
I have now both read and watched this story, and I have to say I enjoyed the book, but the adaption was a massive let down (they missed out huge chunks of the clever twists and turns, the things that make an Agatha Christie novel an Agatha Christie novel...) Trust me on this one. Read the book, don't watch the adaption. The book is WAY better.
This one is a little differently put together, the set up feels very different and the characters aren't as 'quaint' as I'm used to from her, but that didn't hamper my enjoyment in the least. Not my favourite AC, but still an entertaining read.
what are you currently reading???
i’ve been reading ‘know my name’ since january, but i keep taking breaks between chapters so who knows when i’ll actually finish it😂 once i do, i can’t wait begin this siri hustvedt!
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Second chance is a story of a group of people who haven’t seen each other since they were best friends at school. When one of them dies in a terrible tragedy, the reunited friends work through their grief together and find that each of their lives is impacted in ways they could have never foreseen. Warm, witty, and as wise as ever, this is a story of friendship, of family, and of life coming full circle.
Happy Pub Day to #Rebelwing !!! If you like sci-fi, dystopian and DRAGONS, you'll love this one, like I did! Awesome debut full of action, with loveable characters. Full review on #goodreads , link in bio! Many thanks to #PenguinTeenCA for the advance copy of this book! #AndreaTang ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Business is booming for Prudence Wu.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A black-market-media smuggler and scholarship student at the prestigious New Columbia Preparatory Academy, Pru is lucky to live in the Barricade Coalition where she is free to study, read, watch, and listen to whatever she wants. But between essays and exams, she chooses to spend her breaks sweet-talking border patrol with her best friend, Anabel, in order to sell banned media to the less fortunate citizens of the United Continental Confederacy, Inc.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When a drop-off goes awry, Pru narrowly escapes UCC enforcers to find that her rescuer is, of all things, a sentient cybernetic dragon. On the one hand, Pru is lucky not to be in prison, or worse. On the other, the dragon seems to have imprinted on her permanently, which means she has no choice but to be its pilot.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Drawn into a revolution she has no real interest in leading, Pru, Anabel, and friends Alex and Cat become key players in a brewing conflict with the UCC as the corporate government develops advanced weaponry more terrifying and grotesque than Pru could have ever imagined.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I've read 2/20 books I own in 2020
I haven’t shared a book post for a while, and I’ve been reading loads so thought I’d share a one of my recent reads! .
Daisy Jones & The Six is about 1970s Rock band - this is a story of how they rose to fame and what lead to them breaking up. It’s written so well that you feel you know the characters better than they know themselves. .
It’s written entirely as an interview with the band members which I was unsure about initially but it means you also hear slightly different versions of events as each character speaks from their own memory of what happened and that really captures the tensions between them. You pick things up from what they don’t say and what others do etc. .
It’s very sex, drugs, rock and roll but at its heart it’s a love story and I flew through it! @penguinukbooks 📚 #bookstagram#bookreview#amreading#bookworm#booklover#bookrecommendation#lovebooks
0 461 hour ago
Robin Loves Reading: BLOG TOUR - Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor. 4 Stars! https://www.robinlovesreading.com/2020/02/blog-tour-wild-wild-rake_25.html @JannaMacGregor@StMartinsPress@HFVBT
How do you review a book so deeply uncomfortable yet unputdownable?
My Dark Vanessa left me heartbroken, frustrated and shaken! It tells the story of Vanessa Wye, who was 15 when she was groomed and raped by her English teacher Jacob Strane (42). 17 years later, the teacher is accused by another student whose story sends her crawling back to her devastating past.
Told from Vanessa’s POV, it shifts between alternating sequences from present 2017 to when it all started in 2000, we live through her the countless times she feels in a dilemma about the truth of their relationship, not willing to accept it as abuse but knowing the reality throughout. Of course her perceptions about the abuse changes through the course of years, and her struggle to come to terms with it, how it leaves her scarred is so well written.
For a subject so complex, the author has managed to encapsulate how this kind of an abuse starts, the predator manipulating the young mind, romanticising the abuse and not letting the victim think otherwise. There was always a feeling through Vanessa’s words about how she desperately “wanted” not to be labelled as a victim but for the whole thing to come out as a love story, a moral conflict where she doesn’t justify Strane’s actions but does enough to make you hate him.
With that being said, My Dark Vanessa is a truly devastating yet an important read, capable of making you shut the book for hours and still reaching out for it!
I give this one ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 and recommend it with trigger warnings of descriptive sexual assault scenes.
Thank you @harpercollinsin for sending me an ARC!
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#helloinsta :) .
Dziś w wyzwaniu #instawtorek jest Krajobraz 💋 A u mnie dziś mglisty i ponury będzie ten krajobraz.. Tak to jest, gdy chce się zrobić zdjęcie na ostatnią chwilę :) Ale poza tym dzień już mogę zaliczyć do udanych, rano byłam na treningu a wczoraj poraz pierwszy na Muay Thai i nadal czuje wzrost endorfinek ❤
Sometimes the people in our lives make us feel broken and inadequate. Not just physical presence, but social media, television, and even strangers.
You wouldn't let someone tread mud all over your new carpets, criticize your decor, or break furniture in your home, would you? No. So, don't allow them to do this to your mind.
It’s impossible to change toxic behaviour from people in your life, but you CAN try to remove yourself from being in their company. It seems daunting or even scary at first, but once you break those shackles of opinions and behaviours that weigh you down, you will finally be free.
I speak from experience. I have walked away from family members, said goodbye to friendships, and even changed jobs to escape toxic situations.
BOOKS ARE TAKING OVER MY LIFE (which I mean, I’m fine with)!! #promo - many books gifted ✨
I have visual confirmation on S I X stacks of rogue books on and around my coffee table. Fortunately, they’re pretty. Unfortunately, I’ll have to put them away at some point. But also, they have nowhere to go!! @target plz help I need like 2-3 more Project 62 bookshelves 😅
Also I’m v hung over—hope you’re all having a better Saturday than I 🥂
( #gifted@bloomsburypublishing) A sweeping epic that traverses continents and decades, A Long Petal of the Sea starts with the Spanish Civil War and ends with the end of Pinochet’s regime in Chile, where Victor and Roser have fled on the SS Winnipeg, commissioned by celebrated poet Pablo Neruda.
I had no idea that Neruda did this, saving the lives of over 2000 Spanish immigrants, who then started new lives in Chile. Allende’s story is closely based on real facts, as she was in close contact with the real life Victor who recounted many of his memories to her. It’s a remarkable story, but (and this is going to sound like a weird criticism) it’s easy to tell that there’s a lot of fact among the fiction.
This of course is brilliant for learning something new and hearing the life story of incredible people, but it always makes me feel a bit like I’m reading a textbook. I had the same issue with Lisa See’s Island of Sea Women: amazing women, loved their story, but the execution was off.
I noticed while skimming some reviews on Goodreads that a lot of the reviews written in Spanish or Italian were 4 or 5 stars, while the majority of English ones hovered at around 3. Nothing wrong with a good solid 3, right? But there’s just something missing, and I think Spanish and Italian are both such beautiful languages that even a textbook would seem a lot more appealing in them 😂 Amanda Hopkinson’s and Nick Caistor’s rendition into English is faithful but it can’t replicate the flowing beauty of Spanish and the story suffers slightly for it. This is not a slight to them - English just isn’t as nice as Spanish, so the lesson is, let’s all learn Spanish!
Now I feel like my review is all doom and gloom when actually there is a lot of good in this novel. There are great characters (Roser was my favourite!) and an important discussion of how immigration enriches a country, especially important at a time when the media would have you believe nothing good can come of it. I will always enjoy reading Allende’s depictions of Chile too, and she always celebrates love and friendship in an undeniably beautiful way.
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I loved this book! I was feeling pretty neutral about it going in but I like books about internet culture commentary so it quickly won me over. The main character is a girl gamer (streamer) who is mercilessly attacked online (and eventually in real life) for her race and gender. Even as the trolling mounts she doesn’t know if she should stop streaming (because it feels like giving in to what they want) or fight back when it feels hopeless because there are so many people and they are using anonymous accounts. The other lead character is a boy who’s family doesn’t really understand their sons passion for gaming and developing games. Aaron works for an indie game company that constantly puts off paying him but uses his work anyway. It was an interesting story line about work and family. I also like how they handled Aaron and Divya relationship. Aaron was very conscious of their interactions and knew Divya was handling things on her own and didn’t need a savior. He was always their for support and was a good friend. Same with Divya and her girl friend. They were very good about validating each other’s emotions while stilling being encouraging and supportive.
My review makes it sound like the book had a lot going on (which it did) but it flows together smoothly and is an easy read! If you like gaming or just internet culture in general then this book is for you!
Book blurb in comments!
The Alchemist is a book I should have read sooner. If there is one book that you should read in the next month, this is the one!
I am a big fan of stories teaching a lesson. These kinds of stories are often called parables or fables depending on the characters and situations in the book. The Alchemist is a perfect example of a book that teaches you a lesson using while telling a story. In my opinion this is the best way to learn because you have fun and don’t realize that you are learning at the same time!
There are several lessons in this book that you will learn as you follow the main character Santiago on his journey to find his Personal Legend.
A Personal Legend is something that we all have and it is unique to us. The universe does what it can to help us achieve this personal legend. We see it in our dreams and everything in life tries to push us towards achieving it through omens.
Santiago is a shepherd that begins having dreams about visiting the pyramids of Egypt. That is where his story begins. The universe keeps pushing him towards following his dreams even though he doesn’t understand why at first. As he follows them he begins to have internal and external struggles that make him feel like he should quit. He knows that quitting would be the easy choice but he keeps pushing through. He meets new people and learns who he really is. This is one of the things the universe wanted him to see as he worked towards his Personal Legend. I can’t tell you how it ends but Santiago was definitely pleased with the results!
One of the main focuses of this book is that if you follow your Personal Legend, even if you fail you will have achieved more than if you ignored it. I think this is true in real life. If you ignore your dreams you will be full of regrets. That is why I think this book is so important to read. Every time you have an opportunity to achieve your dreams you should take them. Opportunities happen for a reason, don’t let them pass you by!
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#Qotd Have you ever thought of dedicating whole month to one particular author? 📚
Happened to me recently (weirdly). Yes, my interest has shifted to both literary fiction and non-fiction from #yabooks , but that clearly doesn't mean that I don't enjoy a wee-bit of fantasy fiction along the way.
Anyhoo, I haven't read any book by @rainbowrowell (don't judge me) and that's why I wanted to dedicate one whole month to her, just her. Lately, I have been reading such intense books, I definitely need to clear my head and start fresh. Best possible way, read #fantasyfiction and since #RainbowRowell has been there on my list for-ever, why not pick one of her books!