Erotica: an Art or Pornography in Disguise?
I'm always intrigued with people's definition on erotica and how some people are able to portray the erotic scenes and write it into a story. Even though there are many erotic fiction, there are still less non-fiction books that analyse the eroticism itself. Ove Brusendorff's A History of Eroticism is one of them.
The book tells about the 'journey' of eroticism from the time of Marquis de Sade. Ah, who does not know de Sade ey! He's a character who sees human dignity as an empty word which carries no ideas. Human beings are only used to describe his sexual phantasies. His main delight is always perfect when he watches the most terrible sufferings. The delights of a libertine to him are possible only through someone's pain. A woman's feeling of pleasure may be feigned yet not her pain. To his importance, the writer analyses about him in the first and second chapter; telling the readers a little bit summary of de Sade's Juliette and its continuity Justine.
The writer also analyses Giacomo Casanova whose name is always identical with sex stud and sexual masculinities. John Cleland's Fanny Hill is taken as the example of the erotic novel when the writer tells about English Literature. Another aspect that the writer covers is the eroticism in the Bourgeois Age. He returns to de Sade's Justine and Jean Jacques Rousseau 's La Nouvelle Héloïse which surprises me. I've only known the story about Abelard and Héloïse from Alexander Pope's. In the last chapter of the book, the author gives an example of sex problems in literary arena which mostly related to morality and how common people see eroticism as a part of literature.
To sum up, I just want to recite #SigmundFreud ;
"One might claim that the happy never have phantasies, only the dissatisfied or the unsatisfied. Unsatisfied desires are the motive force behind the phantasies, and each single phantasy is a correction of unsatisfied reality. The driving impulses vary according to the sex, character, conditions of life of the day-dreaming person, but are classified into two main groups. Either ambitious or erotic desires aid the development of personality"
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Hi I’m Ange, and I FUCKING LOVE Heartstopper.
I have been waiting for volume three for a while because I wanted to read it in physical copy rather than on my phone and it did not disappoint!
Ahhhhh just all the stars 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This is just such a sweet series but it also has some super real moments that break your heart a little.
It’s about two boys and coming out in different ways and all the stuff that goes along with it. There’s also great friendships and a school trip to Paris 😊
It’s also great to see gay, lesbian, bi and trans rep in a comic.
. Side note: you can read this for free on the authors website!
What was the last book you were eagerly awaiting and was it everything you hoped for?
#grimdragon it’s seems to me that the best relationships, the ones that last, are the ones rooted in friendship
At home there are four bedrooms: one for her, one for her little brother Sam, one for her parents, and one for the stuffed animals her father has shot.
Her father's predatory ways assert themselves at home too. Her mother is submissive to his aggressive demands and passive under his fists, and they all live in fear of his temper.
To escape from the horror of their lives, our young narrator spends her days playing with Sam in the local scrap yard, spinning tales and giving reassurance to the hulks of the cars that rest there.
Only the call of the ice-cream truck pulls them from their games and gives them comfort, but after a brutal accident shatters their world everything changes... It's fair to say that I found this book very disturbing - there is plenty of violence in these pages and the animal cruelty was particularly hard to deal with.
This is essentially a coming of age tale about a young girl whose name we never learn. Her aim to is find a way to go back in time to save her brother from evil. She sets about learning as much as she can about maths and science - and she has a prodigious talent for it too. All the while, she is coping with life at home and all the complications puberty throws her way.
The tension rises unbearably in this book, all the way to the violent climax. And there is the most genius of a twist at the end!
One definitely not for the fainthearted, but compulsive reading and absolutely brilliant too.
BOOK REVIEW: It's Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies) - ed. Scarlett Curtis
It's Not OK to Feel Blue is an amazing book. It's full of personal stories, essays and poetry about mental health, all of which are incredibely raw, honest and full of emotion. Some of the stories were funny, others were heartbreaking, but all of them show how important it is to speak about mental health and that it is about time that the stigmatization on the topic is ended. It is OK to not be OK.
I would recommend this to everyone, whether you have struggled/struggle with mental health or not, whether you want to get a better understanding of mental health or just want to be seen. Read this book.
When all the children of the world die, their rotting corpses are resurrected by a parasite known as the Herod. The children are ravenous for blood, without which they decay further and go back to their deathly state. Faced with losing them forever and the demand for blood superceding its supply, parents must decide if they'll do whatever it takes to feed their children.
This book wasn't what I was expecting. I thought it was a book about children transformed into vampires by an apocalyptic event. But as it turned out it's about the complete social and moral breakdown of a society drowning in grief.
Even though the characters give into their worst instincts, you can't help but sympathize with them. The book was a solid 3 stars for me until the last 25% of the book. I wish the book had explored this part of the storyline more.
I wasn't blown away, but it was quick, enjoyable read.
Um de Nós Mente, por Karen M. McManus
Esta foi a minha primeira leitura num e-reader e devo dizer que gostei mais do que estava à espera. Aventurei-me num Kindle e pensei que não me ia conseguir adaptar à leitura mas acabou por ser fácil.
Falando do livro em si. Li-o em 2 dias (estou surpreendida comigo ahah) e no geral achei-o interessante mas o fim dele deixou-me meio desiludida...
É um tipo de livro que nunca tinha lido antes e acaba por nos prender a atenção porque queremos saber quem matou o Simon, só estava mesmo a espera de outro final.
A melhor coisa foi a relação do Nate com a Bronwyn!
Vocês já leram este livro? Que que acharam?
Post-gym treat this morning...going back to bed for half an hour with coffee, an almond croissant (delicious!) and the final chapter of Joanna Glen's The Other Half of Augusta Hope. I enjoyed this book but there were a few things that stopped it being a great book: it was a bit slow at times plus the parents were caricatures out of the 1950s and not suited to a book set in the present. On a positive note, however, I loved Glen's use of poetry in the book and she really made me want to revisit Spain! I hope you all had a lovely weekend- it was really sunny and warm here in Switzerland which gives me hope that spring is on its way! 💐
Judul: Moslem Millionaire
Penulis: Ippho Santosa dan Tim Khalifah
Penerbit: PT Elex Media Komputindo
Aku mau mereview Buku Temenku, Kebetulan Dia Meminjamkan dengan Ikhlas kepadaku. Agar apa?
Agar aku juga mendapat manfaat yang sama dari buku ini hehe. Thank you so much ya My Best Friend❤❤❤. Langsung saja aku ingin mereviewnya😊❣ Ternyata cinta itu dekat dengan harta. Dengan kata lain, cinta itu mengayakan. Buku ini membahas tentang keajaiban cinta, kebesaran cinta, pengorbanan cinta, temali cinta, penghadir cinta, desir-desir cinta dan Rahasia cinta. Nah kalian jika mendambakan kehidupan bertabur cinta dan harta, mungkin buku ini adalah jawabannya. Wahh setelah baca buku tersebut aku emang sedang benar2 jatuh cinta dan Open minded juga. Contohnya buku ini mengajarkan kita harus benar2 melakukan. Lakukan bukan pikirkan, jika tidak, maka sia-sialah uang dan waktu yang anda korbankan untuk membaca buku ini. Nah disini juga menceritakan kisah-kisah nabi. Bukan sekedar membahas produktivitas dan motivasi tetapi juga menganjurkan kita untuk ikan sepat, ikan gabus dan ikan lele. Lebih cepat, lebih bagus dan tidak bertele-tele dalam melakukan seseuatu, dalam mengikhtikarkan sesuatu jangan dilarang setengah2 agar hasilnyapun tidak setengah. Harus yakin dan jangan pernah ragu serta The power of Du'a @mahasiswa.milenial_ #BucinBooks#Books#Bookstagram#Bookreview#Bookrecommendations#BookQuotes#Trendingbooks
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Terima kasih @mirabookreview untuk review yang manis kisah Sara Nur Naila. Hiks! 🥰😍 Kisah silam sangat melukakan, namun ada kisah cinta yang hadir seperti langit meneduhkan 🏖
Reposted from @mirabookreview .
Novel: Sara Nur Naila
Penerbit: @karyaseni .
Sara Nur Naila. Di sebalik tawa dan senyumnya tersimpan kisah duka akibat kesilapan lama. Kesilapan yang membuatkan dia menutup pintu hatinya untuk insan bernama lelaki. Sumpah seorang ibu terhadap dirinya dianggap benar sehingga padanya dia memang layak untuk tidak merasai kebahagiaan. Membawa diri jauh ke bumi kangaru dengan harapan luka lama akan sembuh sungguh pun parutnya berbekas. Tapi muncul Reza Fahmy, bagaikan pengubat duka yang telah bersarang sejak sekian lama. Sumpah ibu yang bagaikan tersemat di dalam dada buatkan Sara merasakan rasa cinta dan bahagia bukan untuknya. Adakah Sara akan mengikut kata hatinya atau beralah dek kerana sumpah ibu?
Reza Fahmy, datang ke bumi asing dengan hanya satu matlamat, mahu mencari anak kesayangannya. Pertemuan dengan Sara yang tak diduga membuat dia tertanya akan kisah lama gadis ini. Dia percaya di balik tawa itu ada kisah lama yang ingin disembunyi. Sungguhpun hati telak berputik rasa cinta, tapi kejadian lama membuat dia lebih berwaspada dengan urusan hati. Tapi dia berjanji andainya jodohnya bersama gadis ini, akan dipertaruhkan seluruh jiwa dan raganya untuk wanita kesayangannya. Tapi mampukah dia menerima serba serbi kekurangan Sara tatkala dia tahu akan kebenarannya?
Novel yang penuh dengan plot twist. Tak sangka penghujung kisah Sara dan Reza adalah sebegitu sekali. Ibu yang sepatutnya mencurahkan segala kasih sayang terhadap anak menjadi luka dalam buat Sara. Tabah betul Sara menghadapi segala ujian
Tahniah buat penulis @cikmardihah . Ini adalah kali pertama kali saya baca karya beliau. Tak mengecewakan dan sangat menarik
. #saranurnaila#mirabookreview#reviewbuku#bookreview#buku#novel#book#malaysia#novelmalaysia#booklover#fiction#fiksyen#novelreview#bookstagram#baca#penulisan2u#karyaseni - #regrann
R E Z E N S I O N
Ever und Charlie treffen zufällig in einer Bar aufeinander. Beide haben nur kurz Blickkontakt und sofort springen die Funken über. Es beginnt eine wilde & heiße Affäre, mit der Absprache, dass daraus nichts festes wird! Ever und Charlie wollen sich beide aus unterschiedlichen Gründen nicht binden. Nie!
Nach einem Monat beendet Ever die Affäre, sie möchte nun doch nach einem Partner für eine feste Beziehung ausschau halten.
Aber immer wieder kreuzt Charlie ihren Weg und auch in ihren Gedanken taucht Charlie oft auf. Ever muss ständig an ihn und ihre mehr als heiße Affäre denken.
Charlie hat einen Plan, er möchte zwar nichts festes, aber er will Ever auch nicht hergeben. Seine Erinnerungen an ihre Affäre lassen ihn nicht los. Zu gut war alles! Charlie hofft auf eine Freundschaft mit gewissen Vorzügen. Oder ist da vielleicht doch Liebe im Spiel? . .
Leider konnte mich dieses Buch nicht so abholen wie ich es vom Klappentext erwartet habe. Ich dachte mir schon, dass es sich nicht um einen typischen Liebesroman handelt und das es heiß hiergegen wird 😃 Es war für mich aber zu viel belangloses dabei, was nichts zur eigentlichen Story beitragen konnte! Es war mehr eine Erzählung über ein ewiges hin & her.
Der Schreibstil ist zwar sehr flüssig und oft auch sehr humorvoll aber ich hatte anfangs Schwierigkeiten in die Geschichte reinzufinden. Beide Charaktere sind für mich nicht wirklich greifbar gewesen und ich fand ihr Verhalten und die Denkweisen sehr albern, kindisch und nicht sehr realistisch! Das hat der ganzen Story einen faden Beigeschmack gegeben. Die Dialoge zwischen den Protagonisten waren oft sehr humorvoll, das hat mir gut gefallen. Allerdings war die gesamte Handlung des Buches sehr vorraussehbar und langweilig. Charlie's Handlungen durch seine "Eifersucht" waren so daneben, dass ich mich beim Lesen stellenweise richtig fremdgeschämt habe 🤦🏼😃 Ever's Handlungen fand ich gegen Ende hin einfach nur überzogen und es war für mich nicht nachvollziehbar wie sie reagiert.
[Fortsetzung in den Kommentaren ⬇️] #rezension#bookreview#DutyandDesire#TessaBailey#dutyanddesirevorsätzlichverliebt
Book 10 of 2020: I’m calling this one my first “swim mom” book of the year. In what will be the first of 4 championship meets over 7 weeks, I spent the last three days sniffing chlorine and waiting for my daughter to race (which collectively took all of 15 minutes...12 hours at the pool over 3 days for 15 minutes 😩!). Experience has taught me the best way to endure all of the waiting around is to pick a book that will transport at least my mind to another time and place. I could not have chosen a better option. For me, published in 2018, this is as contemporary as it gets even though it is set in the 16th century during the reign of Elizabeth I. Marketed as #historicalromance , the label doesn’t really do it justice despite the few steamy love scenes. #historicalfiction and #romancesuspense could also be used, but somehow neither fully captures it either. This book has so many twists and turns in it that I often wondered where else we could possibly go. The protagonist Mallory endures more suffering than any person should while managing to also live this exciting, adventurous life of espionage. Overall, the writing was very good, and I appreciated the note at the end detailing what was #history and what was #fiction . There were a few times, however, when I felt the author just couldn’t help but “tell” rather than “show” me what she desperately wanted me to know: (1) that women had limited options in 1581 England and Mallory was given a unique opportunity as a woman (it would be impossible to miss the constant reference to her gender) and (2) we all need to be more tolerant of one another. Nevertheless, the book kept me engaged as I couldn’t wait to find out where we were headed next. It was an intriguing #usedbookstore find, and I look forward to more of #karenbrooks ...lucky for me, I picked up another one of her #books at a conveniently located #usedbookstore across from the pool 🏊♀️ #bookreview#thelocksmithsdaughter#finishedreading
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Do you know how blessed your life is?
Do you know that your life is much way better than other living out there? .
You never know how blessed you are, untill you see someone more deprived than you. You would know your life is better than many. ❣ || Freedom - Human trafficking and Encounter with soul. ||
This book consists of two different stories but related.
One is about the girl named Honey who is working with the most famous and intelligent detective in her city. She is unique, spiritual and powerful.
Another one is Rasbeen who is intelligent, smart and ambitious. She has dreams to fulfill but her father has something else in mind for her. 👀
The title of the book is apt for the story but I felt the story is incomplete. There are quite lot of errors in language written that must be rectified. The cover of the book was pretty nice. The narration could have been much better. Reading the title, I expected little more from the author but as its a debut, I appreciate the work. 🌟
If you are looking for a book in a very simple language and easy with then this is it. 😃
What is the best book you have read based on the Plague? The Plague is a favourite subject matter of mine for historical novels. ‘The sign of the sugared plum’ by Mary Hooper is one I would recommend. It’s only a short book, set in London in 1665. It is very atmospheric and a couple of the scenes have stayed with me. During this time the city declared that all pets were to be killed. I would have been beside myself. (The characters in this story hide their cat, perhaps that formed me a kinship with them) I would love to hear any recommendations on this subject 🖤🖤🖤🖤 #theplague#books#plaguebooks#london#1600s#thesignofthesugaredplum#maryhooper#gothicbooks#darkbooks#historicalnovels#bookreview
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📖Red, White, & Royal Blue
🏳️🌈Craving: romance, comedy, British royalty, American presidents, politics, LGBTQ, sexual content & language
💕Pairs with: a box of chocolates.
🌺Takeaway: hearts swooning for these lovebirds.
“Sometimes you just jump and hope it's not a cliff.”
In the beginning I felt so kilig! But don’t hate me: I lost interest quicker that a sure thing in a horse race. Time for an #unpopularopinion on a popular book.
This is a charming, stupid cute, feel good rom-com. I could picture how every scene would look if it were on screen; down to the cast members. Delightful and sweet, like snacking on a dessert tray, this is a novel for hopeless romantics. It was funny, heartwarming, everything is perfect, and full of that happily ever after.
Now for the cons. The book was loooooong. Maybe around 150 pages too long. The story drags around the middle and it was a struggle to pick it up and continue reading more juvenile love letters. I’m not a fan of sex scenes in novels either, but at least this one doesn’t get too graphic. There is also quite a lot of sexual language and swearing in the dialogue that irks me when used too frequently and casually; makes the characters seem too aggressive or maybe I’m just a prude.
Some people did not care for the political themes, but I would have rather liked it to play a more respectable and authoritative role in the book. I wish their actions had real political consequences and impact, but alas we get the predictable, boring, fairytale ending. I was a little surprised the author didn’t know DEFCON levels. Despite the characters being central to the most insane foreign political “affair” (yes puns!), civics had very little depth. I assumed the author had minimal knowledge or did not bother to do enough research - so it ended up reading like a cheap thematic story to fit erotica. The only reason this book doesn’t get a 1 star is because the lovebirds have a pretty healthy relationship, unlike protagonists in other popular romance novels.
*unbezahlte werbung "Es ist nie einen Moment zu spät, um einen Traum zu verwirklichen."💖
Das Zitat stammt von John Strelecky, dem Autor dieses Buches. Er ist auch der Protagonist dieser Geschichte, der sich eines Tages einen kleinen Urlaub vom stressigen Alltag seines Managerlebens nehmen möchte. Da entdeckt er das Café am Rande der Welt und wird mit philosophischen Fragen konfrontiert wie "Warum bist du hier?", "Hast du Angst vor dem Tod?", "Führst du ein erfülltes Leben?". Nach sehr langer Zeit habe ich mir dieses Buch auch mal gekauft. Es wurde mir von so vielen Menschen empfohlen! Ich muss sagen, dass mir die Message des Buches total gut gefallen hat. Es ist eine kleine Reise zum Selbst. Trotzdem ist es kein Buch, bei dem ich noch danach viel über die enthaltenen Fragen und Anregungen nachgedacht habe. Das Buch "Sofies Welt" von Jostein Gaarder hat mich in Bezug auf die philosophischen Inhalte mehr gecatcht und zum Nachdenken angeregt. Kennt das jemand von euch?📚
Ich freue mich übrigens schon , endlich wieder Bücher zu posten! 😊
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Pride and Prejudice. The novel is about the Bennet family. Mrs. Bennet is obsessively worried about the marriage of her five daughters. According to the dictates of the Victorian society, the purpose of getting married is nothing but to obtain a financial stability for future. But Elizabeth Bennet, the protagonist of the novel, is a woman who has rare talents and she loves to read books. This habbit of reading has implanted a sense of reasoning in her character which distinguishes her from her four other sisters. She marries a man of her choice, Mr. Darcy. And she didn't get married for attaining financial stability but because she loves him. Elizabeth therefore breaks away from the conventional social norms. She has a sharp tongue and a heightened sense of rationality and judgement which mark her as a complex female character. The novel is worth reading if you want to know about the Victorian society, it's culture, and how the novel challenges it.
Ratings : 10/10
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Καλήμερα και καλή εβδομάδα σε όλους σας!
***Αποθηκευσε τη φωτογραφία αν σου αρέσουν τα βιβλία ,για να τα βρεις αργότερα****
Η εβδομάδα μου ξεκινάει λίγο αργά για σήμερα, αφού τελευταία δυσκολεύομαι με τον ύπνο, ωστόσο αυτό με βοηθάει 😜 να έχω περισσότερο χρόνο για να διαβάζω! Έτσι, είμαι πολύ κοντά στο να τελειώσω την "Ανώνυμη #52 " από τις εκδόσεις @ekdoseisklidarithmos και αυτά τα βιβλία στην φωτό με περιμένουν υπομονετικά στο ράφι! Άλλα για περισσότερο καιρό και άλλα για λιγότερο! Έχετε διαβάσει κάποιο απ' αυτά? Με ποιο θα μου προτείνατε να ξεκινήσω?
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“Sommerfugl i frost” af Sylvia Day
Teagans liv har været begivenhedsrigt. Hun har været gift med en Hollywood stjerne og har arbejdet som plastikkirurg på et realityshow. Nu har hun forladt det travle liv, er flyttet til Seattle og ønsker kun fred fra livets forstyrrelser. Så da den betagende, selvsikre og dristige Garrett Frost flytter ind ved siden af, kæmper Teagan hårdt imod tiltrækningen. For Garrett vækker noget i hende - noget som hun ikke ønsker at føle. .
“Sommerfugl i frost” er min første oplevelse med den populære forfatter Sylvia Day. Jeg vidste ikke helt, hvad jeg skulle forvente, så jeg fik godt nok en positiv overraskelse.
Sylvia Day skriver indlevede og følelsesladet, og lige da jeg troede, at historien var en typisk kærlighedshistorie, tog den en drejning, som jeg ikke havde set komme. Jeg blev simpelthen nødt til at genlæse bogen med det samme, for at opleve historien med denne nye viden. .
Bogen er en kærlighedshistorie, men den rummer så meget mere. Bogen tager også fat på temaer som sorg og venskab, hvilket den formår at gøre på en autentisk og ærlig vis.
Jeg nød bogen, den følelsesmæssige rutsjebanetur og vil anbefale den til alle, som nyder en god og fængende kærlighedshistorie.
Bogen får 4 af 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Tak til @politikensforlag for anmeldereksemplaret.
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요즘 영화관에서 매우 핫한 #작은아씨들 을 책으로 만나보았다!♡̷̷♡̷̷ .
작은아씨들 영화는 시얼샤 로넌 엠마왓슨, 플로렌스 퓨, 엘리자 스캘런, 디모시 샬라메 등 우리나라 사람들에게도 엄청 익숙하고 유명한 얼굴들이 나오는데, 미국 아카데미 시상식, 영국 아카데미 시상식 등에서 수상받은 기대작이다ꪔ̤̮
우리나라는 2월 12일에 이미 개봉해서 박스오피스 상위권을 독차지중~(˘▾˘~) (~˘▾˘)~ 나두 영화개봉전부터 눈여겨 보고 있다가 이번주 주말에 엄마랑 보려고 예매해둔 상태다യ
어릴 때 엄마가 사줬던 명작소설 세트에 끼워져 있었는데 어린 구시는 어먀의 큰 그림을 알지못하고.. 책은 고대로 사촌동생의 손으로 넘어가게 되는데,,(코쓱머쓱
몰랐는데 이미 엄마는 옛~~날에 읽었었다구.. 나보고 아직도 안읽었냐고 타박했다 힝구
그런 와중에 내손에 들어온 것이 원작 소설을 그대로 구현한 이 책이었다!!! 표지부터가 원작 느낌 물씬♡(~'ㅅ'♡)(♡'ㅅ'~)♡ 1868년 초판의 커버이자 소설 속의 ‘조의 책’을 그대로 재현한 특별판이라구 한다,, 소장가치 500프로!
우리나라 책 퀄리티는 말하면 입아프고..(종이질이 매우 좋고 인쇄도 깔끔하고 글자도 보기 편하다는 뜻) 심지어 이 책에는 이번에 개봉한 영화의 스틸컷이 중간중간 삽입되어서 몰입도를 더욱 높일 수 있었다ㅎㅎ
특히 요즘 시대에 맞게 더욱 부각되는 여성 서사를 통해서 주체적으로 삶을 살아가는 것에 대해 조금 더 깊이 생각할 수 있게 해준다! 물론 시대적 배경은 조금 다르지만 아직도 이 사회에 여성의 발목을 붙잡는 제약이 많이 남아있으니까 여자인 나에게는 더더욱 큰 공감을 주는 이야기..! 이게 끝이 아니라 여기에 영화 속 장면이 담긴 포토카드 5종까지🥺 다이어리를 쓰거나 벽 꾸미기를 좋아하는 나에게는 엄청 특별한 굿즈가 아닐수 없음!
원작&무비 올인원팩이라고 감히 이름 붙여보고 싶다ㅎㅎ
평소에 책을 멀리하던 나조차도 밤마다 이 책을 술술 읽고 있다 히히 목표는 3월이 되기 전까지 다 읽는것! 책의 두께에 비해 읽는 속도가 빨라서 매우 가능하지 않을까 싶음
주말에는 영화도 보러갈 예정이니까 영화와 소설을 비교하는 재미도 있을 것 같다🥰❤ 빨리 영화도 보고 책도 다읽어서 리뷰쓰는 노트에 올해 첫 리뷰를 남겨야지⭐
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As a kid, I was an avid reader, but as I got older and reading books that I wasn’t interested in became a requirement, I stopped reading for pleasure. I’m happy to report that I am a bookworm again. Currently, I’m reading #BornACrime by @trevornoah
Đọc xong quyển này mình thấy rất đau lòng, ko biết vì sao. Mình đọc xong kết thúc mình không quá ghét nữ chính nhưng vẫn là không cảm thông được. Vẫn luôn nghĩ, trên đời này có 2 loại người, 1 là vì tổn thương mà ko đi tổn thương người khác, 2 là chính vì tổn thương mà đi tổn thương rất nhiều người. Nhưng trong lòng mình, cái kết chính là 2 đứa trẻ đấy nắm tay nhau “đi dưới ánh mặt trời” như mong ước của chàng trai và chính cô gái ấy.
Tác giả luôn rất khéo léo, dù cho có che đậy đến thế nào, nỗi lòng hay khát khao của nhận vật chính đều được nói lên qua vài chi tiết rất nhỏ. Thật ra tác giả hay bao nhiêu thì 1 lần nữa mình tiếp tục nói, người dịch cũng rất tài tình. Giờ thì hiểu sao cái bìa như thế, và cả cái tên nữa. Hay quá trời hay. :( Thật lòng mong là cuối cùng không đau lòng đến thế. Nhưng mà, biết làm sao? Vẫn phải tự mình chịu trách nhiệm với những việc đã gây ra thôi. Cái kết khiến mình không dứt ra được cái hình ảnh ấy. Dù đến cuối cùng, chàng trai vẫn bảo vệ cô gái ấy. Trời ơi. Và cái khoảnh khác cô gái ấy quay lưng không ngoảnh đầu lại thì là gì chứ? Mình nghĩ cô ấy đã khóc đấy, thế giới của cô ấy cũng sụp đổ cơ mà, còn ai sát cánh với cô ấy đâu chứ? Mình đã nghĩ thế, nên đó là lí do mình không ghét được sau tất cả những gì họ đã cùng làm.
Mình đọc xong quyển này, mình phải đi ăn cái gì đó thật lạnh và ngọt, mà ăn xong vẫn không thấy tâm trạng khá hơn sau sự dark của nguyên câu chuyện. Thật chứ. Mình lên đọc review cũng thấy mệt nốt. :))) Mình ám ảnh đến mức, mình cắt giấy gì đó mình lại nhớ đến câu chuyện này. :) Nên dù đọc lâu rồi, mình vẫn muốn viết review nó. Không biết có ai có suy nghĩ giống mình không? Mình nhớ mình có đọc 1 bài review đúng ý mình. Mà mình quên mất tên account rồi. Hình như cũng được chuyển thể thành phim rồi. Và hãy thử search hastag, có rất rất là nhiều bức ảnh đẹp luôn. Ahuhu. Mình thì chỉ đơn giản quyển sách cùng với những ly cà phê hoyyyyy. Đi tận 2 quán .À đọc xong mình nghĩ là trên đời này cái gì mà quá trùng hợp ngẫu nhiên thì phải suy xét lại. :)) #bookreview#myfeelings#bookstagram#bookstagramVN#books#sách#ReviewSách#đọcgìhong#docgihong #💜 #bạchdạhành#bachdahanh#HigashinoKeigo#NhãNam#NhaNamBooks
Former Army Captain Paul Remmich is an unwitting agent for a secret Iraqi spy organization known as Tariq’Allah. Drugged, hypnotized, and his behavior successfully modified, Remmich has been conditioned to do whatever the organization asks of him to further their agenda. As a military intelligence civilian consultant, Remmich has access to classified data. So far, he has stolen and passed across classified information regarding a game-changing scientific discovery without getting caught. Remmich has been called on once again, and his next mission is taking him to Cuba.
🔥Caves of Ice - Caverns of Fire by Chogan Swan- Book Review
🔥Series: Against that Shining Darkness Book 1
🔥My rating 4 dark stars
◾Trilogy received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you Chogan Swan. This is quite an adventure. :)
◾A solid start to a very entertaining series.
◾In a world endangered by demons with the Dark Hand threatening to throw everything into chaos, Seth Arodan, Prince of Gynt seems to have a bright shining target on his back. The worst enemies possible have made it their goal to see him dead, including 2 of his brothers.
His other brother Wyatt is in the same predicament, but he had a head start on hiding years ago.
◾To make sure he survives and doesn't draw attention, Seth disguises himself under the appearance of a clumsy dreamer who loves to spend his days twiddling with a flute; while hidingly learning to wield both sword and power. The Covenant power, that should be used in 'accord with the creator's will.'
◾Seth's ruse is working and his enemies stay off his back. Who would bother with a weakling after all?! Until the day the King decides to lay the cards on the table and declares Seth first in line for the throne. And that is something his enemies cannot stomach. Which means, Seth has to either fight for his life or flee. Or both that is, according to the timing.
◾And that is how Seth suddenly finds himself on a run for his life, spurred by his trusted mentors, Jymark and Marshall, and accompanied by only a bard who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or was it the right place at the right time? I'll leave that for you to find out.
◾With his mind set on bringing down the order of the Right Hand, Seth sets out on a quest with no plan in mind, apart from a feeling that he needs to see the dragons. Little does he know though, that he is merely a pawn, driven by both an ancient prophecy as well as a dragon's call. Whether he will rise up to the mark and be able to fulfill the destiny in store, that is another question and it remains to be found out.
◾Review continued in next comment :)
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First book of the holiday finished. Not my favourite Kristin Hannah as I’m not a big fan of military stories but she really does now how to write a tear jerker! Jolene and Michael are struggling with their marriage when a deployment to Iraq changes everything. I loved the family dynamics created and how each member of the family dealt with the deployment differently - well worth a read.
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Heyya guys! So the next 2 books on my reading list would be :
New review: Saturdays at Noon by @rachelmarksauthor. Published by @michaeljbooks and out now.
When I decided to read Saturdays at Noon I had no idea that not only would it very likely be one of my books of the year but it would also rock my world.
It’s the beautiful story of Emily and Jake, and Jake’s 6 year old son, Alfie. Emily and Jake meet at an anger management class, every Saturday at noon. They don’t hit it off at all but then Emily meets Alfie and for some reason he really takes to her. To cut a long story short, they end up spending time together and Emily is the only person who seems to understand Alfie and to be able to calm him down, to be able to deal with the way he behaves.
This is a book I expected to like, but I actually adored it. It started off relatively normally for me and then bam, I kept having to stop and say “oh my God” because I related to so much of what was happening with Alfie. When I say it rocked my world that’s because I think it explained so much to me it was almost revelatory. But even if you aren’t in a similar situation to any of the characters you will still love this story for what it is: a gorgeous mix of love, life, parenting, friendship, and the challenges of being a grown up really, dealing with all that life throws at you and accepting that it’s not a fairy tale.
I loved the characters. Emily is prickly and has had a lot to put up with in her life. Meeting Alfie helps her as much as it helps him. I could see how much Jake was struggling and I completely understood, but I liked him so much more when he was around Emily. Alfie is a little superstar character with all his Lego Superheroes and I loved him. The author has done a fabulous job at making each one likeable whilst also showing their flaws and that they are human.
Saturdays at Noon is beautifully written. It has a love story that made my heart sing with one of my favourite themes: love against the odds. It made me smile and it also made me sob. I felt emotionally exhausted at times which, believe me, is a good thing as I know that the books that really stay with me are the ones that made me feel that way. I found it a stunning and perfect read.
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Chapter Three. -Putting Temptation In Harm’s Way- (3 hrs 10 mins) Sharing a vision with your partner allows you to move in unison and with direction. My intuition is seldom wrong and right now it’s screaming “We need to move!” Chapter Four. -No Freer, Than A Caged Bird- (2 hrs 50 mins)
Reflection brings us closer to clarity, a clarity we wish we had in the act. Who is Sharon you ask?
Chapter Five. -Two Shakes of A Cats Tail- (2 hrs 30 mins)
I had assignments, he had a different kind of assignment. I had no intention of bowing to a “master”, however I had every intention of completing my Masters
Chapter Six. -The Pressure- (2 hrs 10 mins)
The Universe was speaking and my university tutor had reason. Saying it out loud does makes it real, but what about the times said in your head?
Lucy Maud Montgomery „Anė iš Žaliastogių“, „Anė iš Evonlio“, „Anė iš salos“
Kalėdų senio šiemet prašiau būtent šios knygų serijos. Rudenį, žiemą mano literatūros repertuare vyravo žiaurumas ir žudymai, tad nusprendžiau, kad tyra ir nuoširdi raudonplaukė našlaitė mergaitė bus pats tas ramiam šventiniam laikotarpiui.🌞👩🏻🦰 Mano pirmoji pažintis su Ane buvo prieš daug metų, kai per televizorių pamačiau animacinį filmuką. Dar prieš pat Kalėdas susigundžiusi suradau jį „Youtube“ ir ką galiu pasakyti – įžanginė daina kaip ir prieš daugelį metų, taip ir dabar yra daugiau nei erzinanti😅, bet pats filmukas pastatytas idealiai pagal knygą, tad jei trūksta tyrumo ir nuoširdumo kasdienybėje rekomenduoju pažiūrėti.👌 O jei kalbant konkrečiai apie knygas, tai pradėsiu nuo to, kad šias tris knygas perskaityti užtrukau 5 dienas.❗ Tai yra pavyzdys puikios vaikams, jaunimui skirtos literatūros, kuri net ir suaugusiam žmogui išlieka aktuali. Visos mano emocijos ir mintys, susijusios su Ane telpa į vieną žodį – NUOSTABU. Taip tikra, nuoširdu, kad net sunku patikėti, kaip kažkas gali būti toks geras, jautrus, mylintis ir atsidavęs savo svajonėms. Manau, kad kiekviename iš mūsų gyvena Anė Širli, tačiau besitaikydami prie pasaulio, mes esame priversti ją nuslopinti.
Tikrai rekomenduoju bent kartą gyvenime perskaityti, o aš kitoms Kalėdoms jau parašiau seneliui laišką ir paprašiau likusių trijų knygų apie Anės gyvenimą.🙉 Tiesa, jų išverstų į lietuvių kalbą niekur nemačiau, tad teks pramankštinti smegenis ir nerti į jau suaugusios Anės gyvenimą anglų kalba.
Ar tu skaitei bent vieną iš šių knygų? Gal turi kitokių įžvalgų? O gal netyčia žinai kur gauti kitas lietuviškas dalis? Hope never dies!📖 . . #bookgirl#bookblogger#book#bookig#bookworm#bookreview#booksbooksbooks#bookstagram#knygosapžvalga#knyga#skaitau#skaityti#aneiszaliastogiu#unicorn#2020readingchallenge#2020reads#almalittera#anneshirley #annefromgreengables
Book Title : Predatory Thinking
Genre : #nonfiction#personaldevelopment#business
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Book 9 of 2020: Regardless of a persons preferences and life priorities, they can still have their own battles and challenges. It’s important that we all remain open and mindful of each other. This story is a reminder of that. It follows the lives of three women/friends in their late twenties and the different, very relevant struggles they face. At times these challenges contradict each other’s as their lives become more and more tangled. It did take me a while to get into it, though I really enjoyed it once I was in the swing of it. A powerful and reflective read!
"Your worst experiences in life are the best transformational opportunities for shaping your character" (@ejecttheautopilot)
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‘When a women has to find a new way of living and breaks from the societal story that has a erased her name, she is expected to be viciously self-hating, crazed with suffering, tearful and remorse. These are the jewels reserved for her in the patriarchy’s crown, always there for the taking. There are plenty of tears, but it is better to walk through the black and bluish darkness than reach for those worthless jewels’
Levy’s ‘living autobiography’ The Cost of Living seeks to write the past as it is in the present - which is genius because that is actually how we experience the past, by thinking of it in the now. She talks about the process behind this, why she wants to do it, how she does it and where she does it (in a shed in her friend’s garden). She works through her divorce, her move to a flat with her daughters, her friendships, her purchase of an electric bike, by talking about the way she experiences it all now. It’s a feat of writing and an interesting approach to memoir. Levy’s sentences are expertly crafted and the way she talks about gender is exceptional. However? it wasn’t quite a five star read for me. I enjoyed it very much and sped through it (reading it in a day) but there was just something missing for me, I’m not sure what. Maybe if I read the other volume in her living autobiography series, it will fall into place? 4 stars 🌟 .
Good morning! To kick off this week we have a guest post by James Gardiner, who joins us to review the horror video game ALIEN: ISOLATION!
"A masterpiece of immersive environment design, sound design, and AI programming." To read this review please click the link in our profile.
This weekend I completed Mary Shelley’s #frankenstein . I read it in preparation for this month’s Lusaka Book Club meeting. One of the things I love about the book club is that it sometimes forces me out of my reading comfort zone. I’m not sure I’d have picked this book up without a little persuasion. Frankenstein is 200yrs old so I had to ease myself into reading English that is barely spoken in the manner that the book is written anymore but once I got passed the language and the fact that it’s not a “monster”story in the way I imagined I was left in awe of the fact that a woman, aged 19 wrote such a sophisticated text 2 centuries ago. I get why it’s been attempted in film so often. It’s very atmospheric. I won’t talk too much about my thoughts on plot and substance as I don’t want to pre empt the book club discussion. Swipe to find out when the meeting is and what else we’ll be reading this year. Oh! And the best part about reading “classics” is that they cost under K50 in the major book stores. #Books#bookreview#bookstagram#readersofinstagram#bibliophile#book#booklover#bookclub
Buongiorno amici! Oggi la giornata è iniziata malissimo, visto che mi sono ammalata e domattina ho un esame universitario improrogabile 😵 che sfortuna!
Per allietare (più o meno) questa mattinata traumatica, vi informo che è andata online la recensione di #TheChain , un libro che riassumerei con un sonoro #BHO . Lo ho letto per la #misfidochallenge2020 di @serena.fralibrierealta e me ne sono davvero pentita perché non c'è una sola cosa in questo volume che abbia senso. La mia recensione completa, come sempre, la trovate cliccando sul link nella biografia del profilo. Vi aspetto nel blog!
Aimed at a general audience, the book discusses the legacy of Anaximander (c. 610 – c. 546 BCE) and how his method and theories are relevant to the development of science and scientific inquiry.
Carlo Rovelli is first and foremost a scientist, an Italian theoretical physicist, who came to worldwide attention with his book, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (2015 CE). Anaximander (first published in English in 2011 CE) is an earlier book that examines the legacy of Anaximander (c. 610 – c. 546 BCE). Carlo Rovelli's books are written originally in his native Italian, but the elegance of his ideas and writing are not lost in translation or diminished.
Our knowledge of Anaximander is not vast, indeed we have a single fragment of his work and various later references to Anaximander that enables an understanding of his ideas and thoughts. The written fragment is from Theophrastos' Physic Opinion and is believed to have quoted Anaximander's own words.
The book begins with a description of Greece in the 6th century BCE, contextualising the 6th century BCE with the past, and then discusses Anaximander's theories and discoveries. 6th-century BCE Miletus was a place of pioneering thinking, Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Hecataeus were all part of the Ionian school of Greek philosophy centred there. Anaximander examined the ideas of his tutor Thales of Miletus and then put forward his own ideas, crucially in written form and suggesting at the same time that the ideas of Thales were not altogether correct. Thus the process of scientific inquiry had begun, indeed “a conceptual revolution” was underway.
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Opinião ◇ Review
Sou Tua ◇ @alexandracruz_oficial @chiadobooks ◇ ☆☆☆☆☆
《Porque nunca se diz adeus a quem está vivo. E nunca se diz "Amei-te" quando o sentimento ainda está lá e nos motiva a seguir em frente》
Anna e Mike são o casal protagonista desta fantástica história, um casal apaixonado e de bem com a vida, ambos sem sucedidos no âmbito profissional, resumindo, tinham uma vida Perfeita. Até que uma noite, algo acontece e toda esta vida de conto de fadas lhes foge entre os dedos.
Com esse acontecimento, a relação de ambos sofre uma reviravolta e Anna encontra conforto nos braços do melhor amigo de Mike. Será o amor de Anna e Mike o suficientemente forte para ultrapassar uma traição?
Mike é um homem carregado de charme e muito poderoso, sentindo-se traído e magoado, afasta Anna da sua vida, tentando assim esconder os seus sentimentos. Anna é uma mulher bonita, frágil, mas uma mulher de garra, e não vai desistir do marido que ama incondicionalmente.
Pela frente, Anna terá de reconquistar Mike, mas existem lembranças que os irão unir para sempre e essas mesmas lembranças e acontecimentos que os separaram, acabam por os unir de novo. ◇
Ambos terão de percorrer um longo caminho para acender de novo a chama da paixão, a confiança e o diálogo serão as palavras chaves para que isso aconteça, será o amor destes dois, capaz de superar o passado e alguns obstáculos que o futuro lhes traga?
ADOREI, que saudades que tinha de uma história de amor assim, repleta de sentimento, de tensão, zangas e reconciliacões. Cheia de cenas românticas e escaldantes, personagens fortes e outras irritantes. Um romance onde as segundas oportunidades são o tema principal, onde podemos perceber que é preciso saber perdoar e que é importante aprender com os nossos erros, pois hoje é a pessoa que amamos que erra e nos desilude, amanhã podemos ser nós a errar e a desiludir. Para quem gosto de romances eróticos mas com conta peso e medida este é sem dúvida uma boa opção.
A escrita da Alexandra é leve e simples, super fácil de ler, a história leva-nos a ler mais e mais, sem nos darmos conta de quantas páginas e capítulos já ficaram para trás e isso é fantástico.
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‘바이러스 너희들도 다 계획이 있었구나!’
마블 스튜디오에서 제작한 영화들이 최근 십 년 동안 초중고대학생들에게 가장 인기 있었다고 한다면, 1980년대와 1990년대에 학창 시절을 보낸 사람들에게 가장 기억에 남는 영화 감독 중의 한 명은 바로 스티븐 스필버그가 아닐까 싶다. 영화 <이티>, <인디아나 존스>, <쥬라기 공원>, <쉰들러 리스트>, <마이너리티 리포트>와 같은 영화가 그의 손을 거쳐 갔다. 이중에 <마이너리티 리포트>는 지난주에 소개했던 작가 필립 K. 딕의 단편소설 <마이너리티 리포트>에서 영감을 얻기도 했다. 아무튼 스티븐 스필버그의 영화 중에는 <우주 전쟁>이라는 작품도 있었는데, 이 영화의 결말은 오늘 이야기할 주제인 ‘바이러스’와 아주 많은 관련이 있었다.
핵전쟁의 위협과 기후 변화로 몸살을 앓고 있는 지구의 주인은 과연 누구일까? 인간일까? 스티븐 스필버그는 <우주 전쟁>이라는 영화에서 이렇게 얘기한다. 지구의 주인은 바이러스라고. 지구를 침공한 외계인들을 물리친 건 포탄과 미사일로 무장한 인간이 아니라 눈에 보이지 않는 바이러스였다. 하지만 불과 백이십여 년 전까지만 해도 인간은 바이러스의 존재를 알지 못했다. 1898년 네덜란드 토양미생물학자 마르티뉘스 베이어링크(Martinus Beijerinck)는 처음으로 세균보다 작은 존재가 질병을 퍼트릴 수 있다고 주장했고, 그 이후 바이러스에 대한 연구가 빠르게 증가했다. 그 결과 이 지구상에는 셀 수 없을 만큼 많은 바이러스가 존재한다는 것을 알게 되었다.
인간에게 질병을 일으키는 바이러스의 대부분은 다른 동물들이 갖고 있는 바이러스였거나 그것들의 변종들인데, 이번에 유행하게 된 신종 코로나바이러스 역시 마찬가지였다. C형 간염, 뎅기열, 에볼라, 에이즈, 단순포진, 홍역, 볼거리, 소아마비, 수두, 대상포진, 천연두, 황열병, 자궁경부암, 감기, 독감, 사스, 메르스 등과 같은 질병도 모두 바이러스에서 비롯된다. (오늘 소개하는 메릴린 루싱크의 <바이러스>라는 책에는 이러한 바이러스의 형형색색 사진들과 함께 자세한 설명이 실려 있다.) 한편, 제92회 미국 아카데미 시상식에서 작품상을 수상한 봉준호 감독의 영화 <기생충>에 나오는 대사처럼, 바이러스도 생존을 위해 다 미리 계획이 있었다. SARS-CoV-2처럼 빠른 증식으로 숫자를 늘리거나, MERS-CoV처럼 전투력을 높이거나, HIV처럼 오랜 기간 잠복하고 있다가 상대가 약해진 틈을 노리곤 한다.
물론 바이러스라고 해서 모두 사람이나 동물 그리고 식물에게 질병을 일으키는 건 아니다. 우리 몸의 순환을 위해 꼭 필요한 바이러스도 있고, 항생제를 생산하는 바이러스도 있으며, 우리 지구의 균형을 유지하기 위해 없어서는 안 될 바이러스도 있다. 네이선 울프가 <바이러스 폭풍의 시대>라는 책에서 언급한 것처럼, 또 빌 브라이슨이 <바디 우리 몸 안내서>라는 책에서 말했듯이, 바이러스에 대한 연구는 아직 시작에 불과하기 때문에 이 지구상에는 우리가 알지 못하거나 아직 발견되지 않은 바이러스가 너무 많다. 그리고 아직 우리에게 알려지지 않은 바이러스가 많다는 사실은 문득 나에게 이런 엉뚱한 상상을 불러일으켰다. 즉 사랑, 웃음, 행복과 같은 감정도 혹시 바이러스에서 비롯되는 것은 아닐까라는 상상을 말이다. 그러고 보니 오늘은 초콜릿으로 마음을 전하는 발렌타인데이. 적어도 오늘만큼은 질병을 일으키는 무서운 바이러스 대신에 사랑-웃음-행복을 가져다주는 바이러스가 온 세상에 퍼졌으면 하는 바람이다.
. by Marilyn J Rossinck
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#qotd : What is one of your favorite book covers?📚
I’m obsessed with the cover of Woven in Moonlight! It’s so gorgeous 😍 I just love the colors and the art! I received this copy in January’s @litjoycrate and I cannot wait for February’s box! @litjoycrate is my all time favorite full subscription box! You can use my code BBAC10 for a discount on their products! 🥳 Have a lovely Saturday, friends! #litjoycrate
26 48415 February, 2020
Twórczość Elle Kennedy miałam już okazję poznać, natomiast książek Sariny Bowen jeszcze nie czytałam, dlatego byłam bardzo ciekawa jak poradzą sobie w duecie, zwłaszcza, że opis „Dobrego chłopaka” był bardzo interesujący. No i przyznam, że już od pierwszych stron totalnie wczułam się w klimat tej książki, jest bardzo zabawnie, lekko i seksownie, czyli tak jak lubię. Widać, że autorki doskonale się czują w duecie, bo w żadnym momencie nie czułam różnicy pomiędzy jedną a drugą, co oznacza, że idealnie się uzupełniają. Kiedy tylko poznałam Blake’a, pierwsza myśl jaka mi przyszła do głowy: duże dziecko, któremu tylko dobra zabawa w głowie. Ale w tym wszystkim jest tak cholernie uroczym facetem, że nie sposób przejść obok niego bez uśmiechu na buzi, zwłaszcza kiedy sypie swoimi żartami. Z kolei Jess początkowo było mi trochę żal, ale przyjemnie było patrzeć, jak za każdym razem Blake próbuje podnieść ją na duchu i zwiększyć pewność siebie jeśli chodzi o niektóre sytuacje. Idealnie się uzupełniali, a chemia pomiędzy nimi była widoczna już od pierwszych stron. „Dobry chłopak” to zabawny romans sportowy, pełen genialnych postaci, z niewielką ilością dramatu, który zdecydowanie polecam!
15 1181 hour ago
*REVIEW* All the rain these last couple of weeks has meant I’ve gotten lots of reading done, including one of 2020’s early hits - Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. This was so hyped that I was worried what my reaction to it would be. But I’m pleased to report that I really enjoyed it - it’s one of those books that pushes all the right buttons, from good writing to complicated characters to interesting themes. *
I’ll keep my synopsis brief: Emira is adrift in her twenties. She babysits 20 hours a week for Alix, a well known blogger with two daughters. When Alix asks Emira to take her eldest daughter Briar out of the house after a domestic incident, Emira finds herself in a supermarket, accused of stealing the child. Emira is black. Briar is white. And so the story begins. *
Reid’s pacing is everything - she unfolds events with pitch-perfect speed in a way that allows you to ask questions and draw conclusions without her help. I always appreciate it when a writer puts that level of trust in her reader. Reid’s job is to lay out the facts of the story, and our job is to respond. Because the central themes are race and class, it certainly leaves plenty to think about. The two main white characters in particular are used with great effect: alongside Alix, who becomes obsessed with “bettering” Emira’s circumstances, there’s also Kelley, Emira’s love interest. His whiteness is amplified by the fact that he mostly has black friends, his previous girlfriends have all been black and he sees himself as a champion of black causes. We’re conditioned to see him as the caring good guy, the “I don’t see colour” guy, and yet to me he seemed to embody this “white-saviour” complex as much as Alix. They’re both trying so hard to be “woke” that every interaction made me cringe - and also made me question my own thought-processes. This made for a deeper and richer reading experience than I anticipated, and I closed the book with many thoughts. *
I’m so glad I can wholeheartedly recommend this one. It’s praise is well-deserved - sharp and entertaining, and incredibly thought-provoking. I’d love to hear what you thought if you’ve read it! 💫
14 21414 hours ago
In 2014, the Obama administration responded to the child immigration crisis by creating the priority juvenile docket. Prior to this, minors seeking immigration relief had approximately 12 months to find legal representation, the docket reduced this to a mere 21 days. This, Luiselli describes, was ‘the government’s coldest, cruelest possible answer to the arrival of refugee children’ and this essay makes it very hard to disagree with her summation.
Tell me how it ends.
The question that Valeria Luiselli’s daughter asks over and over when her mother talks about her volunteer work, interpreting for migrant children, filling in answers to a questionnaire that ultimately determine whether a lawyer will take their case. Perhaps the most harrowing thing about the book is understanding that the most painful and heart-wrenching answers are, in the context of immigration relief, also considered the ‘right’ ones. Imagine posing these questions to children, knowing that if they’ve faced physical abuse since crossing the border, you’re able to put a tick in a box that might allow them to stay.
Framed by those forty questions, this essay explores the realities of the crisis, set against the backdrop of Luiselli waiting for her own, mysteriously delayed visa. From the culpability of the USA (something I was fairly ignorant to), to attitudes towards immigrants, to the realities that people face when they arrive, this is a truly eye opening introduction to a conversation that needs to be had.
As this essay was written during the Obama administration, Trump exists as little more than a footnote. It’s truly terrifying to consider how much worse attitudes have become since initial publication but there is hope here too, in the form of a group of young people determined to make a positive change.
This is a must-read in its own right but also a brilliant companion read for anyone who enjoyed Lost Children Archive. At just 100 pages or 2 1/2 hours of listening. What’s your excuse?
4 14319 hours ago
Book Review: 🧣Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I found the plot of Good Girls Lie to be totally immersive. Just when you start to think one thing, you get another chapter narrated by a brand new character. It was a longer thriller, and for a good reason. I didn’t find any of the length to be unnecessary as it lent to so much character and plot development. Overall, it was very cleverly constructed.
The Goode School for girls is a highly sought after private school in Virginia that pretty much guarantees entry to an ivy league university upon graduation. The protagonist, Ash, is coming to Goode in her sophomore year from Oxford, England to start over after her life was struck by tragedy when she became an orphan. But the Goode School isn’t just what it appears to be. There are secret societies, murders and cruel teenage girls (of course). Ash quickly becomes a suspect when people around her start dying. She says she isn’t guilty, just a victim of circumstance...or is she?
I was hooked right from the first page. If you are looking for a thriller with multiple twists and just the right amount of realism...this is the one for you.
Happy Sunday friends! I saw this on @goodreads and I had to share ♥
“You fall in love with every book you touch. You never break the spine or tear the pages. That would be cruel. You have secret favorites but, when asked, you say that you could never choose. But did you know that books fall in love with you, too?
They watch you from the shelf while you sleep. Are you dreaming of them, they wonder, in that wistful mood books are prone to at night when they’re bored and there’s nothing else to do but tease the cat.
Remember that pale yellow book you read when you were sixteen? It changed your world, that book. It changed your dreams. You carried it around until it was old and thin and sparkles no longer rose from the pages and filled the air when you opened it, like it did when it was new. You should know that it still thinks of you. It would like to get together sometime, maybe over coffee next month, so you can see how much you’ve both changed.
And the book about the donkey your father read to you every night when you were three, it’s still around – older, a little worse for wear. But it still remembers the way your laughter made its pages tremble with joy.
Then there was that book, just last week, in the bookstore. It caught your eye. You looked away quickly, but it was too late. You felt the rush. You picked it up and stroked your hand over its glassy cover. It knew you were The One. But, for whatever reason, you put it back and walked away. Maybe you were trying to be practical. Maybe you thought there wasn’t room enough, time enough, energy enough.