What is your favorite thing about your local bookstore?
📙 @nevertheless.she.reads and I went on another bookish adventure today! We started with breakfast and tea at a local favorite, then got amazing (and amazingly cheap) facials at the beauty school.
We then headed to Franklin, Indiana to finally visit @wildgeesebookshop! Y'all, it is a seriously cute store chock full of beautiful editions and irresistible bookish delights. Swipe to see its delightfully Hogsmeade-ish exterior.
My haul is pictured: a signed book of poetry (ironically) from a Bloomington native, and a fantasy #bookstack mug from @idealbookshelf. I have to tell you that walking out with just these items is a testament to my extreme willpower.
I also highly recommend @bytavi, a fair trade clothing store, if you're in the area.
Because I am SO behind on my posts lately it was about time I post a big THANK YOU to one of the first friends I met on bookstagram @notsotwentysomething !
Our bookstagram group did a Galentines book exchange and these are the wonderful romances she got me! I just read my first Katherine Center and I loved it so needless to say I can’t wait for Things You Save in The Fire. Regretting You is Colleen Hoover’s latest romance and I’ve been a huge fan of her forever!
This stack is also my entry to @notsotwentysomething#favoritethingsstack challenge! Because without her, I never would have joined the booksta engagement group I’m in and met the other amazing women in it! So I’m forever grateful and meeting book loving people is my favourite thing💕
"For nothing, not the sun, not the rain, not even the brightest star in the darkest sky, could begin to compare to the wonder of you." -Renee Ahdieh 📖
Friyay! Seriously can't wait to go to the beach tomorrow and finally get some time to relax. 🏖 What will you be doing this weekend? I will be on hiatus after this, and probably won't be around until a very special announcement that I'm planning to post next week. Please send some good luck wishes. 🙈 Posting a photo of this beautiful duology that I rarely talk about on here. If you didn't know, I am a big Renee Ahdieh fan—I love her writing style so much, and it's a shame that I sometimes forget to take photos of the books I own that are written by her. From The Wrath and The Dawn to Flame in the Mist to The Beautiful (although that last one I had mixed feelings about). If you are looking for a book or series that is diverse and written in such a captivating way, go pick these books up. Also, if you guys aren't aware, TWATD is actually a retelling of the classic Arabian Nights. 💖
QOTD: Authors you have yet to read? 📖
Conversations on mental illness often focus on the patient; I haven't read or heard of discussions focusing on the doctors and institutions who's goal it is to help these patients. I think Susannah Cahalan's book, The Great Pretender, which looks at how we diagnose and treat mental health patients, will change this.
Several years ago Cahalan began to exhibit symptoms of a severe mental break. Thanks to several factors, including her race, age, socioeconomic situation, and generous insurance coverage, doctors pushed for more and more tests even while the term "Transfer to Psych" was placed on her records. Luckily, they did diagnose the fact that her brain was being attacked by antibodies and were able to treat it before the damage was irreversible. (She wrote about this in Brain on Fire.) Knowing that she was very lucky she questioned just how well doctors could accurately diagnose and thus effectively treat a patient's illness. This led her to a study in the 1970s by Stanford psychologist David Rosenhan.
Rosenhan believed that doctors could not tell if patients were actually suffering from a mental illness or faking it. So he and seven other pseudo-patients went to seven different hospitals to test this theory. They emerged with alarming diagnoses and stories of terrible treatment. The results of the study was the hastening of mental institutions closings and changing the way mental health is diagnosed. 📚
But as Cahalan begins to look into the study and the pseudo-patients she finds nothing was as it was purported to be.
I found this book both fascinating and scary because by the time you finish the book you are faced with a conclusion that our expertise at diagnosing and treating mental health has not really advanced that far. Several of the studies of the mid-twentieth century are now being debunked. Even the current diagnoses bible, the DSM and all its iterations, was built on a false premise.
Warning there are some somewhat graphic descriptions of how different lobotomies are performed including the one performed on Rosemary Kennedy.
I recommend this book ad a good starting point at understanding challenges in mental health treatment.
It’s SO easy to talk about the books you absolutely love or absolutely hate. The ones in between are so much harder to talk about so I’m going for a 2-for-1 special here. Both of these were totally FINE. Nothing obviously wrong but nothing that really stood out either. I finished them both but felt kinda bored of them by the end and like I wasn’t that invested in the stories. It won’t stop me from trying these authors again one day! I won’t give up that easily 😉
This is still by far one of my favorite covers ever! Todays prompt for #bookishladiesfeb20 is a book with a dress on the cover! I have been waiting for this one so I could show off @chanelcleeton beautiful book cover 👗💕
Do you ever reread a book? What book would you want to read again?
I tend to not reread books, but these make me want to pick them up again.
I just finished the third novel from Hendricks and Pekkanen, so it makes me want to reread their debut. Anonymous Girl was also terrific. In addition, I finished Josie Silver and Clarissa Goenawan’s sophomore novels, which were a friendly reminder to revisit their fantastic debuts. Bad Blood needs no further commentary, it’s brilliant and everything that I hope for in a nonfiction work. The other ones (not really a spoiler, but kind of a spoiler) had twists that I did not see coming. I want to go back specifically because I know that I missed some significant bread crumb clues within the craziness.
After falling in love with Heartstopper we're now obsessed with graphic novels!
Here's a little stack that was recommended to us by our Kids team. What YA/middle-grade graphic novels do you recommend?
Still working through The Sundown Motel but @rileyreads7 tagged me in the #20readsin2020 challenge and here is the resulting stack!
These are 20 books from my TBR pile that I hope to get to before the end of 2020! See any that you have read?! 1- The Sundown Motel (CR)
2- In a Dark, Dark Wood
3- The Witch’s Daughter
4- The Tattooist of Auschwitz
6- You Will Know Me
7- The Ambassador’s Daughter
8- Lost and Wanted
9- The Starless Sea
10- The World That We Know
11- Southern Cross The Dog
12- All Quiet on The Western Front
13- The Dry Grass of August
14- History of Wolves
15- One of Us is Lying
16- Lie to Me
18- A Cosmology of Monsters
19- The Woman in Cabin 10
20- The Island of Sea Women
The irony of posting a book about Digital Minimalism to our Instagram feed is not lost on us. With that being said, Cal Newport’s work was too interesting not to share!
Our biggest takeaway from Digital Minimalism was the importance of solitude. With our increased connectivity, we are experiencing what Newport calls “solitude deprivation”.
Getting the needed solitude in our daily lives grants us “the ability to clarify hard problems, to regulate our emotions, to build moral courage, and to strengthen relationships”.
All the feels with my new for fun #bookstack . RPL has some amazing new books, go ahead and drool. Let me add I know “American Dirt” has a lot of controversies surrounding it. I just finished the book and while I haven’t formed my own opinion from said controversies, as a fiction book it was engrossing and the author was beautifully intense. I am going to check out the articles about it. ——————
Evening all 😁 If you could design a book cover what elements would you for sure have on it?
Though I've never written a book and most likely never will (I don't think I have the focus or the talent), I know there's things I'd want. A pretty dress, a weapon of some sort and... Well, honestly that's about it 😂 I don't ask for much just beauty and danger 🗡️ Now I'm sure @girlsinbooks will say I'm stretching again but I don't think I am 😂 Today's #bookishgirlshunt prompts are dress and storm 😁 Her hair is blowing and there's clouds in the background... There must be a storm 😂 See I got this Lisa ❤️
We're so excited to reveal the cover for REBEL GODS by Will Kostakis! 😍🤩
With the Monuments gone, there's nothing stopping the rebel gods from reducing the world to ruin.
Well, newbie gods Connor, Sally and Locky are supposed to stop them, only they don't know how. While Sally searches for answers and Locky makes plans to change the world, Connor struggles to keep up appearances as an ordinary teenager. But soon he'll have bigger problems than his mum finding the giant sword hidden under his bed.
Rebel Gods is the second book in the MONUMENTS fantasy duology from YA superstar, Will Kostakis. It's a heartfelt look at family, friendship and the parallel lives we lead.
COMING 28 JULY 2020
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What series do you have plans to reread or which ones have you reread the most? ^
There’s more than one series that I would consider beloved! But, seeing as I’m currently flying through my third reread of the Harry Potter series, I just had to use it for the prompt today. I have a huge feeling that this illustrated edition of Goblet of Fire is going to be featured on my page a lot in the future (near and far) - I’m enjoying it very much! GoF is usually where I hit a slump in my reread, but this edition is making it a much faster, easier read!👏🏻💗 ^
Please excuse the strange angle of this photo - this book is a very chunky, heavy beauty!!😂 ^
Day 20 of #bookbelles - Moon of my life | Beloved Series
Hello bookish friends! My weekend starts early since I have to work on Sunday, today is my Friday. And the kids have no school tomorrow too, so yay me.
I'm am in love with these Alice in Zombieland books. I've been finding them at consignment shops, thrift stores and books sales for amazing bargain prices. I'm just missing book two and I will find it.
Goodwill buys :) stopped by the local goodwill on a whim and so glad I did! My husband and I collect classic/older style books for decor/cool factor and I’m very excited about the three novels I found!! Yay @goodwillbooks -
I have some V.C Andrews books and glad I found another.
Used to love Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen,I mean who didn’t??
And I’ve heard so many good things about one of us is lying! Ready to read more :) #goodwillfinds#bookstagram#booklover#books#bookstack#newbook#shopping
$7 plus shipping. Bce in good condition, comment if you’re interested.
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Oof, 10 more books were added to the personal library. If anyone is keeping score, this now makes 20 books acquired since the year started. Hmm, is that good, bad or typical Darryl? Think I already know the answer, I can feel all the smirks.
Now the books: Thanks @qcfiction for the The Art of the Fall ARC. Can’t wait to read it + write a review. Very excited. // I read A Lucky Man a couple years ago and it is one of my all-time favorite books, so it’s ridiculous that I never had a physical copy to call my own. Fixed. /// Real Life, Exhalation, and Rusty Brown are books that everyone seems to literally love. Can’t wait to join in on the stanning // Small Game Hunting is the book I am positive I will LOVE. It’s going to be a new favorite; I can feel it. Aaaah /// I’ve been meaning to buy Idaho for a long time; finally have it right in time to do a buddy read with Michael @michaelhoran1980 We haven’t talked about that in a bit, hopefully you haven’t read it without me?? Lol /// Virtuoso sounds so lush + the cover is a stunner. /// We Wish You Luck sounds irresistible // And lastly Tyler @tylerstevens_21 is the one person who got me to even consider buying The Overstory. But has he managed to get me to actually read it? 🤷🏾♂️😏
Friends, have you read any of these books? Love them? Hate them? In-between? Are you excited about reading any of them? Tell me the good and the bad. Talk to me. 💙
-Virtuoso ~ Yelena Moskovich
-Idaho ~ Emily Ruskovich
-The Overstory ~ Richard Powers
-The Art of the Fall ~ Véronique Côté, etc.
-We Wish You Luck ~ Caroline Zancan
-Real Life ~ Brandon Taylor
-Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club ~ Megan Gail Coles
-Exhalation ~ Ted Chiang
-A Lucky Man ~ Jamel Brinkley
-Rusty Brown ~ Chris Ware
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Pisces season is officially upon us, so we gathered up reading recommendations for our empathetic, imaginative, spiritual friends. Link in bio to shop the stack! 🐟♓️
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Just sharing some thoughts and #bookmail that’s landed on my doorstep this past week or two. 💕 Thank you to the various tagged publishers for the #gifted copies. These all have me so, so excited!
Something I was reflecting on today is why I love books and reading so much. It’s been a long week over here (anybody else thought every day this week felt like Monday? 😅) and it might sound silly, but one of the things that makes me happy are the bookshelves and the various #bookstacks around my house (like this one) that catch my eye throughout the day, and anticipating what magic the books hold that I might get lost in. I promise I have many healthy ways of dealing with the stress and anxieties of life 😉 but I’d be lying if I said that reading wasn’t one of them, and one of my biggest escapes. It’s something that brings me a lot of calm and peace. Books are like my sunshine ☀️ and it’s one of the many reasons I love reading so much. What is reading for you? 📖
“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” —Anna Quindlen
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QOTD: If you could have a dragon, what color would you pick?
AOTD: I think I’d want a Midnight Purple Dragon - stealthy yet when the color catches the light 🤯
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QOTD: Do you like short story collections?
AOTD: I prefer novels but can really get into a great short story collection!
I had the honor to meet Jennifer Egan during my time at school. She actually signed the book in this photo! She was super down to earth, took any of questions, and was open about her experience as a writer!
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QOTD: How was your weekend?
AOTD: Overall, it was quiet and laidback. The entire family was sick, myself included, so we just laid around mostly lol. I feel better today, better than I have in the past week.
Also, has anyone read this series? I love the covers!
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QOTD: Any plans for Valentine’s Day?
AOTD: The wife and I are going to get some good food and have a glorious day! Also, this is such a good love story!
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I'm Sorry...Love, Your Husband: Honest, Hilarious Stories From a Father of Three Who Made All the Mistakes (and Made up for Them) - Clint Edwards
GR Synopsis: Clint has three children: Tristan (the know it all), Norah (the snarky princess), and Aspen (the worst roommate ever). He describes parenting as “a million different gears turning in a million different directions, all of them covered in sour milk.” In this inspiring and unconventional book of essays, he sheds light on the darker yet hilarious side of domestic life. Owning up to all his mishaps and dumbassery, Edwards shares essays on just about every topic fellow spouses and parents can appreciate, including stupid things he’s said to his pregnant wife, the trauma of taking a toddler shopping, revelations on buying a minivan and the struggle to not fight the nosy neighbor (who is five years old). •
November 2017 would change my life forever, my wife and I welcomed my son into our lives. The next year would be a whirlwind and we would live and learn a ton of lessons as new parents. Sleepless nights, days covered in who knows what, and magical moments to cherish forever. (Baby 2 due in May so ready to get it going again lol). My wife and I listened to the audiobook of I'm Sorry... Love, Your Husband. AND IT WAS HILARIOUS! My wife and I were on the floor laughing at the honest truths that Edwards describes his journey as a husband and father. He has a phenomenal talent for conveying meaningful messaging that helps with parenting and relationship alike. This was such a fun, quick read, that is lighthearted and hysterically funny. All the parents out there will love it and nod along with what he is describing... at least I was lol.
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Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
GR Synopsis: Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time, Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world's great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.
Okay so this was a whirlwind of WTF is happening lol. I was so confused when starting this book as I did not know what this book was about going into the story. However, once I grounded myself into the story and adjusted to the style this story was very enjoyable. I would not expect War, Aliens, and Time-Travel to become a seamless story, but Vonnegut did just that. It was an overall interesting, roller-coaster type of book. Once I let go of the unable to believe this notion I liked it!
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“I asked where he’d lived before Hong Kong. He said he’d read history at Oxford. People who’d gone to Oxford would tell you when it wasn’t the question. Then, like ‘everyone’, he’d gone to the City. ‘Which city?’ I asked. Julian assessed whether women made jokes, decided we did, and laughed.”
A shrewd, witty and assured debut, Exciting Times is the story of Irish expat Ava as she stumbles through a love triangle with banker Julian and lawyer Edith. Largely interested in the power dynamics and dependency of intimacy, as well as deftly capturing the insecurity of a burgeoning relationship, Naoise Dolan writes fluently on the nuances of human connection.
A key preoccupation of the narrative stems from Ava’s position as a TEFL teacher, prompting her to consider the significance of Irish English and ‘standard’ English both professionally and domestically. It was fascinating to sit on Ava’s shoulder and jostle alongside her thoughts as she parsed nearly every interaction she had for multiplicity of meaning or any cause for differing interpretations. A refreshing callback to a module I studied during my MA (literature and the politics of language), Ava’s interest in the slipperiness of language peppered the novel with intelligent and genuinely funny observations about the way we articulate and present ourselves, aligning with the school of thought that language itself is inherently a tool of class.
Engaging, intelligent and frequently piercing, this is a remarkable novel, and I’m exceedingly keen to see what Naoise writes next. Thank you so much @orionbooks for my copy ✨✨ #gifted
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Do you re-read books?
I have never been a re-reader but lately it has been bugging me that I don’t remember as much as I’d like from my favourites. That and the fact I’ve read something from an author and not fully appreciated it at the time. Also, I just want to revisit some books that I know and love!
So, here’s a stack of books I want to try to re-read at some stage. Perhaps not this month or even this year, but I want to revisit them eventually.
Do you have any books you might want to re-read to remember?
Feel free to throw a few books together and use the hashtag. I’d love to see what you come up with. Tagging a few friends here but there’s no expectation you get involved.
a clean and tidy and stuffed bookshelf: the best kind of view 🤓
I finished SALTWATER last night and I can't wait to share my review tomorrow (spoiler alert: I really loved it!). I've been more intentional lately about reading books that align with my reading interests and it's funny how much that can motivate you to put down the screen and pick up the book
the hype is real around here so it's definitely hard to avoid the zillion other possibilities that everyone else is raving about, but I typically ask myself if I read the description in a bookstore would I buy it for myself? If the answer is no, then *pass* for now ✌️
I definitely fall into the "paralysis by too many choices" camp when it comes to decision making, so I like to keep my TBR super curated and small. What about you??
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Are you a selfie taker?
I’m not. 🙈 I got a custom bookmark from @alicia_marks_it made and was asked for a picture to go off of. I had to go back a year to a book signing where I actually remembered to take pictures. 😬 Partly it’s because I hate having my picture taken and partly it’s because I’m terrible at taking selfies. It always takes me a few tries before I get it right. It’s exhausting. 😂
On the bright side, I’m really excited to see the bookmark. 😝
✨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?? 📚
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?
Emily Dickinson, Selected Letters
Poetry vibes. All day, every day.