I also finished No Country for Old Men.
Slow, deliberate and violent - just like the movie. Cormac McCarthy definitely has a way of slowly drawing you into something grand and unique. Don’t pass up a chance to read this one just cuz you saw the movie 🎥 it’s a great read!
Between cervasa’s and siesta’s, I managed to finish Stephen King’s The Eyes of the Dragon; where Flagg began 💀. This fantasy is unlike any King novel I’ve ever read. Dragons 🐉 and magic ✨, Kings, and Queens and Princes 👑; a story of true friendship and brotherhood overcoming pure, dark evil. This is not your typical King read but it’s a must if you’re tackling the 7 part Dark Tower series, which I plan to do later this year. I freakin love Stephen King🖤 Next up... No Country for Old Men 💀. #vanlifereader#goodreadswithaview#goodreadschallenge2020
Book Review 16 - Star Trek Picard The Last Best Hope by Una McCormack
I won't reveal any plot details of the story in case any of you want to read this book.
This book has a fantastic story which sets the scene for the episodes shown so far.
The only thing that spoilt my enjoyment of this book was the amount of bad language in it.
To me all of the language was completely unnecessary and didn't feel like Star Trek. This book would have been just as good without the bad language.
This is the same feeling that to be honest I have about the series.
I give this a solid 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The loss of 1 star is because of the bad language. If this book didn't have it, it would have been a 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
1 111 hour ago
brain: reading about cognitive biases, heuristics and decision making can be a bit stale, let's read something fun.
also brain: cool, here's a book about the legal system in the UK. #GoodreadsChallenge2020 : 7/30 #InYourDefense
THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE (1962), PHILIP K. DICK.
Magari non vi interessa, ma oggi ho finito di leggere questo libro e pensavo di commentare ciò che leggo qua su Instagram. Almeno finché non mi annoierò o non avrò tempo di starci diet.. ah no, quello non c’è già.
In ogni caso, scelto prevalentemente perché mi incuriosiva molto il soggetto: un’ucronia in cui l’Asse ha vinto la guerra e gli USA sono stati suddivisi tra Giappone e Germania. All in all, un ottimo soggetto con narrazione un po’ confusa che non mi ha dato quello che mi sarei aspettato.
In effetti Dick mette sul piatto un tema interessante: cosa sarebbe cambiato per noi persone comuni? Il libro fornisce una sorta di risposta: poco e niente. Abbastanza curioso da pensare. In fin dei conti, sono indeciso se valutarlo con 3 o 4 stelle; l’hype che ha generato in me non accetta la «delusione» finale.
Nota di merito per la copertina. Tra le migliori mai viste. Altro che Nazisti, ucronie, fantascienza (?) e pistole false; in realtà, l’ho comprato per la copertina.
Beautiful Disaster by @thejamiemcguire ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“If you come within two feet of this curtain, I will poke your eyes out while you sleep”
Beautiful Disaster is one of my all-time favourite books.
I thought because this was one of the first books I read which sucked me into the world of romance, I thought it would be best to start my book-stagram by reviewing this one.
I've read and reread this book over and over so many times I’ve genuinely lost count. And every time I read it; it feels like I’m reading it for the first time all over again. I still feel myself riding around on the roller coaster that is Travis and Abby's emotional story.
Travis 'Mad Dog' Maddox is one of my favourite ever book boyfriends, he’s brooding, possessive, bit of a d*ck but still has that appeal that you can’t help but love. Abby ‘Pidge’ Abernathy is now the new and improved good girl who wears cardigans, who I found myself wanting to strangle 50% of the time, the other 50% I loved her character.
Travis wants to date Abby, but due to Travis' track record of being a player, Abby doesn’t want to date Travis. Travis is known around Eastern’s University as the walking one-night stand, but he sets his sights on Abby when she shows her strong resistance to his appeal. When Travis puts a bet on the table which Abby cannot refuse, they fall into their rocky journey of life, together.
This book has everything; the push and pull, the parts which make your stomach flutter, the parts which make your heart ache and it has some complete laugh out loud moments. It’s the good, the bad and the ugly. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
1 61 hour ago
...just finished up Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh for one of @thankyou_bham bookclub pick this month. Okay, to be honest, I have no clue how many 🌟 to give it. It wasn’t bad, but somethings about it weren’t my favorite either. 🤪 Poor Eileen, bless her ❤️, has no self confidence, is insecure, so vulnerable and is easily influenced. She definitely has a hard home life, but she has control of the decisions she makes in life. Oh Eileen...you need a big hug, kind words and some confidence.❤️🙃This book was well written, and I can see why it won the Pen/Hemingway 🏆📚Looking forward to discussing with @thankyou_bham group on Sunday. I’m sure I’ll have some more feelings between now and then. 😆 Swipe ⬅️ for the @goodreads description 📖 16/60 #goodreadschallenge2020#bookclubbook#booklover#books#read#ireadalot
0 201 hour ago
Are you fairytale reader? .
I love fairytales, the romance, the worlds and governments, castles and danger. It’s what sparked my interest in reading as a child. Belle is one of my fav princesses. Her story with the Beast and self discovery is such a beautiful terrifying story. .
This retelling has me SHOOK! It’s so beautifully written, fast paced, and sweet. I’m loving every minute of it! .
Book 4 of 2020. The Girl Before by JP Delaney.
This is a psychological thriller about Jane, a woman who moves in to One Folgate Street. One Folgate Street is a minimalist house designed by an architect who has a set of very precise rules that must be obeyed in the house. After moving in, Jane becomes intrigued by what happened to the woman who lived there three years earlier and starts to worry that she might end up facing the same tragic fate as the girl before.
Such an imaginative idea for a story! I really loved reading this one 💜 My only complaint, then, would be that I wanted more! It’s a coming of age story, and I found myself really wanting to know what else happened to these characters further on into their adulthood. I would have happily kept reading! .
“Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world—a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.
Just bumped up my reading goal for 2020 from 36 books to 52. 😬 BUT I’ve been reading and listening to so many fun books this year that I think this is the year I actually do it! Latest read is this memoir about a former vanity fair photo editor who got scammed out of $62,000 on an elaborate trip to Morocco with a con artist posing as a German heiress. Think “YOU” meets “Bad Blood.” Or, Elizabeth Holmes, if she were an aspiring NY influencer. 4/5 STARS
I don’t know about you guys, but when it comes to #libraryholds , it’s either feast or famine for me! In the last week I’ve had several holds come in at the #library , and then more digital holds from #Libby ! 😅
I chose this book on a whim and really enjoyed its quick 149-page journey into 19th-century America. I don’t usually gravitate towards such slim novels but “West” gave me some Hemingway or Steinbeck vibes, and it felt like a story that deserved similar reflection. Cy Bellman leaves his motherless daughter alone with her aunt seeking mammoths in the West, not realizing that he is leaving her exposed to the dark lust of some of the townsmen. The end had a legendary feel to it and, though it was quick, wrapped up nicely and left me feeling like the characters would carry on without falling to pieces from their misfortune ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/4 .
Based on real events, Women Talking is the story of eight Mennonite women who must choose whether to stay and forgive, stay and fight, or leave their remote colony after they’ve learned the men have been drugging, attacking, and raping them for years. The leader of the colony, Peters, brushed the attacks off as the devil punishing the women for their lack of faith until one of the women forced herself to stay awake and found the men raping her three-year-old daughter. She beat him half to death, and local authorities were involved. Faced with what has happened, the women gather together in a hayloft to discuss their fate, something they’ve never held any authority over.
This book is astonishing. It’s slow and steady but builds pressure as you listen to the women talk about what they want for themselves and their children. This book is as relevant to our current political climate as any; it’s a work of art that left me in awe of the decision and how they came to it. ✨
7 374 hours ago
Books 6-8 of 2020! Absolutely loved The Confession, Amanda Taylor was a new author to me but really enjoyed a historic novel up in t’North.
Th1rt3en was pretty pap to be honest though!
تقييم الكتاب: ⭐⭐⭐
أربعون، هي عدد سنوات عمر الكاتب عندما اتخذ قراراً بقضاء ٤٠ يوماً في خلوة بعيداً عن مشتتات الروح و العقل.
يوضح مطلع الكتاب معنى الخلوة، أسبابها و أهدافها، شروطها، و سبب اختياره ٤٠ يوما بالذات.
يحتوي الكتاب على عشرة فصول (مع نفسي، مع قرآني، مع تحسيناتي، مع حكمي،مع حكم الناس، مع قصصي، مع حياتي، مع الهي، مع ذكرياتي، مع كتبي). َفي كل فصل هناك ٤٠ نقطة أو خاطرة يذكرها الكاتب في ما يخص الموضوع نفسه.
أفضل فصول الكتاب هي "مع نفسي" حيث يذكر الكاتب نقاط ترفع بالنفس الى مستوى عالٍ من الطمأنينة من خلال تجاربه الشخصية و قراءاته المختلفة، فمثلاً يتحدث عن العادات، الإدمان، أقسام الدماغ و استجابتها للمواقف المختلفة، الأنفس الثلاثة المذكورة في القرآن و اسقاطها على أقسام الدماغ، وغيرها من المواضيع التي تناقش المحاور ذاتها.
و يأتي فصل "مع قرآني" في المرتبة الثانية، حيث يذكر الكاتب ٤٠ آية قرآنية، تفسيرات مختلفة له، كيف استوعبها و أثرت به و بقناعاته الشخصية.
ثمّ هناك فصل "مع كتبي"، و هنا سجلت بعض عناوين الكتب التي قذ ذكرها الكاتب و أضفتها لقائمة قراءتي المستقبلية.
أما باقي الفصول فلم تعجبني كثيراً، و فصل" مع حياتي" على وجه الخصوص، حيث ذكر للكاتب ٤٠ قصة من حياته، قصص عادية جداً، ربما كانت مؤثرة بشخصية الكاتب و تكوينها، إلّا أنها عادية جداً و لم توحي لي كقارئة بأي مشاعر سوا أنها قصص ساذجة. الكلام نفسه ينطبق على فصل "مع ذكرياتي".
لمن أراد أن يقرأ الكتاب، أنصحه بقراءة هذه الفصول الثلاثة بالإضافة إلى المقدمة، هذا سيكون كافياً لاستنباط التغيير و الفائدة المرجوة.
“A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth.”
When a really good-condition copy of “The Thirteenth Tale” came into the charity bookshop I volunteer in, I knew I had to have it. I watched the Vanessa Redgrave & Olivia Coleman film a few years ago and have wanted to read the book ever since. Now is the perfect time because I have forgotten what happens!
Just 50 pages in and I am hooked.
I don’t even know if I’m much into autobiographical books to be honest, but I loved Michelle Obama’s book. I wasn’t expecting it, I must say. I don’t know why I usually don’t grab autobiographical ones, but I heard a lot of good things about this one and her nice smile on the cover just invited me to it, what can I say.
She is funny, very relatable and you kind of want to be her friend after you read it and invite her over to a dance party. .
She tells us the story of her life basically, the great relationship she had with her parents and her brother Craig, who seems to always have had an important role throughout her life. We get a glimpse inside the crazy world of politics and the White House, as one should expect. The glamorous and not so glamorous bits of it. She had to constantly prove herself, even though she absolutely did not choose that life. She also tells us a lot about the struggles of not having her husband at home most of the time due to his career, having to put hers aside many times to take care of Malia and Sasha.
Come sit in on a live taping of @onbeing—where @ocean_vuong will be in conversation with Krista Tippett.
Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, which @washingtonpost called "permanently stunning." 🍁🍂
⋒ On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (scroll to the bottom for my review) ~ “At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, it is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.”
this is the second book i finished for my 2020 reading challenge 😌 13 more to go.
↠ my rating: 2 out of 5 ⭐️s
↠ Ocean’s writing is BEAUTIFUL and i really tried to love his novel because of all the hype around it, but i couldn’t. i love poetry and prose but with his use of it in novel-form, I found it hard to be engaged with the storytelling. i do want to give his poetry book a try later this year.
QUESTION: have any of you read ocean’s novel? what were your thoughts?
0 186 hours ago
Soon it will be the weekend, what book are you reading at the moment?
my current read + current fav drink☕️ this insightful story is the first book on the book club list! if you want to read along then check out the links in my bio. either way, you should definitely give this book a shot #eclecticbookclub
9 1247 hours ago
It’s Black History Month. All month long I am lighting up Black Authors and Black Podcasters. I actually have a questions, people who were born in Africa, are they considered apart of Black History Month? If they were not direct descendants of the enslaved? Back to the book: I love the books so much. I listened to the audiobook which was number on #audible for the longest. Then I bought the signed copy. I have not opened it. I loved this book so much. I laughed, I cried, and I was incredibly inspired. This book is considered a love letter to Trevor’s mother Patricia Noah. This book is about Trevor’s upbringing in South African during Apartheid and life after Apartheid ended. I recommend you listen to the award-winning audiobook version of this book because he often uses his native tongue Xhosa. Trevor also adapted his story for young readers in another version of this. I have not read the young readers edition but I think it is worth checking out if you have a teen or preteen. #BornACrime#TrevorNoah#bookrecommendations#blackhistorymonth
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“Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door.”
SINOPSIS: En Heaven, Maine se produce una misteriosa serie de accidentes y asesinatos. Varios habitantes sufren mutaciones y adquieren la capacidad de comunicarse por telepatía. El enigma y la angustia aumentan a medida que se desarrolla el relato hasta alcanzar un sorprendente desenlace.
Veamos....La idea es buena, una mujer se encuentra con algo enterrado en su propiedad y ese ‘algo’ empieza a afectar a la gente del pueblo. Pero a pesar de que la idea es buena, el libro no lo es. La historia se divide en 3 partes, la primera es aburrida, la segunda empieza bien pero nuevamente se vuelve tediosa y ningún personaje es demasiado interesante para mantenerte atrapado. La tercera parte es la mejor en mi opinión, pero ni siquiera eso hace que el libro me parezca bueno.
Good Morning! What was the last book that you finished? I’m officially out of my reading slump 💪🏼 after finishing The Last Sister yesterday, I finally started Where the Crawdads Sing, and now I know why all the fuss! The prose is beautiful and the plot line intriguing....I can already see why it’s a best seller and is being made into a film! Have you read it? What did you think?
You know the drill. It's the last day of the month which means it's time to update my 2020 Book Bracket, inspired by the one and only @jojobuckreads.
My January favorite, and only 5 star read, was....*drumrolllllll* THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE by Ruta Sepetys!
𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡???
For more info on my other reads and ratings this month, check out my "2020 reads" story highlight!