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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant comes a new story in her Dark Kings series…
DRAGON LOST is available now!
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Destinies can’t be ignored. No one knows that better than Annita. For as long as she can remember, it's been foretold she would find a dragon. A real-life dragon. She’s beginning to think it was all some kind of mistake until she’s swimming in one of the many caves around the island and discovers none other than a dragon. There is no fear as she approaches, utterly transfixed at the sight of the creature. Then he shifts into the shape of a thoroughly gorgeous man who spears her with bright blue eyes. In that instant, she knows her destiny has arrived. And the dragon holds the key to everything.
All Royden wanted was to find an item his brother buried when they were children. It was supposed to be a quick and simple trip, but he should’ve known nothing would be easy with enemies like the Dragon Kings have. Royden has no choice but to trust the beguiling woman who tempts him like no other. And in doing so, they unleash a love so strong, so pure that nothing can hold it back.
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Hi and good afternoon from Vienna everybody ♥️ I am so sorry I haven’t been updating you all on my reads, but truth is, I have not been as much of a productive reader as I wanted to! My boyfriend was the one who kicked my bum this morning and told me to catch up with it. I got stuck on becoming, from Michelle Obama, although it is a VERY good book. It is excellently written, captivating and I believe she does a marvellous job narrating her life!
I’ve been sightseeing a bit, around my own city, because my mum brought some amazing visit from South America!
How are all of you doing with your goals?
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Eating Wasps by Anita Nair
This is my first book by the author. The title and the cover kept calling to me, but I had to try multiple times to get started on the book. The prologue was interesting, but once I started the first chapter I somehow couldn't continue. Finally because of the buddy read with @swathiblogs@thebookishtales and @avanti.vartak I decided to pick this up again.
The story is told from the POV of Urvashi, who is a journalist past her prime, Sreelaksmi:a ghost who was a writer in her life, and various girls/women whom they both encounter.
Each chapter is divided into 3 subsections, the first two are POVs of Urvashi and Sreelaksmi and last one by a different woman each time. In the first 2 chapters last subsection hits you hard,but the later ones weren't so impactful. .
I couldn't connect with Urvashi much, but Sreelaksmi was a really interesting character😍. It felt more like a set of short stories rather than a novel. It was a bit of nostalgic read, coz it reminded me of Kerala. I enjoyed the writing style and looking forward to read more more this author .
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“Every legend must start somewhere…”
Are you a fan of YA Christian Fantasy? The Vault Between Spaces from author Chawna Schroeder and @enclavepublishing is a new release that you may be interested in! Read the blurb below for more details and be sure to enter the awesome GIVEAWAY!
No prisoner who enters the gates of HopeWell ever leaves. But from the moment Oriel sets foot inside Anatroshka’s most formidable prison camp, she unsettles both commandant and prisoner alike with eyes that see beyond the surface and music that trails her everywhere. — Petite and delicate though she appears, Oriel bows before neither threat nor punishment. Moreover, she makes no attempt to hide her intention: Oriel plans to escape the inescapable HopeWell. — But when facades are stripped away and myth becomes clothed in flesh, what begins as a prison break becomes a mission to stop the invasion of evil itself.
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Finishing up Once Upon A River today and I am loving it! Which library book should I start when I finish? I am leaning towards Blood Countess because I am fascinated by Countess Elizabeth Bathory. If you don't know who she is, look her up. Creepy AF.
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I honestly haven't read a book like that for ages☹️ I get so bored reading now😭 or I get too tired😭
So I attempted to make a page in my journal dedicated to my baby Noah from The Raven Cycle. I think it turned out alright. I did cover up the main spoilers, but don't look too hard cause the whole page is full of them😁
I also tried to do a little drawing of him, but lol it did not turn out well
'The Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is an international bestseller, and one of our favorite books.
Set in Barcelona of 1945, the author engages his reader through his poetic descriptions of the old city and its intriguing characters, combined with a labyrinthine mystery. Zafon is a master of suspense.
Our author VM Karren has been reading and collecting Zafon's works in multiple languages. When Zafon visited Maastricht in 2017, Karren was privileged to meet him. This was just after the release of Karren's historical thriller, 'The Deceit of Riches.' Although set in Russia's Nizhny Novogorod instead of Barcelona, 'The Deceit of Riches' is also a portrait of a city in many ways, as well as an historical thriller, carefully crafted to engage and enlighten the reader.
At their meeting, the two men exchanged books, each sharing with the other his 'letter of discovery.' Zafon's novel influenced the younger author in its genre, patterns of imagery, and perspective.
Dorthe Nors ~ Wild Swims
This is the first short story collection I've read in a long time. Thank you @pushkin_press for the proof copy!
Danish author Norse explores different people's lives in this collection. The title story 'Wild Swims' is indeed about swimming (and loss), but throughout the book we are continuing to take little swims; dipping into your ordinary man and woman's conscience and thought. This does not feel like something written to entertain, but written in order to let you observe your neighbour through a window into his day. I'm not sure whether I think it is unsettling that there seems to be so little joy to find and if this is indeed how most people think and feel, or whether I should just enjoy the characterisation and be pleased that it is fiction?
The thing is - it's completely realistic. I can imagine old Alice making herself important and thus feeling indispensable when Einar is diagnosed with cancer, by going over every day and giving him advice because her own father was a dentist and an educated man. Then back home to ring round to everyone in their circle to let them know how poorly Einar is and what he really ought to do with his last days.
In 'Sun Dogs', an author who goes to a retreat in Norway, muses,
"To me, the Norwegian lakes feel bottomless, the landscape unknowable. Such uncertainty must leave its mark on the locals, I thought."
That explains it then! I'm simply scarred from my upbringing in the wild. No wonder I'm an introvert!
Recommend to anyone who likes a bit of realism and who isn't afraid of getting dragged into the deep darkness of it. Out 23rd April!
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Happy Pancake day everyone! 🥞 •
We got up extra early this morning to have pancakes (with bananas and honey 😋) before school. •
Will you be having pancakes today?
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’The floor seemed wonderfully solid. It was comforting to know I had fallen and could fall no farther.’
I have mixed feelings about rereading books. There are some books I could read an infinite number of times and love just as much every time. Some books I’ve reread and found it an enriching experience - it revealed something that I didn’t notice during the first reading. But, sometimes a reread ruins books for me. I find that I’ve outgrown them or that they’re less engrossing when the element of surprise is eliminated. Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar is a favourite of my teenage years, and I’ve just picked it up again. I’m afraid to spoil my sweet memories of it, but so far it’s great!
Do you like to reread books?
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Happy Publication Day to @sscav
This was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020 and it did not disappoint. I love a good legal thriller, growing up reading John Grisham novels with my dad. Steve Cavanagh is brilliant and writes the most original and addictive stories. Eddie Fylnn returns in his firth book but it can easily be read as a stand alone. In saying that, go back and read the others as they are all fantastic.
Two 911 calls from the same location on the same night. 2 sisters, Sofia and Alexandra find their father, a former New York City mayor brutally murdered in his home. Each sister points the finger at the other, a relationship where there I no love lost. The two sisters must now try to prove their innocence with their lawyers in a joint trial.
This is a very clever and twisty thriller that you will find hard to put down. It is quite graphic in its descriptions at times but don't let that put you off. Every time you think you know what is going on guess again! It will surprise and shock you.
And I will never listen to She by Elvis Costello the same way again!!
Thank you @hachetteaus for sending me an advanced copy of this book to read.
QOTD: name a TV show you loved as a kid.
AOTD: in this house we STAN a certain lil glasses-wearing aardvark. That's right, folks, Arthur Read defined my childhood. And I related to him, too. From being teased for his glasses in school, to his love for books (HIS ACTUAL FAMILY NAME IS /READ/.) He is such a sweet and decent kid, and I loved all his friends, too, and their misadventures as they navigate primary school and Learn Important Life Lessons About Morals And Family Values. Yep. Arthur the aardvark is an absolute icon and if you don't agree, 'fraid we can't be friends. .
The show has, what, twenty seasons at this point? I prefer the older ones, cos the newer seasons just don't got that same vibe I'm so nostalgic for - and some of the new voice actors are kind of nails on a chalkboard to me. But don't let me catch anyone hating on the newer seasons either - I still love them, and a few of my favorite episodes are from there. Like the hurricane one, for example. That was SO good at explaining trauma to kids. Like. Arthur is a GOOD show. My future kids are gonna watch it soon as they're old enough to understand what's going on haha.
Since we're on the subject, can we talk about my #ootd ? Im really out here rocking the Arthur vibes~ THEO SAID ARTHUR READ FOR PRESIDENT
Stay silly, me aardvarks
A warm welcome back to all of our OLM family. We hope you all had a great first day back yesterday, particularly our 3rd and 6th Year students who are back to classes after sitting their Mock Exams before mid-term break. May we take this opportunity to say a big well done to you all and also to our 5th Year LCA students who sat some of their Mock Exams too 🤗
And, we would also like to take this opportunity to share an exciting announcement from one of our amazing T.Y. English classes... Hello/Yup!
Book Theatre is kicking off in OLM 🙌
Keep an eye out for our book, film, and Netflix recommendations 👀
There's something about Miller's writing that I just love, it's lyrical and beautiful without being convoluted or pretentious. I thought I'd enjoy this book because I love Circe so much and I wasn't disappointed 💞
Kissani Jugoslavia (My Cat Yugoslavia in English) is a book about fear, love, death, and a cat, to borrow what its back cover says. It’s about Yugoslavia in the 1980s and Finland in the present, about queerness and loneliness and poverty. At least, so far it is ✨
This months classic read is Wind in the Willows. Another classic that I know the story of but have never actually read, so I’m excited to read it for the first time. I’m a little behind with my classic reads this year but the fact I am still reading them is still a step towards my goal. What’s the last classic you read?
I love this!! Thank you @books4days_with_robyn #REVIEW ¸¸.•*¨*•★ ★¸¸.•*¨*•★
Title: Hurt To Love
Author: Nikki J Summers
Release: March 6th
★¸¸.•*¨*•★ ★¸¸.•*¨*•☆ Cheese and rice on a cracker.
Cillian *dreamy sigh*
I feel like I've been in love with him for so long when in reality i only met him less than a week ago.
He's got that wise crack humour that i love, he's always got a pep in his step and he's an absolute delight to read.
Real life kept getting in the way while reading but when i had to put it down my brain was constantly going over and over wondering what their doing.
I loved the storyline and everything that went into it, it had it's hard parts but Cillian more than makes up for that.
P was so strong, she was a fighter and i loved her for it. I can't say much about her without giving stuff away but she was so amazing to read about.
I think I'm seriously in love with Nikki's writing. ❤
Hello, bookdragons and happy Tuesday! After a windy yesterday, today it's so sunny, I'm hoping it's warmer too. • 🍃 •
February is FINALLY ending! I don't know about you but it seemed longer than January, with me working, 90% of the time. Tell me, did you ever buy several books by an author, without having read any of them - or anything by that author, yet you KNOW they're going to be good? • 🍃 •
HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO RED HOOD! Congratulations to Elana K. Arnold! Nope, haven't read Damsel or Red Hood, but I know I'll love them. Don't ask how, it's the gut feeling of a reader 😂 • 🍃 •
Reading update: was in the mood for an old favorite romance book, so I'm reading Maverick by Karina Halle. • 🍃 •
Have you read #OfCursesAndKisses yet?
Of Curses and Kisses by @sandhyamenonbooks is a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast set at an elite boarding school in the mountains--think Beauty and the Beast meets Gossip Girl! It's out February 18th, 2020 and even has a *map* in the hardcover. Featuring an Indian princess and a misanthropic British aristocrat, it's immersive, glamorous, and full of smoldering kisses! I hope you guys will order it wherever you get your books! Read on for the official description from the back of the book...
Will the princess save the beast?
For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending… Right?
His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life. Sparkling and elegant, Jaya’s unlike anyone Grey has ever met. Still, he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…
As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.
(Read on for my rambling!) #ipreview via @preview.app
Sometimes the people in our lives make us feel broken and inadequate. Not just physical presence, but social media, television, and even strangers.
You wouldn't let someone tread mud all over your new carpets, criticize your decor, or break furniture in your home, would you? No. So, don't allow them to do this to your mind.
It’s impossible to change toxic behaviour from people in your life, but you CAN try to remove yourself from being in their company. It seems daunting or even scary at first, but once you break those shackles of opinions and behaviours that weigh you down, you will finally be free.
I speak from experience. I have walked away from family members, said goodbye to friendships, and even changed jobs to escape toxic situations.
Are you a character driven reader or more of a plot driven reader? Do you need both to be present? Or can you read a novel that merely explores a character in depth?
Something I’ve been reflecting on, is the desire to be more comfortable with slow. Sometimes, to fully enjoy a book, you have to let it trickle into your veins slowly. I used to have so much more patience for classic literature, and books that force you to slow down and breathe deep. I want to practice patience again in my reading this year.
In other news, @arielestewart (@atriabooks) was a doll and sent along a copy of IN FIVE YEARS for me to dig into in March, and I’m excited to binge read this one! I think I might read it for my “Read in 24 Hours” @currentlyreadingpodcast 2020 reading challenge. I know this book is compulsively readable, and many have read it in a short amount of time. Always endlessly thankful for bookmail 🥰
I finished reading Six of Crows yesterday, after nearly a couple of weeks. I don’t quite know why it took me so long, except maybe that life got in the way... it definitely isn’t a slow read!
I’ve posted a review on Goodreads, but here are some brief thoughts:
🔸 Rating: 3.5/5
🔸 I love Inej and Nina a lot 💕
🔸 I thought I’d be most into the heist, but ended up loving the characters’ backstories the most
🔸 the steampunk-y alternative universe is a lot of fun
🔸 based on, you know, the internet, I thought I’d absolutely love Kaz, but I’m just kind of 🤷🏻♀️ about this boy
🔸 this is the perfect read between serious, “adult” books as it’s full of banter and action
Clearly in need of a new bookshelf, but I’m not complaining ✨ I’ve always dreamed of having a room in my house solely dedicated to books, with of course a big window seat and a papasan chair. Anyone else have specific dreams like that? Right now I’m in a pretty small apartment, but someday 🖤
BOOKS ARE TAKING OVER MY LIFE (which I mean, I’m fine with)!! #promo - many books gifted ✨
I have visual confirmation on S I X stacks of rogue books on and around my coffee table. Fortunately, they’re pretty. Unfortunately, I’ll have to put them away at some point. But also, they have nowhere to go!! @target plz help I need like 2-3 more Project 62 bookshelves 😅
Also I’m v hung over—hope you’re all having a better Saturday than I 🥂