The #screenshot snips in image 1 is just the summary from Amazon & image 2 is just pieces to show the writing from first couple pages. No real spoilers. Have you read this book? Is it on your #TBR ? Will you be adding it? Honestly I pre-ordered this book the second I found out about it. Leave a comment, but please no spoilers.
I have started reading to my little one each night before bed. We started with Mary Poppins.
I was actually surprised at how much I really didn’t like it! I was devastated!! Every story follows exactly the same structure and after a while it gets a bit draining. Oh well, at least I can say I read it now 🤷♀️
Title: Mary Poppins
Author: P.L Travers .
Are you a podcast junkie?
I am...or at least, I try to be inbetween audiobooks! Today’s post is all about book discussion podcasts! I talked about why book bloggers (and #bookstagrammers !) should listen to them- so make sure to give it a read if you’re looking for podcast suggestions or book recommendation advice.
I'm trying an Instagram sharing app vs just screenshotting. I'm hoping the account shows up. If not, here's another article by @areaderlymom for books about disability. This ranges from children's books, to non-fiction, to fantasy with characters who have some form of disability. Check out her account as well!
Whether you're a reader looking for characters like yourself or your child, or a person wanting to understand better, or a writer pondering how to incorporate a different sort of character into your WIP, here we all go.
One of the biggest influences on my reading life is personal recommendations. .
Some where between high school and my mid 20s I lost the art of finding good books. This was mostly due to the fact that the “grown up” section of library and book store was SO big. I simply had no idea where to start. .
In drops my friend @brittanydcasey who filled her home with books and who’s house I never left without a recommended book in hand. The person recommendation, “oh you liked that, try this,” helped me get my reading life back on track and saved me from the cycle of rereading Harry Potter and the Hunger Games exclusively. (Don’t get me wrong I love a good HP reread, but a girl can’t live on it alone.)
Since then, also through Brittany, I’ve found @annebogel and the #modernmrsdarcybookclub . My friends and I started a book club here in #orlando through which I’ve tried countless books I wouldn’t have picked up otherwise. .
All of this to say, the personal recommendation is so important! It can kick start a new reading journey or revive a struggling one. I’d love hear where you get your book recommendations! And if you need a personal suggestion, message me!! I’d love to chat. 🖤❤️
✨THE BOOK OF DUST PART 2: THE SECRET COMMONWEALTH BY PHILIP PULLMAN ✨can we appreciate how beautiful the hardcover and spine are?! I actually pre-ordered this before it came out last year and have ONLY just got round to reading it, whoops! I was mainly holding back because it’s so ginormous and I didn’t want to lug it round London in the rain! I purposefully didn’t read any reviews on Goodreads beforehand as I wanted to form my own opinion, and I personally adored it. I’ve now read the reviews and I am shocked to see so many negative - I struggled to find fault. Pullman’s writing is enchanting as always, and he manages to weave such spellbinding stories with fairly simple language. The novels have definitely grown up with the readers (much like how the Harry Potter series got progressively darker) and many readers were appalled by the rape scene in La Belle Sauvage, feeling that it was unnecessary (I somewhat agree). Nonetheless, Pullman explores these difficult themes sensitively, and they are few and far between. Lyra is now 20 years old, Malcolm in his early thirties, and despite the jump in time, the novel flows nicely from the first part of the trilogy. Since the events of His Dark Materials, Lyra and Pan’s relationship has become unbearable, and this novel explores their journey following events in the world of the dead, when they separated from each other. Now I can safely say I can’t WAIT for part three after another cliffhanger! A hefty tome but I sped through this one, and would urge Pullman fans and newbies alike to dive into the magical world! 📖
1 6315 February, 2020
A book for book-lovers: I just read Station Eleven for the second time and loved it even more than the first. There’s a lot to unpack in this; it’s an odd blend of sci-fi, art and stories of loss which I’ve never encountered anywhere else.
If you like:
🤴🏻A story to lose yourself in
Valentines Week always means a classic romance for me. I caught up with Cathy and Heathcliff this year in my tattered student copy which was purchased for my British Lit class many moons ago. *
Every time I read this book I wonder why I like it so much. There’s not a single character that I super like. They are all so flawed and obnoxious. There is no real good message. The plot and the setting are super dark and depressing. There’s just not much to recommend in it. *
And yet.... *
I can’t help but love it! The language and the passion and the twists and even the darkness somehow come together, with the help of Brontë genius, to become FAR MORE than the sum of their parts. Happy Valentines Day!
Meet our Valentine’s Day picks, Works of Heart and By Heart! Find both of these at the link in our bio.
Works of Heart is a colorful celebration of how global communities approach their art and cultural expression, inspiring social change and love of place.
By Heart is a dual perspective memoir, written by Judith Tannenbaum and Spoon Jackson who met in prison and collaborated on this piece. They explore how art, education, and childhood coincide for human expression.
Friday Reading Recommendation: My body is a cage of my own making (an excerpt from the memoir Hunger—also highly recommended) and What Fullness Is both by @roxanegay74.
From My body...: “Today, I am a fat woman. I don’t think I am ugly. I don’t hate myself in the way society would have me hate myself, but I hate how the world all too often responds to this body. It would be easy to pretend I am just fine with my body as it is. I’m a feminist and I know that it is important to resist unreasonable standards for how my body should look.”
From What Fullness Is: “The truth is that my desire for weight loss has long been about satisfying other people more than myself, finding a way to fit more peacefully into a world that is not at all interested in accommodating a body like mine. And the dominant cultural attitude toward fatness is that the fat body is a medical problem, a drain on society, an aesthetic blight. As a fat person, I am supposed to want to lose weight. I am supposed to be working on the problem of my body. I am supposed to apply discipline to physical unruliness. I’m not supposed to be fine with my body. I am not supposed to yearn, simply, for people to let me be, to see me, accept me, and treat me with dignity exactly as I am.” Read both using the Link Tree in the bio! .
“Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” Happy Valentine's Day! I am not a big romance reader, but this is one that I truly love! The Princess Bride has my favorite book to movie adaptation and I love them both equally! If you haven't had the chance to to read this story, I highly recommend it!
Happy Freebie Friday! I’ve had Finding Pride by Jill Sanders (@jillsandersauthor) in my TBR list since April, and I’m finally going to read it!
Megan Kimble has finally freed herself from years of abuse at the hands of her ex. Now she can finally start a new life and figure out just who she really is. When her brother Matt dies suddenly, she takes a big risk and moves cross country to live in his house and take over his new business. This could be the chance she’s needed. There’s only one problem now. She can’t seem to escape the irresistible charm of her departed brother’s best friend.
Todd Jordan just lost his best friend and business partner. Watching Matt’s sister move into town, his attraction to her is instant. Can he prove to her that all men are not the same, and resist his own desires as she learns to trust again? Overcoming the odds is just part of their journey. The two must first survive a fateful visit from Megan’s ex to have any chance at happiness.
Happy Valentine’s Day sweet friends! I hope you have an amazing day full of love and friendship. I’m so glad to call you all my friends and I love you so much! This is how I started my day and it was perfect 🥰 Are you doing anything special today even if it’s just chilling and watching a movie?
28 43314 February, 2020
American Animals by Eric Borsuk 🐦🐤
I guess I was in the dark when I first started reading this book. I completely missed that there was a movie about this story, but now I definitely have to check it out! This is the story of 4 college friends who decide to steal a collection of rare books. Then their plan to sell the books goes awry, and they become more and more paranoid that they’ll be caught. This was a quick read that I finished in only a day. Definitely one to check out! This one’s set to be published March 31! #bookstagram#booksharks#americananimals#ericborsuk@turnerpub#readingrecommendations#RebeccaReviewedIt
💕💓💗Lover’s Day💗💓💕 My truest love is my love of books! (and chocolate, duh) 💌 A mini stack today as it turns out I don’t have too many books with the word ‘love’ in the title✨📚 It’s been a quiet week for me, after work today I think I’ll go home and watch PS. I Still Love You on Netflix, it looks so cuuute!! ✨📚 Currently haven’t got a book on the go. Nothing on my tbr is screaming out at me so I would love suggestions. I think this is also my way of saying I’m probably going to break my book buying ban soon! ✨📚
2 4313 February, 2020
What I'm Reading: The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer and Ekua Holmes is my new favorite children's book, all about the interconnectedness of existence. I get all misty-eyed when I read it. I mean, just read: "You took a big breath of the same air once breathed by wooly mammoths. You cried tears that were once salty seas. Your hair was once the carbon of a leaf." https://buff.ly/2RArD4S
I've seen so much praise for this book, but have only now read it, and part of me wishes I hadn't, because I want that feeling of love love LOVING it all over again! This is one of my top reads of the past few years. I even took the big hardback on holiday with me, in my hand luggage; THAT's how much I wanted to keep reading.
10 10313 February, 2020
This week's 'Cat in the Stacks attempts to demystify the mysterious and elusive feeling of love. There’s a book for every person’s unique interests, including computer science, economics, mathematics, chemistry, history, sociology, and psychology. #ontheblog — link in bio. #love#valentinesday#readingrecommendations
We recommend #HowToEnjoyYourLifeAndYourJob to anyone who works with people in any capacity; it could drastically change how you approach your life and the people around you. 🔗 in bio to this #DaleCarnegie classic.
Pub Life is FREE for Kindle Friday 14th-16th. Happy Valentine's Day to you 💙 from me 📚
Pub Life is the prequel to Maga High and tells the story of Jodie, working as a waitress and the details of her explosive relationship with the "stupid prick". Find out just what led her to book her trip to Magaluf in this funny and heartbreaking story 🤩
When I was little, my family was watching Anne of Avonlea, and there is a portion where Anne is trying to put together a theatrical production of Mary: Queen of Scotts. I asked my parents who she was, and they were too into the movie to answer me with more than, “Go look it up!” (I don’t blame them for even a second! I love me some Anne Shirley!) *
So I did. In the encyclopedia. Does anybody else remember those? The sad paper equivalent and predecessor to Google? Anyway— at 8ish years old, I read the condensed harrowing tale of Mary Stuart, and I was HOOKED! It was fascinating and I couldn’t get enough. *
The next day our school class went to the library and I used the CARD CATALOG (Man, I am so old!) to find a more fleshed out biography of Queen Mary, and was then subsequently introduced to another UK woman I would have a life-long obsession with— Elizabeth Tudor!!! *
Completely random, but kind of related fact— Megan Follows, who played Anne Shirley in the aforementioned movies, later played Queen Catherine DeMedici, Mary Stuart’s mother-in-law in Reign. *
You guys! These women!! Incredible and scary and tragic and heroic and devious and just so ahead of their time! Good or bad or both- they were powerful women that shaped and changed the trajectory of history. *
So- with all of that TOTALLY NECESSARY information in mind, it should come as no surprise that when this book about the two queens came up on a sale on Audible, I had to snag it. :) *
This book is told through the view point of Queen Mary (voiced my Madeleine Lesley), George Tolbert (voiced by Richard Armitage- SO GOOD), and Bess Tolbert (voiced by Alex Kingsley-INCREDIBLE!). *
It tells of the space of time when Queen Mary was being held prisoner in the Tolbert’s home while Queen Elizabeth had to decide what to do with her would-be usurper cousin. *
Yesterday I mentioned my favorite books in the world. (How’s that for a tease? Go back and look! ☺️) But vintage Penguin Classics are definitely my favorite *paperback* books. Do you collect these, too?
W. Somerset Maugham is one of my favorite writers. I highly recommend Of Human Bondage, Cakes and Ale, The Moon and Sixpence, and (my favorite) The Razor’s Edge. The Painted Veil was very good, but not quite up to the standard of the others, in my opinion. Perhaps it’s because Maugham originally wrote it as a series for a magazine, as the early chapters especially were a bit choppy, which is so unusual for Maugham. But the story itself is absolutely beautiful, and the writing in the second half of the book will take your breath away.
If you’ve read The Painted Veil or any other books by Maugham, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Final book of the series. Now armed with the prophecy, the group splits up to perform their very unexpected tasks without seeing how any of those random things could possibly lead to victory. *
My family could not get enough of this series. We were all sad when it ended— not because it had a bad ending, but because we just loved the story so much. Believable characters, wonderful messages, fantastic plot.
"What the hell are you reading?" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It didn't matter where I pulled this book out: the train, at #nmaahc , work, coffee shops-someone always asked. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"I'm reading a book about family and all the ways we can twist and manipulate love."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"I'm reading a book about codependency."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"I'm reading a book about insecurity and judgment." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We do so many things in the name of love. It's easier that way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Love is noble and strong and a cape to cover a multitude of sins. And we all understand it. Our parents disciplined us because they loved us. A belt or a switch or a chord and our sharp cries and quiet promises to hide our mistakes better next time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Love bonds us to those we should leave behind. Love brings us to family dinners in places that haven't been home in a long time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Love tells us to ignore what we know is right. What we know is wrong. Because it's love. Who can say no to the most powerful force on earth? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Have you read "My Sister, the Serial Killer"? What did you think of it?
8 2412 February, 2020
I’ve loved @kelly.braffet’s crime novels for years, and so I was both nervous and excited when I saw that she’d written a fantasy (for adult readers, though I suspect many teens will adore it). I was lucky enough to get an early look at this one, and I fell in deep love with it. I was also reading it at a particularly difficult personal time last fall, in the middle of grief and tragedy, and it was a balm to have a book that so thoroughly engaged my heart and mind, that let me worry about these fictional people for awhile instead of obsessively doing so for real ones. That is a special kind of book, friends. Here’s what I wrote for my blurb: “Gorgeously told, The Unwilling is at once a sweeping epic and an intimate portrait of being trapped in an oppressive regime. Meet your new favorite fantasy writer.” I meant every word (as always!). It’s finally out today, so go get it. #readingrecommendations#theunwilling#kellybraffetisagenius#bookstagram
Centralna tema, čini mi se skoro svake priče u ovoj kolekciji, je beskonačnost. Vrt sa nebrojeno mnogo staza(mogućnosti), biblioteka koja nema kraja, lutrija koja se nastavlja bez obzira na sve. Međutim sama knjiga vam se čini beskrajnom. Toliko je detalja, načina tumačenja, informacija i naizgled nebitnih momenata da se svakim ponovnim čitanjem čini poput sasvim druge knjige. Tekst koji je pred vama samo je površinski sloj koji prožima osećaj nedorečenog, skrivenog, misterioznog. U ovoj kratkoj knjizi skupljeni je toliko toga, od političke satire, noir detektivskog žanra, filozofije, psihologije, književne kritike, lingvistike, ratnih priča i priča u pričama. Postoje delovi koji će vas neverovatno iznenaditi, nasmejati, rasplakati i ono najbitnije, odlika svake dobre knjige, naterati vas da razmišljate. U tome se možda i ogleda brilijantnost ovog dela, zahtev od čitaoca da dokuči Borhesovu tajnovitost, da reši moralnu dilemu i implementira postavljenu teoriju u sopstvenu realnost. Čitanje ovih priča posebno je iskustvo. Velika preporuka. .
If you haven’t read the Fulton U series yet.. this is the perfect time to start! Book one, The Perfect First by @mayahugheswrites, is 99 cents for a limited time!
“How long do you last in bed?”
Those were her first words to me, swiftly followed up with, “And how big would you say you are?” Cue the record scratching, what?! Persephone Alexander. Math genius. Lover of blazers. The only girl I know who can make Heidi braids look sexy as hell. And she’s on a mission. Lose her virginity by the end of the semester.
I walked in on her interview session for potential candidates (who even does that?) and saw straight through her brave front. She’s got a list of Firsts to accomplish like she’s only got months to live. I’ve decided to be her guide for all her firsts except one. Someone’s got to keep her out of trouble. I have one rule, no sex. We even shook on it.
I’ll help her find the right guy for the job. Someone like her doesn’t need someone like me and my massive...baggage for her first time.
Drinking at a bar. Check.
Partying all night. Double check.
Skinny dipping. Triple check.
She’s unlike anyone I’ve ever met. The walls I’d put up around my heart are slowly crumbling with each touch that sets fire to my soul.
🏰 fairytale retellings! 🏰
❤️A court of thorns and roses is a beauty and the beast retelling and an amazing ya fantasy series!
❤️Cinder is a Cinderella retelling in the lunar chronicles series and every book is the series is based off another fairytale! I highly recommend checking it out.
❤️a curse so dark and lonely is also another beauty and the beast retelling and our main character is the best!, so tough!
❤️And lastly heartless which is a queen of hearts (from Alice in wonderland retelling!). It features the Queen before she became evil! A perfect Valentine’s Day read!
❤️❤️Also speaking of Valentine’s Day be on the lookout for Love stories we love! We will be posting romance and love stories that the admins and mods from @webebooknfb recommend to read that will be perfect for February! ❤️❤️
.posted by Ashley @ashleysbookworld . #bookstagram#books#bookclub#valentinereads#fairytaleretelling#bookclubsofinstagram#reading#readingrecommendations#yafantasy
🍬Are you left-brained (analytical) or right-brained (creative)?🍬
I'm both! I spent 20+ years in banking/market analysis, had my own floral wreath-making venture in my 20s, did a quantitative sociology master's degree, designed our tiny house (and project managed its gut renovation), and have published 14 novels.
It's fair to say that Don Tillman is left-brained. His (very logical, it must be said) approach to finding love had me laughing all the way through!
8 12728 October, 2019
🍬What's your favourite cupcake flavour?🍬
It's red velvet for me. Mmm, that cream cheese icing! Even though I *know* it's just chocolate with red food colouring, it doesn't taste like chocolate to me. Strange how the eyes can trick the taste buds, eh?
📚Mini review📚 I got so engrossed in this book, tucking myself into bed early each night to read more. The three points of view were perfect for the story, and I was especially fascinated by Aunt Lydia. It's different from The Handmaid's Tale in that there is more action, and because I already know about the horrors of Gilead, it didn't have the same emotional WTF punch. It was also told in the same relatively detached way that the first book was. Maybe for all those reasons, I wasn't quite as in love with it as I wanted to be. Still, a very good continuation from the original.
16 14112 October, 2019
I’m partering with the fabulous romcom author, @CathyBramley, to give away my copy of THE GOLDFINCH! Here’s how to enter:
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This was one of the most perfect books I've ever read: it's my ideal blend of absolute hilarity and touching reality and I can't wait to get my hands on his latest (Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas)!
10 1425 November, 2019
I’m calling July the month of the buzzy books! First Daisy Jones then City of Girls and next up The Gifted School.
I’ve been hearing lots of great things about this one so I’m keeping my fingers crossed it lives up to the hype. One thing I know lives up to the hype is this doughnut 🍩
What are you all reading this Sunday?
28 29414 July, 2019
Good morning! Its finally starting to look like fall where I live! I have my pumpkin spice creamer, my fuzzy socks, and I just got a shipping notification from @wickandwhimsy that my fall candles are on their way 😱 *
I finished the Aeronaut’s Windlass last night. It’s one I haven’t seen anything about on #bookstagram , and I think a lot of my friends here would enjoy it! It has a little steampunk, airship flying pirates, a really interesting type of magic in etheralists, and noble families of talking cats. 🐈 🐈 🐈 My friend who told me to read it suggested I get the audible book as well because the narrator was really good and his “cat voice” was spot on. So if you like audiobooks and are feeling like an adventure you should check this out!
Aloha 🌺 We are back from our Anniversary getaway! Growing up by the beach it’s always been my happy place! Studies show the healing capabilities of the ocean! We are heading to Florida for Christmas this year 🎄 and trading the snow ❄️ for sand 🏖 and we so excited!!I’d love to know any podcasts, books, your reading and loving. It will be Perfect for Christmas travels! I love, speaking of the ocean, The Gifts of the Sea also I just got The Compound Effect on Audible! Have you read it?! I’m excited!! I also LOVE Stregths Finder 2.0 I might need to do a whole post about that one soooo good!! Please share your Fav books or podcasts we can all read or listen to!! Always love your Recommendations. Happy Monday!! 🌺📚 #kauai#hawaii#readingrecommendations#beachlife#saltlife#podcasts#sharegoodness#beccaswim#nordstrom