Mentre la pace dello spirito si può mantenere anche in mezzo a tutte le tempeste della vita. C'è una mamma o un papà che sta ricamando la vita del suo piccolo gioiello. Ed eccomi in compagnia di Nicholas Sparks, ho iniziato a leggere "La vita in due" per pura curiosità, che mi ha spinta a finirlo senza respiro. Una lettura scorrevole, bello, fresco, colorato. Un romanzo che ci regala tantissime emozioni, riflessioni, ci fa ridere e piangere, ma soprattutto ci fa comprendere come dietro ad ogni difficoltà e dolore, si nasconde sempre una gioia inattesa, un incontro inaspettato, una seconda occasione, un nuovo inizio. Appunto tratta una storia d'amore unica, perfetta, di un padre e una figlia con un finale che ci coglie di sorpresa. Lo adoro, è dolcissimo “A volte le cose più semplici possono diventare straordinarie se sono fatte assieme alle persone giuste.”#emicarb
Yesterday we gathered at Emma’s, enjoyed a delicious vegetarian meal and discussed Alex Schulman's "Bränn alla mina brev" (which translates roughly into Burn all my letters).
Schulman's strength, and what we like most about his writing, is the bareness and the honest narrative, without a trace of beautification or adaptation, in which he writes. He is also good at describing feelings that most people can relate to.
The story itself, however, does not really succeed in getting us involved on any deeper level. We also lack some feedback as to the handling of the author’s own anger management, which is said initially to be the whole reason for the book. The loop isn’t entirely closed.
Some of us have also read Schulman’s book "Glöm mig" (trans. Forget me) in which we think he succeeds much better when it comes to the involvement of our feelings. This is probably so because it describes the author’s own pain and sorrow. The parts we like best in “Bränn alla mina brev” are in fact this; the retelling of the author’s own memories. We give the book a 3 + / 5 + (based on the score 8.9 / 15).
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Just finished up my first book of 2019 in the nick of time for our book club meeting this evening to discuss it. Nothing like procrastination, eh?! 😳 It’s a good read and many might have had the plot figured out right away although that’s not how I tend to watch movies or read books. I just enjoy them and let events unfold. I’ll pass it along free to a local friend who’d like to read it too. 👍🏻 #crossherheart #firstbookoftheyear #bookclub #bookclubbook #goodreads
📚 Book blurb 📚
This collection of short stories, poems, essays and plays is the January/February selection for the @oursharedshelf
book club. (For those of you interested, the next meeting is on Saturday 23 February from 11-12.30 in the ABC Treehut at ABC The Hague.💪🏼)
As with most collections, some of the writings will hit you hard whilst others don’t register as deeply. I was most impressed by the short stories of Chimene Suleyman, the spoken word poem (that translates well to the page) of Nafeesa Hamid, the short stories of Selma Dabbagh, and the one-act play by Sabrina Mahfouz. On top of the insight they gave me into the life of Muslim women (in the West and elsewhere), I also just really enjoyed their wordplay, or style, or imagery.
I’m glad this book was chosen. Growing up among cultures is so hard; you are the bridge between your parents and your children, and your roots never get the chance to dig as deep as theirs. I find it very tough going sometimes, and I “look” stereotypically Dutch (i.e. white) so I don’t get all the immediate racist reaction these women and their families get. It’s past time these women got the spotlight.
I’m really looking forward to the discussion!
THE THINGS I WOULD TELL YOU: BRITISH MUSLIM WOMEN WRITE, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz. It’s been rather difficult to get into stock for the store because the publisher is teeny and independent and likely somewhat overwhelmed by demand. Good luck @saqibooks
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I’m looking forward to reading my first Sarah Addison Allen book. ‘Garden Spells’ is the flight pick for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club this month. (Every month we have a primary book and one or two secondary books called “flight picks” that have a related format, likeness or theme to the main pick.)
Have you read any books written by Sarah Addison Allen? If so, do you have a favorite?
“Crying is good for the soul. It means something needs to be released. And if you don’t release the something, it just weighs you down until you can hardly move.” (Pg246) ❤️🙂👍
This coming of age middle grade fiction (aka kids chapter book for 4th
grade and up) is missing a gold Newbery sticker. This fabulous story is beautifully written and so deserving of the 2018 Newbery Medal aka the award for the best written book in 2017. #HelloUniverse
is such a great story, and it would make a great class or family read aloud. It’d make a quick #BookClubBook
📚 too. This book has a ton of topics to discuss; topics such as bullying, family communication and relationships, friendship and making new friends. ❤️
My Goodreads review is up. If you’re lucky, a quick review on the blog will happen soon. Man it’s been a good day. Think how much I’d accomplish if every Monday was a holiday. 🤔
Strong, courageous, peaceful, honest, calm, humble, capable, kind, and helpful. All things I hope for my “little Lavrans.” I can’t believe he is almost a year, and it’s been about a year since I finished this incredible trilogy for the first time. #kristinlavransdatter #booksarefriends #boymom #bookclubbook
Happy Publication Day (tomorrow) to @lloigman
: her new novel, THE WARTIME SISTERS, is about two sisters working in a WWII armory, each with a deep secret.📚 “Loigman’s strong voice and artful prose earn her a place in the company of @ahoffmanwriter
and Anita Diamant, whose readers should flock to this wondrous new book."―@pamjenoff
(The Orphan’s Tale)📚 "Historical fiction fans will love Lynda Cohen Loigman's The Wartime Sisters—a fresh take on the World War II novel."-@real_simple
Best Books of 2019 (so far)📚 Lynda Cohen Loigman's Book Club Menu: “From Lillian’s bittersweet memories of her mother’s pies to Arietta’s famous Armory cafeteria lasagna, food features prominently in THE WARTIME SISTERS. Drama is centered around the dining room table, and food is often accompanied by heightened emotions. Family dinners at Ruth and Millie’s childhood home are filled with their mother’s roast chickens and challah, but also jealousy and resentment. One of my favorite food moments in the novel is the sisters’ Hanukkah celebration. Ruth forgets about the holiday and has no time to make a festive meal, but when she gets home from her shopping, the children are playing happily, the table is set, and Millie is frying an enormous batch of potato latkes. I love this scene because the usual dynamic between the sisters is turned around and Ruth’s preconceived notions about Millie’s capabilities are dashed. Millie proves herself to be thoughtful and responsible, and this allows Ruth to show her own vulnerability.”—Lynda Cohen Loigman
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This book...THIS BOOK! It might be the book I'm most excited about for 2019.⠀
Susie Finkbeiner is new to me and I wish she wasn't...I wish I was current on ALL her books because I simply love her voice...thoughtful, lyrical, and leans toward literary. I was THRILLED when I was asked to read an early copy for a possible endorsement. ⠀
Here's what I said: All Manner of Things should be at the top of everyone's reading stacks. Readers will love Finkbeiner's graceful prose about an overlooked but important era. With intimacy, a poetic voice, and an ever present grip on hope, Finkbeiner writes with breathtaking admiration for the common American family in the throes of unbearable circumstances. Beautiful. Honest. Artfully written. A winning novel.⠀
Part of the blurb: When Annie Jacobson's brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know. ⠀
Their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.⠀
Author Susie Finkbeiner invites you into the Jacobson family's home and hearts during a time in which the chaos of the outside world touched their small community in ways they never imagined.⠀
PRE-ORDER THIS BOOK! I posted last week about the importance of pre-orders! Do it! And add it to your Goodreads!⠀
Have you read anything by Susie Finkbeiner? If so, which books? If you haven't...don't you think this book sounds incredible!? And...please, let's gush over the quiet beauty of this cover. ⠀
#susiefinkbeiner #allmannerofthings #bookrecommendations #bookclubbook #authorsofinstagram #readreadread #bookishlife #authorlife #readthisbook #authorrecommendation #vietnambook #historicalfiction @susie_finkbeiner
Yesterday I finished The Journal of a Disappointed Man by W.N.P. Barbellion. I laughed, cried and underlined. My first 5-star book of 2019. This year it is 100 years since he died of MS, age 31, and yet I feel so close to him. I feel bereft, not only that I’ve finished this, but that he’s actually dead.
I should add that I heard about this on the fantastic blacklisted podcast, which each month discusses a book from an author’s backlist. Search it out (www.backlisted.fm).
Mentre assaporo la mia dolce e piccante deliziosa tisana allo zenzero con il retrogusto del vero sapore della parola. Mi rifugio nei tesori dei grandi classici, alla ricerca della parola misteriosa,#letturaseralerelax
☕️📖 ed eccomi in compagnia con l'opera più importante al mondo#williamshakespeare
Queste gioie violente hanno fine violenta e muoiono nel loro trionfo, come il fuoco e la polvere che baciandosi si consumano. Il miele più dolce è nauseabondo nella sua dolcezza e distrugge, a chi lo gusta, l'appetito. Ama, perciò, con moderazione. Un tale amore è più lungo. Chi troppo corre arriva tardi come ti va troppo piano."@emi_carb.
Days filled with cold temperatures and mountains of snow lend themselves to quiet hours of reading at a coffee shop. Don’t you think? One of my intents this year was to get back to reading - something I have always loved (thanks mom!) but as I’ve gotten older, found that I don’t make time for. Instead of reading, I would sit for hours playing video games which, while fun, really does nothing for me, my life, or my interests. Let’s all get back to the things we love this year. Who’s with me?!
Sunshine by Robin McKinley was the book club’s choice for January. While I enjoyed the book - it was entertaining and McKinley is a good writer, I know I will never revisit. I found myself not caring at all about the main character or her plight. The exposition between plot points, while adding to the world, took so long sometimes that I forgot exactly what was happening in the story. I found myself wanting to read more about the world McKinley created than the actual story she wrote. Final thoughts? 4/10 Have any of my followers read Sunshine? DM me and let’s share our thoughts! I’d love to discuss. ———————————————————————————
#localcoffeeshop #staywarm #cozy #reading #bookclub #bookclubbook #afterhoursreadingcoop #sunshine #robinmckinley #donuts #coffee #coffeeshop #bookreview #bookreviews #fantasy #newyearintentions
Who else loves book clubs 🙋🏻♀️
I love book clubs because they get you to read outside of your comfort zone.
Part of my job as a teen & adult librarian is to lead one of our book clubs and I’m going to be honest, I usually hate the books they pick 🙈 This month’s pick surprised me though-it’s a novel told by women in a small English town in WWII through diary entries and letters, and I was thoroughly charmed! It wasn’t perfect but it was certainly a cozy winter read!
#bookstagram #thechilburyladieschoir #jenniferryan #historicalfiction #wwii #bookclub #bookclubbook #kindle
☕️📖 Una foto nella foto, un ricordo nel cuore. Tutto ciò che c'è di magico in una lettura. Un morbido abbraccio nel bel mezzo di un inverno piovoso, freddo, ed umido... Ed eccomi in compagnia con questo fantastico romanzo di Helen Pollard," Una romantica estate nella casa dei ricordi." Adorobile, elegante, raffinato, ricco di pensieri colorati, profumati. Una lettura scorrevole che stimola l'immaginazione; l'autrice riesce a farti perdere tra le righe. Appunto la trama parla di una storia d'amore, un ripensamento, un ricordo con finale a sorpresa. "La felicità può sembrare inafferrabile. A volte è necessario cercarla a lungo. Ma dopo averla trovata, bisogna aggrapparcisi forte e non lasciarsela più scappare.”#emicarb #mikonos #estate2018
☀️#fotoricordo #sole #panoramanaturale
One year ago I DMed Amy (@book.nosed
), a stranger and local #bookstagrammer
, about her open invitation to join her IRL book club. So I drove to downtown Portland to have dinner with complete strangers and talk about books.
Now these women are wonderful bonafide friends, and reaching out to the #pdxbookbabes
is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. Our meetups are monthly highlights for me, and I always come away feeling so grateful that I found these people.
Taking risks to find your people is worth it, and books and brunch is ALWAYS a good idea.
Good day to hunker down and get started on my reading for my other book club. It’s a cold one out there. Stay safe and warm.
My coworkers and I obviously can't read every book in our store, so we count on our wonderful customers to relate to us how they liked a certain book or how they heard about a book they were looking for. As a result, over time, we get a good idea of the popular books of the year and what books make good discussions for book clubs. This list has been gathered from many of those conversations. Add them to your book club list!You won't be disappointed! See you soon booklovers!
January is half over, what titles are left on your monthly reading list? Have you read our current selection, THOSE WHO KNEW by Idra Novey?
Thank you @one.chapteratatime
for including our January read in your tbr! #saltwaterreads
Rachel Linden's BECOMING THE TALBOT SISTERS made me a fan. It was so different from what a lot of contemporary fiction and I loved the tour through countries I'd never been. I appreciated her writing voice and the amazing attention to detail to the plot points. ⠀
I say all that because I'm very excited about her upcoming release THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF BEES. Look at that cover! I love it! And I love a poetic title too. ⠀
Here's a teeny blurb: Rachel Linden’s newest contemporary women’s fiction story speaks to the universal struggle of what it means to live a meaningful life where the passions we have meet the needs of the world. AND... I also loved this portion of the summary on Amazon...⠀
From the slums of Mumbai to a Hungarian border camp during the refugee crisis, Mia’s eyes are opened and her idealistic vision is challenged as she experiences the euphoria, disillusionment, and heartbreaking reality of humanitarian work abroad.⠀
The characters referenced in the summary sound so colorful and I personally am super excited about this book. I will likely go for the audiobook because of the travel aspect to the book...I love a good narrator who can do accents! That's my hope!⠀
Have you any of Rachel Linden's books? I hope you will and I hope you'll put this one on your Goodreads "want to read" list and pre-order it!⠀
#rachellinden #theenlightenmentofbees #2019tbrstack #bookrecommendation #bookclubbook #contemporarywomensfiction #womensfiction #diversityinfiction #diversefiction #bees #authorsofinstagram #authorlife #readthis #readreadread #bookishlife @rachellinden_writer
Thank you @macmillankidsbooks
for this beautiful paperback version of Wishtree! It is stunning. ❤️
Wishtree by @katherineapplegateauthor
is a small but mighty novel that is packed with deep meaningful lessons applicable to all ages. As the author says, “Stories don’t have age limits.” ❤️
Themes of inclusivity and acceptance make this the perfect novel to read as a family or to discuss in book clubs. ❤️
There was something about the blurb of this book that grabbed me. ‘It’s an obsession that will bring shocking truths about the past to light...’
I have given this 3 stars as I felt there was something missing. The short chapters encouraged you to read on quickly. The characters were few so it was I complicated to follow. The narrative of past and present - 1969 were emotive but easy to grasp. However, there was still something stilted for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
What's the last good book you read?
And do you prefer ereaders, audiobooks or actual books?
(I like a little of all of the above!)
When I lived in Chicago I was part of a 'book club' with some good friends. There were 5 or 6 of us and we met up once a month. We agreed that none of us wanted to 'host' it at our houses because that would mean cleaning, cooking and managing kids.
So we started out by meeting at a book store (seemed appropriate). We would sip coffee and chat about the book for a little while and inevitably conversation would turn to stories from our crazy, busy mom lives.
We read some great books and had some fantastic conversations.
Eventually we decided it felt more like a wine and appetizer type of occasion. And finally it evolved in to a full blown dinner and drinks at a restaurant - chosen by the person who picked the book (we rotated). I always looked so forward to these nights out with good friends.
I missed it when we moved to Michigan. And without the book club I found I rarely read novels anymore. I was reading mostly personal development - that I REALLY enjoy, but I missed reading a good story now and then!
About 6 months ago someone posted in the neighborhood app that she wanted to get a book club going and I jumped right in! I didn't know any of the ladies before I showed up for the first meeting - even as a grown up that feels awkward! But it's gotten me back into the habit of reading at night before bed and I am thoroughly enjoying the books and the conversations again!
PS - this was a really good book! It's my pick next month. Any recommendations?
Dear Earthlings, Vincent McQueen is a paralegal with political ambitions. Due to an unfortunate accident, he's brought under the scrutiny of an animal activist group. Truffle is an Australian Shepherd that wants to run wild but is trapped in the fantasy world of his owner, Rose Templeton. Judge John Barberville presides over the town of Orbit Park at the courthouse and from his mansion on the hill. Gretchen Carrick is a housewife with two small children and one big secret. Enigmatic occurrences are happening to Bruce Carrick, her husband, who works at NASA. Detective Frederick Nuckolls, when he's not watching the Hallmark channel, feverishly labors to decipher the inexplicable. Lunacy and the super- physical synthesize in this pandemonium paced thriller! Michael's newest novel is available exclusively through Amazon.#bookclub #bookclubofinstagram #bookclubs #bookclubcentral #bookclubbook #bookclubbing #bookclubreads #bookclubread #bookclubstagram #bookclubsofinstagram #bookclubmeeting #bookclubmovement
Johnny Jones is an accomplished mortgage underwriter who is bored with his life. He utilizes people close to him, creating and fantasizing scenes of a more thrilling existence. He works alongside Nancy Nouhan and possesses amorous sentiments toward her. One portentous day, she confides in him, revealing a provocative secret. She isn't really Nancy Nouhan. She's in the Witness Protection Program and someone is trying to kill her! Suddenly, Johnny is thrust into a perilous situation; no need to imagine excitement, it's real! Entering the fray are gamblers, con artists, drug addicts, criminals, gun enthusiasts and a Vietnam War Purple Heart recipient. Throughout the story, lovers contemplate the pros and cons of dating a coworker. Will it be a train wreck or a smooth commute? As the story develops, characters gain entrance into a tangled web and move about at a delirious pace. The deeper they travel into the Labyrinth, the more Frantic they become .... One of the best endings you'll ever read! This entertaining novel is available exclusively through Amazon. #bookclub #bookclubofinstagram #bookclubs #bookclubcentral #bookclubbook #bookclubbing #bookclubreads #bookclubread #bookclubstagram #bookclubsofinstagram #bookclubcollective #bookclubgirls #bookclubpick #bookclublove
A disaster occurs outside the world famous Holata Farmers Market. The city is thrown into a frenzy. Criminals stealthily operate throughout the town, causing mayhem and destruction. Rami Ahmadi, a thirteen year old boy, mute from birth, survives the wreckage. He realizes that living with his devious drug dealing brothers has become perilous. As Rami discovers the truth, he sets out, in his quiet way, to battle the plethora of insane, vile and vindictive characters that are plaguing the town. The police are continually thwarted in their efforts to connect the dots. The Meek Shall Inherit is an intricate and often humorous tale of crime, drugs, family and revenge. This novel is exclusively available through Amazon. #bookclub #bookclubofinstagram #bookclubs #bookclubcentral #bookclubbook #bookclubbing #bookclubreads #bookclubread #bookclubstagram #bookclubsofinstagram #bookclubselection #bookclublove #bookclubgirls #bookclubmeeting #bookclubcollective