It’s Friday!!! Tonight I am having a date night in with my husband. We are cooking together and playing games. This week has been crazy. I start a new job on Wednesday. I am struggling a little leaving. I’m excited for new challenges though. I do have lots of errands to run but I plan on getting a few books done and lots of chores. Anyways check out below to read my review on ‘Pines’ By Black Crouch. Recommended by my all time favorite bookstagram @books_tea_and_owls
Pines By Black Crouch ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book was wonderful. It was unputdownable. I would categorize Pines as a Sci-Fi psychological thriller. I am pretty hesitant when it comes to Sci-Fi because I tend to dislike that genre with a STRONG passion. Blake Crouch had me hooked though. I would compare it to one of my favorite shows but I think that would give you spoiler to the ending. Blake Crouch had me hooked from start to finish and wanting more. Sometimes with psychological thrillers, the ending won't completely add up but this was not the case. I don't actually have another book to compare it to because I have yet to read anything like this. With the ending, I am curious where the other books will take me but I have no doubt Black Crouch will make them just as good as the first. I'll let you know what I find out. #bookrecommendations #bibliophile #bookdragon #bookalicious #imareader #fivestarbook #bookishfriends #bookstasister
“Is it possible for home to be a person?” — Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins
The answer is yes. Home is a person. It’s people. And when I’m with my people, there’s no place like home.
I used to say I’d never live in the desert again. It’s hot and dry and dirty. Ewww. Cactus and javelina and scorpions (one of which stung my daughter yesterday)? No, thank you.
But then I moved back to the desert and it grew on me. Some very special people gave me a home in their desert dwelling when I had nowhere to go.
Later on, I came back to Arizona where my family lives and found out how much there is to love here. It’s actually really clean and I never shovel my driveway and while people in other states are freezing, I’m outside in my flip flops.
And the sunsets! Oh, the sunsets!
But even more than the unexpected beauty, I found my people here. My parents. My aunt. My church family. My writer group. And the lovely woman who made this sign for me (thank you @arianna.fourt
!) — these people made this place so much more of a home than I ever thought it could be.
And now some of my best friends in the world are flying in this weekend for @beaulitfulcon
which will make my state feel even more like home than ever. I love this place. And for those of you visiting for the event, let’s just say I’m hoping you love it so much you’ll never leave. 😘🌵
Will you be at #beaulitfulcon2019
? Make sure to say hi to me if you are! Welcome home.
#beaulitfulcon #homeiswheretheheartis #statelove #arizona
This week we finished reading aloud The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. This short book was a reread for our family, joining @lolipopsandlyrics
for their #newbery2019
read along and @linesiunderline
. This also was our first read aloud chapter book of the year.
The Hundred Dresses is well written and thought-provoking, published in 1944 and a Newbery Honor Book that is incredibly relevant today. Wanda Petronski, a Polish immigrant, is mocked by her classmates because she is poor, has an unusual name, and keeps to herself. Even the teacher sits her with the rough kids in the back because she comes to school with dirty shoes.
The story is told through the eyes of a girl who realizes she should stand up to the bullies and tell them to stop, but is never bold enough, and justifies that she never actually makes fun of Wanda. She deals with the guilt of her inaction, and the book spends a lot of time with her thoughts.
I loved reading this aloud with my children again, particularly as a conversation starter for us as we talk through what it means to speak up when you see something wrong happening to someone else. I highly recommend this book as a family read aloud. It's short and accessible, written so children as young as 3 or 4 can follow the story, but poignant and challenging for an adult audience.
Have you read The Hundred Dresses? Perhaps you read it as a child and would benefit from revisiting it yourself or with your children!
As I peruse #bookstagram
i am noticing lots of #meetthebookstagrammer
posts, and polls asking for votes on books, and assumptions followers have made about each other. I’m planning a (re)intro post later this week, but I got thinking about what others were thinking, or wanting to recommend. And because I am always wanting to extend out of my comfort zone, I thought it would be interesting to have some of you set up a few books on my 2019 TBR.
So, I’m reaching out to a few accounts that have affected me, for various reasons, over the last year, to get some recommendations. To those tagged, give me that one book, the one that you feel I MUST read this year... and I will! If I’ve read it, I may do a reread, or ask for another. Just let me know why you’re recommending the book... all the feels? Important messages? Total fun? No limits... as a total mood reader, your book will fit somewhere in my year, I promise!! I’ve included a few of the books above that have left an impression in the past year, but it is far from an exhaustive list. And for those I haven’t tagged, please, feel free to add in your thoughts. I am truly looking forward to seeing what comes of this!
#bookstagrammer #booksofinstagram #whatbookshouldireadnext #bookishfriends #ilovebooks #alwaysreading #canadianbookworm #booknerd #bookworm
''Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy. You can't build on it. It's only good for wallowing in.''
for these fun tags! 💞🙌🙎
🍋 Lemon (a series you don't like) - The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner (sorry Maze Runner fans! It just wasn't for me) •
🍦Vanilla (a classic) - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. •
🍓 Strawberry (a sweet love story) - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. •
☕Coffee (a book that kept you up all night) - Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. •
Kaz Brekker (a layered and complex character) - Severus Snape
Inej Ghafa (a book with a twist you didn't see coming) - 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad.
Matthias Helvar (a character caught between two worlds) - Percy Jackson.
Nina Zenik (a book that broke your heart) - Clockwork Prince.
Jesper Fahey (an author who doesn't miss a mark) - Leigh Bardugo.
Wylan Van Ek (a book that went with a bang or a cliffhanger) - Do not even get me started on The Mark of Athena. •
#booktags #bookcommunity #bookishfriends #bookobssesed #mybookfeatures #bookishlove #love #vintage #pretty #pride #ilovetoread
I’m catching up with some long neglected tags which kind bookstagrammers have sent me. .
📆First up is #spellthemonthinbooks
, which was actually sent to me last month so I’ve had to update it to January! .
J - The January Man: A Year of Walking Britain by Christopher Somerville
A - Anna of The Five Towns by Arnold Bennett
N - Night by Elie Wiesel
U - The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
A - Angel With Two Faces by Nicola Upson
R - Reunion by Fred Uhlman
Y - The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany .
😊 Next up is the cheery tag #tenthingsthatmakemehappy
1. 👫Family and friends
2. 📚 Books
3. 🎶 Singing in my choir
4. 🍫 Chocolate
5.🌊 Spending time in Cornwall
6. 🎧 Listening to music
7. 💆♀️ Spa treatments
8. 🎥 Watching movies
9.🎁 Giving gifts
10.🔤Playing Scrabble with my great friend @jbcalligraphy
Please consider yourself tagged to join in one, or both, of these tags! .
I still have a few more tags to catch up with and will respond when my books are finally rehoused on their new bookshelves! At present they are living in boxes and piles on the floor!
''Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.'' •
tagged me to do the #whoyouarebooktag
(thanks!) She is a wonderful human being and you should totally follow her :) •
👕 Describe your typical outfit - Yoga pants and a T-shirt. •
Bonus unpopular opinion: NOT a big fan of jeans. •
📖 Favorite book- Books you mean? The Harry Potter series. You seriously cannot choose just one book. 😂 •
🇮🇳 Where are you from? - Mumbai, India. The Land of Diversity and the City of Dreams :)
👩🏽Who chose you name and why?- My aunt chose my name. I have no idea why lol. •
😴🍧What's your remedy to a rough day? - Sleep. That's the solution to every problem lol. Also, treating myself cause, why not? •
QOTD- Which YouTuber will be the protagonist in the novel you write?
AOTD- Shane Dawson. I can't even describe how awesome that'll be haha 😂
#ravenclaw #hogwarts #harrypotter
#jkrowling #bookstagram #bookish
#booktags #vintage #aesthetic
#pretty #bookishfriends #instagram
#love #idk #okimdonewiththehashtags
"I've always liked the feeling of being the first one awake in the morning; it makes you daring somehow." This morning my house slept, even as I watched the sun transform the morning sky with it's pinks and goldens and finally that piercing blue after a snow. I've been scratching notes and underlines in my copy of Peace Like A River, more than enjoying rereading this book. I've felt a flutter of challenge awaken in me as I read.
In a coming of age story, it's easy to identify with the children, to see their hurts through a child's eyes and pull for them to learn and grow. The recent chapters have my mind fixed on the father. On what it means to be a parent, or even an adult, and struggle through the mire of this world. To keep pressing on when circumstances are hard and unfair, when God seems far off, when none of the questions have answers.
Fiction that can haunt and challenge you in this way is not often found. I've been entertained by this book, sure, but I've also grown spiritually, encouraged to pray in a real and honest way, and emotionally, encouraged to press on and to hope.
Let’s give ourselves some credit. What are you most proud of? ✨I’m a so very proud of myself for being a mom. A fun mom, I’d like to think. On a professional level I have never really felt proud of myself. I could never find my “thing”. Well, I found it. And I’m so proud to be apart of this community. I’m proud of myself for working hard this year, but I couldn’t have done it without your support! That being said my official website is up!! It’s a work in progress so stay with me. Go and visit www.bookartbookmarks.com to see what you all have created. My Etsy is still up and running! I love Etsy!
“The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds. The doctor said he didn’t suffer....The little girl was still alive when the ambulance arrived.
Don’t be put off by the opening sentences. This is not a book that lingers unnecessarily over gruesome details. It is a well-paced explanation of the events leading up to the murders, including the difficulties faced by the nanny in her life away from work and her desperation to remain with her ‘dream’ family. It is a disturbing, yet enjoyable book.
I can’t read graphically gory books, and certainly not ones involving children, so I’d had reservations about Lullaby. But Kelly @contraryreader
reassured me and sent me her copy and a few extra goodies ➡️because she’s such a generous person. .
#bookstagram #igbooks #bookreview #lullabybook #leilaslimani #greatreads #bibliophile #bookish #bookworm #lovereading #alwaysreading #bookishfriends
The most wonderful gift arrived today. Everything was so carefully chosen and with lots of love. We absolutely feel indulged. Not pictured are the items for the college kid. He took those back to his dorm. I have a feeling that Aussie scarf will make it to the rest of SMC’s basketball season. ♥️💙 -
, how can I ever thank you properly?!? Please, pass on our love and thanks to A for her sweet package. I’m sending something little her way when I send you the whirl-hair thingey. -
Friends can be found in any corner of our great big blue globe. I am so grateful that my bookish curiosity allowed me to meet some of the sweetest people I know. -
Wishing Emm and her family a break from the heat this January. I say this as I stare at our snow-covered roads and mountains. I only wish we weren’t separated by oceans and continents, so we could enjoy some of that delicious tea Emm sent and some of those healthy breakfast cookies that I just took out of the oven! 😂😍 -
Bookish friends are truly the best. -
#christmaspresents #presentsfromfriends #bookishfriends #bestfriends #coolestgifts #bookstagrammer #bookreviewer #booktuber #booklr
Welches Buch möchtet ihr als nächstes lesen?
•🌿8. Januar 🌿•
Ich entscheide meist spontan, was ich als nächstes lesen möchte. Momentan lese ich Die Stadt der träumenden Bücher von Walter Moers und Fire von @viviensummer.autorin
parallel und bin von beiden Büchern sehr begeistert 😍📚
Was ich danach lese, weiß ich noch nicht. Aber ich möchte unbedingt noch ein Buch von @bianca_iosivoni
lesen! Vielleicht finde ich ja bald Zeit dafür.
Einen schönen Abend noch und viel Spaß / Erfolg 😊🌿
(Werbung, Buch von @buecher.traeumerin_
''Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.''
Hello lovely people! It's taken me the longest time to figure out what kind of theme I wanted and I think I finally have it now. I've always liked Vintage-ish aesthetics, so I thought, why not?
Also, I know I'm several days late but Happy New Year everyone. I hope y'all are having a great year so far ❤✌
Tag time! The lovely @booksandlove_always
tagged me to do the #schooliscomingbooktag
. Thanks for the tag Yeli! •
🏫 Back to school (a book you read every year) - There's actually no particular book that I read every single year but, I've found myself reading The Half Blood Prince every year since 2016.
🏫 Math (a book you tried hard to like but couldn't) - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I don't know what it was but it was a snooze fest for me, sorry *shrug*.
🏫 History (a book that's too expensive) - The illustrated hardcovers of the Potter books. Like, seriously 😨
🏫 English (a foreign language read)- I don't think I've read any foreign books. But, 172 Hours On The Moon was first published in Norwegian, so does it count? Lol
🏫 Homework (a book you were forced to read)- THE MERCHANT OF VENICE BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. Actually, it's a play but I'm gonna count it. •
🏫 Finals (last book in a series) - Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. ♥️
That's it! This was fun! •
QOTD- If you were given the chance, would you like to explore, the deep sea or outer space?
AOTD- Honestly, both are terrifying and exciting prospects but I'd choose to go underwater. 🌊🐠 •
#booktag #booknerdigans #bookgeek #bookishfriends #booknerd #booklover #booklove #booklion #bookobsession #bookphotography #prettybooks #pretty #vintage #2019 #newyear #sea #space #readingtime
📖 #readabook #reading #igreads #oldbooks #pretty
Rocking & Reading 🤓
Ich habe gestern mit ‚Der Mondschwester‘ von Lucinda Riley angefangen und bin schon wieder voll drin im 7-Schwestern-Fieber. Diesmal geht’s nach Andalusien und es ist wieder genau so spannend wie in den vier Büchern davor. Welche ist eure Lieblings-Schwester? #whatiread #7schwestern #lucindariley
"I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us."📚
Written by one of my most favorite writer - Khaled Hosseini, this story just melted my heart. 🥰📖
Its Afghanistan, 1952 - Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters.
More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand.
Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways in which we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.♥️
Author: Khaled Hosseini (@khosseini
Publisher: Riverhead Books (@riverheadbooks
#khaledhosseini #andthemountainsechoed #lovestory #favoriteauthor #authorsofinstagram #sfpl #books #readers #readersofinstagram #bibliophile #booknerd #booklover #read #reading #bookish #booksofinstagram #bookobsessed #bookaddict #bookstagram #lovereading #bookblogger #bookishfriends #mustreads #bookblog #bookstagramers #readinglist #readingislife #ilovebooks #fiction #bookreview
Read with purposeful flexibility
For several years I have made very few reading goals, mostly because life felt so crazy. So as I thought through plans for this year, I had to wrestle with the fear of plans that don't work out. I'm committed to reading with a loose plan, knowing that it will need to be flexible and change as my year changes.
Read what my kids love
My oldest two are independent readers, and I often preview books for them or read books based on their recommendations. As much as I'd like to, I know I won't be able to read all the books they do as well as my own books, but there were times last year when I could have made time for the book they wanted me to read and I didn't. I'm not beating myself up over that, but I'm going to aim for the flexibility to prioritize books with them.
Read with my husband
We read Persuasion and The Count of Monte Cristo together last year, as well as several audiobooks as a family. We used to read aloud together more often, so we are going to try for one read aloud this year. We also want to buddy read a few classics but are drawing a blank on where to start. Any suggestions?
Going along with reading aloud with my husband, I want to read aloud more with my kids. This sounds a little crazy because I read to them so much, but we actually read far fewer chapter books aloud last year than most any other year. Partially that was because nap time was not guaranteed with a toddler, which will increasingly be the case this year too, but partially it was because we didn't always read books we loved. So I'm planning to be flexible about putting down a book if it isn't right for us and prioritizing books we all enjoy.
Read books I own
I do not own a lot of books that I haven't read, and I'm pretty happy about that decision. But I do have several books that I've owned for a long time and have never taken the time to read, so I'm going to try to reach for those more often this year. (Continues in comments)
Was Anne talking about Bookstagram when she said this?! 😂 .
Of course that wouldn’t make a lot of sense, but Montgomery’s words perfectly describe how I felt when I stumbled upon this bookish community several months ago. .
I thought: “You mean THIS many people love to stay inside and read and drink tea and talk about their reading lists, just like me?!” .
My love for my Bookstagram and book blogging friends runs deep. I have been somewhat less active on my own feed lately, partly because I have been working on some exciting new content that I’m not fully ready to share yet but am getting more and more excited to reveal! .
In the meantime, I’m still marvelling at the beauty you’re all putting out there and it is my goal to be more outwardly engaged to show my appreciation. Thank you so much for the inspiration, and for making social media a friendly, loving, kindred place 💕
Happy New Year bookish friends! ⭐️❤️
I took a little insta break during the holidays, but I’m back to wish you all a fantastic new year! I hope you will read some great books in 2019!
Because of the holidays I hadn’t the time to take new photo’s so here are some of my visit to the Harry Potter studio last weekend! That’s me in the middle (in the blue jumper) 😊. Because it was my birthday I got to open the doors to the Great Hall 🤩.
And let me tell you, the studios are MAGICAL 🤩❤️!! Cheers, and wishing you a magical 2019! Love, Mary
My little bookworm is having fun with his birthday present 🤓
Man beachte den farblich perfekt abgestimmten Saft zum #tiptoi
☝️das Essen hier war übrigens auch ausgesprochen lecker, aber so schnell weg, dass ich gar kein Foto mehr machen konnte.
Finding time to read is luxury for me. It is always great to learn something new, gain different perspectives or travel to a completely different world in your phantasy 🤓 at the moment I am working on the book reports to finish my #yogateachertraining
📖 mixed with some fiction. #bookstagram #whatiread #abenteuerimkopf
Happy New Year BTM Bookworms 🎉 We are hopping on the #topnine2018
bandwagon and sharing our top posts as loved by you! These include some of our pre-launch activism and campaigns, mental health advocacy, our launch, our giveaways, our merchandise posts, and our process updates (namely getting our first office!) Thank you endlessly for your love and support, and for subscribing! We can't wait to show you all of the amazing things we have coming this year - you won't believe your eyes! 📚🎉
Happy New year to my bookstagram friends, community and followers! I just want to thank everyone for the continuous support to my account. I really appreciate it and you'll never know how talking to you about books makes me feel! Love you guys and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!😘🎉🎉🎉
Do you have a mantra?
A few months ago I stumbled upon 'know your own happiness'. It is such a simple four word phrase and yet it possesses immense depth. Are you doing what makes you happy? Are you surrounding yourself with people that support your pursuit? Are you able to freely be yourself? Upon finding this quote and some late night pondering, I was thunderstruck to realize that I was in a toxic situation for years, one that was only nurturing unhealing agony. Severing that connection was quite painful but now as the year comes to a close I am left with a stronger sense of self and a hopeful heart.
The bookstagram community has added so much light to my life in the last few months. The friendships, the book discussions, the laughs. I cannot adequately express my gratitude to all of you beautiful genuine souls. I am so thankful to share this love that we calling reading.
Boundless gratitude to @phraseologybooks
for creating this stellar Sense & Sensibility keychain to carry with me into the coming new year. 🖤
Thank you for reading my quasi overshare. I wish you all the very best in 2019 ✨
HOW DID YOUR DECEMBER BOOK HAUL FAIR?
This has been my most successful book haul month! So many amazing books to read this up coming year! I even have a few more on the way! Evermore and Wicked King will be here later this week/next week.
2018 in review:
So to be utterly honest the beginning of this year was a mess. Hubby and I faced some situations we didn’t quiet like and weren’t sure we were going to get through. But God came through and blessed us with something so much better.
I struggled with an identity crisis at the beginning of the year, and when I finally stopped trying to convince myself I loved what I was doing, and finally do what I truly did love... things fell into place. I found this amazing community that has been the most supportive of each other, than I have seen anywhere else! I have found and fell in love with some new authors and amazing women! Hopefully, one day, I will be able to meet these beauties in person! It would be one of my dreams come true!
I’m looking to this coming year not as a new start, but another chapter. The twist to my story. I’ve suffered enough pain, in several ways, I’m ready for a slight reprieve. It’s going to be an amazing year, full of new adventures, blessings, experiences, and friends.
What are you looking forward to for 2019?