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From one misfit to another: unlike Alex in ‘Consequences’, who doesn’t fit in anywhere, Keiko has found sanctuary and purpose in the convenience store that she started working in as a student and eighteen years on, she has no desire to leave in spite of everyone telling her she shouldn’t still be there at her age. British society isn’t entirely enlightened in its attitudes towards single women but the Japanese certainly don’t mince their words at all - for the sake of appearances, any boyfriend or husband is better than none, even if he’s unfaithful and useless. I was very taken with this short novel and I do love a distinctive, mordant, deadpan narrative voice. It’s probably lazy to compare it to ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ but I think Eleanor and Keiko would find a lot of common ground, though they wouldn’t necessarily get on. * I think of a convenience store as a corner shop (not a chain, often family-run), where you go if you run of of essential items like milk or pet food and can expect to pay extra for the convenience. The Japanese version is a supermarket that also sells lots of ready-to-go hot food, and I’d probably find the staff’s eagerness to help a bit overwhelming at first, being used to a more nonchalant approach. It’s probably quite sad, but whenever I go abroad, I always look forward to a grocery store visit to check out what’s the same and what they do differently. #conveniencestorewoman #sayakamurata #ginnytapleytakemori #japan #japanesefiction #booksintranslation #translatedfiction #singlewomen #bookrecommendation #minibookreview #librarybook
This book was the loveliest surprise! It came highly recommended but I initially read the blurb and immediately discounted it. I was worried it would be tragic and heartbreaking and I didn’t think I was up for that. It was those things, but in the nicest possible way. Kya and Tate are two of the most beautiful characters I’ve ever read (not to mention Jumpin and Martha) and the entire book was so beautifully written, many paragraphs were just poetry. The ending was incredibly satisfying (which I love) and all my worries were unfounded. Completely and totally recommend! Such a great read 📚 #amyreadsabook #instareads #minibookreview #wherethecrawdadssing
I wanted a funny, light-hearted, action-packed read over the weekend and I got it. Lex Tyler is a fantastic lead character and this was totally James Bond meets Liane Moriarty. As far as whodunnits go I totally picked it, but I didn’t care because it was so much fun. Would recommend for mothers, in particular, who will relate to some of the stories more than others 🤣 #amyreadsabook #instareads #killingit #minibookreview 📚
I’ve been making a big effort to read more lately. I really enjoy it but “never have the time” 🤨 Really I just spend far too long procrastinating on here! 📱I’m also far too bad at starting books and not finishing them 🤷🏻‍♀️But this was the first book I reached for when I started trying to get back into reading and I loved it! An Edited Life by @theannaedit is packed full of organisation/life skills/capsule wardrobe/self care/get your sh*t together advice that I lapped up immediately and have started to follow day to day. I’m a wannabe organisation queen and if you are too, I would thoroughly recommend Anna’s book as well as her blog and YouTube channels for a super friendly and bubbly guide to help you along your way ✨💫
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 🔪 . . Genre : Crime, Mystery, Thriller . . Rating : 5 🌟 . . Review : Can you imagine loving a book and at the same time being traumatized by it? That's how I felt as I finished this book a few years ago. The story starts on Nick and Amy's 5th anniversary. As usual, preparations are being made for celebrating the day - except, Amy goes missing. The town police and residents get involved as Nick sets out to uncover this mystery using only Amy's diary to pick up clues. However, soon the reader realises that this is not the conventional mission person thriller and the plot gets thicker and murkier as we learn new things about Amy. Things do not get any easier for Nick as he is paradoxically the ideal husband and prime suspect of the possible murder with increasing pressure from police, the media and public opinions. This book was the most satisfying thriller I'd read in a long time. It also left me questing everything and everyone around me. If you love thrillers, definitely pick this one up. Trigger warnings - gore, abuse, manipulation, trust issues (I'm serious). 🔪 🔪 . . QOTD : Which thriller had the most unexpected and satisfying ending according to you? . . . 📚 Also, Happy World Book Day 😄📚 . . . #gonegirl #gillianflynn #crime #thriller #suspense #mystery #contemporyfiction #fiction #booksthatmesswithyourhead #bookstagram #bookgram #indianbookstagram #indianbookstagrammer #booksofinsta #booknerd #indianbookblogger #indianreader #readersofqatar #minibookreview #bookreview #bookishfeatures #mybookfeatures #anureviews
‘’The darkest mind tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces’’ ----------------------------------- I will preface this by saying I’m not really a fan of most dystopian (ya) novels. And although I liked this book, I guess I just wasn’t really in the mood for it. But that lies mostly with me, and not with the book. I think if you are a fan of dystopian novels you will love this book because there are little things in it that are awesome: I loved the friendship and found family aspects of the book, the little pieces of hope in the dire situation they are in.  And it has very powerful imagery that would sometimes just punch me in the gut and stomp on my heart. The romance was also very sweet. Rating: 3.5/5 ------------------------------------ QOTD: Are you a mood reader or do you stick to a strict TBR? ----------------------------------
Thank you @putnambooks for my free copy of Call Me Evie! This was our March @blackheartreads pick and I actually listened to the audio book (I know, shocking right?!). I loved the Australian accent and I was invested in the story line so I sped through it pretty quickly. I think it was Janelle that said it felt a little YA, and I would agree with that. It also felt a bit predictable at times, but still an enjoyable storyline. ★★★☆ . . Synopsis in the comments. . . Also, did you catch my gorgeous arrowhead bookmark? You all know @bookartbookmarks is my favorite! Use RBTW10 to save 10% on your order. . . . #lindseyrbtw #lindseyreadsandreviews #bookartbookmarks #blackheartreads #callmeevie
I’m sad to say I didn’t finish reading this however I’m honestly not a huge fantasy reader but when I heard this had a heavily gothic setting I was so excited to check it out.. I wanted to love it so badly but I had trouble getting into it. That’s just my opinion.. I do think it’s beautifully written and the setting well crafted. I just don’t think it was for me but I can definitely see someone really loving this book. #wickedsaints #fantasyreads #bookstagram #gothic #coverart #minibookreview #emilyaduncan
{#Partner }| 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚊𝚙𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚕𝚘𝚜𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚜. 𝚆𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚜, 𝚢𝚘𝚞'𝚕𝚕 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚣𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚎𝚊 𝚊𝚜 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚗𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚐𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚙. - Alice’s dad about reading a physical copy of Moby Dick. . Thank you @atriabooks for my review copy of ALICE’S ISLAND by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo via @netgalley 🌊 . I read this as a buddy read with @travelingsistersread and @litchick4ever and it seems that the consensus is it was a tough one to rate. This is the first book that the author has had translated from Spanish to English, and I don’t know if the translation made the difference, or if it was the writing. . For the majority of the book there wasn’t really that much going on, and it’s really more about the relationships is the characters than it is about the mystery of what Alice’s husband was doing. It makes her do a lot of crazy things, but overall the people she encounters are the main focus. . My full review is in my linktree for this one and I’ll add the synopsis to the comments. Unfortunately it rather missed the mark for me and I ended up at a ⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 for #bookreviewsbymary 🌙 . . #addictedtobooks #bookish #mybookfeatures #netgalley #bookquotes #bookreview #minibookreview #cozybooks #mycozyhome #booksofig #bookstagram #bookblogging #booksofig #bookobsessed #booksbooksbooks #alwaysreading #readmorebooks #alicesisland #danielsanchezarevalo #thrillerthursdaychallenge
#MiniBookReview : Michelle Obama “Becoming” —— I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Michelle’s journey to becoming who she is today. This lady is a WOMAN and more than just Barack’s wife. —- One key thing I learned from Michelle was the power of intent: Knowing who you are and being intentional in your actions in order to make a greater impact on those who are watching you. —- I admired how much emphasis she placed on individuality, education, and community work. I was inspired by how passionate she was about children and instilling greatness within them, as she understood that all children need (especially those less privileged), was someone to believe in them. —- I also admired the lesson she taught her daughters about men: the party doesn’t start when a man walks in; it’s HIS job to catch up to you! #Bloop ! —- Overall, I enjoyed her story. The ultimate message being: don’t be afraid to share your story. In doing so, you invite others to do the same and that’s how we all become ONE. Thank you Michelle Obama. ❤️ — #michelleobama #becomingmichelleobama #becoming #goodreads
Happy Earth Day! 🌎❤️ It's chilly and rainy again in Colorado, but that's fine with me: perfect writing and reading weather. . . I've been on a roll with reading lately and finished the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy along with a few others! It was probably my favorite of the series and ended everything nicely. If you're looking for a fun, over the top, fashion-filled series to read, I recommend this one. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ . . . . #minibookreview #bookreview #book #bookcover #books #readersofinstagram #bookseries #crazyrichasians #justread #readinglist #reader #kevinkwan #readingchallenge #booksofig #bookobsessed #booknerd #bookcommunity #bookworm #booklover #booksofinstagram
“Her beauty was like the edge of a very sharp knife” I really enjoyed the way this book was written. And I fully appreciated how poetic and full of metaphors it was. However, I lost interest several times and I definitely feel this book could have been slightly shorter to achieve the same impact. Overall, I rated it ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 ———————————————————— #booksofinstagram #reading #minibookreview #bookreview #bookquotes #readersofig #nature #europe #explore #travel
Ever wait so long to read a book you are super excited for only to be disappointed? That was this book for me. I absolutely loved George Saunders' book of short stories but this book fell flat for me. I enjoyed the first part but then it got to the point where I had no idea what I was reading, it went over my head I guess. ⭐⭐/5 ___________ #bookstagram #bookchat #bookish #bookworm #bookstagrammer #books #minibookreview #bibliophile #licfict #instabook #booklove #bookaholic #booknerd #livre #booktography #bookchat #currentlyreading #currentread #nowreading #whatiamreading #whatimreading #nextup #book8 #goodreads #goodreadschallenge .
My lazy Easter Sunday. ‘Consequences’ isn’t an escapist @persephonebooks title; in fact, it’s possibly the bleakest one I’ve read. There’s so much more to E.M. Delafield than the Provincial Lady - for one thing, after a miserable experience as a debutante, she became a nun for a year. If I’d been born into the coming-out classes, I expect I would have hated it too once the novelty wore off. It’s like a British, less glamorous, easier to read Edith Wharton novel (especially The House of Mirth). Poor, infuriating Alex Clare is born into rigidly conventional upper-class late Victorian society; she doesn’t fit in anywhere; she always does the wrong thing; she has no idea what she wants and has never been taught to do anything practical for herself. Her only enthusiasms are latching on to a classmate, nun and sister-in-law as objects of hero worship. One of the things that made me crossest was the way Mother Gertrude essentially grooms Alex to enter the religious life (presumably for her dowry), knowing full well she has no vocation. There’s the possibility of a queer reading in Alex’s passionate attachments to women (though I’d argue that it’s as much a reflection of her desperation for attention as any erotic attraction), and also in relation to mansplaining ex-fiancé Noel, for whom Alex will do as well as any other girl. There’s not much humour - I giggled wryly at the remarks about Hampstead Heath being inexpensive and unfashionable - but I recommend it highly; likewise Delafield’s ‘Thank Heaven Fasting’ with its similar themes and setting #emdelafield #persephonebooks #consequences #debutantes #nuns #society #comingofage #victorianchildhood #marriagemarket #feminism #eastersunday #minibookreview
My favourite book of the year so far and I think it has become one of my all time favourites! Beware! One of the characters gets abused. Don't read it if you don't like that sort of thing in your books. It's a book packed with action but the pacing doesn't seem weird in any way which could have been a problem since there's a lot going on. Though at times it felt a bit slow, one characters POV in particular. She explained some of the political and religious situations that I suppose will be of more importance in the next books. I love the characters so much. The two main characters live such different lives and have to get through very difficult situation before things get a bit better. Liath, specifically, has it really rough and that situation affects her decisions through out the book. There's sorcery, elves, dragon-like creatures and gods. Fascinating, really. One type of magic is based on astronomy, which is so cool. I've never read anything like that. I loved this book, I couldn't put it down and I need to read the rest of the series. I obviously gave it five stars. Fantastic! #bookstagram #bookstagramespaña #bookstagramspain #bookstagrammer #bookrecommendation #bookish #bookworm #bookcommunity #booklover #booknerd #bookaholic #bookaddict #minibookreview
* Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant by Joel Golby* A good book to be reading out in the sun in between Bank Holiday naps. Joel Golby is a Vice journalist and this collection of takes on modern life will have many in their 20s and 30s nodding in agreement. Other times I just want to punch him for being slightly smarmy in the way a lot of vice journalists are..... #whatiamreading #minibookreview
54 | ⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Happy Easter, friends! I hope you have a beautiful day with friends and family...or doing whatever you chose to do on this Sunday! I will be with all the people that matter most to me. Easter is my favorite holiday! . Yesterday was quite the lively discussion, so let’s just continue that with another possible #unpopularopinion : THE BRIDE TEST (out May 7). . I'm truly not a fan of romance, but Hoang creates quirky love stories unlike anyone else. I loved The Kiss Quotient last year, so I was excited to read the second book in the series. . I was a little disappointed that this wasn't a continuation of Stella and Michael's story; we're introduced to new characters in this book. . Sadly, this one didn't hold up as well for me....There are still plenty of blush-worthy moments, but overall this one lacked engagement for me. . I didn't connect with the characters as deeply and I was just super frustrated with their lack of communication. . Readers of Hoang's first book will recognize and appreciate her writing as it is similar and if you're looking for a quick and light summer read, give this one a try!
Happy Easter to all who celebrate! 🐇 . . Mini review for The Dreamers. .. . Do you guys listen to audiobooks? I listened to The Dreamers on audiobook and I loved it. I have come to realize Cassandra Campbell is one of my favorite narrators. .. . I liked listening to this snapshot look into a disease infecting this community. Be warned that’s what it is, just a snapshot. Not really a look into how or where it came from, or really what happened too much afterwards. But I enjoyed that! I liked seeing each chapter rotating to different characters, it moved the story along quickly for me. This was very interesting read, and I really enjoyed it for what it was. . ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . .. #bookstagram #bookreview #minibookreview #readingismagic #booksofig #readerofinstagram #readingislife #booksaremagic #readingislit #pickupabook #bookishlife #bookcollector #readabook #readmore #thedreamers #audiobookreview #readallday #readerforlife
Book number 11 read of 2019 was Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin. This book is ideal if you need a little added motivation to get organised and clutter clear. It's written in easily digestible short paragraphs, bullet points and sections which makes for an appropriately uncluttered and organised read. This was perfect for lazy Easter Sunday reading. Tomorrow's plan is for a big cleaning and organising session.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • i’ve read very few memoirs as open and honest as this one. i remember where i was when i heard that david carr died: at my desk, working on a journalism story. he was a big inspiration to us in the journalism department in college; i remember talking about him and his work in class. this memoir is written by his daughter, @erinleecarr , and tells the story of their relationship and of her life growing up with him and after his death. she and her dad communicated a lot via email and instant messenger, and i loved reading his advice and rebukes and open communication with her, his love and support shining through all of it. halfway through i started to think “i don’t love this book” and then i realized: no. i just didn’t like some of the poor choices erin was making. but how brave is it to put all your bad decisions and poor choices and not-so-great actions into words for everyone to read?! it’s incredible, and it’s inspirational. we all screw up in our own ways and i think it’s the bravest thing to be open about some of those screw ups. i’m definitely working on seeing flawed people and flawed characters as natural rather than expecting them to be perfect, and this book was a great example of that. i took two memoir classes in college and none of them affected me like reading this book did. i took inspiration from it both as a creative writer and as a person who wants to work in media. finally, this book inspired me to write an email to my dad, which i’m not sure i’ve ever done before. his response: “Thank you for the lovely worded email. It was a great surprise to see your name pop up on my usual delete delete junk emails” 💕 book eighteen of #emhreads2019
"Information Wanted: The Life and Work of Dollmaker EWA CHAPLIN and/or Friendship, correspondence. Please Reply To: Bramber Winters." * Another #minibookreview Again, thanks @quercusbooks @katyaellis_ for the review copy 😊 * Andrew Garvie, dwarf and dollmaker begins a correspondence with Bramber Winter, who lives in a mental institute on Bodmin Moor. Their burgeoning relationship is interwoven with the stories of Ewa Chaplin. These stories make the novel, and are wonderful magic-realism-fairy-tales that have creepy parallels with the main storyline: "I felt ripe with coincidence, shaky with it, as if I were being manipulated somehow without my knowledge." * I loved reading about their doll-making/collecting/obsession, all the history was fascinating...I think I need myself a new obsession 🤔 * I was a tad disappointed by the ending, I think I wanted more macabre strangeness. But overall: Unsettling, magical, bizarre, weird — I loved it! 4⭐ * Featuring my attempts at doll-making...they always end up with Frankenstein necks 😁 Hope you're all enjoying the sunshine 🌞 * * * #boojreview #giftedcopy #ninaallan #andrewandbramber #thedollmaker #magicrealism #historicalfiction #bookijustread #fairytale #folklore #britishliterature #bookstagram #bookish #booknerdigans #booksofinstagram #booklover #readingaddict #bookobsessed #unitedbookstagram
53 | ⭐️⭐️⭐️ | I honestly don't know what to say about this one. For me, it was a case of #bookstagrammademedoit ...which usually works for me. But this one really didn't. . I didn't love it and I didn't hate it - I mostly feel very meh about it. Some of my most trusted sources LOVED this one (@sarahsbookshelves , @basicbsguide , @tylergoodson , @anniebjones05 , and @novelvisits ), so I'm not sure where the disconnect was for me. . Was the writing good? Yes. Did it keep me turning the pages? Yes. Did I care about the characters? Very much so. . This book had all the makings of a book I usually fall for - great character development, deep and emotional feelings, coming-of-age, layers upon layers that need to be peeled back in order to see the full picture - so I'm very confused by my ambivalent feelings. But at the end of the day, this book really didn't make me feel anything - not one way or the other. 🤷🏼‍♀️
...By Laurie Frankel Asks a ton of questions about gender dysphoria pertinent to this day and age. Doesn’t answer many, but I think that’s the author’s point. An easy read if you want a eye-opening look at someone asking those questions. Such a shame that the only representation of Christians is one tiny character that doesn’t engage in trying to understand or help, because there are so many more people of faith out there who would be willing to enter a more thoughtful dialogue on this topic... but I acknowledge l the lack of openness sadly can be reality too. As a novel the characters keep you engaged and are believable. #minibookreview
Wowee. I was told by MANY (more than 20 🙈) people that I MUST read this book. I was skeptical because it’s won awards and everyone is talking about it and I thought ‘it can’t be that good’...but it was. It was brutal, and tragic, and violent, but beautiful, and funny, and heartwarming. It was slow and steady, and action packed exciting. It made me remember what a privileged upbringing I had and that, when it comes to kids, they really do just need to be loved. Two generous thumbs up 👍🏼👍🏼Bloody brilliant read 📚 thanks for telling me to read it @delseydelsey - we need to discuss #amyreadsabook #minibookreview #trentdalton #boyswallowsuniverse #instareads
The First Bad Man by Miranda July 🤼‍♀️ I barely read the description before I read this book, and I’ve gotta say, I was hella surprised by it. Not at all what I expected! In a good way.. and a not so good way. I was really impressed with July’s writing; it was really well done and evokes a lot of emotion. While I can’t say that I ~enjoyed~ reading this, I can tell you that it’s a great book. It explored so many things - love, sex, parenthood, isolation, and more. Things that make you uncomfortable to your bones. I’d recommend this for sure. But it’s definitely a one and done for me! 3.5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ . . . . . . #thefirstbadman #mirandajuly #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booksofinsta #readersofinsta #minibookreview #bookreview #fuzzystacos #tacosandbooks #readinginspiration #bookaesthetic #bibliophile #bookworm #bookish #readingtime 📖 #bookinspiration #dallasreaders #dallasbookstagram #fictionreads #aprilreads #booklover #bookaddict #readinglife #booklife
"Are we ever justified in what we do? That question ruined my sleep for a long time after I saw the tortured little mouse. When we act, even with the best intentions, when we interfere with the world, we always risk a new disaster that mightn't be of our making, but that wouldn't occur without our action." S . Nothing grieves more deeply or pathetically than one half of a great love that isn't meant to be." S . Wow such a beautiful, heartbreaking and hopeful story. I loved the characters and the descriptions of India. I'm curious which of the events actually happened to the author. #bookstagram #bookworm #usedbook #shantaram #gregorydavidroberts #minibookreview #read
My second 5 star read of 2019 is All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . This year, every time I picked up a YA, I felt like I was maybe too old or something shifted in me where I wasn’t connecting. Then, I picked this book up. Maggie’s writing is exquisite and I instantly fell into the story, reminding myself that I am not too old for YA at all. . (Full review on the blog, link in bio as always) . . #bookreviewinapicture #minibookreview #photobookreview #bookblogger #loveliteratureartandreason #allthecrookedsaints #maggiestiefvater @maggie_stiefvater #nevertoooldforya #favoriteauthors #signedbook #authorsivemet #magicalrealism #bookrecommendations
☆R E V I E W☆ Whatever Happened To Interracial Love By Kathleen Collins • 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 • This collection had been on my radar for a while, I'm glad I finally read it. This book is truly timless. Written in the 1970's these stories are just as relevant today. Collins has a very captivating way with words that will truly make you feel. Each story shifts a bit emphasizing a different POV and theme, I felt like this really helped hold my interest. I enjoyed every story. This collection is entertaining, poignant and insightful. It's themes of family, gender, race and colorism, interracial dating and sexuality were well thought out. . . [#bookalongreview ] . . #whateverhappenedtointerraciallove #kathleencollins #minibookreview #30secondbookreview #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblogger #bookblog #bookdragon #booktography #bookphotography #reading #bookporn #vscobooks #vscoreads #bookasthetic #readersofig #booksofig #amreading #bibliophile #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #booksofig
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5/5 Bear Town by Fredrik Backman . . . The perfect start to the long weekend, a lazy morning with a delicious breakfast including some chocolate (sure it's almost Easter!) and I finished Bear Town! And WOW what a finish it was, such a great book. I absolutely loved it and think I may go and buy the follow up this afternoon as I don't know what else I would want to read now. . . . Set in a small Swedish town called Bear Town, life for the residents revolves around ice hockey and they are pinning their hopes on their junior team winning and bringing jobs, investment and glory to their little town. However, something happens that tears the town in two and although hockeys play a lead role in this novel up to this point, it very quickly takes a backseat. The book starts slow and we are introduced to a lot of characters and what hockey means to them all. I love how much we get to learn about each character, Backman's writing style is so descriptive that I could see the whole town layed out perfectly in front of my eyes. There are some very weighty topics covered and the emotion in the writing is so strong, I found myself constantly welling up for about the last quarter of the novel. It's a story that will stick with me and I highly recommend it, although I think I am a bit late to the party, as I bought it after seeing it all over instagram! . . . I loved the following paragraph, "Another morning comes. It always does. Time always moves at the same rate, only feelings have different speeds. Every day can mark a whole lifetime or a single heartbeat, depending on who you spend it with." . . .  #Bookstagram #BookRecommendations #WhatIAmReading #BookWorm #CurrentlyReading #Fiction #BookRecommendations #Books #LoveToRead #TheUnreadShelfProject2019 #ShortOnShelfSpace #Book16of2019 #MiniBookReview   #IrishBookstagram #Beartown #FredrikBackman #EasterReadsandTreats @backmansk @penguinukbooks
Review time!!! . . This books was crazy! Crazy killer couple, crazy twists and turns, and an ending I’m still thinking about... 🤔 . .. . I don’t want to give any spoilers away, so I can’t say too much about it. I think it was a very edge of your seat type of book. Just be prepared for horrors, (which is normal in thrillers, but this books has more in my opinion) and if you are like me, a lot of WTF spoken out loud while reading. 😂 ... ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ .. . .. ***** mini spoiler ahead******** . .. .... I can’t decide if the unsatisfying ending is genius or not... I’m upset with one thing... dm me if you want to talk about it. I buddy read this with @escapereality4now And that’s always fun. 🖤 . .. #bookstagram #bookreview #minibookreview #mylovelywife #readallday #thrilleraddict #readabook #readmore #readingismagic #readerofinstagram #booksofig #readerforlife #readabook #2019books #2019releases
** Mini Review ** . . Big shoutout to @elephanttreepublishing for sending me this book. This is not a paid or sponsored review, and all thoughts are my own. . . I was pleasantly surprised, and confronted, by this book. I don’t want to share any spoilers, so I won’t go into detail, but this book really resonated with me. A lot of the challenges and emotions the main character experienced, I have experienced many times. . . The writing was easy to follow, but at times the story development and character development was a little poorly done. There were also spelling errors and grammatical errors which drove me bonkers, but all in all an enjoyable read. The main character was hard to like at first, but as the story continued you understood why. The relationships at the end could have used more development, and I felt the story ended too quickly. I did read it in one sitting though, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I gave it 4⭐️, and a full review is on my blog (see linktree in bio for link). If you are looking for a quick read about mental health, this one is for you! . . #bookreview #booksaboutmentalhealth #thewayiseeit #lucymarrett #bookstagram #bookreviewer #book #bookcommunity #mentalhealth #mentalhealthbooks #isufferfromanxiety #isufferfromdepression #isufferfrommentalillness #reading #bookobsessed #booknerd #booknerdigans #booklover #minireview #minibookreview #nospoilers #spoilerfreereview #aussiebookreviewer #aussiebookreview #aussiereaders
I keep re-reading these sumptuous poems and I'm sure I'll continue beyond posting this #minibookreview . If you appreciate the passionate, sensual poems on @wildwomanwritingpoems account, you will love owning, or rather being owned by, this delectable collection. I was so glad to see that some of my favourite poems from her account are immortalised in this book. A nice balance of short, sweet and longer works to wrap yourself up in. (I thought it fitting that my kitten featured in these pics, as the poet often refers to her petite self as a kitten 🐱❣) #floralmoans #poetrycollection #eroticpoetry #empowering #book10of2019 #supportindiepoets
Decided to read this when it crossed my path because we're in play therapy with my son. Thankfully, his issues are unrelated to trauma, but I found it useful to understand some of the approaches and aims of the therapists. Also, this was professionally valuable for it's sections on children and disasters. #bookoftheweek #bookstagram #goodreadschallenge #goodreads #book #books #childpsychology #childtherapy #playtherapy #nonfiction #nancyboydwebb #minibookreview
I posted my first IG mini book review for @forbiddenfruittarot. I’m so excited!! Water Witchcraft was a pleasure to read and will be a rich resource for many days to come. Check it out!! #waterwitchcraft #bookreview #minibookreview
Another Agatha Christie book finished. This one is actually a number of short stories, all mysteries but not necessarily murders. A good little read, especially as I haven't had time recently to sit down for any extended period. #agathachristie #minibookreview
It’s #throwbookthursday 💜 The Cottingley Secret is a lovely story. I did much of this on audio, which was well done. Who can resist a magical story of books and fairies and English Gardens?? 📚🧚🏻‍♀️🧚🏻‍♂️🏡 ~ ~ ~ #thecottingleysecret #thecottingleyfairies #hazelgaynor #minibookreview #bookstagramchallenge #lovetoread #fairies #asmidgenoflife
It's #throwbookthursday ! . . I snagged this copy of The Virgin Suicides at a local store earlier this month. As a fan of the early 2000s film adaptation I was eager to finally read it. (Josh Hartnett was sooo swoonworthy in the movie, even with unfortunate 70s hair.) . . I loved Jeffrey Eugenides's dreamy writing style and dark humor. He captured the obsessive, dramatic nature of being a teenager really well. This comes across in the movie, but there's a lot more to enjoy in the book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ . . . #minibookreview #bookreview #cat #bookcover #bookflatlay #book #booksharks #bookshark #booksofinstagram #booksofig #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #readingchallenge #justread #readersofinstagram #readinglist #booksandcats #catsofinstagram
ᗷOOK ᖇᗴᐯIᗴᗯ thank you @ellensmithwrites for sending me this SIGNED (which I just realized 🤦🏼‍♀️) copy of your book EVERY LAST MINUTE 💕 . This is book one in a trilogy guys and it is SO good! In this book we live in a world where something called timeline rectifications (AKA time wrecks to opponents of the law) are legal. A criminal that can be rehabilitated can actually go back and undo their crime 😱 and it’s like it never happened, and none of the parties involved remember anything from their first ‘life’ or timeline. Will and Mara Sterling have a chance to do one, but is it the right choice? . I love the premise of the book and that it speaks to time travel, something that always seems to fascinate me. But the character’s internal struggles, along with Mara’s very real struggle with pain management, made them so real to me. Plus I just love how Smith writes!! I can’t wait to read the next 2 books! . This book is out now and I definitely recommend picking up a copy. 😉 . I have a much more comprehensive review on Goodreads and my blog which I will put in my linktree, but I give this one a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5 for #bookreviewsbymary ✨ 🌿Synopsis in comments🌿 . . #everylastminute #flatlay #bookblog #readingwomen #totalbooknerd #bookstagram #mybookfeatures #bookish #booksandbeans #booksofig #bookwormforlife #bookworm #backlistbooks #bookblogger #bookobsessed #bookshelf #alwaysreading #readmorebooks #booksarelife #abookwormwithwine #bookcommunity #bookphotography #fortheloveofbooks #bookreview #minibookreview
I’ve just finished Vox by Christina Dalcher - it was a very quick read! . The premise of the book is interesting and very Handmaid’s Tale-esque - a modern day America where women’s voices have been quietened, quite literally, by the introduction of wristbands which limit the words they are able to speak to 100 per day. . Whilst the book had an interesting set up and feminist focus, I wasn’t that keen on how it unfolded. It was very much written as a page turner and all felt quite rushed and unconsidered. And there were a few plot twists that felt pretty convenient and unbelievable. . I read at the end that the book was written in only two months and I think that was quite telling. I can definitely imagine this being turned into a film though, which feels a bit like the format it was intended for. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #vox #christinadalcher #bookstagram #instareads #instabooks #bookworm #bookish #readingresolutions2019 #minibookreview #booksofmyyear #goodreads #booksreadbyme2019
While I am a natural skeptic, I can enjoy a good spectral- based work of fiction. Unfortunately, this was lacking. #beyondblack #books #bookoftheweek #hilarymantel #bookstagram #goodreadschallenge #goodreads #fiction #britishfiction #spectralfiction #minibookreview #bookdeclutter
Rereading this on the train ahead of tomorrow’s launch because it’s FAB. If you’re in Edinburgh tomorrow evening, please do join us at Waterstones West End - Lesley’s events are always great fun. And if you’re not in Edinburgh, go to your nearest bookshop and buy this book, because it really is exceptional. Scottish crime fiction in a dystopian setting, with a loveable cast of characters (I will fight anyone who says a bad word about Bernard or Mona) - what more could you want?📚 • • #lesleykelly #thehealthofstrangers #deathattheplaguemuseum #booksofinstagram #book #books #crimefiction #tartannoir #bookstagram #scottishbookstagrammer #bookcommunity #bookworm #bookwormsofinstagram #dystopian #crimeseries #crimethriller #crimenovel #amreading #bookrecommendations #minibookreview
“So we are speaking up for those who don’t have anyone listening to them, for those who can’t talk about it just yet, and for those who will never speak again. We are grieving, we are furious, and we are using our words fiercely and desperately because that’s the only thing standing between us and this happening again.” - Emma Gonzalez 🌸 Hello! How are you all? 😃 Please excuse the inadequate #minibookreview . #brainfogsucks And thanks @quercusbooks @katyaellis_ for the #giftedcopy 😊 🌸 Parkland isn't about the shooting at Margory Stoneman Douglas High School 14/2/2018, it doesn't even mention the killers name. Parkland instead is Dave Cullen's documentation of the ten months he spent following the small group of teenagers for whom content creation was a way of life and who were prepared from day one to call out adult America and regain control from that powerless afternoon. The positives of social media! 🌸 I loved this book, which made me feel optimistic for the future. I loved how the kids turned their anger and grief into creating a movement. I loved how Dave Cullen never underestimated these kids, but treated them as equals. I loved how the MFOL team gave financial support and mobilised other gun safety communities, such as the Peace Warriors and BRAVE students. I loved that there is evidence that guns are becoming a voting issue - more candidates are pro gun control, and gun safety organisations are outspending the NRA. 5⭐ Hopeful for the 2020 election America 🤞 🌸 Another quote I noted: "In February, seventeen died at Douglas High, along with 1,044 others in America. In the first six months of 2018, over 1,700 kids were killed or injured by guns, heavily concentrated in the inner cities. Where were the tears for them." 🌸 #justread #davecullen #parkland #marchforourlives #neveragain #politics #nonfiction #bookstagram #recommendedreads #bibliophile #booklover #readingaddict #alwaysreading #booknerd #unitedbookstagram #booksofig #parklandbirthofamovement
Last summer Tee Minot of @christophersbooks told me to be on the lookout for The Honey Bus by @meredithmaysf It’s a beautiful memoir about a broken family and the magic of bees. It leaves you cheering for a young girl in a difficult family situation, a grandfather who offers such practical wisdom, and the beautiful bees whose honey and life lessons sustain us in a multitude of ways. Thank you also to @carolyn.hut who reminded me it was just the book I needed to read this week. #bookstagram #eryneckireads2019 #minibookreview #memoir #nonfiction
* Gonna be honest here: I didn’t finish this book. I wanted to like it, pretty sure it was recommended in some magazine I read (Oprah? Good Housekeeping?🤷‍♀️) but I felt like it was trying unsuccessfully to be an Agatha Christie novel and the characters were these blah British stereotypes and I just couldn’t get myself to care about any of them. There’s a whole book within a book thing going on that I feel like I would’ve enjoyed, but after slogging my way through 100 pages I gave up. Did anyone finish it and like it? I’d love to know if I should try again one day. #magpiemurders #minibookreview #bookstagram
#minibookreview This book was such an evocative love story. It is written from Elio’s perspective, a 17 year old who spends his summers with his parents in their Italian countryside villa. He falls for the American grad student, Oliver, who is living with them for some weeks in the summer. This book oozed with sensuality and moodiness. Living in Elio’s head provided a visceral experience of all of his senses and feelings. This experience made it not just a love story but also a coming of age story. The writing was lyrical and atmospheric which also contributed to the sensuality of the novel. I saw the movie when it first came out a couple years ago and loved it. However, I think I liked the book more. I can’t wait to revisit the film though after reading the book.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Have you read this one? I would love to hear your thoughts. . . . . . . . #bibliophile #books 📚 #bookrecommendation #bookreview #bookblog #igreads #pridereads #igbooks #bookworm #bookgram #bookstagram #bookish #flatlay #callmebyyourname #ilovereading #ilovebooks #lovestory #readersofig #instaread #booksbooksbooks #readmore #poolside #bookcover #reading #backlist
Midnight Radio tells four different stories, intertwined by a late-night radio broadcast telling them to face their fears and take their lives into their own hands. Every story has a different colour spectrum, which not only helped to tell them apart but added something to the story as well. Although I didn't enjoy every story equally I think they all brought something important to the table to think about. The stories were full of diversity and I just wished the stories had been longer so the characters and storylines could have been more developed because they now seemed to lack development because they were so short. Rating: 3.5/5🌟 --------------------------------------------- QOTD: What book do you wished had been longer/more developed? ---------------------------------------------- #midnightradio #graphicbovel #arc #arcreview #bookreview #minibookreview #iolandazanfardino #ebooks #books #iolandazanfardinobooks #bookstagram #booksoninstagram
The Regional Office is Under Attack! By Manuel Gonzales 🏢 Don’t you just hate it when you’ve been looking forward to reading a book, and then it kinda sucks? That was my experience with TROIUA. The premise of this book is so quirky and unique. I really thought I was going to get an action packed, Mr. & Mrs. Smith style story. One that was full of some action and adventure... but that was not at all the case. I can definitely recognize that Gonzales is a powerful writer with a likable vernacular. But the story just fell so very flat for me. I also struggled with the to and fro of the plot, between present and flashback. There were also some little things about how the story was told that made it very difficult to follow and get into. I can’t say I would recommend this, but I also can’t say that you wouldn’t like it. It just certainly wasn’t my cup of tea. 2/5 ⭐️⭐️ . . . . . . #theregionalofficeisunderattack #manuelgonzales #bibliophile #readinginspiration #bookaesthetic #currentlyreading #minibookreview #bookreview #bookstagram #bookish #bookworm #booklife #readingtime 📖 #aprilreads #dallasreaders #readersofinsta #bookstagrammer #booksbooksbooks #mrandmrssmith #actionandadventure #popularfiction #currentreads #readersofig #readinglife #bookcommunity
I read Renegades for the Fox and Wit Reading Challenge last month. It was decent, but not as good as I had hoped. If you like comic books, the story is fun and involves superheroes and villains and plots, but I just wanted more. . #bookreviewinapicture #minibookreview #photobookreview #bookblogger #loveliteratureartandreason #renegades #marissameyer #bookaboutsomeonewithsuperpowers #popsugarreadingchallenge2019 #fnwreadchallenge
Book from a sample: I received a sample of this book in my monthly book box club. I had no idea this book existed. It is the story of Ele and her wish to see the outside. This is such a moving story with well developed characters. I think that if I had analysed the story a bit better I would have been able to guess what happens. However, as I read this book in one sitting I didn't have chance. This book was good however I felt that the ending wasn't as well wrapped up as it could have been but this made it seem more true to life. 3.5* #spoilerfree #minibookreview #booknerd #reader #bookstagram #lovetoread #currentread #book #outside #bibliophile
I feel like "if you liked Sally Rooney" you’ll like this will be an overused trope this year BUT if you liked Sally Rooney then you’ll like What Red Was by Rosie Price. A bold debut following Max and Kate who are from different worlds, but become inseparable at university. After the events at a party after their graduation Kate faces a choice - to stay silent or find the courage to speak out? Pubs 9th May 2019 #whatiamreading #minibookreview
🌟🌟 2/5 Guilty Wives by James Patterson & David Ellis . . . Finished this off this evening and it definitely wasn't what I was expecting from a James Patterson novel. I read some of his Alex Cross series a few years ago, enjoyed them and was expecting the same type of thriller but this was very fluffy, and not in a good fun way, I often like a nice light read after something heavy but this would not be the type I'd want. A group of women head to Monte Carlo for a wild weekend, things take an unexpected turn and they end up in prison. The story was very unbelievable and the characters were so unrelatedable that I couldn't even have empathy for their situation. Back to Beartown for the rest of the evening, which I am loving! On a positive note, I'm already halfway through my book target for the year! . . .  #Bookstagram #BookRecommendations #WhatIAmReading #BookWorm #CurrentlyReading #Fiction #Thriller #BookRecommendations #Books #LoveToRead #TheUnreadShelfProject2019 #ShortOnShelfSpace #Book15of2019 #MiniBookReview   #IrishBookstagram #GuiltyWives #JamesPatterson #DavidEllis #MonteCarlo #AlexCross
#Repost from @cerisannebookstagram 💙 + "This little book packs a serious punch. The writing is excellent, the characters are complex, real, and utterly heartbreaking, and the relationships are obsessive and damaging, but believable. I wanted to scoop the protagonist up and wrap her in cotton wool by the end." @saderotica + + #animalseateachother  #ellenash  #bookstack #minibookreview  #bookstagram  #book  #books  #bookworm #shelfie  #bookcommunity  #debutnovel  #novella #uncorrectedproof  #arc  #literary  #litfic #independentpublishing  #indiepress  #scottishpublishing #lovereading  #lgbtbooks  #bookish  #bookrecommendation
I finished this about a few weeks ago and I must say... it still has me in a knot. I proved it and will continue to love it! For those who are struggling to understand love, friendship, companionship and trust, here's a good book for ya! #aristotleanddantediscoverthesecretsoftheuniverse #bookrecommendations #minibookreview #book
**** The title isn’t giving away any spoilers here- in the very first chapter Korede is busy literally cleaning up her sister Ayoola’s latest mess. Still, the murders take a backseat to the meat of the novel: the dynamics of Korede’s family and how it shaped them into the people they turned out to be... and whether it’s enough to keep them together. Because when Ayoola starts a relationship with the guy Korede has been pining for, all bets are off. This was a great quick read, packed with plot and lots of interesting details. I also really enjoyed reading about a country and culture I knew nothing about prior, besides that it exists. #bookstagram #minibookreview #mysistertheserialkiller
Pic title :A random stack of books. Mini Book review 📚 Well I read "the forest of thousand lantern" in the month of December and I loved it. Though the plot was somewhat more or less predictable, I found it a delightful read and the credit for it goes to the fine author who had done a tremendous job inking a familiar myth with such fineness. It is basically a East Asian rendition of the evil Queen story. Court politics, cunning and manipulative cast, supernatural elements are some of the subject s covered in the delightful book.I especially liked the manner in which , the characters were so meticulously sketched by the author. The protagonist Xifeng is an ambitious woman. She is aware of her exquisite beauty and wield it as a befitting weapon to achieve her ambition of becoming an empress. From her flight with her lover Wei from her abusive guardian to her admission in the court and her conquering the sceptre of kingdom power, the whole journey of Xifeng is in detailed followed .I sincerely appreciate the book's world which has been built on lush and rich premise.It also makes up for the slow pace of the story. #book #bookstagram #booklovers #bookaholics #bibliophile #minibookreview #bookseverywhere #igbooks #bookish #bookobsessed #booklove #bookinstagram #bookstagramer #bookporn #yabooks #bookaddict #booknerdigan #jodipicoult
Booker shortlisted Everything Under by Daisy Johnson started off as a very confusing read for me. The narrative jumps back and forth, the narrator often changing between chapters. Characters are, in some instances, sparsely drawn. This mother daughter tale encompasses abandonment, mental illness, gender fluidity, the Oedipus complex, murder and a little lost dog! The story involves Gretel and her mother Sarah together after a 16 year gap following a sudden separation. What follows is a piecing together of their earlier life as outsiders living on the river and attempts to reform some sort of relationship in the face of the mothers deteriorating health. I don’t need a book to be simple and I’m always happy to tackle a non-traditional narrative structure but this book just felt too much like hard work at times. It comes together well but getting there isn’t the easiest or most pleasurable of experiences 📚 📖 #books #bookstagram #bookstagramuk #booksbooksbooks #bookstagrammer #booksofinstagram #booksofinsta #igbooks #bookworm #booklover #reading #goodreads #igbooks #bibliophile #bookblog #booknerd #bookblogger #bookstoread #booksarelife #bookcommunity #fiction #novels #bookreview #minibookreview #shortbookreview #bookrecommendation #everythingunder #daisyjohnson #manbookerprize
Happy Monday... 💛 Time for a mini review! No spoilers .. . This wasn’t my favorite of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books, but it was still a really good book. Tjr has a way of grabbing your attention completely from the first page, and sending you on a fun ride until the end of the book. . . I was very conflicted about who I wanted to end up together while reading this book. I think she did a great job of also showing that conflict. All around this was a beautiful story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . .. I can’t wait to pick up the last couple books of TJR. She’s on my favorite author list now. . #bookstagram #bookreview #minibookreview #readerofinstagram #booksofig #taylorjenkinsreid #contemporaryfiction #pickupabook #readabook #readmore #somanybooks #bookishlife #bookworm #booksaremagic #readingislit #booksoutside #beachreads #onetrueloves
When Stack gave birth to her son Max, she left her prestigious job as a foreign correspondent to care for her newborn and to work on her novel. She discovered that, like birth, the experience of mothering a newborn can’t be anticipated. Despite the help of a full time nanny, instead of writing she was learning how to disappear. As time passed she began feeling her way first back into sanity, then her own skin, and the wider world. Then one child became two, and her family relocated from China to India. Throughout the changes she reflected on the role of a nanny in her household. What must it be like to be a working mother, like herself, who leaves their child to go and care for another’s? Instead of reporting from a foreign war zone, Stack sends dispatches from the crossroads of domestic work and motherhood. Important. Compelling. WOMEN’S WORK is a must read. Brunch: gf spinach pancakes from @gkstories with cashew yogurt, peanut butter, blueberries, ginger syrup, honey, and sunflower seeds; avocado with roasted red peppers, radishes, apples, and @miyokoscreamery double cream chive cashew cheese; poached duck eggs; quinoa breakfast patties. #womenswork #megankstack @doubledaybooks #recommendedreading #bookbrunch #bookbento #bookstagram #gfpancakes #sundaybrunch #minibookreview
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • just finished this book and i’m blown away. thinking about it now, I felt like I wasn’t reading a novel but rather reading about the lives of my friends. @clairecgibson has written a book that made me care so deeply about things I really know nothing about. three women enter West Point in the summer of 2000, all for different reasons but with one shared interest: basketball. over their four years at school, they deal with sports, tough classes, romantic liaisons, and triumphs and struggles, like so many of us. and then they graduate and prepare to go off to war. in real and heartwarming and heartbreaking ways, the book details what happens to them after that: deployments and deep sorrow and great joy, ups and downs and friendship along the way. I really don’t know much about West Point but I’m now fascinated and definitely hope to read more about it. this book is nearly 500 pages and I flew through it. it’s accurate to say I was captivated by the friendships and the depiction of worlds so like mine and yet so different. I definitely recommend reading it. book seventeen of #emhreads2019
Meghan Cox Gurdon has taken her personal and professional love of reading (she has been the @wsj Wall Street Journal’s children’s book reviewer since 2005) and written a thoughtful and inspiring book about the power of reading out loud to children—young and old—as well as the infirm and elderly. Part memoir (as Gurdon shares her family’s favorite read alouds at various points in her children’s maturity), part science of reading, The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction (2019) proves that reading out loud connects humans in a way that few things can. In the digital age of information, when we are so often distracted from the ones we hold most dear, that connection is paramount. Gurdon’s book is one which I have wanted someone to write for sometime, and I reveled in its pages. Want more than a #minibookreview ? Find a full review of this great read on my website (link in profile). Does your family read out loud together? What are some of your favorite books to read aloud?
I have realised that I have been very remiss in posting book reviews since the beginning of the year - sorry! So here we have a stack of books I have read since January 1st. Pretty small, but it is missing the 800-odd word tome 'The Labyrinth of Spirits' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon which I have lent to my mother. At least that is my excuse anyway! As I have such a massive backlog, I have decided to do mini three word reviews for each of these books (those marked with an * will get a fuller review in due course). 📘'The House on the Strand', Daphne du Maurier*: Inventive, holding back 📘'The Heart goes Last', Margaret Atwood*: Deliciously odd, undeveloped 📘'The Salt Path', Raynor Winn: Enjoyable travelling companions 📘'Sunset Song', Lewis Grassic Gibbon: Pastoral, Scottish Hardy 📘'The Handmaid's Tale', Margaret Atwood: Chilling, pertinent, sparse 📘'Northanger Abbey', Jane Austen*: unputdownable satirical wit 📘'Frenchman's Creek', Daphne du Maurier: evocative on surface 📘'The Silence of the Girls', Pat Barker: Glorious historic retelling 📘 'The Labyrinth of Spirits', Carlos Ruiz Zafon*: Spanish Gothic melodrama If you want to know more about the reviews without an *, just ask! How did you find any of these books? Does anyone else find it hard to keep on top of reviews? #bookreview #minibookreview #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #lovebooks #igreads #booksandflowers #bookstack #reader #margaretatwood #daphnedumaurier #janeausten #raynorwinn #thesaltpath #lewisgrassicgibbon #sunsetsong #patbarker #thesilenceofthegirls #carlosruizzafon
I have put off writing this review so many times so I’m finally just going to jot some things down. It’s also been over a month since I read it so of course everything I meant to write about it has left my head!! • I liked this book and I liked these characters. I liked reading about another person in the same neighborhood/universe as THE HATE U GIVE. Although, I am kind of over YA authors setting all of their books in the same place with overlap between characters— you are not SE Hinton!! • I read THE HATE U GIVE and ON THE COME UP within a year of each other. That’s probably the only time I’ve read a debut and sophomore release so close together, that weren’t part of a series. I honestly don’t know if it’s fair to compare one to the other. There were parts of ON THE COME UP that felt pretty formulaic and so similar to THE HATE U GIVE, it made me want to pick that book up instead. Despite that, you know I’m going to read everything Angie Thomas ever writes!! • • • • • #reading #bookish #booksbooksbooks #onthecomeup #bookofthemonth #bookofthemonthclub #bookworm #booknerd #bookreview #minibookreview #bookreviewer
It’s that time of week again - Sunday! I’ve finally found some time to actually sit down and get a read on. 🔮 This week has been one of those that I just haven’t wanted to read, despite trying to put a book on my nightstand in the hope I might absorb the words by osmosis 🔮 And that’s okay!! Today however I woke up and instantly grabbed Daisy and am already halfway through it 😁 Funny how your mood really defines the pace of reading!! 🔮 Does anyone else have those sorts of days where you can’t bring yourself to read?? 🔮 I was scared about this one, simply because it’s so popular at the moment, but it’s so easy to read and enjoy that by the third page I knew the hype was well deserved! 🔮 I’m loving the style - such a sucker for anything remotely different - and the way it allows the characters to give such differing opinions on events! That makes it seem all the more realistic to me 🔮 So far - sooooo good. I hope there’s a good ending to come!!!
This book describes the processes and possible problems one may experience in your teenage years. The descriptions are accurate and relatable for younger people but even though the book is geared towards parents, caregivers and teachers and gives retrospective questions, it doesn't really offer many solutions...well... except maybe God? And I know this book is from 1999 and, which I learned while reading, has some Christian influences... But some things really bugged me. Apparently, everyone experiences a phase in which they are gay, and although being gay IS a sin, it isn't the biggest sin... so we should still kinda accept it?? The whole mindset behind the book bugged me. We get a section about growing up in families where the father is absent and what the effects of that are, but the book never discusses the consequences of not growing up with a mother! The book tries to cover so many issues in 100 pages that it feels unfinished and shallow. ----------------------------------------------- QOTD: Do you read self-help/self-improvement books? AOTD: I don't really 😅. ----------------------------------------------- #booksandflowers #drs .bertreinds #book #iklachwelmaarikbennietblij #books #minibookreview #bookreview #booksoninstagram #bookstagram
So much brilliance in one place—David Szalay’s TURBULENCE and lox sushi. Do you ever board an airplane and wonder about the lives of your fellow passengers? Where are they going and where do they come from? What events make us take to the sky, call us home, or pull us away? These glimmers, like a glimpse of the white of an eye in the dark, leave us leaning forward and searching for a longer look. Assured writing that is less about style and more about mastery of the very art of fiction. #turbulence #davidszalay @simonandschuster @scribnerbooks #galleybrag #booksandsushi #bookbento #bookstagram #minibookreview
Happy Saturday Book Friends! I had to take advantage of this BEAUTIFUL day outside to get a quick book pic. . I finished Meet Me At The Museum last week and found it peculiar, charming and ultimately heartwarming. It was a bit of a slow read for me as I picked it back up after putting in down last November, but worth it in the end. Side note, absolutely love that this book was written by a retired grandmother and it was her first novel ❤️😊. . What are you up to this weekend? . -Sinead. . . . #bookcover #meetmeatthemuseum #bookstagram #minibookreview #bibliophilelife #books 📚 #booksbooksbooks #instareads #booksarelife #readersofig #allthebooks #fortheloveofbooks #bookcommunity #booktography #readersofig #booksandthebigcites #currentread #currentreads #2019reads #bookphoto #bookworm #bookish #sanfrancisco
Hejka po długiej przerwie. Niestety, mój postój czytelniczy trwał bardzo długo, ale na szczęście ostatnio chęć czytania powróciła ze zdwojoną siła #😀 Udało mi się skoczyć serię Więzień Labiryntu, którą pokochałam całym swoim serduszkiem i pewnie wielu się ze mną nie zgodzi, ale myślę że nie jest to seria o wiele słabsza od Igrzysk Śmierci. Jednakże moje zdjęcie przedstawia książkę #eveainsworth , pod tytułem #7dni . Jest to druga książka tej autorki, z którą się zapoznałam, ponieważ pierwsza to Krzywda i muszę przyznać że ta, czyli 7 Dni jest według mnie lepsza. Historia dotyczy Jess, która przez swoją nadwagę jest ofiarą przemocy psychicznej oraz fizycznej w swojej szkole, której często dopuszcza się piękna Kez. Dzięki temu, że historia ta jest opowiedziana ze stron obu dziewczyn poznajemy nie tylko ciężkie życie szkolne i domowe Jess, ale również życie Kez. Książka obrazuje nie tylko ciężkie życie ofiary przemocy, ale także obrazuje czynniki, które wpływają na dane zachowanie agresora. Czytelnik może wczuć się w emocje kierujące obiema bohaterami oraz zrozumieć ich postępowanie. Myślę, że jest to książka napisana bardzo przystępnym językiem i dająca do myślenia szczególnie osobom młodym, nastolatkom, którzy nie przejmują się problemem przemocy psychicznej oraz fizycznej. . . . #jess #kezz #abuse #white #black #green #books #library #bookstagram #bookstagrampl #bookish #bookworm #instabook #bookinsta #bookstagrammer #reading #booklover #booknerd #bookaholic #bookish #bookaddict #booklovers #bookclub #instaread #minibookreview #bookobsessed #czytambolubie
So um...am I a cold-hearted monster for not crying during part 4 of this book? 🤔 I really thought I was going to be a ball of feels at the end of this book! While I found the writing to be beautiful and I cared about this family, it never quite hooked into my heart like it has for so many other readers. The writer does such a great job of exploring such nuanced, deep feelings in each of the characters and the writing really is exquisite. I would still recommend it, but for me, it wasn't a favorite like I thought it would be, and perhaps the major hype for this one affected my experience. ⭐⭐⭐💫 . A big thank you to my friend @casebounder for recommending this one as part of #myfriendsfavereads challenge for the year. I'm really glad to have read it and I always trust Casey's taste in books. . . . . #bookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #readingismagical #minibookreview #whatiread #aplaceforus #diversespines #wocwriters #coverlove #booksofig #readersofig #readstagram #bookishinstagram #bookcommunity
clutteredthoughts I just finished Windwitch and am glad I gave the series a chance. I admit I don't remember much of the first book. But I think this one nicely set up what is to come in the next installments. Three things I really liked: 1. ᴀᴇᴅᴜᴀɴ ᴀɴᴅ ɪsᴇᴜʟᴛ's ᴘᴀʀᴛɴᴇʀsʜɪᴘ I love the author for not putting romance in the forefront of this dynamic. Thus, I can fully appreciate the burgeoning friendship between the two. Albeit their partnership was formed on need for survival and sprinkled with distrust, circumstances and common causes are slowly changing that. 2. ᴍᴇʀɪᴋ ʙᴇɪɴɢ ɪᴍᴘᴇʀғᴇᴄᴛ He was the perfect Prince in the first book. Thank goodness he's done being MarySue. Him falling from his high chair is definitely good for his character because he has a lot of growing up to do. He's still a bit whiny here but it's okay, he'll get there somehow. I hope he gets broken more so he can be reshaped anew into a better man. Let's not say King because I'm not sure if I'm going to root for him. 3. ᴠɪᴠɪᴀ's ɪɴsᴇᴄᴜʀɪᴛɪᴇs It makes her human and relatable. She was painted villain from the start by Merik that reading from her POV also shed a different light on Merik. For me, it sort of highlighted Merik's character flaws. Vivia seems to be so put together that being inside her head made me appreciate the strength she has in trying to keep everything together. Annnd maybe I should add how much I loved the new character introduced towards the end? #MiniBookReview #SusanDennard
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. A book set in rural England in the 80s, exploring a year in the life of a thirteen year old boy who’s trying to keep his stammer under wraps. . I really enjoyed this book. It does a brilliant job of documenting the experience of being a teenager, accurately portraying the ups and downs of teenage life - which are in equal parts funny, heartbreaking and full of worry. . I also really loved the 80s references, with both current affairs and cultural references providing a backdrop for a lot of the events that unfold. My particular favourite was the chapter about the school disco, in which our narrator recounts the full playlist of the evening with such enthusiasm. . Makes you want to go away and listen to some Talking Heads...not a bad thing at all. . . . . . . . . . . . . #davidmitchell #blackswangreen #bookstagram #instareads #instabooks #bookworm #bookish #readingresolutions2019 #minibookreview #booksofmyyear #goodreads #booksreadbyme2019
Adding this to the stack of “totally devastating, impeccably structured books” that I can’t recap or screenshot without spoiling the heart-stabbing plot turns. Content warning: beautiful but brutal . . . . #theborderofparadise #esméweijunwang #booksandplants #minibookreview
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