Life update! I haven't been reading much at all (around 100 of 500 pages into The Invisible Man, which I have been enjoying very much). Man, this has been a busy few weeks. While wrapping up the Spanish semester by giving and grading finals, receiving missing assignments, and saying bye to amazing kids as I pack up my stuff, I'm also learning how to be a librarian for a few months, and a new online semester at Drexel Online started to keep me moving toward teaching English. Goodness. Not a lot of reading time in there. But I'm doing it! It's being done! And I knew what I signed up for. I love the learning of new skills and teaching new classes - but pray for sleep and health (and grace from my ever-lovin' fam) as this semester starts to ease into a routine. .
All that being said, here is a picture of a book recommended by my brother-in-law, who says it moves very quickly despite it's many pages. I just happened to see it on the shelves and remembered he said it was his next read :)
Did you grow up watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood? I watched reruns sometimes, but only occasionally. My brother and I were usually more interested in Dragon Tales and Clifford. 😂 I value Mr. Rogers’s show much more now—I’ve been YouTubing episodes of it lately and it’s so calming 😌
The Good Neighbor, a biography of Mr. Rogers. I’m really enjoying it! He is a great guy to read about and it’s so interesting to read about early TV production. Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it?
Fun fact: I gave this to my grandma for Christmas and as soon as she opened it I put my myself on top of the list to read it when she was done 😅 So thanks, Nana, for reading it so quickly and lending it to me 😄❤️
have you ever stayed up late reading?📖 •
[The Wicked King / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️] godfuckingdAMMIT. im still so angry at this book and i will literally throw hands rn with the person who allowed @blackholly
to write that fREAKING piece of shit CLIFFHANGER. why u gotta do me dirty like that. why u gotta do us ALL dirty like that !!! THERE’d BETTER BE MORE CRUEL AND NASTY CARDAN IN BOOK THREE OKAY ??
literally what the fuck. i could not sleep because of #TheWickedKing
*wild screeching* i have to wAIT AN ENTIRE YEAR?? FOR BOOK 3? ARE U JOKING MY LIFE RN, uGH at 3am i was about to run around throwing things, i’m—
*indiscernible noises of frustration in the background*
Viet Thanh Nguyen and Luis Alberto Urrea last night at Royce Hall. Learn to say their names and don’t underestimate the power or your story, your voice or your own “weird” or “difficult” name.
I’ve been so HAPPY lately in my busy-ness 😍 I have a deep feeling that writing about investing is my happy place and I’ve been meaning to get here for a long time and HECK YEAH NOW LETS RUMBLE with practical ideas, applications, and real life truth about Investing Practice 💪💪💪You overwhelmed me with your responses to signing up for this new project of mine!! 💗💗 If you don’t know what I’m talking about, sign up for my mailing list at 💡danielletown.com💡and you’ll get the info with my next free newsletter 💸💸💸
This cover story by Viet Thanh Nguyen for TIME magazine perfectly sums up what Nguyen and Luis Alberto Urrea share in their writing. Both seek to humanize the immigrant and refugee experience, give voice to previously unheard perspectives and question the narratives we tell ourselves as Americans. It’s an honor to have them with us at Royce Hall tonight.
Congrats to the legendary James Lee Burke, whose latest novel “The New Iberia Blues” will debut at #4
on the ‘New York Times’ bestseller list 🙂🎊 And as a special treat, he sends his thanks to all the readers: “Hello, everyone. I wanted to tell new readers and old readers of my work how much I appreciate their support and the good will they have shown me. ‘The New Iberia Blues’ is doing exceptionally well, and in fact is really hauling freight, I'm indebted to all those who have written me about it and those who have recommended it to others and have obviously brought about its publishing success. Washington Irving wrote about the reciprocity that exists between an author and his reader. It is based on trust and mutual admiration and eventually it becomes an imperishable bond. I never met Ernest Hemingway or Flannery O'Connor, but had I met them I know they would have been like old friends.” It’s an honor to publish JLB, and there are few authors writing today with the ability to weave so much lyricism and intrigue into a damn good mystery. And the best part? He’s a great guy!
Rise up from where you’ve been, scrub away the tears and the pain of yesterday, and start again...
Join us this Thursday night at Royce Hall for a conversation with prize-winning authors Viet Thanh Nguyen and Luis Alberto Urrea. Both write about the immigrant experience while exploring the society we all share as Americans.
“The Dinner” by Herman Koch 💙 Paul Lohman and his wife meet up for a fancy dinner with Paul’s brother (and the show-in for prime minister) and the brother’s wife. Paul hates his brother but must suffer through the dinner because an important topic is on the table; Paul’s son and his brother’s son committed a crime for which they haven’t been caught yet, and someone is blackmailing the boys - what do the fathers do? This novel is told by a sharply observant narrator who cuts through the veneer of civility and is a great read.
#thedinner #hermankoch #bookrecommendations #bookreview #nytbestseller #shelfie
When your husband is supportive AF and totally gets the law of attraction ✨📖🙏🏼
When your husband is supportive *AND* knows the importance of the law of attraction ✨📖🙏🏼
If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? #TheImmortalists
(first recommended to me by the clever @thebritsnaps
) has one of the most enthralling premises of any book in recent memory as it follows the four Gold siblings as they approach the date assigned to them by a fortune teller years earlier as the date of their death. The book packs a punch and asks big questions. What is the difference between being alive and living? Is our fate already predetermined? And is knowledge truly power? It is mesmerising and dazzling and all consuming and immersive which is exactly what you want out of fiction.
Happiness is not sleeping, getting up at the ass crack of dawn, driving to another town, dragging in 70 pounds of stuff, trying to listen to people tell me about themselves while setting up, giving “the best speech we’ve had in years,” being invited out with strangers who become friends, tearing everything down, dragging it back to the car, heaving it all in back, and finding this card from MTM. He is my soul, the greatest gift of my life. #authorsofinstagram #authorlife #nytbestseller #memoir #cardstagram #speaking #neworleans #mustread
"More often than not, you see the worst of people. You learn that most adults lie. That most people only look out for themselves. That you are only as interesting as you are useful to someone. And so your personality is shaped. You know too much, and this knowledge makes you wary. You grow fearful and mistrustful. The expression of emotion does not come naturally, so you learn to fake it. To pretend. To display an empathy you don’t actually feel. And so it is that you learn how to pass, if you’re lucky, to look like everyone else, even though you’re broken inside." - Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train
#orphantrain #novel #crıstınabakerklıne #bestseller #nytbestseller #newyorktimesbestseller #bookistaph
You know what the best thing about fear is? It’s not real 😱 🥳That means EVERY form of fear isn’t real, and exists *only* in our minds. Phew! 😰This makes turning back to our original loving state and unlearning the fear imprinted in our DNA 🧬 that much easier. Just as the present is the only real existence, love is the only real truth in the universe ♥️💫 For some people, my last two statements may conjure up feelings like: judgement, frustration, any defenses you are comfortable using, intellectualism, and even flat out anger. 😡 It is your ego’s job to try and disprove the above statements in an attempt to “protect” you from any situation you consciously or subconsciously fear. Fear has so many costumes in its closet, it masquerades in many forms. 👻 Right now, it could feel like “that is so obviously untrue,” that it is “too good to be true,” or my past personal favorite to use: “yeah that’s for other people/I’ve been through too much for you to tell me fear isn’t real.” 🙅🏽♀️If you’re experiencing something similar, that’s okay. 🤗 The wonderful news is that our ego is consistent in its mannerisms, making it more predictable, easily studied, learned, and let go to make room for love. We’re here in this moment to lovingly tell the ego its job is done here, and we are officially relieving it from its duties. At ease! 💫♥️
I’ve started writing a book about unlearning fear - sort of a how-to using my own experiences. I believe the messages I’ve been receiving are directly from the universe/spirit/love that surrounds us and will help me to spread love around the world more freely. This is a rough-ish passage from my book 📖 🤓 💫
#spiritualawakening #spiritualentrepreneur #innerpeace #innerwork #love #ego #universe #spirit #god #blogger #publishedauthor #nytbestseller #momentum #support #havealovelyday