lindabookmania

Linda White

Writer, poet, reader, blogger, photographer, book arts. Potterhead, Shire. ๐Ÿ”ฎ CR: Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo ๐Ÿ“šโœ’๐Ÿ“

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๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฎ Which Witch? ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ I've really been digging all the spooky and fall themed posts here! You guys are killing it! (Haha pun intended!) โš”โšฐ๐Ÿ”ฎ I have here a couple good witchy reads. If you are looking for a GREAT witchy read based on actual history, check out Daughters of the Witching Hill by @mary.sharratt ! This is an incredible look at the 1612 Pendle witch hunt, based on records of the clerk of the court. I've also got The Witches by Stacy Schiff, which I have not read yet, but I won it on GoodReads ages ago and I feel like I don't want to let it go without reading it. And many magical reads, some of which I am using for research on my WIP and some of which just intrigue me. The Witch is IN!! ๐Ÿ˜ Hope you guys are having a great weekend. I was at a poetry conference and got pulled into a Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) concert as we were leaving Saturday night. If you look quick you can see some of that in my stories. And a friend at the conference gave me a tip about a temp job for a week or two, so I may be scarce while that's going on. It also may disrupt my readalong schedule but ya gotta make hay while the sun shines! (Also take pictures! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ“ธ) Tell me what you did this weekend! #bookstagram #books #HalloweenReads #witches #daughtersofwitchinghill #marysharratt #hmhbooks #thewitches #LittleBrown #stacyschiff #spookyreads #thewitchisin #โคmybesom #witchesofinstagram
๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ‘’ Rep Search! ๐Ÿ‘’๐Ÿ’– I'm throwing my hat into the ring to be a rep for one of my favorite artists on Instagram! Hey @stellabookishart !! I am such a fan of yours. Truly. I hope you know that! But I also know that you are a kind person, and I have been so happy to see your business become such a success! It is a tough business, and this is why I would love to be a rep for you. I am Linda from the United States and the great state of Minnesota. I am probably old enough to be your mother. ๐Ÿ˜ But my love of books of all types knows no bounds! I am currently besotted with Laini Taylor, so I am finishing up the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy before I finish Strange the Dreamer. I saw her a couple of weeks ago here and she was lovely! Other favorites include Victoria Schwab and Maggie Stiefvater, and of course you will see I post regularly about Tolkien and Harry Potter. But in truth I read widely and I am trying to be better about posting different books. I post daily, and while my follower number isn't huge, I interact with a great many of them so it is a true number. The Bookstagram community is my true fam! Stella, I think I'd be a good rep for you because I am a promotions professional, and I can assure you that you would get 110% of my effort on your behalf. I am a true fan of your work and I would love to work with you! I hope you'll choose me as a rep. Think what we could do leading up to the holiday season! (We could definitely brainstorm about that!) ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Fingers crossed!! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž #stellarepsearch7 #bookstagram #books #repsearch #bookmanialife #booksarelife ๐Ÿ“š #booksofinstagram #bookishmerch #bookishquotes
๐Ÿ”Ž ๐ŸŽปWarlock Sherlock ๐ŸŽป๐Ÿ”Ž Where are my Sherlock fans?!? This was a fun read! And come to find out that it is part of a series! So wait, there's more? Oh goodie! ๐Ÿค— Thanks to author @gsdenning for generously sending this to me. I enjoyed the aspects of it that were canon, deliciously twisted into demonic possession, with a bit of wry humor thrown in. The donuts! Too funny. Anyone who is a fan of Sherlock Holmes has to read this. And then, anyone who isn't. It is the perfect book for October. Or January. Or, you know, whenever you might be craving some cool world building and fun characters! That is, if you think an ogre who likes ballet is fun! I don't want to give away anything else! The discovery and connecting the dots with the original work are half the fun. But I daresay it would be fun even if you haven't read the original. I'm going to look for the next book. I gave this five stars on GoodReads, and I will feature it in my Halloween Reads post. Which is going up soon. Really. ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ Have you read any takes on a classic that surprised you with the direction they took? I have heard of Pride & Prejudice and Zombies but I've not read it because zombies are a nope for me. Demons, fine. Zombies, big N-O. #bookstagram #books #SherlockHolmes #WarlockHolmes #classicparody #gsdenning #mystery #HalloweenReads #detectivestories #sherlockian #Funko #Funkopop
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ‘ตAgatha๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿ”Ž One benefit of digging through my boxes in the basement - I found all my old Agatha paperbacks! To be honest I had forgotten I owned these. It has been that long. But now they are seeing the light of day again! Last year I posted the white edition of Halloween Party. And now I see I have the green edition as well, with the creeptastic face in the apples. I admit, I am sometimes guilty of buying a different edition of a book just for the cover! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Swipe to see close ups of the covers and the stack. I read a whole lot of Agatha when I was younger, but I don't remember much of it. So I guess I can read it again and not know whodunnit! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I also loved the Hercule Poirot mysteries on A&E with their fabulous Art Deco costumes and sets. Who else loves Agatha Christie? Who is your favorite fictional detective? #bookstsgram #books #HalloweenReads #AgathaChristie #QueenofMystery #herculepoirot #missmarple #classics #Vintagebooks #bookstack #murderandmayhem #bookcollecting
๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸงŸโ€โ™‚๏ธ The Monster ๐ŸงŸโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽƒ Or the man? Honestly, who started this? It is the mad scientist who is Frankenstein, folks. Glad I cleared that up! Now. I am all up in the spooky vibe! Finally! And it is finally fall here! Crisp and bright and pretty! I love it! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ Who has read Frankenstein? I just read the retelling by Kiersten White. And now I feel like I need to go back and reread the original. But can we talk about Mary Shelley for a moment? Because that is one badass chick. She rose to the occasion of a dare, really. And wiped the floor with the guys sitting there. She had a lot to overcome, even if she was elevated by class and money to a place much more comfortable than the majority of the populace. I don't know as much about her life as I would like, but darling Lu has suggested to me that I should look into some journals and letters, which I want to do. And I know I am late to the party, but if you swipe you will see her Frankenstein challenge, and it's not too late! And if you want some meaty content, complete with bibliographies, head on over to @theisleofapples and check out her posts! They are magnificent. #twohundredstein - Frankenstein conquers the world - redefining a genre #bookstagram #books #Frankenstein #Frankenstein200 #MaryShelley #gothichorror #classics #barnesandnobleclassics #photochallenge #HalloweenReads #spookyreads #horrorstories
๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿง Pictures Worth a Thousand ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ–ผ I have to tip my hat - ๐ŸŽฉ - to the playwright, the poet, who famously obsessed over a comma, the dandy, the man about town, the novelist, Oscar Wilde. Today is his birthday! And if you want a crazy story, just look at his life. This is the first book of his I've read. I am about halfway through and we have just gotten to something curious. It is mostly, up until this point, all about who is dining with whom, and which theater to go to. But what else does one do when you have no occupation? Those Victorians. I am finding, of course, the usual societal visions of women (from the male perspective) are a bit annoying and cliche. But remembering, quickly, that this is the fount from which those cliches sprung. Soldiering on. I am thankful to @coffeecoffeecat for bringing to my attention the readalong of this. I went to the library to get a copy, and then found I owned this one! (After just eyeing it at Barnes & Noble and almost buying it. Again.) It is such a pleasure to read this nice edition. And I'm excited to have folks to discuss it with, too! So if you've read the pithy quotes, and heard about The Importance of Being Earnest, or maybe seen Dorian Gray in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, I urge you to try something full length. And for more details, per usual, visit @theisleofapples to read her tribute! #wildwithwilde Happy Birthday, Oscar! ๐ŸŽ‚ #bookstagram #books #OscarWilde #classics #thepictureofdoriangray #Barnesandnoble #Victorian #barnesandnobleclassics #VictorianLit #readalong #Lo -Fi
๐Ÿง›โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ–ค Not Horrible ๐Ÿ–ค ๐Ÿง›โ€โ™‚๏ธ I know... ringing endorsement, right? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Well, this is one of the only books that is classified as horror which I really like. I found this a fascinating look at life and the frame of mind of a population in the time when cities were making the transition between gaslight and electric light. That's what does it for me - the gaslight. I was expecting a creepy story, and a big castle. What I got was much more. It was so much more introspective than I expected. I came away thinking that Bram Stoker was a much better writer than just one story. Maybe it's time for a reread! What do you think of Dracula? Do you like it? I want to read the new book that is supposed to be about Bram Stoker. Also, irony. I am finally getting around to talking about creepy reads, after two weeks of rain EVERY DAY, and what do ya know? Today is beautiful! Blue sky and bright sun! โ˜€๏ธ Which means that I can once again take pictures. But maybe the gloomy weather would have been better? ๐Ÿ˜‚ #bookstagram #books #Dracula #vampirelit #vampires #BramStoker #barnesandnobleclassics #classiclit #classics #horrorstories #HalloweenReads #spookyreads
๐Ÿ–ค ๐Ÿง Poe-fect ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ–ค Haha. Okay. That's bad, I know! But I really fancy some Poe today. I went to the Twin Cities Book Festival here yesterday and I talked to a LOT of poets. Sometimes poetry just works better than anything to capture a mood. And I'm in the mood for some spook. I am reading a bunch of YA fantasy (Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo) and I love it, but I think I might dip into a little Poe. I still need to post my Halloween Reads post! But gah! I keep getting sidetracked! Seriously. I plan this post all year long and I always have to rush at the last minute. Why do we do this to ourselves? Anyway. I got this wee little volume of Poe from Stacey at @bookishpursuit and she included the bookmark with it, which I love! It is an Oxford University Press edition of Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination from 1975. Swipe to see the cool embossing on the cover! And in a funny twist, it is stamped for the Bethel Seminary Library, which is here in St. Paul! But Stacey doesn't live here. Funny how things come full circle! Do you have a favorite Poe story or poem?? #bookstagram #books #EdgarAllenPoe #vintagebooks #fallreads #HalloweenReads #Poe #poetry #poetsofinstagram #secondhandbooks #OxfordUniversityPress #talesofmysteryandimagination
๐Ÿฆ… ๐Ÿ’™ Ravenclaw ๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿฆ… On this #FellowshipFriday here is a shout out to my fellow Ravenclaws!! Gimme a ๐Ÿ’™ in the comments! I know I should know who some of you are by now, but I do not trust my memory. Coffee doesn't seem to be working today. โ˜• I got this pin at a con this summer as I am trying to get some more Ravenclaw merch. I bought the bag at Target and the coaster was in a Vellum box. Some sun here today but not much. Weather lady says we should get some soon. Looking forward to that so I can take some decent pics. โ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ Also looking forward tomorrow to the Twin Cities Book Festival. ๐ŸŽช๐ŸŽช๐ŸŽช Is anyone on here going?? I am only going for a short time. It is the first time in maybe 8 years that I don't have an author there or am not manning a table or some other such nonsense. So it will be just a quick buzz through and say hi to folks. I have been hermiting a long time! And so I'm off to do that some more. The upside is edits are coming along! This is a hard pass for POV but I know I can do it!! What are you looking forward to this weekend? #bookstagram #books #HarryPotter #Potterhead #Ravenclaw #JKRowling #HousePride #Bluebooks #HarryPotter20thanniversary #amediting #WIP #friyay
๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ Journeys ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ I am immersed in the world of Middle Earth. In the past month, I've read The Hobbit, which was excellent as always, and the two stories collected in the little book on the right. Faeries and dragons and elves. Dwarves and eagles and magic rings. It all works. I am just about to start a reread of The Fellowship of the Ring for the #readthroughmiddleearth readalong, and I'm really looking forward to it. I feel like I've learned so much since the last time I read it, which was for last year's Middle Earth March. I'm currently starting a major structural edit on my own novel. And after years of editing the work of others, boy howdy is this a wake up call. Two hours of work yesterday and my brain was mush. So don't be surprised if you don't see as much of me on here - though I will be in need of the moral support more than ever, I fear. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Hats off to all the writers out there! I am going deep. Leave the bridge down, and raise the portcullis. I shall return! ๐Ÿฐ What is one big challenge you have overcome this year?? Come on, I want to know! Also, a big hug to @mel.reads.alot who not only changed her handle after restarting her account after being hacked, but weathered a HURRICANE yesterday!! Glad to hear she is safe and sound! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• Go give her some love! Oh! And check my story for the unboxing of the @tookishcandleco Bilbo's Gift box, which was amazing! #bookstagram #books #Tolkien #TheHobbit #Tolkientribe #JRRTolkien #Frodo #LOTR #LordoftheRings #MiddleEarth #FarmerGilesofHam #SmithofWoottonMajor #ThorinThursday #Funkos #Funkopop #matildathereadingdragon
โ˜€๏ธ ๐Ÿฆ The Thrush Knocks ๐Ÿฆ โ˜€๏ธ "Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks and the setting sun with the last light of Durin's Day will shine upon the key hole." ๐ŸŒ™ "We still call it Durin's Day when the last moon of autumn and the sun are in the sky together. But I fear it passes our skill in these days to guess when such a time will come again." ๐Ÿฆ "There on a grey stone in the center of the grass was an enormous thrush. It had caught a snail and was knocking it on the stone. Suddenly Bilbo understood." โ˜€๏ธ "Then suddenly when their hope was lowest a red ray of the sun escaped like a finger through a rent in the cloud. A gleam of light came straight through the opening into the bay and fell on the smooth rock face." ๐Ÿƒ I love this. Happy Durin's Day, everyone! ๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒš๐ŸŒ  ๐ŸŒŒ I could do with a ray of sun, myself. So much grey. But last night was a big ray of sun! I got to meet Laini Taylor, AND I got to meet the wonderful @abookishdragon ! And many other friends were there. It was amazing. I am inspired. So things are gonna change around here. For the better! "I might find somewhere where I can finish my book." ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š What inspires you?? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ #bookstagram #books #Tolkien #TheHobbit #TolkienTuesday #TolkienTribe #JRRTolkien #Bilbo #BilboBaggins #Durinsday #TheLonelyMountain
๐Ÿ‘น ๐Ÿ‘ผ Angels and gods ๐Ÿ‘ผ ๐Ÿ‘น TONIGHT I get to meet Laini Taylor!! I am halfway through Strange the Dreamer, and I will pick up my preorder of Muse tonight. Why did I wait so long to start Dreamer? Do yourself a favor, read it now. Don't do what I did. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was probably the first book I read that was classified as YA. And I LOVED it! But the rest of the series wasn't out yet, so I kind of forgot about it. Then I got the box set to binge it, and last year I started over... and didn't finish it. I am halfway through Days of Blood and Starlight. ๐Ÿ˜• But I heard that reading Gods and Monsters will help understand some things in Muse of Nightmares so I am going to finish this series first before I start Muse. After I blaze through Strange the Dreamer, which kept me up til 2am last night! So good. Laini is one of the most beautiful prose writers out there. If you haven't read any of her books, just pick one and start. I cannot believe I finally get to meet her! So excited. PLUS there is every chance I will also get to meet @abookishdragon and we have been fangirling about everything for so long that I am pretty sure we are twins. And I just found out she is going. So I am very excited about that, too! And excited to see all the other MN Bookstagrammers who will be there! Tagging some! What a night this is shaping up to be! It has been raining here and so gloomy for the past week or so that I am struggling to take pictures. It is just grey grey grey. So if that's what I get, that's what you get. Tell me if it's sunny where you are? I need some sun in my feed! โ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ #bookstagram #books #LainiTaylor #strangethedreamer #fantasy #NightofCakeandPuppets #daughterofsmokeandbone #karou #bookstagrammersunite #museofnightmares #redballoonbookshop
๐Ÿ›ก๐Ÿ—ก Warrior๐Ÿ—ก๐Ÿ›ก Time to take a page from Boromir's book, folks, and be a warrior. I'm not going to say too much about the events of the past couple weeks, except that I did manage to watch the whole hearing because my father-in-law was here, and he does that type of thing. But if you feel hopeless or bad or sad, just reach out. Grab hold of someone and gain some strength. Pull out the warrior that lives deep inside you and let her (or him) roar. Just don't give up. And don't be complacent. Don't think this doesn't affect you. Because it does. Okay. Jeez. I didn't even mean to say any of that - it just sort of came out. But there. I want you to know you are not alone. Boromir is not actually one of my favorite characters from The Lord of the Rings. I just thought he was a sad man. But he had strength down inside. And when I got this in a mystery mini a couple weeks ago, I was kind of like, oh yeah. He is cool, and so detailed! Lookit his bitty horn! And why on earth have they not made a full size funko of Boromir? My reread of Fellowship hasn't exactly started yet. But soon! I got caught up in Shadow and Bone and Strange the Dreamer. It's all so good! What are you reading this weekend?? #bookstagram #books #Tolkien #LordoftheRings #hero #warrior #Boromir #Tolkientribe #LOTR #JRRTolkien #mysterymini #FellowshipoftheRings
๐Ÿ“š โš” Back to Ravka โš” ๐Ÿ“š Started this last night for #queenbardugoreads and omg I was up til 1am and read 200 pages. Totally addicting! I love this world so much. Who else shares my love for Queen Bardugo? We are reading the whole trilogy and duology in preparation for the release of King of Scars in January! Thanks to @okamimars for pulling this together! If you have read these, which book is your favorite of the five? I can't wait to read Six of Crows again. I cannot believe that I have never reread these! Short post today because I am going to work a friend's booth at Oktoberfest! Should be fun! I will try to post some pics in my stories later! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ #bookstagram #books #Grishaverse #bookmap #LeighBardugo #Grisha #ShadowandBone #GrishaArmy #SaintsAlive #readalong #Ravka #fridayreads
๐Ÿ–ค ๐Ÿ’€ Behold Death ๐Ÿ’€ ๐Ÿ–ค Behold... in what is fast becoming my darkly filtered montage of ghastly characters and beings... Thestral! Oh my gosh. I first saw this on a post by @i.dream.of.hogwarts and I had to find one. Lo and behold, two stores later, he is mine. He is majestral. He is stark. Swipe to see the ghostly stare. I'm betting those eyes glow. What do you think? ๐Ÿ˜Ž I have been trying to be good, really I have. But this one. I could not let him get away. ๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ’ฅ *Spoiler Alert* ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฃ This was one of the great surprises of the series for me. I honestly was so impressed with just the IDEA that there was an animal which only people who had seen death could see. I mean, what? Wow. This was one of the many things that impressed me about this series, and JK Rowling in general. The way it was handled, and the role they played. I love it. What is your favorite magical beast in Harry Potter? (Not Hedwig - we all know she is our favorite! But she is not magical, is she?) Not the Fantastic Beasts franchise, either, but the original series. #bookstagram #books #HarryPotter #Potterhead #harrypotterandtheorderofthephoenix #thestral #funkos #funkopop #Matildathereadingdragon #bookanimal #death #HalloweenReads
๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿ“š Picking editions ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿƒ Here are my copies of Fellowship of the Ring. I am getting ready to start this for #readthroughmiddleearth for which I just finished The Hobbit. We had the discussion Sunday night, and I think we are all in agreement that Smaug is magnificent and adventure was good for Bilbo. Now I just have to decide which edition to read. I usually pick the one in the upper left, but it is getting old and the binding is none too stable. So I think I will go with my newest edition, the one on the upper right. The other two are too small for my old eyes, and this one looks nice and solid, with bigger pages. Baptism! In September I read seven books. I just posted a pic to my story with the books, but I left off The Other Wind by Ursula LeGuin, the last of the Earthsea books. I have now decided to count that for September. What a fantastic series! We will have that discussion soon. I've got a few other readalongs going on in October - Jane Eyre for #brontereadalong and The Picture of Dorian Gray for #wildwithwilde with @coffeecoffeecat and then there is Shadow and Bone for #queenbardugoreads but I have to locate my copy. Should be a fun reading month! #bookstagram #books #Tolkien #FellowshipoftheRing #LordoftheRings #LOTR #TolkienTribe #JRRTolkien #fallreads #janeeyre #pictureofdoriangray #shadowandbone #Grishaverse
๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ–ค Signing ๐Ÿ–ค ๐Ÿ“š Tonight I am going to see Victoria Schwab!! ๐Ÿ˜œ I cannot believe it. She has never been to Minnesota before. She says she will sign all your books, so this is my stack. For some reason, I don't have a copy of A Gathering of Shadows. And my copy of Our Dark Duet is already signed, because I bought it from Parnassus. And I wasn't able to get a copy of Vicious yet. They are on order. ๐Ÿ˜• So this is my rather odd mix. But that's okay. I bought a copy of Vengeful, even though I have a box on the way that includes a book. I just couldn't help myself. It is a different edition. Where, I ask you, is willpower so weak as in a bookstore?? I am just so pleased and excited to be able to meet her. ๐Ÿ˜Š I honestly cannot do anything else today. Talk about distracted! Gah! ๐Ÿ˜‹ Who is one author you would love to meet?? ๐Ÿค— #bookstagram #books #Vengeful #Vicious #VictoriaSchwab #TorBooks #epicreads #VESchwab #bookstack #Schwabling #signedbooks #Adsomfeatures #ADSOM
๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ’€ Getting creepy ๐Ÿ’€๐ŸŽƒ Okay, I'm about ready. I skip right over that whole apple orchard thing, never mind the cozy hay rides or the piles of rosy apples. ๐ŸŽ I have hayfever and I am allergic to raw apples. So nope. Maybe it's because my birthday is late September. ๐ŸŽˆ (It was yesterday!) And I usually manage to stretch it out into at least a Birthday Week. (Who could ever celebrate all in one day?!?) ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚ Just give me the spooky vibes. I will skip straight from birthday to putting up my little cemetery, putting the final touches on a costume, and getting my Halloween Reads post together. Bring it! Here's my lovely dementor. I don't think he has appeared here before. He is lovingly detailed. I also used a dark filter so we shall see how I like that later. It just looked too happy and bright. ๐Ÿ˜Ž What is your favorite spooky read?? Harry Potter is definitely one of my favorite rereads for fall, but I need some new titles! I know. The bookstacks here are starting to take over. Help me. #fnwreadchallenge - Fall read book - Harry Potter #bookstagram #books #HarryPotter #Potterhead #Dementor #spookyreads #HalloweenReads #Funkos #Funkopop #StackingUpSaturday #Lo -Fi
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