The other day I was sitting at the bar of a Brooklyn coffee shop, nervously sipping my latte while I prepared for the launch of #awomanisnoman (which was scheduled to start moments later at @greenlightbklyn), when I looked across the room to find @ffmirza, author of #APlaceForUs , typing into her laptop. I recognized her immediately, and the next thing I knew I had stood up, walked over to her table, tapped on her shoulder, and said, “I’m sorry to bother you, but I just wanted to say that I loved your novel and you’re even more beautiful in person.” She replied, “Thank you so much. Can I give you a hug?” Aww!💕 After a small conversation, I told her I was an author too and that my event was in a few minutes at the bookstore next door. She said she was sorry she couldn’t make it, but she would love to read the book. We said goodbye and I headed next door to @greenlightbklyn to prepare for the event. A few moments later, @ffmirza walked into the bookstore, bought #awomanisnoman , and asked me to sign it. Long story short: you know when you like an author based on her work but then you meet her and instantly fall in love with her character even more? That’s what happened with me. Forever a fan of @ffmirza. ✨
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Here’s a stack of black and white thrillers and true crime novels for @givemeallthebooks#givemeabookstack challenge! I have read many of the books in this stack but I haven’t read PET SEMATARY, MR. MURDER, and THE OUTSIDERS. Have you ready any of these?
There are some days when I have all the ideas for Bookstagram...and then there are some days when I’m scrapping the bottom of my brain power barrel to come up with book picture ideas 😅. On the zero brain power days, I try to give myself some grace and either skip it or just take an easy picture so I can interact with you all. Do you ever experience this? What do you do to get past it?
7734719 March, 2019
Book review! 📚
“Ka was like a wheel, its one purpose to turn, and in the end it always came back to the place where it had started.”
The third book in the Dark Tower series finds Roland and his ka-tet following the Path of the Beam towards the tower. Along the way they’ll pick up two new members...
I was contemplating writing this review as an Ode to Oy, but words can’t even express how much I love that little billy-bumbler 😭 he is the CUTEST. A particular highlight for me is when he calls Gasher “asshole” 🖤😂 SASSY OY!
I also have a revelation that may shake you all to your cores... having previously ranted and raved about how Blaine did my head in, I actually LIKED Blaine the Mono this time around 🚂 now, the riddles I can still do without... but I found Blaine to be highly entertaining. Memory is a funny thing, isn’t it 😆 he was completely different in my head!
The house on Dutch Hill - how STRESSFUL is that part, the bleakness of Lud, the people in River Crossing, that huge freakin’ bear, MEETING OY..... this book has so much fucking awesomeness packed into it that I don’t know where to begin and I can’t fit it all in here in detail, so I’ll just say it was INCREDIBLE 😍
This reread is completely challenging all my prior thoughts and feelings on certain books in the series. Now, I would rank The Waste Lands as the best in the series so far 😱 whereas before, it was down near the bottom for me (but still excellent, I do love all the books 🖤) This one has gained an entire star following my reread!
I honestly hate reviewing these books because it’s just word vomit 😂 I JUST LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH 🖤
I’m beyond excited to get to my favourite book in the series next, Wizard and Glass 🔮😍
“Because if you don't choose to fight against the wrong in the world, then you are the wrong in the world.” ✨
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“He thinks he'll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”✨
That quote makes me want to reread the Acotar series so bad🙈 I must resist until the release of the next book comes near, so basically it won’t happen this year *rip ann* Anyone else slowly dying with the anticipation?😂
Happy Tuesday lovelies! Hope you’re having a wonderful day🙌🏻💕
Esa frase me hace querer releer la saga de Acotar de una manera que no se las explico🙈 Tengo que resistir hasta que se acerque la fecha de publicación del próximo libro, así que básicamente no va a pasar este año *rip ann* Alguien más está muriendo lentamente con la espera?😂
Feliz martes people! Espero que anden teniendo un hermoso día🙌🏻💜
The book has changed my life.
I read a lot. When I'm passionate about something I'm spend my time on it like crazy. I want to share with you a book that I’ve finished reading recently and it's still quite fresh in my mind.
“The monk who sold his ferrari” by Robin Sharma.
This story is about a lawyer who gave away all materialistic things and became a monk. As it goes on, he explains to his sister what real happiness means and talks about what really are the most important things in life. This book teaches its readers how to stay #positive , how to find #happiness even in the most simple things around you, and, how to ignore the negatives.
If you love living #mindfully and enjoy reading about #self -improvement - you will like the book for sure and it's a #must -read for you - I highly recommend it.
Книга, которая изменила мою жизнь. ⠀
Я читаю очень много книг, и мне бы хотелось поделится с вами одной, которую я недавно прочитала #идеи которой все ещё свежи в моей памяти. «Монах, который продал свой Феррари» Робин Шарма ⠀
В книге описывается история адвоката, который убежал от мира материальных ценностей и стал гималайским монахом. Он не только учится праведной жизни сам, но и рассказывает своей сестре о том, что есть настоящее счастье и ценности в этой жизни. Книга научит читателя как оставаться позитивным, находить радость в простых вещах и избегать негатива. ⠀
Я с удовольствием рекомендую эту книгу, тем, кто увлекается осознанным поведением и любит самосовершенствоваться. ⠀ #tosewu#самововершествование#обзоркниг#топкниг#осознаннаяжизнь#робиншарма#bookclub#bookgram#bookcommunity#bookishfeature#bookishlove#booklover#booknerd#goodreads#welovebooks#readingismagic#bookwhatchangedmylife
Vortex Visions by Elise Kova Spoiler Free Review. *I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review.*
Wow. Like, just, wow. I can't even with this book. The writing was honestly soo SO addictive and beautiful and wonderful and wow I loved this book! I can't even describe how hooked I was from the get go! I absolutely loved the world, the story, the plot, the twists and turns, the characters, ALL OF IT!!
I had to give this a 5 out of 5 stars. I couldn't not. It was so well written. The world building was excellent and the plot was full to the brim of crazy adventures and wonderful (or sometimes not so wonderful) twists and plot points. I highly recommend this author and can't wait to read more from her!
A desperate princess, a magical traveler, and a watch that binds them together with the fate of a dying world.
Vi Solaris is the heir to an Empire she’s barely seen. Her parents sacrificed a life with her to quell a rebellion and secure peace with a political alliance. Now, three years past when her wardship should’ve ended, Vi will do anything to be reunited with her family.
The Empire is faltering beneath the burden of political infighting and a deadly plague. Yet, Vi can’t help but wonder if her inability to control her magic is the true reason her parents haven’t brought her home. Suspicion becomes reality when she unleashes powers she’s not supposed to have.
Powers that might well cost her the throne.
As Vi fights to get her magic under control, a mysterious stranger appears from across the world. He holds the keys to unlocking her full potential, but the knowledge has an unspeakable price — some truths, once seen, cannot be ignored.
Do do you treat yourself after an exam or a hard day?
I usually let myself get a new plant, or book or whatever I’ve been wanting at the moment. Tomorrow its a new plant, because why not? You can never have enough!
I’m crawling out of my cave to say I hope everyone had a wonderful day! It’s been raining all day in my neck of the woods, which is fine because I’ve been studying my buns off for an exam tomorrow. I only have 1 more chapter to go then I’ll watch a few GOT episodes, then hopefully go to sleep early.
I was also tagged a couple times and I’ve been an ass and haven’t done them yet. They require thinking and if you look into my brain you’d only see piles of rocks. Figuratively and literally because the exam is for historical geology 😂 okay I’ve rambled too much an need to study again😫
"As we age, as we change, as our lives change around us, we bring different versions of ourselves to each encounter with our most cherished texts. Some books grow better, others wither and fade away, but they never stay static.”― Terri Windling
Do you ever get scared to reread a fave book for fear it won’t live up?? As much as I’m always like “OH, I just don’t have time to reread because there’s so many new books” (which is true)…I’m also just terrified it won’t live up. I welcome the way I will read a whole different story and what new perspective I will bring to it but I’m so afraid of rereading a favorite book and going….WELL THAT WAS CRAP. And losing all the good feelings and memories I had reading it. Has this ever happened to you?? That has happened to me before (not just with books — food, movies, shows, places) where I’m like WELLLLL *that* wasn’t as good as I remember — especially when I’ve hyped it up to SOMEONE ELSE and billed it as “THE BEST". And I know it’s okay to feel differently but sometimes I think i just want to preserve that GOOD memory of something. Which is why I’m TERRIFIED to reread my childhood faves. I don’t want to ruin the happy nostalgic vibes I have about them.
Anyways, here’s a stack of some of my fave YA books I read many years ago and plan to put my big girl parties on and reread this year (thanks to Riley reminding me of the joy of rereading if you saw that post from a couple days ago). Just looking at this stack gives me chills because I remember vividly how they made me feel, my experience reading them and in some cases WHERE I was.
Finished Their Eyes Were Watching God last night. What a read. My reading year so far has been more hit than miss, and books I would like to revisit down the road seem to be piling up already. No complaints.
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I bypassed this one last summer, but then I eventually added it as an extra in my BOTM box recently. It was okay. Like I didn’t love it, but it was a decent read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
¡Tenéis nueva reseña en el blog! El libro es "El último vagón" de @ediciones_urano y la verdad es que me ha sorprendido muchísimo.
Hugo Valenzuela, inspector de educación, recibe el expediente del último vagón escuela que queda, para cerrarlo. Pero cuando Hugo vea alguno de los papeles que contiene el expediente, sentirá que el cierre de esta escuela no está nada claro. Intercalando pasado y presente, conoceremos un curso muy especial de esa escuela con unos protagonistas reales y profundos.
Una historia tierna, bonita y llena de grandes valores.
No dejéis escapar esta historia porque os aseguro que no os dejará indiferentes.
Link de la reseña en mi bio.
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A PaRaNoRmAL TwIsT by Author Edwina Fort is now available on Amazon! FREE with Kindle Unlimited! Get your copy TODAY and please don't forget to leave a review. ---> Click link in bio! Thanks so much everyone!
Salon No. 15: Progress with @flongala in conversation with our Founder @abbyadesanya is a wrap!! Thank you so much to all who came out and brought so much laughter, joy, wisdom, real talk, and creativity to this room.💎
In addition to Flo, we want to thank our community for writing with us (if you want to share your Progress piece with the world, email us: email@example.com), our partners @wearlively and @winc for supporting this work, @hannayowell for these photos, and everyone who showed up for themselves and each other last night. This magic is yours. 🔮💫
“All eves are created to be perfect but, over time, they seem to develop flaws. Comparing yourself to your sisters is a useful way of identifying these flaws, but you must then take the necessary steps to improve yourself. There is always room for Improvement.”
I just finished this book today and I’ve just been sitting here for 20 minutes staring at nothing thinking about it. I don’t even know what to write about it except whyyyy @oneilllou did you do this to me! I read this in a day and I need to know more. I’m requesting a sequel or a prequel!
If you want a book to completely devour, grab this. Super witty, super freaky and the scariest part is that as a woman, it’s relatable!
As an avid reader, I usually turn to books to help me cope with failure and disappointment.
The past few months have been tough for me, so I have been actively looking for books that will help me get through rough waters sane and alive. Most importantly, I have been searching for reads that will help me embrace the journey, learn from past mistakes and move on to better things.
I discovered Brené Brown a few years ago when her TED talk on vulnerability went viral. Since then, I have been following her religiously. •
"Rising Strong" and "Daring Greatly" are my go-to reads when i am looking for motivation, and I believe that everyone should have them in their bookshelf.
In Rising Strong, she says that "loving ourselves through the process of owning your own story is the bravest thing we will ever do". This excerpt has spoken to me on so many levels when i read it, for I think that the most important love is the one we give ourselves when we're feeling unworthy and unloveable. •
Bravery doesn't always have to mean going after the hardest things, sometimes it means getting up from bed in the morning and that's totally okay.
Happy 🐪 day...even though I kept thinking today was Thursday 🙃. Needless to say, I’m ready for the weekend!
I’m a thriller/suspense reader all the way but I also like to throw in a different genre to mix it up. I find if I read too many books of the same genre back to back, I end up in a book slump (which are the worst as every reader knows 😆). I also made it a goal to get out of my reading comfort zone. I like mixing in historical fiction, literary fiction, and, more recently, a little romance! I grabbed MORE THAN WORDS while I was at the library recently and while I’m only a little over halfway through, I’m enjoying it! I was a little hesitant at first...the story includes the death of the Nina’s (main character) father and this is a sensitive topic for me since I lost my dad in 2017. I’m not going to lie, there were definitely some tears but it’s okay. I feel like I can relate to Nina’s grieving. And I’m really enjoying the love triangle plot line. Do you like to mix up your reading between different genres? Which ones?
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Today's date w/myself.
I bought an album by U2 and a book called UnFu*k yourself by @garyjohnbishop.
I'm making the effort to better myself. And I feel like this book will truly help guide me on my quest to self improvement and discovery. I read all of chapter one outside the Starbucks that's connected to the Barnes and Noble. For someone like me, who doesn't really read or even get through the first chapter of any book, that's a big accomplishment!! My first time trying a macchiato! I liked it a lot! Anyway. First day of spring, flowers and trees are blooming, I need to do some cleaning and I think this is the perfect time to begin again.
Happy Spring everyone. #firstdayofspring#starbucks#goodreads#goodbooks#selfimprovement#macchiato#マキアート#おいしい#春#スターバックス#봄
Half of a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was left at 49th Parallel in Vancouver! Enjoy this book donated by World Of Books for International Women’s Day (March 8). 📚
About this book:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s, and the chilling violence that followed.
A masterly, haunting new novel from a writer heralded by The Washington Post Book World as “the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe,” Half of a Yellow Sun re-creates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s, and the chilling violence that followed.
With astonishing empathy and the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade. Thirteen-year-old Ugwu is employed as a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal. Olanna is the professor’s beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard is a shy young Englishman in thrall to Olanna’s twin sister, an enigmatic figure who refuses to belong to anyone. As Nigerian troops advance and the three must run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another.
Epic, ambitious, and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a remarkable novel about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and race—and the ways in which love can complicate them all. Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise and the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place, bringing us one of the most powerful, dramatic, and intensely emotional pictures of modern Africa that we have ever had.
SALE! I’ve just discovered that Amazon has discounted the paperback of Beginnings to just £3.68!
I have no control over this so grab it while you can 💕👻
✨Link in bio ✨
The Universe is against Erica Murray.
After years of hard work, she’s been overlooked for promotion yet again, and this time she just can’t brush it off.
Her colleague and friend, Jess, has been miserable for a long time but with a new mortgage to pay and a daughter to raise, she’s not sure what she could turn her hand to.
Then, out of the blue, an old friend gets in touch. His wife sadly passed away only a few months ago, so it’s probably the grief that’s causing him to hear her voice in the house.
That doesn’t explain the crackles on the baby monitor though.
This is the first Erica Murray mystery.
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Found this amazing UK 1st edition of A Storm Of Swords today at @halfpricebooks in Vernon Hills 😍😍 didn't get it cause I'm not made of money but if you are and love GOT now you know where to find it. You're welcome 😉😁 Next two pics are books I did pick up and I am pleased. Never heard of this Bradbury before, Castleview had me at "an Arthurian epic of modern Illinois", love the Robin Hobb edition with actual cool art instead of the generic man/woman with weapons covers and a nicer copy than the one i already own of Mistress Of Mistresses.
Synopsis: An Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, & an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. What starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within.
Review: As I was reading the alchemist, the word that kept coming to me to describe it was profound. I think I gained a year of wisdom after finishing 😂 The writing was beautiful and I felt like I could re read each sentence 100 times and interpret it a different way! My friend @giveittomeim_worthy loaned it to me and she had annotated it and I loved getting to see which parts she liked and connected with! I will definitely be reading this book again (probably multiple times). Definitely ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5! Highly recommend and it’s also a quick read 🤩 .
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💫💫 Y’all ready for Red and Shana?! Breaking Barriers to Your Heart!! This is the spin-off from 8 Seconds to Love, and it will be available 3/21! Here’s the synopsis!
Growing up always being overlooked, Shana Albert found herself willing to settle for mediocrity. After being hurt countless times by men, she shut her innermost feelings and desires off from men. Focusing on being happy with herself was her main agenda. Having a great job at the federal prison and owning her independence, Shana has everything. However, when she meets Red Anderson at the Houston Livestock Show, everything changes.
Life has finally become worth living for Craig ‘Red’ Anderson. Having a horrible childhood, then growing up a ward of the state wasn’t exactly a cake walk. After a chance encounter with a cowboy, his life is changed forever. Channeling his energy into learning to be the best steer wrestler in the world, Red Anderson is able to push out all the negativity in his life. Honing his skills and learning from the best, Legend Semien, Red becomes a force to deal with in the rodeo arena, but in life, another force brings him to his knees. Shana Albert comes in Red’s life like a whirlwind and swallows him whole.
Fighting demons of their past, it seems that Red and Shana face drama at every turn, and difficulties of that drama threaten to tear them apart. Both being stubborn, opinionated individuals, causes unnecessary rifts that put their relationship on the line. Will Red and Shana finally figure out what loving one another is all about? Or will they decide to cut their losses and chalk it up as a lesson learned?
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👉🏻 Are you good at packing? What is your strategy?
I’m the worst at packing. I end up freaking out and wanting to cry every single time. 😂 I am headed to #apollycon2019 tomorrow and finally have my books packed, but took out 5 to make room for my snacks. 😬 I meeeean... tough choice, but this girl needs chips.
House on Fire was a slow-burning family drama novel with a little bit of mystery. That being said, it was still in the 3 star range for me because of its little twists here and there.
Pete, an architect and Leigh, a divorce lawyer choose to go out and celebrate the night of their anniversary leaving Pete's son, Kip who is a high school senior with 14 year old Chirssy, Leigh's daughter. Retunring home they recieve a call that they were in an accident and that Kip was driving intoxicated with Chrissy in the passanger seat. 12 hours later, Chrissy is dead and Kip with charged with manslaughter. Then his story changes and he tells his parents that he wasn't the one driving. Is that a lie? Is it the truth? Why change his story after she dies? Slowly and slowly Leigh's blended family begins to fall apart.
I loved how the central plot of the novel was about Kip and Chrissy, but we also got to learn about Leigh and the cases she handles and how she works on them. I thought it was very interesting and Leigh really is a great character and will do the impossible for her clients. Since Kistler is a trial lawyer it made it a lot more intruguing to read about the cases that Leigh would recieve. I think it was also interesting to see how every person deals with grief. For Leigh, she occopies herself with work to distract herself even though she isn't fully over her grief.
I found Pete to be a little annoying. I understand that he was trying to do anything to ensure his son would stay out fo jail, but it irked me how he sided with his son right away! What about your wife, Leigh, whose daughter just died?? Kistler opened up the doors of Leigh's house, and we got to see how her family dealt with grief and drama.
أثارت اهتمامي مؤخرا مجموعة من كتب علم النفس الجماعي la psychologie collective و ذلك بسبب التطورات الحاصلة في مجتمعاتنا حاليا و هذا من باب محاولة لفهم كيفية تفكير الجماهير عند الأزمات و الحالات الطارئة .. من بين كتب علم النفس الاجتماعي
la psychologie sociale
التي أثارت الرأي العام و لاقت اهتماما كبيرا كتاب سيكولوجية الجماهير للمؤلف الفرنسي جوستاف لوبون الذي أصدر لأول مرة سنة 1895 و ترجم إلى العربية سنة 1991 .. الكتاب يحتوي 136 صفحة في نسخته الجديده مقسمة بالترتيب الى ثلاثة كتب كل كتاب منها مقسم إلى فصول تناول في كل منها لوبون فكرة معينه تدور حول تفكير الناس أثناء التجمهر و الفرق الواضح بين الأفكار الفردية و الأفكار الجماعية .. تعد هذه ثاني تجربة لي مع الكاتب بعد كتاب حضارة العرب التي أجد أنه ناقضه في الكثير من الأفكار المطروحة في الكتاب الحالي ، تعامل الكاتب مع الجماهير على أنهم آلة من المشاعر الفوضوية التي لا تتقن تماما تقنين أفكارها و هذا ما يؤدي بهم إلى خسارة قضاياهم .. بالرغم من أن الكاتب قد أصاب في الكثير من النقاط إلا انه اغفل الكثير منها التي تجعل من كتابه شاملا للمجتمعات اللادينيه فقط لأن استعراضه لفكرة الدين في تحريك الجماهير كانت سطحيه جدا .. كما قام الكاتب بتصنيف أثار اهتمامي لأنواع الجماهير من حيث المواقف و الظروف .. الكتاب يحتاج ان يكتب من جديد حتى يشمل عقليات الجماهير الجديده .. التقييم الشخصي 3/5 من نصيب الجمهور الواعي #الليدي_تقرأ .. #سيكولوجية_الجماهير #غوستاف_لوبون
Good morning lovelies 🌹🌿🌤 Happy First Day of Spring!! 🌱I haven't been posting recently, so I decided to make it up to you by hosting GIVEAWAY!! 🎉📖 That's right I am giving away one of my most favorite chick lit books "Goodnight June" by @sarahjio 🙌 This book awakens your heart 💓 so I think it would be a perfect read for you this spring 🌼
How to participate: 💜Like this post and make sure you are subscribed to @world_of_olesya 💛Comment under this post sharing YOUR favorite chick lit author and book and why I should read it 😉
💙Tag a friend who might enjoy this giveaway
Good luck! 🤞😉 Winner will be selected by me this Saturday 3/23/19. 🇺🇸 US only. This giveaway is not sponsored.