Today I have a few more adorable fall baby/toddler board books to share with you, thanks to some wonderful #bookmail from @littlebeebooks 📚❤️☺️
🍂 Where Is Owl’s Scarf? is a super fun lift-the-flap book that takes you on a little adventure to find Owl’s scarf. After all, he just can’t sleep not knowing where it is! This book is just perfect to cuddle up with this time of year, thanks to its cute forest creatures, pumpkins, colorful leaves, and all around fall vibe! ❤️
🍂 Where’s the Pumpkin? is another adorable fall read as you search with Spook the cat for a pumpkin (while Spook accidentally keeps identifying things as being pumpkins that actually aren’t). The very simple wording on each page and vibrant colors are just fantastic for the littlest ones to enjoy!
🍂 This Little Turkey is just so much fun, as it reads as a twist on the classic nursery rhyme, “This Little Piggy”! The silly turkeys are all busy prearing for their Thanksgiving dinner... and while I can’t help but giggle at the irony, I’m here to comfort you by saying that this book is in fact absolutely acceptable for babies and toddlers, because it doesn’t appear that the turkeys are preparing another turkey to eat for their dinner (phew!)😅😂
We also received a whole bunch of lovely baby/toddler Christmas books as well from @littlebeebooks 😍😍😍 And, even though I’m totally “that person” who would be more than delighted to celebrate Christmas year round, I’ll spare those of you who don’t quite feel that way and would like to enjoy their fall a little bit more first... (though, I can’t promise you I’ll feel the same way by next week, and that a Christmas book or two won’t pop up on my feed 😉).
I finished Bukowski’s Ham on Rye about a week ago, and I thought it was one of those novels that I wish I would have read when I was a lot of younger. It depicts a rebellious, confused, and deeply insecure spirit that lends itself easily as a reflection of America’s coming-of-age youth at that time. Chinaski’ struggles with his self-esteem; his failure to attract the opposite sex; and the unhealthy, complicated, and abusive relationship with his father (and a few other characters) draw a universal set of circumstances that is not foreign to many of us. I particularly enjoyed reading about his inclination for literature, especially for his thrilling discovery of Hemingway’s books, of whom he says, “He knew how to lay down a line. It was a joy. Words weren’t dull, words were things that could make your mind hum. If you read them and let yourself feel the magic, you could live without pain, with hope, no matter what happened to you.” The same thing could be said of some other writers as well. I missed Gabo so I decided to return to No One Writes to the Colonel. In a documentary I watched last year, Márquez says that regardless of what the critics say, his 1961 novella—depicting a poor and retired colonel who hopes to still receive his pension he was promised fifteen years ago—is his best work yet. Apparently he wrote No One Writes to the Colonel so that people will read One Hundred Years of Solitude. I haven’t gotten to his magna opus yet, but this should be a good primer.
Because I'm in a good mood today, I'm doing a second post today. I stood in line for an hour today because my university was having a book sale and i got 4 hardcover books in amazing condition for only $17! It was so worth the wait. I also finally FINALLY started Zero Repeat Forever, and I'm already hooked even though I'm only like 10 pages in. I can't wait to read more later after I've done some work. Do you ever go to book sales to get some second hand books? Have a great evening everyone.
I just finished this highly entertaining mystery this week. It will be published in December. Here are my thoughts on it:
This series is so much fun. The Moscow Code moves at a fast pace, takes place in a locale I was eager to learn more about, and has an interesting plot that is resolved effectively. *** My two favorite things about this series are the loveable but inept protagonist and the various settings of each book. As Nick Wilkshire writes, Charlie Hillier is “an unlikely hero… whose heart is in the right place even if his skills and judgment as a consular officer may leave a little to be desired.” As often as not, I am laughing at how Charlie manages to so completely bungle whatever he is investigating even going so far as losing his passport and his Blackberry (twice!) while stationed in Moscow. Even though he has questionable judgment, I am always cheering him on. The first book in the series took place in Cuba, and Nick Wilkshire did a fabulous job depicting the culture, architecture, and general “feel” of Cuba. The first half of The Moscow Code incorporates Moscow into the storyline in much the same was as Escape to Havana did for Cuba. Sadly, Charlie leaves for other destinations in the second half of The Moscow Code, and the cultural aspect of the book was eliminated. The third book takes place in Tokyo, and I am eager to learn more about life there and hope Charlie will remain in Tokyo for the entirety of the story.***I recommend The Moscow Code (and Escape from Havana) for anyone who likes a good mystery with a unique protagonist. Thanks to Dundurn and NetGalley for my copy! @dundurnpress
Fact of the Day: "Children across the world, who read the most read the best regardless of social levels, income levels or where they live." If you have kids, give them something they would find interesting to read, even if it's 5 - 10 minutes a day. The ultimate goal is for them to gain knowledge, which leads to greater life opportunitues during adulthood. 👨👩👧👦🎓👩🔬👨💼
Life is full of irony sometimes, for real. Who would guess I would once read book in SPANISH instead of in its original language, which is SO close to my heart. •
Another irony is my dogs love/hate relationship with me. How much he loves me, he still destroys my things. Or maybe he really wanted to start it first. Who knows. 👉Check my stories to find out what I'm talking about. Hint: it does include the same book 😩😑
Draad -het delicate leven van John Craske | Julia Blackburn
[Threads -The Delicate Life of John Craske]
📑 Eindelijk in begonnen en tot nu toe fascinerend!
📖flaptekst - John Craske, een visser uit Norfolk, wordt in 1917 op 36-jarige leeftijd ernstig ziek, waardoor hij vaak in een staat verkeert waarin hij zich niet bewust is van zijn omgeving. Hij kan niet langer werken en begint schilderijen te maken van de zee, van boten en de kustlijn. Noodgedwongen brengt hij steeds meer tijd in bed door en hij begint borduurwerken van de zee te maken. Meer is er niet bekend over John Craske. Julia Blackburns verhaal van zijn leven is dan ook veel meer dan een standaardbiografie. Het is een uiterst persoonlijke zoektocht naar een vergeten bestaan, naar het leven en de dood en de vreemde wereld daartussenin.
Draad is een ingetogen beschouwing over kunst en roem, en onderzoekt het wezenlijke van tijd en sterfelijkheid, rijk geïllustreerd met de schilderijen en borduurwerken van John Craske.
📖blurb - John Craske, a Norfok fisherman, was born in 1881 and in 1917, when he had just turned thirty-six, he fell seriously ill. For the rest of his life he kept moving in and out of what was described as ‘a stuporous state’. In 1923 he started making paintings of the sea and boats and the coastline seen from the sea, and later, when he was too ill to stand and paint, he turned to embroidery, which he could do lying in bed. His embroideries were also the sea, including his masterpiece, a huge embroidery of The Evacuation of Dunkirk. [...] Threads is a book about life and death and the strange country between the two where John Craske seemed to live. It is also about life after death, as Julia’s beloved husband Herman, a vivid presence in the early pages of the book, dies before it is finished.
Ashes of the Phoenix by @janefademerrick is a fast paced, intriguing read! It is full of passion, humor, and crazy plot twists! If you enjoy zany characters and frivolous, yet emotional reads, this one is for you!
I really enjoyed this book. It felt like it could have been written as a manga because it had a fun, quirky story-line. It had a quick pace and and interesting, unconventional characters! It definitely had humorous moments, as well as emotional moments. The plot had several crazy twists that kept my attention and made me feel like I was watching an anime.
I enjoyed Fade’s character. She was tough and powerful. She had a horrible past and was most definitely conflicted about life and emotions. I loved the symbolism of her weird hairstyle and I felt like she was portrayed as a symbol of mental and emotional issues.
If you are an adult that enjoys young adult books, and manga or comics, this one is definitely worth a read. It had some mature content, but offered the frivolousness and whimsy of a young adult, manga style book. It didn’t have as many illustrations as I would have liked, but the ones that were included were pretty awesome. I would rate this one 3.5-4 stars. It was carefree and emotional all at the same time, entertaining, and enjoyably silly.
‘Did all women have something of the witch about them?’ - Widdershins by Helen Steadman.
I couldn’t let October pass by without reading a book about witch-hunting. Widdershins is extremely well written, & where else but historical fiction would you find words such as “twas” and “unbeknownst” - this novel captured life in 17th century Britain so well!
Told in alternating chapters, we follow Jane and John on their separate journeys but their paths are destined to cross. Jane was such a lovely character, mixing her lotions and potions, but the evolution of the character of John was brilliant - I went from feeling sorry for him to hating him. And the ending was 👌 ....link in bio to full review.
Synopsis: Jane Chandler is an apprentice healer. From childhood, she and her mother have used herbs to cure the sick. But Jane will soon learn that her sheltered life in a small village is not safe from the troubles of the wider world.
From his father’s beatings to his uncle’s raging sermons, John Sharpe is beset by bad fortune. Fighting through personal tragedy, he finds his purpose: to become a witch-finder and save innocents from the scourge of witchcraft.
Inspired by true events, Widdershins tells the story of the women who were persecuted and the men who condemned them.
So much thanks to @impress_books for the copy 💛
It’s #purplethursday and the whole of October is Domestic Violence awareness month. Today’s author @authortonyfaggioli wanted to show his support for survivors and honor the victims of domestic violence by donating all profits from the October sales of The Snow Globe to @safehorizon, a local shelter in NYC. The Snow Globe is a mystery thriller about a woman pursued by her ex. Interwoven in the story are the memories of horrible experiences from years ago. Which prove even more traumatizing than the present day reality of a physical stalker. Please be warned: It touches on subjects that may be triggering.
For about two years I've been telling people I'm going to get a St. Bernard one day. Yesterday I took the patronus thing on pottermore and got a St. Bernard! It's meant to be! lol 😂
What is your patronus??
In the garden, the Captain of the Guard stared up at the young woman's balcony, watching as she waltzed alone, lost in her dreams. But he knew her thoughts weren't of him.
She stopped and stared upward. Even from a distance, he could see the blush upon her cheeks. She seemed young—no, new. It made his chest ache.
Still, he watched, watched until she sighed and went inside. She never bothered to look below.
~Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass ---------
any chaol and celaena shippers here???😉 reminscing throne of glass💕
Fra 24 ore esatte si parte!
Ed è arrivato per noi il momento di ringraziare tutti quelli che hanno reso possibile in vari modi il Triestebookfest!
Il festival è possibile con il sostegno di:
Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, Comune di Trieste, Progetto Area Giovani, Centro Libro Lettura, Coop Alleanza 3.0,
Le Fondazioni Casali, Il Rossetti, Victoria Hotel Letterario Trieste, Bed and Breakfast My Way, Mimì e Cocotte, Le vie delle Foto, MUG, Casa Slapater, The Factory.
E se siamo arrivate qui è anche grazie alla collaborazione di:
Ordine dei Giornalisti del Friuli Venezia Giulia, Antico Caffè San Marco. Libreria e ristorante, Casa della Musica di Trieste, Museo della Bora, Cut Trieste, Nati per Leggere, Barbacan Produce, Gaia Stock, Dolomitiko, Società Triestina Canottieri ADRIA 1877, Libribelli.
Grazie di cuore a tutti!
Grazie di cuore a voi che ci seguite, che condividete e credete insieme a noi nel progetto e che ci sostenete anche con le vostre donazioni.
Grazie a tutti i volontari, che ci regaleranno il loro tempo.
E grazie agli ospiti e ai moderatori degli interventi, che hanno accettato di essere qui con noi e di condividere con noi le loro preziose esperienze.
Ora non resta che venire all'Auditorium del Revoltella per fare tutti insieme il Triestebookfest!
Vi aspettiamo, domani alle 16.30!
Hoy en el blog os cuento lo que me ha parecido la última novela publicada por @titania.ed y @elenacastillo_tintayacordes 😊 Su pluma me gusta mucho, la ambientación es de 10 y Ben es 😍😍 (link en mi bio). 👉🏻👉🏻Pásate y cuéntame si coincidimos. ¿La habéis leído ya?
Cosa vi piace leggere nei giorni di pioggia? Io di solito mi affido alla dolce compagnia di romanzi fantasy, mistery o storici, che con la loro "magia" riescono a rasserenarmi e mi trasportano in mondi lontani e sconosciuti... ♥
In foto ci sono quattro titoli che vorrei recuperare entro la fine del 2017:
~ Carry On (@rainbowrowell)
~ Il circo della notte (Erin Morgenstern)
~ Il serpente dell'Essex (@aldwinter)
~ Il segreto del tempio (@isabella_izzo)
#inktober#inktober2017 ~ DAY 19: CLOUD
Some more pictures with bookish friends from the book fair! I was test wearing my @tijneyewear frames on Saturday! What do you guys think of the frames (on my face)? Yay or nay? 😊•
Sadly I didn’t get to take photos with everyone (how could I forget? 🙈 but I am usually not the one to ask others for pictures together since I feel awkward for stuff like asking for a picture (though it is no problem if someone asks me), sooo... next year?! 😂♥️) Tagging not only bookish friends included in the pictures, but also people who made me enjoy the book fair even more, with whom I sadly didn’t take any pictures😥🙈•
@bunteschwarzweisswelt @kath_reads (MET ANOTHER @kindredreaders co-mod! ♥️) @booksfortea @drawingandreading @stehlblueten @zeilenmagie @liberiarium @isleepnaked•
Not pictured, but still lots of ♥️♥️♥️ to them for wandering the great halls of the #fbm2017 with me: @howlingpages @ivy.booknerd @tinker__reads @behind.alice @unauffaellig.auffallend and many many more! I wish I would have thought of asking for a photo together, but even though it might not show, I was quite overwhelmed by so many impressions and so many ppl 🙈😂•
"She remembers what she said while she was asleep. She spoke about the passage of time in the room. She would like to be able to express this longing to clasp the passing time to you, face to face, body to body, tight. She says she's talking about the time between things, between people, the sort that other people throw away as of no importance to them, those lost ones. But she says that perhaps it's the not talking about it that creates the time she's trying to get hold of."
"She says, ‘Even those sorrows, those loves that you say kill you—even about them you know nothing.’
She says, ‘Knowing, with you, is knowing nothing at all. Even about yourself you know nothing, not even if you're tired or cold.’
He admits it.
She says again, ‘You don't know. To know as you know is to go into the town always thinking you'll come back. It's to kill people and forget.’
He says she's right about the last."
Finished Marguerite Duras's Blue Eyes, Black Hair (translated by Barbara Bray) on my commute home this afternoon. If you're a fan of Duras, you'll love this work. Typically sparse prose, in which what is said is just as important as what is not said. Desire, behind which lurks thanatos. Anxiety. Our inability to express and to comprehend. Our inability to see beyond our own gaze reiterated through a metafictional element in this text. Probably my second favourite Duras after Moderato Cantabile. ★★★★☆
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This has been sitting on my desk since last week and I haven’t been able to throw it away. This boils down so many things I believe into such a simple sentence. Our future is what we make of it. We can choose to let the past control us or we can rise up despite it. Does this resonate with you?