Today feels like the holidays are in full swing! I had a work team lunch at a nice restaurant with the afternoon off to catch up on shopping. Now I'm watching A Christmas Prince on Netflix which I've heard is all kinds of crazy bad and kitschy. I love Rose McIver from iZombie so I'm all in! Planning to make holiday cookies too.
Do you watch holiday movies? My aunt and Mom watch the Hallmark movies but they always complain how simple and corny they are.
Buongiorno gente! Alla fine dei miei sproloqui di ieri vi avevo detto di non sapere ancora cosa voler leggere insieme alla ultime pagine di 4321 (che non è diventato più piccolo, ma è sempre troppo grande per essere portato in borsa) ed ero indecisa tra "Fiorirà l'aspidistra" di Orwell e "Una questione privata" di Fenoglio. Stamattina mi sono svegliata sapendo già cosa avrei letto. Era lì ad aspettarmi in libreria da un mese ormai, frutto di uno scambio su #acciobooks e non vedevo l'ora du cominciarlo. Spero mi piaccia! Voi lo avete letto?
Obviously, my main hobby is reading and so my reading stamina is pretty good. I do dislike not finishing a book even if I'm not really enjoying it. It is surprising how often that pays off - the book, when viewed as a whole, turns out to be excellent all because of a brilliant ending that makes you re-think the context of the beginning. Which is rather a long way of telling you that I really enjoyed this book.
This is "The Taste of Blue Light" by Lydia Ruffles. As I had a proof copy which had absolutely no plot blurb on it, I went into this totally blind. For a while I found it a struggle. The plot centres on Lux, who has lost her memory after a night of hard partying during the summer holidays. I didn't engage with the main character for a while, finding her and her friends self-centred and priviledged. The riddle of her lost memory sends Lux into a type of madness, fuelled by lucid dreams and depression, which she tries to avoid by partying and drinking, and in these parts of the book I found her quite unlikeable. The riddle of her missing memory kept me reading, although to be honest I feared she had committed some unspeakable act and had been repressing her memory. I definitely thought the worst of Lux. And in that I can only say I was wrong, as when the reveal happens it is stunning. I had no clue as to what was coming, and in that reveal I found my perspective on the book changed. In the context of the whole, the book is masterfully written, the plot clever and gripping and wholly apt for our times. I'm so glad the reveal is not the end of the book, and we get to see the aftermath, as it means that somewhat surprisingly, this rather bleak book can end on a note of hope.
So let this be a lesson to you all: always finish your books 😊
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happy friday guys! one more final paper to write and I'm halfway done with senior year 🙏🏾
Although I'm almost done with school for the semester, I still need to read 5 more books in the next two weeks to reach my Goodreads goal. I think I can do it BUT i can't decide if I wanna do one for next year--setting a "reading goal" puts so much pressure to read even when I'm not feeling like it 😩 .
Q: Do you guys set a yearly reading goal? What do you think of them?
Thank you to @littlebirdpublicity and @hachettebooks for sending me a copy of this book. It sounds really interesting and I know Mr. Xenatine will want to check this out. He’s the non-fiction lover in this household and this is exactly the kind of thing he likes to read about.
This book is being made into a mini-series for television in January. Do you think you’ll watch? To find out more details about the book and show, read below...
This is a serious book, but I paired it with a sweet smelling tea from @adagioteas This tea smells so good and even has tiny little chocolate chips in it!
This Spring marks the 25th anniversary of the siege at WACO and the killing of David Koresh and most of his followers by the FBI and ATF.
In honor of the anniversary, survivor David Thibodeau’s critically acclaimed memoir WACO: A Survivor’s Story (January 2, 2018)—the definitive account of the tragedy that gripped the nation—is being published by Hachette Books with a haunting new epilogue.
Thibodeau’s book is the basis for the new miniseries from Paramount/Spike TV starring Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch, which starts airing in late January.
In WACO, Thibodeau objectively scrutinizes the tragedy that riveted the country and tries to make sense of who was to blame. In the process, he recounts the suspense and terror of the siege using eyewitness accounts and an intimacy that only personal experience can provide. Thibodeau is one of only four Branch Davidians who survived the Waco massacre who was not sentenced to prison.
The Gift - Lousie Jensen 🌟🌟
"Jenna is given another shot at life when she recieves a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie's perfect family is hiding some dark secrets...
Callie's parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they're only telling her half the story. Where is Callie's sister Sophie? She's been 'abroad' since her sister's death but something about her absence doesn't add up. And when Jenna meets Callie's boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery. Jenna knows Callie didn't die in an accident. But how did she die? Jenna is determined to discover the truth but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life." ------------------
Meh. Was rather disappointed with this one. It was very slow. Took so long to actually get into the story, and then when I finally did, the ending let it down. The story didn't hold my interest at all and the ending was lazy and it didn't particularly fit the storyline. I'm still gonna give the other books from this author a try but this one just wasn't for me.
I love listening to epic fantasy music while I write, especially when working on my Sci Fi book!! 🎶
Currently reading and editing what I've done so far since it's been a while - I need to catch up and get back into the flow of the story!! 😄😎
The amount of times I read and edit my books is amazing, really. My perfectionism is both a blessing and a curse 😂
How many times do you read and edit your books? 💻📖☕
A close up of each item from my ACOTAR Bookish Box. The Book Beau is definitely my favorite. ✨
My ACOTAR Bookish Box came this week! Check my next post for a close up of each item! 😉
Hey everyone! Sorry it's really late for me to post, I've been in the car driving for three hours and I just got home. I really need to take pics tomorrow because this is my last one that I have in my camera roll😬 anyways, what are you guys up to today? Hope you have a great day!!☺️
QOTP: what are you currently reading, and are you enjoying it?
AOTP: I'm reading The Glass Spare and omg it's soooo good. If you haven't read it, stop what your doing and go pick it up! Now!
I'm also reading the Book Thief for school and it's really good but really sad! I'm not ready for the ending!
Day 14 🎄 Book You Got from a Friend
- The Lux Series by @jennifer_l_armentrout (thanks to @mk.tiotangco )
Doing the #booknerdproblems . Thanks @agreeablybookish 😘
1. You have 2,000 books on your TBR. How do you decide what to read next? - I try to keep track of what I bought first, then I go with that. .
2. You are halfway through a book and you're not enjoying it. Do you quit? - Never. Some books are terrible in the middle but have good endings. But even if the book is terrible, I still finish it. .
3. The end of the year is approaching and you're so close and yet so far to your GR goals. Do you catch up?- I don't have a GR goal buy even if I do, I would srill read at my own pace. .
4. The cover of a series doesn't match. How do you deal with it? - I'll get over it soon.
5. Everyone loves a book but you can stand it. Who do you bond with? - Myself. It's my own opinion anyway.
6. You're reading a book and about to start crying in public. What do you do with?- Close the book. Happy thoughts. ♡
Thanks @_graciereads for the #leafbooktag 😘
-Leaf (A book that makes you jump right in) - Shatter Me Series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid books
-Pumpkin (A perfect holloween read)- Asylum, Ransom Riggs books
-Wind (A book that blew you away)- Anatomy of a Misfit
-Trees (A book that you find relaxing)- Any Diary of a Wimpy Kid book
-Acorn(A book you can't stop talking about)- For now, Endgame series even though I haven't read the last book yet.
-Plant (A book you wish you wrote)- All my fave books.
Go follow all the friends I mentioned above because they're amazing 😊😊
Happy reading friends 📚🎄
"Mind my words, Cheshire, I will have you banished from this kingdom if you tempt me."
"An empty threat from an empty girl."
She rounded on him, teeth flashing. "I am not empty. I am full to the brim with murder and revenge. I am overflowing and I do not think you wish for me to overflow on to you."
"There was a time" – Cheshire yawned – "when you overflowed with whimsy and icing sugar. I liked that Catherine better.
I finished reading this book last night and kept breaking down. My heart broke so much that I'm surprised I still have the strength to actually reach the end of this book. Albeit a bit slow but once I reach the middle, it's just so magical and heart-melting 😍
This is a library book and I’m not the first person to read ‘This Is How It Always Is’ apparently. I’m going to assume (reeeaally hard) that this is chocolate. 🤭 Maybe Nutella, chocolate pudding, chocolate icing but not .... the other thing. Ew. Just ew. #librarybookEW 🤢