"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." These famous words were first spoken by H.P. Lovecraft, and writers for the past century have been thriving off of our fears. My favorite, Stephen King, is an undisputed master at bringing our darkest fears to light, but Lovecraft was a master before the genre even was acknowledged as such.
Lovecraft is most famous for his Cthulhu Mythos, but this collection has every one of his works, and he can find the terror in even everyday occurrences. My two favorite stories are "The Dunwich Horror" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth". For any horror fan, try some Lovecraft, and learn where your favorite author got their night terrors from when they were young.
Books & photographs 📚📷 I love reading books and taking pictures. This is the main reason I created a #bookstagram account. I have another hobby that I am quite passionate about. Believe it or not, I also used to write for the school newspaper when I was in high school. Creating reviews and recommendations rekindled my passion for writing. And as much as I love instagram, the finite amount of characters you are able to put in a post is limiting. This has got me thinking whether I should create a blog in order for me to freely talk about the books I have read and want to read. I will still be posting excerpts of my reviews here but I was wondering if any of you are also interested in reading more in depth ones? Please let me know. 💕
While reading the Young Elites trilogy, I remember I created a playlist for the books, each with my current jam while reading it.
First if which is @alltimelow Take Cover for The Young Elites. "We can die like the heroes before us, or live to be the wicked ones. The wicked ones we're running from." Second is @alltimelow The Reckless and the Brave for The Rose Society. "Looking back at the life on the other side, I realize that I didn't fit in.
Didn't hate it but I couldn't quite relate it. To my precious little world.
So long live the reckless and the brave,
I don't think I want to be saved..." And lastly, @hamiltonmusical Wait for it for The Midnight Star. "Death doesn't discriminate
Between the sinners and the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes
And we keep living anyway
We rise and we fall..." I just find those songs relatable. Feel free to listen to them. .
Last night was spent on our hotel room deck, with a glass of wine, listening to waterfalls and goats with bells on their necks, and reading. It was honestly the perfect night. There was a little rain, and I was hanging out in my comfy clothes.... it doesn't get much better than that ❤️
How did/are you spending your evening??
Isle of Canes by Elizabeth Shown Mills
I didn't discover this book. Someone mentioned it (can't remember who) or Goodreads recommended it to me. I love historical fiction. Well, I checked it out on Amazon and it's quite expensive, but I was very interested by the synopsis. I was fortunate to find a used edition and it arrived in like new condition. This is a hefty book. It's 583 pages and hard to hold.
Here's the synopsis
Isle of Canes is the epic account of an African-American family in Louisiana that, over four generations and more than 150 years, rose from the chains of slavery to rule the Isle of Canes. Historically accurate and genealogically significant, this first novel by eminent genealogist Elizabeth Shown Mills is a gripping tale of racial bias, human conflict, and economic ruin told against the backdrop of colonial Louisiana.
This novel is the result of more than thirty years of research. To fuel the story, as well as to maintain historical accuracy, the author found and referenced actual family history documents such as baptism records, manumission papers, probate records, land records, book extracts, and more to reconstruct the lives and times of Francois, Fanny, Coincoin, Augustin, and countless other unforgettable characters.
But it takes more than documents on paper and microfilm to bring such an epic story to life. Mills' engaging prose puts flesh on the bones and pulls you into the lives and lifestyle of long-ago Louisiana.
I had a really slow reading month in May. Besides ACOTAR I read one and a half other books. So much for keeping up with my Goodreads challenge... 😪😅 This month's TBR might be a bit ambitious, but who knows? It might be an epic reading month.
What does you TBR look like this month?
I guess being sick is making me forgetful. Was going through my pictures deleting some that I thought I had already posted...well Oops, I missed a few postings! Glad I saved this picture. The book cover is Amazing! I guess I should read the first book that this one is based on first before getting to this one. I know, I know...total cover buy! But, I just couldn't resist. Its a Great cover!😊#rainbowrowell#carryon#bookstagram#booksofinstagram#booklove#booknerd
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I recently hit a follower milestone of reaching 500 book lovers!! I love all the comments, direct messages, and conversations you guys have sent me, so keep them coming! ❤️
As a celebratory THANK YOU to my amazing followers, I'm hosting another giveaway! 🤗 Lord of Shadows was released earlier this week; seems only fitting this is a part of my giveaway!
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Good morning on this sunny Monday bookies! 🌞💕
Today's challenge for Day 29 of #bookishearworms "Only you - Big Love Story" was one of my favorites to do cause I love to show off my favorite ships. 🙌 And as you may already know, I'm a HUGE Bellamy Blake and Clarke Griffin aka Bellarke shipper. 😍❤
❗❕❗❕❗ SPOILER ALERT: Please do not read on, if you don't want to get spoilered in any way of the relationship these two characters have and also if you haven't seen the season 4 finale of the 💯 yet (cause I have a huge need to talk about that too!!!).
As you are warned: Honestly these two will be the death of me with their slowest burn 🔥of all time but I think they really have the potential to become one of the greatest love stories in TV history. ❤ Especially the season 4 final gave me new hope. My heart melted several times throughout this whole Bellarke-heavy episode. 😍💗Their scenes together were so heartfelt and it was written all over their faces how deeply they care for each other. I think Bellamy already knows that he loves her but the time just wasn't right to say it yet. And the fact that Clarke left Bellamy a message every day for over 6 years, that he's the one who is her lifeline... I don't need more proof that they are sure as hell gonna be endgame. I need them to be! They are just perfect for each other. 😍 You see... season 5 can't get here soon enough! I need to know what's in store for them next. I really hope that Bellamy heard her every single day and he just couldn't respond. I would be devastated, if they set him up with Raven or Echo 😖
So enough of my crazy talk (I think you get that I'm obsessed with them) and let's head to work. Hope everyone has a good start into the new week! 😘
Have you ever had a time where walking by a book laying on a shelf just caught your eye & because you're busy you briefly scan the book blurb for target words that catch your interest as to whether or not you will take the book to the check out register? Well, it happens to me A Lot! I was a Dollar Tree for a quick stop, really only in there a few minutes to pick up an item (which was out of stock) & happen to walk by the book aisle & this beauty caught my eye. Love the colors used in the cover, the word Monsters caught my attention & the blurb stated "corpse, handwritten book bound in human skin from the 16th century, serial murderer, mystery"...yep, I'm sold! Plus, its only a dollar. Win-Win in my book!😊#bookstagram#booksofinstagram#booklove#booknerd#dollartreefinds#dollartree#jørgenbrekke
I've got a busy day full of appointments and bus rides today.
I started Queens Of Geek last night and over halfway so anticipating finishing it today. Its a super quick read that I'm really enjoying.
Has anybody else read Queens Of Geek by Jen Wilde? I totally relate to Taylor and her anxiety problems. Also fangirling over all the fandom references! Anybody else feel like the Queen of Firestone fandom reminds them of TOG?
@mark.the.page for the typo travel mug (and booksac) for my green tea
@theyachronicles for the great read & bookmark which i got in their pride box
@booksac for keeping my book safe while in my bag today!
For those who don't know what Queens Of Geek is about here is the synopsis:
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
➵ ❝ Take comfort, as I have, in knowing that, while we must travel it alone, this journey rewards goodness, and will prove that the things which are denied to us in life will never create a cage for our souls.❞ . .
I'm in love with traveling. It gives me a sense of joy knowing that it is possible to see a whole new place with amazing arts and architectures, to experience people's rich culture, and to live life to the fullest. .
This is my first international travel and the first thing that came into my mind is, what if I get lost in the airport?😅. I love history & arts and I would love to see more of it in each places I would visit. "Carpe diem" they say, and this won't be the last travel of my life. .
Special thanks to dearest Cait @paperfury for the #unfinishedseries tag. Who's excited for the third book of this series?
💭 Any places you badly want to visit? .
First off I really love the hidden sparkle to this cover! The symbols that appear really do add to the mystique. Secondly today's #CircleOfBookishFriends His Prompt is quite the challenge: "Movie Day! Cast A Book" and so I decided to try and tackle Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy because it's one that the casting of has been on my mind. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on who you'd cascade for this! My thoughts on some of the primary characters are:
Logen Ninefingers: Tom Hardy (he can do calm and crazy and he's just all round excellent)
Jezal Dan Luthar: Alexander Skarsgärd (Handsome fellow who should win a sword fight but also seems a bit of a prick)
Ferro Maljinn: Zoe Saldana (have you watched Colombiana yet?!) Collem West: Joaquin Phoenix (I think he'd play Furious well)
Practical Vitari: Milla Jovovich (yeah she'd rock this role)
San Dan Glokta: Cillian Murphy (I was totally going to go with someone else but upon thinking of him I think he'd be perfect!) Bayaz: Kevin Spacy (You want to trust him but you know you shouldn't)
Nicomo Cosca: Colin Farrell (almost made him Black Dow but think he's a better fit here)
Crummock-I-Phail: Arnold Schwarzenegger (almost went Perlman here but want to see Arnold as a crazy old barbarian!) Practical Severard: Michael Fassbender (can't have a movie without him now can we?) Bethod: Ron Perlman (he could've been several characters)
Dogman: Hugh Jackman (almost made him Bayaz but think he could nail this part and he's too nice)
Ardee West: Jennifer Lawrence (she's got the personality and wit for this!)
Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life
I really wanted to read this one for a long long time so I'm really excited that I finally get to do it! I love the cover so much I would probably not even be mad if I don't like it 🌌
Did you guys see that @inkandwonder.designs is having a #repsearch ?
I couldn't resist trying my chances since I think these bookmarks are absolutely STUNNING! They are so beautiful and so detailed 😍 and I would love to help promote this company!
Im located in the US and I'm definitely over 18 😉 I'm a stay at home wife and mommy of three kiddos and two doggies! I've been active on this platform for a little over a year and all my posts also go to my facebook, Tumblr, and twitter.
Good luck to everyone entering! 💜
So...I created a Hamilton inspired bookstagram challenge and I would L O V E for you to join! You don't have to be a Hamiltrash to understand each song/prompt because I included interpretations in the 2nd pic.
If you do decide to partake, don't forget to use #bookwormhamiljune please. I will check out ALL entries, like them and do a shout out on my IG stories every Sunday for all of my favorite entries for that week.
Aaaaah, I really, really hope you'd support me on this and join in on the fun. 😘💛🌟
I should really be asleep right now but as always I'm having trouble falling asleep 😭 I have to get up early tomorrow for work. I'm not use to first shift since I always work 2nd! But for some reason they put me on first this time!
Anyways, the Alice in Zombieland series is one of my favorites. You fall in love with the characters easily, most of them at least. I was really iffy about this last book because it was from Frosty's point of view and I wasn't a big Frosty fan but throughout the book I did grow to love him and it wasn't bad at all.
My friend told me there's an ebook called Kat in Zombieland. I may read it just to see what it's about but I wasn't a fan of Kat while reading these books. She was funny at some points but just wasn't my favorite I guess.
Has anyone read The Kat in Zombieland ebook? What did you think of it? 💕
I do love coming home after vacay. I'm a home body and I love my routine. Mexico was glorious and I love visiting but I adore this country and my small town and my Arizona. Happy Memorial weekend American friends!!! 🇺🇸❤️💛💙🇺🇸
Today was a perfect day that felt so wonderfully like summer. My dad, my brother, and I went out to eat and we sat outside and it was PERFECT. Not too hot, not too cold--absolute perfect, Goldilocks approved weather!! Days like these don't come by often, so I'm glad I got to spend some of that time outside, properly enjoying it! Hope you all had a lovely Sunday! It's getting late now and I have work tomorrow, so nighty night dear bookworms! ❤️