His hands were weak and shaking from carrying far too many books from the bookshop. It was the best feeling.
▪️Use an emoji to describe your relationship with books.
My favorite note from the author of any book is this by Vikram Seth in A suitable boy. It’s a 1600 page novel.
I get very distracted, I can’t read more than 45-60 minutes in a stretch, I absolutely need to take a break.
▪️How long can you read in one go without taking breaks?
In case you can’t read the words in the post, I’ve written them down here...
A Word Of Thanks
To these I know a debt past telling:
My several muses, harsh and kind;
My folks, who stood my sulks and yelling,
And (in the long run) did not mind;
Dead legislators, whose orations
I've filched to mix my own potations;
Indeed, all those whose brains I've pressed,
Unmerciful, because obsessed;
My own dumb soul, which on a pittance
Survived to weave this fictive spell;
And, gentle reader, you as well,
The fountainhead of all remittance.
Buy me before good sense insists
You'll strain your purse and sprain your wrists.
Happy Friday, bookworms! Have you been seeing THE IMMORTALISTS everywhere?! Chloe Benjamin’s novel is definitely one of the more popular Jan 2018 releases, recently sent to me by the wonderful team at @prhinternational ♥️ I’m leaving the synopsis below, so you can know more about it. Tell me if you’d read the book! I’m hoping to read this later in February, I’ll be traveling for three weeks so won’t be able to read much 🤦🏻♀️ Synopsis 👇🏼
If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present?
It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.
Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.
If you’re looking for a perfect mix of Character, plot and atmosphere, We are okay is more than just okay, pick it up if you are picky about the YA you read.
‘The trouble with denial is that when the truth comes, you aren't ready.’
#theguywiththebookreview presents We are okay by Nina LaCour
Most of the YA fiction I’ve picked have somehow always been about a troubled teen who is extremely whiny and irritating. This led me to think maybe that’s what YA is mostly about and I’ve pretty much stayed away from the genre as it was never relatable to my experiences in life.
The book revolves around a girl who is trying to get away from everyone and deal with grief. We aren’t told what she is dealing with and this usually irritates me when there is no context to a depressed character but Nina brilliantly balances the characters emotional state with atmospheric writing. She transports you to an almost unforgivingly cold New York and the focus, while being on the protagonist is also on the setting. Which is refreshing!
What I liked:
▪️Character driven but not overwhelmingly one dimensional, the plot and setting play an equal if not more important part.
▪️A very heartwarming and empowering ending.
▪️Easy to read, a good book to read after one of your more mentally taxing reads.
What I didn’t like:
▪️Could’ve been a teeny tiny bit longer, but hey, 1 book added towards the good reads challenge, so I’m not really complaining 😂
🥁DRUM ROLL🥁 .
It’s time for your favorite weekly Instagram game, #ThisorThatTuesday
We have a few ‘This or That’ style questions in the comments below, choose your answers.
Comment DONE after you answer all and I’ll visit your page asap.
Hi bookworms! What are you reading? It feels SO good to start a new book today, and I’m so glad I got to relax at a cafe after a long day ♥️ I’m currently reading GIRL UNKNOWN which comes out next month from @henryholtbooks. Thank you for sending me a copy, so excited for the upcoming blog tour ♥️
From the archives I found this picture from my last trip to India, plans for my next trip are underway, I’m excited!!
✈️What’s the last country you visited? What’s a country on your bucket list? What’s a country you always recommend people to visit?
“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” ― Pablo Neruda
This is one of my absolute fave verses by Neruda ♥️ I’m hoping to read more consciously this year, with more thinking effort put into every book that I read. For this reason I might limit the number of books I read but make sure I give you guys proper insight into every book that I do pick up.
In other news, I’ve received some exciting bookmail today from @prhinternational and @penguinukbooks! Would you guys like to see? 😉
‘Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.’
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
One of the things I want to try and do is be as transparent with you guys as possible. I had a caption ready for this picture to post today and it seemed to be a very interesting one but I deleted it.
I haven’t been feeling well today, I had to leave from the office earlier than usual and I did not want my caption to reflect something I’m not feeling today. I just woke up at 6:30 pm after a two hour ‘nap’ 😂 I feel a bit better but I think I’ll accept food emojis in the comments to feel even better🍦🍪🍫🍧🍕🌮🍔🍟🥐
What’s your current read? I have 50 pages of DEATHLY HALLOWS remaining and I don’t want it to finish 😣 I’ve enjoyed this reread SO much ♥️
The next book I’m reading is a thriller! I’m looking forward to starting this years reading (not counting my reread) 😻
Have you read JK Rowling’s crime fiction novels?
We might just have another story time today!
My professional aim in life was to be an interior designer OR an architect. I used to watch a lot of interior decoration tv shows with my mom as a kid and that’s probably when I’d decided.
But after high school when I applied for the degree, I had everything to be eligible but to keep it simple some political situation led to me exceptionally not being granted a seat. I ended up studying Electronics and Communications Engineering followed by a Masters degree in International Business. I do not regret that this wasn’t my chosen path but I sometimes think what my professional life would’ve been.
➡️Are you studying/working in a field of your choosing? What do you do besides answering questions daily by a random bookstagrammer named Faroukh? 😜
Do you even ride? This is the question I found myself asking. I booked an excursion for 🐎 horseback riding before I even had a place to stay. I rode for 4 hours through the mountains and sugar cane fields of Trinidad, it was beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed or experienced. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
It’s Murakami’s Birthday so here’s a little story time for you guys!
Around 3 years ago I was on a flight from Hong Kong to Dubai, I’d bought a couple of Murakami’s for @sumaiyya.books from Kinokuniya HK. I wasn’t much a reader but for some reason I started reading 1Q84 on the 6 hour flight (I think I wanted to impress people seated around me by picking up a 1300 page monster 😬). I read around 150 pages and fell asleep. I gave the book to Sumaiyya and basically forgot about it. A year later I suddenly recalled the book and immediately asked Sumaiyya to lend it to me. From Zero pages a month, I finished the book in a month.
That was the moment I started my Bookstagram, my first post is a picture of 1Q84.
➡️What got you to start your bookstagram account? If you don’t have one, what’s stopping you from starting?
Happy Birthday Murakami ♥️
Have you read any of his books?! I absolutely adore everything I’ve ever read by him. Men Without Women is his latest short story collection, this edition was published by @aaknopf. Some of my favorites are Kafka on the Shore, Windup Bird Chronicle, Sputnik Sweetheart, After Dark, Norwegian Wood and Colorless Tsukuru and His Years of Pilgrimage (lol all his books are perfect to me 😹)
Do you see Gatsby in this photo? 😻
Tell me all about what you’re reading!
Hi bookworms! How are you doing? So sorry I’ve been super quiet on here. I’ve caught the flu and it’s taking too much time to go away 😥
It’s been such a lousy start to the year for me, reading-wise. Tell me it has been better for you?! I’m hoping this weekend will be good for me. I haven’t set a challenge on Goodreads yet, nor have I looked at the results of my 2017 challenge. I’ve just been too sick to spend time online, and taking a break from Instagram and my phone has really helped a lot.
Anyway, in hopes that I will start reading properly next week I’ll be organizing my 2018 releases TBR tonight! I can’t wait to talk about books with you guys again! Tell me all about what you have been reading ♥️ I would love to know.