What is one book or series you think everyone should read? 📚
I’m going to write out a list of books I want for Christmas later and it made me wonder what book you would choose to have everyone read 😊
I know this is similar to my other Strange the Dreamer/Caraval post (I did take them at the same time!) but this one has a bit of my Christmas jumper in and that’s an added bonus 😁
We started our Christmas library right when Daniel was born and pulling them out each November is one of our favorite parts of the holiday season. Swipe left for a close-up of our favorites. Do you have any favorites we should add to our collection?
📑”What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?”
📑This was the question that Randy had, when he was asked to give the Last Lecture. Like other professors, he didn’t had to imagine this as his last, because it was his last as he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
📑Those who doesn’t know, Randy Pausch was a Professor of Computer Science, Human-computer Interaction and Design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US. In August 2006, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During this time he was approached to give ‘The Last Lecture’.
📑This book not about dying or the emotional roller coaster the family undergoes when one member of the family has terminal illness. This book is about living. Randy was thankful to God that he had got some time to prepare about what he wants to leave as a legacy.
📑The book is full of inspirational quotes and stories. He mentioned about living the childhood dreams, how to achieve the childhood dreams and how to enable the dreams of many others.
📑Being a Computer Science lecturer at CMU, he set up a virtual reality lab, where he taught ‘Building Virtual Worlds’. In 1998, along with Don Marinelli, he set up the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC: www.etc.cmu.edu, @cmuetc ), to focus on educational goals and creative development in students. Randy also started Alice (www.alice.org). Alice is a free download, innovative software tool that allows students, who have never programmed before, to easily create animations for telling stories, creative interactive games, etc.
📑You might not agree with all of Randy’s lessons, but you will be left with choosing to live with fun and optimism.
📑”There’s a decision we all have to make, and it seems perfectly captured in the Winnie-the-Pooh characters created by A.A.Milne. Each of us must decide: Am I a fun-loving Tigger or am I a sad-sack Eeyore?”
📑You can look for his Last Lecture in YouTube.
📑For complete review follow the link in bio.
‘The Pregnant King' by ‘Devdutt Pattanaik’
Get 10% off MRP and Free Delivery for order over Rs 500 in KTM.
What intrigued me to buy this book was the name, 'The Pregnant King'. How can a king, a man, become pregnant? Is it at all possible??? This book revolves around the various emotions that surround humans; love, anger, submission to power & desire, helplessness, confusion, jealousy, hunger for power... In this book, emphasis has also been laid on following the right path or 'dharma'. This book, a work of fiction, revolves around a king named Yuvanashava. How desperately he wants to father a son! It's only after he has a son can he rule his kingdom and ensure his lineage is carried forward. He marries thrice in the need of a son. His mother, Shilavati, till then is the acting 'king' as she wants to be known. She does everything to follow the right path to run the kingdom successfully. Is Yuvanashava ever able to father a son? Is he able to rule the kingdom? Which of the wives bear him a son? Readers whose engagement with ancient texts runs along orthodox lines might not be too interested in a modern myth. But in a sense, this book is meant for such readers. At its best, this story is about the imperfection of the human condition and our stubborn refusal to make room for all those in between.
Synopsis: Café, Eatery or Bistro... On the whole, their brightly-lit, colourfully flashing 'welcome-signs' serve as modern samples of sometimes age-old delectable processes kept secret, to keep hungry choosy patrons returning for more, and as often as possible. No two are alike in character, and each one boasts the domination of generous portions of their delightful secretly guarded home-made gravies, choice selection of appetisers, and unforgettable tempting desserts. Whatever it is that magnetises us towards them, they just prepare it better... And of course, then there are the heart-warming hosts... the 'other' ingredient to a mouthwatering experience, that keeps us going back...
Prologue: While the blinding yellow-and-red pulsing neon signs were fast pulling peckish families away from the main road through Heartville, with their 'Two for the price of one' - 'Saturday Dinner Specials!' and 'Upsize Now - And Win! - A handful of starving locals and one or two peckish out-of-towners, who were 'just passing through', who were not the 'cheap franchised food in a box' - 'get a toy with your burger' - or 'just fried chips' - supporters. These connoisseurs, seldom bothered even a stare in the direction of these so-called modern dinnertime marvels. Actually, come to think of it, it was normally, much like tonight..."
Get it on: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/736746
Fiction » Adventure » General
Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Published: July 17, 2017
Language: English (South African dialect)
We’ve got ‘woof’ 🐶 and a funny version of ‘hoo hoo’ 🦉down pat and we’re working on our ‘moo’ 🐮and ‘oink’ (which has turned into a hilarious snort sound 🐷😂). A little peak inside today’s book 📚HI! by Ethan Long. Super fun for learning animal sounds with fun rhymes 👏🏻. How cute are the illustrations?? Swipe to see 👀👍🏻.
"KSIĄŻKA POD CHOINKĘ" ostatnia część!
Dziękuję serdecznie wszystkim, którzy podesłali mi swoje opinie :) dzisiaj mam dla Was dwie ostatnio polecajki
1. Na pytanie jaką książkę polecam na prezent mogę opowiedzieć tylko dwoma słowami - Harry Potter. Jest to symbol literatury naszych czasów, który pokochały i dzieci, i dorośli, a jeśli komuś nie udało się jeszcze zapoznać z przygodami Harrego - definitywnie powinien to nadrobić. Powieść jest uniwersalna, niesie ze sobą liczne wzory postępowania i morały! Nie da się jej nie kochać. Jedno spotkanie z „Kamieniem filozoficznym” i każdy czytelnik przepadnie w magicznym świecie JK Rowling."- @tassedelivre
Ta seria nie ma nic wspólnego z klimatem świąt, ale myślę, że jest całkiem fajnym pomysłem na prezent (sama dostałam ją w zeszłe święta). Historia z pozoru niczym się nie wyróżnia, dziewczyna i chłopak przypadkiem spędzają noc na lotnisku. Noc, która jak się okazuje zmienia ich życie diametralnie. Może z początku nie ma żadnych fajerwerków, zwrotów akcji czy czegoś podobnego, ale z każdą kolejną stroną, rozdziałem wszystko się zmienia. Podczas tej lektury można doświadczyć wszystkich stanów emocjonalnych. Książka pochłania i uzależnia, nie daje o sobie zapomnie. Osobiście byłam z niej bardzo zadowolona i ogromnie cieszyłam się z takiego prezentu."- @hamak.ksiazkowy
SLEEP, is where we hide from the answers of the questions unasked, when we aren't occupied any more with newspapers, music, phone calls and quick, almost afterthought—like 'I Love You', 'Thinking of you' and those little guilt—trip things we ride so well, even hide from ourselves at times. The self—induced waking hour other—reality we so effortlessly create and sustain with diets, messages, phone calls, gymming, and the need to be surrounded by familiar people and equally familiar sounds. All as a distraction from the midnight hour that patiently waits. We prefer the illusion of daylight. This, is the obscured version of reality we can easier manage, even stretch, between coffee, breakfast and career, and later, we'll all go hide on the 'other' side of those locked doors. With 'every' curtain drawn. All these things may flash before our eyes in fast—forward mode, during those last few seconds, as the book is finally closed on, "is hell here, or there...?" "Hey, good evening, or rather, good morning! What are you doing outside? Did you hear that too?" "I did, what do you think it was? " "Beats me..." "Look over there!" "Where?" "How does it feel?" "You... stabbed... you just stabbed me! "What..." "You stabbed my in the neck!?" "Yes. Yes I... I suppose I did." A policeman called for backup over the radio, paused and called again. With a slight dash of arrogance, Robert wasn't convinced satisfactorily that his duties demanded backup, but it became a rule recently. .
Fiction » Horror » Crime
Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Published: Dec. 13, 2017
Get it on: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/768197
sᴇᴄᴏɴᴅ ᴄʜᴀɴᴄᴇ ɢɪʀʟ 🅑🅨 #susanmallery ➡️Mathias Mitchell’s easy smile hides a world of hurt. After the worst kind of family betrayal, he moves to Happily Inc., California—the wedding destination town supplies a steady stream of bridesmaids, perfect for his “no promises, no pain” lifestyle. Yet he can’t stop watching for his beautiful, elusive neighbor on the animal preserve behind their homes.
Gamekeeper Carol Lund knows she’s not special enough to attract an alpha male like Mathias, so his offer to help her adopt a herd for her lonely giraffe is surprising—and his determined seduction, even more so. But just as she finally welcomes him into her bed, his careless actions crush her heart. Will she give him a second chance to prove she’ll always come first in his heart?
💭I pick this 📚 and listen to it. It’s kind of disappointing. The narrator doesn’t have much ‘expression’. Angry, sad or British essence are all using the same tone. Especially anger. It’s like reading from the book. And that’s it.
There’s actually two couples story going on in the book. Carol the main character and her sister, Violet.
And apparently Violet’s story is more intriguing.
Who stole the limelight? Sophie the 🐕 and Millie the 🦒.
The chemistry between Mathias and Carol? Can’t feel anything.
‘The Bear and the Nightingale' by ‘Katherine Arden’
Get 10% off MRP and Free Delivery for order over Rs 500 in KTM.
From the Back Cover: 'Frost-demons have no interest in mortal girls wed to mortal men. In the stories, they only come for the wild maiden.' In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church. But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods... Atmospheric and enchanting, with an engrossing adventure at its core, The Bear and the Nightingale is perfect for readers of Naomi Novik's Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Neil Gaiman.
Ever wonder about those unassuming, and seemingly just-washed-and-vacuumed vehicles, changing lanes with caring courtesy at midnight, allowing others to pass... Where exactly do they turn off, if they do at all? Ever wonder why they seem so much more purposeful at midnight or a while after? I'm sure there are a great many that would hate to miss a flight or a well-planned navigated route to a happy and well-deserved holiday destination. But, as I listen attentively to an old professor over a cup of bitter black coffee, while he shares with me - a warmed-up half-a-dozen of Samoosas, I think I know the answer. “Sometimes...”, he says, “I'm reluctant to wonder about things that don't concern me any more. I don't sleep much”, he continues, “You too, shouldn't...” “Why Prof...?” Armed with a generous helping of inquisitiveness, as I lean over and help myself to a second spicy mouth-watering Samoosa. “You never know when they'll come for you anyway, so why worry? I've seen those unassuming vehicles pass, and above all I've seen some of them park at my office, while enduring those sleepy moments when I want to ignore them...” But let me tell you, he still makes the best lonely cup of coffee - as we wash down those warmed-up spicy home-made Samoosas...
Get it free on https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/759543
Fiction » Fantasy » General
Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Published: Nov. 16, 2017