"Anastia's day began with a funeral, and it went down from there."
Anastia is an eleven year girl whose morning starts off on wrong the side of bed. As the day proceeds, it only gets worse, as she finds out that her parents parish in a disastrous vacuum cleaner accident. She is taken in by her two great-aunts (Prim and Prude), who take her to their humble little abode, an "authentic" Victorian home, which just happens to be named St. Agony's Asylum for the Critically Insane. As soon as she arrives, she has an awful feeling that something is not quite right. As the days progress, she decides to set out to solve great mystery of what is/has happened in the asylum.
I gave this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐✴.
From the very first sentence this book sucks you in like treats during Halloween. You want to find out more about the aunts, the asylum, and the mysteries that lay hidden in the dark. The only problem I had with this book was how often you are told "Anastia is just a completely average eleven year old girl" throughout the entirety of the book, which does slightly gnaw on the nerves. All in all though, this was a fun read and I will continue to keep reading the trilogy/series.
Ещё один разворот из #ЧитательскийДневникМушика . Можно сказать, конспект по всему содержанию книги в виде интеллектуальной карты.
"Искусство чтения. Как понимать книги" современного американского преподавателя литературы Томаса Фостера оказалось очень толковым чтением, (вопреки моему скепсису к подобным "пособиям по жизни"). Потому что, в отличие от разного рода лекций по литературоведению, в которых зачастую очень сильна сама личность лектора и соответственно его мнение окрашено в весьма субъективные тона, Фостер не говорит о том, что вот этот эпизод значит то-то и автор хотел сказать это-то, ну и далее в подобном духе. Он не навязывает трактовку, он вообще против самой идеи единого понимания. Нет. Он говорит "вот это может значить то или то, или ещё что-то", он рассказывает, как и где можно видеть символы и как можно их трактовать, как можно работать с текстом. Показывает на конкретных книжных примерах, разумеется, но при этом оговаривает важный нюанс "символ значит ровно то, что вы в нём видите, по крайней мере, для вас". Говорит об аллюзиях, метафорах, об интертекстуальности мировой литературы. "Искусство чтения" - это, по большому счёту, книга о символике в литературе, и это полезное и интересное чтение для тех, кому интересно видеть в книгах не только основной сюжет, но и второе/третье дно (слой, пласт, кому как угодно). Разумеется, можно читать просто сюжет, на эмоционально уровне, и это вовсе не плохо, это читательское удовольствие, иногда только это душе и требуется. Но лично моё удовлетворение от книги при "считывании", нахождении секретиков возрастает несомненно. Фостер, кстати, называет такие вещи "чувство "Ага!", и это очень точно! :) ⬇⬇⬇
I opted for the box of 4 muffins, man these are so addictive! And if you suggested a box of 6 yesterday, remind me to never enlist your help if I go on a diet! 😂
Now, on to the bookish, look at my new reading journal - I won it in a blog giveaway, from the lovely Lorraine (@thebookreviewcafe), if you don’t follow her blog (and bookstagram) already, you really should, she’s a fellow crime reader 😉
I love this journal, it has all the space to record the things you’d want to about books read! I’m saving it to record books read in 2018 🙂
I also won a £10 Amazon gift voucher and I’m struggling to decide what book to buy, haha, I’m thinking I might save it till December and buy Killman Creek by Rachel Caine as I really enjoyed Stillhouse Lake!
So, thank you Lorraine, and I wish you all a Sunday full of R&R (reading & relaxing) 💜
Last night I set up isaac's reading journal. I bought a Pokemon one (it was 75% off), and he is super excited about it. Now he is requesting his own book darts (I don't think that is going to happen....yet). He is just randomly selecting passages for me to copy, but he says they are his favorite parts.
For more info on reading journals check out @readaloudrevival. She has been doing a few posts about them, and she has a free masterclass about it.
My long overdue review of one of my new favorite books! Guys omg. I have heard all of the hype for this duology since it first came out, but I still never got around to it. It was the action story I've been missing! Actually it had more than just action. I swear sometimes I thought I was reading a romantic comedy mixed in with an X-Men tale (all of which are my favorite things). I didn't think I would like the multiple character chapters but they were the best. Leigh Bardugo is so great at creating distinct voices. The dialogue and especially the one liners, just flowed and came so natural when I was reading it between 2 characters. I cannot wait to get into Crooked Kingdom because stuff went down and I need answers.
Just one SPOILER I want to bring up
OMG MATTHIAS AND NINA ARE MY BIGGEST SHIP RIGHT NOW! Their flashback stories and chapters were my favorite. Plus Kaz's backstory was so sad! I want that boy to have his revenge! I'm so ready for rescuing Inej and saving Nina!
"The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright
-- And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.
The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done
-- "It's very rude of him," she said, "To come and spoil the fun!"
The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead
-- There were no birds to fly.
In a Wonderland they lie
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die." //
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland 🌿🌕
"Sister in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine."
I just want to make one personal side note before I begin my review. I finished this book October 1st, the next day I saw the tragedy on tv of Las Vegas. Most of my family lives in Vegas, it has been a second home to me since I was a child. Several family members work on the strip and even in the hotels, with one of my aunts saying she heard the shots from the Walgreens she was working at. But what really stopped me in my tracks, was the fact that one of my aunts really loves country music and she loves going to these concerts. She wasn't there because she had waited too long and all the tickets were sold out. Though my family is lucky in that regard, my heart still hurts with all the tragedy that has been going on by both nature and man. This book though fun and fancy free in the beginning, has me thinking now, which I think is a good thing when a book has you think. The quote makes me tear up a bit, but it also gives me a new fire for justice and hope for everyone around the world....
Warbringer was so good! I love the dynamics between Diana and Alia. Their friendship didn't seem forced, which had you believing their fierce determination to protect each other. The pacing was great for getting us from Diana's home to New York to Greece. There was just the right amount of action and comedy. I feel like both characters grew in the short time they were together. Definitely recommend. I kept putting Gal Gadot in my mind, (even though it's clearly it's own story), because she would have been perfect in acting out this adventure too haha!
I want to talk about a few spoilery points, so...
OMG FREAKING JASON. I SERIOUSLY DIDN'T SEE IT COMING. BOY HAD ME PLAYED. THIS IS JUST LIKE WHEN I FOUND OUT HANS FROM FROZEN WAS A VILLIAN. I liked the budding love between them and he seemed like the loving brother. Also I know this is suppose to be a standalone (Leigh said so herself at the book signing), but the way she ends it, you would think a sequel is coming. I like that it's open though.
Starting a Reading Journal with my current book. (So is my daughter and possibly my husband too.) Thanks! @readaloudrevival for adding structure to my thoughts. Now maybe I will get back to reading more often. #readingjournal#books#read
Amber and I are starting a little book club. We're starting with the first Harry Potter book! I'm using this book journal to record the books I read and other fun things to fill out. I'm excited to fill it up with good reads! 📖📚😍 #readingjournal
Finished Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star yesterday. This was a Kindle First pick, I believe, from a few months ago. I expected more of a thriller, but while there was certainly a mysterious event being unraveled, it was more the study of the effects of that mystery on the family members. Interesting characters, intriguing storyline, a satisfying read.
This little dude got his reading journal from school today 💗 so he has been given a book with no words in it just pictures and he uses his imagination to tell me what is happening 😍 how beautiful is a child's imagination 👦💕 he did so well with it. But it did help that the book was about a little boy and his dad getting their hair cut 😂 considering I'm a #hairdresser it's quite coincidental 😉 #learningtoread#reception#readingjournal#childsimagination
Reading mini books✨📖✨ I'm looking forward to using these during our daily reading sessions. Check out my story ⬆️ or swipe ➡️ to see them in further detail. It's also available on my TPT store! 🙌🏻🤘🏻#minibook
It's the last night of the #SpaceReadathon !
Surprisingly, I finished both books on my TBR so I'm planning to spend the evening watching space-themed movies! It will be the first readathon where I accomplish everything I said I would! Yay!
And when I finish a movie, I will have accomplish all three challenges! That's a first too!
Happy Half Way through the week! 🎉Sending out a couple more reading journals today 📚 Our lovely little reading journals have pages and pages full of fun activities little ones can fill in on their reading book, aiding comprehension and understanding ✏️ want to see more? Link in bio 👆🏻💕#lovewriting
Finished the first entry in my new reading journal, for "The long way to a small angry planet"! I already finished the second book, too, so that will come next. I loved both of those books a lot, and found them really inspiring for my own writing l.
This really took a long, time, though. I'll be busy doing this for every book I read :D Let's see how long I can keep this up.
I haven't done anything artsy in so long, I stopped almost entirely after leaving school. I really want to get back into drawing. How cool would it be if I could illustrate my own stories? Still a long way to go until I get good enough for that, though! (Also I handed in three of four papers! Soon I'll be back to writing what I like!) #colourpencils#drawing#journal#readingjournal#thelongwaytoasmallangryplanet#reading#sketchbook#nuuna
The #SpaceReadathon started yesterday and caught me a little unguarded, but I'm ready now (* as soon as I finish my current read, Spirit Walker by Michelle Paver).
#SequelSeptember is going great, and I always intended to read Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie this month, so it's now at the top of my TBR! I don't know if I'll have time before September 21st to start and finish The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galacy (admire my paperback movie tie-in edition and weep!), but I would definitely try my hardest!
PS. I might add some other doodles at the bottom of the page once I write my "results".