Happy Sunday guys! I hope you guys are having a wonderful day. ❤️ It’s a holiday weekend here so that means three days off! Woohoo! 🎉🎉🎉
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@berkleyromance#partner | THE MATCHMAKER’S LIST by Sonya Lalli surprised me in so many wonderful ways. ✨
Raina Anand is 29, and her grandmother (aka Nani) is determined to have her married by the time she hits 30, prompting her to put together a lengthy list of suitable bachelors for her beloved granddaughter. Raina is hardly pleased by this, but she agrees to go on a few blind dates to appease her Nani. Yet in true romcom fashion, things eventually spiral out of control, leaving Raina’s and Nani’s cherished relationship hanging in the balance. ✨
Although this book is obviously categorized under the “romance” genre (and it definitely fits that description), I felt like it was much more focused on the dynamic between Raina and Nani (which I loved!), and Raina’s struggle for autonomy and personal growth in the Indian-immigrant community she was raised in. The book’s synopsis describes this story as “a heartwarming multicultural romantic comedy about finding love where you least expect it”, and I think that totally nails it. If you’re someone who’s into romance, definitely check this one out (also — can we talk about how cute the cover is?? I’m obsessed 😍).
Happy Sunday! Will you spend some time reading today? 📖☕️
My current fictional read is More Than This, a YA novel by Patrick Ness. I’m 100 pages in and I must say that I’m finding quite creepy and full of tension! I even got a bit scared yesterday night while I was reading it in bed 😅 Does it also happen to you sometimes?
But the premises of this book are really intriguing and unexpected: I’ll just say that the first chapter opens with the protagonist dying. I can’t wait to go on with the story!
Since I’ll be spending all the day at home I’d also like to try to get out of my tv series slump. I haven’t watched a series in some weeks now! I’ll try to start The Sopranos season 3 or maybe The Umbrella Academy which just came out on Netflix. What are you watching at the moment?
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Happy shelfie Sunday! Do you have any pets? Tell me about them! Here’s my Gizmo looking as regal as a lion 😍
I finally finished my first read of the month (a Charmed book because they're USUALLY fast reads and thus easy fodder for my book count). 🙃 Easy 5 🌟 because I love that show, so no pros/ cons this time.
Featuring my #currentread , which is an adaptation of a video game, so I'm really interested to see how it is. 🤔 But before I dive into it . . . . .
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Spring came early! 🌻 Well, the cleaning aspect did anyway. I finally bought a rolly cart dealie to store all my bookstagram props in, and I'm legit so excited. 🤓 So, I guess here's that for #ShelfieSunday (Because it's like a shelf of drawers, right?)✌
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! 🖤
📜 «Одна история»
Это не банальная история отношений, так как это история любви двух людей с двумя разными поколениями. Ему - 19 лет, а ей уже 48.
Она замужем и имеет двоих детей. Представляя эту ситуацию, мы уже мысленно предугадываем сюжет. Плотская любовь, где после обмена духовного опыта и вожделения, молодой человек уйдет в свою будущую традиционную жизнь, которая пророчит его молодость.
Но этого не происходит. Их отношения продлятся практически до конца и даже после вынужденного разрыва, этот уже не молодой человек так и не женится, чувствуя свое одиночество и корь больной совести.
Я думаю, что книга получилась немного личной, так как писатель слишком чувственно и эмоционально размышляет о женском алкоголизме. Эту постоянную борьбу, этот укор совести и безысходности, когда не знаешь как спасти человека и остается только одно решение-спастись самому.
У каждого возраста есть свое видение на жизнь. На каждый возраст есть определенные мечты, грезы, надежды на счастливую совместную жизнь с определенным типичным комфортом. И по прошествию большого количества времени, становится горько, что задуманное не всегда получается так как ты хочешь.
Я люблю Барнса. Люблю его как личность, его приятно слушать, упиваться в его рассуждения. От его книг больно на физическом уровне. .
▪️Это грустная книга-философия о любви, которую выпотрошили наизнанку вместе с внутренностями и гниениями.
У каждого человека имеется своя история. Будь она со счастливым или печальным концом, но обязательно неповторимая и с хорошей предисторией❤️. #джулианбарнс#однаистория
The bucket and cone mystery!
In ancient carvings the world over, we often see figures holding a handbag/bucket and pointing a pine cone. Nobody has yet been able to figure out what they represent... ⚡️
What’s in the bag? Magic dust? Monoatomic gold? An energy source? Was it a communication tool? A breathing apparatus? Did it carry psychoactive herbs? Tree of Life fruit? Water of life? Manna bread? The seeds of creation? Or does it represent the cosmos somehow? Or was it used with the cone for rituals of purification? ⚡️
Why are they pointing a pine cone at something? Did it represent the pineal gland? A power of consciousness the ancients were able to tap into and use? Was it used for levitating objects through harmonic resonance? Was it a hand held weapon? Or did it represent the Gods being the bringers of life and an esoteric higher knowledge to ancient civilisations? ⚡️
These images have appeared in depictions of Sumerian Gods, in the ruins of ancient Turkish temples like the 12,000 year old Göbekli Tepe, in decorations of the Maori of New Zealand, in crafts made by the Olmecs of Central America, in Indonesia and in ancient rock art in Australia; first appearing at the end of the Ice Age. Im sure our ancient civilisations were all connected.
If you’d like to find out more about past mysteries like this, read Lost Knowledge of the Ancients and its follow up book Mysteries of the Ancient Past (Graham Hancock Readers) by Glenn Kreisberg.
“It’s clear we love the Dead Girl, enough to rehash and reproduce her story, to kill her again and again, but not enough to see a pattern. She is always singular, an anomaly, the juicy new mystery.” @alicebolin, Dead Girls
Mockingbird Place Book 3
Can be read as Standalone!
I'm a bit of a neat freak. I have my reasons. Call it OCD. Call it dealing with the past. Call it whatever you like. I call it keeping life nice and tidy. An act of arson to the hot fireman's unit next to mine makes my life messy. Real messy. What was I supposed to do? He's needed a place to stay and I had a spare bedroom. You see I've been into Eli Grayson for some time. But he has baggage. An ex-boyfriend who just won't go away. And worse, Eli seems oblivious to the jerk's manipulating BS. Willpower. That's what I need. Lots of willpower. But the more time I spend with him, the less willpower I have. He's got it all together, even if he forgets to hang the towel up after a shower. Me? I'm great with keeping the towel in place, but I definitely don't have it all together. I just have to get through the next few days until he can move back into his apartment and back into his crazy life with his ever-present ex. That's it. Should be simple. But with him right across the hall every night I'm afraid it's going to be anything but simple.
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Do you ever have trouble deciding what to read next?
I do more often than not. Unless I’m reading a series and have the next book (or can get it within a day) or I have a long-awaited sequel I’m dying to read, I have no clue what to read next. Sometimes, I’ll buy a book and be so excited about it I have to read it next. But I usually end up staring at my books and choosing one at random.
Anyway, I’m in between books right now. I finished No Easy Way Out, and none of the bookstores near me have No Dawn Without Darkness in stock. As much as I kind of grew to hate all the characters at one time or another, I really want to read the last book in the series. I really just want to find out how it all ends, who survives, and who planted the bomb. I can deal with everybody going a little psycho (given that they’ve all been trapped in a mall with a couple thousand other people and a deadly virus for two weeks, it’s understandable), but I’m not entirely sure I can deal with not knowing. I’ll probably order a copy of No Dawn Without Darkness this week, but in the meantime, I think I’ll read something else and give myself a break from all the characters going off the deep end.
Buy 'A Gift of Goddess Lakshmi: A Candid Biography of India's First Transgender Principal' by Manobi Bandopadhyay for INR 139 only ♥️ [NEW BOOK] .
The extraordinary and courageous journey of a transgender to define her identity and set new standards of achievement. When a boy was born in the Bandhopadhyay family, all rejoiced. Ason had been born after two girls and finally the conservative father could boast about having sired a son. However, it wasn’t long before the little boy began to feel inadequate in his own body and began questioning his own identity: Why did he constantly feel like he was a girl even when he had male parts? Why was he attracted to boys in a way that girls are? What could he do to stop feeling so incomplete?
It was clearly a cruel joke of destiny which the family refused to acknowledge. But unknown to them, the boy had already begun his journey to becoming Manobi—the quintessential female, as nature meant for her to be.
With unflinching honesty and deep understanding, Manobi tells the moving story of her transformation from a man to a woman; about how she continued to pursue her academics despite the severe upheavals and went on to become the first transgender principal of a girls’ college. And in doing so, she did not just define her own identity, but also inspired her entire community. .
Posting this super late, but here is my photo for day 2 of the @illumicrate Saints and Scars photo challenge! It’s #SockSunday with cute Nikolai. I love these socks! So cute! And the plushie is adorable.
This weekend was a good one for me, but it’s over too quickly! Not ready to go back to work tomorrow. Grr Mondays! Also I’ve been kind of spending too much lately, so I really need to cool it. I have a problem when it comes to collecting things (and yet I really like the concept of minimalism? I make no sense). Anyway, I have some ideas about what I’ll be doing with my tax refund 😂. ————————————————- Are you able to collect things without getting obsessive?
Happy Monday! 👋🏻 It’s back to work I go! I finished this book too while on my sickbed! 😜 George Washington Black is born a slave in Barbados in the early 1800s. We get to follow him on an epic journey strewn with bounty hunters, marine creatures, love and fear. It’s a story well told and easily read, although there were a few things I’d have liked to change; sometimes it’s just a bit too improbable and Wash going off on a wild goose chase after a person so obviously not worthy of it saddened me. But, overall a nice read! #readtheworld#canada #bokutmaningen2019#20
I may hate my alarm in the morning, but I promise this is the last page 😉. Who else is choosing stories over sleep tonight?
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📚 #42 : One Little Secret by Cate Holahan (Pages: 320) ⭐️⭐️⭐️
📖Brief Description: Everyone has a secret. For some, it’s worth dying to protect. For others, it’s worth killing. Three couples are sharing a beach house for one week. On the first night alcohol loosens inhibitions and lips. The couples pick up on each other’s marital tensions and work frustrations. Someone says too much. The next morning one of the women is found dead on the beach. The investigation reveals that everyone in the house is hiding something that could tie them to the murder, and sometimes the biggest secret of all is in plain sight. .
🗣I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review (publication date: 7/9/2019). This was a good read. The chapters go back and forth between the day of the murder and the next day. The pace moves quickly and you rotate between the couples and the detective investigating the crime. Full of secrets the story serves as a reminder that you never know what’s going on in someone else’s relationship ... .
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📚 BOOK REVIEW
Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway.. (Glass Alliance #1 )
Thankyou @netgalley and publishers for the copy.
Dark of the West is a YA fantasy novels which feels like during the second world war though it happens in an entirely different universe.
This is the story of a pilot and a princess torn apart by war and politics. Altan Dakar, youngest son of General Dakar,ruler of Savient and several NE territories near Black Sea. He loved to be a pilot but General demanded loyalty to him and thus he had to visit Etania.Aurelia Isendare is an Etanian princess, lived a protective life inside the palace. Having alliances between the two kingdoms , both of them fall in love despite on the verge of war.
. Why there is deception and betrayal between those two kingdoms..??
.Why did General came to visit Etania..?
The book features forbidden romance and war and politics..The writing to be honest is so impressive.. The characters are very well crafted . The challenges happened to Aurelia and Altan during the fantasy world were really written very well and it keep the grip to read it till the very end. A very good read for all YA fantasy lovers.
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