Sporadically over the course of this month I’m going to be curating posts dedicated to some of my new favorite book related experiences within 2018.
#CuratingMyReading is the hashtag I’ll be using and anyone who wants to jump on is more than welcome 👯♀️📚
𝐌𝐲 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟:
01. New Favorite Author(s)
02. New Favorite Time-Period to Read from
03. New Favorite Genre
04. New Favorite Plot within a Book (Ex: Music, Movies, Photography, Sports, Acting, etc.)
05. New Favorite Culture to Read About
06. New Favorite Book Related Subscription
07. Favorite Bookish Item(s)
08. Favorite Books of the Year
𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐔𝐩...𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫:
Taylor Jenkins Reid, you can forever take my money because anything you write I will immediately buy and read! I have read all of her novels (to date) and I’ve highly enjoyed them all! Two in particularly have made it to my favorite books of all-time list (but we’ll talk about those later 😉)
In the meantime, go read you some TJR! Happy Reading 📖💛
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Happy Saturday bookworms! Remember a couple of weeks ago when we revealed @catarinabookdesigns was an artist for our December TREACHEROUS TRAVELS box? Well, here is a sneak peek at the GORGEOUS item inspired by @sara_raasch's book Snow Like Ashes 😍😍. In addition to this large, useable item, our December box will have TWO BOOKS, a Beacon Booksleeve and two other bookish goodies! Two days remaining before sales close for this box, grab one at www.beaconbookbox.com. Hope everyone has a great weekend! Our annual Christmas party is tonight!
⚫⚫⚫⚫ QOTD: Favorite Sara Raasch book?
AOTD: I loved These Rebel Waves which we featured in our August box!
Sally Rooney has been hailed as one of the greatest Millennial writers and I absolutely agree with that statement! At only 27, the grasp she has on human nature is astonishing, and I can’t wait to see how she grows as a writer.
Conversations with Friends is the introspective story of what happens when two college friends, Frances and Bobbi, enter into the somewhat glamorous world of journalist Melissa and actor Nick, a married couple. Rooney wastes no words, but says everything she needs to say, and it was refreshing (if a little weird on occasion) to read from the point of view of a 21 year old woman I could identify with on many levels.
I absolutely love books which are essentially just character studies - observing how a person is, their vulnerabilities, their ambitions (or lack thereof), what makes them tick, and then exploring those traits in relation to other people, seeing how they react together and affect one another. I also usually don’t like it when authors make use of modern phenomena like facebook in their books, but Rooney wields them with confidence and to great effect.
Touching on subjects such as infidelity, parental relationships, sexual identity, and an illness not usually talked about, endometriosis, Rooney has penned what I think is a masterpiece of the millennial, if you’ll excuse my alliteration 😏
I took off half a star because I thought we’d get to see more of another side of the story (Bobbi and Melissa’s relationship), and we didn’t, but Nick and Frances’s was so fascinating that I’ll let it slide.
Judith : Eux c'est vous la nouvelle petite amie de Maxime.
Maxime : Oui, je sors avec Clémentine.
Clémentine : Sa ne te dérange pas au moins ?
Judith : Ah non pas du tout mais comme vous êtes ma prof de sport, sa fais juste bizarre.
Clémentine : Je t'avoue que pour moi aussi sa me fait étrange.
Maxime : Bon Judith on va laisser Clémentine s'installer. Vient Clémentine c'est par ici.
Clémentine suivant Maxime. Le jeune homme ouvre la porte de sa chambre. Clémentine sourit en découvrant le chambre de Maxime mal rangé.
Maxime : Ça va j'avais pas le temps de ranger.
Clémentine qui rigole toujours : Ah non mais j'espère juste que tu seras plus maniaque dans notre chez nous.
Maxime : Promis. Bon vas falloir ce serrer dans le lit, ses un une place.
Clémentine : Je peux dormir sur un matelas si tu veux.
Maxime : Et je fais comment moi si je veux me coller à toi, sentir ton parfum. Il s'approche de la jeune femme et l'embrasse. Chloé rentre au même moment et les voit en train de s'embrasser et est très gêner.
Chloé : Pardon, je frapperais la prochaine fois.
Puis elle referme la porte. Maxime et Clémentine éclate de rirent.
Maxime : C'est bon maman revient. Cri-t-il.
Chloé : Je voulais juste savoir si tout allais bien, et si tu veux prendre un matelas il y en a un de deux places dans notre chambre.
Maxime : Ouais je vais venir le chercher.
Quelque jours plus tard, l'ambiance est très détendu. Chloé n'est plus mal à l'aise de voir Maxime et Chloé s'embrasser. Judith s'est fais à l'idée que sa prof de sport est la petite amie de son frère.
Clémentine et Maxime sont plus heureux que jamais. Ils se sont entraînés durant des heures tout les jours pour le semi marathon, l'accident de Maxime ne l'arrête pas et ils n'ont plus de nouvelle d'Olivier.
Vendredi soir, Maxime et Clémentine sont stressés, le semi marathon est demain, ils décident de se coucher tôt pour être en forment.
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Cover reveal!! We’re delighted to reveal the cover for ONLY EVER HER, the new novel by our very own @marybethwhalen. Isn’t it gorgeous?!
A bit about the novel: “It was to be the perfect wedding—until the bride disappeared. Annie Taft’s wedding is four days away, and it will be one of the grandest anyone can remember in her small South Carolina town. Preparations are in order. Friends and family are gathering in anticipation. Everything is going according to plan. Except that Annie herself has vanished. Did she have second thoughts? Or has something much worse happened to the bride-to-be? While her loved ones frantically try to track her down, they’re forced to grapple with their own secrets—secrets with the power to reframe entire relationships, leaving each to wonder how well they really knew Annie and how well they know themselves.”
P.S. It’s set to release on May 7th but is available for pre-order now. 📚📚
was originally apart of a college supplement but my advisor quickly vetoed it🙄
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Who’s your favourite author?⠀
I have five, depending on my mood: ⠀
Daphne Du Maurier ⠀
Rosamunde Pilcher is my go-to whenever I’m in the mood for some comfort reading, and so after two weeks on the move, ferrying between Yorkshire, The Lake District, London, The Cotswolds and Somerset, I’ve been enjoying some much needed downtime, in front of the fire, mince pie in hand and endless cups of piping hot tea on tap, getting lost in Pilcher’s charming Cornish world.⠀
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful and book-filled weekend, wherever in the world you are 💞⠀
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So- this is my bookshelf! I'm posting this to remember the order of my books-
The first shelf is my American History, and my modern politics shelf. Half of this shelf is full of J.J. Eliss's books (I just got another one to add to my collection today!) The second shelf is for my self help books, my wiccan spell books and guides, poetry and how to write poetry, classics like Jane Austen and Sir Aurther Conan Doyle, and my art books! This shelf also holds my grandmothers tea cup, as well as a cello my aunt Ronda begifted me.
The last shelf is entirely fiction- books I've kept since fourth grade. Percy Jackson, to be specific.
And...that's it? There's also my alter, where I have pictures of me and my sister, and me with my dog Diego.
This shelf is probably one of the best things in my life rn. XD
🎉 BOOK REVIEW 🎉
I had seen THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS here and there on Bookstagram, but was delighted to pick it up for December’s @words.between.worlds discussion! Hopefully a lot of you will be joining us at the end of this month! We have a lot of fun things planned for this one.
THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS by @jenniferzeynab is a sweeping novel filled with rich text and philosophical questions. The story has a dual narrative that switches back and forth between a young Syrian refugee named Nour, and a folktale of a girl named Rawiya on a quest to aid a map maker in charting the world. While set eight hundred years apart, the two stories are tied together in unique ways as both girls explore identity, survival, and what it means to find “home.”
I can’t wait to discuss this book! The lyrical language was so beautiful (especially on audio, which I highly recommend) and the characters were so complex and layered. Put in impossible situations as refugees and travelers, these characters endure heartbreak, pain, and struggle. I’ve never read a refugee story like this, and I have so much empathy for what these individuals have to face. While I enjoyed both storylines, I did look forward to the present day narratives a little more because they were so compelling. Part of that might be personal preference, since I don’t read a lot of folktales or myths. Overall, I learned so much from this book and am thankful for the insightful experience! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5! Perfect for readers looking to learn more about modern day refugees, or those who love rich writing styles and storylines! #yukilovesbooks#sachireviews#themapofsaltandstars#wordsbetweenworlds
Having my dream Sunday. Already grocery shopped, put in the laundry, and deep cleaned the apartment. I haven’t read much at all over the past few weeks as I started a new job and have had classes or other plans every evening after. The only book I read in the past two weeks was my book club book, I’ll be Gone in the Dark. Needless to say, I am very much looking forward to the rest of this rainy Sunday spent right here. Might pop out for some Mexican food with a friend later, but otherwise I’m in full on hibernation mode (and couldn’t be happier about it!).
Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster
I've always wanted to read this one, but I didn't expect it to be like this.
I thought I was going to read a much humorous account of Judy Abbott, very light and intended for younger audience, thoughts courtesy of watching the cartoon a VERY long time ago.
But even though Judy's accounts in her letters to her benefactor are somewhat funny and entertaining, there is a message hidden, and loneliness underneath the jolly talk, and maturing into an independent woman.
Most of us know the story of orphan Judy Abbott who found herself in the interest of a mysterious benefactor who sends her to college, and therefore the world, in exchange for letters on her progress.
The book is written in the format of said letters, where Judy's voice and character develope and mature.
We notice a difference in her writing from the wide eyed innocence of someone experiencing everything for the first time, but who shows so much hate and resentment towards her previous life in the asylum, to a young women determined to find a place, who can talk politics and makes her own mind and repels against being told what to do.
But the letter format meant we only see things through Judy's eyes, which meant not a lot of character development for all others.
Which brings me to Jervie's character, I wasn't very much impressed by his behaviour or responses, of course I knew who he was beforehand.
The ending seemed a bit rushed and unsatisfying, where you don't get to feel all the right emotions.
Yet I was left with a smile on my face.
This was a buddy read with my lovely ladies ❤
🎄 BOOK REVIEW 🎄 •
I read this book for the @tistheseasonathon and I absolutely loved it! •
Synopsis - On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three Ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.
And then she died.
Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge—as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.
Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.
But this year, everything is about to change. . . . •
I LOVED this book. It was funny, cute and perfect for Christmas. It takes you to the “behind the scenes” of the Christmas Carol and you see how the character Holly changes from being selfish to selfless. I did think the ending was a tad predictable but it was so good and so well done I loved it anyways. •
• ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ •
So I finished reading Autumn last weekend, but I've had to give myself a bit of time to process it. Even though it's a short read, it is certainly not light or that easily accessible.
I quite regret not finishing this book in one day because it probably would have been even more memorable that way. To me this is the perfect 'finish it in one sitting' kind of book: it is like stepping into a stream and getting dragged on by the currents. It's best not to fight it or to think too much about where it's taking you, just enjoy the flow.
On the surface, this book is about Daniel and Elisabeth's friendship. It is quite an unconventional connection, as there is a 70 year age difference between the two. But Autumn is about many other things, too: Brexit, memories, the tragic life of Pauline Boty, bureaucracy and the difficulties women face.
It is probably the most current book I've ever read as it takes place in 2016, right after Brexit. I'm sure some of the British political references were lost on me, but that didn't take away anything from my enjoyment.
It is difficult though to pinpoint what exactly I enjoyed the most about this book. I really liked it, but it's very hard to grasp the specifics. I definitely loved the dialogs between Daniel and Elisabeth, as so many others mentioned it before me, they are the highlights of the whole book. I also really like the quality of Ali Smith's writing. The words meditative and contemplative come to my mind, when I try to describe her style and that is something that I highly value in literature.
I'm certainly looking forward to read more Ali Smith as this introduction to her work made me quite intrigued.
Which one is your favorite Ali Smith? What do you enjoy about her books?
510an hour ago
Thank you to our fantastic readers for sharing such incredible work with An Angry Reading Series last night.
Dave, Chaya, Arriel, Karisma, and Carly, thank you for your words.
For the audience that has been consistent at our readings, thank you for being present.
Thank you to our venue partner Grill On The Hill for the support and impeccable service.
This is a wrap on 2018. Chelsea and I will be back in the new year with some angry writers in tow. Happy Holidays!
Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生 Kusama Yayoi, born 22 March 1929) is a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation, but is also active in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other arts. Her work is based in conceptual art and shows some attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, Art Brut, pop art, and abstract expressionism, and is infused with autobiographical, psychological content. She has been acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan