This is a friendly reminder that this beauty is officially out next month! The Priory of the Orange Tree by @say_shannon is hands down my most anticipated book of 2019! She is one of my all-time favourite authors because of The Bone Season series, and I’ll honestly read anything she puts out!
In case you didn’t hear, there was an awful technical glitch last week where all the US Kindle preorders were cancelled! That’s one of the worst things for an author to find out so close to the release date. If you happen to be in the US, and preorder through Kindle, just double check that it’s still there!
Also, if you haven’t preordered this one yet! I’d suggest doing so. I have a feeling this will be a huge book, and you don’t want to miss out! I’m definitely looking forward to getting my Goldsboro edition, and diving into this world next month!
Are you excited for TPOTOT? Any other 2019 books you’re excited about?!
Happy Thursday friends, I hope you’re having a good week! I’ve been busily working away on something for the last few weeks which I’ll be sharing with you in just a few short days. It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for a while so fingers crossed you’ll be as excited as me! ✨
Didn't realize i had spare time to read a lot yesterday, reading between Jane Eyre and Les miserables.
Anyway what sorts of story do you like the most? Just realized it, after reading some books about it, this why I really enjoy some kind of books like les miserables and the count of monte Cristo, the stories there are about vengeance but in good ways although those books really thick, it didn't got me bored, and wait i think les miserables is not about vengeance, but for me had a bit side of the story about it. I really enjoy my current reads so far :).
How are you today Dear Friends? Hope is always full of spirit to get through this day :).
There's been a lot of talk about that Gillette commercial about toxic masculinity. I watched it and actually had tears come to my eyes.
Some make the argument that romance novels perpetuating unrealistic expectations for men. All alpha all the time. Dominant. Always buff & tall & "manly". What do we think of this as readers? Obviously we know the difference between reality and fiction, but do these representations of men skew our view of men in the real world without our even realizing it? Could we do a better job of writing and reading about a wider variety of men or do we choose our books specifically because we want to avoid the average man?
Also, how many romance novels have you read where the hero isn't an alpha male?
One of my favorite reads is one by Nora Roberts in her Bridal Quartet series where the main hero Carter is a quiet, introspective high school teacher who stumbles his way through interactions with our heroine Mac. A far cry from the usual confident alpha.
Give me some recommendations of romance heroes who stand apart from the typical romance mold!
My heart is heavy on this gloomy day over the loss of Mary Oliver, so I’m reposting an old photo from a sunny morning reading one of her brilliant collections. ❤️ •
The little poem pictured in the photo completely captured my bookish soul the moment I read it, and so many of her other poems have captured other bits of me. Her work has brought me joy and comfort and I’m so thankful for the legacy she has left us. That’s the magic of words. ✨
In the words of Winnie-The-Pooh, “it’s a rather blustery day”. 🌬The wind has been whistling through the eaves, and raindrops have been lashing the windows since 8AM. We’ve had a very mild winter, so this sudden storm has caused quite the excitement. All I want to do is curl up under layers of cosy blankets, with a hot latte (extra froth) and my current read.
I’m reading, ‘Mrs Tim of the Regiment’, for a readalong hosted by @bagfullofbooks. I’m nearing the end, and I highly recommend, if you’re in need of a good laugh, lifting of spirits and/or enjoy the writing of Elizabeth von Arnim or E. M. Delafield. The book is written as journal entries and follows the hilarious antics of Hester Christie, the wife of a British Army officer. Determined to keep a diary of events both large and small in her family life, Hester allows the reader to follow along as each new drama of dilemmas occurs. Stevenson is such a fabulous writer - intelligent, funny with beautiful imagery sprinkled throughout. According to the author’s foreword, the novel was written at the request of a friend. Who borrowed Stevenson’s personal diary, so her daughter who was engaged to be married to an officer in a Highland Regiment, would know what to expect. When the journal was handed back, Stevenson’s friend said she must write a book based upon her diary, it was that entertaining. After much thought, D. E. Stevenson decided to give it a go. This reader is delighted she did!
Herkese; yürüyüşe çıkalım mı?
Öyle fırından ekmek almaya giderken araba kalsın yaa, yürüyeyim biraz dercesine değil. Ya da otobüs eve varmadan 2 durak önce inip kalan mesafeyi yürüyeyim der gibi de değil. Hele hele mağazaların vitrinine baka baka veya ders çalışmaktan mütevellit yaşanan bel tutulmasına deva olsun diye de değil. Sadece yürümüş olmak için yürüyelim, acele etmeksizin, sindire sindire, yerçekiminin ayak tabanlarımızdaki titreşimini hissederek ve bedenin ruhla sohbetine kulak vererek.
Nietzsche, Rimbaud, Rousseau, Thoreau, Nerval, Kant ve Gandi’ye merhaba deyin. Ve hazırlanın. Şey aslında hazırlanın derken yanınıza hiçbir şey almanıza gerek yok sadece ayağa kalkın yeter. Hiçliğin hafifliğinde büyük düşünürlerle yürüyüşe çıkıyoruz hep beraber.
Gandi ile birlikte yürümenin direniş halini tecrübe edeceğiz. Nitekim günümüzde de yürümek pasif bir “ben senle aynı fikirde değilim arkadaş” demek değil midir? Kant ile yürümenin disiplinini, Nietzche ile de bu disiplini yorulmadan ve düşünce oluşturarak sürdürmenin keyfini yaşayacaksınız.
Kitapta Rimbaund’un yaşadıkları karşısında hüzünlenmemek mümkün değil. Kitap, yürümenin bambaşka bir boyutunu görmemizi sağlıyor. Genellikle kapalı bir yerden kapalı bir yere gitmek için dışarı çıkar ve buna yürüyüş deriz. Aslında sokakları kapalıdan kapalıya gitmek için koridor olarak kullanırız farkında olmadan.
Kitabın konusu zaten ismiyle eşdeğer olduğu için felsefeden ve felsefi düşüncelerden hazzetmiyorsanız başka kitapları değerlendirmenizde fayda var. Ekseriyetle uzun, 7-8 saat, haftalar, aylar, yıllar süren yürüyüşleri ele alıyor kitap. Sonlara doğru yürüyüşün dinsel boyutuna da değinilmiş. Hac yürüyüşünün arınma yürüyüşü olduğundan ve ruhumuzu nasıl arındırdığından bahsetmiş.
Ayrıca Paris’in şatafatlı yürüyüş bahçelerinin samimiyetsiz ve bayağılığına atıfta bulunup, yürüyüşün düşünme üzerindeki muhteşem etkisi anlatılmış.
Nasıl unuttuk biz sokakları sahi? Çocukluğumuzda sokaklar, caddeler bacaklarımıza kara sular inene dek gezdiğimiz ikinci evimizdi. Belki de büyüdükçe omzumuza yüklenen anıların ağırlığıdır yürümemizi zorlaştırıp çocukluğumuza duyulan özlemi çağrıştıran. Keyifli okumalar 🤗
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❝ Beautiful words were beautiful words, even to the most practical of minds. ❞
- Flame in the Mist, Renée Ahdieh
~~ 19:20 ~~ 17/01/19 ~~
I haven't posted in a while but at least it's been less than a month sooo....... My post schedule will be steady soon @obsessedwibooks don't worry 😂🙈
In other news....... nevermind, there's no other news. I have no life 😂😂
Because I'm boring, tell me a random fact about yourself! 😊😋
Oh and don't forget that @plentifulbookmarks has her February bundle coming in a week! You can use my code "SIMPLEBOOK10" for a discount! 😊😍🤩❤❤❤❤❤
A beautiful stack of new books is always just the ticket! This particular tower is built of a few top picks from the Indie Next List, which is curated monthly by indie booksellers all across the nation. Looking for something new? Pop by and let us help you pick out the perfect new book or three.
611 hours ago
The next John Le Carré George Smiley novel that I have on my #tbr and that I need to start. I’m thinking I’m going to write all the titles of #tbr and put them in a bowl! I’d only end up changing my mind anyway! *
Blurb: When the Department - faded since the war and busy only with bureaucratic battles - hears rumour of a missile base near the West German border, it seems like the perfect opportunity to regain some political standing in the Intelligence market place. The Cold War is at its height and the Department is dying for a piece of the action.
Swiftly becoming carried away by fear and pride, the Department and her officers send deactivated agent Fred Leiser back into East Germany, armed only with some schoolboy training and his memories of the war. In the land of eloquent silence that is Communist East Germany, Leiser's fate becomes inseparable from the Department's.
🧡Wie viele Bücher habt ihr dieses Jahr schon gelesen?🎉
Ich beginne heute mein 4.😍
1621 hours ago
I hate when you're having a great day and all of a sudden an anxious thought pops up followed by several dozen more that are even worse. I woke up really early, went for a walk, did some work, and met a deadline. Everything was going really well until I got a reminder for a meeting I have on Monday and the second guessing and overwhelmingly anxious thoughts started flooding in. Stepping back, sitting on the floor and eating a lot of timbits helped a bit but I wish my Friday therapy appointment could get here already. How's your week going? Have you dealt with any irrational stressful or anxious thoughts? If so, how did you deal with it?
I've been reading Mary Oliver poems on and off all morning. I can't believe she has passed, may she rest in peace. One of my favourite English assignments from high school was an in-depth paper on her and her poems. I forgot how much I loved her pieces, especially Hurricane. Have you read anything by her? If so, do you have a favourite? I'm looking forward to reading more of her pieces later tonight with a cup of hot chocolate and biscuits.
Happy Thursday lovelies, I hope you're having a great day 💕 #hygge#onthetable#momentsofmine#culturetripbooks#currentlyreading
▪1984▪ halfway through the book and I can't not talk about it so far.
Winston Smith lives in 1984 London (probably 🤔 because even Winston is not sure whether it was 1983 or 1984) where everything falls under Big Brother's radar ("Big Brother is watching you") and everything is reduced into lifelessness. A character to whom, according to George Orwell himself, ordinary man can easily relate finds himself in an inner conflict between his own worldviews and the conformity to a dystopian society.
I am now halfway through this book (which happens to be my first dystopian novel EVER 🙈) and while reading, I had moments when I LITERALLY couldn't put the book down and had to read more in order to satisfy my curiosity (I just hate being left with a cliffhanger 😂). Some passages were a little disturbing though and I had to reread them with rather the set of mind of a critic because Orwell was obviously trying to leave something in between lines and I had to decipher it before moving forward with my reading. So far, the story isn't going anywhere and I feel like I can guess the ending of it already (maybe because even Winston is almost sure about it ?! 🤔). Overall, the language Orwell uses is simple and accessible but also really creative (actually the whole thing is NEW to me) especially on the linguistic level. I love the unconsistency with which the length of the chapters is marked, I feel like it gives you some space to meditate after a LONG (and sometimes mentally exhausting) journey with the protagonist.
I can't wait to see how the book will come to an end even though I'm not sure if I'm going to like it.
301 hours ago
Now THAT’S my kind of book!
511 hours ago
qotd: favourite flower?🌷
My mother and I went to my grandma's house this afternoon to look through some boxes with old books to see if we can find some interesting ones 😏
I posted a few pictures of what we found in my stories; most books were in German and French (a lot of them I'd never heard of + French literature), although we also found some Luxembourgish books. One book was a collection of luxembourgish poems, where I found a poem called "The Bookworm", so if you're curious to see what Luxembourgish looks like, I posted the poem in my story, too 😄📚
#rfabjan19 - purple cover
Tā nebūtu Haruki Murakami grāmata, ja tajā nebūtu dziļdomīgi vīrieši, kas dienas aizvada sevis vai kāda cita meklējumos, kaut kur fonā nespēlētu džezs un darbība nenotiktu bārā. Un kaķis. Vienmēr, kaut tikai pieminot, ir jābūt arī kādam kaķim. Murakami īsstāstu formātā joprojām nemainīgs – ar savādiem vīriešiem, kas šajos septiņos stāstos kaut kādā mērā zaudējuši septiņas noslēpumainas un īpatnējas sievietes. Joprojām arī nemainīgi prasmīgs. Lai gan šī nav labākā no viņa grāmatām, tajā ir, ko paņemt arī sev. 📝 ••• Par 📷 šoreiz liels paldies @andzelikabondare ♥️
721 hours ago
“You know, for a while after we…parted ways… I wondered if you and I were meant to be. Like if we were those fated young lovers and if I ruined that. I was worried we would never find what we were looking for in someone else, and worst of all that we would never find what we were looking for in each other.”📚📚📚📚
Good girl. Boy from the bad side of town. First love and one night that changed everything.
8 years later they meet again..
Is the love enough? Will they forget and move on?
How Not To by @dsawyerauthor is coming January 18th.
I really enjoyed reading this debut book ———————————————————
"Hot Mess" mialam okazję przeczytać w ramach booktouru organizowanego przez @daria_czytaa za co chciałabym w tym miejscu podziękować. Genialny pomysł organizatorki by ustawić kolejność czytania datami urodzin uczestniczek sprawił, że książka trafiła do mnie na cztery dni przed moimi 30 urodzinami, co pozwoliło mi z niezwykłą łatwością wskoczyć w buty głównej bohaterki. Ona sama pod koniec powieści wkracza w ten szacowny wiek i muszę przyznać, że kilka jej przemyśleń ukazało mi życie w nieco innych barwach i złagodziło w pewnym stopniu stres związany z wskoczeniem trójki na pierwsze miejsce na "liczniku".
Brałam udział w trzech booktourach tej zimy i z czystym sumieniem mogę stwierdzić, że "Hot Mess" podobało mi się z nich wszystkich najbardziej. Porzućcie nadzieję na ambitne arcydzieło, ale jeśli macie ochotę na lekką lekturę, która poprawi Wam humor i umili zimowy wieczór, to bierzcie tę książkę w ciemno. Mimo kilku irytujących elementów jest to fajna opowieść o współczesnej kobiecie, cieszę się, że miałam okazję ją przeczytać i Was też do tego zachęcam.
Pełna recenzja na blogu, serdecznie zapraszam!
This is the most intriguing book I’ve come across in the past few months! Read the blurb and tell me what you think! Also, there’s a question that the blurb asks...What is true freedom?
Thank you @aaknopf for sending it to me 😊
Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born.
When his master's eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. But Christopher Wilde, or "Titch," is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist.
He initiates Wash into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky; where two people, separated by an impossible divide, might begin to see each other as human; and where a boy born in chains can embrace a life of dignity and meaning. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Titch abandons everything to save him.
What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic, where Wash, left on his own, must invent another new life, one which will propel him further across the globe.
From the sultry cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, Washington Black tells a story of friendship and betrayal, love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again--and asks the question, what is true freedom?
#BetterReadsChallenge 17/365 (link in bio)
Good morning lovelies! Happy Thursday! 🙌 We're so close to the weekend. I can taste it. Lol
QOTD : Does anyone have anything fun planned for Friday evening or the weekend?
AOTD : Usually, there's nothing to do in this town. And I guess that's still true! Haha But I am driving an hour to go to a Creative Photography/Sketching Meet up in Johnstown! 😊 I'm hoping I can meet some friends there, so wish me luck if you can!
I'm keeping it short today because I'm trying to do a bunch of random things at work and my head is all over the place. I hope everyone else is having a good day today. 💜 Stay Weird, book fam!
#somethingslayedjan19 - Anya (Sarcastic characters) I LOVE sarcastic characters so much. They're just hilarious and over the top usually.
#bookishnewyear19 - Reading Nook (even though you can't read outside in the snow for very long, sometimes it's super peaceful to do so, for a little bit)
#ladiesoffictionjan19 - From Book to Screen. Everyone is talking about the Grishaverse being made into a Netflix show. I'm excited to see how they do it and if it gets done well.
#wildadventuresjan19 - Winter Reads
#jantributeschallenge - Reading Nook
#BookQueensJan19 - Beautifully Written Books
Q: Who is your favorite character with magical powers?
Nymphadora Tonks is pretty amazing in my mind. I love her creativity and spunk ❤️
This candle by @mlc_co helps show all that off since it's color changing! Just like her hair! And it smells so delicious 😋 code MLCMISTRESS saves you 10%
Thank you so much @harperkid for sending me a copy of The Dreamway! I am so so excited to read this beautiful book! I highly recommend you go check it out on goodreads
#janinbooks19 - character w/magical power
#bookqueensjan19 - beautifully written books
#allthebooksjan19 - books becoming movies in 2019
I'm excited to see the adaptation for The Sun is Also a Star 🌟 ~
Hope everyone has a great day. I got six hours of sleep last night so at least that's better than yesterday 🤷🏻♀️ can't wait until 330 am for my weekend to start!
a few weeks ago I said that I would let you know a bit more about myself and what better way to do it than to let you in to my #selfcare routine 😊 🌸
1) I’m a #teadrinker which is why you’ve probably not seen many “coffee” posts on this feed. Fun fact: coffee makes me sleep — like KNOCK OUT😅 My favourite tea is #vanillachai ☕️
2) This is my first winter in Toronto and honestly it’s been brutal on my skin. I’ve been converted to #facemasks and try to do them at least twice a week. I’ve also started using the #eatbeautiful cookbook. Disclaimer: It is a book completely targeted towards white women (almost every model in the book is white) and I was weary🤷🏾♀️I did try one recipe, however, and it tasted pretty yummy.
3) I LOVE my friends. Periodt😭💕 I try to spend as much time with them as I can but it’s still not enough.
4) I love encouraging #Bible verses especially when they look as cute as the ones pictured (bottom middle) 😉 I also loveee music.
5) Prosecco is the only drink I recognise 😂 It’s my fave and my friends know it too — thanks @izzyduddy 🥂
6) I sometimes struggle with balance and am always on-the-go. @drlibby’s book #rushingwomanssyndrome has been so helpful and I would HIGHLY recommend it. It’s making me more accountable about taking care of myself.
7) On that note I’m trying to learn #reflexology — let you know how this goes 😂
8) I stopped journaling for a couple of months but I’m getting into it again. I love my #futureisfemale one — it puts up with all my rambling.
8) I love beautiful scents — my favourite is vanilla. Lotions, candles — everything 💆🏾♀️
What are some of the things you do for self-care?:)
1361 hours ago
Así se ve nuestra biblioteca actualmente 💜 y con este bookshelfie cumplo la consigna de hoy de #EneroBookstagrammer 🙈🌟
Mi esposo y yo estamos realmente felices los libros que tenemos, ya que cada cierto tiempo sacamos aquellos que sabemos que no vamos a leer, que queremos en otras ediciones o que simplemente no nos gustaron.
Gracias a los intercambios de libros que empecé a organizar desde el año pasado todos esos libros han conseguido nuevos dueños y nosotros hemos traído nuevos bebés que sí tenemos ganas de leer a nuestras estanterías. 💜
Esperamos este año seguir con esa costumbre y que cuando tengamos un nuevo estante esté lleno de libros que queremos tanto como los que actualmente tenemos. 🌟
Además el año pasado ordené los estantes por libros leídos y libros no leídos, cuando lo hice el resultado fue casi un 50/50, y ahora, solo unos meses después, puedo decirles que solo una de las 3 estanterías tiene libros sin leer y seguimos trabajando en darles prioridad a ellos. Así que esa forma de organización la recomiendo mucho si tienen mil libros por leer y aún así siguen comprando jaja 😅😋🤗