Science! true daughter of Old Time thou art! Who alterest all things with thy peering eyes.
Why preyest thou thus upon the poet’s heart, Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?
How should he love thee? or how deem thee wise, Who wouldst not leave him in his wandering
To seek for treasure in the jewelled skies, Albeit he soared with an undaunted wing?
Hast thou not dragged Diana from her car, And driven the Hamadryad from the wood
To seek a shelter in some happier star? Hast thou not torn the Naiad from her flood,
The Elfin from the green grass, and from me
The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree? —To Science, Edgar Allan Poe (January 14)
A Poem for Everyday of the Year is such a beautiful book; both cover and content are a feast for the eyes. I have quite a few books of poetry, but this one will stay by the bedside. If you’re new to poetry, this book is an excellent way to dip into it a bit at a time - who knows, before long you may be writing a few poems yourself.
Tonight was a fire and s’mores kind of night. Except that I seriously need to improve my coat-hanger technique... after one charred, one that fell into the ashes and one that landed on the wood, I’m giving up. For now. 😜 ❤️
Day 16 #stradaeasel 30 Day Challenge
8x10 Oil on Panel
What a difference a day makes. I’m feeling human again and happily painting. Just goes to show how much mental energy it takes to paint. .
Two favorite paintings so far have been the teacup and the urn so I put them together in this composition with some of my favorite books. I love to read.❤️
The selection here is “Dragonfly in Amber” by Diana Gabaldon - If you aren’t watching the “Outlander” series based on these books your missing out!! “Modoc” by Ralph Helfer - a true story about the greatest elephant that ever lived. “A Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindenbergh - beautiful thoughts on love, life and relationships
“The Art Spirit” by Robert Henri - Haven’t read it yet but I’ve heard it’s good!
Have you guys read this book?! Oh it is one of my absolute faves!! It is based on true events...hard to read at times, but SUCH an amazing story! I could not put it down. Getting ready to share with you this week all our favorite reads from 2018 and what we have our eyes on to read in 2019!! Tell us all your favorite books we need to read!!
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Little is the fictionalized story of Marie Grosholtz who grows up to become Madame Tussaud. It was interesting to learn more about how the wax museum came to be and I found myself traveling down some Wikipedia rabbit holes as I checked to see what was true. 😊
This book includes beautiful drawings throughout so I suggest reading the paper copy if it interests you. Ultimately, it wasn’t for me and I decided to DNF about halfway through but I can see how it made some best of 2018 lists and why it was loved by many.
《BOOK REVIEW 2🌟》
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I read the first half of this book properly, and then basically skim read the rest of it.
To say I was underwhelmed when reading this book is an understatement. It's rated so well, over 50% of my Goodreads friends have read this, and so I had high hopes that it was going to be good, and just as good as Second Chance Summer. But I was so incredibly bored throughout.
Essentially the story follows a girl called Emily who's best friend, Sloane, all of a sudden disappears with no contact. Emily then receives a list in the post from Sloane, of things she should do this summer, e.g. skinny dipping, visit an orchard at night, hug someone called Jamie. Emily then proceeds to check things off this list in the hope this will lead her back to Sloane.
I could not invest anything into Emily. I did not like her. She was lifeless and dull, and had clearly been living under the shadow of Sloane for a long time, to the point where their relationship was unhealthy for Emily. Her dreary thoughts were doing my head in, and she was so ridiculously awkward that the book consists of next to no dialogue because she was apparently so unable to talk to people without her beloved Sloane there. It was painful to say the least. Her best friend had apparently just disappeared with no notice and yet she wasn't really that active in trying to get help in finding out where she had gone? She was just a walking corpse, basically.
The 'love interest' in this book already had a girlfriend, and would always just conveniently pop up at the appropriatetime. Considering prior to this summer's events, Emily had nothing to do with him. So unrealistic.
And the ending, where Sloane's disappearance and list is finally explained...well it was very mediocre at best. Again, I repeat: they were supposed to be the best of friends. I'm not going to spoil it for you, but best friends wouldn't behave or think like that towards each other. They would show a bit more respect or common courtesy.
Because the nature of the book, review for this book turned out be more like a summary, and it ended up being much longer than I expected. Unfortunately, due to the limited space here, I can’t post the full summary. If you’re interested, you can read my full summary on Goodreads, monicakim524. Let’s connect there!
I am forever grateful for Dr. Brene Brown -- her message, research, and work really makes sense to me and resonate with me. I have read all of her books and each one of them has had a profound impact in my life in their own ways. I read this years ago, but after much deliberation, I decided to re-read it as my first book of the year to start off the year strong. Last summer, I read “Braving the Wilderness,” which was so profound, then I thought of reading her new book, “Daring to Lead” as my first book of the year. However, I thought it’d be great to re-visit all her books, one per each month first to refresh my mind before delving into that.
Hard to believe that this book has been out for almost ten years, but it seems to be more important and relevant than ever. We’re living in a fast-paced, overwhelming information age, and perfectly curated social media society, that bombards us with so many external messages that makes us feel like we’re not good enough internally. We’re constantly worrying, comparing, and judging, and that fear and shame of feeling never good enough prevents us from being our authentic selves, owning our own story, and feeling worthy. I think it’s absolutely critical that we all practice self-love & care more than ever. And I’m also thinking about the younger generation growing up with social media, I think they have it real tough. I grew up without any social media until late high school, and I am so grateful for that. It’s so important for parents to lead with example, teach them the importance of self-acceptance & love and to be authentic selves. This book is a great start, and I hope she continues to do important researches and write books to help many people. I highly recommend this book. I believe there's something beneficial for everyone. 🤓✌️📖
Cuando vi la película, supe que tenía que buscar el libro y realmente fue delicioso.
Al fallecer su madre Jing-Mei Woo es invitada a tomar su lugar en el Joy Luck Club la noche en la que juegan mah jong sus tías. Es el punto de partida para enterarnos la vida de estas mujeres (An-Mei, Lindo y Ying-Ying) en la China y todo lo que tuvieron que pasar antes de emigrar a Estados Unidos. Historias maravillosas con mucha tradición y hermosas parábolas contadas por cada una de ellas.
También las hijas (Jing-Mei, Waverly, Lena y Rose) narran sus vidas, la complicada relación con sus madres, la educación que recibieron de estas y cómo tratan de balancearlas con las costumbres y formas americanas.
Tengo mis favoritas, obviamente, y me imagino algunos finales que quedan abiertos en el libro. Estoy segura que encontrarás tus frases, historias y personajes favoritos también.
#TheJoyLuckClub de #AmyTan se lee con mucho placer y enseñanzas.
#PrimerLibro del 2019.
#FirstBook of 2019.
Want to read a really good book? You should totally read this book!
I have listened to No More Perfect Moms twice and I got something new each time I listened to it.
I struggle with wanting my kids and family to be perfect and well behaved. What this book has taught me is that there are no perfect kids, no perfect families....it's just not a thing!
Everyone has their struggles. Everyone has their rotten days. Some people can just hide those struggles and rotten days better than others!
We need to learn to let go of perfection and learn to fall in love with the life that we have....even if it is a little chaotic and crazy some times!
Do you have any other great book recommendations?
If there was ever a book with beautiful imagery, this is it. The Night Circus was dreamy and a little dark...a great story for the winter weather we've had around here. It's a slow build, so if that's not your thing (it's actually not really mine) maybe this isn't for you, but certainly intriguing. I know I'm late to the game on this one, but better late than never; it was a great read for book club! 3/5⭐
Up Next: INSOMNIA
This was on my TBR list back in December, but I didn't get a chance to read it.
So here we are.
Better late than never!
Also, I should probably put these Christmas lights away now.
One of my 2019 Goals:
READ MORE BOOKS 📚 I love reading, and I sure didn’t do enough of it last year
•Book 1/20 ✔️complete
•This was a fantastic “first book of the year” for me. I began reading it in Mexico on vacation, in one of my favorite places I’ve ever been, which only added to the Magic for me.. and upon finishing, I realized it was just the matching needed to relight my creative spark for a new trip around the sun. Thank you.
I finished reading Winter Garden by Hannah (The Nightingale) and I actually, literally, I'm not kidding wept. It was a sweet ending, really it was. Not as absolutely heartbreaking as The Nightingale, but close. And since I'm on medicine that sort of helps me not cry so much (truth), it's a miracle each time I cry. Made me want to hold onto my babies and husband and friends and wonderful life here and look them in the eye and tell them what a miracle they are to me. And start living like that's the truth, no matter the cold temperature or the gray sky.
After a horribly stressful day I knew I needed some self care. One of my favorite ways to unwind after a long day is to get lost in a book. This is such a thought provoking read you can't help but get caught up in the characters and forget about all the things that are stressing you out. One of my favorite things about this story is how the author delves into what makes you who you are and how you can't let society put a label one you and say who you should be. What is your favorite way to unwind after a long day?
Second book of the year is in the bag! Actually, I finished it a couple days ago and immediately requested the next one.
I’m still pretty new to the YA Fantasy world; actually, the fantasy world in general. I’m warming up to it! #essentialandable
These bookmarks have been so popular! I’m having a hard time keeping them in stock. I’ll have a new batch ready soon! This one is already spoken for! You guys are such a blessing to me! .
❝II can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even put a stopper on death.❞
— Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Talking a lot about heritage and cultural expression a lot with individuals like my precious squid Lyna (@lynacassimir) over the last couple of weeks eventually led to hair. 👱🏾♀️ It’s amazing how in various cultures, hair is an extension of one’s spiritual journey — for me, it has been so since I was sixteen. 😌
One of my favourite periods of my journey was committing to my mohawk. 🤘🏾 I dyed it cerulean and each time I shaved the sides of my head, I gave up something toxic in my life; it was a letting go. || When I began locing my hair in 2013, I’d gone through many transitions. With my locs, it was a time for growth. 🌱
I'm doing something with my hair again this weekend and brainstorming what to do next with my locs reminded me of how I used to fantasize about being a part of the wizarding world • how I'd own an apothecary where I created potions that would change your appearance for 24hrs because Black hair care can be so much work 😂 I’d make a MINT, could you imagine it? [ LMAO ] 🧪 Lookin like Tonks being a completely different person every other day of the week, who else is in for this? 🙋🏾♀️ I dunno. I’ll see if lighting this candle from @gunndeancandle.co while adding trinkets and different colours to the blonde will enchant them. My hair has been known to do some very magical things, after all. 😘
Q • For 24hrs you body swap with a celebrity. Who do you choose and what’s the first thing you do in their body?
| Mood • 🚗💨
| 📖 • THE FEED, Nick Clark Windo
| 🎧 • RENAISSANCE MAN, Tessa Bailey
| ✍🏾 • Second Draft // #amediting⠀ ⠀