At this point I will read anything @softskullpress puts out. Loudermilk is a semi-farce inspired partly by the movie Roxanne, partly by Ives' own thoughts and experiences of being a poet. It really has 3, or possibly 5, protaganists, but the titular Troy Loudermilk is the central figure that moves the action and conflict. He written large and ebullient in personality, somewhat like Ignatius in A Confederacy of Dunces, but with the extra privilege and favor of being wealthy, attractive, and young. The plot barrels forward towards a conclusion both fair and probably predictable while still upholding critcisms of perception versus truth. (I'm basically rambling incoherently, hoping to sound intelligent, which is highly appropriate in the context of this novel.) Anyway, read it if you like large, barely-contained characters and meticulous but intentional plotting. "He is led forward by fantasy; grasps at soft things and believes the world is a smile turned in his direction...Indeed, he is perhaps the embodiment of Clare's own weird existential virginity...He is Clare before anything happened."
Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb is the 5th book I read this year. -
For me personally, this was the worst book I’ve read in a long time. I rate it a 1/5. I felt that Taleb tried to complicate ideas that people already have and act like he discovered them. The book goes on for too long and goes on too many tangents, many of which he doesn’t substantiate. And my least favorite part of the book was the tone - Taleb belittles and makes fun of anyone who might disagree with his ideas and attacks other people’s lifestyles. -
Once in a while I come across a book like this that I just don’t *get*. Not to say you wouldn’t enjoy it, but I personally did not. If you’ve read this I’d love to hear what you think in the comments section. -
I am disappointed. I started out really loving this book, but giving Bernie Sanders more blame than donald trump for the sexism in the 2016 election season is a leap too far. #DNF
The book is Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution, by @amberrosetamblyn #2019books
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Jonathan Eig’s cradle-to-grave biography of Muhammad Ali is a journeyman work ... myth-busting, not ground-breaking; complete, not revelatory. As a straight bio, it falls into the worst traps of the genre — when Eig can’t explain, he offers questions ... one after another, dominating swaths of text. Though as a piece of sports journalism, it often roars with the energy worthy of its subject. Devastating is his exploration of how Ali, who fought far too long into middle age, ravaged his body. Eig also deftly chronicles Ali’s relationship with the Nation of Islam and how the Champ rebelled against convention, becoming a powerful force both in the ring and as an activist for black America. At its best, it demonstrates Ali’s many contradictions: He was eventually regarded as a man of peace, despite being world-famous for his jab; he risked his career, earning power and jail time to oppose the Vietnam draft because of his religious commitment, yet he repeatedly broke tenants of his religion. Ali ultimately emerges an incredibly giving man, someone who — like many of the world’s popular heroes — is remembered (perhaps rightfully so) for how he made others feel and not for his lesser moments. Finished March 21, 2019. (35) #2019books#readinglist2019#goodreads#amreading#books#bookaddict#booknerd#bookstagram#reading#readinglist#readingchallenge#readingtime
28/90 - The Winds of Autumn by Janette Oke (Seasons of the Heart book 2)
Love this series. It is super clean, and just so relaxing to read.
Joshua struggles a bit with anger against God in this book but learns to get over it. #2019books#seasonsoftheheart#thewindsofautumn#janetteoke
Be on the look out for my book coming soon. Will be excepting orders soon. God is good. Thank you @frankeyeson for this amazing cover. Check his page out he is an amazing artist. Thank you to all who is behind me and has been on me about finishing this project. This journey took me a minute but I final arrived. Thank you @tanakiaharris for helping me out with the editing. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #bookcomingsoon#2019books#romancedrama
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#13 Book thirteen of the year Hannibal. Finally I'd could finish the series. This book was so intense I loved Clarice more in this book. I was super sad at the end I didn't expect the final chapters being so intense. I know know why people complain about the movie and I am sad that we can't watch this in the tv show just the Mason part. But hopefully someday it will ve another remake lol
Thanks to @henryholtbooks for sending me this #ARC . I'm very intrigued! Always love books about books how about you??
Available July 9th!
~S Y N O P S I S~
In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie. Dazzled by the guests and her burgeoning crush on the hosts’ artistic son, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey’s research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie’s exclusive and famed "Book Party"— where attendees dress as literary characters. But by the night of the party, Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems.
A page-turning, coming-of-age story, written with a lyrical sense of place and a profound appreciation for the sustaining power of books, The Last Book Party shows what happens when youth and experience collide and what it takes to find your own voice.
What are you waiting for?! Download Oro: Rise of The Fallen today, and be transported to a world like you've never seen before.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Oro, a once beautiful and Divine realm now overseen by a ruthless ruler known as the Avidon, has now found itself at the brink of all out war as rebellion's form and as the poor and weary grow tired of the rich and powerful, the only chance the Avidon has to have any stake in the fight at all, is to use a secret weapon he and his ancestors have always used, that weapon being the Krea family male.
Can we talk for a minute about what a gift Angie Thomas’s (@angiethomas) novels are to this world?!?! With “On the Come Up,” Angie Thomas once again captures the nuances within race, class, and how oppression is institutionalized. And... she does it while developing these characters that you become attached to, cry for, and cheer on throughout. 🎙
OMG! It is just sooo good! 🎙
This Young Adult Novel follows Bri on her journey to become a rapper because 1) it fuels her soul and 2) it just might be a way to support her financially struggling family. Between being harassed at schools, navigating gang tensions, and dealing with friend and family relationships, we see how Bri follows her passion and ultimately allows herself to shine.
Read this one! 🔥🔥🔥🔥1/2 / 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Excellent and varied group of new releases! .
Trump Sky Alpha is a quirky post-apocalyptic satire. It’s weird, dark, and irreverent. It’s not for everyone, there’s violence and trauma and much of what tends to get content warnings, but I enjoyed the unique style and format. Maybe for some it’s a little too soon and raw, but the deep dive on internet culture was fascinating and spot on. .
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is an outstanding debut family drama. The three sisters tell their side of things through alternating POVs and at the center is their home and their secrets. It’s so well written and immersive. .
Honestly, Lost Children Archive is a masterpiece, but also I don’t think I’m smart enough for it. I’m smitten with the multi-media format. I kept flipping back and forth between lists and photos as the story unfolded. This was such a powerful book about immigration but I had to keep a dictionary close by. .
Last, Bangkok Wakes to Rain tells stories of Bangkok with one house at its center, spanning pre-colonial times to a speculative future. The writing was exquisite. Absolutely gorgeous. The chapters jump back and forth in time and among many characters who often intersect. So inventive and well executed. I just adored it. #bookstagram#readingchallenge#goodreadschallenge#52booksin52weeks#2019books#2019bookchallenge#newreleases#ilovemylibrary . #satire#postapocalyptic#dystopian#contemporaryfiction#immigrantstories#speculativefiction#diversereads . #trumpskyalpha#thecareandfeedingofravenouslyhungrygirls#lostchildrenarchive#bangkokwakestorain
Working on drawing the covers of the three books I've read so far this year 😁
Definitely hard to draw so tiny!! Need to find a good white pen, any suggestions?? I have a white paint pen but it burped a huge blob of paint all of the first square 😳 managed to clean it up with minimal damage.
These were done in colored pencil and acrylic paint 🥴
“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.” - John Green. Shoutout to @hvalicmonika for sharing your @johngreenwritesbooks collection! 👌🏼
Book #5 of 2019 The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan. Kindly sent to me by @scholasticinc with a January 29th release date. Read during #buzzwordathon
4 stars. I struggled a bit with the pacing, but by the half way mark was totally hooked. I loved Rukhsana as a character and her unflappable ambition.
Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech, where she can pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.
But when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all of Rukhsana’s plans fall apart. Her parents are devastated; being gay may as well be a death sentence in the Bengali community. They immediately whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh, where she is thrown headfirst into a world of arranged marriages and tradition. Only through reading her grandmother’s old diary is Rukhsana able to gain some much needed perspective.
Rukhsana realizes she must find the courage to fight for her love, but can she do so without losing everyone and everything in her life?
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@fiercereads sent me a box of their upcoming Winter 2019 releases!
They all look amazing & can’t wait to add them to my ever growing TBR pile!!
Who's planning to read this many books in 2019? 😎 Thanks to @j_karlovska for this rainbow of books! 🌈
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📚What feature draws you to a book cover most?📚
The titles are definitely big for me, but I also just absolutely love when there are cartoonish-like drawings of people on the cover! Something about that always catches my eye!
Thank you to @kccpr for my free copies of these upcoming titles! ❤️
I’M FINE AND NEITHER ARE YOU
“A poignant novel that explores truthfulness and boundaries in friendship, marriage, and more. With relatable characters and a realistic plot, this character-driven novel will have readers wondering if honesty really is the best policy.” —Booklist
THE OVERDUE LIFE OF AMY BYLER
“A laugh-out-loud funny, pitch-perfect novel that will have readers rooting for this unlikely, relatable, and totally lovable heroine, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is the ultimate escape—and will leave moms everywhere questioning whether it isn’t time for a #momspringa of their own.” —New York Journal of Books
VALENCIA AND VALENTINE
“Valencia and Valentine is a charming, beautifully told tale of love and loss, disappointments and dreams. You will root for this cast of eccentric characters, ache for them, and celebrate their victories. A terrific debut, sure to delight fans of Gail Honeyman and Fredrik Backman. Irresistible!” —Lori Nelson Spielman, internationally bestselling author of Sweet Forgiveness and The Life List
Were any of these on your radar? Let me know if you’ll be adding them to your TBR! 😘
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