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A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult 2/5
This was our book club read of the month. It had so much potential but unfortuantely, the writing style kind of sucked the joy out of reading it. A Spark of Light was about a shooting at an abortion clinic and the stories behind the various individuals that were held hostage. Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, starts his negotiation with the shooter only to learn that his daughter Wren is one of the hostages inside. Hugh is forced to continues negotiating with the disturbed shooter, who has his own connections to the clinic, in order to get his daughter and 6 other hostages outside alive. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Picoult did a good job exploring the politics of abortion throughout the book, she wrote it going backwards which was a little confusing at times. I also felt there were parts of the book that were just "fillers" and didn't really have much to do with the overall story line. If you're really passionate about the topic of abortion, I would recommend this book. Picoult does a good job of exploring both sides of the argument to give you a wholesome but real understanding the conversation around the topic.
"He belonged with Alec. His wandering heart could rest." ❤
I adored this book, it was exactly what I needed right now. Happy Malec. 🥰
RSofM is set after the events of City of Glass, the oft mentioned Malec vacation. Which turns out to be anything but when they become entangled in a mystery involving a cult started by, Magnus? 🤔
I had a lot of fun reading about these two working, battling and vacationing together while navigating their still growing relationship. Alec's insecurities reared their head along with Magnus' worries about his past and what Alec would think of him. ♦️ There were plenty of fun cameo appearances from some beloved characters, the cult mystery was fun and the romance was exquisite. ♦️ I admit I rolled my eyes when I first heard about this trilogy but now I'm thrilled this was done and I cannot wait for the next one. ♦️ This is not her best written book and I admit to not being able to set aside my issues with book Malec. 🙄 But if you love them you must read this. It will heal your wounded soul. ♦️ Red Scrolls of Magic gets a romantic 4/5 ⭐
The Money Book for Freelancers by Joseph D’Agnese and Denise Kiernan (2010)
1. This is a great book for freelancers. Ordinary financial self-help books overlook a lot of the problems that freelancers face, but this fills in those gaps.
2. Although it’s only from 2010, it’s already amusingly out of date in places, like when it counsels the reader, with wide-eyed sincerity, to STOP BUYING SO MANY CDS!
3. The basic concept is this: savings accounts. Lots of savings accounts. As a freelancer, you need at least three: a tax account, because no one is taking taxes out of your checks, a retirement account, and an emergency funds account.
I thought this did a good job of talking about terrifying things like DEBT and DYING ALONE IN UTTER POVERTY in an empowering way. It gives a thorough breakdown of a working financial system for freelancers that seems both approachable and effective. If you are freelance in the US, I would very much recommend this book!
Witness me trying to finish three books this week. I hear you laughing but I'm gonna do it. Maybe. 🙂
Wicked King needs to be finished because it's been WAY too long and dodging spoilers is proving difficult.
I started Four Dead Queens without reading the synopsis and WOW. I am in. 😯
And Wicked Saints just looks cool and so far the world building is on point. 👌
Have you read any of these?
Please tell me you have faith in my ability to finish them all. 🤭
This book is a fun ride, but I struggled with how to review it. If pressed to describe it, in the most accessible way, I would say it's like Clue meets Quantum Leap meets Groundhog's Day...with a dash of Gothic atmosphere & Black Mirror vibes. And yet, despite the cluster of genres it isn't a mess. I enjoyed it overall, but I’m left conflicted. Either way, it will stick with me for some time. The ending reveal inspired me to bump it up to 4 stars from 3.5.
Aiden Bishop is attempting to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle, reliving the same day repeatedly until he is out of time (8 days). The twist is that, each day, he begins from the point of view of a different guest. Aiden Bishop is a strange protagonist, as you attempt to understand him through the various hosts that he inhabits. We do not see Aiden Bishop on his own, but rather as a passenger within another personality. It can be difficult at times to parse between what is the motivation of Aiden and what is the motive of his Host. It’s difficult to connect with him as a protagonist, and for that I had a difficult time at first getting into the story.
The story takes place within the Hardcastle’s manor – Blackheath. Blackheath is a rather gothic setting with a cast of characters not unlike ones you would find in an Agatha Christie novel. While initially shallow, each character is given more depth as Aiden lives through them.
This is a complex story, with many threads. For that reason, it can be confusing at first. However, I feel that Turton does a good job with helping the reader to understand the story without over explaining.
The threads all come together in the final 20% or so of the book, and some are more satisfying than others. Personally, I found the conclusion for Evelyn’s murder to be rather underwhelming. It was well crafted, but I felt that Aiden’s story was far more compelling. I think that this story works excellently as a contained narrative within Blackheath, but the story within Blackheath is one everyone has read before. Aiden’s story is far more unique, and that is what gives this novel an edge.
0 152 hours ago
Here’s some wonderful #bookpost to make the end of the Easter Holiday that little bit easier.. This is #Expectation by #annahope and am so pleased to have a copy in my hands- it looks fantastic!
🦋Reflexión de la semana🦋
¡Hola, hermosos lectores! Feliz día del libro para todos (Aunque un poco tarde)💕. Tendría que haber hecho una foto especial por eso pero realmente estos días fueron muy duros, pasé por situaciones difíciles en las que necesité reflexionar y replantearme situaciones de mi vida y de mi. Por ello, quiero traerles una pequeña observación para compartir y saber que piensan ustedes también.
Todos en algún momento de nuestras vidas pasamos por una pérdida: de autoestima, de un familiar, de un amigo... Y creo que esa es la peor manera de lastimar a alguien, herir sus sentimientos, sus emociones, su "corazón". Últimamente me ocurrieron muchas cosas en las que me sentí completamente sola, perdí cosas que significaban mucho para mi. Descubrí que estando triste escribí cosas muy bonitas ya que es cuando tenemos las emociones más a flor de piel y pensé que este era un buen momento para hacerlo.
Cuándo perdemos a alguien o algo que queremos mucho, solemos castigarnos a nosotros mismos con preguntas cómo ¿Por qué no fui suficiente? ¿Que hice mal? Tal vez si hubiera hecho esto y no aquello otro... Y damos vueltas sobre una situación que nos lastima como si de esa forma pudiéramos volver el tiempo y cambiar lo sucedido.
Recibí el apoyo de mis amigos, de mi familia pero por momentos recaía y sentía que jamás se me iba a ir el vacío en el pecho. Hasta que me detuve y pensé ¿De qué me culpo? ¿De haber dado lo mejor de mi y a pesar de ello que no fuera suficiente? Yo creo que las cosas ocurren por algo y aunque estemos invadidos por el dolor, en el futuro nos daremos cuenta de porqué ocurrió eso en ese momento de nuestras vidas. El sentirnos sólos y lastimados nos da lugar a replantearnos situaciones, a comenzar a amarnos a nosotros mismos y redescubrirnos.
➡️SIGUE EN COMENTARIOS⬅️
Do you read multiple books at the same time?
I always have two books I read at the same time: one on my kindle app, and a physical book. I love having my kindle app on my phone because I can literally read anywhere, like waiting for the doctor/dentist, at school, work, or other places when I get bored. I get almost all my kindle books for free through NetGalley and Amazon Prime/Amazon First Reads. 🖤
This was a much needed breather from some of the heavy texts I’ve read so far this year. If you’re looking for a quick romance this is might suffice. If I’m honest it wasn’t my favorite. There were some glaring editing errors and the it could definitely stand better word choice and sentence structure. What little mystery there was quickly unfolds in the most obvious way. Overall, I just thought it was too easy buuuuut I also went into this looking to take a break from denser titles. It served it purpose and even with my small annoyances I quickly latched on to the characters and binged at the gym. I haven’t commit to the series yet but it’s got potential as a palette cleanser.
1 104 hours ago
As London goes back to its normal state of affairs (clouds and rain), I'm missing this beautiful afternoon I spent with my books on a picnic blanket in the park.
A DRESS FOR THE WICKED by @autumnsarahstory is a historical Project Runway that sounds fabulous, while on the flip side, ORDINARY GIRLS by @blairwritesbooks is a contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility. HOW COOL ARE THESE??? And then there's HAPPY MESSY SCARY LOVE by @leahkonen, which is just the kind of contemporary romance I look for on a sunny day.
As you can see, I've been blessed by book post recently. 💝
the amazing @ tagged me to do the #totallyrandomwouldyourather tag! this is so fun!! ✨ Trainers or Boots? Trainers.
✨ Dogs or cats? Both!! I have a cat but want a dog too! ✨ Physical or EBook? Physical all the way!! ✨ Tea or Coffee? neither 🤮
✨ Movie or Documentry? Movie.
✨ Plan ahead or go with the flow? Plan ahead
✨ Cake or ice cream? Cake unless it’s very hot which is unusual ✨ Superhero or Superagent? oooh let’s go superagent 😎
going back to my dystopian roots! these two books were my first ever obsessions and they really got me into YA! I think I’ll always love them 🥰
Q: how do you feel about cover changes? do you like movie covers?
A: I generally don’t mind cover changes UNLESS it’s in the middle of a series!
Six years ago, I fell in love with Edgar Allan Poe’s work after reading The Tell-Tale Heart. Soon afterwards, I asked my friends to buy me a compendium of Poe’s works for my birthday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Fast forward to the present, I realized that my compendium has been collecting dust on my shelf! I haven’t gotten around to read it because I keep adding more books to my TBR list!. And to be honest, the sheer size of book intimidates me. I’d probably develop a hand cramp from holding this book for an extended period of time! Though now I’m determined to read it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I think this sign fit perfect in the Rabbit's door! Oh my, this Luna isn't easy, but at the end she cooperates!