"But I had not known that I was strong enough to do any of those things until they were over and I had done them. I had to do the work first, not knowing."
I am loving reading fairytales and retellings lately, and this cover is gorgeous!
Recommend me some books!! ~
The wonderful @diveintobooks tagged me for #totallyrandomwouldyourather tag! 🔹night in or night out? Much rather a night in! Be it in company or just with my books
🔹Dogs or cats? Cats all the way - I was bitten on my face when I was younger by a dog, they make me edgey even if their cute!
🔹Physical or ebook? I do read a lot of eBooks, but I'd much rather physical
🔹Tea or coffee? Tea!!! I like the smell of coffee, but not the taste. I can drink one cup of tea after another quite happily
🔹Movie or documentary? I do love a good documentary, but it'd depend what either were. On the fence on this one!
🔹Plan ahead or go with the flow? I try to plan, end up going with the flow though as I'm bad at sticking to my plans!
🔹Cake or ice-cream? Cake, I love cake! This is an even better choice if sticky toffee pudding or syrup sponge count (they are sponges!). Those with custard are my favourite!
🔹Superhero or secret agent? Superhero, not massive on just action, I like the fantasy aspect more usually
Next to the skate park in Tampines waits another book to be found.
The Night Tiger
by Yangsze Choo
Which is already her second published book. Her debut novel, The Ghost Bride, will be made into a six-episode drama by Netflix!
The Ghost Bride is set in 1890s Colonial Malacca. Li Lan has been offered a marriage proposal from the wealthy Lim Family to become the “ghost bride” to their recently deceased son. Her family will be saved from a lifetime of debt, but she’ll spend the rest of her life being haunted by the Lim family’s son. Desperate to get out of this ghastly arrangement, she soon finds herself wrapped up in a murder mystery and embroiled in other-worldly affairs much bigger than she could have ever imagined.
Anna has today's #OMPReads - THE HUNTING PARTY by Lucy Foley. "hoooooo this one was creepy. if you like agatha christie-style murder mysteries, toxic too-close friendships doused with a hefty layer of old money and dom perignon, and gorgeous remote settings, THE HUNTING PARTY will be a quick and intoxicating read." Link in our bio!
My 4th Nottingham Bookshop recommendation is @fiveleavesbooks. Winner of Independent Book Shop of the year 2018, Five Leaves specialises in Cityscape and Landscape, Politics, Fiction and Poetry,
Lesbian and Gay, Counterculture, International writing, and Magazines and Journals. I absolutely love this book shop, they hold some great events too! I went to a publishing breakfast with @andotherpics a couple of years ago. See my stories for more information on The Lost Words window 📚
Watership Down is one of those books I should've read many years ago, but never did. I suspect this is because I was introduced to the film as a child, and it never occured to me to read it after that.
I spotted this gift edition a little while ago, and now I've decided I must read this beautiful book in 2019.
This postcard from my lovely friend just fits perfectly!
I love the first line:
'The primroses were over.'
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Being moved by a book is common. It's a good sign- it means that the writer managed to keep the reader involved in their premise and thought.
But rarely does one find a book that makes one rethink and revaluate everything one's ever known. A book that changes one as a person.
One such book that I read some time back is The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
I can safely say that it's not just a book- it's a revolution. It will make you question yourself and every 'perception' you've ever had.
The book outlines the journey of a man struggling against convention and prejudice. The story pans out in four parts, elaborating on the lives of various characters, each with their own sets of personalities and battles.
The aspect of the book that deeply impacted me was how it brings to light the fact that we, as humans, are creatures who seek perfection at par with entities unknown while disregarding those who try to create their own perfection. We choose to see ourselves as insignificant and unworthy, reasons for which I'm not sure anyone knows.
As events kept unfolding in the story, I couldn't help but try to imagine myself in the situations depicted. The results gave me a lot to reflect upon.
Like in every story, we try to characterise people as 'heroes' or 'villians'. This book portrays people as who they are - a product of the society and environment they grow up in, a bundle of expectations and prejudices that society heaps upon them. The protagonist is a standard that we compare other characters to. This was the author's way of holding up a mirror to society in the form of what IS ideal and what we assume it is.
It's wonderful how Rand's ideas seem so uncomfortable and impossible and splendid.
They are bizarre and yet so obvious at the same time. The scope of her ideas was so grand that she developed a whole philosophical system based on it- one that is followed by thousands!
If you haven't read it yet, I sincerely suggest you do. It takes a while to acclimate to, but as you get deeper into it, it's impossible to put down. While I can't guarantee that you will love the book, what I can guarantee is that the story will stay with you for a long time.
The author is a fourth-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Harvard, Yangsze worked as a management consultant before writing her first novel, the New York Times bestseller The Ghost Bride. She lives in California with her family and several chickens and loves to eat and read (often at the same time). The Night Tiger apparently would not have been possible without large quantities of dark chocolate.
Apa ya itu gerakan rotasi?
Yuk liat kakak naura melakukan percobaan sederhana menggunakan bahan yg ada dirumah, alat atau bahan yg dipakai adalah beberapa mainan plastik yg mengambang dan wadah yg diisi air, caranya masukan mainan dalam wadah, coba lihat saat mainan didiamkan dalam wadah tidak terjadi sesuatu atau benda diam saja, namun berbeda saat kakak naura memutar air dalam wadah ternyata mainan ikut berputar. Ternyata rotasi itu adalah pergerakan memutar...wah dapat pengetahuan baru lg😍😍😍 Belajar akan selalu memyenangkan dengan buku main, yuk! Ensiklopedi Bocah Muslim
We love THE QUEEN OF HEARTS so much, this debut novel is a masterpiece and we still can't get over this beautiful cover! Obviously this book is the main reason why our feed is so beautiful, but not only the cover is perfect and the story that a very kind and professional Doctor has written is so intriguing, interesting and very emotional!
Do you know that @kimmerymartin has a new book coming out in 2020 and we're over the moon to read it because her debut novel was our book of the Year in 2018 and we're craving so much to read her next masterpiece!
You can find TQOH in paperback edition anywhere books are sold and we highly recommend you to order this edition because it has a special chapter of the second book from the Author and we really suggest you to read it!
Have you read THE QUEEN OF HEARTS and what do you think about it? .
⭐️BOOK REVIEW⭐️ - Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Earlier this year my friend, Hayley, @meet_me_at_the_library and I decided we are going to tackle a classic each month. February was our first month and we decided to start with Rebecca.
Why did it take me so long to read this? This instantly drew me in and had me hooked. The writing is so descriptive that I felt like I could picture the property and the countryside. For being written by a woman in the 1930’s this had to have been quite scandalous based on the content and the dark haunting story. The characters were complex, the plot was dark and there were surprises all along the way.
I really was not expecting such an intricately woven story that wasn’t stuffy. Maybe I’m unfair but when someone says classic, I think of high school lit class and making up how I think the dead bird symbolized all of our dreams that went unfulfilled. "Like a dove with a clipped wing,…” But after reading Rebecca, I am exciting to keep reading and not be forced to ditch Hayley one month in to our goal.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
What is your favorite classic? Have you read Rebecca or anything else by du Maurier?
💥“Stunning” (@NPR) and “dazzling” (@nylonmag) and “the song of America today” (@theavc) 💥 Bryan Washington “cracks open a vibrant, polyglot side of Houston about which few outsiders are aware” (@nytimes) 💥 “The stories revolve around a boy coming to grips with his own identity ― and sexuality ― but they depict his whole world, his complicated family, the neighborhoods they live in and what makes these communities hold together or break apart” (Huffington Post). Lots of you have this already thanks to @bookofthemonth – who’s reading it now? 🙋🏽♀️
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