Today’s review: FINALE! The conclusion to @stephanie_garber’s Caraval series. I love how this series explores the relationship of two sisters, twisted up in a game in which you can’t tell what’s real. This last book is different in that there’s no Caraval, and yet there’s still a quest. ✨
I loved this third book as much as I expected to. I have a full review on my blog (link in bio), but what I loved most about FINALE was that it continued to surprise me with new twists even though I was expecting them. I wasn’t 100% sure where the love triangle was going, plus the Fates weren’t always what I expected them to be. And the ending was completely satisfying and earned without being entirely what I anticipated. ✨
Have you read FINALE? What did you think? What other series conclusions have you really appreciated? ✨
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Citando la copertina del libro:” Due donne. Un’amicizia. Un’ossessione.” Lasciatevi trascinare tra i colori del Marocco attraverso le pagine del romanzo d’esordio di Christine Mangan, “Una sconosciuta a Tangeri.” Per saperne di più e leggere la recensione, cliccate sul link in bio o visitate il sito www.lizzieb951.com! 📚❣️
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I forgot to post last week's book review so here it is now. The Guns Above is mind-blowing and exciting steampunk military fantasy, a roller-coaster ride of air battles, with the toughest captain who has ever helmed an airship. I've already read the follow-up, By Fire Above, too, and it was every bit as brilliant. You can read both reviews on my blog at
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قصة الفيزيائي الذي أهلكه ذكاؤه :
يُحكى أنّ ثلاثة أشخاص حُكم عليهم بالإعدام ظلما و هم : محامي ، رجل دين ، و عالم فيزياء.
و عندما حان الوقت لإعدامهم بدؤوا برجل الدّين، و سألوه إن كان يريد أن يقول كلمة قبل أن يودّع الدّنيا، قال: يعلم الله أنّي بريئ، و أنّي واثق في عدالته، و لما همّوا بقطع رقبته بالمقصلة، فإذا بالمقصلة تقف قبل أن تنزل على رأس رجل الدّين. فعفوا عنه و قالوا : لقد قال الله كلمته، لن تُعدم.
و جاء دور المحامي فقالوا له : قل كلمة أخيرة قبل أن تموت، فقال : أنا لا أعرف الله حق معرفته، كرجل الدّين، و لكنّي أثق في العدالة. و همّوا بقطع رقبته و لكن أيضا وقفت المقصلة قبل أن تنزل على رقبته و أبت قطعها فقالوا : لقد قال الله كلمته في المحامي، و عفوا عنه.
و حينما جاء دور الفيزيائي قالو له : إن أردت أن تقول كلمة أخيرة فقلها، قال لهم : أنا لا أعرف الله مثل رجل الدّين، و لا أعرف العدالة مثل المحامي، و لكنّى أعرف أنّ هناك عقدة في المقصلة تمنعها من النزول. و حينها أصلحوا المقصلة و أعدموا الفيزيائي.
العبرة من القصة :
في بعض مواقف الحياة بل قل و في كثير منها ، يجب على الإنسان الصّمت و عدم الثّرثرة الكثيرة بالحقائق التي يعرفها ، لأنّه قد يؤذي نفسه و يأخذها إلى الهلاك، فليس كل ما تعرفه يجب أن تقوله.
Entre las sabanas, en el parque, durante un vuelo, en el carro, en tu biblioteca y tu sillón favorito. Cual es ese #readingspot para ti?
Mi spot se trata de un lugar cómodo, tranquilo, no necesariamente callado donde pueda disfrutar de mi libro sin interrupciones. Desde que vine la primera vez q este parque supe que seria el lugar ideal.... La sombra de los arboles y el sonido del agua es la mejor compañía para mis favoritos #PsychologicalThrillers
Pinch me, because I must be dreaming! My first book comes out in less than a month 🙈
I’ve been working nonstop behind the scenes to get everything finished and I’ve gotta say, I’m WAY more calm than I should be.
Truthfully, I think a big part of it is that I feel like I’m actually following my calling now. And you guys have no idea how great of a feeling that is for me!
I truly hope that each and everyone of you gets to experience the calm and peace that flows over you when you’ve found your gift and are given the opportunity to pursue it.
And I want to thank all of you for your patience and support as I’ve held on to this book gingerly, scared to put it into the world. Now that I have though, I’ll be publishing one for #chronicillnesswarriors in December 2019 too!
With that being said, I’m looking for book lovers, book reviewers, book bloggers, and bookstagrammers to join my launch team! If you’re interested leave a 🙋🏻♀️ in the comments below!
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In the Sun, by Mixie Plum (@abottleaplomb), is the first indie novella I've read and the story impressed me a lot, especially because it has traces of a memoir. The author uses a fresh, colloquial language to express the events and feelings which lead to the ultimate experience that will make the main character, Phoebe, take a definite decision in her life.
I won't spoil it, but I was really taken at how this story made me feel every bit of grief, glee, excitement, disappointment, disgust, fear, and despair that the character went through. I found myself immersed in her life as she showed her own profile in the several memories which flowed as well-crafted backgrounds, letting you get a closer glimpse of the possible causes which forced her life to the unfortunate outcome. The fact of her being a mother and showing her love for her children will make you connect with her almost instantly, though you might expect the opposite at the beginning of the novella.
I enjoyed reading this piece of thoughtful, heartbreaking work which opened my mind to the sympathy toward others who are suffering in silence. I only have one observation, and it's about the structure of the book which can be rearranged in a more simplified parts, according to the MC's experiences, for the reader to avoid getting lost among the many memories. But still this didn't stop me from taking in the messages. The ending left a void in me, though. But that's what makes an open ending unique.
I appreciate when an author pours out into words a deep piece of his/her being and heart, without being embarrassed to show an intimate part of them just for the hope that their story will be helpful and a consolation to somebody out there. Phoebe's story is unforgettable, as I won't forget the squirrel and Mr. Wolf/Druid for sure!
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„Wampir Lestat” jest drugą częścią „Kronik wampirów”, którą przeczytałam w ramach akcji czytania owej serii pod hashtagiem #najpierwksiazkapozniejserial w związku z zapowiedzią rozpoczęcia zdjęć do serialu.
„Wampir Lestat” opowiada o genezie i historii chłopaka, który w pierwszej części „Kronik wampirów” przemienił nostalgicznego Louisa w dziecko ciemności. Długa opowieść snuta jest przez samego Lestata, który w czasach współczesnych stał się gwiazdą rocka i właśnie tą książką odkrywa przed światem nie tylko swoją, ale także innych wampirów, tożsamość i tajemnicę chronioną przed ludzkością od tysiącleci.
Osią fabuły jest przedstawienie ciągu zdarzeń z życia Lestata, które sprawiły, że w tak okrutny sposób traktował Louisa i Claudię w „Wywiadzie z wampirem”. Trudno stwierdzić, czy Rice chce częściowo rozgrzeszyć bohatera czy usprawiedliwić jego czyny, ponieważ niektóre kwestie są zgrabnie wytłumaczone, a inne pozostawiają wiele do życzenia i są niewiarygodne. Nie da się jednak ukryć, że dzięki tej powieści Lestat przestaje być tak tajemniczą postacią, a zaczyna być wielowymiarową, chociaż niekoniecznie pasuje mi do niego bycie na scenie, w świetle reflektorów. Bardziej przemawia do mnie wizja Lestata romantyka niż buntownika.
Jeżeli chodzi o fabułę, do połowy jest ona powolna i rozwleczona, ale jest to, jak najbardziej uzasadnione. Natomiast, po połowie zaczyna się jazda bez trzymanki. „Wampir Lestat” nie tylko pokazuje genezę jednego przedstawiciela rasy, ale także pochodzenie wszystkich wampirów, co jest niezwykle przejmujące, bo w mało której książce.
„Wampir Lestat” jest idealnym dopełnieniem „Wywiadu z wampirem”, ale zdecydowanie potrzebuje on kontynuacji w postaci „Królowej potępionych”, którą mam zamiar przeczytać w następnej kolejności i już nie mogę się tego doczekać 😍
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Just posted my first book review on my blog! Go check the link in my bio 🥰
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Genres: Business, Motivation, Self-Improvement.
Rating: 2/5 ⭐
This book is a light read and it does not deliver what the title promises. Based on the content of the book the title The Achievement Habit is “click bait”. The book had some great insights and I really liked the first couple of chapters but what I was most disappointed was that there was very little insight on human behavior, psychology or neuroscience. Most of what the author wrote was his beliefs on what should work and from the middle of the book on it felt I was reading the authors memoir.
The biggest and most valuable “nugget” that I have gotten from the book was the design thinking approach to problems solving and that is to re-frame the problem. The author explains that based on his experience most people focus on the wrong problem and because of that when they solve the problem, they are still not satisfied. The author suggests you ask yourself “What am I actually solving by solving this problem? or What it would do for you if you would solve that problem? Go one step back, and you will find the real problem, and sometimes you have to take more than one step”. By doing so you will find what is really bothering you and you will find yourself in a bigger “solution space”. To sum up, the book is not about how you can building habits or get rid of bad ones. The closest to that the author gets when he talks about the importance of a persons mindset. Based on the title I expected more from the book. If you decide to pick it up please let me know what you think about it and why.
Notes from the book:
✏️ Many reasons are simply excuses to hide the fact that we are not willing to give something a high enough priority in our lives.
✏️ When something is a priority in your life, you have to be willing to walk away from anything that’s standing in its way.
✏️ We don’t have enough time to hurry. This means that when you do things in a rush, you are invariably going to mess up. It will take you more time to clean up the mess than if you took the time to do it right.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 📖 9/10🎖 Absolutely adored this book, a must-read and if anyone knows any books similar please let me know! ✅ If you love romance, exploration of race, racism, identity and American/British culture. ❌ Don’t read if you don’t want to get heavily heavily invested in characters.
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FURIOUSLY HAPPY: A funny book about horrible things
Autor: Jenny Lawson
Editorial: Flatiron Books
Nota BBL: 5
Nota Goodreads: 3,9
👉🏻 Dato 1:La neurosis ajena siempre en más divertida.
👉🏻 Dato 2: Los títulos de cada capítulo son una historia en sí mismos.
👩🏻💻: @ceci.cecu ceci.cecu .
Furiously Happy nos muestra los desafíos de padecer una enfermedad mental en primera persona. Depresión y ansiedad con una cuota de humor. Monologos internos, situaciones cotidianas y diálogos que (no) solo en su cabeza tienen sentido. Jenny Lawson nos hace reir de su lucha por mantenerse a flote (mentalmente) y es, justamente ahí, donde reside lo lindo de este libro.
Furiously Happy shows us the challenges of having a mental illness. Depression and anxiety with a lot of humor, internal monologs, daily situations and dialogs that (not) only make sense in her head. Jenny Lawson makes us laugh of her struggle to stay afloat (mentally) and this is where her book excels.
So this page will be my thing where I can write and post about 3 things I love - book, movies and games.
I hope you enjoy it and I would be grateful to receive any suggestions of great books, movies or games you guys love too!
We are continuing our series on highlighting We So Lit Book Club Members! Take a read and find out why this member decided to join 😊! Remember if you are in the Greater Toronto Area and want to inquire on joining follow our link in profile to join or DM for questions!
1. Why did you decide to be a member of We So Lit Social Book Club?
I decided to become a member because I have always been a bookworm. Literally it seems like I was born with a book attached to my hand! I have always been captivated by the literary world and just story telling in general. So being able to share my love of books with other amazing women was the cherry on top!
2. What does reading and sisterhood mean to you?
Reading to me is LIFE 😊! It is something I have not gone without. I read minimum 2 books a month, it’s like oxygen for me. So combining sisterhood and reading to me means developing a sense of community with women that are from every part of the diaspora and being able to read and share stories together is something magical.
3. What is your favourite book currently?
American Marriage by Tayari Jones. This book captures the intricate details of a love story that is complicated, full, heartbreaking and inspiring all at the same time! I highly recommend it!
4. What can a new member look forward to when they join? Lots and lots of GREAT CONVERSATION 🙌🏾!! We are a tenacious, vibrant, lively group 😊! Look forward to getting together over great food and sharing our thoughts on a wealth of books from all over the African Diaspora.
5. What is your favourite quote from an author? “Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth”.-Iyanla Vanzant #bookclub#bookclubmember#bookstagram#wesolitbookclub#torontobookclub#mississauga#ajax#scarborough#pickering#whitby#oshawa#markham#brampton#toronto#booklover#bookreviews#bookshelf#africandiaspora#africanauthors#africancanadian#africanamerican#blackauthors
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Change of pace⛓⚔️ .
Breaking from my usual horror and thriller reading, I decided to start this fantasy series. With Game of Thrones ending I feel like I need another fantasy saga to get down on. I’ve heard really awesome things about A Throne of Glass and so far I’m really digging it! Celaena is a female YA character that I can really get down with. Other YA fantasy series (Hunger Games, Red Queen, Selection) I feel like the female protagonist is always THE SAME. Poor girl trying to keep her head above water and protect her family. They’re good, but it’s definitely a trope I’m over. Celaena is snarky and egotistical, she’s an assassin and knows she’s a fucking G bad ass babe. .
This is another book I wanted to read because of my love of the movie. I’ve enjoyed most of Christopher Nolan’s films, especially when he teams up with Hans Zimmer, and watching Dunkirk left me wanting to know more details about the evacuation.
Being an American and a casual history reader, I don’t recall ever learning about Dunkirk in school and I know nothing about the British military. I think a background in both, besides just watching Dunkirk, would have helped me as I read this. This book is certainly filled with details, and at times I found myself having to reread some paragraphs because there was so much to take in. There were also a lot of names to keep track of, and plenty of military terms I had to look up.
Not that I didn’t like the book, because I found it very informative and I’m glad to finally know the background for the evacuation at Dunkirk. I was impressed with the number of individual accounts presented in the book, so we see the overall operation from various perspectives, commanders all the way down to volunteers who helped navigate small boats across the channel. It was really touching, too, to read about how England came together afterward to welcome their soldiers home and treat them as heroes despite having to temporarily abandon the war.
31/ The Miracle of Dunkirk – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 .
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Olá pessoal, tudo bem? Hoje vou falar sobre A Pequena Sereia e o Reino das Ilusões, da @darksidebooks. Neste livro conhecemos Gaia, uma sereia da realeza que vive em uma sociedade patriarcal pautada pelo machismo, onde as mulheres são vistas e tratadas como inferiores e ensinadas desde pequenas a serem submissas e a buscarem padrões de beleza inatingíveis (parece familiar?). Como manda a tradição, em seu décimo quinto aniversário a jovem tem permissão para subir à superfície e acaba presenciando um naufrágio.
Sem pensar duas vezes ela salva a vida de um rapaz chamado Oliver e acaba se apaixonando. Ao retornar para casa, Gaia passa pelos dias distraída, pensando em como seria viver em terra firme - ideia que jamais seria tolerada por seu pai, o Rei das Águas, que guarda um grande ressentimento dos humanos. Obstinada, Gaia toma uma decisão e parte em busca do amor e de respostas sobre a mãe que nunca conheceu.
Bom, preciso dizer que este não é um livro feminista. Apesar de todos os questionamentos e inquietações de Gaia o tema é pincelado superficialmente. O foco da narrativa é o “romance”, mas, diferentemente do universo mágico criado nos estúdios Walt Disney, o final não é feliz. Quando chega em terra firme, nossa heroína percebe que os costumes ali não são tão diferentes assim, especialmente em relação a como as mulheres são tratadas e vistas. A inocência e a inexperiência da protagonista a levam a fazer escolhas movidas por uma visão romântica e que selam um destino trágico.
Devo apontar que o trabalho editorial da @darksidebooks é impecável, do projeto gráfico, passando pela escolha dos materiais até cuidado com a tradução e com a revisão.
I feel like my last paragraph of the book review truly shows how much I enjoyed this story. But I do encourage you to follow the link and read more about this beautiful version of Beauty and the Beast, "In conclusion, this was a story I found myself reading contentedly. It was not an 'edge of your seat page turner' but rather a story I found myself reading leisurely. Enjoying the Beast's details and choice wording. It was fanciful and dripping with emotions and inner turmoil. Like a true diary would be expected to be. There were so many things I loved about this book and how enjoyable it really was. This is also the author's first published book and for that I give her a round of applause! I truly look forward to more of her work. If she can write this fancifully and romantically on this topic, surely she was blessed with a gift. Keep an eye out for her name! Read on my fellow bookworms, may we one day have Belle's library." https://pickupabooktoday.weebly.com/fairy-tales/the-beasts-heart
When you think life isn't sorted, read a book, because then you would find a character who is messed up like you, only sometimes the character will give up, and maybe, you won't.
I'm talking about the central character Okonkwo, much like the Greek hero who fails to accept the change in society, because his expectations to what things were had failed. Where passive resistance could sort things, he feels only violence could lead to it's path.
What do you think would have happened with him ? It's a story about revoking folklores, questioning them by the new generation and a cultural conflict in primitive laws and western laws.
It is settled in a time when Europeans were taking over the lands of Africans, or maybe we can call it as a war between the white man and the native people.
QOTD : Acceptance for change requires courage. Do you have the courage to accept the change and move on, or would you break down because acceptance is too much ? Tell me about your views in comment section. - Betweenthecover
I hope everyone is having a great start to the week! 😊 I’ve been having a mini break away from the ‘gram but I wanted to hop on and share with you my latest read; The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. I’m only on the first chapter but I’ve had assurances from a few pals on here that I’m in for an absolute treat. “In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup: bringing an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDs epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, he finds his partner is infected, and that he might even have the virus himself. The only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister.
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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens:
Mostly I loved this book—the nature descriptions, the silence and calm of her lonely existence, her survival. The story definitely kept my interest, but sometimes Kya spouting off poetry randomly bugged me: I mean, I love poetry, but that whole part of the story didn’t really make sense until the very end. It does read like a YA love story and I’m not sure which genre this fits into, but I still really liked it! I love strong female protagonists! Also, I cannot wait for the movie I hear it’s in the works. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Have you read it yet? What did you think? Especially of the ending?!? Did the dialect bother you at all?
I received this in the October box from @healthteabookcrate and always love their book selections—and self-care items too. If you’ve been wanting to try out their bi-monthly box, use my code HOTCOCOA for $5 off—I believe there are still some May boxes available!
This is my first Jay and Amie read. OH BOY am I glad I gave it a go! I normally avoid sci-fi but this was brilliant. The changing points of view was done seamlessly, allowing the reader to gain further insights. Absolutely reccommend you pick up this book ASAP ★★★★.5
See the comments for the synopsis
I recieved these Aurora Rising goodies in a special edition box from @Cre8ive.Inspir8ions 🤩 I burned my @sparkandsparrowperth Aurora Academy candle and turns out I'm a Tank! Although I doubt I would be a very good Tank I won't complain about the view. Also pictured is a gorgeous booksleeve inspired by this book created by @oodelallyinspiration !
I am always pleased with @Cre8ive.Inspir8ions book picks! Use my repcode LIVVYN10 for a discount when you check out their website. Link in my linktree. You can subscribe to the monthly YA or Indulgence box or the Lite boxes, or purchase a past box, or a few of the smaller items from past boxes like the custom bookmarks.