What are you looking for when you run a program? Organizations & institutions may say "How many people showed up?" (Output). As an educator, I say, "Of the participants that did show up, what did they learn & what will they do with that knowledge after they leave?" (Impact)
Do you think this is too many books to take with me to Greece next week? 🤣 I always want to take more than I can get to—I guess I’m pretty optimistic about how much reading I’ll be able to do on vacation. 📚☀️📚
How many books do you think I’ll need for 9 days? Often I’ll just bring one or two and then make a point of getting to a bookstore to buy more, but will I be able to find English books in Greece? Anyone know? I’ll be spending time in Athens and Mykonos—does anyone know of any bookshops there?
I’m sending out some good vibes to you all today with my new Good Vibes @thefinchbook tote. Use my code COCOA10 and you can get 10 percent off any of their bookish products!
I know, I know. This sounds like one of those delightful “well, duh” statements. But it’s harder than you might think. ⠀
It’s certainly been a challenge to me over the past year as I’ve embarked on the life-changing journey of motherhood. When you find yourself someplace new, it’s surprisingly difficult to figure out - much less admit to yourself - where you actually are. And you can’t make healthy, productive decisions when you think you’re someplace else. ⠀
Anyone else struggle to name and admit where they are right now? Or in the past? Let me know in the comments below.⠀
⠀ #nrtlaunchteam#mynextrightthing#nextrightthingbook ⠀
1 1020 March, 2019
I’m a sucker for a good sequel, which is often hard to find. The second book of a series is always hit or miss with me. Sometimes, they just drag on and on (looking at you, The Two Towers). Sometimes, though, they knock it out of the park, like Gathering Blue and A Wind in the Door. I think maybe I love these particular sequels because they tell a totally new story, rather than continuing the story from the first. I rarely read series these days, and that may have something to do with it. I’m always searching for a new series. Does anybody else experience this literary ADHD or am I alone?
Have you got a book you’d like me to read and review? Contact me!
0 1120 March, 2019
This web comic kept me company for a literal decade. So glad I got to participate in the Kickstarter to bid it farewell.
Ja morgen geht es für mich nach Leipzig zur #lbm meiner ersten #buchmesse und soll ich euch was sagen ... ich bin so aufgeregt und nervös 🙊🙈 auf die Messe selbst geh ich erst am Freitag also wenn ihr mich seht sprecht mich gerne an ich weiß nicht ob ich euch alle erkennen werde 😂🙈
Habt einen schönen Tag ❤
Wie findet man heraus, ob es die große Liebe wirklich gibt? Eine SMS an eine unbekannte Nummer zu schicken gehört sicher zu den ungewöhnlicheren Ideen. Genau das aber macht Jana, als sie an ihrem 35. Geburtstag von ihrem Freund verlassen wird – und sie am Ende eines sehr feuchten, wenig fröhlichen Abends die Frage losschickt: »Was kann ich tun, um endlich glücklich zu werden? SIE« Am Morgen danach hat Jana einen Kater – und die Antwort: »Das frage ich mich auch oft. ER«
Und so beginnt eine Liebesgeschichte ohne Rendezvous und Kerzenschein – lustig, ein bisschen chaotisch und so romantisch, dass man sich wünscht, sie möge niemals enden
I went bookshop hunting and I found Book Park in the Itaewon area of Seoul. I am beginning to think that South Koreans love mammoth bookshelves, and that suits me just fine. 😃
This main bookshelf spans 4 levels! Book Park has cafés on each floor, a very adorable children’s section with several reading hideouts, study areas, gift shops and even an art gallery. It’s a beautiful space that encourages readers to come in, surround themselves with books and stay awhile. Unfortunately for me, there were no English books so I actually left empty handed, but it was still totally worth the visit. I am trying to find The Vegetarian or Human Acts by Han Kang while I’m here but so far I have not had any luck. 😔🤞Whenever I travel I like to buy books from local authors, imo it’s the best travel souvenir! Do you ever do this?
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.
So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.
Happy Birthday to the amazingly talented and beautiful boss woman that is @annatodd
Her writing has changed my life and in 23 days, my favourite book characters will be brought to life in the @aftermovie and I am beyond excited. Thank you Anna for all of the hard work that you have out in, not to mention all of the time you are currently spending to travel around the world, visiting fans. Love you💙♾💙
📸pc: the one and only @annatodd
3 2620 March, 2019
💥 excerpt reveal 💥
Seducing the Billionaire’s Brother by @marquitavalentineauthor,
Release date: 3.28.19
Read the excerpt on my blog. Link in bio
Pleasure before business. Always.
Connor Montgomery doesn't give a damn about his world-renowned last name or the endless list of women who only want him for his billions. There's only one woman for him... his best friend since childhood, Faith. Unfortunately, as a vital employee of his family's company, she's beyond off-limits.
Too bad he's never been one to follow the rules.
Faith Holt is in desperate need of money... for all the wrong reasons. Stuck between coming clean and falling off the face of the earth, she comes up with a crazy, over the top plan. But to pull it off, she realizes that the only person who can help is the last person she wants to involve since it may require crossing the line.
Too bad she can't stop herself from resisting Connor and his wicked ways.
What is making you happy today? It’s International Happiness Day and I’ve been reflecting on everything I have to be grateful for. Looking around me, there’s kittens, second-in-command and shed-loads of colour (cotton reels and crocheted blankets to name but a few). In a column on evidence-based ways of achieving happiness that I used to write for @psychologiesmagazine I looked into all manner of joy-giving things. From pet ownership, political engagement (though I’m not sure politics is making anyone happy right now) through to looking out onto green spaces, there are a myriad catalysts for joy. But of all of them, it’s the ‘power of mental subtraction’ that has stayed with me. This theory posits that if you imagine the absence of something in your life, it makes you appreciate it more. Studies show that people who did mental subtraction were happier than those who simply thought about the event or person in question. I do it a lot now and I really value it as a way of prompting me to see the good in things. Try it: write down one thing you’re grateful for each day (or more if you’re one of those keen types) and imagine what life would be like without it. From electric kettles through to ex-husbands (yes, really: I know my son’s happiness is intrinsically linked to his existence and welfare), I’m constantly amazed at how many things I have to be grateful for. Have a great day.
Martha, The Colour File x • • • • • #colourinspiration#colorful#ilovecolour#colorful#colourful#interiordesign#multicoloured#multicolored#rainbow#style#marthascolourfile#interiordesign#ihavethisthingwithcolor#colorcolourlovers#inspiredaily#livecolorfully#internationalhappinessday#internationaldayofhappiness#mentalsubtraction
7 4620 March, 2019
[GIFTED] Recently I have become interested in @elizabday ‘s fiction; earlier this week I finished Paradise City. This is the perfect novel, brilliantly written, and I really enjoyed it. There’ll also be a review on the blog soon. I’m just sad because I’m on the last book she’s written; does anyone have any good recommendations for books once I finish these?
Oryginalny mebel może być wspaniałym łącznikiem pomiędzy wnętrzami i jednocześnie elementem rozdzielającym je. W naszym Showroomie zastosowaliśmy nowoczesny regał na stelażu, który wspaniale łączy funkcję salonu telewizyjnego, a zarazem stanowi ściankę odgradzającą od kolejnej strefy. Sprytnie prawda?
Ich liebe Dark Romance und vor allem welche, in denen die Protagonisten Teil einer Mafia sind. Die Reihe von @vanessa.sangue hat mich total umgehauen, obwohl die Bücher aus der Er/Sie/Es Perspektive geschrieben ist und ich solche Bücher eigentlich nicht gerne lese 🤔
Ich kann die Reihe einfach jedem empfehlen der auch auf Dark Romance Bücher steht 💜
2 5920 March, 2019
A happy little Pickachu on a new night with a new book to start reading! I'm bummed that my local library doesn't have the other books in this series, but y'know, we'll see how we like book one, shall we? 😌
2 1720 March, 2019
Autor - Valeria Manferto De Fabianis
Rok vydání - 2016
Počet stran - 48
Žánr - Pro mládež, román
Vazba knihy - Pevná, vázaná s přebalem
Obsah - Příběh malého prince dojímá již více než půl století celý svět. Ten příběh je vlastně recept na štěstí, pokud jej důkladně čtete, pochopíte to. Někdo jako dítě a zůstane dítětem po celý život, někdo jako dospělý, pak má ještě šanci se zachránit, ale dítětem už se stát nemůže, ale štěstí má šanci najít. Jen když máte někoho rádi, jste ochotni mu něco obětovat, jen tehdy můžete prožít štěstí. I před malým princem i po něm žilo mnoho moudrých, kteří to pochopili a stali se znovu dětmi...Zkuste to i vy. Máte pořád šanci. V této útlé knížečce najdete pár návodů a štěstí. Ale musíte svému štěstí jít vstříc. Vnímejte lidi kolem sebe, sedněte si večer v klidu do křesla, nalijte si sklenku vína nebo šálek oblíbeného čaje, zastavte se v denním shonu a zapište si nebo namalujte, co hezkého jste viděli, co vás třeba jen na chvíli naplnilo štěstím. Co hezkého někdo řekl vám nebo někomu jinému. Citáty z malého prince a dalších moudrých vás budou inspirovat. Když vám bude smutno a měli jste zrovna špatný den, zalistujte si a uvidíte, že vám bude lépe a jistě vás napadne alespoň jedna sice drobná věc, která vás potěšila.🌟 .
Klady a Zápory - Kraťoučká knížečka plná citátů a nádherných obrázků, která je inspirována Malým prince. Doporučuji.🌟 .
Country: Palestine 🇵🇸
Title: Mornings in Jenin
Author: Susan Abulhawa
Number of Pages: 322
Genre: Historical fiction •
Synopsis: 'Mornings in Jenin' chronicles the multigenerational story of the Abulheja family from 1941 to 2002. In 1948, as the Israeli state is formally established, the Abulhejas along with thousands of Palestinians are marched out of their home and into refugee camps and exile. As Dalia Abulheja is exiled, an Israeli soldier snatched her child for her in a split second, which changes the fates of two families, one Jewish and one Muslim. •
Review: I wanted to say that this book is heartbreaking, eye-watering and utterly moving. Although it is all of those words and more, it is real. Abulhawa brings to life the buried stories of real people who have died because of the Israel-Palestine conflict. The characters are vivid, multilayered and very real. The storyline mostly follows the life, longing and losses of Amal (meaning many hopes in Arabic), a Palestinian girl who is raised and orphaned in the Jenin refugee camp. Through her story, we see the atrocities committed against the Palestinians, where children are abducted by Israeli soldiers to be tortured and abused, only to demand a large sum of ransom from their families. The novel also quotes passages from real accounts of westerners who have visited Palestine as those atrocities were committed. Although this gives credibility to the novel, this book shows the collateral damage (innocent people) of what are bigger political and security issues. 'Mornings in Jenin' also shows the Israeli and Jewish point of view, however brief, which was interesting. It shows the Zionism is not Jewdaism. What I loved the most in this novel is the possibility and hope for brotherhood between both sides. This novel is eye-opening and heartwrenching, but also is a half truth account of why some Palestinians were killed in Jordan and in Lebanon.
Highly recommended: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“We live and breathe words. It was books that kept me from taking my own life after I thought I could never love anyone, never be loved by anyone again. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.”
-Cassandra Clare, “Clockwork Prince”
Day 20 #bookdragonbookstagrammar19 : Will - hopeless romantics #marinbooks19 : book set in spring
I was honestly drawing a blank on both these prompts for today because I don’t pay attention to seasons in my books. Unless it’s blatantly obvious that they’re getting sunburned or trudging through a blizzard, I just don’t notice 🤷♀️ And as far as hopeless romantics go, being one myself you’d think it would take one to know one and I’d immediately know who would fit this prompt. But beyond choosing Will for an obvious match, I was again drawing a blank.
So instead, I just decided to make this a purely book dedicated post. And what better way than to use my favorite book-love quote for a shelfie!
I couldn’t resist a shelfie within a shelfie with this epically adorable book sleeve from @fandomsleeves !! It makes my bookworm heart so happy with the cutest little bookworms I have ever seen in amongst the books! Grab yourself this print or one of Maribel’s many fandom prints and use BREATHE10 to save on your order!
Do you ever go rogue during monthly challenges or do you stick to the prompts as closely as you can?
When I was new to booksta, I stuck as closely to the prompts as I could, I needed the structure to help build my confidence in my posts and my account, but now I just #emilylogic the hell at of prompts I can’t figure out or I just completely rewrite them for myself 🤷♀️😂
✨Book Review of #sheliesinwait by @gythalodge ✨
6 Teenagers go into the woods but only 5 come back home.
14 year-old Aurora Jackson joined her sister and her friends on a camping trip and after a night of drinking Aurora has gone missing.
Who was the last person that saw Aurora? Did she leave? Was she alone? Thats what Auroras sister Topaz and her group of friends are wondering.
30 years later DCI Jonah Sheens is called to investigate the remains found in the woods. He knows who they belong to, and the tests confirm, the bones belong to Aurora Jackson.
As each friend is question it's obvious they aren't being truthful about what happened that night and secrets are brought to light. Which one of them is responsible for Aurora's death? or are they all responsible?
This book is told in alternating timelines, Aurora in the past as she goes on this camping trip. and DCI Sheens as he investigates this case.
I have come to discover that any mystery/crime book that revolves around a group of friends and secrets, I absolutely love and this was no different. The premise of this book was great and the execution was even better. The book kept me hooked and I just wanted to know what hd happened, I did feel like it was pretty obvious who the killer was which I did not mind because the reveal was still interesting.
I did find that when we followed DCI Sheens the plot was a bit slow, and overall I did enjoy reading from Aurora's timeline more, and I thought the teenagers were more interesting than they were being adults.
Farmington Library have an ongoing book sale as part of everyday's life which is known as Friends Book Nook. We have high quality used books including fiction and non-fiction. All of these books are in excellent to good condition. Mostly hardcovers and trade paperbacks are still in there at Friends Book Nook. Its located next to Circulation Desk on the right side at Farmington Library.
@sturgislibrary on Cape Cod. Oldest part of building from 1644 (pictured) plus additions in 1870's (pictured) and in the Twentieth Century. This is the oldest building housing a public library in the United States.
Sometimes I forget to just stop and enjoy this book wall. Since we live with it day after day, it weirdly blends in and you kind of forget about it. I realize this post is just patting myself on the back for having a cool book wall. But man, that's a cool book wall.
35 74710 March, 2019
Guten Morgen ihr Zuckerhasen. ❤️ Meine Schwester hat gestern geschuftet ohne Ende und ich bin sooooo happy mit dem Endergebnis!!! Ich könnte echt nicht glücklicher sein! 🥰 Habt einen zauberhaften Samstag ihr Süßen! ❤️
62 5,4032 March, 2019
Are there any books you learned to appreciate after reading them in school?
Heart of Darkness and I had a rough go of it at first—I had to read it in high school and HATED it. Then I had to study it twice more in college. 😂 I finally emerged with a grudging respect for the novel, and the fact that Conrad wrote such intricate prose without being a native English speaker.
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