Today we worked on arms and shoulders circuit style! My arms are now jello haha Today's workout had no hiit in it but I still burned almost 300 calories! Just proves you don't need cardio to get a good workout!
I also had an exciting NSV yesterday, john put up a pull up bar up for me downstairs yesterday and I did about 75% of one pull up!! That's huge for someone who could NEVER do even a little bit of a pull up. I'm soooo close to doing a full one! 🎉💪 Happy Thursday everyone!! 😊
what’s your favorite mystery/thriller?
from classics like Sherlock Holmes to contemporary series like Truly Devious, I’m alllll about stories full of twists and turns that keep me guessing until the very end! 🔎✨
Cate Connors was born in County Roscommon, Galway in 1810, the youngest of six children in a noisy household. The family often struggled, but nobody went hungry and there was always laughter to be heard. A voracious reader from a young age, she was drawn to the exotic tales of Defoe, De Cervantes and Swift. She dreamed of still, moonlit nights flying on a magic carpet high above the minarets of Casablanca, or sailing a dhow into a red sun setting over the Nile. Cate grew to be a willowy beauty with bewitching blue eyes, a mane of thick chestnut hair and a will of iron. Quite a few lads in Roscommon fell in love with her, but it was Mick Thornton who took her eye; but that’s another story.
Photos Eduard Militaru, Roman Kraft, Douglas Gianini. #bookworm#bookworms#bookwormforlife#booklover#booklovers#booklove#booknerdigans#igbooks#bookish#bibliophile
Don’t play with fire •
She is made of wildfire
A merciless flaming blaze
With the kind of rampant fury
We teach children not to play with
Darling, she is made of wildfire
What don’t you understand?
A harmless little spark
Your foolish child’s play
Could leave you fumbling lamely
Through the ashes of your world
Turtles all the way down was such a good book. some things were an issue for me though, but we will get into that later. This was my first John Green novel and it wasn’t bad. I enjoyed his writing style and the overall book. I do want to say as someone with OCD and the constant thought spiral, this rep I related to so much with the thoughts and behaviors. I felt like I was reading about my everyday life just trying to find the magic off switch so that I could think and be myself.
Your MC Aza is someone who struggles with OCD. She starts off with her best friend Daisy to try and figure out the great mystery behind Russell Pickett’s disappearance. She is soon tangled between the mystery and her relationship with Davis (Russell’s Son). You see her try her best to fit in and be talkative, But she is struggling inside to shut the thoughts up. Aza goes through therapy for years to try and help her behaviors, but so far nothing works and she just wants the thoughts to go away.
I enjoyed the book, but I really didn’t see sometimes where it was going. I loved the OCD rep and the storyline, but then you would flip and go back to the Pickette disappearance. I really wanted it to be about one or the other as sometimes it was monotonous to read. I loved the mystery of the disappearance, but it took away from the mental illness aspect of the story. I love mental illness book because they help me to find stories about myself and help me to understand others with mental illnesses.
Another aspect I hated was the mom always putting pressure on her to do the right thing or to talk. When you have OCD you can get lost in your head and miss a whole conversation or miss something happening and never know it was there, to begin with. I disliked that the mother always puts so much pressure for her to talk about it and told her she did not want to lose her too. It was really sad to see Aza deal with that type of pressure.
Overall the book was well written and the rep was very good. I just think it should have been about the mystery or the OCD. I think doing both at the same time kind of took away from both stories.
HELLO!💛 This is Emilė
With a review for Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.
First of all, the beginning is very familiar to Dark Matter by Juli Zeh to the point where it does not seem like a coinsidence... So is the main idea of it so I'd like to think that Blake Crouch took inspiration from that book but I don't know, as I said it's even a bit too familiar.
Otherwise, the first half of the book was super action packed, attention grabing. I kept thinking up my own theories of what has happened/is happening and it was a lot of fun to read. Then it got slower and towards the end I kept hoping for another twist (it's a sci-fi thriller after all) but there wasn't one and the way things ended was a bit disappointing to me. Then again from other reviews I see that I'm in a minority here as everyone things this book blew their minds. To me, it did at first, I loved all the existential questions about our uniqueness being raised but I just felt like the ending was a bit conveniant and I was hoping for something more shocking or such.
That said, the book is still really good and I definitely can recommend it to someone who already likes thrillers and is just dipping their fingers into the sci-fi genre (just like I'm trying!)
Have you read this book? If so, did you like it?
Sveiki!💛 Čia Emilė su Blake Crouch knygos "Dark matter" apžvalga.
Kadangi knyga neišversta į lietuvių kalbą, lietuviškai atskiros apžvalgos nerašysiu, o šiaip pilna apžvalga kiek aukščiau, jei skaitote knygas ir angliškai😊
6 5020 March, 2019
Na das ging ja zügig. Teil 1 gerade beendet, direkt weiter geht's mit Teil 2 der #catchingbeauty - Reihe von @janes_wonda.
Du entkommst mir nicht
Someone forgot to send the memo to Mother Nature that it's the first day of spring. It's been decidedly chilly and very grey here today, with that certain dampness in the air that wraps itself around your bones.
This book is the most flowery cover I own, and the most girly, so feast your eyes on it whilst you can 😉
And I've discovered that I really don't have any books that make me think of spring. Hit me with your recommendations, instafam ☺
Do you have your copy of #Humanimal yet? Now is your chance to get a signed book and join @strandbookstore and Adam Rutherford as they discuss his latest book and what makes us uniquely human. Event starts today at 7:30 pm.
Do you ever get so excited about a book that you run out and get it as soon as it is released? Well I did that with Gingerbread and for some reason that I do not understand I still haven't picked it up. 🙈 Admittedly, I have been in a bit of a reading slump this month so that is part of it, but I am also shocked that I haven't made time for this one. ⠀
22 92820 March, 2019
Comment your favorite emoji below if you’re ready for some brand new writing and a new book release.
———————————————————————— Haiti was absolutely life changing. I am so humbled to have gotten the chance to go and interact with the Haitian people. They spread as much love as we intended to give in going, and every moment of it was beyond peaceful. So much inspiration came from this trip. I can’t wait to go back and to continue traveling.
Thank you so much @justcommonly for the books from your giveaway! 💙💙💙 I'm most excited for Blue Ridge Sunrise! But they all look like little gems! 🙌☕📚
What does love smell like to you? 😉 what are you drinking today? I haven't had any coffee yet. Just some tea...must be why I feel so off this morning 🙈☕☕☕☕☕☕☕ #coffeeholic
2 6520 March, 2019
✨Author, avoiding South Florida spring breakers, pretends she’s stepping in between the pages of a giant book, Alice in Wonderland style 🎩 🐇
6 8520 March, 2019
“A great eye opener to behind the scenes of college athletics” - Arlene D. #BookReview -
TRBTG Readers, Have you gotten your copy yet?? Currently reading? Send us a picture of where you are in the book and we will repost! Waiting for a book signing? Details for that to come real soon... Haven’t gotten your copy? Click the link in the bio. Have you read it already? Leave a review and let us know your thoughts(:
what’s your favorite classic, or classic adaptation?
I hiiighly enjoy contemporary takes on classic books, and this one was no exception! from the very beginning I loved Zuri’s character...her voice and the poems throughout made her really stand out as a protagonist. since this is a Pride and Prejudice remix I expected to fall for the romance, but it ended up being so much more! ✨
#dailydoseofcalm : If you know me, then you know I’m a backpack girl. In college I had one with dozens of patches and also one covered In donuts. When I entered the working world, it became hard to find a stylish and professional bag that truly spoke to me and my never ending love for knapsacks. I felt defeated until @gastonluga reached out to me and offered to gift me a backpack of my choice. Finally, here was my chance to pick out the backpack of my dreams, perfect for my working lifestyle and commuting in the city. And so, I did just that! .
QOTD: As women, we tend to carry around a lot on our backs, and I’m not just talking backpacks. In honor of International Woman’s Day, I want to know, what makes you proud to be a woman?
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It's a little late, but here's my January #ReadingWrapup ! I had a great reading month both in terms of quantity and quality. Below you'll find the star ratings for all the books I read in January in the order I read them.⠀
1. Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⠀
2. Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⠀
3. What a Wonderful Word by Nicola Edwards ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⠀
4. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⠀
5. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⠀
6. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⠀
7. Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⠀
8. The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani ⭐️⭐️⭐️⠀
9. You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⠀
10. Elsey Come Home by Susan Conley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⠀
11. Sugar Run by Mesha Maren ⭐️⭐️⭐️⠀
I'm still working on writing reviews for all of these. I'll be adding them to my stories highlights and Goodreads asap. ⠀
56 4,2275 February, 2019
#dailydoseofcalm : Today my wet hair froze as I walked to the T and I couldn’t quite find the right thing to wear. Today I forgot to add money to my commuter pass and woke up with a headache. Today my jeans were too tight and my top too loose. BUT I have lemon cake waiting for me at home and that makes it all worth it. It’s the little things my friends!!
QOTD: What little thing are you looking forward to today?
24 3,5195 March, 2019
It’s Friday AND It's #ReadingWrapup time! Looking at this stack I am shocked that I managed to read so much in February. Clearly I spent a lot of time escaping reality last month. 😂 Not pictured is Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid which was on Amazon prime reading. Anyways....I am going to try a new format for sharing my ratings. So let me know what you think. ⠀
My Favorites - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- This Is How It Always Is
- The Penelopaid
- The Poet X
- The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
- No Exit
- Well-Read Black Girl⠀
Enjoyed A Lot - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Night Olivia Fell
- Evidence of the Affair
- Five Feet Apart
- Come Closer
- Friday Black⠀
It was okay, not bad - ⭐⭐⭐
- The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder
- All Stories Are Love Stories
- The Au Pair
Not for me - ⭐⭐
- The Lost Man⠀
DNF but only because it didn't fit my mood:
- We Cast a Shadow ⠀
I am really behind on writing reviews, because obviously I was reading instead. 🙈 I'm going to try to write as many as possible over the next few days.⠀
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have you ever reached the end of a book and immediately wanted to reread it?! I hope it’s not just me 😂
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#dailydoseofcalm : Hi! There are a few new people around here so I thought I’d introduce myself. My name is Andi and I am 24 years old. I currently live in Boston, grew up in Rhode Island, and went to school in New York. My favorite city is London and my favorite food is macaroni and cheese. I love styling photos, reading magazines, making collages with those magazines, and dancing with my friends. Welcome, I am SO glad that you are here. .
QOTD: Introduce yourself below!