I’ve been looking forward to starting THE BINDING for quite some time, and after a marathon reading session today, I finished. Not *at all* what I’d expected, it took me a while to sink into the story, but it finished strong and left me in a contemplative mood. Hopefully I’ll be able to articulate myself better in my review so for now, check out the description. And big thanks to @harpercollinsca for this fancy ARC with French flaps and deckled edges!
Imagine you could erase grief.
Imagine you could remove pain.
Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret.
Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He’s to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder — a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice among their small community but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.
For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to handcraft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored.
But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesmen who use their talents for dark ends — and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten. .
Update: since my last #readingchallenge post, I have read some stuff. I always like to remind y’all that I am doing two challenges at the same time. The first is the #goodreadschallenge , which is a goal of how many books I’ll read this year. I have read 19 out of 75, so a ways to go. The second is the #readingchallenge2019 where I am reading 25 books based on specific challenges. So out of that one, I completed the “Recommended by a Librarian” category. Actually I am still reading it, #TheScreamingStaircase . It’s good, I don’t want to stop reading it. It is just taking me a little longer than I would have liked. The next one was “GoodReads Winner in 2018”. This introduced me to the world of @sarahandersencomics! I liked #HeardingCats so much that I had to pick up her other two books. Thrown in there is a quick juvenile read, and since I watched #Aquaman , a comic. Also, I love #Arrow and so I started to look into those comics as well. None of these are original comics, I’m sure, but they are still fun to read. Until next time, keep reading! #bookdragon#bookstagram#books#readingislife#readingismagical#readersofinstagram#readerforlife
This is the second book of the series focusing on middle brother Adler Paxton who joins the military during WW2 with the US 357th fighter group. He finds himself in England fighting the Germans in the sky. Trying not to think of what he left behind at home in Texas.
Meanwhile, Violet Lindstrom's dream as long as she can remember is to be a missionary. However, things haven't gone quite as planned and now she is serving in the American Red Cross. Her job entails mainly of keeping the men entertained and taken care of on base. Though one man in particular she has found herself drawn to, a man with an air of mystery and secrets, Adler.
While I did enjoy this book, I was not quite as in love with the character's as the first in this series. Maybe it is Adler's character in the beginning that turned me off slightly. Still their relationship and how it played out I felt was done very well and realistically by the author. There is one bomb shell in the story that I did kind of see coming; still, it is quite something to make you go, "Wow!" Especially considering the time period this book takes place.
Through this book I learned more of what it may of been like on English military bases, especially leading up to D-Day. And the also of how the American women of the Red Cross kept men entertained and a feeling of home while on base.
Overall, this was an enjoyable book full of much historical details that brings the story a live in your mind. Not to mention the anticipation of the last book in the series involving the youngest Paxton son, Clay. Which publishes next year! #review#theskyaboveus#sunriseatnormandy#booksofinstagram#christianfiction#historicalfiction#readersofinstagram#myownopinion#bookstagram#fiction#sarahsundin#revellbooks#librarybook#goodreadschallenge#bookishfeatures#bookreview#bookcover#bibliophile
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Off for the long Easter weekend 🐣 to bed with coffee and a book!! Any plans for the break? .
Have you watched Dirk Gently on Netflix? I highly recommend! .
Synopsis: “What do a dead cat, a computer whiz-kid, an Electric Monk who believes the world is pink, quantum mechanics, a Chronologist over 200 years old, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poet), and pizza have in common?
#books update. I read 3 more books this month. Im officially 26/50 on my #goodreadschallenge . This month I read Nevermore-A Supernatural novel, by RA DeCandido, Unity- Asassins creed novel, by Oliver Bowden and Andrew Holmes, and Eragon by Christopher Paolini. The first two were wins. I enjoyed them very much. The last one, well, lets just say Im going to give the second book in the series a try. This one was a very slow read. Has anyone else read this series and enjoyed it? Let me know if its worth it. #nevermore#supernatural#unity#assassinscreed#eragon#inheritancetrilogy#readersofinstagram
I started Notes From A Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi last night and I can already tell this is 100% my kind of book ❤
It's wonderfully cloudy & rainy where I'm at, what's your favorite book reading weather? . . .
Why Children Follow Rules, by Tom Tyler and Rick Trinker, did a really good job synthesizing quite a bit of research (a career's worth, to this point, for Tyler) on how children learn to ascribe or not ascribe legitimacy to authorities in institutions (i.e. why or why not they do or do not follow rules and/or laws in public places). I learned a few things in terms of seeing studies I'd never read before, and I appreciated some of the morals of the story. Though I think there's a danger in saying law enforcement contact in childhood and adolescence has the potential to be beneficial if the contact is just and fair (because really, the odds of this ever happening consistently for people of color are like zero, so I think categorical approaches may the best bet here), I appreciated the emphasis on diversion and the really interesting discussions of how children learn to follow rules and comply (though not mindlessly comply, but thoughtfully comply) across developmental stages and environments. I can't say I recommend spending the $40 for this one, but if your local library has a copy or is willing to order a copy for you and others, I'd say go for it! I decided posting a picture of the table of contents may be helpful to give you some insights into the book's contents, so you can decide if it might work for you. .
That’s really the first word that comes to mind with this book. It was alright, I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it- but it was just; meh. I was drawn to this book because I really liked Still Alice and Inside the O’Briens allows Lisa Genova to tackle another medical book which I thought she did wonderfully with Still Alice. In Inside the O’Briens, the characters all felt pretty one-dimensional to me and all seemed pretty predictable. Ironically, and totally unknowingly, I’m also reading a book (Mystic River by Dennis Lehane) which takes place in the same neighborhood in Boston and one of the main characters, like Joe in Inside the O’Briens, works for Boston PD. I enjoyed (for as weird as that sounds) learning about Huntington’s Disease (HD) so I did get that out of this book... but the book just sort of ends, and while some people like that sort of ending (i.e. you “get to make it up for them!”) that’s just not my jam. I can’t say I would recommend this book and I’m thankful I was able to borrow the audio book from my local library. 🎧 .
Tell me about your favourite Bromance?
My absolute favourite is Locke and Jean from the Gentleman Bastards series!
Followed closely by Royce and Hadrian from
The Riyria Revelations & Chronicles and then Gimli and Legolas from Lord of the rings!
Or if you haven’t got a favourite Bromance is there a book like The Thorn of Emberlain the fourth book in the Gentleman Bastards series which you have been waiting years and years for it to come out and have pretty much given up hope?!😂
( also yes these are in the wrong order but there’s no going back 🤷♀️😂) .
. #grimdragon That was my first mistake! .
Reading and unfinished series!!
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I’m not really going to worry about a tbr this month. I’m in the middle of two large books and it’s Camp Nanowrimo this month so things are looking pretty busy. I’ll read what I read, y’know?