🔥🔥 PREORDER ALERT🔥🔥⠀
Like You Hurt by Kaydence Snow is coming June 18th!⠀
"You'll fall for Donna with her jagged edges..." ~Goodreads Reviewer⠀
What kind of idiot gets on my bad side on his first day at my school? Hendrix Hawthorn is arrogant, cocky, infuriatingly attractive and clearly doesn’t realise I can make his life hell.⠀
Which is exactly what I intend to do… until he shows up in the one place no one knows I go to – the one place that makes me feel alive. Now my reputation is in his hands, but I’ll be damned if I go down without a fight.⠀
What kind of spoiled brat thinks I’ll just fall at her feet like the rest of these jerks? Donna Mead is a stone-cold bitch and I don’t want anything to do with her or her friends.⠀
It’s bad enough I have to finish senior year at Fulton Academy – exactly the kind of place where I made the single biggest mistake of my life. I just want to keep my head down, get decent grades… until she shows up where she doesn’t belong. Now I can’t seem to stop myself from trying to prevent Donna from ruining her life like I did.⠀
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🖤 𝓑𝓸𝓸𝓴 𝓻𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 🖤
“When we’re together it feels as though the dark things inside me rise to the surface and brush against the dark things inside you.”
I don’t even understand how this was a debut novel?
This book was immaculately written. I knew going in this would be a dark read but wow what a story.
Vanessa, a fifteen year old girl living at boarding school slowly develops a relationship with her adult teacher. In her head Vanessa has herself convinced this is love. As things progress you see that the teacher has a dark side to him and begin to see what really is abuse. The conflict of the story: is this love or abuse...was very intriguing. Makes you think about what goes on in the minds of people experiencing real life abuse.
Overall a very engrossing read!
❤️ BOOK OF THE WEEK ❤️ This week we've been reading Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
An honest, hilarious look back at the journalist's relationship with love from her awkward teens into her late 20s
The memoir made us snort with laughter one chapter (the accounts of drunken nights out being our personal favourite), to tearing up at another, truely showing the ups and downs of growing up
Have you read Everything I Know About Love? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below⬇️
Every Book of the Week since our closure is avaliable to borrow from our eLibrary! (link in bio)
“If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In our lifetime, finding our calling can be one of life’s greatest treasures. It can also be among the most painful journeys to embark on. In fact, many people can spend their entire lives searching to come up empty handed. It stands within reason that you could use some help along the way. Luckily, Paulo Coelho, in under two weeks, wrote a magical tale that can help us on our quest towards self-discovery. The Alchemist shares the story of a shepherd boy named Santiago who goes on a quest to find treasure and pursue his Personal Legend. It’s a hero’s journey with a spiritual twist. Along Santiago’s travels for worldly goods, he encounters numerous obstacles that teach him an important lesson on renouncing his fears and embracing his faith. Ultimately, this lesson is secondary to Paulo Coelho’s supreme message that the quest to fulfill one’s own destiny lies within. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The Alchemist is a simple yet powerful story that will only be worth your while if you are willing to go to the deep places of the soul. At first pass, I thought the book was just okay. It wasn’t until I sat down and slowly picked apart each paragraph that I grew to understand the magical story Paulo Coelho had written. The book is filled with compelling quotes that require an elevated degree of introspection to appreciate their higher meanings. I recommend this enchanting tale to anyone who is committed to finding their own Personal Legend or destiny, but in the end you will find what you have known all along. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?" the boy asked.
"Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.” - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
some girls want fancy chocolates, some girls want gummy worms.
Thank you to the author @authorjaycilee and @smpromance for sending me this ARC to read and review.
3 minutes ago
2:47 am mid night
Dreaming some dreams
a sound came " zzz_zzz_z....." that's a fucking sound
had heard that before in real - i thought while dreaming
I whacked on my forehead
felt relief and disgust
killed a mosquito
bad decision baddest one
he sucked my blood - got fat belly
now that i killed it
my blood was on my hand -- what an irony - विडम्बना "should i rub that blood with bedsheet -- too hygienic to do that
or should I go to wash my hands -- too lethargic to do that
or should i sleep like this -- we could argue on that" -- talked to myself
I did get up
walked like cat through darkness
front of wash basin looked at myself - in mirror
V -- good man bad man pimples hair lips nose life death -- thoughts
washed my hands with frozen water
cold water and winter -- insanity at it's best
had to pee then
In -- work done -- out
In front of mirror -- again
washed my hands -- again
V -- good man bad man pimples hair lips nose life death -- thoughts
walked back to bed -- eyes wide opened
on bed , trying to sleep
couldn't, couldn't sleep
I didn't kill a mosquito i killed my sleep.
Fuck that fucking mosquito.
( I don't kill mosquitoes anymore )
Here’s how my June #tbr is starting to shape up!
First up is Duma Key for @jobis89#readwithjohann - my chronological read of King has gone out of the window for this month, as I couldn’t resist!
I’ll be picking up where I left off, (which is a while ago now 🙈) and reading the next volume in Maya Angelou’s seven autobiographical novels...and alongside this I will also be prioritising educating myself further on our history. My non-fiction read this month will be Superior by Angela Saini, which explores the concept of race from its beginnings until present day.
My PRIDE month 🌈read will be the explosive new debut by Kristen Arnett (thank you to @littlebrownbookgroup_uk for gifting me my copy!) AND I’m also excited to read This Lovely City (gifted by @hqstories 💙) which is set in London after the war and focus’s on the Windrush generation (another timely and important topic)
ALSO watch this space as me, Clare @literarianlife and Jen @glenjenreads will be announcing the next book for our #womensprizebookclub very soon! We are so excited for this months choice!
Phew 😅 that’s a lot for one month!
What are you planning to read throughout June?
#currentlyreading I’m so excited to dive into The Hate U Give by @angiethomas that I’ve heard so much about. Recent events have moved this one up to the top of my #TBR. I have been trying to listen, learn, and support the movement in different ways. And when I want to learn, I turn to books.
I love reading fiction because I love seeing the world from somebody else’s perspective. I will read non-fiction to learn about things I need and want to understand better. But whereas those books will 𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭 you what is up, fiction written by people who live the stories they are telling will 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸 you what is up. To me, that’s invaluable and something I think only books can offer. Man, I just love reading... Raise your hand if you’re with me!! 🙋🏻♀️
That all being said, as so many of us are admitting, I realize that I need to do better. I want to read more books written by and telling the stories of POC — people whose lives are affected by racism and discrimination in ways I’ll never really understand because I’m white. One of the most powerful messages out there right now, is that it’s not enough to not be racist — we have to be anti-racist. I’ll also be reading So You Want To Talk About Race by @ijeomaoluo to begin better understanding how I can do that ❤️
𝐐𝐎𝐓𝐃: do you turn to fiction or non-fiction when you want to learn?
𝐀𝐎𝐓𝐃: for me, it really is both — each offers a different kind of value — but if I had to choose, I’d choose fiction.
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All the damn stars! I loved this book. I devoured it and wanted more. It is a mix of horror, dystopia, survival and feminism. Girls are sent away for their grace year to the woods to get all of their magic out of their systems. They must survive each other, the elements, and poachers. It is brutal and creepy but oh so impossible to look away from.
I read this one months ago but still think about it often. I recommend it to everyone and gave it to all my friends for Christmas. If you haven’t read it yet you really should!
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#qotd are there any series you still gotta finish?
I’ve decided to make a conscious effort to educate myself further on the topic of racism and it’s history. Although I’ve read and enjoyed authors such as Maya Angelou and
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I haven’t read nearly enough to consider my reading habits diverse. To change this, I’ve purchased a number of e-books and physical books both fiction and non fiction and will be making my way through these over the next few months.
I am ready to acknowledge my privilege and use it to educate myself on the history of racism. To all my followers, I’d recommend that you also make a conscious effort to educate yourselves! 📚
Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
Well. When I was about 6-7 years old, I carried thick books wherever I used to go, thinking I was super cool for reading a thick book. Little did I know…
Book name: The Holy Black papyrus
Author: Floyd Williams
ABOUT THE BOOK🌼:
The Holy Black Papyrus is a book written in the present, but truly written from the past too, meaning that the meaning that the author tapped into the ever resonating voice and spirit of the ancestors to produce this inspiring body of work. The Holy Black Papyrus is written towards our divinity and designed to address us as a unique people(s); with appeals to our roots, originality, history (past/present), individual spirituality, psychology, so sociological plights, and OUR SURVIVAL.
Upon picking up this papyrus/book you will not want to put it down and will constantly find yourself sharing with someone. Chapter's in The Holy Black Papyrus such as: The Aura Man Praise be to the Nile- and The Black Woman is GOD! You shall surely find enriching and all invigorating. KNOW THE TIME! KNOW YOURSELF! LOVE YOURSELF!
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Rani means Queen. Who knew a simple , ordinary girl belonging to the lanes of Delhi would embark on her honeymoon alone and explore a completely different side of her. A girl who feared rejection and who had to face rejection one day before her marriage, not only roamed the streets of Paris alone, not only shared a room with three unknown boys but also made the whole of Amsterdam taste her "Haath ki Pani Puri". She did all those things that her husband would have never allowed her to do after or even before marriage. She danced in the bars of Paris, she drove a car on the streets of France and she discovered that self of hers that she could never do had she been with Vijay till then. Rani, you cannot imagine the amount of happiness that the audience went through when you returned the ring to Vijay, and whispered " Thank You". Even we thanked Vijay for leaving you, orelse we would have never been able to go on this journey with you. Thank you Rani for trying to change the pre-conceived notion that a girl's life is shattered if her to be husband leaves her, in your case your life was made due to your fiancé leaving you. You made us believe that life is full of unexpected surprises and life never stops for anyone. If a person leaves, a thousand more people come in. Just like Vijay stepped out of your life, another Vijay( lakshmi ) ,Taka, Alexander and Emraan Hashmi entered. It cannot be expressed how much love we all have for you, please stay the same and never change. Also, Alexander was a good option for you though, why didn't you consider him ? You guys would have looked good together, just a suggestion 🤷
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The current conversation on social media has been important for so many reasons, and I hope this momentum continues and doesn’t just die down when the news moves on to something else. I want to post my thoughts on the books I’ve read, but I also want to continue the conversation. So I think now is a good opportunity to talk about where we buy our books! Do some research and look at supporting Black owned bookstores! I recently bought a book from @adfrntbooklist in Toronto! If you know of any Black owned Bookstores in the Western Canadian provinces let me know!
This was such a spooky and dark book, and loved the tone it set for the book.
The main character, K, comes to a town as a land surveyor to work for the castle, but he struggles to get to the castle and make contact with anyone. He goes back and forth between people, and he feels stuck in a place that doesn’t want him, but he doesn’t want to go back to where he came from. In this town K has a bit of adventure, some romance, all the while being frustrated with the workings of the town!
I enjoyed the conversation around bureaucracy that this book sparks. Everything is done inefficiently that K has quite a time trying to go through the right processes, and this is probably a comment of the inefficiency of the aristocracy in Europe when the book was written in 1922, after the First World War. The book is also really cool because Kafka never finished it, but died before he could wrap up the story! So the reader is left feeling uneasy because nothing is concluded! Such a weird reading experience! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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I’ve always had an easier time having large TMRs so I have more options, so here are the 33 books I’m open to reading for June... The stacks in the front feature all the physical titles by Black authors I could find on my TBR shelves with a few more on my kindle and others coming soon. In the back, I’ve got some reads for pride and other books that I’ve wanted to get to for a while.
It’s not just about doing something different this month, I also have to make sure that my changes in behavior are sustainable long term and I want to start forming better habits now, so I’m reorganizing my TBR so I can be more conscious of the books I’m choosing, but also not just piling a ton on for June and letting them fall by the wayside in the months to come.
I already finished Binti which is a novella and immediately picked up another book by Okorafor, Akata Witch, and am loving it so far! Also making progress on White Fragility on audio then will do Stamped after that.
Any other book recommendations for me? Have you started branching out more?
☾ 𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑀𝑎𝑦 𝑤𝑟𝑎𝑝-𝑢𝑝 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒..? 𝐻𝑜𝑤 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑏𝑒𝑎𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑑𝑖𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑖𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑎 𝑓𝑎𝑣𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑒..? ☾
I know so many people ask this question at the end of the month (let’s pretend Adele’s not three days late to the party shall we) but I am always interested to know the answers! I am a mood reader..however, when you guys tell me about certain titles you have read & loved , I do actually go add them to my little ‘BIG’ list 😂 so yeah, you lot do have an impact on my reading habits! Always appreciate those rec’s
I read 8 books, I think. And thanks to SO MANY of you lovely people, I discovered a new favourite book in May. ‘The Song Of Achilles’ will never leave me. It was EVERYTHING ♡︎♡︎♡︎ Also The Secret History will forever be special to me. What amazing books they both were. Thank you to all those who hounded me until I finally read them! I LOVE YOU PEOPLE ❤︎❤︎❤︎
Hope you’re all having a lovely day!
23 hours ago
Çünkü ona göre kalbi asil olmayanın davranışının asaletinin bir hükmü yoktur.
"Ne kadar cila sürersen sür ağacın damarlarını saklayamazsın; sen cilayı sürdükçe damarlar kendini belli eder.'' der.
-Büyük Umutlar, Charles Dickens
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Sure you’ve heard of this book, great read. Not only does it teach you about financial freedom, also provides a lot of valuable life lessons.
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✨RELEASE DAY REVIEW✨
Book details in comments -
The Quick and Dirty: Kidnapped ballet dancer is offered to Norse god Loki as a consort. It doesn’t go as either think it will. -
Loki has been trapped in a cave for the last 800 years by a witch for having a hand in Ragnarok (the apocalypse), and over the centuries the village by his cave has offered him whatever he wants in exchange for blessings like good crops and extra luck, etc. Every so often, they kidnap women and bring them to Loki to offer him companionship as well. Nora, a ballet dancer who is taking a sabbatical in Norway after some traumatic life events, gets snatched up by the village due to her resemblance to Loki’s dead wife and is also offered up as sacrifice. Unlike most other women, despite knowing he is a god, is resistant and determined to escape. Things take a turn when the two start to get to know one another and realize they not so different from one another despite the contrast in their mortality. -
I absolutely love this author’s writing. I have read work from her various pen names and I love seeing how she continues to grow in her craft. Her descriptions offer a vivid mental image and the characters she’s created are as beautifully flawed as they are compelling. Loki, a god, exhibits strength but is broken and vulnerable in equal measure. And Nora is not a wilting violet who succumbs to Loki’s every whim; despite what you might imagine a ballet dancer to be (graceful, delicate, etc), she has an incredible amount of grit, fire and tenacity. Don’t get it twisted either: this is NOT a Stockholm Syndrome scenario. The relationship started off naturally where Nora absolutely despised her supposed “captor” but things take a turn when certain secrets are revealed and suppositions corrected. I love the climax of the book, I loved how it ended (mild spoiler: everything is wrapped up in a bow, a HEA that made my heart smile but also made sense). My only qualm was that while yes, there is some mild dubcon, there wasn’t much of what I would consider “dark”. The author does indicate it’s soft dark but I think I was hoping for just a smidge more. Otherwise a great debut under this pen name!
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I want to write about certain minute experiences I had for the past few years, but I can't. No matter how long I sit in front of the computer screen, finishing a cup of coffee in a few mins, I cannot put down whatever I feel in those ordinary moments.
I have a bad habit of throwing away my blanket while I sleep, especially in winters. I wake up the next day with the blanket on me. I know Maa does this- she wakes up an hour before I do. I cannot pen down how blessed I feel. I am a Computer Science student which usually means never ending projects and crossing deadlines. I get headaches- the worst ones- for looking on screens for too long. I rest my head on her lap; I cannot put in words the comfort I feel there.
When the cold evening breeze hits your face, while you're standing alone in the middle of the terrace; when you finish a long unfinished poem, take a final sip of the coffee, when Elvis Presley or Elec Benjamin plays in your head, during a long bus trip back home, you can only feel, but never in your lifetime, can describe what we feel in those very moments
And when we feel, we look for words, to describe every second, every skipped heart-beat, every heartbreak, every sip of hot coffee, every turned page of a book, every tune we hear, every glimmering sunset, every calm-before-the-storm; we fail, and we pause. We let that feeling sink into us till it calms our racing senses, rushes the plethora of emotions. We keep it in a corner of our broken hearts, because when we don't find words to elaborate a feeling, we find snippets of emotions. ~ankitsaha
✊🏼✊🏾Diverse Reads✊🏾✊🏼 I am ashamed, Bookstagram, because I haven't read enough diverse books. I haven't got many BAME books on my shelves and so far the most two memorable books I read and loved were My Sister the Serial Killer and Americanah. I also recently enjoyed Girl, Woman, Other.
I have been looking everyone's piles all day and how everyone posted diverse reads supporting #blacklivesmatter and I wanted to join.
Seeing Dorothy Koomson's tweet yesterday was an eye-opener for me. She mentioned how her books rejected because they weren't about "the black experience". She was told that she wasn't writing like a black person should. Shocking, isn't it? Even in publishing! I also once listened an author and she mentioned how her publisher, or agent, wanted her to put parts of her book on slavery (but the main storyline had nothing to do about it). I do hope this movement will change things for real. I do hope this will not be a page we turned.
I personall pledge to read more diversely.
What was your last diverse read? I am really looking forward to reading The Vanishing Half and happy to hear your recommendations🎈
Nature is a gift of God...😇
We must protect them if we want them to protect us😉.
More quotes coming up...😎
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What are some POC or LGBTQ books you would recommend reading? .
Hello booksta! There is a lot going on in the world, it feels like the static electricity of change is on the horizon, or maybe that's just me hoping. I hope you are all keeping safe, and allowing yourself feel any anger, grief, and frustration you may feel during these times. .
I read Riot Baby when it first came out this year, and I find myself thinking about it constantly lately. It's a very short, but incredibly powerful read about being Black in America, with a little bit of a sci fi twist. I would highly recommend it. I'm hoping to read more LGBTQ books as well as books about POC and written by POC authors this month, so any recommendations is always appreciated.
In an age of technology and having the world at your fingertips, I feel the one thing that has slipped away from our society is- reading. Raise your children to be readers. "A child who reads, will be an adult who thinks." We subscribe to @literati and they send us books each month. This kids book club is really thoughtful, and diverse in the collection of books that they send.