👑 BOOK REVIEW 👑 Kingdom of the Cursed - Kerri Maniscalco (5🌟) How was this book even better than the first?????? If you still haven’t read this series - do it. I looooove Emelia and Wrath so frickin’ much and the sexual tension in this book was insane. Also, the cliffhanger!!!! AHHH!! I need book 3 ASAP. Can’t really say much without spoiling book 1 so hurry up and read this seriessssss. If you’ve already read it feel free to dm me so we can discuss x
FAT CHANCE, CHARLIE VEGA⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By Crystal Maldonado ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Micro Synopsis: Charlie and Amelia are best friends. Charlie has never been kissed, Amelia seems to always have a boyfriend. When Charlie finally meets a boy who loves her for her, their friendship will be tested.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You’ll love this book if you love:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🪞 Body Positive Stories⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💞 Girl Friendships⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔲 YA + BIPOC + LGBTQ+⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💚 Romance⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 👩👧 Complex Mother Daughter Relationships⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pro Tip: Adults who love Roxanne Gay’s HUNGER, will love this YA character who is fighting to carve out her own space in a world where being fat is met with constant judgement and ridicule. This is such a great friendship and romance story for young readers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. Check September 2021 highlights for 🌟|🙅🏻♀️ details.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🏷 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bookstagram #amreading #igreads #fictionbooks #fictionmatters #readersofinstagram #readmorebooks #booklover #bookreview #bookshelf #bookreviewer #booksbooksbooks #booknerd #bookstagrammer #bookclub #buddyread #bookish
I’m having a slow morning today ☺️ I have the rest of this week off work so hoping for lots of reading time (unlikely 😂) and adventures. I’ve nearly finished SLEEP by CL Taylor which is getting tense…..😬😬😬 I need to start a new audiobook and think I’ll go with something light and easy. Do you organise your bookshelves? I don’t 🤣 (features ad pr products) .
Did you know that rereading the same book over and over is a sign of depression? I saw that on one of the thousands of mental health infographics that seem to have flooded social media. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way opposed to the democratisation of mental health advice, and if Instagram infographics with annoying pastel-coloured illustrations are the most effective way to do it, then so be it. But coming after the sacred practice of rereading books felt like too much of a personal attack (I’m sure there’s an infographic explaining which childhood trauma makes me feel that way). So, as a response to that frankly rather informative post that has nothing to do with me, here’s my most reread book ever. It’s the story of the eponymous Thérèse, a woman who is in a loveless marriage with her sickly cousin Camille. They live a monotonous life with Mme Raquin, Camille’s mother, in a commercial part of Paris where they run a modest haberdashery store. Enter Laurent, a friend of Camille’s and an artist, whom Mme Raquin commissions to paint a portrait of Camille. During these visits, Laurent and Thérèse let themselves be swept away by a mix of equal parts lust and boredom and start having an affair. What they didn’t expect was the intensity of their desire and the intoxicating need to possess one another, which eventually leads to Camille’s murder. The lovers can be together, now that Camille is physically out of the way. But his presence lingers. In the smells of the house, the unfinished portrait, their dreams. I’ll leave it to you to discover what lengths they go to escape him. when I first read it, I was both horrified and inexplicably drawn by the morbid descriptions. As I read it again in high school, then at uni, then for fun, then again at uni, I found something new to think about in it. Like the fact that Mme Raquin’s scheming and pushing Thérèse to marry Camille is what leads to his murder. Or that Thérèse herself is her aunt’s victim in a way. My point being, rereading is good and fun and I won’t be told otherwise 😇
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado🔥 I just finished this book and kind of don’t want it on my shelves because I will feel like it’s looking at me. Not so much because of the creepy factor (I didn’t find it so “scary” in the traditional sense), but Machado’s writing is so alive it feels like this book has a beating heart. Trigger warnings abound and I’ve heard plenty of others putting it down because the content was too much. This is a coherent collection of stories bending organically between genres and straddling the fine edges between truths and fantasies. It’s razor-sharp, bold, and twisty. I liked some stories more than others—a standout being “Inventory” for the unique depictions of the passage of time and memory through human interactions and relationships. Excited to dig deeper into it with friends over at @fictionmatters book club in the coming days! . . #fmbookclub #fictionmatters #fictionmattersbookclub #herbodyandotherparties #carmenmariamachado #shortstories
I haven't done holiday-specific fiction, yet, though I'm thinking about it for the future. I do, however, push my crime fiction during Halloween. Since it's creepy and serial killer-ish, it works well when people want spooky reads. How about you? . #authorlife #indieauthor #fiction #creativewriting #wordsmith #fictionalcharacters #fictionwriters #fictionfriday #fictionauthor #fictionmatters #fictional #novels #novelwriting #novelwriter #wordporn_ #wordpornoftheday #wordpornofinstagram #wordpornquotes #wordpornwednesday #storytellers #radstorytellers #hellostoryteller #storytellersofinstagram #writetip #plot #writerslifechat #creativewritingcoach #fictionbookmarketing #theprolificauthorsystem #transformationalstory
Officially at the halfway point. #literature #literaturememes #literaturelover #literaturestudent #literaturelovers #literaturelovers❤️ #literary #literarymemes #literaryfiction #literaryart #fiction #fictionwriter #fictionwriting #microfiction #fictionwriters #fictionmatters #fictionreads #shortstories #shortstory #shortstorywriter #patriarchy #patriarchysucksbecause #patriarchysucks #patriarch #writing #writingcommunity #writer #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writersnetwork
Kettorah series YouTube, story telling by the Kettorah frequency family. Kettorah series, story telling part 4 Thinking about Kettorah characters and costumes. Building step by step. #Kettorah #fantasynovel #paperback #fantasybooks #fictionmatters #sheros #hero #bookstagram #artstagram #kettorahseries #afrofuturism #animeart #anime #blackauthors #blackauthorsmatter #blackbooktuber #kettorahmovementfamily #comics #netflix #sketch #movement #movies #travel #cosplay #drawing #king #queen #fantasyseries #science #gamedevelopment
🕵️♀️ GOOD GIRL, BAD BLOOD • review Does anyone else love playing detective? 😂 This series is brilliant. GOOD GIRL, BAD BLOOD is the second in the series. Roll on the final one which I am trying to wait to read as I know I will be sad when it’s all over…😭😭 The book follows Pip Fitz-Amobi again who is no longer a detective. With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her. But when someone she knows goes missing and the police won’t do anything, Pip sets out to find Jamie Reynolds. These books are so readable and plotted brilliantly. The story picks up after the last book and follows the characters with the fallout from what happened. I am obsessed with the character of Pip and it was nice to see familiar faces like Ravi, Connor and Pips lovely family. This book feels darker and more dangerous than the first - I’m not complaining!! 😉 I found it hard to put down as it kept me on the edge. I loved all the twists and turns in this one. It’s so cleverly written and delves into more sensitive and controversial subjects which provide an interesting element to the book. There were laughs in there too and obvs a couple of tears 😭 Loved loved loved it!!!! Highly recommend this YA/thriller series. Roll on the last book….I’m not crying 😭😆 .
This is like a like not love for me. It was interesting being set during COVID. It had some interesting twists but at the same time I don't think I cared enough about the characters. I liked the format of the detectives in present day and how it would go back 56 days, 23 days, etc to get the back story but there were times that I would scan the paragraphs a bit when you are hearing the same moment but through the perspective of Ciara and then the perspective of Oliver. I’m glad I read it and do want to get through some of her other books like The Nothing Man. Synopsis: 56 DAYS AGO Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin the same week Covid-19 reaches Irish shores. 35 DAYS AGO When lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests that Ciara move in with him. She sees a unique opportunity for a new relationship to flourish without the pressure of scrutiny of family and friends. He sees it as an opportunity to hide who - and what - he really is. TODAY Detectives arrive at Oliver's apartment to discover a decomposing body inside. Will they be able to determine what really happened, or has lockdown provided someone with the opportunity to commit the perfect crime? #bibliophile #bookaddiction #bookishgirl #booklover #bookofthemonth #bookrecommendation #bookreview #bookstagram #bookstagrammar #bookworm #botmmember #currentlyreading #fictionmatters #fortheloveofreading #justread #readmorebooks #whatimreading #56days #booktalkers
“And so I try to be kind to everything I see, and in everything I see, I see him.” A Little Life follows Jude St. Francis, a man who has endured horrific trauma, pain, and loss, over the course of his life, primarily through his friendships with his three college friends. Have you ever read a book that was so good it made you question your other 5 ⭐️ reads? That was this book for me. While intimidating at over 700 pages, the writing is easy to read. I won’t say the book is easy to read, as there were a few times I had to put it down because the violence was just too difficult to get through. Yanagihara spares her characters no suffering. This story, the writing, the well-developed characters, were all so exquisite; I’ve not been able to pick up another book since finishing this one simply because I cannot let this story go. 5/5 ⭐️ Have you read this? What did you think?
Oh, October! 🍂 We really had the perfect fall weekend over here. Rainy day walks, pumpkin spice lattes, and scented candles with a good book on the side. Is fall in full swing where you are? . . . . . . #readingisfun #bookriot #booksbooksbooks #bookpile #allbookedup #ruthware #fictionmatters #readinglist #currentlyreading #selfcare #booklist #bookdragon #slowliving #bookworm #buzzfeedbooks #readingismagic #mybookstagram #readersofig #paperback #readmore #purewowbookclub #hyggelife #bookblogger #lovetoread #booksonbooks #amreading #currentread #alwaysreading #readingisfundamental
To be working-class in a middle class world is to be a ghost. Marginalised and excluded, it also means that you don’t quite exist. In order to become someone, or perhaps someone else, one must assimilate, particularly in the context of class. But this also means to kill off parts of who you are; how do you exist having experienced this symbolic death? Only with the melancholy of having lost one’s story, one’s origins, “and yet being unable to define what it is that has been lost”. In this book Cruz offers a powerful antidote to the melancholy of the working class, which isn’t without contradictions, as expected. No spoilers. Please please please read this book whether you’re working or middle class. For raising class consciousness is key to concrete and meaningful change in societies across the world. - This book is everything. It is intimate, intellectual without being too academic, and courageous. Expect endless references to Freud and Lacan, Fisher, Heidegger, Hegel. Throw in some Joy Division and the Jam in there, why not. Easily the best release of 2021. Thank you Cynthia Cruz.
I have wanted to read this book for a while. It is set in Japan and follows a Cat in her movements round Tokyo. It is a series of short stories that are all connected. It features loads of Japanese culture with even a manga short story. #book #bookstagram #bookrecommendations #booksofig #booksofinstagram #read #reader #reading #fiction #fictionmatters #radio2bookclub #bbcradio2bookclub
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In the quiet morning… #mondaymorning #morningreading #simonandschuster #laurenweisberger #whenlifegivesyoulululemons #reading #readingtime #readingaddict #ilovereading #abookisalwaysagoodidea #readingislife #books #booksbooksbooks #bookstagram #bookaddict #bookaholic #booklover #ilovebooks #booksaremagic #autumnreads #autumn #earlybird #morningpeace #lesen #leseliebe #bücher #bücherliebe #fiction #fictionbooks #fictionmatters
⭐⭐⭐⭐ It is the season for mysteries, right? So I needed a mood pick-me-up after the depressing Thérèse Raquin. I turned to dear Dorothy again, and the 4th Peter Wimsey mystery, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. Published in 1928, it is a bit already above in quality compared to the 3rd book in the series, which I reviewed recently. It is moodier, trickier, more delicate, and most importantly, more plausible. Those who have read them all assure me that every instalment is an improvement on the other. So I'm really looking forward to slowly discover her work. . When old General Fentiman dies suddenly on Armistice Day at his club, the Bellona, it is not so much a shock as an unpleasantness. A veteran of the Crimean War, he was really lucky just to have lived such a long and fulfilled life, considering everything. Another member of the Bellona, our aristocratic sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, still finds something odd with the old boy's departure to the Almighty. All the more so as it seems the General had a very rich estranged old sister who died approximately at the same time, after both had finally met again and reconciled. The coincidence would simply be an emotional denouement if the old sister hadn't left a very specific and annoying will. Who of the two died first? The answer to that question is half a million pounds. Wimsey and his Scotland Yard friend Parker are drawn into a merry-go-round of disappointed grandsons, efficient solicitors and butlers, and would-be chance heiresses of the artistic type. Astonishing discoveries follow each other until the rather unorthodox ending. . This book is not only about a mystery. It is a collection of people trying to avoid unpleasantnesses of all kind and is thus a great critique of British society in the 1920s. I love the way Sayers weaves social comment into the story: the difficult aftermath of WWI, the new position of women, (continued in the comments) ...
🇵🇰 This week I also read A Season for Martyrs by up-and-coming Pakistani novelist and journalist Bina Shah. The main narrative follows a young man, Ali, who is struggling to find his place as a journalist covering the arrival of Benazir Bhutto, the opposition leader who has returned home to Karachi after eight years in exile, his secret relationship with a forbidden Hindu woman, losing a friend in a deadly explosion, and getting involved in the People's Resistance Movement. In alternating chapters, we get a history of Pakistan from the time when mythical gods once protected the land, up to Bhutto's childhood. I enjoyed reading this book, but found myself more drawn into the modern storyline. I have thought about reading the main narrative without the historical chapters, then going back and reading the historical thread straight through separately, and may try to do that this week. I'm sure this is due to my reading books in such short snippets throughout the day. I get lost with anything that isn't a straightforward narrative. It was interesting to read about how Ali's politics differed so much from his parents, and the results of that on their lives. I am not usually drawn into stories that revolve so much around politics, but I enjoyed this story, probably because the characters were well drawn and seemed human. Therefore, I was able to learn more about Pakistani politics in the beginning of the 21st century. If you're looking for a book which gives you a glimpse into Pakistan's past, as well as its present I recommend you check this one out. I borrowed this book from my local library. 🇵🇰
Ove is a black & white & sometimes grumpy old man. Right is right, wrong is wrong period. But don’t judge a book by its cover, he has a heart as big as his witty personality. I enjoyed every minute spent with him & his relentless grumbling which had me lol. I loved all the characters & my heart was a little bigger by the end of it. He reminded me so much of Richard Hanson, aka Pops, that I was smiling through the whole book remembering my friends’ Dad & all his hysterical comments that I so fondly remember. Today is his Angel Anniversary. Miss you Pops🕊 . . #reading #instabook #bookstagram #igbooks #booksofinstagram #bookworm #booknerd #booklover #books #fictionmatters #amancalledove #fredrikbackman
Sweet but ultimately not for me. Have you ever met someone – maybe even dated – and thought they were great, but for some reason they just weren’t your cup of tea? You can see everything that’s good about them, how smart they are, how kind, how funny, most of all how good they could be for you, yet you can’t get yourself to feel what you know you should feel. This is how I felt about this book. It has all the ingredients of my kind of read: a working class African-American family in southern US, a multifaceted female narrator, an unwanted pregnancy, a secret relationship, a litter of puppies… There were many bits I loved, like the unexpected references to Greek mythology. Sentences like ‘seeing him broke the cocoon of my rib cage, and my heart unfurled to fly’ made me stop and search my memory for a time when I felt like that. But I couldn’t finish it. I felt uncomfortable all the way through the 150 or so pages I read. I kept picking the book up and putting it back down thinking maybe it’s me, maybe I’m not in the right headspace to be reading about what’s going on here. I went from thinking I was too emotionally involved in the plot to not involved enough to enjoy it. Then I started thinking perhaps this is not the kind of book you “enjoy”. What does it mean to enjoy a book, anyway? The only criticism I can articulate properly is that I felt like the narration was asking me to be sad. It wasn’t just a matter of this being a tragic story. The writing seemed to actively reach out and say “look how unfortunate these characters are, you should feel bad for them”. And I don’t like being told what to do. Ultimately I made the executive decision not to finish it. Like when you let go of a person who deserves someone to fully appreciate them, love them to the edge of worship for everything they are, I let go of this book knowing someone else (maybe you) will read it and love everything I couldn’t quite see in it.