I love to read! I used to practically live at the library...and then the Amazon Kindle came out! Now I live on Amazon! Thank goodness for Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited, because it’s alarming how much a person can spend, 99 cents at a time. I like funny murder mysteries with an occasional biography, self help, inspirational, or suspenseful book thrown in. I am always looking for that next good book to read, so what are your favorites? . . . . #ilovetoread#amazonprime#kindleunlimited#funnymysteries#whodunit#read#justsparkle#simplifylife#prettyfingernails
Women Who Run With The Wolves is my current read, spurred by @crnoel from sideline curiosity about this book to eagerly anticipating everything I stand to learn between its pages. Expect my stories to be full of @dr_clarissa_pinkola_estes quotes for weeks to come. 🐺 These are two of the cards I pulled this morning- both in regards to what guidance I needed for today: Defend/Dogwood and Seven of Wands. They are an example of the universe knowing something was coming before I did. The symbolism behind each of these cards became a grace on the day. I am grateful again for tarot/oracle cards and for @susannahconway ‘s #78mirrors class opening my understanding and intuition to them. 🐺 Last, but not least I’m thankful to my yesterday self who made snickerdoodle cookies for my today self to enjoy. My self-care gave back twice. (Baking is a stress relief.) By the way, if you haven’t tried The New Family Cookbook recipe from #americastestkitchen do yourself a favor and get on that because I don’t think there is a better one to be found. 🐺 The book is the Riderbook UK edition (@bookdepository keeps my shelves pretty. @thebooksheelf is right UK editions are usually better.) 🐺 The cards are from The Linestrider Tarot and The Hedgewitch Botanical Oracle both decks by @siolothompson 🐺
I can’t quite articulate why I liked Mesha Maren’s “Sugar Run,” one of “My Most Anticipated Books of Winter 2019” so much, but this was one bleak, but engrossing Southern noir that drew me in front the start. Searing, gritty, darkly atmospheric with exquisite prose, it’s a solid debut novel, and the writing was fantastic! . The novel weaves between two timelines, story jumps back-and-forth from present and 20 years before, following the lives of two women — Jodi, fresh out of prison after an 18-year sentence for killing of her girlfriend & desperate to escape her messy past & start fresh, and Miranda, a troubled young mother of three living in a motel, who just left an abusive relationship set against grim rural West Virginia. The story slowly unfolds as Jodi is released from prison and recollect events from her past that landed her in prison. Before heading back home in the Appalachian Mountains for a fresh start, Jodi first sets out South in search of someone she left behind twenty years ago. During that road trip, she meets Miranda, and they quickly become infatuated with each other and plans a future together without really understanding what they’re getting into. . Maren deftly incorporates love story of two damaged, troubled souls with issues surrounding poverty in rural America into her narrative — limitations on upward mobility for the underprivileged, drug dealing and addiction, lack of jobs & opportunities, fracking, bigotry, and gun violence. Characters are well-developed, description of surrounding so vivid, and it’s written with keen insight & full heart, author made me feel like I was in walking in characters’ shoes. difficult, dark read, and definitely not your next beach read as the story ends in heartache and violence, but it’s fascinating & powerful and that writing, so good! Highly recommend it! 🤓✌️📖 . . . .
Finished this book a few days ago and all I can say it OMG!!! Great book but I think I need to take a break from Peter Swanson and his psycho trillers! 🤣 Any recommendations for something lighter? #bookstagram#bookworm#ilovetoread#novels
"I am not a muse. I am the somebody. End of fucking story." 🤟🤘 Book: Daisy Jones & The Six Author: @tjenkinsreid Genre: Historical Fiction Rating: 🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵/5 This book is about the rise and fall of an iconic rock band in the 70's, told through each band member's point of view. 🎵🎵🎵 So what I love a about this book is that it is written as if you're watching a documentary - through interviews of the band members. Originally I started reading the book, but I felt that since there were seven distinct personalities we will be going through, listening to the audiobook would be a good idea. I am so glad I listened along because each narrator brought the character to life with their tones. The behind the scenes of the music was intense and through the audiobook you are able to hear the heartbreak, excitement, anger, and so much more. I love this book because the characters were so each to fall for and appreciate. The 70's were known for sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. This book did not skip a beat when integrating that all into this story. The interviews were believable and made connecting with each band member so natural. This book is such an amazing rollercoaster. 🎵🎵🎵 Have you read this book? Or, is this on your TBR list? "We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn't get much more obviously broken and more classically beautiful than Daisy Jones."
Hope everyone is having a great week so far! Thankfully it's a short week and the weekend is just around the corner. I finished reading Nine Perfect Strangers last week. 🧘♀️ This is my first book that I've read of #lianemoriarty . And all I can say is that I'm hooked!! I enjoyed her writing style and how her words just flowed on the page. It was one of those books that was hard to put down as there was never a dull moment. 🧘🏼♀️ The story of 9 perfect strangers takes place at a health resort/wellness centre called Tranquillum House. Each person, couple and family that booked the spa had their own personal reasons for wanting a change in their lives. They were hoping, at the end of their 10 days that they would be transformed, rejuvenated and ready to go back to their lives as changed people. Little did they know that the person who ran the resort had her own methods and ideas of how to transform people's lives. At the end of the 10 days, irregardless of her methods, everyone emerged as new people, having re-evaluated their current situations with a new outlook on life. 🧘🏽♀️ QOTD: Has anyone attended a meditation/yoga retreat? And how was your experience? It is something that I've always wanted to do. 🧘🏻♀️🧘🏼♀️🧘🏽♀️🧘🏾♀️🧘🏿♀️
The Lost Letter is another World War 2 story about resistance and love. It is a story that weaves the past and the present together and does so beautifully. The story of Kristoff and Elena takes place in war torn Austria. Kristoff and Elena engrave stamps for the Germans as well as forge papers for others on the run. Katie(Kristoff ‘s daughter) finds her father’s stamp collection and with the help of a philatelist discovers an unusual stamp with a hidden edelweiss. This stamp and a letter lead Katie to a tale of love, sacrifice and memories. Jillian Cantor has woven the past and present together in a most beautiful way. #thelostletter#jilliancantor#historicalfiction#worldwar2#booksofinstagram#ilovetoread
The reading bug bit me again. Got a library card at the end of March for the kids to get books to reach their reading goals in school and I have become OBSESSED!! I’ve read 20 books so far, this will make 21 when I finish it, but with summer coming I need book suggestions to add to my Goodreads app. So hit me up with some books to read!! What are your favorites? I like to read all kinds of books so recommend them all to me please!! . . . #bookworm#nerd#library#ilovetoread#needsuggestions#bookrecommendations
Chemo has been SUPER rough on me the past couple months, so reading has had to take a backseat. But, I’m Starting this book tonight! Here is the synopsis: May 1940 - Paris. On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Claire hears the devastating news: the German army has invaded her homeland, and her beloved Paris has fallen. Within months, her life is turned upside-down. She takes in an orphaned Jewish toddler only days before her beloved German-born husband Remy is forcibly conscripted into the Nazi army. In desperation she connects with other young members of the French Resistance, determined to fight back in whatever way she can. Armed only with her wits and her 35mm camera, she looks for the one photograph that will expose the Nazi horror for what it is. When her rebellion is discovered and Claire is sent to Auschwitz, she knows her moment has arrived. A Nazi officer, hiding in the shadows of Auschwitz, commits an unspeakable atrocity, a war crime. Can Claire help bring down the beast who emerged from Auschwitz? Or will her secret evidence die with her as the SS hunts her down? @johnellsworth_author #historicalfiction#wwii#wwiihistoricalfiction#bookstagram#amreading#bookworm#whatimreading#booklove#bibliophile#igreads#booksactually#bookblog#bookcommunity#bookishfeature#bookstagramfeature#booksharks#bookphotography#booklife#ilovetoread
Mesmo com tantos pontos polêmicos que podem vir a enfrentar Lilia M. Schwarcz (professora no departamento de Antropologia da USP) e Flávio Gomes (Doutor em História Social pela Universidade Unicamp) no apresenta um livro sobre uma história que não é uma história fictícia, esse livro é composto por 50 textos críticos organizado por temas sobre os conceitos de escravidão e liberdade indígena e Africana no Brasil. Fica impossível nos aprofundarmos em uma única resenhas nos 50 textos selecionados, mas a ideia aqui é trazer esse livro como uma leitura obrigatória para ser feita e refeita durante a vida, aqui nós somos levados a pensar sobre nosso lugar de fala, sobre o conceito de ser livre ou de ser escravo ou ainda sobre "África durante o comercio Negreiro" , "Africanos Livres" , " Castigos físicos e legislação", "Imprensa Negra", "Literatura e escravidão" entre outros recortes. Quando lembramos o fato que o Brasil foi o último país há abolir a escravidão mercantil, devemos lembrar que ainda há muitos outros tipo de escravidão que está criando um sistema estrutural de desigualdade até hoje. E apesar desse fato ter ocorrido a mais de um século, torná-lo passivo é construir um novo tipo de escravidão velada na atualidade, independente do texto que você ler dentro desse livro, a sensação de contemporaneidade é bem assustadora, não é a toa que a possibilidade de um jovem negro ser assassinado pela polícia nos dias de hoje são infinitamente maiores do que um jovem branco e essa desigualdade não está ligada apenas a segurança, mas também a venerabilidade social como um todo. Esse livro é um tremendo presente, uma ótima seleção de recortes sobre o assunto, quase uma obra de arte, o projeto gráfico do livro contém uma jacket que quando desdobrada se transforma num poster e o miolo contém um caderno de ilustrações que dá imagens ao que o texto descreve. #resenhaelb#companhiadasletras#escravidao#amoler#instalivros
Test Prep with a Twist: Escape Room My 8th graders finished growing on their iReady Diagnostic test and were able to join the fun! I made a Digital Escape Room for the activity today and it was SO fun watching them figure it out 😍 Their successes and celebrations (both big and small) were AWESOME to watch. 🤩 We started with 5 seconds of insanity for my students who wanted to hear the cacophony of buzzers, but most wanted to get started anyway. They were working SO hard! A few groups even broke through one or two of the three “rooms”!! 😳 A lot of groups were too quick for me to even record much! Since they chose their partners/groups, this was very rewarding because they mostly held each other accountable 😍😍😍 To go through the “rooms”, they read their first passage and answered their questions (hopefully using strategies along the way!!) and put them in on the computer. They would put their answer choices in as one one sting of letters for the “code”, but if it didn’t go through- at least one of their answer choices were incorrect. The twist was that it was THEIR job to figure out which questions were incorrect 😏 Before they started, I gave each group three chips (one per passage packet) and a buzzer to use if they got stuck. Most students waited until THIS point to ask for help 😉 I would then put checks on their correct answers and circle key words to guide them in the right direction for the other ones. I loved all the “I told you so” and the “I knew it” comments, because I IMMEDIATELY responded to each with “🤷🏾♀️ ... 😏 guess you weren’t convincing enough. Use more evidence next time!” Today was fun. And I’d be willing to bet that I wasn’t the only one who thought that! 😌 #testprepwithatwist#successful#favoriteoneyet#eog#eogtestprep#partneractivity#kindnessmatters#readingisimportant#lovemyjob#lovemystudents
Whoo hoo! Happy Wednesday! I just took my kids to see Detective Pikachu 🕵️♂️and it was awesome! Super funny and we all loved it! I know this series is older but it’s still great! Here is the synopsis:Henry Atherton thinks his life is spinning out of control. But nothing prepares him for the invisible portal in old man Fogarty's backyard . . . and the unexpected stranger who comes through it. Pyrgus Malvae, crown prince of the Faerie realm, is on the run. Too many people want the rebellious young heir dead: a scheming sorcerer, a powerful demon, the malignant leader of the Faeries of the Night, and maybe even a hidden traitor within his father's court. Henry and Pyrgus come from very different worlds, but it may be up to Henry to save all of Faerie from being conquered by the Nightside, even if it means crossing over to a magical realm where nothing is ever what it seems . . . and no one can be trusted. I’m missing the 5th book but this is a great series and I highly recommend. Have you read the Faerie Wars series🧚🏻♂️? And what are your thoughts? Comment below ⬇️ * * * * * * * * * * #faeriewars#faerie#book#booksandmead#bookaddict#readersofig#readersofinstagram#ilovebooks#ilovetoread#booknerd#yabooks#yafantasy#fantasyfiction
Q O T D: Are you a seasonal reader? I tend to be for some things and once June starts approaching I get itchy to read at least one "wedding" themed contemporary romance. So I was really excited when I found this book, JUST ONE OF THE GROOMSMEN by Cindi Madsen. It comes out May 28 and it's the first in the Getting Hitched in Dixie series. Link in bio.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Addison Murphy is the funny friend, the girl you grab a beer with—the girl voted most likely to start her own sweatshirt line. And now that one of her best guy friends is getting married, she’ll add “groomsman” to that list, too. She’ll get through this wedding if it’s the last thing she does. Just don’t ask her to dive for any bouquet.⠀ .⠀ When Tucker Crawford returns to his small hometown, he expects to see the same old people, feel comfort in the same old things. He certainly doesn’t expect to see the nice pair of bare legs sticking out from under the hood of a broken-down car. Certainly doesn’t expect to feel his heart beat faster when he realizes they belong to one of his best friends.⠀ .⠀ If he convinces Addie to give him a chance, they could be electric…or their break-up could split their tight-knit group in two.⠀ .⠀ Hiding the way he feels from the guys through bachelor parties, cake tastings, and rehearsals is one thing. But just as Tucker realizes that Addie truly could be the perfect woman for him—he was just too stupid to realize it—now she’s leaving to follow her own dreams. He’s going to need to do a lot of compromising if he’s going to convince her to take a shot at forever with him—on her terms this time.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #romancebooks#romancenovel#romancereads#whattoread#readersofig#booksbooksbooks#bookishlove#booksarelife#readingaddict#ilovetoread#readingiscool#prettybooks#igreads#bookstagramfeatures#bookstagramer