"You had so many ways of deciding which way to live your life. It made his head spin to think of them." 📚 📚 In West, widowed mule breeder Cy Bellman reads that colossal ancient bones have been discovered in Kentucky and he sets out from his Pennsylvania farm to see them for himself, and see if the monsters still roam in the uncharted wilderness beyond the Mississippi River. He leaves his daughter with his sister and promises to be back in two years. 📚 There are some books you enjoy while you are reading but then can't really remember after you put down, and there are books you not only remember everything about them, but you find yourself thinking about them long after you have finished reading them. West definitely falls into the latter category for me. 📚 The book is so small I don't want to say too much and ruin it for someone else. But I will say the book drives home just how hard frontier life was when your only hope of getting a letter home to your loved ones was giving it to a stranger and hope he doesn't lose it, or die, or get lost and when you had to describe features in the land to give directions because there were insufficient maps. But these are trivial because at its heart the story is about following your life path, making choices to pursue the known or the unknown and the need to recognize that each choice has a cost. Ultimately you find yourself wondering how much you are willing to pay (and not in money) to pursue a dream. 📚 📚 📚 #readingcommunity#bookreviews#bookreviewer#fortheloveofbooks#readallthebooks#whattoread#bookstagram#bookstagrammer#igreads#igbooks#bibliophile#booklove#bookworm#booknerd#booklife#bookcommunity#alwaysreading#bookaholic#bookgram#booksofig#readersofig#instaread#bookpeople#bookcollection#bookphoto#scribner#simonandschuster
🤯 Blown away by this review 🤯 Thank you 😭😭😭 #repost @helenwhistberry · · · · 🐺The Wicked Wolves of Windsor by Byrd Nash is a thoroughly enjoyable collection of short stories that range from a twist on Red Riding Hood in the title tale to originals that read like timeless folktales to some more modern stories that still have a generous serving of magic and wonder. . Like all good fables, many of the tales have a moral to impart, but in the gentlest, most entertaining way, and served up with a good dose of surprise and even a little horror like so many classic fairy tales. . My favorites are probably, appropriately enough, The Queen's Favorite, which reads like a wonderful legend that has been handed down through the generations, and A Society of Heartless Women, which seems like a horror story by way of Jane Austen's droll sense of humor about the foibles of high society. . . The author skillfully changes the language and tone of her pieces as she moves between modern and more classical fairy tale settings, and many of the stories certainly have the potential to be turned into full-length novels that expand on the fascinating mythology they create. A great example of writing that pays homage to traditional storytelling while giving it a fresh and modern edge. @byrd_nash . #kindle#bookreviews#books#amreading#fairytale#readers#readingcommunity#writingcommunity#fairytales#shortstories#amreadingfantasy
The Wicked Wolves of Windsor by Byrd Nash is a thoroughly enjoyable collection of short stories that range from a twist on Red Riding Hood in the title tale to originals that read like timeless folktales to some more modern stories that still have a generous serving of magic and wonder. Like all good fables, many of the tales have a moral to impart, but in the gentlest, most entertaining way, and served up with a good dose of surprise and even a little horror like so many classic fairy tales. My favorites are probably, appropriately enough, The Queen's Favorite, which reads like a wonderful legend that has been handed down through the generations, and A Society of Heartless Women, which seems like a horror story by way of Jane Austen's droll sense of humor about the foibles of high society. The author skillfully changes the language and tone of her pieces as she moves between modern and more classical fairy tale settings, and many of the stories certainly have the potential to be turned into full-length novels that expand on the fascinating mythology they create. A great example of writing that pays homage to traditional storytelling while giving it a fresh and modern edge. @byrd_nash . #kindle#bookreviews#books#amreading#fairytale#readers#readingcommunity#writingcommunity#fairytales#shortstories#amreadingfantasy
#whyimareader . Today I’m sharing why I am a reader, how I became a reader, and what reading means to me. I hope you’ll take the time to read my story. . In early elementary school, I wasn’t a very good reader at all. I finished second grade almost failing, barely on a kindergarten level, hating to read, basically hating school. I was discouraged because I was behind the other students who had begun to take notice. My mom, who graduated Valedictorian of her graduating class and placed a high value on learning and reading, was having none of it. She took me everyday to our local library and made me select a book. While she would cook dinner, I would read. After dinner, we sit on the couch or lay in my Rainbow Brite canopy bed and she would help me sound out the words. In the beginning, I fought her long and hard. However, my determined mother was consistent, persistent and encouraging. Pretty soon, I began to enjoy it. Naturally, the more I read, the better I got. Mine was a home of turmoil but books and those quiet times spent exploring other worlds became my lifeline. . The first day of 3rd grade was a magical day. As the teacher had us do readalouds to determine our skill levels, I noticed she seemed in awe. She brought other teachers in to listen and pretty soon all eyes were on me. They decided I’d be placed in the 5th grade reading group much to my delight. No one could stop talking about my progress and wanted to know what tutor my mom had hired. They were amazed as I told them about our simple summer routine. . My life has been completely different because of books and reading. I can’t imagine a world where everything we want to learn is at our fingertips. I’m so thankful to my mom, for the gifts of reading and words and knowledge. I’ve learned so much without entering a classroom. . Those elementary and middle school years I read pretty much anything I could get my hands on. However, among my most beloved were The Babysitters Club. I read
“When he died, all things swift and beautiful and bright would be buried with him.” . . The Song of Achilles is the third Madeline Miller piece I’ve read. While Circe and the short story Galatea still held the magic of classic myth, as well as being well written, and intriguing stories - I didn’t have an emotional response. This isn’t something I require a story to lift from me, but I do need to have ~ all of the feels ~ to rate a book highly. . Achilles as a character, before I read Miller’s novel, always seemed very one dimensional - arrogant, selfish, and only focused on personal achievements. Patroclus’ narration turns the demigod into a human in such a fascinating way. Achilles is complicated and pulled in so many directions - staying faithful to his heart, his family, and himself. Madeline Miller knows how to accentuate a character, that’s for sure. Don’t tell Homer, but I prefer this retelling to the Iliad 😬 . The saddest thing about my experience with The Song of Achilles is that I’m out of Madeline Miller to read (but the Classicist in me adores that this myth is widely reaching a modern audience). . . . What myths/fables/legends are your favorite? Did The Song of Achilles break you too?
✨Cԋσσʂҽ Yσυɾ Oɯɳ Aԃʋҽɳƚυɾҽ✨ • I've been seeing these around and I thought it would be fun to do every once in a while. Hope you enjoy it! 🌿 • • You enter a deep, dark wood on an important quest. Hanging gnarled branches and thick brambles block any discerning path. You hear a rustling to your right! Your magical creature companion is here to assist you! What is it? • • Ⓐ The descriptor depends on your zodiac sign: • ★ Aquarius: Energetic ★ Pisces: Sassy ★ Aries: Silly ★ Taurus: Giant ★ Gemini: Invisible ★ Cancer: Speedy ★ Leo: Fierce ★ Virgo: Ancient ★ Libra: Fire-breathing ★ Scorpio: Poisonous ★ Sagittarius: Fluffy ★ Capricorn: Flying • • Ⓑ The type of creature depends on the last digit of your age: • ★ 0: Yeti ★ 1: Dragon ★ 2: Kelpie ★ 3: Phoenix ★ 4: Basilisk ★ 5: Jackalope ★ 6: Griffin ★ 7: Chupacabra ★ 8: Unicorn ★ 9: Sprite • • Ⓒ Lastly, what's your quest? • We're going to use predictive text! • ❝My __________ (the magical creature from the answer above) and I are on an important quest to ______________.❞ • • Mine is: ❝My Sassy Yeti and I are on an important quest to kill the first two weeks of the Wind.❞ 😂😂😂 Haha, what? • • 🌙🌿🌙🌿🌙🌿🌙🌿🌙🌿🌙🌿🌙🌿🌙🌿🌙 • I was tagged by the lovely Kasey @bookkased to do the #behindthebookstagrammer tag • 🍃Nickname? Banana. My coworkers, students, and a handful of friends would call me 🍌. • 🍃Eye color? Dark brown. 🍫 • 🍃Star sign? Pisces ♓️ • 🍃Lucky number? I have a few: 18 🍀 • 🍃Favorite subject? Always literature, but history was a close second. Plus anything artistic. 📖 • 🍃Favorite color? Like a cranberry red or purplish wine red. 🍷 • As usual, I've tagged a handful of friends to complete
Welp. I’m talking myself into it. I’m in need of a few beta readers for the prologue of my novel D.O.V.E. This will give me a sense of how someone beta reads and lets that person determine if they’re interested in reading more of the story! D.O.V.E is a New Adult Paranormal story that follows Sam, a hunter at the Department of Vampire Extermination. Dealing with the death of her parents and partner she is hellbent on avenging them but diving into work and well, exterminating. Triggers: Violence/death, addiction and some language. DM if you’re interested! . . . #amediting#writingcommunity#readingcommunity#betareaders#betareadersneeded#critiquepartners
👁🥛”’Delimitation is always difficult. The world is one, life is one. The sweetest and most heavenly of activities partake in some measure of violence- the act of love, for instance; music, for instance.” 👁🥛 . . . . . ✨What are some of your favorite classics? One of my all time favorites is A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I feel like the movie is more popular, but I prefer the book. Have you read it?
. . . "L'intensité d'une amitié, ça vous fait une joie pour mille ans, c'est comme un amour, ça vous rentre par le nombril et vous inonde tout entier. Ça ne se mesure pas en mois." . . . Extrait de "Et soudain, la liberté", de Évelyne Pisier . . . Photographie : Steeve Buissine