Could a summer evening get more perfect? 😍 I’ve accepted the fact that you all are going to see a lot of the same books from me this summer since I’m reading long books and, well, those take awhile! I wish I was a little faster at reading so I could get more books done, but I’ve also been weirdly busy 🤷🏻♀️ such is life I guess. Still really happy with all of my book choices though! * Also, I have an important non-bookish question: what’s your favorite ice cream?? I’m not a big dessert person but in the summer I absolutely love a chocolate cone with rainbow sprinkles 😊 makes me feel like my inner child is alive and well. 🍦
Book #54 📚 This was my IRL book club pick this month. Based on true events The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a story of one man's way of surviving the horrid concentration camps during the war. Lale becomes the tattoist of the camp after it is discovered he can speak multiple languages. With this privileged position he risks his life to give his fellow prisoners extra food and even begins exchanging jewels and money from murdered Jews to help keep his fellow prisoners alive. Lale also meets a women named Gita who he instantly falls in love with and vows to keep them both alive so they can marry. Auschwitz and the Holocaust are hard subject matters to read about as they really happened. This book shows some of the hope and strength of humans to get through those dark days. I enjoyed hearing this story as I never knew about these jobs prisoners were given. Another good historical fiction read for me. I am really enjoying these type of books lately. What is your favorite historical fiction book? . . . #bookstagram#whatimreading#bookreview#bookish#booklove#booklover#currentlyreading#bookstagrammer#bookclub#thetattooistofauschwitz#historicalfiction#bookworm#booksbooksbooks#booksandnails
Took time to study + digest The Four Steps to the Epiphany and finally finished. This one breaks down the principles behind Lean Start-up. Key focus: identifying the market type of your new venture. . 3 market types: existing, resegmented (as niche or low-cost entrant), and new. . Depending on your market type, you’ll have different business model assumptions. Finances, sales, customer needs, etc. . Ignore assessing market type as part of your business-building at your peril. . Highly recommend this book for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. . #thefourstepstotheepiphany#leanstartup#mondayhustle
I revealed one of my deepest, darkest secrets in my stories on the weekend: I’ve never read To Kill a Mockinbird 📖🤭 A lot of you feel VERY passionately about how beautiful this book is so I’m diving right in! Is there a “must-read” book that you’ve never gotten around to? #rebelsofbookstagram#neverhaveiever
Early walk and a cuppa with this book was just the start I needed today. #toolsoftitans was a recommendation from a writer friend with whom I’m currently working on a blog post on productivity-her story of going from two years of writing nothing, to 23000 words in a month is so inspiring. This morning, this page, and in particular this quote, was just what I needed. Looking forward to much more where that came from in this book! “The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.” Neil Gaman #whatimreading#timferriss#leadership#coaching#facilitation#causewaycoach#brilliantbooks#motivation#authenticity#mondaymotivation#selfimprovement
New current read. I picked this up yesterday after I called time on The Magus. I’ve DNFd quite a few books this year. I wonder whether I’m being too flippant, or if it’s a symptom of reading books I’ve owned for years over a time when my tastes have matured, and which are often from a set reading list that I drew up 8 or 9 years ago. It may be a mixture of the two. I’m losing patience with books full of solely male perspectives, sexual fantasies and amateur philosophy, and am less willing to stick with a book I’m not enjoying just because it’s ‘good’. I am trying as much as possible to focus on the books I’ve owned longest to finish off my book ban so that I can start over with a revitalised stack of books all bought with current interests in mind. I’m getting there. What are your book goals? Have you ever struggled with aged tbr books that no longer meet your interests?
This is not a book for the faint hearted. But if you’re interested in learning how the brain works, DSM-IV, and what makes up bring a human’s psyche then it’s pretty interesting. Finally not one I could read in one sitting, as it gets pretty dark. I was intrigued in his curiosity and enjoyed the author’s mission to understand more. Has anyone else read this? 🌟🌟🌟
Weekend vibes: sit by the water with a book all day 📚🌊☀️ Finished book number 30 of the year and I loved this one so much! The book focuses on Calla, who lives in Toronto with her mom and step dad, and what happens when she flies to Alaska to spend time with her sick father who she hasn’t seen since her mom and her left Alaska when she was little. There was so many things about this book that I loved. I loved reading the parts set in Toronto and being able to picture exactly where it was taking place. I loved seeing Calla’s relationship with her Dad and everyone she meets in Alaska develop. The writing was super well done and I fell in love with all the characters. I love a book that brings out some kind of emotion when I’m reading it and wow did this book ever do that. I hadn’t had a book make me cry that much in a while 😭😭😭 The Simple Wild was definitely one of my favourites of this year and I can’t wait to read more K.A Tucker books soon! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I started reading The Mountain Between Us today and I’ve heard this one may make me cry again 😭 Excited to see what this one is all about! #bookstagram#booksofinstagram#igreads#bookrecommendations#bookcommunity#instabook#instareads#igbooks#readersofinstagram#readstagram#books#read #currentreads #whatimreading#bookclub #bookclubreads#bookphoto#junetbr#junereads#spiveys📚club #jillypresets#thesimplewild#katucker#themountainbetweenus
What are you reading these days? Does what you're reading reflect something about your life in the current moment? . . Lately I've been on a personal growth "kick." As a wife and mom I have felt lacking. I feel a pull to grow and develop myself. Who are we kidding though - I rarely even have time to read, so when I do, I wanna make it count. To me, that means reading mostly books that teach me and challenge me. I'm also the kinda girl who reads 2 books at once. This gives me variety, but doesn't overwhelm me like 3 books does. Oddly specific? Yep. That's me, too. 😏 . . So right now I'm diving into an excellent parenting book (Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by @pauldavidtripp) recently gifted to us. It is drastically helping me to see the bug picture with our kids right now. I was losing focus of God's design in all the messes of parenting. I'm grounding myself a bit more now, and focusing back on truly putting JESUS first as a mom instead of trying to control everything so dang much. Not super far into the book, but so far - AMAZING RESOURCE. I'm giving it 👍👍! . . I'm also learning all I can these days about the enneagram for personality typing and just to make me a better human/improve my emotional intelligence. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by @ianmorgancron is the best book I have found so far on the topic (also, follow @enneagramandcoffee on IG if ya dig the enneagrams much as I do!). Seriously SO HELPFUL and interesting! Frankly, it is directly impacting my marriage in a much needed positive way, and that alone has me all kinds of 😍🙌🤟👏😍🙌🤟👏. . . These 2 books are filling my soul in just the right way right now. I kind of don't want them to end! But they will soon enough, so then, that begs the question: what shall I read next??!
With The Burning Chambers, author Kate Mosse brings readers into the heart of the religious fervour of 15th century France. This novel has history, romance and some romance t’boot. . Thanks to St Martin’s Press and NetGalley for my copy. Link to my review in my BIO.
Okay, so, I can't say I ever really connected with any of the characters but the story did draw me in and I'm glad I gave this one a chance. Claire, while traveling in India, contracts an illness that causes many health problems including losing a large chunk of her memory. As the novel progresses, chapters are written from not only Claire's perspective, but those of her husband, Charlie, and their friend, Rachel. Secrets, frustrations and grudges come to light though often only to the reader since these people don't seem to have many real conversations with each other as no one wants to bring up old hurts or even recent missteps when one of them has no memory of the acts. Overall, while I didn't really care much for any of trio and the book didn't blow me away, the story felt realistic. I couldn't help thinking too how horrible it would be to lose myself as I am and have to rely so heavily on others. I did like the ending. I felt it coming and was happy to see it go that way. This is a debut novel. It'll be interesting to see where this author goes next. I won an ARC of this book from @algonquinbooks via a @Goodreads giveaway. All comments are my honest opinion. (Swipe for publishers description) #bookstagram#remindmeagainwhathappened @joluloff #whatimreading
Happy Sunday, friends! I’ll be celebrating the final hours of the weekend with The Invited and chocolate chip cookies (help, I’m addicted). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How are you winding up your weekend? Do you have any exciting plans for this coming week? I’m hoping to finish this book, catch up on my reviews, and, as far as real-life goes, run about 8,632 errands with my kids😎
For this week’s #unabridgedpodchallenge I am highlighting Persepolis 1&2. I originally read these for the @diversebooksclub and loved them. . Have you read these? What are your favorite #graphicnovels ?