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  • #peace ... because couldn’t we all use a little more of it?
  • #peace ... because couldn’t we all use a little more of it?

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  • “I was deeply interested in the idea of self-recognition… When [Percy] doesn’t recognize herself, it’s deeply disturbing on a personal level — she is not self-aware about who she’s been, who she is, or what she wants. I think we can be enamored of the idea that we are the ones who determine who we are, but is it possible that you can’t know yourself until you make connections with others?” — Jessi Jezewska Stevens discussing her debut novel with Publisher's Weekly (See our Stories for link to full PW feature).
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The Exhibition of Persephone Q will be published on March 3, 2020 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
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#jessijezewskastevens #theexhibitionofpersephoneq @fsgbooks @publisherswkly #debutnovel #fiction #newfiction #tbr #publishersweekly
  • “I was deeply interested in the idea of self-recognition… When [Percy] doesn’t recognize herself, it’s deeply disturbing on a personal level — she is not self-aware about who she’s been, who she is, or what she wants. I think we can be enamored of the idea that we are the ones who determine who we are, but is it possible that you can’t know yourself until you make connections with others?” — Jessi Jezewska Stevens discussing her debut novel with Publisher's Weekly (See our Stories for link to full PW feature).

    The Exhibition of Persephone Q will be published on March 3, 2020 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

    #jessijezewskastevens #theexhibitionofpersephoneq @fsgbooks @publisherswkly #debutnovel #fiction #newfiction #tbr #publishersweekly

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  • I’m about half way through this and am still not able to decide if it is a true story or not lol.
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*November Book Bingo: There’s a dramatic family dinner*
  • I’m about half way through this and am still not able to decide if it is a true story or not lol.





    *November Book Bingo: There’s a dramatic family dinner*

  •  2  1  10 hours ago
  • I fell in love with a boy who feared Oblivion and the girl who was obsessed with "An Imperial Affliction". Whenever I hear "Okay", I am reminded of them. Okay. 
Just Hazel and Gus became part of me from the time I was introduced to them. 
They taught me almost everything about life. We think too much about existing for a long time than living and that's the whole point of this book.
One of my favorite author said, Words are the inexhaustible source of magic. And this book is one proof. 
Reading this over and over again because one can't get over it.
As heart tears apart bit by bit, the sound of rain helps you feel and heal the pain.

And that's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.🌼
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Do follow @crushedgreyflower if you like my writings 🌼
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Had posted this in my personal account but I wanted it to be here too. 🥀
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#augustuswaters 
#hazelgrace 
#thefaultinourstars 
#johngreen 
#infinities 
#life
#bibliophile 
#bookstagram
#books
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#literature 
#teenfiction
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  • I fell in love with a boy who feared Oblivion and the girl who was obsessed with "An Imperial Affliction". Whenever I hear "Okay", I am reminded of them. Okay.
    Just Hazel and Gus became part of me from the time I was introduced to them.
    They taught me almost everything about life. We think too much about existing for a long time than living and that's the whole point of this book.
    One of my favorite author said, Words are the inexhaustible source of magic. And this book is one proof.
    Reading this over and over again because one can't get over it.
    As heart tears apart bit by bit, the sound of rain helps you feel and heal the pain.

    And that's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.🌼
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    Do follow @crushedgreyflower if you like my writings 🌼
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    Had posted this in my personal account but I wanted it to be here too. 🥀
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    #augustuswaters
    #hazelgrace
    #thefaultinourstars
    #johngreen
    #infinities
    #life
    #bibliophile
    #bookstagram
    #books
    #reading
    #literature
    #teenfiction
    #fiction

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  • Flatland- A Romance of Many Dimensions

I never thought that having a witchcraft practice would lead me to read a novel about a literal Square, but I have had at least one, maybe two synchronicities about this book, and I don’t use the word synchronicity loosely. 
First recommended by Gordon White on Rune Soup, Flatland follows the story of a Square who lives in 2 dimensional space Flatland, which is all it knows. Along comes into the 3rd dimension a spherical being, which Square sees as a circle. Square is hoisted up into the 3rd dimension, from where it can see a completely new perspective on Flatland, where Square can see ‘into’ the houses and the insides other denizens of Flatland and is astonished by this revelation. 
With the metaphor of Flatland in hand, we can see how consciousness phenomena like telepathy, remote viewing, OBT, and UFO abductions might ‘work’, even though this metaphor isn’t our final cosmological resting place. 
Excited to dive in!

#flatland
#books
#runesoup
#fourthdimension
#mathematics
#fiction
#magic
#victorianliterature
#paganism
#witchcraft
#traditionalwitchcraft
#psi
#consciousness
  • Flatland- A Romance of Many Dimensions

    I never thought that having a witchcraft practice would lead me to read a novel about a literal Square, but I have had at least one, maybe two synchronicities about this book, and I don’t use the word synchronicity loosely.
    First recommended by Gordon White on Rune Soup, Flatland follows the story of a Square who lives in 2 dimensional space Flatland, which is all it knows. Along comes into the 3rd dimension a spherical being, which Square sees as a circle. Square is hoisted up into the 3rd dimension, from where it can see a completely new perspective on Flatland, where Square can see ‘into’ the houses and the insides other denizens of Flatland and is astonished by this revelation.
    With the metaphor of Flatland in hand, we can see how consciousness phenomena like telepathy, remote viewing, OBT, and UFO abductions might ‘work’, even though this metaphor isn’t our final cosmological resting place.
    Excited to dive in!

    #flatland
    #books
    #runesoup
    #fourthdimension
    #mathematics
    #fiction
    #magic
    #victorianliterature
    #paganism
    #witchcraft
    #traditionalwitchcraft
    #psi
    #consciousness

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  • COCKED by Anthony Reginald D’Souza
  • COCKED by Anthony Reginald D’Souza

  •  2  1  10 hours ago
  • JL Stevens©️
  • JL Stevens©️

  •  5  1  10 hours ago
  • I’m asking myself a question.  Do I have to learn something from a book to value it?  This is an interesting story but I’m having trouble finding the purpose of it. Maybe I take reading too seriously. #thismustbetheplace #maggieofarrell #fiction
  • I’m asking myself a question. Do I have to learn something from a book to value it? This is an interesting story but I’m having trouble finding the purpose of it. Maybe I take reading too seriously. #thismustbetheplace #maggieofarrell #fiction

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  • [STAFF PICKS] Emily Porter reviews THE SWEETEST FRUITS by Monique Truong | ⠀
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They say we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but when searching for a new title to sink my teeth into I tend to be an incredibly visual person. The rich blue and alluring floral wreath on the cover of Monique Truong’s new book, The Sweetest Fruits, drew me in instantly. I’m glad it did, because the way Truong composes her novel is just the type of writing I pine for—the type of writing that makes you want to skip all of your responsibilities in order to ravish the pages until you take in every word. My mind felt irrevocably in sync with hers while reading this novel, made me yearn for more, and has me itching to read everything Truong has published. (She has also written Book  of Salt,  which I plan on picking up soon.)⠀
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Troung takes a narrative approach with a historical backbone in The Sweetest Fruits, one that lures the reader in, wanting to know all aspects of the amazing women who encompassed the shy, yet prolific writer Patricio Lafcadio Hearn—known for his Japanese legends and ghost stories, as well as a Creole cookbook. The reader is guided by the memories of these women, the memories of a birth, two marriages, and a great loss that is woven through their pasts with Hearn. We are introduced to a strong yet oppressed Greek woman, Rosa Antonia Cassimati, a tenacious boardinghouse cook who was born into slavery, Alethea Foley, a strong Japanese daughter of a samurai, Koizumi Setsu, and the journalist who bundled together their stories to create a biography so the world would know of Lafacdio Hearns intimate detailed life, Elizabeth Bisland. All of these women knew Hearn in different capacities and had a unique impact on who he would become as a writer and as a person, which made these women incredibly crucial characters in his life. ⠀
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Read the rest on our blog →http://porchlightbooks.com/blog⠀
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Link in bio!
  • [STAFF PICKS] Emily Porter reviews THE SWEETEST FRUITS by Monique Truong | ⠀

    They say we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but when searching for a new title to sink my teeth into I tend to be an incredibly visual person. The rich blue and alluring floral wreath on the cover of Monique Truong’s new book, The Sweetest Fruits, drew me in instantly. I’m glad it did, because the way Truong composes her novel is just the type of writing I pine for—the type of writing that makes you want to skip all of your responsibilities in order to ravish the pages until you take in every word. My mind felt irrevocably in sync with hers while reading this novel, made me yearn for more, and has me itching to read everything Truong has published. (She has also written Book of Salt, which I plan on picking up soon.)⠀

    Troung takes a narrative approach with a historical backbone in The Sweetest Fruits, one that lures the reader in, wanting to know all aspects of the amazing women who encompassed the shy, yet prolific writer Patricio Lafcadio Hearn—known for his Japanese legends and ghost stories, as well as a Creole cookbook. The reader is guided by the memories of these women, the memories of a birth, two marriages, and a great loss that is woven through their pasts with Hearn. We are introduced to a strong yet oppressed Greek woman, Rosa Antonia Cassimati, a tenacious boardinghouse cook who was born into slavery, Alethea Foley, a strong Japanese daughter of a samurai, Koizumi Setsu, and the journalist who bundled together their stories to create a biography so the world would know of Lafacdio Hearns intimate detailed life, Elizabeth Bisland. All of these women knew Hearn in different capacities and had a unique impact on who he would become as a writer and as a person, which made these women incredibly crucial characters in his life. ⠀

    Read the rest on our blog →http://porchlightbooks.com/blog⠀

    Link in bio!

  •  4  1  11 hours ago
  • Rough sketching (really rough) some of my fractured Princes XD can you guess who goes with what classic fairytale? I'll give you 2 hints--they have nothing to do with Disney, and there's some role reversals in my versions of the stories. 
Hey just for fun--if someone can match all the characters to the fairytales and their roles I'll send you a copy of "Rayalyn part 1" 😁 (see @foxbanditwriter if you're not sure what I'm talking about)
  • Rough sketching (really rough) some of my fractured Princes XD can you guess who goes with what classic fairytale? I'll give you 2 hints--they have nothing to do with Disney, and there's some role reversals in my versions of the stories.
    Hey just for fun--if someone can match all the characters to the fairytales and their roles I'll send you a copy of "Rayalyn part 1" 😁 (see @foxbanditwriter if you're not sure what I'm talking about)

  •  0  1  11 hours ago
  • Edgar Allen Poe- manic lunatic or misunderstood genius? I like to think a little of both. Having read both his horror/thriller stories and his murder mysteries, I’m inclined to say his true genius lie somewhere between the two. The man had a way with descriptions that sends chills down your spine whether your reading something as gory as The Tale Tell Heart or one of his tamer tales, The Purloined Letter. .
To me, Poe presents an classic example of an individual that channeled their personal tragedies into fiction, creating worlds where his own feelings of horror, grief,and fear could reside without hindrance. .
The stories he gave us in this particular book, however, show the more calculated side of the man. His investigator Dupin, the forerunner to such literary behemoths as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, examines evidence with a cold and logical formula, arriving at his precise conclusions in a matter of seconds. While we may attribute this method to Holmes, it is certainly Dupin who has both pioneered and mastered it. .
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#bookstagram #book #murdermystery #edgarallanpoe #augustedupin #detectivestory #mystery #fiction #classicsliterature #literature #librariesofinstagram #bookshelf #bibliophile #bookreview #bookrecommendations #classictalesofdetectionandadventure
  • Edgar Allen Poe- manic lunatic or misunderstood genius? I like to think a little of both. Having read both his horror/thriller stories and his murder mysteries, I’m inclined to say his true genius lie somewhere between the two. The man had a way with descriptions that sends chills down your spine whether your reading something as gory as The Tale Tell Heart or one of his tamer tales, The Purloined Letter. .
    To me, Poe presents an classic example of an individual that channeled their personal tragedies into fiction, creating worlds where his own feelings of horror, grief,and fear could reside without hindrance. .
    The stories he gave us in this particular book, however, show the more calculated side of the man. His investigator Dupin, the forerunner to such literary behemoths as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, examines evidence with a cold and logical formula, arriving at his precise conclusions in a matter of seconds. While we may attribute this method to Holmes, it is certainly Dupin who has both pioneered and mastered it. .
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    #bookstagram #book #murdermystery #edgarallanpoe #augustedupin #detectivestory #mystery #fiction #classicsliterature #literature #librariesofinstagram #bookshelf #bibliophile #bookreview #bookrecommendations #classictalesofdetectionandadventure

  •  5  0  11 hours ago
  • 👁‍🗨 FICTION II✖️ Chapitre 2 ✍🏻 S’attendant à ce que Noor réagisse comme cela, Leïla ne fût pas du tout surprise de sa réaction. Même si elle n’était pas surprise l’intonation de sa voix blessa quelque peu l’infirmière espérant secrètement que sa fille cadette soit plus compréhensive surtout en vue de ce qu’elle lui avait dit à l’hôpital quand elle avait su pour la grossesse de sa mère... Pour lire la suite :

https://www.fanfictions.fr/fanfictions/demain-nous-appartient/11501_leila-samuel-un-amour-complique/40318_episode-2-542/lire.html
Bonne lecture🤓
#demainnousappartient #dna #dnafamily #fiction #leilabeddiar #leilainlove #samuelinlove #samueila #samuelinlove #samueila4ever #samiralachhab #axelkiener
  • 👁‍🗨 FICTION II✖️ Chapitre 2 ✍🏻 S’attendant à ce que Noor réagisse comme cela, Leïla ne fût pas du tout surprise de sa réaction. Même si elle n’était pas surprise l’intonation de sa voix blessa quelque peu l’infirmière espérant secrètement que sa fille cadette soit plus compréhensive surtout en vue de ce qu’elle lui avait dit à l’hôpital quand elle avait su pour la grossesse de sa mère... Pour lire la suite :

    https://www.fanfictions.fr/fanfictions/demain-nous-appartient/11501_leila-samuel-un-amour-complique/40318_episode-2-542/lire.html
    Bonne lecture🤓
    #demainnousappartient #dna #dnafamily #fiction #leilabeddiar #leilainlove #samuelinlove #samueila #samuelinlove #samueila4ever #samiralachhab #axelkiener

  •  11  0  11 hours ago
  • Stop giving people the fuel they need to set us on fire
Shot by @mrobinnaobioma 
Model @bu.kola
  • Stop giving people the fuel they need to set us on fire
    Shot by @mrobinnaobioma
    Model @bu.kola

  •  71  8  11 hours ago
  • Snap by Belinda Bauer. 4/5 stars. 
3 children are stuck in a car, on a lay-by waiting for their mother to come back from the emergency phone. She never does. 
The story follows Jack in the search for how his family adapt to this new life without their mother in it (Hint- it’s not what you think..).
You follow 11 year old Jack in his decisions he makes and the challenges he faces. 
He is also trying desperately hard to find out where his mother went, and why. 
This book had me hooked from the very beginning. I really felt for Jack and the struggles he had to face. The book progresses the perfect page and get more and more interesting as the plot thickens. 
The reason I knocked off a star was that the last chapter of the book seemed to Come from nowhere and was incredibly fast paced and unlike any other chapter previous. The story went by so fast that I struggled to connect with the characters in that scene. All in all it was a fantastic, classic British thriller that needs to go on your Christmas list! Have you read Snap? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
  • Snap by Belinda Bauer. 4/5 stars.
    3 children are stuck in a car, on a lay-by waiting for their mother to come back from the emergency phone. She never does.
    The story follows Jack in the search for how his family adapt to this new life without their mother in it (Hint- it’s not what you think..).
    You follow 11 year old Jack in his decisions he makes and the challenges he faces.
    He is also trying desperately hard to find out where his mother went, and why.
    This book had me hooked from the very beginning. I really felt for Jack and the struggles he had to face. The book progresses the perfect page and get more and more interesting as the plot thickens.
    The reason I knocked off a star was that the last chapter of the book seemed to Come from nowhere and was incredibly fast paced and unlike any other chapter previous. The story went by so fast that I struggled to connect with the characters in that scene. All in all it was a fantastic, classic British thriller that needs to go on your Christmas list! Have you read Snap? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

  •  8  1  11 hours ago
  • Update: words have been written. ⁣
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I haven't said much about how NaNo is going but a few of you lovely people have been asking so I thought I'd give you a bit of an update:⁣
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It started off really well, but then I got some bad news and ended up putting everything else to one side for about a week whilst I dealt with what was happening. ⁣
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Today, I managed to pick it back up again and wrote a solid 4k, bringing my total up to 18k. I don't think it'll be a win this year, but I'm being kind to myself because at least I know I'm still trying. ⁣
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Biggest struggles at the moment are:⁣
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- my plot not being as developed as I'd like.⁣
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- having to write 3k every day for the rest of the month to make 50k!⁣ ⁣
- swapping tenses. I never normally have a problem with this but I think my mind is just a bit all over the place! 😂⁣
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How is NaNo looking for you?? ⁣
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#bookstagram #booknerd #bibliophile #yaromance #booksbooksbooks #bookaesthetic #bookishlife #fiction #bookstagram #readerlife #tbr #nanowrimo⁣
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  • Update: words have been written. ⁣

    I haven't said much about how NaNo is going but a few of you lovely people have been asking so I thought I'd give you a bit of an update:⁣

    It started off really well, but then I got some bad news and ended up putting everything else to one side for about a week whilst I dealt with what was happening. ⁣

    Today, I managed to pick it back up again and wrote a solid 4k, bringing my total up to 18k. I don't think it'll be a win this year, but I'm being kind to myself because at least I know I'm still trying. ⁣

    Biggest struggles at the moment are:⁣

    - my plot not being as developed as I'd like.⁣

    - having to write 3k every day for the rest of the month to make 50k!⁣ ⁣
    - swapping tenses. I never normally have a problem with this but I think my mind is just a bit all over the place! 😂⁣

    How is NaNo looking for you?? ⁣

    #bookstagram #booknerd #bibliophile #yaromance #booksbooksbooks #bookaesthetic #bookishlife #fiction #bookstagram #readerlife #tbr #nanowrimo

  •  11  0  11 hours ago
  • Re-reading this masterpiece and shaking my head at how Disney simply cant match these stories. Some silly Billy’s have tried to say Darth Bane is OP and use it as justification for Rey being perfect at everything. The difference is that Darth Bane had his nose, cheek bone and jaw broken, his wrist shattered and half his ribs fractured in one fight before biding his time for months, studying the ancient Sith texts at night to come back and overcome his opponent. Rey beat an apparently superior enemy because... female? A character is only as fascinating as the obstacles they overcome. Disney’s characters, Rey in particular, are seemingly perfect just because. Anyone wants to read awesome Star Wars stories I recommend abandoning the current media and starting with this. You won’t be disappointed. #starwars #disney #darthbane #bane #thebest #peaceisalie #thereisonlypassion #sithlord #sith #pathofdestruction #bookstagram #books #legend #uk #monday #9to5 #fun #literature #fiction #thedarkside
  • Re-reading this masterpiece and shaking my head at how Disney simply cant match these stories. Some silly Billy’s have tried to say Darth Bane is OP and use it as justification for Rey being perfect at everything. The difference is that Darth Bane had his nose, cheek bone and jaw broken, his wrist shattered and half his ribs fractured in one fight before biding his time for months, studying the ancient Sith texts at night to come back and overcome his opponent. Rey beat an apparently superior enemy because... female? A character is only as fascinating as the obstacles they overcome. Disney’s characters, Rey in particular, are seemingly perfect just because. Anyone wants to read awesome Star Wars stories I recommend abandoning the current media and starting with this. You won’t be disappointed. #starwars #disney #darthbane #bane #thebest #peaceisalie #thereisonlypassion #sithlord #sith #pathofdestruction #bookstagram #books #legend #uk #monday #9to5 #fun #literature #fiction #thedarkside

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  • New commissions sent over to PBS, and new short story up on the site!
I wrote this last spring and am pleased to see it accompanied by gorgeous imagery by @ktlangleyphotography, featuring the effervescent model @iamkaylamarque!

When Kat’s twin brother Pharaoh brings her a photograph that he finds at a garage sale, she isn’t expecting to be undone by what she sees: a near doppelgänger sharing a life she’s never known, adorned in a black silk gown and stooped elegantly over a black baby grand, the small pearl of a tear holding fast to her chin.

As Kat moves through her own life’s memories, recalling the cruelty of her foster mother and the ways piano was both her secret solace and a constant reminder of a life out of reach, Kat is forced to face painful truths about her family, her future, and the music that remains trapped inside her, the melody as elusive as her dreams on the horizon.

Link in bio, thanks for reading 🖤

#writersofinstagram #shortstory #amwriting #fiction
  • New commissions sent over to PBS, and new short story up on the site!
I wrote this last spring and am pleased to see it accompanied by gorgeous imagery by @ktlangleyphotography, featuring the effervescent model @iamkaylamarque!

    When Kat’s twin brother Pharaoh brings her a photograph that he finds at a garage sale, she isn’t expecting to be undone by what she sees: a near doppelgänger sharing a life she’s never known, adorned in a black silk gown and stooped elegantly over a black baby grand, the small pearl of a tear holding fast to her chin.

    As Kat moves through her own life’s memories, recalling the cruelty of her foster mother and the ways piano was both her secret solace and a constant reminder of a life out of reach, Kat is forced to face painful truths about her family, her future, and the music that remains trapped inside her, the melody as elusive as her dreams on the horizon.

    Link in bio, thanks for reading 🖤

    #writersofinstagram #shortstory #amwriting #fiction

  •  3  0  11 hours ago
  • Got another 5 star review when I wasn’t looking. Although the book only has 8 reviews so far - THEY’RE ALL 5 stars! While we’re hard at work on finishing Book 2, visit our profile and click the link to purchase Book 1 on Amazon for $3.99 today. FREE for download with Kindle Unlimited.
  • Got another 5 star review when I wasn’t looking. Although the book only has 8 reviews so far - THEY’RE ALL 5 stars! While we’re hard at work on finishing Book 2, visit our profile and click the link to purchase Book 1 on Amazon for $3.99 today. FREE for download with Kindle Unlimited.

  •  2  1  11 hours ago
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. The Viking Press. 1961. $10 shipped.
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. The Viking Press. 1961. $10 shipped.

  •  3  1  11 hours ago
  • The Wake-up Call
She was clueless and being taken advantage of. Things were about to change, for everyone.
To read this and other stories just click on the link in my Bio.
  • The Wake-up Call
    She was clueless and being taken advantage of. Things were about to change, for everyone.
    To read this and other stories just click on the link in my Bio.

  •  0  1  11 hours ago
  • I still have space on my shelf for more books.📚 Santa🎅 I've been a good girl this year.👼 #shelfiesunday
  • I still have space on my shelf for more books.📚 Santa🎅 I've been a good girl this year.👼 #shelfiesunday

  •  78  14  17 November, 2019

Top #fiction Posts

  • Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid’s Tale. “We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”
  • Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid’s Tale. “We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”

  •  828  6  12 hours ago
  • Thank you @tandemcollectiveuk for my free copy of So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter! A little outside of my usual comfort zone, but I’m finding more and more that books that push me out of that zone are a lot of fun! This book certainly serves up a tonne of cheeky fun, but there are more serious themes tackled here too.
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The story is told via the alternating perspectives of Ruby and Beth (and occasional Instagram posts from social media celebrity Lauren). Ruby is struggling to manage a health condition which severely affects her self esteem, as well as struggling to bond with her three and a half year old daughter as a single mum. Beth is a wedding planner, planning the celebrity wedding of the year with her assistant Risky while her husband (who refuses to touch her) looks after their newborn son at home.
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I read half of of So Lucky on the train and honestly I was snorting with laughter, praying the person behind me couldn’t read it 😂 I liked how O’Porter embraced female sexuality, and Risky was hilarious if a little over the top at times. The characters are far from perfect people, but she makes them likeable all the same in the end. She also made a great point about how often, even today, dads performing at the bare minimum are lauded are super dads when actually they are just BEING A PARENT and the mother would be expected to do all that and more with not a glimmer of recognition.
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Social media also plays a large role in the book, as the third character, Lauren, is initially portrayed as having the perfect life on Instagram, reminding us that while it might seem like everyone’s having a grand old time on the Internet, you never know what’s going on in their lives or their inner struggles - I’m not sure whether this would have been more effective a few years ago, OR whether the bookstagram corner of the internet is just more open with their struggles, but I feel like people are more aware now of the pitfalls of social media. Still, it’s good to be reminded and some people might still not realise this!
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A saucy, funny, quick read!
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3/5⭐️
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#abreadsandreviews2019
  • Thank you @tandemcollectiveuk for my free copy of So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter! A little outside of my usual comfort zone, but I’m finding more and more that books that push me out of that zone are a lot of fun! This book certainly serves up a tonne of cheeky fun, but there are more serious themes tackled here too.
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    The story is told via the alternating perspectives of Ruby and Beth (and occasional Instagram posts from social media celebrity Lauren). Ruby is struggling to manage a health condition which severely affects her self esteem, as well as struggling to bond with her three and a half year old daughter as a single mum. Beth is a wedding planner, planning the celebrity wedding of the year with her assistant Risky while her husband (who refuses to touch her) looks after their newborn son at home.
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    I read half of of So Lucky on the train and honestly I was snorting with laughter, praying the person behind me couldn’t read it 😂 I liked how O’Porter embraced female sexuality, and Risky was hilarious if a little over the top at times. The characters are far from perfect people, but she makes them likeable all the same in the end. She also made a great point about how often, even today, dads performing at the bare minimum are lauded are super dads when actually they are just BEING A PARENT and the mother would be expected to do all that and more with not a glimmer of recognition.
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    Social media also plays a large role in the book, as the third character, Lauren, is initially portrayed as having the perfect life on Instagram, reminding us that while it might seem like everyone’s having a grand old time on the Internet, you never know what’s going on in their lives or their inner struggles - I’m not sure whether this would have been more effective a few years ago, OR whether the bookstagram corner of the internet is just more open with their struggles, but I feel like people are more aware now of the pitfalls of social media. Still, it’s good to be reminded and some people might still not realise this!
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    A saucy, funny, quick read!
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    3/5⭐️
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    #abreadsandreviews2019

  •  999  24  21 hours ago
  • It’s been awhile since I shared a picture of my book tower. I absolutely love waking up to this view each morning. Eventually it’s my goal to fill it with @bookofthemonth books because they are all the same size, and that is something that brings my bookish heart joy. In the mean time I’m enjoying the mismatchedness of it until it’s all filled with BOTM books.
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Also loving all this beautiful fall light that streams through this window.
  • It’s been awhile since I shared a picture of my book tower. I absolutely love waking up to this view each morning. Eventually it’s my goal to fill it with @bookofthemonth books because they are all the same size, and that is something that brings my bookish heart joy. In the mean time I’m enjoying the mismatchedness of it until it’s all filled with BOTM books.
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    Also loving all this beautiful fall light that streams through this window.

  •  4,012  39  16 November, 2019
  • Fernando Pessoa - The Book of Disquiet. “The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.”
  • Fernando Pessoa - The Book of Disquiet. “The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.”

  •  3,226  28  17 November, 2019