The university was a little bit like my high school cafeteria. I learned quickly where I belonged and rarely ventured into the orbit of the popular crowd
How to Fail at Flirting - Denise Williams
If you don’t think the song “money, money, money” by ABBA is literally Lily and Remus, then are you really a Marauders era fan?
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My favourite book shop is open again! I managed not to go overboard though and just picked up a couple this time.
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To Re-read, or Not To Re-read?
To Re-read, or Not To Re-read? That is the question...
I’ve recently started to re-read the ACOTAR series in preparation of reading A Court of Silver Flames (I know – I’m about 2 months behind everyone else) and I’ll be honest – I’ve never re-read a book before.
I feel like this is outrageous because there are so many books/series that I look back on and say “Oh I love that book!” or “That’s one of my favourite series!” but in truth, I’ve read it…
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Not been good lately. Too many negative comments in the indie book world dealing with book length, release dates, and only reading when series are complete. Tbh it makes me want to quit all social media and quietly release my books. 😔 It's frigging hard seeing that stuff constantly, and I don't think most readers realize this. . #bookstagram #igreads #booknerdigans #bookworm #bibliophile #bookaddict #books #booknerd #kimmersbooks #bookphotography #instabooks #readersofinstagram #bookgram #booksofig #booksofinstagram #bookporn #coverlove #booklife #bookaddict #booklover #bookblogger #bookcommunity #instaread #reverseharem #cmwondrak https://www.instagram.com/p/CNpuIAaLVrd/?igshid=1vkw9e2e3by2m
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I JUST FOUND THE WILL + TESSA THEME SONG.
For all the people that have watched the Beauty and the Beast movies (both animated and the real life version,idk what u call it.)
I'm sure that we have heard the song...
Both Belle and Beast describe Tessa and Will's characters and story sooo much.
Not to mention, in the last part of the song When Misses Teacup and the other objects start singing, I can imagine Bridget, Sophie, Charlotte, Gideon and even Henry singing.
There is also a Violin in the background, AND I JUST IMAGINE JEM PLAYING IT FOR THEM.
LISTEN TO IT PLEASEE
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Wednesday, April 14th
rainy days, online classes, tea & books
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Click for quality :) I was going through my camera roll and found this photo from last year! Not much has changed - the same desk, same laptop, same iPad, same amount of work.
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04/14/21 - instagram, goodreads
📕 NEW BOOK REVIEW 📕
For At the End of the Matinee by Keiichiro Hirano
⚠️ CW: off-page suicide, depression, PTSD ⚠️
📕 BLURB 📕
Classical guitarist Satoshi Makino has toured the world and is at the height of his career when he first lays eyes on journalist Yoko Komine. Their bond forms instantly.
Upon their first meeting, after Makino’s concert in Tokyo, they begin a conversation that will go on for years, with long spells of silence broken by powerful moments of connection. She’s drawn by Makino’s tender music and his sensitivity, and he is intrigued by Yoko’s refinement and intellect. But neither knows enough about love to see it blooming nor has the confidence to make the first move. Will their connection endure, weaving them back together like instruments in a symphony, or will fate lead them apart?
📕 MY TAKE (SPOILERS) 📕
I *crack's knuckles* have lots to say.
I fell asleep twice during the 1st half because the characters have very little depth to them. Makino's entire personality revolved around him being a classical guitarist. Yoko's essentially the 40-year-old version of an early-2010s teenage Not Like Other Girls YA character. Their attraction relies heavily on the other's accomplishments and the romanticized view that they have of each other. Naturally, I was surprised when things escalated on the FIRST DATE. I found nothing romantic about Makino telling Yoko (who is ALREADY ENGAGED) “if you ever killed yourself, Yoko, I’d kill myself too,” and then asked her to LEAVE HER FIANCE AND MARRY HIM.
After the whole "romantic" first date debacle I just tuned out for most of the first 150 pages. Then the second half turned into one of those daytime soap operas you binge as a guilty pleasure, and I decided to tough it out.
It felt like an excruciatingly long read with a cliched story. I was annoyed with every conversation with a side-character that wasn't Jalila, Richard, or Sanae, because everyone else existed to remind us that Makino's music career was tanking, or that Yoko is beautiful (but doesn't know it!) and good at nearly everything. All of these conversations were each about 5 pages of unnecessary text!!
I will say that Hirano did a good job of portraying the fragility of mental health and the effects of depression and PTSD on patients and their loved ones. It also has some good passages that make you reflect on love, life, and one's purpose.
I found it hard to root for Yoko and Makino. The subplots featuring Jalila's quest for political asylum, Richard's storyline, and Sanae obsession with Makino were much more interesting than the main couple's love affair. This contemporary romance novel was not for me. It might be for people who like a doomed "love at first sight" story.
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Who is planning on planting a garden this Spring?! We are! I am definitely modifying what we usually plant due to the crushing disappointment of groundhogs ruining most of my garden last year, but I am planning on planting an amazing herb garden.
Thank you to @onipress and @netgalley for the gifted ARC of The Sprite and The Gardener by Joe Whitt and Rii Abrego! This adorable graphic novel will be out May 2021!
Synopsis from the publisher: Long, long ago, sprites were the caretakers of gardens. Every flower was grown by their hand. But when humans appeared and began growing their own gardens, the sprites’ magical talents soon became a thing of the past. When Wisteria, an ambitious, kind-hearted sprite, starts to ask questions about the way things used to be, she’ll begin to unearth her long-lost talent of gardening. But her newly honed skills might not be the welcome surprise she intends them to be. The Sprite and the Gardener, the debut graphic novel by Joe Whitt and Rii Abrego, is bursting with whimsical art and vibrant characters. Join our neighborhood of sprites in this beautiful, gentle fantasy where both gardens and friendships begin to blossom.
This uplifting and inspiring graphic novel would be perfect for elementary school ages on up. This was an adorable tale of how even one person or sprite can make a difference, but when an entire community comes together the results are nothing less than magical! This graphic novel is a must add for school libraries, with its story being a perfect match for so many science, and social skill curriculum objectives. Beyond that though, even as an adult reading this graphic novel, it left a smile on my face and left me excited to get back into my garden.🧚🏻
My Favorite Quotes from
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
This book is so beautifully written I can't even - 😭
Page 21 - "I respect you (she addressed silently him in person) in every atom."
Page 22 - "How did one judge people, think of them? How did one add up this and that and conclude that it was liking one felt or disliking?"
Page 35 - "the most perfect was flawed"
Page 37 - "human relations, how flawed they are, how despicable, how self-seeking, at their best."
Page 39 - "how we know nothing"
Page 41 - "They became part of that unreal but penetrating and exciting universe which is the world seen through the eyes of love."
Page 42 - "how life, from being made up of little separate incidents which one lived one by one, became curled and whole like a wave which bore one up and threw one down with it, there, with a dash on the beach."
Page 55 - "Her horizon seemed to her limitless."
Page 78 - "People soon drift apart,"
Page 79 - "What does one live for? Why, one asked oneself, does one take all these pains for the human race to go on?"
Page 105 - "And all the lives we ever lived, And all the lives to be, Are full of trees and changing leaves,"
Page 147 - "What is the meaning of life? That was all - a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years. The great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark."
Page 170 - "she was a person to whom one could say what came into one's head."
Page 175 - "Love had a thousand shapes."
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Wolf Baited by Eliza Gayle
Yay for mates! I love it when it just happens, and even more so when one, or both, insist on denying it. This book had all that, and more, with some suspense, and some heartaches. Loved the characters and how different they were, but still connected and cared. This book had me waiting for the magic moment between these two, and it did not disappoint when it came!
Having fun isn't hard when you've got a library card.
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Look what came in the mail!! I just got the subscription.
Has Rule of Wolves taken over my life? Yes. Do I have regrets? Absolutely not ⚔️✨
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just finished The Knife of Never Letting Go and I just want to hug Tod and Viola
Thank you Netgalley for this Arc! ❤
In the Ravenous Dark by A. M. Strickland is an intense and dark story full of dangerous magic and romance.
Rovan lives in Thanopolis with her mother and has been hiding that she is a blood mage her whole life. However, all of that changes one day at the market place when Rovan's current lover is in danger and she uses blood magic to save her. The story continues with Rovan becoming a member of the life at the palace and mixing with royals while learning more about what exactly being a blood mage in Thanopolis entails.
One of my favorite aspects to this book was the way A.M. Strickland wrote about gender and sexuality. I love how Rovan and her friends were able to talk about this and be who they truly are, at least around each other.
Get ready for a fast paced and action packed story full of magic and love!
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