Another appearance by Baloo, I love his little paws 😍 • The Name of the Wind is a classic fantasy novel which I find hard to resist, and it’s written really well. The story is told by the mysterious protagonist, reflecting back on the events of his life and how he came to be who he is now. I really need to get my hands on the second book to continue this story! 😄
• “Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.” •
'A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him.' Nothing could be truer.
From Byron, Nietzsche, Shelley, to Capote, Brodsky, Ethan Hawk and the Clooneys - everyone who has experienced Venice has been bedazzled by this architectural marvel. And it is writers like Morris who have managed to pin down the magic of the city without compromise or intellectual flatulence.
I read Jan Morris's (pen name) Venice just after I'd visited the city - the best time to read it, because it felt like an extension of my meagre holiday. Its amazing that she wrote the book when she was just 21. Venice can be overwhelmingly beautiful to the first time visitor, inspiring a kind of dizzying myopia. Only, on stepping away, or looking away every once in awhile, can one truly understand how deeply embedded and how pervasive and eternal the idea of beauty is this tiny island.
Everywhere you look - the churches, the street lamps, the small wrought iron balconies dotted with flowers, the boats, the terriers in their smart collars, the cats slinking into the serpentine shadows, the caramel peeling paint - everthing comes together to paint you a delicious, living picture.
Morris explains it best: 'It is a gnarled but gorgeous city: and as the boat approaches through the last church-crowned islands, and a jet fighter screams splendidly out of the sun, so the whole scene seems to shimmer - with pinkness, with age, with self-satisfaction, with sadness, with delight. The navigator shows away his charts and puts on a gay straw hat: for he has reached that paragon among landfalls, Venice.' Yes , Venice is crowded and touristy. Yes, the canals are murky and filthy. But somehow none of that matters when you're there. If you're heading to this gorgeous island city, this is a must read.
Good morning! I hope you all have a lovely day ✨☕️
I read Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennet last week and really enjoyed it! If you’re looking for a fun, sweet, heartwarming contemporary then check out her books! Starry Eyes is her latest and it involves a romance between old best friends and camping out under the stars! It’s perfect reading for summer ☺️ thanks @simonkidsuk for sending it my way! Has anyone else read her books? Which is your fave? Mine is Alex Approximately! ✨
Definitely a good enough read but not my favorite in this genre 🤓 He Will Be My Ruin was my first book by KA Tucker and certainly wouldn't be my last. I really enjoyed the storytelling style and the twisted mystery in here. However I was a bit disappointed by the main character Maggie, I couldn't believe some of the decisions she took, and also the romance in this was anything but satisfying, so all in all three stars for this one ⭐⭐⭐
If you've read books by KA Tucker, tell me which one is your favorite ☺😊
🎉🎉⭐⭐GIVEAWAY⭐⭐🎉🎉 Welcome to my Stop of The Accidental Guardian by @maryconnealy Bookstagram Tour! This is the 1st book in the #HighSierraSweethearts series fr #BethanyHouse . ❤❤ An exciting #Western Romance with a gorgeous cover! .
When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes the hand behind the attack as the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he’d finally carved out a home and started a herd–while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail, driving off dangerous men. He’d
hoped those days were over, but the latest attack shows he was wrong.
Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace offers the only shelter for miles around, and agrees to take them in until she can safely continue. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling–yet enticing.
Working to survive the winter and finally bring justice to the trail, Trace and Deborah find themselves drawn together–yet every day approaches the moment she’ll leave forever.
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I am currently going through my vintage books to create a happy corner in my bedroom to display beauties such as this...The Bobbsey Twins At The Seashore by Laura Lee Hope. Also organizing other random treasures.
Myasthenia Gravis Health Update: Part 1 of 2
Since last week I finally had my appointment with the neurophysiologist who initially diagnosed me with Myasthenia Gravis. One of things she initially said to me was “You do not look comfortable at all” Hallelujah and Thank-you. 📜
After a barrage of physical tests to examine my muscle strength, going over all and possible paper work, past tests and history, I do have Myasthenia Gravis. My previous blood work said I was not positive, but all my Single Fibre and other nerve tests came back positive.
My local neurologist still will not say I have Myasthenia Gravis. She performed her own nerve EMG test and she says it is normal. She is treating me for Myasthenia symptoms since clinically I show MG symptoms. But she still thinks that I have something else. 🤷🏻♀️
This neurophysiologist is stepping in and taking over because she believes my symptoms are not being managed correctly. I would have to write a novel to list her concerns. Now I am in the processs of being weaned slowly of the steroids. The 60-70lbs I have gained in water retention and regular weight are making my MG symptoms worse. I will also start taking Tacrolimus which is a generic for Prograf, Protopic and Astagraf. I will off the Cellcept in a month if all goes well. I am still on Mestinon. Yippe! And I will still be taking my “massive dose of Bactrim DS”three times a week.
The same day as my appointment with the specialist, she ordered new blood work that I had done at the Hospital there. I will also have a complete breathing test that will involve sitting in a booth one hour before my next appointment with her. That appointment is in 3 months. Overall the day at the University of Chicago was good but exhausting. They ran out of wheelchairs and I did the whole day with just the rollator. I may have cried on the way home, but I did it✊🏼. (Part 2 in comments below) ⬇️
Spending my day procrastinating not wanting to leave my hot water bottle. I’ve spent all year whinging about the heat and waiting for it to be cold and now that it’s finally here I want it to be warm again! .
Does anyone have a favourite character from the wheel of time series? I thought I would be sad with not getting as much Rand as the first two books but there are so many good characters I haven’t minded at all😊
When you’ve got some time to kill on the way to your friend’s house, you’re close to one of the best book resell stores ever, and you have a “slight” addiction to awesome books you may end up with a little stack of new bookie friends riding shotgun home with you. 📚❤️🤷🏼♀️
Can you believe I’ve never read a book by Karin Slaughter? She’s a hugely popular mystery/thriller writer and I see her books all the time, but have yet to read her. I also learned today that she founded the Save the Libraries project, a nonprofit that supports libraries 🙌🏼
Pieces of Her releases on August 21! Thank you @williammorrowbooks for the advance copy. 🙏🏼 Full summary below ⤵️
What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?
Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She’s knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Gullaway Island; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?
But all that changes when a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one will ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.
Twenty-four hours later Laura is in the hospital, shot by an intruder who’s spent thirty years trying to track her down and discover what she knows. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumbs of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .
❝There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.❞
💬 What/who got you into reading?
One of my classmate in college got me into reading. It all started with Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy. I know that series is a really erotica but after reading that I push myself into reading genres of mental illnesses, contemporary, new adult and then fantasy.
Hey everyone! Monday is one of my pain-in-the-ass-weekday since I have to wake up as early as 4am to go to work and now I feel restless. 😢🤦🏼♀️ ——————————————————————————
Book 19 - “Ask Me About My Uterus” by @abbymnorman. The author chronicles her ongoing struggle to have her Endometriosis and possibly related symptoms taken seriously by many medical professionals. The common refrain is she’s too anxious or it’s all in her head - words that have been flung at women through decades, which the author also delves into from a historical perspective. I was so interested in reading this book as I myself have spent a lot of time going to my doctors asking them to believe me about women’s-health pain related issues and finding some of the best answers and help through my own research. The book really resonated with me; I give it 4.5/5 ✨ and a big 👏 to the author. #bookstagram#booksbooksbooks#booksofinstagram#emilys2018readinglist