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  • Today was the kind of day in which I had to deal with about a thousand things I knew were coming - both work and personal - and about a thousand more unwelcome surprises. I just walked in after a 14 hour day in which I didn't read or listen to a single word, and I am so exhausted I can't even think about sleep. Just let me sit here and stare into space for a bit, please!

    But I want to make sure I do at least one nice thing for myself today, so I am going to ask for YA sports/romance recommendations! It is something I really like but don't find many books for, especially with girl athletes, with the right balance of reality and lightheadedness. The Game Can't Love You Back was one of my favorite read last year, and I also enjoyed The Harper Effect a lot, although opinions seem to be split about it. I'd include Kasie West's On the Fence here, which I love, and also Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross, which I recently read and enjoyed, but what else?

    #swoonreaderschallenge - sports romance
    #bookish #bookstagram #bookgeek #booknerd #booklove #booklover #bibliophile #bookaholic #bookworm #instabook #bookgram #bookaddict #instabook
  • Today was the kind of day in which I had to deal with about a thousand things I knew were coming - both work and personal - and about a thousand more unwelcome surprises. I just walked in after a 14 hour day in which I didn't read or listen to a single word, and I am so exhausted I can't even think about sleep. Just let me sit here and stare into space for a bit, please!

But I want to make sure I do at least one nice thing for myself today, so I am going to ask for YA sports/romance recommendations! It is something I really like but don't find many books for, especially with girl athletes, with the right balance of reality and lightheadedness. The Game Can't Love You Back was one of my favorite read last year, and I also enjoyed The Harper Effect a lot, although opinions seem to be split about it. I'd include Kasie West's On the Fence here, which I love, and also Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross, which I recently read and enjoyed, but what else?

#swoonreaderschallenge - sports romance
#bookish #bookstagram #bookgeek #booknerd #booklove #booklover #bibliophile #bookaholic #bookworm #instabook #bookgram #bookaddict #instabook
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  • QOTD: What’s a book/series someone recommended to you that you’re grateful you read?
    My Answer: The Chemical Gardens by Lauren DeStefano and The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer were both recommended to me by some friends of mine. I love all these books for different reasons and am so grateful my friends pushed me to read them!
    🥀 #bookstagram
    🥀 #bookish
    🥀 #bookworm
    Author: Lauren Destefano (@laurendestefanoauthor)
    Book: Wither
    Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction, YA
    #bookscoasttocoastfeb19 - Day 20: Underrated Book
    🥀 #laurendestefano
    🥀 #wither
    🥀 #thechemicalgardens
    The clever @clockwork_bibliophile tagged me to do the #strongwomeninlittag !
    •America Singer from The Selection by Kiera Cass
    •Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Percy Jackson
    •Claire Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    •Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
    •Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    •June from Legend by Marie Lu
    •Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    •Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth
    I tagged a few accounts, but feel free to join!
    🥀 #read
    🥀 #reader
    🥀 #reading
    “I'll tell you something about true love. There's no science to it. It's as natural as the sky.”- Wither
  • QOTD: What’s a book/series someone recommended to you that you’re grateful you read?
My Answer: The Chemical Gardens by Lauren DeStefano and The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer were both recommended to me by some friends of mine. I love all these books for different reasons and am so grateful my friends pushed me to read them!
🥀#bookstagram
🥀#bookish
🥀#bookworm
Author: Lauren Destefano (@laurendestefanoauthor)
Book: Wither
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction, YA
#bookscoasttocoastfeb19- Day 20: Underrated Book
🥀#laurendestefano
🥀#wither
🥀#thechemicalgardens
The clever @clockwork_bibliophile tagged me to do the #strongwomeninlittag!
•America Singer from The Selection by Kiera Cass
•Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Percy Jackson
•Claire Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
•Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
•Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
•June from Legend by Marie Lu
•Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
•Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth
I tagged a few accounts, but feel free to join!
🥀#read
🥀#reader
🥀#reading
“I'll tell you something about true love. There's no science to it. It's as natural as the sky.”- Wither
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  • "Mau saya tinggal seumur hidup di rumah sakit ini," katanya pada suatu hari kepada seorang juru rawat yang datang untuk satu keperluan.
    ㅤㅤ
    Tentu saja boleh," kata juru rawat itu sungguh-sungguh. Samin puas mendengar jawaban yang diharap-harapkan keluar dari mulut juru rawat itu.
    ㅤㅤ
    Saya betah tinggal di sini. Coba saja, makan tinggal makan, minum tinggal minum. Tidak perlu saya mencangkul sejak pagi hingga sore. Tidak perlu saya kepanasan, kehujanan."
    ㅤㅤ
    Ah, Bapak, kalau tidak ada orang mau mencangkul, kalau tidak ada orang menyiangi sawah, siapa yang akan menjadi petani? Siapa pula yang akan menghasilkan beras. Siapa pula yang akan memberi makan orang-orang sakit itu? Tugas Bapak sebagai petani pantas dipuji. Bapak harus percaya, tinggal di sini karena mengingat jasa Bapak yang sudah Bapak kerjakan bertahun-tahun bagi kepentingan orang lain. Bapak tidak bisa selamanya tinggal di rumah sakit ini. Karena itu, Bapak berilah perintah apa saja kepada kami, memintalah kepada kami apa saja selama Bapak masih di sini. Pasti keinginan Bapak itu akan terlaksana. Saya senang hati Bapak tetap tinggal di sini. Namun tidak adil kalau hanya Bapak yang harus tinggal, sedangkan yang lain harus pegi. Selain itu, petani-petani yang lain juga patut mendapat kehormatan yang sama untuk tinggal di sini. Kalau semua petani mau tinggal di sini, bukan saja beras tidak dihasilkan, tempat ini akan penuh sama sekali."
    ㅤㅤ
    Soesilo Toer; Dunia Samin
  • "Mau saya tinggal seumur hidup di rumah sakit ini," katanya pada suatu hari kepada seorang juru rawat yang datang untuk satu keperluan.
ㅤㅤ 
Tentu saja boleh," kata juru rawat itu sungguh-sungguh. Samin puas mendengar jawaban yang diharap-harapkan keluar dari mulut juru rawat itu.
ㅤㅤ 
Saya betah tinggal di sini. Coba saja, makan tinggal makan, minum tinggal minum. Tidak perlu saya mencangkul sejak pagi hingga sore. Tidak perlu saya kepanasan, kehujanan."
ㅤㅤ 
Ah, Bapak, kalau tidak ada orang mau mencangkul, kalau tidak ada orang menyiangi sawah, siapa yang akan menjadi petani? Siapa pula yang akan menghasilkan beras. Siapa pula yang akan memberi makan orang-orang sakit itu? Tugas Bapak sebagai petani pantas dipuji. Bapak harus percaya, tinggal di sini karena mengingat jasa Bapak yang sudah Bapak kerjakan bertahun-tahun bagi kepentingan orang lain. Bapak tidak bisa selamanya tinggal di rumah sakit ini. Karena itu, Bapak berilah perintah apa saja kepada kami, memintalah kepada kami apa saja selama Bapak masih di sini. Pasti keinginan Bapak itu akan terlaksana. Saya senang hati Bapak tetap tinggal di sini. Namun tidak adil kalau hanya Bapak yang harus tinggal, sedangkan yang lain harus pegi. Selain itu, petani-petani yang lain juga patut mendapat kehormatan yang sama untuk tinggal di sini. Kalau semua petani mau tinggal di sini, bukan saja beras tidak dihasilkan, tempat ini akan penuh sama sekali."
ㅤㅤ 
Soesilo Toer; Dunia Samin
  •  2  1 9 hours ago

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  • @hatchardspiccadilly is the oldest bookshop in London, established in 1797. I love its squeaky stairs, beautiful flower arrangements and of course its huge collection of books.
  • @hatchardspiccadilly is the oldest bookshop in London, established in 1797. I love its squeaky stairs, beautiful flower arrangements and of course its huge collection of books.
  •  1  1 9 hours ago
  • Graphic novel love! And when the graphic novel is actually about love (and baking) then it really is perfect. BLOOM by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau was such a sweet little story about some complex, very real characters. The art was so gorgeous - my favourite parts were the baking montages!
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    BLOOM is resting on my copy of Stephanie Alexander’s THE COOK’S APPRENTICE, which has an exciting amount of bread recipes in it that I’m keen to eventually try.
  • Graphic novel love! And when the graphic novel is actually about love (and baking) then it really is perfect. BLOOM by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau was such a sweet little story about some complex, very real characters. The art was so gorgeous - my favourite parts were the baking montages!
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BLOOM is resting on my copy of Stephanie Alexander’s THE COOK’S APPRENTICE, which has an exciting amount of bread recipes in it that I’m keen to eventually try.
  •  9  1 9 hours ago

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  • 📚 Book review #30 : Aranghya and Jahar.
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    Author : Vidya Iyer.
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    Genre : Fantasy Fiction.
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    Aranghya and Jahar is the first part in the Bandahar series. The story revolves around the Kingdoms in the Bandahar, an empire consisting of seven kingdoms and Jahar, which is an exiled land.
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    There are many characters, and how their lives get affected after an incident that happens.
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    The plot and story of the book is good. It gets interesting only after you finish half the book.
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    What I liked :
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    ✍️The storyline is good and that is the only thing that kept me going.
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    ✍️The book has a map, which makes it easier to know what region is in reference.
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    What I disliked :
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    ✍️The language of the book, it is not smooth.
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    ✍️There was a lot of repetition in the description about places or people.
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    ✍️Also, there were many grammatical errors and the book needs a proof reading.
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    ✍️The book ends abruptly and on a cliffhanger.
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    Thank you @storyteller_md_ak for the review copy.
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    Rating 2.5/5

    #booksaremylife #bookshelf #bookstagram #bookreaders #bookreview #bookish #readerforlife #readershub #booknerd #bookworm #bookaholic
  • 📚 Book review #30 : Aranghya and Jahar.
.
Author : Vidya Iyer.
.
Genre : Fantasy Fiction.
.
Aranghya and Jahar is the first part in the Bandahar series. The story revolves around the Kingdoms in the Bandahar, an empire consisting of seven kingdoms and Jahar, which is an exiled land.
.
There are many characters, and how their lives get affected after an incident that happens.
.
The plot and story of the book is good. It gets interesting only after you finish half the book.
.
What I liked :
.
✍️The storyline is good and that is the only thing that kept me going.
.
✍️The book has a map, which makes it easier to know what region is in reference.
.
What I disliked :
.
✍️The language of the book, it is not smooth.
.
✍️There was a lot of repetition in the description about places or people.
.
✍️Also, there were many grammatical errors and the book needs a proof reading.
.
✍️The book ends abruptly and on a cliffhanger.
.
Thank you @storyteller_md_ak for the review copy.
.
Rating 2.5/5

#booksaremylife #bookshelf #bookstagram #bookreaders #bookreview #bookish #readerforlife #readershub #booknerd #bookworm #bookaholic
  •  5  0 9 hours ago
  • true light
  • true light
  •  8  3 9 hours ago

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  • Stay peculiar! ✨
  • Stay peculiar! ✨
  •  1  1 9 hours ago
  • “It looked like a hooded figure standing behind you, didn’t it?” -The Reaper’s Image
  • “It looked like a hooded figure standing behind you, didn’t it?” -The Reaper’s Image
  •  20  5 9 hours ago
  • ""But God doesn't change."
    "Men do, though."
    "What difference does that make?"
    "All the difference in the world," said Mustapha Mond."
    •••
    That is the thing about dystopian novels - it scares and what is even more frightening is that the reason behind this fear is no one else, but us. I often think that if, for a moment, we drop ourselves from the hurlyburly of our pride, only then we might realise how small and insignificant we are. °
    Brave New World was published between the First and the Second World Wars. The sufferings in the world were and continue to be strikingly myriad. The world of the future in Brave New World, the World State, is the accumulation transit of seemingly utopian human desires. Viviparity is not discussed about. Feelings are off-limits. Death is cherished. Everyone belongs to each other and there is no ownership and jealousy in ‘relationships’ as such. This futuristic world seems to cater to the needs of its people. Their distresses are effaced by medical and in general, technological advancements.
    °
    Human babies are ‘born’ artificially. They are genetically conditioned. This new world, just like others, is divided into predetermined classes – the difference being that this division is genetically imposed. Earlier this year, I ventured into the thorny world of Greek tragedies wherein, fate acts as the driving force. This fate, in the World State, is the genetic fate.
    °
    Books act as perversity in this novel as it does in the few dystopian works I have read. John, “the Savage” as he is often called, is an outsider both for the Reservation and the World State. He is taught to read by his mother. He has nothing but a scientific manual and the complete works of Shakespeare to read from. Devoid of any colligate of human expressions, he relies on the words of the Bard. His quest for truth shatters in this new world and even though he tries to, he can’t separate himself from the prime notions of this new world. His fate, the fate he had chosen, leaves ponderous thoughts in air.
    °
    (continued in comments)
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    #BetterReadsChallenge 50/365
  • ""But God doesn't change."
"Men do, though."
"What difference does that make?"
"All the difference in the world," said Mustapha Mond."
•••
That is the thing about dystopian novels - it scares and what is even more frightening is that the reason behind this fear is no one else, but us. I often think that if, for a moment, we drop ourselves from the hurlyburly of our pride, only then we might realise how small and insignificant we are. °
Brave New World was published between the First and the Second World Wars. The sufferings in the world were and continue to be strikingly myriad. The world of the future in Brave New World, the World State, is the accumulation transit of seemingly utopian human desires. Viviparity is not discussed about. Feelings are off-limits. Death is cherished. Everyone belongs to each other and there is no ownership and jealousy in ‘relationships’ as such. This futuristic world seems to cater to the needs of its people. Their distresses are effaced by medical and in general, technological advancements.
°
Human babies are ‘born’ artificially. They are genetically conditioned. This new world, just like others, is divided into predetermined classes – the difference being that this division is genetically imposed. Earlier this year, I ventured into the thorny world of Greek tragedies wherein, fate acts as the driving force. This fate, in the World State, is the genetic fate.
°
Books act as perversity in this novel as it does in the few dystopian works I have read. John, “the Savage” as he is often called, is an outsider both for the Reservation and the World State. He is taught to read by his mother. He has nothing but a scientific manual and the complete works of Shakespeare to read from. Devoid of any colligate of human expressions, he relies on the words of the Bard. His quest for truth shatters in this new world and even though he tries to, he can’t separate himself from the prime notions of this new world. His fate, the fate he had chosen, leaves ponderous thoughts in air.
°
(continued in comments)
•••
#BetterReadsChallenge 50/365
  •  13  1 9 hours ago
  • #okudumbitti #kimneokudu
    🗿George Orwell`in geçmişten geleceğe bir gönderme olman muhteşem eserini okudum ve bitti. Hizimi alamadim ve filmini de izledim. Tabi her kitapta uğradığımız hüsrana burda da uğradık. Bir kitap filme çekilirken ister istemez çekilmiş çamaşır durumuna düşüyor. Önemli olan ana tema dedim kapattım sustum o mevzuyu.
    🗿
    🗿Kitapta bir yerde savaşın asıl yaptığı,yok etmektir;ama ille de insanları yok etmesi gerekmez,insan emeğinin ürünlerini de yok eder diyordu. Şimdilerde bizim psikolojik savaş dediğiniz şekli bu. İnsan emeği hızla değer kaybediyor. Ben bazen tarlada koca bir mevsim uğraşıp domateslerini hiç paraya satmaya gelen bir teyzeden amcadan alışveriş yaparken vicdanen rahatsız hissediyorum. Bu minicik bir örnekti.
    🗿Hiçbir yararı olmayacağını bile bile insan kalmanın çok önemli olduğunu düşünüyorsan, onları yendin demektir diye düşünmenin bile başkaldırma sayilabilecegi bir ortam düşünün.
    🗿
    🗿George Orwell ütopik bir dünya kurmuş. Ama o ütopya şimdilerde farklı bir biçimde neredeyse yaşanıyor. Yani büyük bir öngörüsü varmış dedim.
    🗿Sorgulamak, düşünmek, aşık olmak, yakın arkadaşlık kurmak...sistemin istemediği ve sisteme zarar verecek her türlü duygu ve düşünce yasak. Bu duygu ve düşüncelerin yasak olduğu bir dünya düşündüm...
    🗿
    🗿İnsanların siyaha ya da beyaza zorlanmadigi herkesin isterse gri kalabilecek isterse moru tercih edebileceği bir dünya dilerim.
    🗿
    🗿
    #bookworm #instagood #instakitapyorumu #instabook #bookworld #library #bookstagrammers #booklovers #bookclub #libro #bibliophile #library #reading #bookphoto #bookishlife #bookaholic #biyografi #bookstagram #booklover #reading #instabookl #harrypotter #bookish #bookstagramme #instagood #photography #bibliophile #igreads #kitap #books #georgeorwell #1984
  • #okudumbitti #kimneokudu
🗿George Orwell`in geçmişten geleceğe bir gönderme olman muhteşem eserini okudum ve bitti. Hizimi alamadim ve filmini de izledim. Tabi her kitapta uğradığımız hüsrana burda da uğradık. Bir kitap filme çekilirken ister istemez çekilmiş çamaşır durumuna düşüyor. Önemli olan ana tema dedim kapattım sustum o mevzuyu.
🗿
🗿Kitapta bir yerde savaşın asıl yaptığı,yok etmektir;ama ille de insanları yok etmesi gerekmez,insan emeğinin ürünlerini de yok eder diyordu. Şimdilerde bizim psikolojik savaş dediğiniz şekli bu. İnsan emeği hızla değer kaybediyor. Ben bazen tarlada koca bir mevsim uğraşıp domateslerini hiç paraya satmaya gelen bir teyzeden amcadan alışveriş yaparken vicdanen rahatsız hissediyorum. Bu minicik bir örnekti.
🗿Hiçbir yararı olmayacağını bile bile insan kalmanın çok önemli olduğunu düşünüyorsan, onları yendin demektir diye düşünmenin bile başkaldırma sayilabilecegi bir ortam düşünün.
🗿
🗿George Orwell ütopik bir dünya kurmuş. Ama o ütopya şimdilerde farklı bir biçimde neredeyse yaşanıyor. Yani büyük bir öngörüsü varmış dedim.
🗿Sorgulamak, düşünmek, aşık olmak, yakın arkadaşlık kurmak...sistemin istemediği ve sisteme zarar verecek her türlü duygu ve düşünce yasak. Bu duygu ve düşüncelerin yasak olduğu bir dünya düşündüm...
🗿
🗿İnsanların siyaha ya da beyaza zorlanmadigi herkesin isterse gri kalabilecek isterse moru tercih edebileceği bir dünya dilerim.
🗿
🗿
#bookworm #instagood #instakitapyorumu #instabook #bookworld #library  #bookstagrammers #booklovers #bookclub #libro  #bibliophile #library #reading #bookphoto  #bookishlife  #bookaholic  #biyografi #bookstagram #booklover #reading  #instabookl #harrypotter #bookish  #bookstagramme #instagood #photography #bibliophile #igreads #kitap #books #georgeorwell #1984
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