‘Funeral Blues’ by W. H. Auden is probably my favorite poem of all time. I love it. 🙌📖 . . . #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booknookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #reader #thefinchbook #totalbooknerd #bookworm #createexploreread #booklover #igreads #igbooks #theyagalshoutout #instareads #acolorstory #bookaddict #bookphotography #bookishpost #fiction #reader #bookstafeatures #readingchallenge #bookaesthetic #reader #poems #poetry
#sundaypoetry . . . . . . . . . . #maryoliver #bookstagram #readwomen #readersofinstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bibliophile #bookworm #bookishfeatures #igreads #thefinchbook #booklover #bookish #sobookinggood #bookfeaturepage #shelfjoy
For the next few weeks, I’m going to have weekly themed posts. This week is poetry and I’m starting off with Langston Hughes to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr Day. This poem is a bit dark but I feel it’s appropriate with the political climate in the US for the past few years.📖 . . . #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booknookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #reader #thefinchbook #totalbooknerd #bookworm #createexploreread #booklover #igreads #igbooks #theyagalshoutout #instareads #acolorstory #bookaddict #bookphotography #bookishpost #fiction #reader #bookstafeatures #readingchallenge #bookaesthetic #booksbooksbooks #langstonhughes #poetry #reader #reading
Wild Nature . The smell from within That only reaches Our own noses Will all come out At the resurrection. . The inner being of a Human being Is wild nature, a jungle. If you are aware of yourself as Part of the divine breath, Be very aware When you travel inside. -M.J. Rumi (ver. by Neil Douglas-Klotz) ________ This short story collection is like a collection of everything. It has a few poems here an there, fitted in between essays that are written like a conversation piece, and stories told like our grandparents used to recite to us. Also, the cover is beautiful and the book has deckled, thick pages (a plus!). Thank you @amaryllispublishing for making such a beauty!♥️ _______ #sufishorts
Currently reading: The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene 📖 It’s taking me forever to read this book. I’m also listening to it on my way to/from work. It’s really interesting and I’m enjoying it! Nonfiction usually takes me longer to read. 🤷🏻♀️ . . . #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booknookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #reader #thefinchbook #totalbooknerd #bookworm #createexploreread #booklover #igreads #igbooks #theyagalshoutout #instareads #acolorstory #bookaddict #bookphotography #bookishpost #fiction #reader #bookstafeatures #readingchallenge #bookaesthetic #currentlyreading #booksbooksbooks #booksandcoffee #readersofinstagram
So I love an urban planning/city solution read, and this one was interesting- I wish it had been broader reaching, because I thought it’d be referring to a lot of smaller cities and it seemed to be focused mainly on Oklahoma City (which makes perfect sense, as the author is a former mayor of the city!) So my initial assumptions of what this read would be were off, but I do want to visit OKC now.. so, a win? “The Next American City: The Big Promise of Our Midsize Metros” (2018)
No words...😋 #shelves #shelfie #interiordesign #homedecor #shelvestyling #shelvesofinstagram #shelvesquest #shelvesofwhimsy #igreads #books #shelvesexhibition #shelvesdesign #shelfjoy #shelvesonshelves #bookstagramfeature #shelvesofbooks #shelvesdecor #connectreaders #brunchbookchallenge #bookstagramindia #thefinchbook #homedesign #readharderchallenge #shelvesfordays #decoration #bookstagram #bookriot #booknerdigans #shelvestogo #shelvestheband
On average for every book I read I purchase three. Why? Because I have a problem alright! Plus I said I was going to wait for the paperback to buy this, but there was a sale on, yada yada yada, I have no self control. • "The silence lent a faint weight to the air. As though I were sitting alone, at the bottom of the sea." • •• ••• •••• #harukimurakami #murakami #killingcommendatore #bookish #bibliophile #bookstagram #goodreads #booksofinstagram #bookphotography #bookphoto #booklover #bookaddict #amreading #instabook #instaread #igreads #igbook #readersofinstagram #bookstagramfeatures #bookishfeatures #vscoreads #vscobooks #bookcommunity #bookishcommunity #thefinchbook
30.05.2017 // Books and Camus _____ It was maybe one of the initial days of knowing each other that @thephotodiary , @the.ubiquitous.assimilator and I hung out without there being any reason or occasion, other than wanting each other’s company for happy conversations and book discussions. We went to a book cafe and clicked loads of pictures and ate too much. Most of my happy memories in the last 3-4 years have been with these amazing people and that’s always gonna be something that holds us three. ____ Art credits: @rocherself 🌼🌼 ____ #bookconversations
I just found out that Mary Oliver passed away today 💙 She is the reason I love poetry, and she will always hold a special place in my heart. . . . . . . . . #maryoliver #poetry #bookstagram #readwomen #readersofinstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bibliophile #bookworm #bookishfeatures #igreads #thefinchbook #booklover #bookish #sobookinggood #bookfeaturepage #shelfjoy
‘She had forty minutes in advance of this to go home for her own dinner; and when she came back and one of the young men took his turn, there was often half an hour during which she could pull out a bit of work or a book... This sacred pause was one of the numerous ways in which the establishment kept its finger on the pulse of fashion and fell into the rhythm of the larger life.’ . Finished James’ novella In the Cage a couple hours ahead of a seminar on it, because let’s be honest, we students swear by last minute work habits. You were fooled if you think my minimalist aesthetic means I have my shit together. I do not🙃 . My opinion of this novella wavers in the grey between really not particularly liking its style and really admiring the confusion of its style. You know when you can admire something without it actually being your particular cup of tea? That. There are some passages which are incredible, others so obscure and unpredictable, I hardly know which direction they fly. Would recommend for its concept and unnamed protagonist. . In other news, Durham had its first snow of the year and I fear for my life as the hills ice over❄️
That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.” - Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society _______ What do you read when the last two books you read thoroughly disappointed you and you can’t continue to read your current read? You pick up books like this. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society gives you warm and cozy feeling which will surely rekindle your love for reading. It has such unique characters, with beautiful relationships amongst them. I watched the movie before reading this, liked the movie in itself, but after reading this I can easily say it had nothing compared to the feeling the book can give you. So, I decided to pick it up a two days ago and finished it yesterday. Recommended. :) Rating: 4.25/5 _______ #theguernseyliteraryandpotatopeelpiesociety
“Pain is the root of knowledge.”• . Hi friends 👋 I mentioned a while back that I was in the midst of an ongoing journey to read more literature in French. As it so happens, one of the books I checked out from the library was this French graphic novel about the life of French politician and woman’s right advocate, Simone Veil. I knew very little about her prior to reading this, but she really was an extraordinary woman. Veil was a Holocaust survivor and is best known for leading the campaign to legalize abortion in France in the 70s, but she was also the first president of the European Parliament. As the author of this work, Pascal Bresson, attests, “beyond her image of rectitude and honesty, Simone Veil was, first and foremost, a woman who embodied her era and her struggle. Her personal story was intimately entwined with collective history: the war, the hell of the extermination camps, abortion law, the fight for women’s eight, and commitment to the reunification of Europe.”• . I hope you all are well and reading happily 💖 Do let me know if you’re reading anything good!
I’m such a sucker for bargain books - $4 at BAM. Now I’m starting to wish that I had looked at Goodreads before buying... it has a lot of terrible reviews. Oh well. You win some, you lose some. 🤷🏻♀️ . . . #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booknookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #reader #thefinchbook #totalbooknerd #bookworm #createexploreread #booklover #igreads #igbooks #theyagalshoutout #instareads #acolorstory #bookaddict #bookphotography #bookishpost #fiction #reader #bookstafeatures #readingchallenge #bookaesthetic
“When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.” ~ Looking for Alaska • • • • • #bookstagram #bookish #booklover #bookworm #bookstagrammer #igreads #bookishfeatures #bookfeaturepage #mybookfeatures #epicreads #bookphotography #bookstack #tbr #alismith #crownofmidnight #gonegirl #lookingforalaska #johngreen #📚 #📖 #bookgram #alwaysreading #lovetoread #thefinchbook #literature
“My father used to say that oppression isn't a finite state. It's a weight that is carried until it becomes too heavy, and then it is thrown off. Not without struggle, not without pain, but he believed the weight would always, always be fought and overcome.” . . . #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booknookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #reader #thefinchbook #totalbooknerd #bookworm #createexploreread #booklover #igreads #igbooks #theyagalshoutout #instareads #acolorstory #bookaddict #bookphotography #bookishpost #fiction #reader #bookstafeatures #readingchallenge #bookaesthetic #owlcrate #reading
I picked up The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis from the library a couple of years ago with zero expectations. I was pleasantly surprised and it was one of my favorite reads. It was on my long list of “books to buy when I finally have a job again” because I enjoyed it so much I wanted a copy to reread. 💕📖 . . . #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booknookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #reader #thefinchbook #totalbooknerd #bookworm #createexploreread #booklover #igreads #igbooks #theyagalshoutout #instareads #acolorstory #bookaddict #bookphotography #bookishpost #fiction #reader #bookstafeatures #readingchallenge #bookaesthetic #reading #2019
I’m finishing up this little gem while the snow is coming down outside 😊 It’s so hygge! . . . . . . . . #thelittlebookofhygge #bookstagram #readwomen #readersofinstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bibliophile #bookworm #bookishfeatures #igreads #thefinchbook #booklover #bookish #sobookinggood #bookfeaturepage #shelfjoy
What are you currently reading? • Will I ever be over CMBYN? Probably not 🥀 • • • • ##callmebyyourname #cmbyn #andreaciman #bookstagram #bookish #booklover #bookworm #bookgram #alwyasreading #lovetoread #bookishfeatures #bookstagramfeatures #bookphotography #igreads #thefinchbook #mybookfeatures #bookfeaturepage #epicreads #timotheechalamet #📚 #📖 #literature
It took me forever to start Caraval and I finally read it last year. I loved it! Shortly after I finished, Legendary was released and of course, I had to buy it. Well... still haven’t read it. 🤦🏻♀️ It’s on my long list of books to read this year. I also have several books on my Kindle that I need to read. I’ll get around to it... one day. 📖🤓 . . . #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booknookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #reader #thefinchbook #totalbooknerd #bookworm #createexploreread #booklover #igreads #igbooks #theyagalshoutout #instareads #acolorstory #bookaddict #bookphotography #bookishpost #fiction #reader #bookstafeatures #readingchallenge #bookaesthetic #reads #reader
a (small) stack of tbr books for 2019 • • • • #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #kingdomofash #bookish #bookgram #bookworm #igreads #bookfeaturepage #bookstagramfeature #epicreads #alwaysreading #lovetoread #bookstack #tbr #thesecrethistory #bookstagrammer #booklover #thefinchbook #📚 #📖 #literature
I think I would do best to begin any assessment of Jana Beňová's work with a snippet from a NPR review describing her books as “beautiful in [their] own stubbornly oblique way.” Both Seeing People Off and Away! Away! are short reads consisting of a series of vignettes. Not much “happens” in either, or at least not in the sense where a definitive narrative structure carries the story along. They both seem to spiral, moving in ever-tightening circles towards a moment when the reader can finally tease a connection out of the mass of seemingly unconnected narratives. The experience could be frustrating, though I found it to be the opposite - once I turned the last page I found myself tempted to start all over again...see if I couldn’t better trace the arc of the story the second time around. • . I would suggest Beňová for fans of experimental structure who delight in vibrant prose. I’ll leave you with the synopses of both. • . Seeing People Off follows Elza and Ian, a young couple living in a humongous apartment complex outside Bratislava where the walls play music and talk, and time is immaterial. Drawing on her memories, everyday interactions, observations of post-socialist realities, and Elza’s attraction to actor, Kalisto Tanzi, Seeing People Off is a kaleidoscopic, poetic, and deeply funny portrait of a relationship.• . Away! Away! - Sometimes running away is the bravest option. Or, so believes Rosa, who ditches her husband and home and takes off on the road. Along the way, she encounters the owner of a puppet theater who’s on a mission to conquer the world with his performance of "The Snow Queen." Which character from this old fairy tale will Rosa identify with? With Gerda, searching fruitlessly for her lost love? With Kai, who flees home and his beloved one day without a word? Or with the Snow Queen, who seems to stand aloof above it all?
This was in one of the #owlcrate’s (I can’t remember which month) and it’s on my list to read this year. I’m actually really intrigued. See synopsis below. 👇🏻👇🏻 . . “In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty―and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection...because one wrong move could lead to her death.” . . . #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booknookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #reader #thefinchbook #totalbooknerd #bookworm #createexploreread #booklover #igreads #igbooks #theyagalshoutout #instareads #acolorstory #bookaddict #bookphotography #bookishpost #fiction #reader #bookstafeatures #readingchallenge #bookaesthetic #reads #reading #owlcrate #yabooks
👏👏👏 . . . #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booknookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #reader #thefinchbook #totalbooknerd #bookworm #createexploreread #booklover #igreads #igbooks #theyagalshoutout #instareads #acolorstory #bookaddict #bookphotography #bookishpost #fiction #reader #bookstafeatures #readingchallenge #bookaesthetic #reading
“On an early winter afternoon, clear but not cold, when the vegetable world was a weird multitude of skeletons through whose ribs the sun shone freely, a gleaming landau came to a pause on the crest of a hill in Wessex.” . Was there any opening line more Hardy than this. For those of you who have followed my account for some time, you will know that I am rather (extraordinarly) fond of Hardy’s works. It has been a goal of mine across the last three years to read his major works— and I’m close actually, very very close. Two on a Tower is not considered by most a ‘major work’. Yes it is heavily, and satisfyingly, Hardyesque in setting, themes (in all pastoral and fated glory)...and ending (if you know you know). But I found much of the dynamic between the two central characters cringy and strained. The dialogue felt superficial on occasions which ultimately produces an overromanticised relationship...which isn’t usually what Hardy goes for. And maybe I’m making judgements based on an assumption that ‘Hardy wouldn’t do that, he’s not a melodramatic writer’. But Hardy does nothing without purpose and he surely wouldn’t portray a Romeo & Juliet style ‘star-crossed lovers’ circumstance without reason. Something for me to think about as I enter a 3000 w essay about it... Let me know your thoughts; would love to hear more about this short novel on here! . Here’s to a term of dissertation and summative stress, and desperately trying to keep warm. Hope you’re all having a good start to 2019! ❄️🌞
“That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?” . . I bought this book around the time the movie came out because obviously, I have to read the book first. Still haven’t read or watched it. 🤦🏻♀️ BUT I am excited to read it. . . . #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booknookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #reader #thefinchbook #totalbooknerd #bookworm #createexploreread #booklover #igreads #igbooks #theyagalshoutout #instareads #acolorstory #bookaddict #bookphotography #bookishpost #fiction #reader #bookstafeatures #readingchallenge #bookaesthetic #reads #reading
#currentlyreading #theawakening by #katechopin in work breaks, in metro, and in between sleep. ____ “There were days when she was very happy without knowing why. She was happy to be alive and breathing, when her whole being seemed to be one with the sunlight, the color, the odors, the luxuriant warmth of some perfect Southern day. She liked then to wander alone into strange and unfamiliar places. She discovered many a sunny, sleepy corner, fashioned to dream in. And she found it good to dream and to be alone and unmolested. . There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why—when it did not seem worth while to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead; when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation.” -Kate Chopin _____ I finished reading Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy and quickly jumped into my second read of the year. (Will upload a review soon) 2019 has been going well till now. 🙈 . The Awakening is about a middle aged woman living in New Orleans (quite like the author) who moves away from her mundane life in search for her self, including her sensuality and sexual needs. I don’t know more about it that this as I prefer to read books which I know little to nothing about. . Also, I’m going back to one of my favourite editions by Penguin, The English Library, because the titles never seem to disappoint me. ______ #penguinenglishlibrary #penguinclassics
I love it when books include maps. 📖 . . I’m currently reading/listening to The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene. It’s taking me a while to get through it but I’m really enjoying it so far. 👍 . . . #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booknookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #reader #thefinchbook #totalbooknerd #bookworm #createexploreread #booklover #igreads #igbooks #theyagalshoutout #instareads #acolorstory #bookaddict #bookphotography #bookishpost #fiction #reader #bookstafeatures #readingchallenge #bookaesthetic #bookmap #map #read #reading
New year, new books. I’m excited to read the new book in the Cormoran Strike series. I love this series! I should probably re-read the other books since it’s been a while. 📖🔎 . . . . . #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booknookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #reader #thefinchbook #totalbooknerd #bookworm #createexploreread #booklover #igreads #igbooks #theyagalshoutout #instareads #acolorstory #bookaddict #bookphotography #bookishpost #fiction #reader #bookstafeatures #readingchallenge #bookaesthetic #read #reads #reading
"People don't fix each other, Joseph. And they never become anything but what they've always been." • I remember seeing this in a bookstore and thinking the man on the cover looks like Ben Affleck. Then recently on Netflix I saw a film by the same name starring none other than Affleck, mystery solved, I'm an idiot. I'm 130 pages in and it's nice to see the film used the dialogue almost word for word. You know your in the hands of a capable author when the film adaptation is almost direct from the page. • •• ••• •••• #livebynight #dennislehane #joecoughlin #bookoutlet #bookoutlethaul #bookish #bibliophile #bookstagram #goodreads #booksofinstagram #bookphotography #bookphoto #booklover #bookaddict #amreading #instabook #instaread #igreads #igbook #readersofinstagram #bookstagramfeatures #bookishfeatures #vscoreads #vscobooks #bookcommunity #bookishcommunity #thefinchbook
One of my favorite books of 2018, probably because I like unlikable characters so much (and sleeping) (I will never understand these people who wish they didn't have to sleep.) My friend @savoircare has Otessa Moshfeg's other books so I can't wait to put my greedy little hands all over them. What was your favorite 2018 read? . . . #ottessamoshfegh #myyearofrestandrelaxation #bookstagram #bibliophile #bookstagramfeature #booklovers #igbooks #igreads #instabooks #thefinchbook #bookclubcollective #met_createchange
This is my first read of the new year. It’s smart and relevant and timely. I picked a good one to kick off 2019. “Those Who Knew” (2018)
I’ve been wanting to visit the Brontë Parsonage (@bronteparsonagemuseum) since I first immersed myself in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. @alexanderanton and I finally managed to find some time and visit the house where Emily, Charlotte and Anne spent most of their lives and we wandered around the Moors where the sisters mainly sourced their inspiration from and composed their well-known novels and poems. You can feel it in the air; this land takes you back to simpler times— it has its own memory and makes you dream like a Brontë. / Music: Awaken [Jane Eyre Soundtrack] by Mario Marianelli. Dress by @deandri.
Display mood / industrial metal wall rack set, perfect for displaying candles, flowers, treasures, photographs and more. #shelves #interiordesign #homedecor #shelvesofinstagram #flowerstand #shelvesdesign #shelvesdecor #thefinchbook #homedesign #decoration #workshopteika #makingthingshappen #industrialdesign #mynordicroom #interiordesign #interior #interior4all #interiorstyling #homedesign #livingroom #livingroomideas #livingroominspiration #furniture #livingroomdecor #interiordesign #livingroomdesign #livingroominterior
Just finished this little short story collection by Carson McCullers: my first modern mini for the year. The titular story, The Haunted Boy, is indeed haunting but I wouldn’t call it a horror story per se, though it has elements of the horrific. The main character, a boy called Hugh, grapples with a disturbing secret concerning his mother which he has not been able to share with anyone until one of his school friends comes visiting at his house. The story which follows from there is a tragic and poignant one, marked by McCullers’ ability to so deftly explore the emotional suffering of her characters. The other two stories in the collection are also very good, I especially enjoyed A Domestic Dilemma which is about one man’s tainted family life, as he is torn between caring for his children and his alcoholic wife. Have you read this? Do you like McCullers’ short stories? #books #reading #readingjournal #whatiread #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeatures #lovereading #carsonmccullers #penguinbooks #bookphotography #vsco #vscobooks #vscoreads #igbooks #met_createchange #culturetripbooks #thefinchbook #booksandbeans #readingincafes #bibliophile #bookworm #bookclubcollective #booksbooksbooks #readersofinstagram #booksofinstagram #literary #lifestyle
How fun are these 3-D puzzles?!? My hubby and I put them together over the holidays 😊 . . . . . . . . . #alicesadventuresinwonderland #lewiscarroll #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bibliophile #bookworm #bookishfeatures #igreads #thefinchbook #booklover #bookish #sobookinggood #bookfeaturepage #shelfjoy
“It is a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.”-JK Rowling, The Goblet of Fire Starting the year off thinking about the benefits of re-reading and revisiting an old favourite. I’ve been going through the HP series slowly over the past two years and it’s now been more than ten years since I last read The Goblet of Fire, so a lot of the lines appear new to me which is great. But the feeling of reading it is much the same as when I read it as a younger me, which is sort of the whole point of reading a beloved book again. It’s associated with fond memories of being bewitched by Rowling’s writing and reading for hours on end, unable to to stop turning the pages for wanting to know what would happen next. These may not be the most intellectual books but they are good, solid escapism at its best and that’s what makes re-reading them so special. What’s your favourite book to re-read? #books #reading #bookstagram #bookstagramfeatures #lovereading #booksbooksbooks #bookphotography #vsco #vscobooks #vscoreads #alwaysreading #harrypotter #quotes #jkrowling #bookclubcollective #magicalworlds #harrypotterbooks #culturetripbooks #booksandbeans #booksandcoffee #goodreads #met_createchange #bibliophile #bookworm #bookaddict #whatiread #thefinchbook #fantasy #readersofinstagram #booksofinstagram
“A fox knows many things, but a hedgehog knows one important thing.”-Archilochus Good morning and Happy New Year, bookworms! 🌻 This popular essay by Isaiah Berlin is next up on my reading list. In it he explores the division of writers and thinkers into two general groups: those who view the world through the lens of a single defining idea (hedgehogs) and those who draw on a greater variety of experiences and for whom the world cannot be reduced to a single idea (foxes). He uses Tolstoy as a primary example and says that Tolstoy displayed features of both categories, having the talents of a fox, but the conviction that one should strive to be a hedgehog. I’m really looking forward to this because it’s a sort of fun but useful exercise and I’ve been having doubts about my own approach (I’m sort of a fox by nature but have been pursuing the path of a hedgehog up until now). Have you read this essay? And where would you say you fall on the hedgehog/fox spectrum. #books #reading #lovereading #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookishfeatures #bookfeaturepage #vsco #vscobooks #vscoreads #culturetripbooks #bookphotography #goodreads #quotes #recommendedbooks #nonfiction #essays #whatiread #isaiahberlin #paperbacklove #bibliophile #bookworm #bookclubcollective #met_createchange #readersofinstagram #booksofinstagram #thefinchbook
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019!🌼 I’m still a bit hung up on TwentyGayteen but I’m also happy it’s over. We had a bittersweet experience. I read 14 (and a half) books in the last year but surprisingly only have 9 out of those present with me at the moment (due to borrowing and lending). Even if the numbers are less, I’m very happy with the content I read in the last year, starting with Dostoevsky, and ending with Fowles. I’m also very proud of myself to have read a lot of classics in the last few years. I remember even 5-6 years ago how afraid I was to tackle a classic fiction and now it may have just become my favourite type of fiction. Right now, I’m trying to make a very realistic list of the essential books I need to read in the coming year, hoping I would be able to read more this year than the last. I haven’t been reading very avidly these days so I’m trying to read books alongside their audiobooks to help me get less distracted. And that is how I read Fowles. Here’s hoping and wishing that this year is better for all of us and we achieve a lot more, and are at least okay, if not happy. I have a lot of things to look forward to this year, and a lot of things to do. May be this is the year a bit more good things will happen. ♥️💪🏻 ____________ #2018wrapup
Happy New Year’s Eve! So long 2018. It’s been real. 👋 . . What are your reading goals for 2019? I’m hoping to read at least 50 books and include more nonfiction. 📖 . . . . . . #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booknookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #reader #thefinchbook #totalbooknerd #bookworm #createexploreread #booklover #igreads #igbooks #theyagalshoutout #instareads #acolorstory #bookaddict #bookphotography #bookishpost #fiction #reader #bookstafeatures #newyearseve #readingchallenge #vintage #vintagecamera #bookaesthetic
Top 9 for 2018 :) . . . . . . . . #topnine2018 #bookstagram #readwomen #readersofinstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bibliophile #bookworm #bookishfeatures #igreads #thefinchbook #booklover #bookish #sobookinggood #bookfeaturepage #shelfjoy
“The thing that was missing was trust.” - James Kelman . #ayearinreview part 2 of 2: On Life . For me, this year has been about confidence. Mostly, I’m talking confidence in myself. I’m not the kind of person who asks for much ever. My mum always taught me to value things as they are and what you have as you have...if that makes sense. I only ask for respect. There are people who tell me I ask for a lot, that my principles and what not hold me down from having fun. Cya. I’ve always preached blunt honesty and I think I definitely practiced it most this year. I’m glad I did. I’m glad I stood up for myself when friends put me down, when I got taken for granted, when people told me I was fine and I told them I wasn’t. When I got pushed away by someone. When I fell out with a friend. When I told someone how I felt about them. When my parents were fighting and I stepped in, not to solve their marriage, not to change who they were, but to make them see family as bigger than just two people, that moving from the now was the best thing. And speaking of moving on, I’m so ready. I’ve never been more ready to let some people go, to let old feelings pass, to let no petty feeling get in the way of real feeling [“but to make yourself feel nothing so as to not feel anything — what a waste!” - CMBYN], to be the bigger person in friendships, relationships, be they what they may. And to always take care of number one first and foremost, as my housemate likes to remind me. . On a platform like this, it feels daunting to get personal, but here’s to more of that. Happy new year, pals💫
What can I say, 2018 was a year of discovery and lost. Navigation and doubt. Hold on to hope, oshu. #bestbooks I read in 2018
My top 8 reads of 2018 📚📚 Actually I had nine favourite books this year but number one, my hands down best book of the year and possibly my life was The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky. It’s not pictured here because I felt I had to send it out into the world to be enjoyed by another. I wholeheartedly recommend it if you want to reaffirm your belief in the intellectual and emotional capability of man, although there are many of us here who would argue that Dosty was more than a mere mortal. It’s the kind of book that reminded me why I read in the first place; to experience the power of words first hand and to be inwardly changed by them. My second favourite was Knut Hamsun’s Growth of the Soil. This novel is part family saga, part natural observation and more besides. I didn’t know what to expect but Hamsun’s way of describing both the vast Norwegian landscape and the minutiae of one man’s family life, and inextricably linking these two together, made me want to read so much more of his work. The rest of the books on my list in no particular order: •Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi •The Iliad •The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima • A Dog’s Heart by Mikhail Bulgakov •Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by S. de Beauvoir • Chess Story, S. Zweig • Night, Elie Wiesel What were your favourite books this year? #books #reading #bookstagramfeatures #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookphoto #vsco #vscobooks #vscoreads #bookclubcollective #met_createchange #goodreads #booksandbeans #booksbooksbooks #culturetripbooks #penguinclassics #russianliterature #literary #lifestyle #bibliophile #bookworm #bookcollection #bookfeaturepage #bookflatlay #readersofinstagram #whatiread #booksofinstagram #thefinchbook #recommendedbooks
I’m about 60 pages into this and I’ve LOL’d multiple times, and shed some tears. Perfect end of the year read ❤️ . . . . . . . #abbijacobson #imightregretthisbook #bookstagram #readwomen #readersofinstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bibliophile #bookworm #bookishfeatures #igreads #thefinchbook #booklover #bookish #sobookinggood #bookfeaturepage #shelfjoy
2018 may have been one hell of a year, but it also brought me to Siri Hustvedt, and for that, I’m beyond grateful. Siri has quite the following amongst my fellow bookstagrammers, and for good reason. Few can write with such nuance and attention to the inner complexities of the lived experience, fewer still can manage to do so in the guise of a novel that is a perfect blending of psychological thriller, art commentary, and intimate portrait of familial life. Sobering and hopeful at the same time, What I Loved is a rumination on the idea that we, as humans, are essentially ciphers to one another, and yet despite that, we can make connections that span a lifetime. What I Loved was my first foray into Hustvedt’s work, but it certainly won’t be my last.
“If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the quickest of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.” - Middlemarch . #ayearinreview part 1 of 2: On Books . Goodreads tells me I’ve read 26. Yet, I feel like that number doesn’t paint an accurate picture. Realistically, a lot of this year has been me going in and out of the same books/dabbling in a lot of lit criticism, essays, non-fiction. There’s been a lot of jumping around, revisiting of works read a few years back. It’s not been the most productive year in terms of ‘numbers of books read’, but when was reading ever about numbers. It’s been productive in so many other ways. I wrote about topics I didn’t realise I cared much for until the job was done, I changed (well, more like massively evolved) my diss topic mid-summer whilst dealing with a couple of plate fulls in life (see part 2, coming to you shortly, tomorrow), and I went into the third and final year of my degree having read lots over summer and still feeling like I was constantly catching up during term time (if you know, you know). And so I’m going into 2019 still panting and running but at least I know I’m on track (kinda) for the chaos that is next term. . Here are some 2018 highlights, fiction and criticism alike, in no particular order: Evelina // Frances Burney Life Studies // Robert Lowell Ethan Frome // Edith Wharton The Collected Poems // William Carlos Williams The Drowned World // J.G. Ballard How Late It Was, How Late // James Kelman Middlemarch // George Eliot (duh!) . Culture and Anarchy // Matthew Arnold Grave new world: the decline if the West in the fiction of J.G. Ballard // Dominika Oramus Advertising and Satirical Culture in the Romantic Period // John Strachan The Victorian Frame of mind, 1830-1870 // W.E. Houghton Earth is the alien planet: J.G. Ballard’s four-dimensional nightmare // David Pringle . Thanks all for sticking around🥂❤️
“I think we are just insects, we live a bit and then die and that’s the lot. There’s no mercy in things. There’s not even a Great Beyond. There’s nothing.” -John Fowles, The Collector ____ I finally read this book. I’ve been anticipating to read it for a while now and this satisfies me. But, it also leaves me unsatisfied, in some ways. I am not sure if I truly understood the depths of this novel. From the surface, I can tell you it’s about a man who is a collector of butterflies, who, in a way, wants to capture the beauty of those butterflies and does so by killing them and keeping them in a drawer, not even showing them to anyone but just to satisfy himself. Then, he suddenly wins a lot of money, and gradually starts obsessing over a woman named Miranda whom he plans on someday “keeping as a guest” in his home so that she’ll eventually fall in love with him. Miranda is this beautiful and intelligent art student who understands too much and sees things very differently than Fredric (the collector). So when she tries to understand how Fred’s mind works, the story takes turns into debates about what actually is beauty, or what is right and wrong, and how ugly can indifference make something which might be beautiful. That’s what the story says, that hate isn’t the opposite of love, but indifference is. And then there is a lot of talk about art, about morality, about freedom, and so on. I feel like I’ll have to read a lot of analysis and discussion to fully understand this text. One thing I just read in a review was that how the metaphor of a butterfly can be applied to Miranda. Because in a way she was at the most crucial time of his life when Fred decides to hold her captive for his own satisfaction, and sort of putting a stop at her growth, or at her “metamorphosis”, as they’d say. And that rings right to me as well. All in all, I wasn’t really disturbed by the novel, was intrigued instead, but I was also a bit bored by the slow pace of narration when it was Fred’s POV. But then it also makes sense that it was boring and I guess that’s the choice Fowles deliberately made. So, Rating it a 3.75/5 ______ #johnfowles #thecollector #vintageclassics #vintageinthewild
Work// Leisure. Trying to be productive this morning but my book is eyeing me from the other corner of the table, expecting to be read. Will I put it away though? Of course not! I need to make it as difficult as possible because deep down I really do just want to give in and read. On the work note, I’m hoping that some of you are English teachers (specifically in the ESL field) and can advise me a bit: what are your favourite resources to use when planning a reading lesson? And what are you reading today? #books #reading #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeatures #lovereading #igbooks #bookphoto #bibliophile #booksandbeans #booksandcoffee #culturetripbooks #vsco #vscobooks #vscoreads #bookworm #bookaddict #met_createchange #thefinchbook #bookclubcollective #bookish #bookishfeatures #moleskine #readingjournal #igreads #literary #lifestyle #booksbooksbooks #readersofinstagram #booksofinstagram
I consistently find myself reading Bukowski around Christmas and the New Year, something about the gloomy weather maybe. I'm okay with it. • "There's nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower. What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don't live up until their death." • •• ••• •••• #bukowski #charlesbukowski #thecaptainisout #thecaptainisouttolunchandthesailorshavetakenovertheship #bookish #bibliophile #bookstagram #goodreads #booksofinstagram #bookphotography #bookphoto #booklover #bookaddict #amreading #instabook #instaread #igreads #igbook #readersofinstagram #bookstagramfeatures #bookishfeatures #vscoreads #vscobooks #bookcommunity #bookishcommunity #thefinchbook
“I stand corrected at the edge of the street. I stick my face out in the wind. Bursts of air-condition heat groaning up the sky. Faraway jets above. I know where they’ll fly. If I was on I would. Go like that. Outside my door I walk under the scaffold. Not the same as ladder. But bless myself all the same. I didn’t for a long time and look what happened then? No what happened you isn’t all my.” - A Girl is a Half-formed Thing . Back from Portugal, here’s a grainy photo of my week in reading terms. Finished the last bit of Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop on the flight over, was a bit shook by the ending for the rest of that day. Turned to Kelman on day two, McBride on day five, and finally started Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 on the flight home yesterday. I’ve never read such a breadth of narrative styles in eight days. I’ve never found myself so confused by plot and style in so short a time. . #eimearmcbride writes with energy. That book honestly escalated from zero to a hundred so quickly, found myself flipping back to try and work out how the hell she got from A to B. Kind of how Pynchon also feels at the minute, to be honest. But ultimately I think it’s the explicitness and specificity of the language that hits you and moves you. For all my initial confusion about plot, the novel works because all the flailing bits and pieces come together, somehow. Like it just works, it’s hard to say how. Made me cry, would recommend. It won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2014, too.
“Certain books prove that I am not completely alone. That is all that upholds me in moments of absolute despair.”-Ričardas Gavelis, Vilnius Poker Good morning, booksters 🌻 I recently started reading this novel which has been on my radar for a good few months now. I heard about it on a podcast from the London Book Fair where they were talking about European literature and particularly Lithuanian literature. Having never read any Lithuanian literature in my life I was immediately intrigued and I thought I had to get a copy of this, which came so highly recommended by the speaker. The book is about the effect of Soviet rule on Lithuanian culture and identity, and the story is told against the backdrop of its capital city, Vilnius. Gavelis is not remotely subtle in his descriptions of the horrors of that era, in fact he defines them in exquisite detail using metaphors and imagery bordering on the absurd and overtly grotesque at times. It starts off with the narrator, Vytautas, describing flashbacks from the labour camps and lamenting both his own altered character and the lack of definable identity in Lithuania as a whole. So far it hasn’t been an easy read but it’s not like anything I’ve ever read before and I’m relishing the challenge of getting to grips with it. Of course, it is right up my alley in terms of being about the Soviet era and all. Have you read this or any other Lithuanian literature? Would you like to? #books #reading #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeatures #bookish #bookphoto #bookphotography #igbooks #met_createchange #vsco #vscobooks #vscoreads #lovereading #currentlyreading #bibliophile #bookworm #europeanliterature #culturetripbooks #goodreads #literaryquotes #booksandbeans #thefinchbook #bookclubcollective #readingjournal #moleskine #booksofinstagram #booksbooksbooks #bookishfeatures #readersofinstagram
“He says I can’t be waiting for it all the time. I’d give my eyes to fix him but. The heart cannot be wrung and wrung. And she like calmest Virgin Mary sitting on the bed. Hands warming up her sides for. What’re you saying? Breath. Going? Leaving? But he’s just stopped dying.” . #currentlyreading Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. Only thirty pages in so will keep you updated on progress. So far finding the narrative and written style quite challenging to grasp. Very broken, intermingled thoughts. Some very raw impulsive emotions directly voiced. Oddly poetic and rhythmical. . Finished Kelman’s How late it was, how late, and I didn’t expect to love it this much. I didn’t expect to finish it within two days. Interested to see how it compares with McBride’s narrative style since they’ve both gone for that impulsive, straight-from-the-mouth-no-filter approach. Favourite quote goes to: “But cause ye’re blind ye don’t know it but every c**t’s staring at ye, staring right into ye, like one of these terrible wee nightmare movies, the Twilight Zone or something. The only good thing is ye cannay see. That’s the only good thing about it. Ye don’t know they’re doing it.” (p. 274) Like damn, I think a tear came out at this moment. Would recommend it to everyone and anyone. . Hope everyone’s having a very happy Christmas, wherever you may be in the world. Today is about being in good company, so I hope you had that🎄🥂
My "to be read" list for 2019 is already intimidating. So why not add another book? I'm going into this blind because an author I read suggested this series. Thanks to Book Outlet for having a copy that was cheap like borscht! • "Joe had always considered individual words as finite units of currency, and he believed in savings." • •• ••• •••• #cjbox #openseason #joepickett #tbr #toberead #bookoutlet #bookoutlethaul #bookish #bibliophile #bookstagram #goodreads #booksofinstagram #bookphotography #bookphoto #booklover #bookaddict #amreading #instabook #instaread #igreads #igbook #readersofinstagram #bookstagramfeatures #bookishfeatures #vscoreads #vscobooks #bookcommunity #bookishcommunity #thefinchbook
This lives up! So fascinating how long they got away with this scam/delusion before it came to a head. “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” (2018)
Shop front simplicity. . As a family, we hardly ever spend Christmas at home. People always ask me why that’s the case. Sometimes we’re in HK with the extended fam, or we love a classic trip up to Germany for the OG markets. My parents left ‘home’ very early on and spent their first years of marriage in Munich back in the 90s. I never lived in HK and I don’t consider it home. I later spent three and a half years of my childhood around and about Frankfurt before moving to Paris. When your notion of home is as fluid as water, you realise you can make anywhere your home if you really try. I’m not immune to the stares of locals, I’m not immune to being frustrated when people assume my identity before I breathe a word. But you know that you’ll be fine wherever, you know that even a sense of complete placelessness and that position as perpetual foreigner doesn’t put you off anymore. The meaning of ‘family traditions’ isn’t really about a specific ‘what’ for us. Yes, there are presents, yes, we do love a big dinner. But most of all, December is about being together after all. This year we’re here, renting out a little flat close to town, cooking and eating our way through the holiday🍃🗝
I used to read this book to my kids. They grew up and I lost the book. It would float in and out of my head and I was always on the search for a hardback version. After years of searching, I went to Powell’s with my Portland daughter. When I saw they had used books, I started with my usual spiel. Before the words were out, some amazing book loving woman had this in my hands. It still makes me happy. It is a soft, quiet book to read by the lights of the Christmas tree or on a snowy evening. #robertfrost #andmilestogobeforeisleep #susanjeffers #powellsbooks #penguinbooks #mysimplechristmas #bookstagram #bookish #christmasbooks #booklove #thefinchbook #vintagesleighbells #vintagechristmas #winterstories
Happy weekend! I’ve been thinking a lot over the past week about Christmas traditions. This is the third year that I’ll be away from home through the holidays & it’s tough sometimes to get into the spirit of things, knowing that I won’t see friends & family in the coming week. So I’ve made a conscious effort to do more seasonal things to lift my spirits & create new traditions. — At the start of December, we always watch the local truck light parade, where businesses deck out their vehicles in lights & drive through the city in convoy. Then at some point we check out the tree festival & gingerbread showcase, as well as Tuba Christmas. That’s all rounded off by carols at Government House. In amongst all that, we roll out the eggnog & mince tarts while we write our cards & then watch a few seasonal films. Always A Very Murray Christmas & Love Actually, plus anything else that strikes our fancy. When it comes to gift-giving, we’ve also adapted the Icelandic tradition of giving a book on Christmas Eve & spending the evening reading it (one of my personal favourites!!). — Many of the traditions I had as a kid have fallen away over the years, but I’m loving adding these new traditions to bring in the holidays. What about you - what are some of your favourite traditions? — Happy Saturday everybody! Whether you’re scrambling for last minute gifts or all done with shopping & preparing for Christmas Day itself, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
“But it was his eyes, that was the main fucking problem like he had gone blind but the black had stopped him appreciating the fact. But it felt like morning. He tried some manoeuvres. But naw, he couldnay see a thing. Nothing. Fuck all. He did some more manoeuvres. Still nothing. But at the back of his brain he had this funny sort of recollection, like what was happening was something he had known for a while, he just hadnay registered the fact, as if it was some kind of bad dream running side-by-side with his life.” . #currentlyreading Kelman for le degree. The ‘bruised cadences of demotic Glaswegian,’ as the Telegraph describes it, are certainly no simple walk in the park for me. I’m not exactly from Scotland. And I’m not well read in Scottish writing either. As much as nation and identity play central to this work, I am finding it far more graspable than I had perhaps anticipated. Very raw, full of admirable blunt honesty. Like the crack in the wall, if you so wish. If anyone has any thoughts on this, do comment!
It’s Winter 💙 . . . . . . . . #bookstagram #readwomen #readersofinstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bibliophile #bookworm #bookishfeatures #igreads #thefinchbook #booklover #bookish #sobookinggood #bookfeaturepage #shelfjoy
Quick throwback to late summer scenes because I’m currently doing the world’s most awful task of backing up a year’s worth of photos onto the hard-drive— and whilst doing so have uncovered many a candid gem. . Been back home for about six days. Can confidently say that this term has been one of the hardest. Headed to Lisbon tomorrow. Packed four books and it feels optimistic. Will give a bigger update on life and lit when I’m on the other side🎄
✨ STOP AHEAD ✨ Have y’all read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield? It’s one of those books that I just so happened to pick up at the exact moment in my life that I was supposed to. He says right out of the gate, “There’s a secret that real writers know and maybe wannabe writers don’t and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is resistance.” This resistance he talks about is fascinating and I think every single one of us can relate to it! Can’t wait to finish it but I’m sure I will find a way to resist doing so 😆
MY HEART😭😭😭♥️♥️♥️ I’ve finally finished reading this beautiful book after almost a month. I think, subconsciously, I was trying not to finish this book sooner because of just how well it is written, and how happy-sad it made me at every page. So today morning, before going to work, I woke up an hour earlier and decided to complete it. It was just time. And I’ve been thinking what to write about it the whole 10 hours after I had finished it. I still can’t decide how to “review” it. But this is just it. My review is this: this book is a must read. It made me travel through various stages in life, with the same beautiful writing, and made me look at things in a way I didn’t before. And, I can finally put my strong opinion forward on the brilliance of books that include letters: they are building blocks of an amazing story. So when this story consists of tens of heartfelt letters, how could I not love it? So, ending here because I guess there isn’t enough space to write the feelings I’m feeling right now about this book. It may not even be thaaaat brilliant for some people, but for me, finally reading something after months, this was everything. _______ #jonathansafranfoer #extremelyloudandincrediblyclose #penguinclassics
My first time reading an e-book start to finish and what a read it was. Have you read No Longer Human, or any other Dazai? • This novel is absolutely depression in book form. The main character feels alienated and isolated from the rest of humanity, so much so that he says he's no longer human. We follow him through alcoholism, drug addiction, insane asylums, willful destruction of relationships and multiple suicide attempts. Heartbreaking and often hard to swallow, but so well written you can't help but read on. • Maybe the most heartbreaking part is that the novel is essentially biographical, and the author, with his mistress, drown themselves shortly after it was published. • •• ••• •••• #nolongerhuman #osamudazai #dazaiosamu #bookish #bibliophile #bookstagram #goodreads #booksofinstagram #bookphotography #bookphoto #booklover #bookaddict #amreading #instabook #instaread #igreads #igbook #readersofinstagram #bookstagramfeatures #bookishfeatures #vscoreads #vscobooks #bookcommunity #bookishcommunity #thefinchbook
Happy Monday! Christmas is almost here & I’ve been so swamped with work that I’ve yet to get truly into the spirit. I have been making the most of the seasonal treats though! Are you all ready for Christmas? — I recently finished The Eyre Affair & really loved its mash up of nods to classic literature & a thriller, all set in an alternate U.K. It was a fun read that made good use of the source material to do something different. I’m excited to read more of the Thursday Next series! — Hope you all have a wonderful week & find a little quiet time to read & relax as we come into Christmas.
“Comings and goings, returns, round trips, slow returns. Count them in a fit of energy or discount them as circles of melancholy. Going back to the home land, to the east, to my father’s hearth. “ I’m #currentlyreading Assia Djebar’s The Tongue’s Blood Does Not Run Dry, a collection of stories set amidst the mid 90s conflict in Algeria, during which hundreds of thousands of Algerians were killed in Islamist assassinations and government army reprisals. Stunningly lyrical and devastatingly sad, this collection begs the question - what happens when catastrophe becomes an everyday occurrence? So far, this collection has been spellbinding, one I can wholeheartedly recommend
#repost @inspirit_pages • • • I finished reading Max Lucado's Travelling Light two days ago and it is an amazing book. This is what I am currently reading, it's my first African book of the year set in Zimbabwe 😊 . . . The Book of Memory is the story of an albino lady who is accused of killing the man she was sold to as a child. The story is narrated by the protagonist, Memory, in the Harare Prison where she's being held. It has been an enjoyable read so far but what I find most interesting are the names of the characters, they're hilarious 😂. Here is a snippet that made me laugh so hard: . . . "MaiPrincess was also called MaiMaTwins because she had given birth to two sets of twins. She had six children under the age of twelve. She was the most pregnant woman that anyone had ever seen. She seemed always to have just given birth, be about to give birth or be feeding a child at her breast. Her first two children, the twin girls Princess and Pretty, were followed by their brother, Progress, then by a girl, Promise, and twin boys, Providence and Privilege. For all I know, she had more children after I left Mufakose. Perhaps she had a Prudence, a Praise or a Promotion. Perhaps she had a Prevarication or a Predestination." . . . . . . . . #currentlyreading #bookstagram #thebookofmemory #petinagappah #bookish #bibliophile #bookworm #booklover #booknerd #bookstagramfeatures #bookishfeatures #bookishfeed #bookflatlays #reading #igreads #readersofig #bookaddict #bookphotography #books #thefinchbook
Please go read Insomnia. In it, Benjamin waxes lyrical about her elusive quest for sleep, but Insomnia is about so much more than that. Marina digresses into philosophical, literary, and psychological tangents that, frankly, thrilled me. Drawing heavily from sources such as Proust, Mary Oliver, Robert Bolaño (among many, many more), Benjamin weaves a delightfully fragmented, genre-bending story, that, ostensibly about sleeplessness, is in truth more accurately about the human experience as a whole.
Sea Monsters resonates with the New Wave music it dispenses in drips, as backdrop, a genre as well-suited to the hypnotic overtones of Aridjis' forthcoming novel as any one could imagine. Beautiful and strange, Aridjis weaves a tale of teenage longing, lucha libre, and Ukranian dwarves. Not a whole lot “happens” - the novel is unapologetically inward-gazing - and I love that about it. Would definitely recommend this one, and I’m looking forward to future releases from this promising author!
Shout out to @books.and.blankets for her posts about Franny and Zooey, I've finally picked it up! And thanks to @ngoyhoaasianfoodsreginask for keeping me well stocked with Mogu Mogu! • “I’m just sick of ego, ego, ego. My own and everybody else’s. I’m sick of everybody that wants to get somewhere, do something distinguished and all, be somebody interesting." • •• ••• •••• #frannyandzooey #salinger #jdsalinger #mogumogu #bookish #bibliophile #bookstagram #goodreads #booksofinstagram #bookphotography #bookphoto #booklover #bookaddict #amreading #instabook #instaread #igreads #igbook #readersofinstagram #bookstagramfeatures #bookishfeatures #vscoreads #vscobooks #bookcommunity #bookishcommunity #thefinchbook
#currentlyreading The Incendiaries, which has been an enthralling journey, to say the least. I’ve spent the weekend writing reviews and reading feverishly, so expect a flurry of posts in the next week wrapping up all the books I’ve been living/breathing. Hopefully you guys are cool with that 🤷🏻♀️
I totally missed the memo about Didion’s birthday the other day which....shame on me. There are a number of authors I can count among my all-time favorites, but without question, Joan is at the top of that list. Her journalistic prowess is undeniable, and she herself, profoundly “cool”, with a kind of quiet glamour I can only aspire to. If you’re unfamiliar with her/wondering where to start, may I recommend Slouching Towards Bethlehem. It’s one of my favorites. • . Happy birthday, Joan, here’s to you.
“Why d’you read then?” “Partly for pleasure, and because it’s a habit and I’m just as uncomfortable if I don’t read as if I don’t smoke, and partly to know myself. When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me; I’ve got out of the book all that’s any use to me, and I can’t get anything more if I read it a dozen times. You see, it seems to me, one’s like a closed bud, and most of what one reads and does has no effect at all; but there are certain things that have a peculiar significance for one, and they open a petal; and the petals open one by one and at last the flower is there.” -W.S. Maugham, Of Human Bondage _____ Read this quote in @iamthebookbug ‘s recent post and remembered when I spent almost 3 months reading this humongous (but brilliant) book. . I haven’t posted a picture of my bookshelves in a very long time so here they are, being messy and overflowing as usual😅 —SWIPE LEFT— ______
Happy Monday! Now we’re into December I feel that I can fully embrace the Christmas spirit. We’ve already hit up a few more craft fairs & Saturday was the annual truck light parade, which we watch every year. A lot of the decorations go up around mid-November here, which feels much too early for me. When do you start preparing for Christmas - are you a November or December person? — I managed to a fair amount of reading done last month, including a few non-fiction reads. Not all were stellar but I enjoyed the variety! What was your favourite from last month? — Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 The Cruellest Month - Louise Penny ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Murders in the Rue Morgue & Other Tales - Edgar Allen Poe ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 My Dog Tulip - J. R. Ackerley ⭐️⭐️
Yes, yes, all the yes. Just go read it; or listen to it, like I did, because I needed Mrs. Obama to read this to me in her own voice and words. “Becoming” (2018)
For the past month, I have been so obsessed with contemporary Japanese Literature. Proceeding with this month, I have read a total of 7 books, which is quite a feat for me since there’s a lot of work to do at the uni at the moment. . I finished reading Hiro Arikawa’s The Travelling Cat Chronicles which features a cat with a heart, who feels loyalty and gratitude and would never abandon his loving human master – not at the first rumble of an erupting volcano; not even on hearing rumours of enemy submarines lurking in the Irish Sea. . Moving. And explicitly heartfelt. It is a novella that takes you to voyeur in the lives of Satoru and Nana. Their story will make you laugh, and cry at times. But you would most likely find yourself staring at the blank space wondering about those happy moments with people we loved the most. Although this surfaces as a human-feline relationship, I can’t help but think about the bond and memories I’ve formed with people I hold close to my heart. The journey that Satoru and Nana took felt like a journey I should also take—a step back to trace people who’ve become part of our lives, people who matter, people who will ultimately long for our presence once we turn into dust. . I hold this story close to my heart. And I hope I get to read more stories like this. I really encourage everyone to grab this magnificent book!
"But who is the director? What is our wait for? I would like to make a movie in which the spectator understands that she is in a work of someone else's construction, and yet as she watches, she is devising her own translations for the movie in which she in fact exists." Currently reading Insurrecto by @gapostol and I'm loving it so far.
When you’re expecting a sort of whodunit about a possible arson fire that destroyed a library in Los Angeles in the 80’s — and you end up getting so much more! Susan Orlean did her research, and the result is this fascinating history of not only the effects of the fire on the LA community, but libraries in general. A library love letter. And what a beautiful book to hold and flip through in person (I listened to this on audio; Ms. Orlean narrates herself- would recommend!) The Library Book (2018)