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Seventeen-year-old Reyna, is the daughter of an esteemed navigator. While on an adventure to prove her ability to be a female explorer for the royal house of St. John del Mar, Reyna’s ship is attacked by pirates and she is left to swim to shore in sea serpent infested waters.
Enter Captain Levi, the second child of the king of Lunes. I enjoyed how Lucier originally introduced this character as weeping in public on the port than Reyna swims to. Levi is a strong, independent man who is captain of his own ship and leads many men to battle. However, Lucier took this introduction to depict this ‘manly man’ as crying. Something that is not often seen in teen books. I found that this opening scene allows for Levi to feel his emotions and embrace grief while still being a strong male lead. YA readers, male especially, should be able to view Levi as a character to look up to and not just someone who needs to ‘man up’ and stop crying.
Lucier has a way with writing settings so vibrantly that they come to life in the reader’s head. The kingdoms of Lunes and St. John del Mar are so well written that I could practically smell the salty breeze as Reyna walks along the port of call. If your book buzzwords are sea, kingdoms or exploring, you have to pick up the Tower of Winds books. These books are action packed, witty and full of political intrigue, all of which are well executed and simple enough to grasp the reader without info-dumping.
Although this is a companion, I would recommend reading Isle of Blood and Stone first as some characters reappear and it would be helpful and fun to have the background of Blood and Stone more but also thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked the storyline of King Ulises and Elias more than Reyna, therefore, if you are only going to read one of Lucier’s novels, I would recommend the first of the duology. With that being said, I would highly recommend both for YA and middle-grade readers.
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Happy Sunday friends ♡ I love sundays because I get to spend time playing Dungeons and Dragons with a great group of people and then preparing for my first week with kids! I'm so excited to dive back in to teaching ELA and working with ith graders.
What are your Sunday rituals or routines?
Gorgeous funkos from @libraryofthenight including my custom Gatsby that I absolutely love. Lots of goodies in shop that you can use code PARCHMENT10 to save a bit of money. .
Yoga mat on the ground and nothing in place. This is reality y'all. 😊. Best of all, I have no shame about posting and this view still makes me happy. ✌🏾 Happy Sunday everyone!
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Overdue Book Review.
The difference between biography and auto-biography is tt the former is written by someone else regarding a particular person as a subject. AutoB is written by the subject him/herself.
This book may seem like a biography of the late Yasmin Ahmad, but... it is not. It is a collection of memories from friends, families and colleagues OF her. Nuggets of funny stories, text messages, observations of her idiosyncracies fill up the pages. All these are much easier and lighter read than a typical biography.
If i may summarise how the late YA was perceived by her peers, is that she was a spiritual, humble, principled person who was attuned to the observation of emotions; hers and others. YA always talked about solat, and looked forward to putting on the telekung. Lemme be brutally honest here: i did not expect that, and boy, did this revelation humble me.
Do u still remember that advertisement of an old uncle on bicycle shouting "Suratkhabar lamaaaaa?". YA was in the marketing team for tt ad and tt script was her idea, born from her own experience observing her world. Didnt know i was a fan of her work before her film directoral debut.
I remember an interview with her on TV regarding what makes her a great director...she simply answered that her job is to identify and appreciate talents. Talents are God-gift, and who is she to meddle and interfere with gift given by God! She is nothing, hence, allows that talent a space to do what it is supposed to do. That is how spiritual she was and im so inspired by that. This does not mean laziness or taking a back seat.... she meant knowing one's place, knowing one's limitations, respecting other's place and empowering other's greatness. And those take a lot of restrains and wisdom.
The book is available to be passed on. Dm me if you're interested i shall post it to you, and please... pass it forward once you're done.
Even the state of the book is intentional. The book looks like how it was when i unwrapped it, and that state of the book invites your reflections too!
New scores from the apartment building book swap/Little Free Library. Orange must be in now since all the books I nabbed today have orange on them.
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
I think I'm going to change up my #Thrillerathon list before it even begins and add in The Perfect Nanny because I can't resist it's call. Plus my TBR is always subject to change as I'm waiting for a few books from the library so may have to swap some out anyway.
Yonka Paris kindly sent me these products a few weeks ago, and after testing them for a little while it’s time to share a review with you all 💜
Yonka is a luxury French skincare brand that offers products for each skin type. I provided them with information about my skin type and concerns, and they chose to send me their Dry Skin Toner, Hydrating Repairing Cream, and their Spot Treatment.
At first glance I love the beautiful packaging and the care that obviously goes into these products.
The toner is very refreshing. It’s quite a large bottle so it would last a while.
The cream is on the thicker side (I would describe it as an in between of Protini and Lala if you want a comparison. It feels quite hydrating and left my skin soft.
Unfortunately while I was testing these products I didn’t have many active breakouts so I only had cause to use the spot treatment once or twice, but from those few uses the spot treatment seems effective at reducing the irritation from the pimple.
My one complaint about these products is the heavy presence of EOs. In low concentrations I am not always irritated by these, but this brand’s products are very heavily focused on essential oils. Their fragrance is strong and it seemed to cause irritation on my skin. While the toner was hydrating my skin also felt itchy. The same occurred with the cream. I don’t believe this reaction is unique to this brand, but rather my personal sensitivity to EOs. For that reason, I will not be repurchasing. However, if you are not bothered by fragrance or essential oils, I would recommend checking out this brand 💜
📸 Sunday Shelfie! 📸⠀
We do our toy rotation every 2-3 weeks. That seems to be the burnout time for toys lately. ⠀
▪️Body Part/Parts of the Face puzzles - Ties into our "All About Me" theme. Found these for $1 at @onceuponachild⠀
▪️Small World: Over the Rainbow - This has been a staple on our shelf for a bit, but she takes it down at least every other day so it will stay! Focuses on imaginative play. Our trees, boulder, hedgehog, and mushroom were purchased from @chickadeeswoodentoys . A link to her store is in my bio! ⠀
▪️Insects and Colors - In the wooden bowl is her collection of Melissa & Doug bugs, next to her primary color tablets. The great part about the bugs is that they are pretty basic colors, so I paired them with the color tablets so that she could compare their colors against the color tablets.⠀
▪️Tool Set - Another thrift store find from @once_upon_a_child_gastonia . This tool set gets a lot of love every time I take it out. ⠀
▪️Basket of Loose Parts - Exactly what the name implies. 100% were bought from my lovely friend at @chickadeeswoodentoys . They are my go-to afternoon killer. I'm not lying when I say that she can spend 3 hours on a rainy afternoon with this basket.⠀
▪️Small World: Farm - I have a few small world sets I shuffle through when I pull out her "box of animals" that I'll mention below. ⠀
▪️Birthday Cake - Her birthday is this month. Last years she had an epic meltdown when we attempted a smash cake photo shoot. This year I am hoping to avert such a crisis by pretending with wooden cake ahead of time. And honestly, isn't it just so cute!⠀
▪Box of Animals - This is a collection of unused bath toys (because ew, mold), drive thru prizes, and thrift store animals. I keep them all in the same box if they aren't involved in a specific activity.⠀
▪️Pioneer Blocks - I stumbled across these wooden blocks and have just fallen in love. They're made by @timbergrainnc , a local toy-maker friend. They offered my followers 10% off using code "PEARLS10". Check em out! A link to their store is in my bio. I'll be showing them in more detail in the weeks to come.
Have I mentioned how much I love small canvases? 😂 Seriously though, it’s so funny how tiny things are so inherently cute!! I just bought 18 more 4x4 inch canvases because I have an addiction and I’m not looking to quell it anytime soon :)
I do love these punny cozy mystery titles! A bunch of you have said you love them too, so I’m going to make it more regular, and try and do a #sillysundayshelf every week!
I think my favorite this week is number 5. But number 8 also cracks me up. 🤣🤣
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Obsessing over FAB’s 10 year anniversary packaging! #complimentaryfromfirstaidbeauty 🎉🎈
First Aid Beauty gifted me their Ultra Repair Cream in their new limited edition birthday packaging. This cream was actually one of the very first versatile moisturizers I ever used when I started my skincare journey @ around 14 years old! It has a very thick consistency but absorbs so nicely and doesn’t make me feel super greasy. I love that I can use it on my body and face without clogging my pores 🙌🏻
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QOTD:- Are your shelves are organized ? Read anything good this weekend ?
A:- I think mine are pretty organized. I only have these 2 shelves and they are filled but I have around 7 books coming on my way and I have no idea how I’m gonna fit them all.I have been wanting to post a #shelfiesunday pic for a while but couldn’t take a proper pic I loved this one also liked how my @tbb_box art prints and post cards look in this one
Reading Update :- DAMNNNNNNNNN I just finished The Thirteen and my god it was such a good read. I wanted to read more thrillers last month and couldn’t do it but I read this one and now I’m craving them 🙈🙌🏻 I’ll do a review for this one soon
CHALLENGES #bookbookowlhashtagaugust#shelfiesunday #somethingwhoaug19 DOCTOR PLEASE TELL ME WHO I AM | BOOKS YOU LOVE BUT CAN’T REMEMBER MUCH ABOUT - Maze Runner takes the cake for this but for its defense I read this one back in like 2017 I would love to reread and complete the trilogy ( I DNFed the last book last year ) so that’s one of my bookish goals this year
P.S:- There’s a mistake in this arrangement tell me if u find it and also tell me what u think of the shelfie ❤️🙌🏻
Whah-at? Two posts in one day?? You betcha!!
QOTD: If there's a fire, and you can only save one book, which book would you choose?
AOTD: I didn't even have to think about it, without a doubt it would be The Bear and the Nightingale by @arden_katherine. Reason? All of the reasons... ALL.OF.THEM!! .
Today's featured #bookstagrammer for #bookwolfaugust19 is @thelovelydarlingbones. Miriam's feed is so aesthetically pleasing, I could sit and scroll for days. It's soft, warm, moody, like sitting in front of a warm fire on a snowy day. Definitely go follow here for some great content.
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How do you decide what books to read next?
When it comes to business, my method has always been FIFO (first in, first out) but my reading life is all kinds of complicated. I have mental TBR lists, I get easily distracted by new releases, I try to apply FIFO, I try to find some backlists, I’m influenced by bookstagram and book clubs, but I’m also a huge mood reader. Welp!
Mostly pictured are my 2019 reads. On the top shelf, everything to the right of A Gentleman In Moscow and below are my 2019 reads. I haven’t included the books I’ve read in August just yet, and I’m trying to decide what’s next.
How do you decide what to read next? What influences your reading?
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Books and blooms ❤️ Happy Sunday from my bookshelf to yours! We have just been shopping, now Michael is watching the cricket and I’m doing some editing. How is your Sunday going?
Hubby’s collection is growing right before our eyes and I couldn’t be more proud! He’s got his vitamin c serum, treatment oil, spf, night cream and body cream. Now I just need to somehow get him to exfoliate/tone after cleansing and we’ll have a complete regimen!
✈️ My dad moved out of state while I was in college, and I’ve been pretty lazy about getting a large portion of my books out of storage for about ten years now. 😅 And now that seems like a blessing, since my small New England apartment literally can’t contain anymore book shelves, and I’ve got a full wish list of books to buy already. (My bank account: 😭) .
🖊 I’m a bad poet but a good poetry reader, and though this isn’t my whole collection, this is a shelf of some books that have stood out to me in the past three years or so. It’s not pictured here, but The Art of Losing, edited by Kevin Young is the book of poems I’m currently reading through. Even if you think you don’t like poetry, I highly recommend regularly reading it. .
🔈 I am always looking for more poetry (and book) recommendations so please let me know what you’re reading in the comments! .
Okay, so I'm really bad at explaining what a book is about to another person, so when my mother asked me about Wolfsong and Ravensong, I said something like this: (it might spoil you a bit if you haven't read them) .
So, there is this young boy, Ox, his father is really bad, but luckily he gets out of the picture pretty quick! Then we have Gordo, who is Ox's father, brother, friend and he hates the Bennetts. Then, Ox meets Joe, who is a Bennett, who's just a kid, and he talks all the time, but Ox was told that Joe hasn't been talking for over a year, since he got kidnapped... then Joe gives him his wolf, and they don't know what it means until they get older and fall in love... but Joe leaves for three years when his dad dies, and he leaves Ox behind, and when he comes back, Ox is pretty angry with him.... then in the second book we follow Gordo, and who's tattoos glow. Mark, who is a Bennett too, gave Gordo his wolf when they were young, but Gordo gave it back, and now they don't even talk to each other! And Gordo is being so mean and it hurts! They should be happy cause they are pack!!
Oh... I should probably tell you, that they are wolves, right?? .
Yup. I'm really good at explaining 😂 my mom just stared at me like I was speaking a whole other language! Oh, and my real life speech was way worse than what I wrote here!! .
£120 worth of books bought from the charity shops this weekend for a total of £27.50! 😍😍 I cant believe what a good haul we had! Most of these I’d literally eyed up 10 mins earlier in Waterstones! 📚❤️💜🧡💙💚📚
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"Nightmare", her mother asked when she woke up panting.
She managed a smile but deep down she knew it's a reality.
She sat down opened her diary and started scribbling. " Are we still alive", she wrote.
Those trolls, those messages, those comments all came in front of her eyes like a film on a reel.
"How can she?", she screamed.
She was my best friend diary, how can she do that to me. She backstabbed me.
I considered her to be one of my best buddies and she did that to me. She went on to people narrating stories I haven't done, sins that I never committed, people I have never bitched about. She turned all those people against me who were my people but she was so good to me.
How can she diary?
Suddenly, a teardrop fell on the blank white page but it was absorbed and the diary begins to glow.
Words started appearing on the pages from nowhere. She thought she might be having visions but leaped on the pages and tired reading them, "My love, God created human beings, the most beautiful art but when he looked down from above, he could see nothing but insects crawling. He gave moral values intact within their soul but the greed for wealth, fame, money and whatnot, have transformed them to creatures without heart and humanity.
For some backbiting is food to their soul.
They are relieved when they find people upset. They never wanted to be only friends with you rather they wanted to be friends with benefits. No one in the entire world except a few wants another person to be on the top. Everyone is jealous be it your relatives or your so-called best friends.
They forget to put themselves in the place where they putting others into. Life is beyond that. Success comes with hatred. If people don't hate you, probably you aren't doing something interesting. Let them be what they are. Nurture yourself and be the better version."
I’m not sure what I can contribute to the symphony of praise or cacophony of hype (depending on how you viewed Ocean Vuong’s novel). More than anything, it made me reflect on writing and composition and, more specifically, my writing. Maybe that is its resonance. Evidently, expertly composed - the language was this novel’s drawcard. I was captured early on, through the inter-splicing of memories - of Lan and Rose and Paul and Trevor, but something started to wane towards the end. No one loves a well-constructed sentence more than me; however, despite Little Dog’s story, which at many moments made my heart ache; for me, personally, it left me feeling a little perplexed by my response to it. And I’m not sure why. Maybe this is a gestational thing. Not quite the pivotal book that I thought it would be, but nonetheless, one that perhaps I will meander back to to meditate on HOW we tell stories, the craft of writing and, ultimately, what creates that connection with readers. I am very keen to read Vuong’s poetry and to see what he writes next.
Thank you for gifting this one, @theboxwalla, and for always pursuing diverse reads.
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