Mata Hari someone who moved forward with courage, fearlessly paying the price she had to pay! “They’re tulip seeds, the symbol of our country. But, more than that, they represent a truth you must learn. These seeds will always be tulips, even if at the moment you cannot tell them apart from other ﬂowers. They will never turn into roses or sunﬂowers, no matter how much they might desire to. And if they try to deny their own existence, they will live life bitter and die.” “Love is an act of faith & its face should always be covered in mystery. Every moment should be lived with feeling & emotion because if we try to decipher it & understand it, the magic disappears.” I enjoyed reading about Mata Hari and learning about her life ( her only crime was being an independent woman) as women we've progressed but there is still so many more glass ceilings to break. 📚 #Book44#bookstagram#blogger#mood#fall#bookworm
Book 44 finished - a fantastic novel, Dan Brown's works are so readable and entertaining. Superbly well researched and plotted, the book grips you to the end and poses some interesting ideas on religion, science and the future. One of my favourites this year. #book44#52booksin52weeks
All about the non-fiction this month!
Ever wonder where the Falkland Islands are? Wonder no more! "Bleaker House" follows an author as she travels to an isolated island to write. Interspersed with fictional chapters.
Looooved "Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman". Who doesn't love reading about badass females that continue to do what ever they want?
Spoiler for "Dead Wake" - The US enters the war at the end. I love a good Erik Larson deep dive, and this historical non-fiction about the sinking of Lusitania is extremely detailed.
Finally, "The Little Book of Hygge" (still no idea how to pronounce), is very cute and full of ideas on how to keep your house and life cozy and Danish. It would make a great housewarming gift!
Finally onto the next book. I first watched the movie adapted from this book with Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum. I thought it was an excellent movie, then learned it was a book as well. They did make some changes in the movie (of course), but the story stays the same. A wealthy woman in her mid 30's is in advanced stages of ALS. Bec is the adrift college student who answers the want ad to be her caregiver. Their closeness transforms both of their live's and relationships. #book44#bookstagram#readersofinstagram#bookstagramfeature#readingchallenge#52booksof2017
#book44 okay so i hate love stories because i'm cynical and cranky.. so this was basically the perfect one for me. it had a few predictable things but also some TOTALLY UNPREDICTABLE THINGS i was literally yelling WHAT as i read some parts. ugh it was really good and now i'm sad because i miss the characters and i'm just 😔 thanks @brenna_milank4 for lending this to me and ruining my life 💕
What's in the store :
#Book44 : Homeland by Clare Francis.
This book is set after World War 2 in the quiet rural corner of England that is the Somerset Levels. Into this walks Billy Greer on his return from the war, going back to the house of his uncle and aunt where he spent the difficult teenage years. There, he finds the house and farm in disarray, his uncle aged, and his aunt upstairs confined to bed after a stroke. And he meets again the woman who made his spine tingle when they were both teenagers.
Will he stay to rebuild the farm, or will he go to the promised job in London. And what of Annie, the local girl he could not forget. Grab your read to find it out.
I decided to take a break from YA Fantasy and get into some nonfiction. I can’t believe I never read any of the books that @barackobama wrote! It is almost depressing to read this book now but that mentality really goes against everything he writes here. I’m excited to read more!
Fitting that I finish this insanely well written and planned out book on our Independence Day. The primary reason I set a goal to read more was because the political divide in our country last year reached an all time high in my lifetime. Instead of indulging in #alternativefacts I turned off the tv and educated myself. I wouldn't point fingers or "sound off" on topics I knew nothing about without first learning why my friends and family with opposing beliefs thought the way they did. I guess long story short, if people in my country want us to be less P.C. then we need to also openly speak on eugenics, the rise of white superiority that the wealthy created, classism and how it has a major influence on the racism in our country, and learn about white trash in general. This book isn't an opinion piece. Instead, it is a thought out education on the history people don't seem to want to talk about with over 100 pages of notes and citations. You won't regret this one. #book44#whitetrash#classism#nancyisenberg#racism#bookreview
#book44 It’s the 22nd century and what’s left of America has survived the second American Civil War (fought over the continuing use of fossil fuels after the coasts have eroded from climate change). The book is told by a historian, looking back on the war that killed 10 million and the reunification plague that killed another 100 million, with quotes from “primary sources.”
The premise of the book is excellent and the first half of the book is well-executed. If I had rated the book during the first half, I’d have given it 4 stars. Unfortunately, the second half of the book stumbles, with the passage of time feeling rushed and the changes to Sarat feel like the author gave up on her. The second half is more like 3 stars—good, just not as good as the first half.
It’s a timely book—for those who look at terrorism coming out of places like Syria and wonder how it could happen that someone could be sucked in by violent ideology—this book shows how it happens. Ultimately, the book is about how you radicalize and destroy a child—and how the damage done to one child can have far broader effects than anyone might imagine.
The author has a background in war reporting—Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, the Arab Spring in Egypt, and on-the-ground in Ferguson. His experiences come through in his writing and lend the story of how Sarat was made vulnerable and then radicalized authenticity.
Not a perfect book and I wish the second half were as good as the first—but one I still recommend. (I listened to the audiobook—the voice is a good pick, the only caveat is that this is a book you have to actively pay attention to—you can’t zone out for a minute or two and then easily come back.) ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2