It’s #shelfie time! This particular shelf has two of my favorite collections - three works by Khaled Hosseini (ALL worth reading ) and Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy. The singular book I want to point out is the final book in the trilogy, Edge of Eternity. . . The Century Trilogy follows four families - one each from the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, and the Soviet Union - as they navigate WWI in Fall of Giants, WWII in Winter of the World, and the Cold War in Edge of Eternity. That’s a loose description though, because you can see how thick those books are. Edge of Eternity is particularly pertinent right now because in addition to the Cold War, the book includes the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Watergate scandal, and the Civil Rights Movement. The epilogue ends at the inauguration of President Obama. . . Ken Follett has a special way of bringing history to life through his characters. Actually, I’m listening to World Without End right now, the second in his Kingsbridge trilogy, which covers the Black Death (plague ) in the 1300s, when it was first posited that disease could be spread in the air and perhaps wearing a silk over the mouth and nose might help lessen the risk of getting sick. . . But I digress. This is why reading historical fiction is important - it can help us understand one another, remember how far we’ve come, and see how much farther we have to go. . . #books #edgeofeternity #historicalfiction #favoritebooks #reading #shelfies
In writing #TheLastCrystalTrilogy I’ve learned so much about diversity in the #GreatWestwardMigration , things that weren’t in the schoolbooks of my era. For example, when LA was founded in 1781, 2 of the wives of founding fathers were black, another 8 were mixed race. In fact, 2 more were Spanish and another mixed Indian-Spanish plus 9 more who were Indian. But egalitarianism soon gave way to the structural racism that plagues us today and shows itself in ways such as the presumption of guilt and police brutality toward black sisters and brothers. Knowing history is so important. Sometimes learning it through fiction is more powerful than through textbooks. It’s why I try to be true to history in my writing—to do my small bit to educate myself and those who read my books. #blacklivesmatter #writerslife #instagramauthors #mglit #middlegradelit #reading #yalit #yareads #historicalfiction #AgathaAward #SinCnational . Picture from Peavy & Smith, PIONEER WOMEN: The Lives of Women on the Frontier.
Summers beauties and a good book. I found this unread gem on my kindle last night. I love Paula McLain, so when I noticed this whiIe searching my library it was like finding a lost gift. • • #readwhatyouown #readwhatyouown2020 #historicalfiction #novels #books #bookstagram #booklover #booklove #currentreads #rurallife #readinglife #booklifestyle
What books have you read this summer? 🌴There are many Esther stories out there, but I do find the history so fascinating. 🌴Jill Elieen Smith’s Star of Persia. In an effort to complete a war his father had planned to win, King Xerxes calls every governor, satrap, and official in his vast kingdom to his palace in Susa to strategize and feast. When they finally leave, he decides on one more week of frivolity, which ends in the banishment of his favorite wife, something he never intended to do. But when he discovers Esther, Xerxes is sure he has a second chance at happiness. In her wildest dreams, Esther could never have imagined that she would end up as queen of Persia. Yet she knows better than to become complacent. Another of Xerxes's wives is vying for position, and his closest advisor has a deep and dangerous grudge against Esther's adoptive father. Caught in the middle of palace politics, Esther will find herself in an impossible position: risk her life or consign her people to annihilation. With her impeccable research and her imaginative flair, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the romantic, suspenseful, and beloved story of Esther, queen of Persia. #biblicalfictionfriday #biblicalfiction #christianfictionauthor #biblicalfictionbuffschallenge #biblicalfictionbuffs #christianfictionblogger #christianbookstagram #christianbooks #christianfiction #christianromanceauthors #StarofPersia #jillelieensmith #historicalfiction #historicalromance #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #authorsofinstagram
Something extra for Margaret's birthday since I draw Susie so much anyways !! Margaret had a normal birth and everything went well, Florence recovered alarmingly quick and was back to work designing clothes soon. But, although she usually hates it, she did take some time for herself (and Margaret ) for once. 💙 #oc #ocs #myoc #myocs #originalcharacter #originalcharacters #myoriginalcharacter #myoriginalcharacters #historical #historyinspired #historicalclothes #vintage #traditionalart #markerart #victorian #victorianera #1870s #1870soc #1870sfashion #latevictorian #historicalcharacters #historicalfiction #victorianinspired #steampunk
"In many cultures, sharing a meal or a bit of food is an expression of generosity and love. It allows us to take a moment to pause, be present, and enjoy the company of those around us. To celebrate that tradition, I’ve included many scenes in the novel with meals, shared food, and the characters joined together at a table."- @rutasepetysauthor Ruta Sepetys shares her novel-inspired recipes for THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE, a gripping, portrait of love, silence, and secrets under a Spanish dictatorship, including Tortilla de Patatas, a Spanish potato omelet, and describes the scene where the dish appears: "Although Americans ate very well when they visited Spain in the 1950s, many Spaniards went hungry. The lobster appetizer on the hotel menu in Madrid cost more than many in Spain earned in a month. Throughout the novel, Daniel displays quiet generosity, often through food. When he visits Ana’s home in Vallecas he arrives with wine and snacks. He invites Ana to a room service dinner and asks her to join him at the restaurant Lhardy. And when he attends the capea with Rafa and Fuga, he makes sure to bring lunch—Tortilla de patatas, oranges, and Manchego cheese." Sangria, Tortilla de patatas recipes: bit.ly/RutaSepetysRecipes 🍳🍷🥔 Author Letter, Book Club Menu: bit.ly/FountainsofSilence Enter #TheFountainsofSilence giveaway from @penguinrandomhouse bit.ly/BCCBBookGiveaway or comment and follow us #bookclub #bookclubs #salttothesea #betweenshadesofgray #omelette #rutasepetys #bookstagram #sangria #tortilladepatatas #potatoes #spain #madrid #spanishfood #fiction #historicalfiction #novel #fiction #YA #Teen #YAlit #bookclubbook #booklover #booklove #biliophile #booksandfood #foodandbooks #bookish #bibliophile #mustread #sharing
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🏰🇷🇺🏰🇷🇺NEW BOOKMAIL🏰🇷🇺🏰🇷🇺 Thank You @stmartinspress @shelf .awareness @ellenalpsten_author For This Fascinating ARC Historical Fiction Novel On Sale 10/13/20!!! When I saw this amazing cover I was literally giggling! Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten is the story of Russia's Catherine The First. It is a tale of epic proportions of a poor woman in early 18th century Russia who through her beauty and intelligence rises to marry the ruler Peter the Great. The real story is when her Tsar husband dies and she must keep his death a secret from their enemies as she fights, schemes, lies and plays a very treacherous game to take the crown for herself! I live for an exciting saga filled with love, war, intrigue, treason among royalty. If you are not familiar with Catherine The First it is story that you would think was pure fiction but she was very real , very tough and a fierce woman who knew what she wanted and how to get it. QOTD: What historical female are you curious to read more about? AOTD: Besides Catherine the First I have always been intrigued by Mary Queen of Scots. #bookstagram #bookstagrammers #tsarina #historicalfiction #catherinethefirst #lovetoread #booklover #lovebooks #shelfawareness
3 ⭐️/ Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit- Patricia Marcantonio . Felicity Carrol has many interests, from science to mathematics to history, but nothing that is considered proper for a young lady in Victorian society. She has major plans to set up her own lab, but all that changes after the murder of her beloved mentor at the British Museum and his priceless King Arthur artifact stolen. Felicity believes foul play, so she takes it upon herself to launch her own investigation. While doing so, she crosses paths with the handsome Scotland Yard Inspector Jackson Davies. Despite Felicity's intelligence, Davies finds her meddlesome and doesn't always heed her advice. When more nobles with King Arthur artifacts turn up murdered, Felicity journeys into the dark underbelly of antiquity thefts, and the more she digs the more she uncovers that an even more sinister plot is afoot. I'm usually a massive fan of historical mystery, especially when it takes place in the Victorian era, but I found this to be just okay. I liked Felicity as a character, and she and Jackson bounced well off one another, but it just felt like something was missing. The mystery itself was entirely too easy to figure out, and I actually sussed out the murderer by the third chapter, so that made the ending feel less than satisfying. Despite that, I did sort of like it overall, so I was a bit torn. I may continue the series just to give it another shot. . . . #nerdybynature #bookstagram #books #bookshelf #bookworm #booknerd #bookblog #bookblogger #booksbooksbooks #bookreview #bookstagrammer #booksofinstagram #booksofinsta #instareads #bookcommunity #bookstagramfeature #bibliophile #readersofinstagram #epicreads #felicitycarrol #felicitycarrolandtheperilouspursuit #patriciamarcantonio #crookedlanebooks #historicalfiction #historicalmystery #felicitycarrolseries
Dear Bloggers, we're super glad to announce our next tour for this beautiful, translated fiction called DISTANT SIGNS by Anne Richter. It is an intimate portrait of two families spanning three generations amidst turbulent political change, behind and beyond the Berlin Wall. If you enjoy historical fiction, this one might just be the one for you. Physical copies will be provided to all hosts worldwide 🌏 . . . 🌟HOW TO SIGN UP : - Follow us @mmbtours - Visit link in bio and fill up the sign-up form . . . Help us reach more interested bloggers by sharing this in your stories if you can ☺ Photo by 📸 : @gwendalyn_books_ 💙 . . . We're beyond excited to hear back from all of you!
JUNE 2020 READING LIST Check out all of the books I plan to read this month. See if you can predict which ones will make it onto my Recommended Reading List and which one will receive the honor of being named my Book of the Month. I'll be giving away a copy of that one in July. Which one would you most like to win? Check my July newsletter to find out which one it will be. Not subscribed yet? No problem. You can sign up via the link in my bio. #books #bookstoread #imreading #amreading #amreadingromance #readinglist #readinglist2020 #junereading #tbr #tbrlist #tbrpile #romance #romancebooks #romancenovel #historicalromance #paranormalromance #steamyromance #sexyromance #hotromance #romancehot #nonfictionbooks #contemporaryromance #psychangeling #paranormalfiction #outlander #outlanderbooks #historicalfiction #timetravelromance #sociologybook Print Books (pictured )- An Evening with Al Gore (from Blood Lite ) by Charlaine Harris @realcharlaine Dorian (from Wild Embrace ) by Nalini Singh @authornalinisingh White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo @diangelorobin Written in My Own Hearts Blood by Diana Gabaldon @diana_gabaldon Dear Prudence (from Blood Lite ) by Steven Saville Seductive Fantasy by Janelle Denison @janelledenisonauthor
Review: The Secret Wife The Secret Wife is absolutely brilliant and as soon as I was finished I wanted to read it again. There are still so many question marks around the last days of the Romanovs. Decades later there are those who still question if it is possible that any of them could have survived. It is evident that Gill Paul has really taken her time to do some in depth research into the life Tatiana Romanov and her family. The work she put into her research to find the details was imperative to convincing readers to suspend disbelief and be open to the possibility that one of the Romanovs survived. Because of the real history that she put into it, the novel is compelling and convincing. I think my favourite part was the love story between Dimitri and Tatiana. It wasn't simple or fluffy. Thrir love was born in extraoridinary circumstances and they may not have had an opportunity to meet and get acquainted otherwise. Tatiana and Dimitri's love story is filled with impossiblilities; that they met, how they stayed together, even when separated, how they found each other again. So beautiful and so tragic. Being together was worth it and hard for Dimitri and such a high price to pay. Such a beautiful and heart-wreching story. It takes real talent to pull that off. I loved the way Gill Paul used the letters between Dimitri and Tatiana. The letters are a creative alternative to the she said, he said or he did this and she did that. This creative writing problem solving allows Gill Paul's talent to really shine through. I am in love and highly recommend this read. #bookstagram #gillpaul #thesecretwife #historicalfiction #roses #redroses #tea #booksofinstagram #readersofinstagram #bookreview #bookcommunity #avonbooks #love #lovestory
Still writing at my parents’ house a few days a week until cafes and libraries are back to normal (so, for the foreseeable future? ). Fewer interruptions from small people asking for snacks, more photos sneakily taken by my mother pretending to photograph her garden 😜 Apparently I don’t look very happy while writing 🤷♀️ . . . #book3 #historicalfiction #renaissance #amwriting #writer #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #bookish #writing #novelwriting #porch #sunnyday
「❝One more day before the storm!❞」 ——— Today marks the eve of the June Rebellion in real life and in Les Misérables. There’s definitely a parallel with all of the protests that are happening right now and the responses to them ——— In the book, less happens today than in the stage musical and movie because all of storylines have all had a lot more time to develop, but today is a very action-filled day either way! I’ve been listening to “One Day More” all day, so I thought I would post all of the different storylines - ——— What is your favorite line in “One Day More”?
Learning and listening are two important tools in supporting Black Lives Matter. Many companies and individuals are sharing resources to learn more. We want to do our part. DIVINE Reads, our book reviews, will focus on one book per month that is either written by a black author or shares the black experience #linkinbio . Many of the books may seem familiar to you, because they have been out for awhile. That doesn't make them any less relevant. Lawrence Hill's "The Book of Negroes" was released by @harpercollinsca in 2007. We read it then, but the message of struggle and hope is timeless. If you have never read this book, and you want to learn about the slave trade from a black woman's capture to her small triumph as her life ends, then put this on your reading list now. Share your own recommendations below, and you may see them in a future review.
Here we are at the 6 month mark. 6 books deep into 2020. And I can't accept it's June already. This month we will be reading a hard story, a fresh perspective, a renowned author, and important literature. There is a link in my bio to buy your copy. Read along with me! All other titles you see in the stack have reviews available at the blog, www.mkleppinger.com. #bookstack #booksofinstagram #booksbooksbooks #bookstagram #bookofthemonth #newread #historicalfiction #newlypublishedbooks @theshadowkingnovel @w .w.norton @maazamengiste @sarah_m_broom @laraprescott @namwalien #authorkevinwilson #andrewdavidmacdonald
This book was fresh and heartwarming. The premise was unlike anything I’ve read before. I found myself wishing I could hang out with Aphrodite and the Greek gods in that hotel room and listen to them bicker and tell stories about love, war, death and music. - It is a big book and I didn’t finish it in time for the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club discussion in May. So, if you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts. • • • • #lovelywar #julieberry #mmdbookclub #bookstagramky #flowersandbooks #historicalfiction #readabook #greekgodsandgoddesses
“One was a book thief. The other stole the sky.” ~ 𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝔹𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕋𝕙𝕚𝕖𝕗 (this book has been in so many of my posts already lol ) 🖋🕯🕰 — QOTD: What are some of your favorite book or film quotes? — hii earthlings! I hope everyone is going well! 🖤Another day, another post with The Book Thief 🙈😅 I just love it too much 🙌 I don’t have much else to say besides that it’s so so humid and warm today and honestly debating whether to exercise or not 🙃 Honestly I’ve just not been doing a lot today except being on my laptop watching videos and looking over post-uni career stuff 🙈🏷 — 𝕆ℕ 𝔹𝕆𝕆𝕂𝕊... I continue reading ACOTAR and I’m honestly really enjoying it!! First off, LOVE the bond between Tamlin, Feyre, and Lucien, and I really have enjoyed the world building that’s been done! In conclusion I’m already getting attached to these characters and it all better not end in tragedy 🥴🙈 — As always, let’s continue to spread awareness about the injustice the black community has and is facing, not just in the US but also all around the world. We cannot remain silent. We cannot just do nothing while others are suffering and hurting because of racist, ignorant people. Links to petitions, places to donate, etc... can be found on my bio! And let’s keep fighting and rising up! ✊🏻✊🏾✊🏿 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #darkacademia #darkacademiaaesthetic #darkacademiavibes #bookishlife #bookish #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookworms #bibliophile #flatlay #vintagevibes #vintage #historicalfiction #literaturequotes #literaturelover #classicliterature #classicbooks #scifi #bookthief #poetics #readingislife #educateyourself #bookishaesthetic #booksbooksbooks #vintageinspired #favebook #happythursday #warmtones #sunnyday 🌞
A glorious find as I had a spur of the moment notion to step into the bookstore yesterday while I was downtown. I went in looking for a book that I discovered about three months ago but that book was already sold. Instead I picked up two different and magnificent treasures from Robert E Howard. This is the 2nd of the two. I love the beautiful illustrations inside by the legendary ROY G. KRENKEL. I do wish it was the original publication from the 1930s (Oriental Stories circa 1932 ) but I’ll take what I can get as this is the first time it was put into novel format. #TheSowersOfTheThunder #HistoricalFiction #RobertEHoward #Writer #FantasyAuthor #1973 #Outremer #CrusaderStates #GeneralBaibars #CahalRuadhOdonnell #MyLibrary #OriginallyPublished #OrientalStories #1932 #IllustrationsBy #RoyGKrenkel
Currently reading American Royals by @katharinemcgee Only about 100 pages in and I am loving this! Have you read this one? #bookstagram #books #bookstagrammer #booksbooksbooks #booksofinstagram #currentlyreading #reading #alwaysreading #historicalfictionnovel #historicalfiction #americanroyals #discoverunder1k #currentread
Anyone who has seen my feed would be able to tell I’m all for coffee. ~ I definitely drink a coffee every morning. I try to not drink too much and limit myself to one large cappuccino. ~ Tea is my go to in winter times when I am cold in the evenings. I tend to then drink a lot of tea. ~ What is your go to? Coffee or tea?
“For black people, finding our ancestors who were slaves is almost impossible. There are names in this. This could be part of a larger puzzle. This is so, so valuable, Debbie. I can’t stress it enough. I charge you to face it. Be brave.” These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card This layered, multi-generational saga tells the story of the ripple effect of one man’s lie on an entire family and a meditation on the influence of the dead on the living. It’s told from a multitude of perspective and traverses time and geography from Jamaica in the early 19th century to present-day New York. In his mid-thirties, Abel Paisley fakes his death and starts life afresh in England, then America. Upon his life coming to an end, Abel confesses his deception to the daughter he left behind in Jamaica and his granddaughter in America. The blurb is deceptive because the story here is much bigger than Abel and all the richer for it. It’s an exploration of culture, history, race, class, and character. It’s engaging with a unique writing style and some magical realism. The last chapters of the book didn’t quite feel like it fit in the story, some last-minute characters that didn’t enhance it and some loose threads not quite tied off but mostly it feels fresh and engaging. More than a review of this book, I want to talk about two things that came to mind while reading it. At the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak, Black people not only disproportionately lost family members, but most were robbed of the right to bury their family members and perform burial rites per our culture. Rites like the nine-night rooted in beliefs about the dead person’s spirit. This book reminded me of how a racist society that fails to cater to Black people will continue to traumatise us to a greater extent than our white counterparts. Second, a lot of conversation has been going on here about allyship. This book for me also highlights how ancestry and historical erasure continues to affect Black people to date. Dishonesty and a refusal to reconcile with history continue to contribute to Black pain. True allyship requires accountability from white people. CONTD..
. Gezir Village. Bandar-E Lengeh, Hormozgan, Iran. ▪︎چاه فکری . ▪︎روستای گزیر. ▪︎شهرستان بندرلنگه، هرمزگان. عکاس و نویسنده : سید عدنان هاشمی @seyed .adnan.hashemi ¤ چاه آب فکری ¤ ▪︎این چاه بزرگ و عمیق متعلق به زمین های کشاورزی مرحوم عبدالواحد فکری و به سفارش وی در روستای گزیر حفاری شده است. بنا بر اطلاعاتی محلی و افرادی که خود در حفر این چاه همکاری داشتند قدمت آن به حدود هفتاد سال می رسد (70 سال ) و توسط مقنی های اهل جهرم انجام گرفته، گویا در پی حفر این چاه بدلیل اهمال مقنی، یک کارگر از اهالی گزیر نیز جان خود را از دست می دهد. ▪︎چاه با عمق سی متر (30 ) ، حفر شده، کف چاه مجدداً یک چاه چهارگوش به عمق حدود چهار متر (4 ) زده شده، از کف چاه به سطح زمین کانال چهارگوش و شیب داری نقب زده شده است، بین دهنه چاه و ورودی کانال در سطح زمین دو چاه کوچک زده شده که به جهت تهویه هوا و تخلیه خاک چاه اصلی به هنگام حفاری و لایه روبی بعدی و کارائی میله چاه (در قنات ) را دارند. طول کانال حدود پنجاه و هفت (57 ) متر است. حال دلیل نقب این کانال چه بوده ؟ در ابتدای ورود پمپ های مکنده آب(موتور آب ) به بخش کشاورزی، مکش آنها از قدرت امروزی برخوردار نبوده ، به همین دلیل باید پمپ آب را در فاصله کمی از سطح آب قرار می دادند تا بتواند آب را به بالا پمپاژ کند. بنا بر تحقیقات بنده این موتور آب (تلمبه آب دیزلی 26 ) بایستی هر روز توسط فردی روشن و خاموش می شده، یعنی روزانه دو بار فردی این کانال را با وجود دود تلمبه تا پایین می پیموده است. ▪︎عکس ۱ : دهنه چاه از پائین به بالا. ▪︎عکس ۲ : دهنه چاه از نمای بالا ▪︎عکس ۳ : کانال. ▪︎عکس۴ : . میله چاه. ▪︎عکس ۵ : میله چاه از پائین به بالا. ▪︎عکس ۶ : اتاق ورودی. ▪︎عکس ۷ : ورودی کانال. . ¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤ ▪︎عکس ها از آرشیو زمستان ۹۷. ▪︎تدوین : سید عدنان هاشمی . . __________SEYED.ADNAN.HASHEMI__________ ٩٩/٠٣/١٥ #iran #hormozgan #bandarlengeh #gezir #dom #old #historicalfiction #historicalplace #history #historical #historic
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒔 QOTD: Do you have a review process or guidelines? Me, I do and I’m currently making some updates to it... more on that tomorrow. In the meantime, go read this book! It’s a gripping, multigenerational story with a dash of magical realism and a huge dose of relevance. At a minimum, add it to your TBR. It’s incredible and it’s currently one of the reviews I’m working on under my new process. 𝐒𝐲𝐧𝗼𝐩𝐬𝐢𝐬: In 1924, Josephine is the proud owner of a thriving farm. As a child, she channeled otherworldly power to free herself from slavery. Now her new neighbor, a white woman named Charlotte, seeks her company, and an uneasy friendship grows between them. But Charlotte has also sought solace in the Ku Klux Klan, a relationship that jeopardizes Josephine’s family. Nearly one hundred years later, Josephine’s descendant, Ava, is a single mother who has just lost her job. She moves in with her white grandmother, Martha, a wealthy but lonely woman who pays Ava to be her companion. But Martha’s behavior soon becomes erratic, then threatening, and Ava must escape before her story and Josephine’s converge. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒔 explores the depths of women’s relationships—powerful women and marginalized women, healers and survivors. It is a novel about the bonds between mothers and their children, the dangers that upend those bonds. At its core, 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒔 ponders generational legacies, the endurance of hope, and the undying promise of freedom. #readersofinstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookstoread #bookstagramfeatures #readingisknowledge #readmorebooks #magicalrealism #historicalfiction #therevisioners #readdiverse #womensfiction #margaretwilkersonsexton #bluntscissorsbookreviews
My newest read. I bought this over a year ago (in fact, I believe I posted about it on my 31st birthday & I'm about to be 32, but better late than never! ). 😂 . It's been a weird time recently. I went to work today for the first time in over 2 months, & it was strange. Not sure how the rest of the country is doing, but here on the east coast.. it's mostly a waiting game. 🤞🏻🤷 . I'm adjusting to this new normal & praying we are back to reality soon enough! . QOTD: How is everything where you are?
What are some of your favorite female/female relationships (platonic or romantic )? The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by @tjenkinsreid has one of my all time favorite female relationships. On top of the relationship, Evelyn's story of her life told through her husbands had me captivated and engaged until the very end. #pridelibrary20 - F/F romance This month I am going to try and only highlight books by BIPOC, POC, and LGBTQIA+ authors and/or have BIPOC, POC, and/or LGBTQIA+ characters. *SYNOPSIS* Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. When she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways. #lgbtqiacharacters #lgbtqcharacters #taylorjenkinsreid #thesevenhusbandsofevelynhugo #lesbianbooks #lgbtqiabooks #lgbtqbooks #pridebooks #historicalfiction #adultfiction
Patricia Polacco’s latest book is a moving and tragic story about Wallace Hartley - violinist and bandleader aboard RMS Titanic who heroically and famously continued to lead his eight-member band in playing music to calm passengers as the ship sank. According to surviving eyewitnesses, Hartley and his band were stationed on the boat deck near the entrance to Grand Staircase and played until the very end. Hartley died along with all members of the band. He is buried in his hometown of Colne, England where a 10-ft high monument with a carved violin was erected in his honor.
... 💬 "Mężczyźni mówią, że - kobiety są słabe. W rzeczywistości, kobiety osłabiają mężczyzn ” #ManhattanBeach #JenniferEgan @wydawnictwoznakpl Historia młodej kobiety podczas II wojny światowej i mężczyzn w jej życiu. Ojca, przyjaciół, gangsterów i współpracowników - nurków. Nowy Jork, Wielki Kryzys, dramat rodzinny, gangsterzy... To po części akcja, po części tajemnica i po części romans. Pierwsze kilka rozdziałów zapowiadało interesującą, dobrze napisaną historię, i co... odkryłam, że czytam bardzo typową obyczajówkę, fikcję historyczną, rozlaną na blisko 600 stronach. No cóż... Są świetne książki o Nowym Jorku i wspaniałe książki o morzu. Są świetne książki o zaciekle niezależnych kobietach i świetne książki o gangsterach. Są świetne książki o wojnie. Są świetne książki o ojcach i córkach oraz wspaniałe książki o miłości. „Manhattan Beach” to przeciętna książka o tych wszystkich rzeczach. Niewytłumaczalnie długa i nudna... wciąż czekałam na cholerną historię, na rozwinięcie akcji. Wszystko jest serią rozłączonych punktów fabuły, gdzie nic się nie dzieje. Mam głębokie poczucie niezadowolenia. Co za strata czasu. Nigdy nie czytałam żadnej książki Jennifer Egan, pierwsze spotkanie i (chyba ) straciłam ochotę na wiecej. Wspomnieć muszę, że "Manhattan Beach” (wyd. 2017 r. ) to pierwsza powieść tej pisarki, od czasu kiedy w 2011 r. otrzymała Nagrodę Pulitzera i National Book Critics Circle Award za powieść "Zanim dopadnie nas czas". Zastanawiam się... Czy warto na ślepo ufać nagrodom? Czy może Egan obrosła w piórka po takim wyróżnieniu? Hmm..., siegnę po tę nagrodzoną pozycję.... za jakiś czas. E. #przeczytane 15/2020 #historicalfiction #literaryfiction #novel #book #booklove #instabook #bookstagram #bookstagrampl #powieść #historia #literatura #fikcja #instagramczyta #czytam #takczytam #czytambolubie #książki #książkowelove #photography #instaphoto #ilovephotography #zdjeciedlaksiazki #domowestudio #instadaily #instamoment #weekendiscoming
Título: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Autora: Susanna Clarke Ano de publicação em português: 2005 Editora em português: Companhia das Letras Páginas: 824 Nível aproximado de inglês: Avançado (C1 ) Nota: 4/5 🌟 ⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🏷 Em 1806, durante as Guerras Napoleônicas, dois cavalheiros - Mr. Norrell e seu discípulo, Jonathan Strange - decidem despertar a magia na Inglaterra novamente, já que os únicos "magos" existentes não a praticam e só estudam sua teoria, mas então esses estudos acabam acarretando muitos acontecimentos envolvendo ambição, poder, trapaças, seres mágicos maléficos, amizade, amor e morte. ⠀⠀ 🏷 O ponto alto é definitivamente a escrita. É daquelas escritas tão bem estruturadas e pensadas que dá até vontade de ler em voz alta pela sonoridade dela, sabe? Os diálogos também são ótimos, tendo momentos daquele humor britânico bem seco e afiado. Sem contar que a própria autora disse que queria homenagear a literatura inglesa do séc. XIX, por isso sua escrita remete muito aos livros dessa época. Além disso, o contexto histórico também é muito interessante e é muito legal ver como a magia vai interferindo no rumo dessas batalhas, já que Mr. Norrell ajuda o governo a vencer as batalhas contra a França. As críticas sociais também estão muito presentes e mesmo elas se referindo as convenções sociais desse período, muitas ainda valem para os dias atuais. As notas de rodapé também ajudam demais na construção do romance. ⠀⠀ 🏷 É bom ressaltar que a magia desse livro não é bem a tradicional que estamos acostumado a ler em livros de fantasia. Ela bebe muito da água do folclore inglês, utilizando fae e O Rei Corvo, como grandes elementos aqui, então acaba tornando a parte fantástica bem particular e fugindo do clichê. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🏷 Sendo um belo de um calhamaço, há dezenas de personagens e por mais que eles tenham sido muito bem desenvolvidos e tenha simpatizado até muito com alguns, não me senti aquele super apego por eles, então em momentos de tensão, acabei não ficando tão tensa assim, já que não me importava tanto com o que aconteceria com eles, sabe? 😕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⬇️ CONTINUA NOS COMENTÁRIOS ⬇️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀
"Where do we go from here? Are we dreamers without a direction?"- No Direction, One Spring Night. 🎼 ❤ . . Hello Bookstafam! Happy Thursday! How is everyone doin? . . Qotd- Do you like abstract book covers or book covers with people on them? I like both kinds. I love the Blue pottery design on The Dutch House, and the girl looks so much like IU- The KPop star on the cover of The Downstairs Girl. . . We made four pizzas today. One mini pizza for each. It doesn't look that good but it was delicious. Also nothing can beat the combination of Coke and Pizza but I had Frooti so that's how we gonna roll. 💯😍 . . I started watching One Spring Night and I'm an emotional wreck, I don't even know why! May be it's my hormones or just the fact that I cry in everything Jung Hae-in stars in because I keep realizing he does not know I exist and isn't gonna fall in love with me 😭🤣 But I would still love him with all my heart. 🥺❤ also his acting skills are perfection. ☺ . . Have a great one guys. ♡♡♡ Hashtags ~ #historicalfiction #hardcoverbooks #readingnooks #igbooks #paneerpizza #bookspines #eatreadsleep #netflixshows #unitedbookstagram #flatlaystyle #bookstagramflatlay #lightroompresets
Shortly after joining #bookstagram , I found a lovely book group, @readandgush , and discovered @authorcarolinegeorge . I’ve loved following her feed - it’s so aesthetically pleasing! She creates stunning images with thoughtful captions and the occasional tea party or two. Plus, I’m super excited to participate in my first ever cover reveal for her book, DEAREST JOSEPHINE! 😍😍 How stunning is it?? 😍😍 DEAREST JOSEPHINE is a YA Romance releasing from Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins that will hit stores on February 2, 2021. Perfect for Jane Austen fans! Here’s a quick tease: 2020: Chocolate and Earl Grey tea can’t fix Josie De Clare’s horrible year. She mourned the death of her father and suffered a teen-life crisis, which delayed her university plans. But when her father’s will reveals a family-owned property in Northern England, Josie leaves London to find clarity at the secluded manor house. While exploring the estate, she discovers two-hundred-year-old love letters written by an elusive novelist, all addressed to someone named Josephine. And then she discovers a novel in which it seems like she’s the heroine! 1820: Novelist Elias Roch loves a woman he can never be with. Born the bastard son to a nobleman and cast out from society, Elias seeks refuge in his mind with the quirky heroine who draws him into a fantasy world of scandal, betrayal, and unconditional love. Convinced she’s his soulmate, Elias writes letters to her, all of which divulge the tragedy and trials of his personal life. As fiction blurs into reality, Josie and Elias must decide: How does one live if love can’t wait? Separated by two hundred years, they fight against time to find each other in a story of her, him, and the novel written by the man who loves her. Is it Febuary 2, 2021 yet? 😍 If you want a taste of DEAREST JOSEPHINE, you can read the first chapter in BuzzBooks 2020: https://www.amazon.com/Buzz-Books-2020-Spring-Summer-ebook/dp/B082YKLDGQ #DearestJosephine #authorcarolinegeorge #coverreveal #newreads #regency #JaneAusten #yaromance #yafictionlover #prettybooks #newbook #historicalfiction
I’ve thought a lot about if I wanted to post content this week or not and ultimately decided that sharing books written by Black authors will be the most impactful. I will also continue to post resources in my story, donate, sign petitions and educate myself. I plan to feature books I have read, books I’m currently reading and books I plan to read in the hopes that some of you choose to buy them, read them & learn from them! • First up is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: I read this book last year & it has stuck with me ever since. It follows two half sisters born in Ghana in the eighteenth century. One is sold into slavery and shipped to America, the other marries an English slave trader and lives in the Cape Coast Castle. Each chapter follows a descendant of these two sisters and shows the parallel lives they lead; one side of the family in America facing slavery, the civil war, racism, the war on drugs and more. The other side of the family stays in Ghana and struggles through British colonialism. • This book is educational, beautifully written and a great resource if you’re currently looking to learn more. It highlights struggles that Black people have faced over the past 300+ years in North America but also around the world. • #ReadBooksWrittenByBlackWomen
It’s now under 10 weeks until the publication of my debut novel, #BrontesMistress ! 😯😯 I don’t have the final hard cover copies yet so here I am posing with one of the last advance reader copies in my possession. Bronte’s Mistress tells the story of Lydia Robinson, the older woman who had an affair with Branwell Brontë (the Brontë sisters’ brother ). If you love historical fiction and discovering the voices of women who have been ignored and overlooked, you might enjoy my novel. The book is available for preorder now in hard cover, audio and ebook wherever books are sold. Preordering is the best way to support new authors, so if you plan to buy a copy, please order now! Link in my bio. #historicalfiction #histfic #brontesisters #branwellbronte @debuts2020 @atriabooks #authorsofinstagram #debutauthor
REVIEW | The Mercies | 4.5/5⭐️ • Christmas Eve, 1617. Women stand on the coastline of Vardø, glassy eyed as they watch their husbands, brothers, fathers and sons be engulfed by a ferocious storm unlike any other. It seems as of now, Vardø is to be a place of women; through their grief they must adjust their lives and change the shape of their community in order to survive. As in most societies however, this does not come without dispute, prejudice and even betrayal, as circumstances within Vardø worsen by the day; another storm brewing under the name of Commissioner Cornet. • The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an amazingly atmospheric, chilling and beautifully written novel, full of powerful and unforgettable female characters. The fact that this story is written on true events is enough to make your blood run cold, but with such rich and vivid descriptive writing, you may too find your arms full of goosebumps, as you’re instantly transported to the crisp Norwegian climate. There are so many incredible aspects of this novel, however the relationship between the two main protagonists, Maren and Ursa, is at the heart of it all; the shining beacon of hope among an otherwise tragic tale. Although I did enjoy chapters from Ursa’s perspective more than Marens, I was so incredibly invested in them both, connecting to them completely and feeling their pain as if it were my own. • Since reading The Familiars by Stacey Halls, I have always found myself drawn to novels of witch-trials, and although the details of such in this book were relatively short, it was amazingly informative, and a joy to read (if you can say that ). • Extremely fascinating and well-researched, if you’re looking for a powerful and intimate historical fiction read, then this is it. Make sure you add The Mercies to your TBR this year. • • • #bookstagrammer #bookstagrammers #bookstagram #bookish #bookreaders #readersofinstagram #booksbooksbooks #books #bookshelf #instagramreaders #bookstoread #booknerd #bookworm #bookreviewer #ukreaders #ukbookstagram #isolationbookclub #alwaysreading #historicalfiction #themercies #kiranmillwoodhargrave #bookreview
@bookofthemonth #botmbookbassador . THE BOOK OF LONGINGS is a work of historical fiction chronicling the life of a young woman named Ana, the author’s imagined wife of Jesus Christ. Ana is rebellious, ambitious, and intelligent, and she struggles to make a place for herself in a place and time where women are meant to be silent. . I didn’t love this novel, but I’ve had a lot of respect for Sue Monk Kidd ever since I read her memoir The Dance of the Dissident Daughter. There is a false narrative that feminism and spirituality are mutually exclusive in the Western world, and Kidd has spent her career challenging that misconception. Although this novel grated at me with its excessive passive voice and sentimentality, I’m still glad I read it. . This book has garnered a lot of praise by critics, but I read a very funny negative review in the The Washington Post awhile back. I’ll link it in my stories if anyone wants a good laugh. . Have you read THE BOOK OF LONGINGS? What did you think of it? . ***I know this can be a controversial subject, but please don’t debate religious theory in the comments because, again, this is a work of fiction.*** . #TheBookofLongings #SueMonkKidd
Okay, the main reason I took this picture was to show off my pavlova, but also look at my current read. Ain’t it pretty? . I’m taking part in my first ever read-along this week. I’ve been excited to read The Animals at Lockwood Manor since before it was published but I’m so pleased I waited as I’m sure the experience will be enhanced by chatting with this fabulous group of bookworms. There have already been many comments in the group chat saying that we love it and that we’re hooked, and that’s after only reading the prologue! It’s going to be goooood! I’m a little apprenhensive that my reading slump will interfere with my enjoyment of this book but I have a good feeling that this might just be the book I need right now. What books have pulled you out of a reading slump? #bookstagram #bookstagramuk #britishbookstagram #theanimalsatlockwoodmanor #historicalfiction #monthofhistoricalfiction #librarybook #ilovemylibrary #booksanddessert #booksandcoffee #coffeeandcurrentlyreading #currentlyreading #readalong #readingslumprecovery #readingslumpremedy #beautifulbookcovers #gothichistoricalfiction
In today’s edition of what genre am I reading today? It’s no secret quarantine has been hard and with recent events it’s been more challenging. But I am grateful that I have the opportunity to read new books and new genres and new stories to learn from. Recently I read The Stationary Shop by @marjankamali7 for the May @badbitch .bookclub selection. This historical fiction story set in the 1953 upheaval of Iran and present day US is a love story at its core. Roya and Bahman find solace amid the war in a Stationary Shop where they fall in love. But the war and Bahmans family get in the way and they are stripped of their happily ever after... That is until 60 years later where a chance encounter in a Stationary Shop has them reunited and getting their questions answered. This story was a gut punch to my heart in the best way. Roya is such a strong female protagonist (see bbbc merch ) and I love her journey. What I loved the most is her parents love and support for her following her dreams. Often Iranian parents are portrayed as angry and one sided but her parents wanted the best for her. Chatting with Kamali about this book made my week and it was inspiring to learn the behind the scenes! I think I am turning the tides on my fear/dislike of HF everyone! Recommend me a historical fiction book (I would prefer it by a black author because as I said above I really want to grow as a reader ). #bookreview #historicalfiction #badbitchbookclub #arireadsitall #goodreadschallenge2020 #ownvoicesbooks #thestationaryshop #booksofig #bostonbookstagram #bookstagramreccomends