“There is a small monster in my brain that controls my doubt.
The doubt itself is a stupid thing, without sense or feeling, blind and straining at the end of a long chain. The monster though, is smart. It's always watching, and when I am completely sure of myself, it unchains the doubt and lets it run wild. Even when I know it's coming, I can't stop it.”
Sometimes a book hits you really, really hard. That was Eliza for me. I have never read anything that speaks so brutally but honestly about anxiety. Something that makes me say “she gets it.” Well,Zappia, she gets it.
Eliza was one of my big surprises this year. But I am so glad I read it. It was a story I needed to read. Even if it wasn’t an easy book to read.
Did any of the books you read this year impact you in a strong way like that?
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Best May Read // #bookishrewind17
Here are just some of the books on my TBR. But most of them will have to wait until next week because they’re all packed up 😱 Someone remind me why I decided to choose a hobby that takes up so much space?
I have no shelf control.
In case you're wondering what a writer's life if like, I spent 3 hours today going over the same 25 word sentence. Back to some new writing now, thankfully. Today's shot features one of my favorite art pieces— a quartz crystallized cicada by @tylerthrasherart. His brutally beautiful work gives me as much inspiration as that of any author's. What are the non-literary artists and works that you take inspiration from? (Swipe for a close up of the cicada, it's a stunner)
I am waiting for it to snow again so I can get more nature photos! Have you read this book? I have had it for over a year now and I still havent read it!
You can swipe to see the progress of this book falling as I took this photo. 😁 I went into panic mode because I thought the book was going to be messed up!
🌟•"Cada vez que meu celular tocava com uma mensagem dele, meu coração disparava é um sorriso idiota aparecia em meu rosto. Eu já ficava besta na expectativa do que ele poderia dizer.
Era ridículo. Eu estava sendo ridícula.
E o mais ridículo ainda era o fato de eu estar gostando daquilo. Cada segundo dessa loucura me deixava cada vez mais...feliz. Todos os sentimentos que havia evitado durante anos estavam voltando com tudo e eu estava adorando tê-los de volta. Como se eu tivesse algum controle a respeito disso". •🌟
Livro de romance em que esperei ardentemente uma treta daquelas para rolar a maior confusão. Rolou, mas não da forma que eu queria. O final foi legal e a melosidade, meio que me lembrou o Nicholas Sparks
NYC street corners 🏙 on a crisp afternoon in the city 🙌🏻🖤
I took a walk to get coffee today at lunch - this is the view from my favorite Starbucks near my office 😍 and naturally, I brought along with me my current read, THE PERFECT NANNY by Leila Slimani (on sale 1/9/18) — so far I am super into this book!! 🤓
THE PERFECT NANNY begins with a pretty brutal scene - no spoilers, but it was one heck of a way to open the book 😳 and from there the story backtracks, introducing readers to main characters Myriam (the mother) and Louise (the nanny Myriam hires to care for her children). The author writes with a really blunt, sparse style that I’m loving - there aren’t any frills in this narrative so far, but the story IS laced with a touch of menace... no doubt owing a lot to the book’s shocking opener. So far, this seems like a sophisticated and smart psychological suspense novel - I can’t wait to see how it develops! 🙌🏻
When do you guys get most of your reading done? I commute by subway every day to work, so I read to & from work, and then often during lunch when I can sneak a few pages in!! 🤓🖤
"You want What everybody wants. you want a love that comsumes you. You want passion and adventure, and maybe even a little danger.. "
TVD is the best show on earth, my heart broke when I finished season 8.. 😳
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“It's the most wonderful and terrible thing that can ever happen to you," she said simply. "You know that you've found something amazing, and you want to hold on to it forever; and every second after you have it, you fear the moment you might lose it."
I sighed softly. She was absolutely right.
Love was beautiful fear.” - The Elite
QOTD: favorite adorable read?
I’ve read this series a couple of times now, and it always just makes me so happy 😍 the romance is ADORABLE and I looove the story. It’s very “Bachelor-meets-Divergent” and believe me, that combination works so well. If you love cute romances and dystopian worlds, this book is for you! Plus, the covers are gorgeous...so it’s definitely worth owning just for the cover alone! Also, Kiera Cass @partylikeawordstar is just a precious human being who brightens up the world...I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her 3 times, and each time she’s been so bubbly and happy! She always takes her time meeting her readers and is so kind and selfless. Example: I met her once at Yallfest and she signed and personalized all 6 of the books I brought, which she totally didn’t have to do! Literally each time I’ve met her she has selflessly taken time to talk to me and made each meeting special. In the slide, I’ll include the Polaroid we took together at her @epicreads Yallfest coloring party! 😍
#addlebowtiesdec17 : nightmare before Christmas : definitely felt like a nightmare when that love triangle seemed to be moving in the wrong direction! Haha
#circleofbookishfriends : red, green, and black books
#decinbooks17 : character development
#readgushdec17 : red and green books
#lilbookishcheer : candy cane
#bndtpdec17 : characters celebrate Christmas (I think they do in this series?)
#bookishwackyholidays : a unique character : Maxon because he’s perfect 🎄
I’m co-hosting a shout out photo challenge with some bookstagram friends, so check out my previous post if you want to participate! 🎄
Train rides are the best when you’ve got a book with you💗🧘♀️(And when the view is of England😍🙈)
•Where do you live? Sounds kinda creepy but I don’t mean it like that I’m just interested😆 For those of you that don’t know: I live in Sweden. And now it’s sooo dark here that the sun almost never shines!🤦♀️☀️
•Also I’ve got a math test tomorrow and oh my wish me luck (I definitely need it!)
Hi. I sometimes acquire books with every intention of reading them but then I don’t. 💁🏽
I’ve owned this one book since 6th grade and still haven’t read it. I bought it because it sounded cool and here we are almost a decade later. 😁
Les mots ⭐️⭐️
Une autobiographie signée par Jean Paul Sartre, relatant principalement son enfance et son époque. Un orphelin élevé par sa mère et ses grands-parents. Un cercle familial lui faisant découvrir la lecture puis l’écriture en s’imaginant un monde héroïque fait de cape et d’épée. Un style précis, philosophique, sensible et parfois humoristique voir ironique donnant une première partie très agréable. Malgré cela, j’ai trouvé à certains moments ce roman assez long avec un discours très porté sur le « je » (principe de l’autobiographie ?). Un égocentrisme prononcé montrant son destin tracé et voué à l’écriture, tout en expliquant qu’avant d’être intellectuel il était comme tout le monde… Fatalisme quand tu nous tiens. A lire pour savourer quelques phrases très agréables et donnant à réfléchir.
« J’ai commencé ma vie comme je la finirai sans doute : au milieu des livres. Dans le bureau de mon grand-père, il y en a de partout; défense était de les faire épousseter sauf une fois l'an, avant la rentrée d'octobre. Je ne savais pas encore lire que, déjà, je les révérais, ces pierres levées droites ou penchées, serrées comme des briques sur les rayons de la bibliothèque ou noblement espacées en allées de menhirs, je sentais que la prospérité de notre famille en dépendait. »
« J’avais trouvé ma religion: rien ne me parut plus important qu'un livre. La bibliothèque, j'y voyais un temple. »
« On se défait d'une névrose, on ne se guérit pas de soi »
This. Book. Is. Hilarious! I read it for my feminist book club 💁🏼💁🏼💁🏼and fell in love! I started laughing out loud on page four and didn't stop until the end of the book (I also read it cover to cover in a day.) Feminism, pop culture, humor, and self respect? Lindy West, I love you. This book had been on my #TBR for a while, but for some reason, I just never got excited about it. I was so wrong! One of my few 5 star reads of the year! This collection of essays covers it all: abortion, online trolling, fat shaming, relationships, and Disney villains. Read it ASAP! Also, fairly certain that Lindy West is a Friend of the Pod. .
"I say no to people who prioritize being cool over being good. I say no to misogynists who want to weaponize my body against me. I say no to men who feel entitled to my attention and reverence, who treat everything the light touches as a resource for them to burn. I say no to religious zealots who insist that I am less important than an embryo. I say no to my own instinct to stay quiet. It's a way of kicking down the boundaries that society has set up for women - be compliant, be a caregiver, be quiet - and erecting my own. I will do this; I will not do that. You believe in my subjugation; I don't have to be nice to you. I am busy. My time is not a public commodity."
I’d really like to read more of John Green’s books, as I’ve only read Paper Towns so far 🧐 Fault in Our Stars sounds too sad for me (not keen on books that are going to make me cry 😭), but I might try and fit some of his others in for 2018...seriously though, 2018 is going to be an EPIC year if I read ALL the books I say I’m going to read 😆
“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
— Oscar Wilde
••• Only one week until Christmas (if you’re celebrating)!!! I think my wish list was 90% books, and the other 10% was tea, candles, and gift cards to places where I could buy books, tea, or candles.
This post features a book that I received last year for Christmas. I recently sat down and reread nearly all of it, and I was reminded of how lovely this little book is. Aristotle And Dante can be a bit...awkward I guess. The way the characters speak and interact is nothing like how people really do. They’re too honest with how they feel, to the point that it’s a bit uncomfortable to read, and the dialogue is so existential that it borders on pretentiousness. But they’re also young, and I remember going through a similar phase at the same age so I can forgive that. The thing that I like about it is that when you look past the oddness of the characters, it’s a very heartwarming book, full of sweet moments that take me back to when I was starting to discover who I was as an individual. It wasn’t one of my favorite reads of the year (I think I would have liked it more when I was 15-17), but it was sweet. •••
Q: What’s on your wishlist this year?
I just finished binge watching season 1 and 2 of Smash and oh my lord who was the idiot who decided to cancel this series? Ugh it's sooo good. Andy Mientus is my child.
What's a TV show you love that so did not deserve to be cancelled?
“Cada día te levantas y aprendes algo nuevo. Cada día encuentras algo por lo que alegrarte, cada día, sin faltar uno, tienes una sonrisa para mí”
🌼¡¡Hola a todooos!! Como andan?? Hoy les traigo la reseña de mi libro favorito💗 y aunque me cueste ser 100% objetiva con esta lectura, ya que le tengo cierto afecto emocional (? Voy a intentarlo😂
🌼Sinopsis: Madeline es alérgica al mundo exterior. Tan alérgica, de hecho, que no ha salido de su casa en diecisiete años. Y nisiquiera se imagina otra posibilidad, es que su vida transcurre con normalidad. Hasta que un chico de ojos azules se muda a la casa de al lado
🌼Reseña: Amé este libro por tres razones: Es sencillo, es atrapante y te hace sentir las emociones de la protagonista.
La última es la que más valoro. Siempre que un libro me hace sentir lo que siente el protagonista, ponerme en su piel, sentir empatía, ya se gana muchos puntos, y Todo, Todo lo hizo muy bien.
No se si yo estaba sensible ese día pero tengo que admitir que lloré con este libro😶😂
No les quiero contar mas porque quiero que lo lean sin saber mucho🙃
Los capítulos son fa-ci-li-si-mos de leer, son muy cortitos.
Pero todo lo bueno, tiene algo malo, y aunque el final pueda parecer muy inesperado para algunos, a otros se nos hace muy predecible. Es lo único que le veo de “malo” a este libro. Fuera de eso lo super recomiendo. Es un libro que me encantó desde la primer página hasta la última
🌼Díganme si ustedes lo leyeron y que les pareció!!☺️ Me encanta leer distintas opiniones 🤗
Espero que les haya gustado mucho😁
Hasta la proximaaaa!!!💕💕 .
If you were one of the ten winners on Goodreads, your copy of The Harper Effect was posted out yesterday. Happy reading! There’s one more giveaway - here on Instagram. Just check my account for the ‘tag to win’ post and enter. Closes in 3 days! .