WWW Wednesday 18-May-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

An Unlasting Home – A story that portrays multi-generational women in Kuwait, Lebanon, Iraq and India — their struggles, their history, their choices, etc. 3.5 stars.

The Housemaid – Entertaining. Intriguing. Disturbing. 4 stars.

The Overnight Guest – Told in three different timelines. First in the past where a girl survived a crime, second where a little girl and her mother are locked in a basement and third in the present, a crime novel writer trying to finish her writing when she found a little boy unconscious in the midst of a snowstorm. Not very shocking if you’ve read thrillers before but it’s a fine read. 3 stars.

Lessons in Chemistry –  Adding this to one of my favorite reads so far this year. Refreshing, smart and fun. I literally laughed out loud several times. Beautiful and delightful debut from Bonnie Garmus. 4.5 stars

Currently Reading

growingubinladen

Growing Up Bin Laden was recommended by a good friend and it is so far, informative and interesting.

Reading Next

I was supposed to start with Kaikeyi a few days ago but I got into Growing Up Bin Laden first so hopefully this week. Also, I found a copy of Walking with Ghosts. I know Gabriel Byrne is a good actor and so I can’t wait to find out his story.

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Places to Read

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Places to Read

Parks

parkreading

Porch

porchreading

In front of the fireplace

fireplace reading

Cozy bar or lounge

readinginabar

Hammock

readinginahammock

Where is your favorite place to read? I’d love to know!

Quote of the Week

It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.

~Vincent Van Gogh

WWW Wednesday 11-May-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

The Porcelain Doll – 4 stars

The Book of Mother – 3 stars

The Forest of Stolen Girls – 3.5 stars

Currently Reading

So far, both An Unlasting Home and The Overnight Guest are very interesting reads. Hope to finish both this week.

Reading Next

Interesting titles for my next reads, don’t you think? I’m very curious already.

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Drinks for Reading

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Drinks for Reading

Coffee serves its own purpose while reading so this definitely is my top choice while reading. And I want my coffee black, no sugar (with the exception of Vietnamese egg coffee). Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows is my preferred drink while reading before going to sleep. A cold can or bottle beer is my choice of drink when I read the works of Milan Kundera, Jose Saramago or Sam Harris and the like. Thai iced tea is another choice whenever available. And lastly, human blood. Oh no, wait! I was just kidding. Ha! I mean, bubble tea.

Let’s compare notes, what are your favorite reading sips?

Spell the Month in Books – MAY

Hello, Homo sapiens! Hello May!

Spell the Month in Books time again! The idea is to spell the month in books using the first letter in the first word of a title and it was originally created by Jana @ Reviews From the Stacks.

This month, I’ve decided to include two book titles for each letter since May is a pretty short word. I will also choose books from my Read Shelf only.

M – Moloka’i & Memoirs of a Geisha

A – The Angel’s Game, Angela’s Ashes

Y – Young Mungo, The Younger Wife

How’d you spell May using book titles? Have you read any of these books? Please share!

Quote of the Week

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

~Lao Tzu

What I Read in April

And just like that, April is over! How was your April reading? Today, let me share with you what I’ve read in April.

4.5 stars

youngmungo

4 stars

3.5 stars

thedinnerguest

3 stars

How was your reading month? Have you read any of these books?

WWW Wednesday 04-May-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

youngmungo

Currently Reading

Reading Next

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Snacks for Reading

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Snacks for Reading

I usually don’t eat while reading because it gets messy, whether I’m using my Kindle or reading paperbacks, I know you know what I mean. Haha! Plus I really get easily distracted with food regardless of what I’m doing. So, yeah! However, I usually snack while reading when I travel. Why? No particular reason, I just do. So today, let me share with you five of my favorite snacks while reading.

I love pumpkin pie and the best I’ve tasted was from a small, cozy cafe in Tbilisi. I also enjoy salty popcorn sometimes and cookies whenever available. When I’m really hungry but I want to read, I opt for pizza, the lesser toppings, the better. And lastly, french fries!

What are your favorite reading snacks?

Quote of the Week

The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.

~Abigail Van Buren

WWW Wednesday 27-Apr-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

I enjoy Greek mythology retelling but I didn’t find Medusa very exciting. Given that the retelling is from Medusa’s perspective, it could have been far better. 3 stars. 

I came across Galatea, a short story by Madeline Miller who also wrote Circe. I enjoyed reading Circe so I read it without hesitation. It’s quite different from the original story, though. Interesting read but too short that I think it would’ve been better if it was made a novella. 3 stars.

The Future Library is a heart-wrenching short story (or novella?) and I can’t believe it’s actually a real thing. You can check it out here. It talks about nature, love and loss. Very intriguing but also very sad. 4 stars.

It took me three long weeks to finish Hell of a Book. No, it isn’t a bad book. I was actually hooked when I started reading it and I also think it’s creative. But somehow, I lost interest in some parts. 3 stars.

Currently Reading

I’m halfway through Young Mungo and I’m liking it more than Shuggie Bain but let’s see how the second half of the book goes. I’ve also just started with The Porcelain Doll and since I’m not an expert in Russian history/politics, I really appreciate how easy it is to get into it plus also very easy to understand.

Reading Next

Still on my next reads is The Book of Mother, I’m supposed to start with it but haven’t yet so hopefully this coming week. I’m also adding to it An Unlasting Home and The Overnight Guest.

How was your reading week? Have you read any of these books?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books About a Death

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books About a Death

The Graveyard Book is the delightful and scary story of Bod Owens who was adopted by the occupants of a graveyard after his family was murdered by a mysterious assassin.

The Book Thief is a beautiful and heartbreaking novel narrated by Death itself.

In Tuesday with Morrie, Mitch Albom’s professor, Morrie Schwartz, had been his guardian angel. However, they drifted apart as they lived their lives. Before Morrie’s death, this relationship gets rekindled.

The Death of Ivan Ilyich is a novella about the terror of death and Ivan’s fear of dying.

Looking for Alaska is a book about death and how people live their last days.

Quote of the Week

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

~Aristotle

WWW Wednesday 20-Apr-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

I’m not a big poetry reader but I love Ocean Vuong and Time is a Mother is his second poetry collection and I loved it. 4 stars.

Smaller and Smaller Circles is a fairly mediocre crime novel set in the Philippines. The characters were interesting though I think adding a little bit more of a backstory for Father Saenz would have been better. The ending was very predictable but that’s okay. 3 stars.

I guess I expected too much from The Diamond Eye because I enjoyed The Alice Network a lot. The book is still wonderfully written although repetitive at some parts. I couldn’t totally engage myself in it and I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. But overall, still a good read but somewhat flat at times. 3 stars.

Currently Reading

I’m having a hard time to focus whenever I go back to reading Hell of a Book. I’m not sure why but I feel like it’s not the right time to read it? I dunno but I’ll give it another try this weekend. Anyhow, I’ve started with Young Mungo, the second book from Douglas Stuart (Shuggie Bain). I’ve only read a couple of chapters but I think it’s going to be a great read.

Up Next

Up next on my reading list are The Book of Mother, The Porcelain Doll and Medusa.

How was your reading week? Have you read any of these books? Please share!

Top 5 Tuesday – Books About a Wedding

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books About a Wedding

This week’s topic is not very easy for me so I had to ask my bookish friends again to help me out. 🙂  And here are the five books they’ve recommended to me…

Have you read any of these books? What’s on your list? Please share!

Quote of the Week

When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.

~Edward Teller

WWW Wednesday 13-Apr-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea was a charming and magical read. There were some parts that I got bored but it ended pretty well for me. 4 stars!

The Dinner Guest started with a murder but of course, a lot of twists comes with it and it definitely had me guessing until the end. I enjoyed this book but I can’t really pinpoint why I can’t rate it higher than 3.5 stars. Hmm…

When the War Came Home is a gentle, heartwarming story set after the war. I adore this book a lot and surely, I will be reading more of Lesley Parr’s works. I loved the ending, too! 4 stars!

The Younger Wife started out strong and surely hooked me but I wasn’t satisfied with the ending and I just cannot overlook how the men here are almost perfect and the women are a mess. 3 stars.

Currently Reading

I’ve read almost a quarter of The Diamond Eye but I am not enjoying it a lot. Maybe I have to read more? I did not make much progress with Hell of a Book, I’m kinda losing interest actually.

Up Next

Can’ wait to start with Ocean Vuong’s new poem collection, Time is a Mother. I also discovered Smaller and Smaller Circles out of nowhere and I’m intrigued. The Book of Mother is on my next reads as well, I’ve been seeing this all over so I hope to get to it, too.

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books About Birth

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books About Birth

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – A feminist dystopia that objectifies women as nothing more than reproductive systems.

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell – Two alternating stories, one in the 1950s, the other 50 years later. An excellent portrayal of motherhood and a mother’s love (according to my friend who shared this to me and I hope to reading soon).

The Birth House by Ami McKay – Set in the 1900s in Canada, the main character is an apprentice midwife caught in the middle between old ways of doing things vs the new ways in terms of child birth.

The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman – This is the story of a girl without a name, without parents and without a home until the village midwife found her and made her her apprentice. Eventually, she was challenged to deliver a baby in the midwife’s absence.

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue – Ireland, 1918. The world is ravaged by the Spanish flu. Nurse Julia is in charge of a small room for expectant mothers.

Have you read any of these? What’s on your list? Please share!

Quote of the Week

Most times, even if giving your heart away ends in heartbreak, the risk was still worth it. Sometimes, that risk gives you little miracles. and sometimes, that risk gives you life lessons that allow you to grow and learn more about yourself.

~Max Monroe

WWW Wednesday 06-Apr-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

The Authenticity Project has a good premise. It started quite well but I got bored somewhere in the middle and it started to get predictable. It’s not a bad read so I’m still giving it 3 stars.

The Strange Library is a quick read. I was not supposed to read it actually but I suddenly miss reading a Murakami. 4 stars for this little gem.

Currently Reading

I’m looking forward to finishing The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea. Unfortunately, I didn’t make any progress with Hell of a Book but I’ll pick it up again in the weekend. The Dinner Guest keeps me guessing so I’m excited to find out which of my guesses are right. 🙂

Up Next

I’m very enthusiastic to reading The Diamond Eye. I enjoyed The Alice Network before, also by Kate Quinn, so I think I will enjoy this one, too. When the War Came Home is another recommendation so I hope to get to it as well. And I’m excited to get started with Time is a Mother, a collection of poems by none other than Ocean Vuong!

How was your reading week? Please share!

Top 5 Tuesday – Anticipated Reads for April to June 2022

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Anticipated Reads for April to June 2022

Well, well… there are a lot of books I anticipate reading this second quarter of the year but the first five titles that come to mind are these:

insomnia

Expected publication: 12-April

timeisamother

Expected publication: 05-April (Today!)

thehacienda

Expected publication: 3-May

nuclearfamily

Expected publication: 7-June

thelastdaysofrogerfederer

Expected publication: 3-May

What’s on your list? Please share!

Spell the Month in Books – APRIL

Hello, Homo sapiens! Hello April!

Spell the Month in Books time again! The idea is to spell the month in books using the first letter in the first word of a title and it was originally created by Jana @ Reviews From the Stacks.

This time, I chose the books to spell the month with titles that I was able to write reviews about.

anyhumanheart

A – Any Human Heart

pachinko

P- Pachinko

theroad

R – The Road

isla

I – Isla and the Happily Ever After

alittlelife

L – A Little Life

Quote of the Week

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to believe what is true.

~Søren Kierkegaard

What I Read in March

That was fast! The first quarter of the year has passed, just like that! And today, I’m here to share with you the thirteen books I’ve read in March.

5-Star Reads

4-Star Reads

3.5-Star Reads

3-Star Reads

Have you read any of these titles?

What did you read in March? Please share!

WWW Wednesday 30-Mar-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

The Ride of a Lifetime turned out to be a very inspiring read. I’m giving it 4 stars! And The Kaiju Preservation Society was a very delightful read. I loved how fast-paced and entertaining it was. 5 stars!!!

Currently Reading

theauthenticityproject

I am halfway through The Authenticity Project and while it has an interesting premise, I’m starting to get bored.

Up Next

For my next reads, I hope to start soon with The Girl Who Fell Beneath the SeaHell of a Book and The Diamond Eye.

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books with Books

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books with Books

The Book Thief – Living with foster parents, Liesel tried to learn how to read from stolen books.

The History of Love – A long-lost book reappears and affects the lives of a young woman and an old man.

The Shadow of the Wind – Set in 1945 Barcelona, the discovery of a forgotten book that lead to a thrilling adventure.

The Thirteenth Tale – Eerie, unsettling and a clever mystery with unforgettable characters.

The Book of Lost Names – Eva Troube, now in her 80s, was shocked to find an article about how the Nazis stole or destroyed invaluable books during the WWII. In the article was a book Eva thought she’d never see again.

Six for Sunday – Books with Nature Themes

Hello, everyone! It’s time for Six for Sunday!

Six for Sunday is a bookish meme created and hosted by Steph at A Little But a Lot.

Books with Nature Themes

If you crave to read about nature, adventure and the wild, here are a few books you can enjoy…

What’s on your list? Please share!

Quote of the Week

You’re nobody’s doorway but your own and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you.

~Seanan McGuire

WWW Wednesday 23-Mar-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Ariadne – 3 stars

At Night All Blood is Black – 3.5 stars

Daughter of the Moon Goddess – 4 stars

The Golden Couple – 4 stars

Currently Reading

Up Next

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books with Clocks

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books with Clocks

thehousewithclocksinitswalls

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

the13clocks

The Thirteen Clocks

thecuckooclock

The Cuckoo Clock

thesecretoftheoldclock

The Secret of the Old Clock

theclockwinder

The Clock Winder

Six for Sunday – Books to Get People Out of Reading Slumps

Good day, Homo sapiens. I’m doing Six for Sunday for the first time! Yey! 

Six for Sunday is a bookish meme created and hosted by Steph at A Little But a Lot. I’m excited to do this so let’s get started, shall we?

Books to Get People Out of Reading Slumps

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – This is a fun, touching and heartwarming book with the best characters!

Gone Girl by Jillian Flynn – A psychologically twisted portrait of relationships gone wrong.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Beautiful book and I love the sweet and simple love story of Hazel and Augustus. 

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – I find this book really memorable and special.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – Absolutely wonderful story!

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – Great classic!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

Quote of the Week

Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.

~Fyodor Dostoevsky

WWW Wednesday 16-Mar-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

The Violin Conspiracy – 5 stars

The Paris Apartment – 3 stars

Every Heart a Doorway – 3.5 stars

Currently Reading

At Night All Blood is Black is bloody and brutal. I’m halfway through it.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess is becoming so predictable, like I’ve already heard a story the same as this before. I hope there’s more excitement and surprises and twists in it.

Ariadne, so far, is so-so.

And so far so good with The Ride of a Lifetime.

Up Next

The Golden Couple and The Leviathan are both recommendations so I’m looking forward to reading both.

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books with Jewels

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books with Jewels

With this week’s topic, books with jewels, the only book that came to mind was The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant. Ha! So I decided to ask some friends for titles. Luckily enough, I was able to complete five. I haven’t read any of these books yet but I’m adding all these on my TBR…

thelostjewels

The Lost Jewels

allbymyselfalone

All by Myself, Alone

thesecretoftherubyring

The Secret of the Ruby Ring

girlwithapearlearring

Girl with a Pearl Earring

blackopal

Black Opal

Have you read any of these? Which one should I read first?

Quote of the Week

There are three things you can do with your life: You can waste it, you can spend it, or you can invest it. The best use of your life is to invest it in something that will last longer than your time on Earth.

~Rick Warren

WWW Wednesday 09-Mar-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers is a beautiful, gentle and hopeful story about one’s purpose in life. 4 stars.

The Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen started quite well for me but I ended up a little disappointed. The writing felt impersonal somehow as I read on considering she’s a poet. So maybe I’ll give this a second read. But still I’m giving it 3 stars.

A Lullaby for Witches by Hester Fox was not as good as I was expecting it to be but it was still a good read. 3 stars.

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb is my favorite read of the week. Wonderful story. Definitely 5 stars!

Currently Reading

Both books started out excellently so I hope to enjoy both to the end.

Up Next

I am interested to read Robert Iger’s The Ride of a Lifetime after reading a lot of good reviews about it. Also, Pandora by Susan Stokes Chapman looks like an exciting read as well, so I hope to get to it next.

How was your reading week, Homo sapiens?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books with Thrones

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books with Thrones

agameofthrones

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire,#1) – Seven hells! The hype was real! The never-ending war for the iron throne.

thejasminethrone

The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms, #1) – The first book in the trilogy that I hope to read this year.

throneofglass

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) – Reviews about this book are very mixed so I can’t really make up my mind to read this.

elizabeth

Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne – This has been on my TBR for like forever so I hope to read this soon.

powersandthrones

Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages – I’ve heard very good things and praises for Mr. Jones’ works so I’m very eager to get my hands on this and because it is always very interesting to read about the Middle Ages.

Quote of the Week

Appreciate every little beautiful moment in every day of your life. Give it a try and you’ll see the world from another perspective.

~Thea Kristine May

Spell the Month in Books – MARCH

Hi there! How time flies! February is gone. Hello, March!

Spell the Month in Books time again! The idea is to spell the month in books using the first letter in the first word of a title and it was originally created by Jana @ Reviews From the Stacks.

Today, I’ve decided to only include books I’ve already read with one-word titles.

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M – Marina

marina

A – Almond

almond

R – Rage

rage

C – Cain

cain

H – HHhH

hhhh

Have you read these books? What book titles did you use to spell March?

WWW Wednesday 02-Mar-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

  1. What did you recently finish reading?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

dontcryforme

Currently Reading

Up Next

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books with Doorways

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books with Doorways

As a reader, magical doorways is one of my favorite tropes. When a character finds a magical door and a different world on the other side very much intrigues me and sets my imagination at work. Here are the five books I’ve read with magical doorways:

alicesadventureinwonderland

As a child, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was a top favorite. Alice passed through several doorways starting with that rabbit hole!

alibabaandthefortythieves

The Tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves was a book shared to me by my elder brother when we were children. “Open Sesame” and the door will open to a cave full of treasures!

thefellowshipofthering

Remember the doors of Durin? Now I’m not quite sure if it was first mentioned in The Fellowship of the Ring (forgive me!) but as Gandalf translated it to the others, “The Doors of Durin, Lord of Moria. Speak “friend” and enter.” This is one of my favorite doors!

thelionthewitchandthewardrobe

One of the most well-known magical doorways — the wardrobe door to Narnia!

coraline

Coraline and her family moved to a new house where she discovered a key to a locked door in their living room. Spooky story but makes us realize that an imperfect world is a fine thing.

What magical doorways have you encountered while reading?

What I Read in February

Oh well, February is over! It may be the shortest month of the year but I am delighted I was able to read 10 books! Here they are:

5-Star Reads

4-Star Reads

3-Star Reads

What did you read in February?

Quote of the Week

When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.

~Laurie Halse Anderson

WWW Wednesday 23-Feb-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

  1. What did you recently finish reading?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Up Next

How was your reading week? Did you discover any new favorites? Please share!

Top 5 Tuesday – Books I Want to Reread This Year

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday! My first in a very long time…

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books I Want to Reread This Year

I don’t often reread books but I absolutely love it when I do. If it weren’t for my ever growing TBR pile, I’d gladly go back to many books I either loved or didn’t quite like. It’s always fun and nice to experience the same story again. Rereading always offer me something new and more often rereading makes me understand and appreciate the book more. This year, I hope to reread these 5 books:

All these books were 5-star reads for me. They all belong to my favorites list. I love them for different reasons and for their different effects on me as a reader. Hopefully, I’d really get my hands on them again this year.

Do you reread books? What books are you itching to reread this year?

Quote of the Week

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

~Lao Tzu

Spell the Month in Books – FEBRUARY

Hi there! I’m doing Spell the Month in Books for the first time today. The idea is to spell the month in books using the first letter in the first word of a title and it was originally created by Jana @ Reviews From the Stacks. Today, I’ve decided to only include books I’ve already read. Let’s get started, shall we?

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F – Flowers for Algernon

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E – Eternal

eternal

B – Brokeback Mountain

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R – Rage

rage

U – The Unbearable Lightness of Being

theunbearablelightnessofbeing

A – Anxious People

anxiouspeople

R – Rock, Paper, Scissors

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Y – Yonder

Yonder

What book titles did you use to spell February?

WWW Wednesday 16-Feb-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

  1. What did you recently finish reading?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Up Next

How was you reading week?

Happy Valentine’s Day! (Revised)

Love, perhaps, is the most wonderful thing in the world. Love is what makes us smile, it’s what makes us sing or dance. Love is what makes us human. And love makes life worth living.

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Valentine’s Day is that time of the year where the world is split into two: first, those with partners or are in a relationship and second, the singles. (Which group are you in this year?) We were in either group at certain points in our lives, and in which group were we happier, each of us has our answers.

Well, whether you’re single or in a relationship, Valentine’s Day tends to get the better or worse of people. That secret yearning in us to be loved. And what best way to celebrate such concept but to create a holiday that is best represented by worldwide commercialism.

So the best girl gets the flowers, the sweetest chocolates, the most memorable candle-lit dinner dates, and if she’s lucky, the ring! We are all suckers for romance and for the very few men who really look forward to this day to be able to express their love, oh, you rock! But then again, love is much deeper than that. We can always express our love at any given day, at any given moment. Why limit ourselves expressing our love for just one day out of 365?  Why not make everyday Valentine’s day?

Moreover, this commercialism has gone way too far that it makes us feel incomplete to be on our own on Hearts Day. When we don’t have to feel that way, we shouldn’t feel that way. Singles don’t have to be miserable on V-Day. There are a lot of things to enjoy and that includes being single.

Anyhow, I’m not sure exactly why I’m writing this today so I better stop. Love is such a crazy thing, I guess. It’s a beautiful, crazy thing. It’s magical. It’s complex. It’s different for everyone. But whether you’re single or in a relationship, I hope you feel loved.

Happy Hearts Day, homo sapiens! ❤️

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