Quote of the Week

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.

~Harvey Fierstein

WWW Wednesday 27-Jul-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

Currently Reading

Reading Next

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Illustrated 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.

Illustrated Books

These are my five books with visual elements, feel free to share yours in the comments section!

Quote of the Week

The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.

~Barbara Kingsolver

WWW Wednesday 20-Jul-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

Currently Reading

Reading Next

What are you reading? Any recommendations?

Top 5 Tuesday – Magic Systems

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.

Magic Systems

Here are my top  five books (or series) with magical systems that will surely captivate any reader and make you wish you’re living in a magical realm!

What’s on your list?

Quote of the Week

Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.

~C.S. Lewis

My First Kiss Went A Little Like This

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Photo found on Google. Credit to the owner.

Do you remember your first kiss? Yes, the very first! How nice was it? Or how terrible? Ideally, specially as teenagers, we expect our first kiss to be sweet and romantic! Or hot and wild! Intense! Oh dear! Locking lips with someone we like should send tingles up our spine and leave us feeling incoherent after.

Contrary to the perfect romantic first kisses I’ve either read, watched, imagined or hoped for, mine was a turn-off. Let me walk you down memory lane because my first kiss went a little like this…

My first kiss happened many moons ago, I was fourteen, he was sixteen. His name’s Andrew. He was my ultimate crush then and little did I know that he’s got a crush on me, too. We attended the same high school and we were both athletes. We’ve known each other by face and was only formally introduced to each other in a party after almost a year of smiles and hellos during training/practice or in the corridors.

We were dating for more than a month already when it happened. Since I belong to the science classes, he has to wait for me for about an hour until I finish my last class. After class that day, we went to the small garden just at the back of his classroom so he can help me with my homework. (I remember I suck in Biology and Chemistry then!) Once we’re done, we started walking while holding hands as he led me to his classroom door.

The touch: We were holding hands then he pulled me to him and pushed me gently against the classroom door then placed his left arm around my waist while his right hand caressed my face. (I liked that part!)

The ambiance: I never thought that my first kiss would be in the most romantic place in the world — in school, outside his classroom door! I mean, come on, I’ve imagined a kind of romantic setting, too. But definitely not in school!

The kiss: Well, our noses bumped at first and I was about to laugh but he kissed me right away and the first few tender brushes of his lips against mine was magic, it did really sent tingles up my spine and made all my body cells come to life until…

The tongue situation: Eeeewww! Just eeeewww! Oh boy! Was the tongue even supposed to be there??? It’s just wet! And sloppy! I was shocked! I wanted to punch him in the face!

The aftermath: Absolutely awkward. Confusing. Disappointing. In my mind, I’m trying to figure out what just happened. Funny thing is, I ended up having a very high fever that night and wasn’t able to go to school the next day!

So my first kiss didn’t happen according to plan but well, life isn’t a movie set. But in between homework and practice, the kisses got better, more quality kissing took over for the next two years.

So how was your first kiss? Was is sweet? Or was it terrible? How old were you then? Did it turn out the way you’ve imagined it to be? I’d love to hear, after all, what better time to delurk if not during first-kiss-story sharing time, right?

WWW Wednesday 13-Jul-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

Last Summer on State Street is a powerful little gem about family, racism, friendship and more. Lovely debut. 4 stars.

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies is a collection of stories, all poignant. It’s the kind of collection I like. It feels that every story is complete on its own and leaves you satisfied reading. 4 stars.

Currently Reading

I’m almost finished with Elena Knows and just started with The Measure.

Reading Next

Next on my list is another book from Mario Escobar, Auschwitz Lullaby and my first from David Ellis, Look Closer.

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books Set at School

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 Set at a School

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – Set in Hailsham which is some sort of a boarding house where students are supported and trained mainly in arts and are exposed very mildly to the outside world and are protected by the “guardians.”

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio – This is Auggie’s story starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep and wants nothing but to be treated as an ordinary boy despite his extraordinary face.

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Looking for Alaska by John Greene – Pudge heads off to Culver Creek Boarding School where he meets Alaska who steals his heart and launches him to the Great Perhaps.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – High School is not always easy and here Hannah committed suicide leaving her schoolmates a trail of thirteen reasons why.

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The Perks of Being a  Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – High school is pretty much spending time with friends. And it’s during this time that we spend with our friends that we start to build connections/relationships that matter and hope to last.

Quote of the Week

Your heart is a vast and tender thing; you cannot keep trying to shrink it into what someone else needs. You cannot keep pouring your love into a vessel that cannot contain it. You cannot keep pouring your love into a heart that is closed off to it. It will only leave you empty.

~Bianca Sparacino

Spell the Month in Books – JULY

Hello there, Homo sapiens! Welcome to another Spell the Month in Books! ! 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.

The books I’m using to spell the month this time are from my Read shelf.

J – Jamilia

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U – Unbroken

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L – The Lincoln Highway

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Y – Young Mungo

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What book titles did you use to spell July?

WWW Wednesday 6-Jul-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

Currently Reading

Reading Next

I’d be delighted to know what have you been reading this week or what you plan on reading soon, please share!

Top 5 Tuesday – Anticipated Reads for Jul-Sep 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 Jul-Sep 2022

The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne (July 26)

The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean (August 2)

Ithaca by Claire North (September 6)

The Attic Child by Lola Jaye (September 6)

The Matchmaker’s Gift by Lynda Cohen Loigman (September 20)

What I Read in June

Welcome to July, Homo sapiens! The first half of the year has come and gone… just like that!

I’ve managed to read 12 books in June and here they are…

5 Stars

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4.5 Stars

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4 Stars

3 Stars

Have you read any of these books? What did you read in June?

Quote of the Week

The deepest cuts come from those we love the most.

~Mario Escobar, The Teacher of Warsaw

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