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pretty-books · 2 days ago
when I started reading the grisha trilogy i was all for darklina because of all the shit I’d seen about mal and the darkling on the internet
like I’d been fully led to believe that mal was this bland 2d and controlling character in the trilogy but then my man came out with line like this
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how about
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and THIS
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and this is just a few lines from ruin & rising
seriously? I was supposed to be shipping my girl alina with emo darkles when hunk MALYEN ‘MALEWIFE’ ORETSEV was right there? PLEASE
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anarchy-kisses · 2 days ago
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year to read poetry ❄️🎄
I’m the author of Brown Clay, a 97 page collection about Black liberation, healing from trauma, self love, identity, and more. I’m a Black queer author, activist & artist trying to make her dreams come true 🥺
Available at Barnes & Noble online & in store at the Santa Rosa, CA location AND at Chamblin’s in Jacksonville, FL! You can also get it as an e-book on my ko-fi shop or message me to order a signed author copy.
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yabookaddiction · a day ago
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Bookstagram Wrapped 2021
My Top Authors
Sabaa Tahir + @sjmaas​
Leigh Bardugo
Mary E. Pearson
My Top Books
Six of Crows
An Ember in the Ashes
A Court of Mist and Fury
Empire of Storms
Dance of Thieves
The Spanish Love Deception
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metamorphesque · 2 months ago
books to read while Autumn is reigning
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a warm cuppa in your hands, sitting near the window, enjoying the rain
with a sprinkle of amour
The Girl at the Lion d'Or by Sebastian Faulks
The Collector by John Fowles
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
The Broken Wings by Kahlil Gibran
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
with a dash of existential crisis
South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Fish in Exile by Vi Khi Nao
No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai
with a pinch of dark academia
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Maurice by E. M. Forster
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
with a side of je ne sais quoi
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Death with Interruptions by José Saramago
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
After Dark by Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa
The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura
If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura
under the covers, with a flashlight in your hands, in the middle of the night
Carmilla by Sheridan le Fanu
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun
The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Frankenstein: The 1818 Text by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Metamorphosis & Other Stories by Franz Kafka
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study-of-chaos · 7 months ago
Books to help you deal with life when you have ADHD (totally not free 👀)
Delivered from distraction
The queen of distraction
The ADHD Advantage
Smart but stuck
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Driven to distraction
Driven to distraction at work
Smart but scattered
Finish what you start
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The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD
Organizing Solutions for people with ADHD
Self-regulation & Mindfulness
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ADHD: A guide to understanding
The disorganized mind
Overcoming distractions
Coaching college students with executive problems
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Learning outside the Lines
Faster than normal
ADHD 2.0: New Science
Thriving with Adult ADHD
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literaryaida · 2 months ago
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24.09.21 copenhagen is getting colder and I’m really loving my first fall here. Started writing again and joined some lessons to fill free time after work. Books? I finished ugly love by colleen hoover in one sitting and now I’m stuck with season 5 of Grey’s anatomy lol i also bought these violent delights by chloe gong which I’m excited to get into.
What are you reading at the moment?
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adarkershadeofroyal · 3 months ago
I wish there was an app that worked kinda like spotify except with books,, like you could create a playlist of books with a specific theme/ aesthetic and it would give you suggestions for other books you might like
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namaaz · 2 months ago
here's a list of underrated books (with under 10,000 ratings on goodreads) that i recommend because i love them and think they deserve more attention than they've gotten!
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earlymoderngothic · a month ago
20 Haunting Books
It’s spooky season so I’m recommending 20 books that may, or may not, terrify you.
I have linked to free editions where possible and links with an asterisk are affiliate links for UK You obviously don’t need to use those links.
The Monk by Matthew Lewis (1796)
A gothic horror novel that revels in the darkest of taboos
It can still horrify readers over 200 years after it was first published
Project Gutenberg / Oxford World's Classics*
The Italian by Ann Radcliffe (1797)
A response to The Monk
Dark, sombre, and sinister
Public Library UK / Oxford World's Classics*
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)
Gothic horror with a scientific twist
A story about scientific experimentation, humanity, and monstrosity
Read the 1818 edition!
Project Gutenberg / Oxford World's Classics*
The Vampyre by John Polidori (1819)
A thinly veiled reference to Lord Byron and his tendency to drain the life out of the people that were enamoured with him
Short but creepy
Project Gutenberg / Oxford World's Classics*
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847)
Heathcliff, it's me, Cathy I’ve come home, I'm so cold Let me in-a-your window...
A book about awful people doing awful things to each other
Set in the bleak Yorkshire moors (oh, Yorkshire, my beloved)
Project Gutenberg / Penguin English Library*
The Lifted Veil by George Eliot (1859)
Eliot tapped into the emerging tradition of Victorian horror
Very different to her other works
Project Gutenberg / Oxford World's Classics*
The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell (1861)
A spooky Gothic tale
This would also be perfect as a traditional Christmas Eve read
Public Library UK / Penguin Classics*
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)
What could be scarier than the potential evil that lurks in yourself?
A mixture of genres
Project Gutenberg / Penguin Classics*
Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)
The most famous vampire book ever written (maybe?)
I always want to make chicken paprikash after reading this book
Project Gutenberg / Penguin Classics*
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (1898)
This book never loses its edge
Psychological horror
Project Gutenberg / Oxford World's Classics*
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James (1901)
I really like M. R. James' short ghost story collections
A twist on classic Gothic tropes
Project Gutenberg / Oxford World's Classics*
The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson (1949)
Suburban horror
Some of these stories still haunt me
Penguin Modern Classics*
I am Legend by Richard Matheson (1954)
Post-apocalyptic horror
A very tense story with a great ending
Orion Publishing Co.*
'Salem's Lot by Stephen King (1975)
Hodder Paperbacks*
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter (1979)
Uses traditional stories - fairytales and folklore - and transforms the horror that was always in them into something more potent for a modern audience
Focuses heavily on gender issues
Vintage Publishing*
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (1984)
One of the best contemporary Gothic novels I've ever read
A Victorian-style ghost story
Vintage Publishing*
The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa (1994)
A little different to the other books on this list
Haunting and sad
Vintage Publishing*
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell (2018)
Historical fiction
An unsettling book
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (2020)
A book that is full of suspense and terror and confusion
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (2020)
A wonderful, strange mixture of Gothic horror and Gothic terror
Compelling characters and an intriguing mystery
Quercus Publishing*
Happy reading!
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books-and-cookies · 2 months ago
Book recs? Book recs 😌
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papenathys · a month ago
Hello, me again. I was wondering if i could have some book recommendations for indian feminist literature?
Also have u read "Caste as woman" by vrinda nabar? I started reading that and so far it seems good, i would love to know what u think if u have read it!
hello ♥️♥️. no I didn't read that book, but I'll look it up. full disclaimer, I don't read much non fiction, so this will mainly be me recommending feminist fiction, and then some writers who can be considered Indian feminist icons.
the palace of illusions, chitra bannerjee divakaruni: the maharabharat is narrated from draupadi's pov in this lush and richly evocative mythological retelling of the epic, a great study of feminine rage in a world peopled by the destinies of male "heroes".
breast stories, mahasweta devi: as the title suggests, this short collection centres around the breast- as a symbol of violation, of revolt and of agency. in general, I really recommend mahasweta if you're looking to get into indian feminist writing especially now, when her stories are being deliberately excluded in many ~esteemed~ university syllabi.
when i hit you, meena kandasamy: a harrowing account of the domestic abuse inflicted upon the narrator by her ex revolutionary husband, this novel provides great commentary about how a person's seemingly radical political beliefs can mask his misogyny and the various ways an Indian woman is alienated in her house and in society.
kari, amruta patil: beautiful graphic novel about a butch lesbian coping in the aftermath of a tumultuous relationship and a botched suicide attempt. provides an intimate portrait of navigating sexuality, gender dysphoria, urban loneliness and mortality as queer women. a favourite of mine.
the quilt and other stories, ismat chugtai: yes yes we all know chugtai's sardonic and wittily erotic sapphic story lihaaf (the inspired behind deepa mehta's fire) but this collection also includes her other works, mainly centred on sexuality of women and the ways we are not often allowed ownership of even our own bodies.
non fiction
essays and poems, savitribai phule: she wrote several poems, including the collections kavya phule and bavan kashi subodh ratnakar. if you can read marathi you can read her original works, or like me, read translations of selected poems. most of her poems deal with casteism and rebelling against caste-based traditions/identities.
daughters of the sun, ira mukhoty: a historical biography of the many beautiful, fierce and brilliant women of the mughal empire, who often played a crucial role in shaping the politics and culture of the dynasty. from formidable matriarchs to wilful empress consorts to female saints and darogas and poetesses, this book is full of accounts of remarkable women.
the weave of my life, urmila pawar: memoir of a mahar dalit author who moved away from the konkan coast to mumbai (against severe opposition) and went on to embark on a lifelong mission for the emancipation of dalit women. it's ultimately a book of hope.
novels by easterine kire: kire writes incredibly poignant novels about the experiences of naga women; while a terrible matriarchy is her account of naga rituals and lifestyle, and how matriarchy doesn't necessarily equate a feminist society, don't run, my love deals with how the fragile peace between a mother and daughter is severed by the arrival of a male hunter at their doorstep.
hope you find something to your liking from this (very short) list. there are tons of great indian feminist writers!
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heavenlyyshecomes · 6 months ago
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R F Kuang asking the right questions here 💆🏾‍♀️ here's some good recs from the replies that I added to my own tbr:
The buried giant, kazuo ishiguro (subversive arthurian tale with dreamlike prose. everyone's memory is in flux so details shift and waver. intergenerational trauma and historiography but has a melancholical and anchored character story).
Lancelot (the arthurian tales series), giles kristian
The mabinogian tetralogy, evangeline walton (retelling of welsh mythology. weird, eerie, beautiful and just gorgeously written)
The traitor son cycle, miles cameron
The dragon and the unicorn, aa attanasio (very weird arthurian prose. merlin is an astral shark demon made of electricity. creepy, dark, and dramatic).
Sistersong, lucy holland
Book of the new sun, gene wolfe (like walking through a black Magic the Gathering Card, or if Pere La Chaise stretched endlessly, in every direction, throught time).
The dragon waiting, john m. ford
The wolf and the woodsman, ava reid
City of saints and madmen (ambergris series), jeff vandermeer (like slowly unearthing a strange and unfathomable artifact that you gradually piece together into an incomplete picture).
Silver in the wood (the greenhollow duology), emily tesh (chaotic, lush and haunting and canonically promises the m/m energy that feels promised but not guaranteed by the green knight trailer)
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hungryfictions · 2 months ago
the concept for this list was: fifty books written by women about women, published within the past five years, (2017-now), that aren’t normal people and whatever else sally rooney just released. i also tried to avoid anything that gave explicitly rooney vibes. (here is why.) i stuck mostly with realism, though some have elements of fantasy or magic or horror. if you have questions about triggers for any particular book feel free to reach out.
Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
We Play Ourselves by Jen Silverman
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi*
Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet*
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood*
All’s Well by Mona Awad*
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett*
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson*
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata*
The Push by Audrey Audrain
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo
A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers
Sad Janet by Lucie Britsch
Weather by Jenny Offill
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
The Comeback by Ella Berman
The Farm by Joanne Ramos
Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami
Writers & Lovers by Lily King*
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Supper Club by Lara Williams
Vacuum in the Dark by Jen Beagin
In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado*
Severance by Ling Ma
Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder
Lurkers by Sandi Tan
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Edie Richter is Not Alone by Rebecca Handler
Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden
Godshot by Chelsea Bieker
Betty by Tiffany McDaniel*
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
Ordinary Girls: A Memoir by Jaquira Díaz
The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa
Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland
Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin
My Life as a Rat by Joyce Carol Oates*
Tell the Machine Goodnight by Katie Williams
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng*
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Penance by Kanae Minato*
Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito
a note: this list is obviously limited to books that i have either personally read or know a lot about.
* means the author has other good books that i know of, i just didn’t want to repeat any authors
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nonbinary-kaz · 4 months ago
why the Six of Crows duology is good
a list for people who have not read it, by someone who adores it
canon disabled characters. yes, that's right. characters. more than one.
a fat main character, known for her flirtatious nature and beauty, and never brought down because of it!
chronic pain rep!
seriously!! two disabled main characters!
an ADHD main character
good rep of trauma (of all sorts) and its effects
and also PTSD
(one of the two characters has dyslexia. the other has a break that never healed and uses a cane!)
literal found family.
make that found CRIME family!!
interracial relationships (two!!!)
interesting plot!
really, really good character development!
death to the "I can fix him" trope
heists. so many good heists.
the six main characters are all incredibly likable in their own ways
In conclusion: there is something for everyone in this duology. Please read it!
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moonlit-sunflower-books · 2 months ago
books i love and why you should read them
1. instructions for dancing by nicola yoon
absolutely perfect meet-cute
made me question my existence multiple times in the best way possible
comfort book tbh
basically changed the entire way that i look like love and life
such realistic, raw emotion??? how?
the main character has a really dry sense of humour and i love it
really fast read!! i finished in two days
2. orlando by virginia woolf
it makes me feel really cool while reading because it has dark academia feminist vibes
also victoria woolf is a queen
it's based on a real life queer love story
some of the lines just made me sit back and go. oh damn,
it's surprisingly easy to read
(also full disclosure i have Not finished this yet but i love it so far)
3. six of crows duology by leigh bardugo
be gay, do crime
six teenagers who don't know what the fuck they're doing and manage to break into one of the most secure prisons on the planet and also basically take down a government
inej ghafa.
lots of rep!!
you get the awesome magic from shadow and bone without suffering through alina starkov's internal monologue
"my ghost won't associate with your ghost"
there's a massive fandom of chaotic gays so u will find a home among us <3
the character development is literally flawless
4. scythe trilogy by neal shusterman
i'm a simp for citra okay i admit it
but also the worldbuilding of this book is just. perfection
and it has limited characters but each one is so three-dimensional and you really go into depth about how each one of them thinks and feels and aaaa so good
the power dynamics that are created between characters are amazing
5. an ember in the ashes quartet by sabaa tahir
helene aquila. that's it.
ok no that's not it
but helene aquila and elias veturius are literally perfection; this book was written for the bisexuals /j
all three main characters are absolutely incredible
the number of plot twists??? im? how *sobs*
oh yeah this book will make you sob a lot
but it is worth it
the worldbuilding is so solid and i love the way that she uses magic in both the worldbuilding and the character development
also omg the character relationships? laia and elias and elias and helene and helene and laia and the way that they all develop i can't
brown rep <3
6. red white and royal blue by casey mcquinston
it's set in an alternate 2020 which was way better than ours so it's great if you're into escapism and like to avoid your problems by dissociating into fictional lands
alex claremont-diaz owns my entire heart
gay fluff
childhood rivals to enemies to reluctant allies in a time of crisis to growing trust to friends with mutual pining to friends with benefits with mutual pining to lovers
it's a hell of a rollercoaster
also lots of politics! if you're into that kind of thing
7. a court of thorns and roses by sarah j mass
don't read it <3
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