Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson.
”If you could re-create a day, what dark secrets would you uncover?
Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1st, Anthony Davis and his partner Chaz are the ultimate authorities. Flashing their badges will get them past any obstruction and overrule any civil right of the dupes around them. But the crimes the detectives are sent to investigate seem like drudgery—until they stumble upon the grisly results of a mass killing that the precinct headquarters orders them not to investigate. That’s one order they have to refuse. The hunt is on. “
Well mind-fucked much! It was an interesting story and in some ways it actually read like an episode of the tvshow Black Mirror. It’s my first read by Sanderson and I liked it very much. I have some of his fantasy books at home and maybe it’s time to give them a go :) This novella was a beautiful mishmash of sci-fi and a detective-esque story and yeah totally up my ally. Wellwritten and engaging, so if you like mysteries and books with sci-fi-settings - give it a go! It’s only 125 pages, you’ll read in a sitting and be on the edge on your seat the whole way through ✌️😍 (4/5⭐️).
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A lot of books that wait for me and I'm so excited to read all of them. Do you guys have any recommendations? 📚✨
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This seems like a good plan! If you're thinking right now: "Wow, one of these boxes could be a book that I really want Tris to read!!!" please tell me! I love recommendations
If you're thinking:"I want to do this challenge to, or use some of these prompts" also tell me, so I can follow you!
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If You Love Cooking You Could Be... (Ready To Read Level 2) by Elizabeth Dennis, Illustrated by Natalie Kwee. Simon Spotlight, 2019. 9781534454545. 32pp.
If You Love Dolphins You Could Be... (Ready To Read Level 2) by May Nakamura, Illustrated by Natalie Kwee. Simon Spotlight, 2019. 9781534444690. 32pp.
If You Love Video Games You Could Be... (Ready To Read Level 2) by Thea Feldman, Illustrated by Natalie Kwee. Simon Spotlight, 2019. 9781534443990. 32pp.
If You Love Fashion You Could Be.... (Ready To Read Level 2) by May Nakamura, Illustrated by Natalie Kwee. Simon Spotlight, 2019. 9781534448773. 32pp.
Each of these easy readers goes into a bit of detail about three careers, and has a list of more cool jobs at the back. The stars of each are Kwee's happy, simple drawings. Everyone is smiling, and it feels like every little thing she draws is, too.
The book full of dolphin love is probably my favorite of the four -- it has a subtle, pro-environmental message as it contains details about being an aquatic veterinarian, marine biologist, and underwater filmmaker. (The other careers mentioned briefly at the end are oceanographer, aquarium curator, underwater archaeologist, environmental lawyer, and environmental social scientist.)
In 2020, it's hard to argue that it's ever too early for kids to start thinking about a career and a couple of fallbacks.
Worth noting: the next books in the series are If You Love Robots.., and If You Love Books.... -- I hope librarians made the cut in the latter.
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AN UNKINDNESS OF MAGICIANS BY KAT HOWARD
I shamelessly picked up this book for the cover...Come on, if you know me, i'm all about those aesthetic books. By the way, it has raised grooves. Who can say no to raised grooves?!
Luckily, this book was actually really, really good! I didn't go into this book with many expectation and I was super surprised by the plot of this story. I absolutely loved the concept of this book, set in the real world where a society of magicians who run their own households live amongst us. Every few decades, the houses will fight to determine who the leader of this society will be. Different houses will challenge other ones and when it get's closer to who the winner will be, it becomes a fight to the death. NOW the part that I loved the most about this is the magic itself. These magicians all draw from a power source but none of them really question where it has come from. Their parents and older generations has simply taught them how to draw this magic and not the mystery behind it. Let's just say, the magic isn't drawn from thin air, causing no pain to anyone.
The characters themselves were interesting. You had multiple perspectives from characters who would typically be called your 'good guy' and 'bad guy'. You had characters with flaws, realistic traits and many times reading this book, they felt human and not just someone written onto a page.
There was one thing that stopped this book being 5 stars for me but I can't tell you why without spoiling it!!! Let's just say, there's dark parts in this book that made me wince a little. The bad characters are like, murder someone bad, not just a mean person. Right from the beginning they're cruel and just, well, murderous. And it made me expect a little more towards the end.
Overall, i really enjoyed this book and i'd recommend it to anyone who wants an quick, fantasy read!
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📚 Bu Ülke 📚
Düşünce yapımın oluşumunda büyük etkisi olan düşünürlerden biridir Cemil Meriç. Tanımayanlar için Meriç kendisini, “Kimim ben! Hayatını, Türk irfanına adayan, münzevi ve mütecessis bir fikir işçisi.” sözleriyle tanımlar.
Bu Ülke kitabı da Meriç’in belki de en berrak eserlerinden. Uzun yıllardır dönüp dönüp tekrar okuduğum bir kitap Bu Ülke. Her okuduğumda kendime farklı dersler çıkartabiliyorum bu kitaptan. Meriç’in düşüncelerini daha iyi anlamaya çalışıyorum her okuduğumda.
Cemil Meriç’i en çok da duruşundan ötürü severim. Mesela şu sözüne hepimizin kulak vermesi gerekir: “Evladım, dünyada sağcı solcu yoktur. Namuslu insanlarla namussuz insanlar vardır.” Günümüzde en çok dikkat etmemiz gereken ama hala daha hep es geçtiğimiz bir mesele. Meriç, aynı zamanda ideolojiler için de şöyle der: “İzmler, idraklerimize giydirilmiş deli gömlekleridir.” Buradan yola çıkarak şunu düşünmeliyiz bence: karşımızdakine insan olarak mı bakıyoruz yoksa İzmler gözlüğünden mi?
Bu Ülke kitabını okurken Meriç’in Doğu-Batı sorununa dair önemli tespitlerine de rastlayabilirsiniz. Mesela şu sözü açık medeniyet üzerine söylenmiş güzel bir söz: “Düşünce bir köprü: kıldan ince, kılıçtan keskin... Kalabalıklar geçemez üzerinden. Ülkeler asırlarca habersiz yaşamış birbirinden. Ne Asya Avrupa’yı tanımış ne Avrupa Asya’yı.”
Kitap hakkında daha fazla bir şey söylemek yerine sizleri kendisiyle baş başa bırakmak isterim.
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we are the ants review - **5/5 stars**
So I have been sitting for about thirty minutes trying to digest the masterpiece that is we are the ants. It was funny, beautiful, heartbreaking and so real I was almost in the world with each of the characters. I couldn’t put this book down and I was rewarded with some of my new favorite quotes to come from the pages I kept turning. As always this review consists of my own opinions and is not meant to offend anyone. This review will not contain a summary or synopsis of the book and will contain spoilers. The book, itself, also features heavy, triggering topics so a a quick TW for: mental illness, suicide, violence, attempted rape, severe bullying (both physical and verbal) and nihilism.
First: OH MY GOD. That was running through my mind over and over and over again when I was reading this book. Shaun David Hutchinson is an excellent writer and Henry was a superb, relatable narrator. This book not only landed on my top reads of 2018 list, but also on my all time favorites list as well. Hutchinson also does a really amazing job at portraying the mental illness that comes after losing a loved one, especially to suicide. I’ve always wondered how I would handle/respond to losing my life partner, boyfriend/girlfriend, in any way before we were old and gray, and this book really navigates that struggle well especially for such a YA book.
Henry, the MC, is constantly abducted by aliens and has the choice, now, to either save the world or watch it burn with the press of a button. The story is, first and foremost, one of grief, longing, loss and love. There are also elements of growth, understanding and acceptance both of oneself and of the things (the world) around us as well. I felt so bad for Henry because the guilt he felt throughout the book was so palpable I just wanted to hug him.
I do have to say that I wonder if Henry really was abducted by aliens or if he had issues with sleepwalking/other mental illnesses that caused him to think he was being abducted. At the end of the book we still don’t know if the world ended the next day, and it while I hate open, ambiguous endings like that it was almost calming. Because you waited the whole book to see if Henry would press the button or not, but then once things started to...not “come together” but started to make a little more sense for him, the “abductions” stopped. It was like his grief and longing for his boyfriend, Jesse, was driving his mind insane. The “end of the world” thing could even be a metaphor for Henry living or dying, not the entire planet. I’m not sure, and I could be totally missing the mark here and that’s fine. I think that was part of Hutchinson’s goal was to have people contemplating and thinking about the book long after they finished reading it.
There was a tremendous amount of grief and sadness and loss in this book that all of the characters had to struggle with. Each one lost something and had to figure out how their world was meant to go on without that thing existing for them. Even though Henry’s loss and grief was front and center, it was awesome to see each character deal with their own losses in their own ways even if that loss also indirected affected Henry.
The way Hutchinson addressed mental illness as a result of this grief and loss was brilliant. Audrey, Henry (and Jesse’s), best friend made one of the most relatable and true statements about depression: “Depression isn’t a war you win. It’s a battle you fight every day. You never get to stop, never get to rest. It’s one bloody fray after another.” And it’s true. Not only did her comment relate Jesse’s struggles to Henry in terms of how mental illness works, and how there’s not always a “reason” or “one specific catalyst” that sets off the trigger inside, but it also shows how her own treatment has helped her understand her own mind after Jesse’s death.
When Henry went into a facility for himself there was growth that bloomed after he accepted the fact that he wasn’t okay. It’s a long road just to accept and admit that you aren’t okay and that you need help, and that’s something I can personally relate to. Saying that you’re not okay and that can’t handle yourself on your own anymore is so heartbreaking sometimes. You give up that independence you fought so hard to keep and control and have to give it up and be at the mercy of others and, sometimes, medication.
While there was sadness surrounding all the characters in this world, there were also so many instances and moments of love. Mother’s love, brother’s love, friendship/platonic love and the renewal of romantic love. Henry’s struggle to open his heart up to someone new (Diego) was so real and I know so many people who have lost a boyfriend/girlfriend/partner to suicide or just death in general could relate to that struggle. He saw Jesse every time he looked at Diego, but would think of Diego and feel guilty for not thinking of Jesse. That struggle and guilt of feeling like you’re betraying your lover that died was so heart wrenching, especially for someone his age.
All in all (I’m not going to do a point-by-point review this time because there are waaaay too many thoughts to individually discuss), this book was one of the most “life” books I’ve ever read. That’s the best I can put it. Henry was staring at the stars (from the abduction ship) and said “I feel so small,” and I think anyone who looks at the stars on a clear night knows that exact feeling and how insignificant everything feels in that moment. The nihilism really made you stop and think about what is actually important in life; is it holding onto the past, anticipating the future, or enjoying the present? This book was full of thought provoking themes, characters and quotes and I just can’t rave about it enough. Let me know what you think because I have to discuss this with someone. A true 5/5 star read.
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Thoughts on Emma Wilby’s Invoking the Akelarre
I have been looking forward to reading Emma Wilby’s book on the Basque witch trails ever since I learned she had announced it’s release in 2019. I finally had the opportunity to read the book this holiday season, when it was gifted to me by a very kind and generous relative who knows of my “special interests” regarding family traditions.
I want to preface this by saying that I approach everything from the mind of someone who sees Mari as a mother goddess, Akerbeltz as a teacher similar to what you will see most witches call the Man in Black, and my approach to magic is largely rooted in the pagan elements of recorded Basque magic and other areas of influence. That being said, this book is very focused on diabolical styled witchcraft, the trails, and the folklore at the root of them. So while my own opinions may at time differ, I cannot deny that Wilby offers a comprehensive experience of a tragic era.
Wilby breaks this book up into parts, and begins by setting a beautiful and sprawling context for this entire study. Many people are fairly ignorant of Basque folklore, culture, and existence. Wilby spends a few of the early chapters offering context, impacts of the Christianization of these regions, and what would lead to what becomes a painfully obvious breeding ground for witch hysteria. She later goes on to discuss in depth the Toad lore of the region, which I was pleasantly surprised to see she brought in a widely diverse group of sources in discussing something very niche like the Dancing Toad. Wilby discusses why the toad was the regions favored familiar, why it treated more like a demanding pet than the other archetypes seen in surrounding regions, and the role the physical toad may have played in the Basque witches craft. This was a surprisingly common thread I found with the witches of her thesis: a magic based on pragmatism, like calling to like, and everything serving a needed purpose.
Emma Wilby is also one of those few occult historians who is willing to discuss forced testimony in a way that is both tasteful and lacking in the common tone of dismissiveness usually accounted to all things spoken under these awful conditions. Instead, Wilby draws together the common threads and creates a tapestry of the available folklore and thought these people were most likely drawing from in their confessions. She dedicates an entire portion to discuss the men behind these trails, and shines light on their sadism with a cool eye.
Invoking the Akelarre is for those who are interested in a densely and unapologetically historic take on the Burning Times and how they manifested in the region of Euskal Herria, those who are interested in the folk magic observed by the mountain people that so spooked their imperial neighbors, and those who are curious in seeing a different side of the diabolical witchcraft narrative so popularized on platforms like Tumblr. I hope everyone gets the chance to read this book, and finds something in it that sings in their heart. I will be lighting candles for the men and women whose stories are told in this book, it is a heartbreaking affair.
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Day, D. (2015). An atlas of Tolkien.
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wotakoi aka “love is hard for otaku” by fujita
really enjoyed the first two books of this manga!
this is the first manga i read after many, many years. i liked sailor moon, ah my goddess!, and a few other manga when i was a teenager, but gave it up like so many other things.
in many ways, this was a good way to get back into it because i too am supposedly an adult and i too like otaku things and would be rabid if i gave myself the chance.
and like this commenter writes, it’s nice to have something that’s actually really funny and also about (and maybe for? i don’t really know) adults. i live and work with my friends and partner and i also have a personal life where i draw and enjoy art, comics, scifi movies, X JAPAN, and The Internet. it’s been hard for me to balance work with my fun pursuits, especially since i work from home and am extremely lazy. when i feel like lazing off, i think of the characters in this manga and remember that being an adult means working and being responsible so that you can have money and time to do fun things. also, if you’ve finished your workday, then you can really enjoy your hobbies guilt-free (or as close to guilt-free as you get, depending on your situation). like x japan, this manga gives me something to think about and hold on to when i get mired in difficult thoughts and feelings.
i also love the artwork. none of the too-big eyes that i hate in a lot of manga & anime. since i’ve been leveling up in drawing and doing inktober and inkvember, it’s great to see ink work that i think is really amazing and gives me inspiration, ideas, and something to look up to.
there’s also a lot of content in this manga. each page has a funny little relevant statement at the bottom next to the page number. like other mangas, there are a lot of cute illustrations of the characters that are not part of the story. there are little profiles of the characters and in-jokes about being a fan. there are also additional panels with notes from the writer/artist about the writing and production process and nice explanations of otaku and japan-specific terms. and there are glossy color panels as well. it’s really well-produced and makes for rich reading.
finally, i think it’s super cool that the writer/artist, fujita, came from pixiv, a fan art community! there’s now an anime of this manga and a live-action movie that’s supposed to come out in 2019. it’s a success story, imo.
here are a bunch of pics of some of my favorite pages and illustrations:
lots of great fan in-jokes:
love this full-page illustration!:
cute character profiles:
explanatory text alongside pictures to remind you where the word/concept appeared in the story:
notes from the author:
sailor moon love:
bonus pages like “texts from him”/”texts from her” ^_^ :
i like these views of two people in bed (notice the hand on the ankle in the first panel!)
a nod to attractive guy cosplayers (in this case it’s a crossplay with a woman dressing as a man):
the drawing of narumi “in her element” and the little “strut strut” is my favorite drawing out of these two volumes. i can just feel the movement and imagine how she’d be walking through the store. it communicates visually so well i think!! also it’s a funny scene of the crazy consumerism that’s so tempting for all fans.
there are a bunch of really cute storylines of the characters playing an mmo. this was my favorite scene:
cute visual element like from a video game:
“it’s embarrassing to come across as some hardcore otaku stopping for manga on his way home from work”:
“whispers of a demon” lol:
one of my favorite full-page illustrations, but whose hand is that in the upper right?:
i love this one too:
one of the color pages:
afterward by the author with “that sweater”:
translation notes: (the first scene is the answer to the question of ‘who was your first 2D crush’ lol)
finally, an explanation of ‘that sweater’:
anyway, i hope you like my exhaustive tour of wotakoi! if it’s not already clear, i really liked this manga and will treasure it and all of these memorable scenes. i hope you like it too!
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Amazon Customer Book Review for "Glimpses of God: Seasonal Christian Poems" by Joan Bonnell Clark
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In witch I compare the three versions of Magnus Bane, everyone’s favourite bisexual warlock!
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Guess who just got the most amazing gift?!????!
I'm legitimately so happy with these. They were a total of 20 euros, which is four euros a book, which is about 4.5 US dollars per book, which is so incredibly cheap!
I've already read Looking for Alaska (as an ebook, so having a physical copy is still awesome) but the rest are going on my Tbr, if they weren't already
What are your opinions on John Green and his books? Have you read any of these, and if so, what did you think of it? Also, which one should I read first? Tell me!
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★★★★★ Amazon Customer Book Review for "Goin' Home" by Phyllis Staton Campbell
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📚 Simyacı 📚 Aslında başından beri yanıbaşınızda olan bir hazineyi ancak uzun yolculuklar sonunda fark edebilirsiniz. Tıpkı çoban Santiago’nun yaptığı gibi. Kendi kişisel menkıbesinin peşine düşmüş olan Santiago, bu uğurda yeri gelmiş çoban olmuş yeri gelmiş billuriyeci. Hayatı boyunca peşinden koştuğu kişisel menkıbesi onu aradığı hazineye de kavuşturmuş. Ama hazineden daha önemli olan çok çeşitli tecrübelere sahip olmasını sağlamış. Endülüs’ten kalkıp Mısır piramitlerine yıllarca yolculuk eden Santiago yol boyunca kendi içine bakmayı da ihmal etmemiş. Her gördüğü yeni şey onu heyecanlandırmış. Yeni bir dil öğrenmiş, yeni hayatlara şahit olmuş ve bu hayatlara dokunabilmeyi başarmış. Kişisel menkıbesini yaşamaya karar verdikten sonra karşısına çıkan her zorluğa bir şekilde göğüs germiş. Her vazgeçmeye kalktığında onun amacına ulaşmasını isteyen bir ve tek evren onu tekrar yola getirmiş. Paulo Coelho kitabı sadece 2 haftada yazmış ve bu kadar kısa sürmesinin nedeninin bu hikayenin zaten ruhunda yazılı olmasına bağlamış. Kısa sürede yazıldığı gibi bir solukta okunabilecek ve ruha dokunabilecek bir roman Simyacı. Coelho, Simyacı ile hepimize bir nasihat veriyor aslında. Bu nasihate kulak verelim ve kendi kişisel menkıbemizi yazmaya başlayalım. Kendi hazinemizin nerede olduğunu keşfedelim. Kimi bunu çölde tefekküre dalarak arar kimi ise zeytin ağaçlarına bakarak :) @canyayinlari ndan çıkan Simyacı’yı okumanızı tavsiye ederim. İyi okumalar... . @okuyorumla
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Good Morning, Bibliophiles!
What are your “must reads” for this summer?? I need some book club suggestions!
Enjoy this Snapchat Selfie.
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📚 Yavaşla 📚 Kendimizi modern dünyanın hızına kaptırmış halde yolumuzu kaybetmişken Kemal Sayar bizlere yolumuzu gösterecek bir tabelaya işaret ediyor: Yavaşla. Arka kapakta da değinildiği gibi artık büyüğün küçüğü geldiği bir dünyada değil hızlının yavaşı yuttuğu bir dünyadayız. “O kadar hızlı gidiyoruz ki ruhlarımız arkada kalıyor.” derken bir Afrika atasözü aslında ne kadar doğru söylüyor. Ruh dinginlik isterken maddi alemin hızı, ruhu unutarak yoluna devam etmek zorunda kalıyor çoğu vakit. Hız sadece ruhu es geçmekle kalmıyor aynı zamanda hayatı da yüzeyselleştiriyor bir yandan. Derinlemesine bakmaya vaktimiz olmuyor insanlara, doğaya, hayata. Ve tahammülsüzleşiyoruz bunun sonucunda. Aile yapısı değişiyor, anne baba olmak artık bir spor olarak değerlendirilmeye başlanıyor, benlik merkezileşiyor ve hayat sadece ben etrafında dönmeye başlıyor. Tam bu noktada Kemal Sayar diyor ki “Yavaş Güzeldir”. Uzun şimdinin farkına varmayı sağlar yavaşlık. Ne diyordu Tanpınar: “Ne içindeyim zamanın Ne de büsbütün dışında Yekpare, geniş bir anın Parçalanmaz akışında. “ Kemal Sayar bu şiirden sonra ekliyor: “Saatlerini doğanın ve iç dünyalarının çevrimine ayarlayanlar, güneşi ve gökyüzünü görebilenler, hayatı uzun bir şimdi veya yekpare, geniş bir an olarak yaşayabilenler, ‘İçime çektiğim hava değil gökyüzüdür.’ diyebilenler, eve mutlu dönüyor.” Eve mutlu dönenlerden olabilmek için iki okumalar..
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Justice League: The Art of the Film Hardcover
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