23 // I read Rumaan Alam’s debut novel, “Rich and Pretty,” two years ago, and though I really appreciated his writing talent, the story wasn’t really for me. However, his latest novel, “That Kind of Mother,” hooked me in from page one until the end (as in, I read the entire thing in less than 24 hours, and I had a full day of work in that time as well). The mother in question, Rebecca Stone, has just given birth and is overwhelmed with this major life change - until Priscilla Johnson, an employee at the hospital, takes Rebecca under her wing to help her through the transition to motherhood. Priscilla becomes the nanny to Rebecca’s son, and over the years the two women become friends. Priscilla, a black woman, opens Rebecca’s well-meaning but sheltered mind to how, despite a seemingly equal world, the two women are treated differently because of the colors of their skin. Tragedy strikes and Priscilla dies during her own childbirth (this isn’t a spoiler, it’s on the front jacket) and her infant son effectively becomes an orphan. As Rebecca decides to be a mother to both boys, she begins to grapple with the issues of raising one black and one white child, and though she loves them both with equal passion, she begins to realize the people around her will continue to treat them differently. It’s a beautiful story of motherhood In all its permutations and the power of family. Highly recommend this one - one of my favorites this year thus far. #greengablereads
Happy Friday, guys! I’m going to try to squeeze in three posts today, so prepare yourselves 😆 First up is #maythefandombewithyou which is Doctor Who today. You know I’ll take any opportunity to do a DW themed post! Swipe to see a closer shot of the Tardis teapot, which was an anniversary gift from my best friend, and my newest Pop, Mr Clever😉
❓What’s a tv show you’re slightly obsessed with?
Los pueblos mayas establecidos en la península centroamericana del Yucatán y territorios vecinos, alcanzaron probablemente el más alto grado de civilización de los pueblos precolombinos, influyendo decisivamente en el mundo azteca. Su mitología se conoce gracias a las fuentes conservadoras: Relación de las cosas del Yucatán por fray Diego Landa; la obra indígena del Chilam-Balam y el Popol-Vuh o Libro de los estera, escrito en maya quiché después de la conquista, a mediados del siglo XVI. Junto a esas fuentes escritas deben mencionarse las pinturas murales, relieves, estelas, etc., conservados y las creencias y costumbres que aún quedan entre los indios mayas actuales como los lacandones. Todo ello ha servido para que el autor de esta obra, pudiera hacer revivir en épicos acentos el glorioso pasado y drama de aquellos pueblos, a los que alguien los tildó de auténtica simbiosis, en un escenario exótico de lo mesopotámico y lo egipcio.
#qotd : Do you think reviews should be outright honest or should be mellowed down for the author?
I think reviews must be honest and genuine. I understand that it will be hard on the author to digest criticism but that helps in the process of becoming refined in their works. Taking criticism is a part of being a good author.
Book review of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adiyemi :
A beautiful book with an unpredictable plot. If you did watch my stories where I talked about COBAB while I was reading it (I was on page 300 at that time), this book as it progressed, completely changed my view and opinion of the characters. The plot is very intriguing and detailed. Brilliantly written and I was hanging on to it till the last moment. I cannot wait for the next book now!! I rate it 4.5🌟/5.
Thank you @panmacmillanindia for the review copy and @tadeyemibooks for writing this!!
25th may '18 💜
I have plans to go out and pick up a few things, plus to pop into the library to pick up the books I needed. I'm still reading ACOTAR, and I can see why everyone liked tamlin at first, however he hasn't swayed me over at all!.
QOTD: what's your plans for the day?
O escritor Brennan Manning, nasceu e cresceu no Brooklyn, um bairro do subúrbio de Nova Iorque, EUA. Pensador brilhante, especialista em Escrituras e Liturgia, Filósofo, Teólogo e sacerdote Franciscano construiu uma curiosa trajetória ministerial permeada pelo trânsito entre a academia e as favelas, a universidade e as vilas, povoados e cortiços; e pela prática do tipo de cristianismo com o qual se comprometera desde o início de sua vocação: o da compaixão e serviço abnegado.
Autor de mais de vinte livros, entre eles o sucesso O evangelho maltrapilho, ficou conhecido por sua autenticidade ao abordar os dilemas do homem em contraste ao amor e à graça de Deus. Sua luta contra o alcoolismo, a saída do sacerdócio, casamento e divórcio fazem de sua biografia um eloquente testemunho de restauração e esperança. Durante sua vida, Brennan conduziu retiros espirituais para pessoas de todas as idades e empreendeu viagens pelos Estados Unidos e pelo exterior com o objetivo de compartilhar a Boa Nova do Evangelho e comunicar o amor incondicional de Deus por cada um de seus filhos. Faleceu em 12 de abril de 2013. "Jesus vem não para o superespiritual, mas para o vacilante e o enfraquecido que sabe que não tem nada a oferecer, e que não é orgulhoso demais para aceitar a esmola da graça admirável. Ao olharmos para cima ficamos surpreendidos por encontrar os olhos de Jesus abertos em assombro, profundos em compreensão e gentis em compaixão." Brennan Manning 📖 #books#livros#book#read#reading#lovebooks#libro#booklove#booklover#instagood#booklovers#bookstagram#library#igreads#epicreads#bookworm#leitura#bookish#instabook#igreads#bookishescape#bookshelf#bookaddict#literature#lovebooks#bookoftheday#igbooks#readingforfun
» What are your plans for the weekend? I'm going to a Camp with my volunteer organisation and we will be there saturday and sunday with the pupils who are going to spend an exchange year abroad and will leave Italy starting from next August. In the meantime I also need to study because finals are behind the corner. This means less time to read, yaaaay *insert sarcasm here*💁
» by the way I'm 20% of War Storm and why do I have the suspect Mare's family is going to die? 🙈