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ABOUT THR AUTHOR:
Madeleine Sophie Wickham (born 12 December 1969), also known under the pen name Sophie Kinsella, is an English author. The first two novels in her best-selling Shopaholic series, The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Abroad, were adapted into the film Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009). Her books have sold over 40 million copies in more than 60 countries, and been translated into over 40 languages.
At the age of 24, while working as a financial journalist, Wickham wrote her first novel. The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten best-seller. She went on to publish six more novels as Madeleine Wickham: A Desirable Residence, Swimming Pool Sunday, The Gatecrasher, The Wedding Girl, Cocktails for Three and Sleeping Arrangements.
Wickham’s first novel under the pseudonym Sophie Kinsella (taken from her middle name and her mother’s maiden name) was submitted to her publishers anonymously and was enthusiastically received. She revealed her real identity for the first time when Can You Keep a Secret? was published in December 2003.
Kinsella is best known for writing the Shopaholic novels series of chick lit novels, which focus on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her own finances. She is also known for her relationship with Luke. The series focuses on her obsession with shopping and its resulting complications for her life. The first two Shopaholic books were adapted into a film and released in February 2009. .
8 minutes ago
~Beloved by Toni Morrison~
This book is hard to review. It was strange, but hauntingly beautiful. It took a while to get into the story, but from page one, it was very readable. The writing was great, Morrison does an incredible job of portraying slavery. I feel like she has a different viewpoint on slavery in each story that she writes which is brilliant.
What was the most harrowing was that people who were slaves have stories that will never leave them- they are a part of them and they know that and live with that. This book was so beautiful, it was heartbreaking. The story follows a woman called Sethe who was a slave 18 years ago, and has, ever since, been haunted by it. She has a daughter who she lives with and the ghost of her other child wanders her house.
This book was the story of friends and family who went through the same thing- slavery, but their experiences were entirely different. Same, but also very different. I loved how the main characters all talked to each other with an air of familiarity, to say that they will understand everything, no matter how terrible it may seem to other people. The book talks about the things a mother does to protect her children, and how nothing is more important to her than them. We see Sethe and her other children as well, and what she went through, in order to make sure they would be safe.
There were such beautiful lines in this book, it felt natural to read them- as if someone was talking to me and telling me their story face to face, it was a strange but wonderful experience. I understand why this won a Pulitzer, I would recommend this book to everyone.
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9 minutes ago
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Hello book nuggets! I hope everyone had a great day today. Mine was okay. Nothing to write home about, ya know? Oh! I did get Chick-fil-A for lunch though, so there's that! ▪️
This is one of the books I'm excited to read this October! It sounds creepy and tense. A perfect spooky read! 😊👻 I think maybe this will be my first read in October, if I don't end up reading it before that. And a special thanks to @samsaraparchment for always recommending great spoopy books and podcasts over on her amazing account! ▪️
I'm reading The Wander Society currently. It's written by Keri Smith, who wrote Wreck This Journal, if you remember that gem. 😄 My friends and I had a blast with that book.
I'm off to finish End Game now though. My boyfriend Andrew finally roped me into watching it. Lol Have a wonderful rest of your day, everyone! Love ya! 💕🤗
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There’s a girl who I know. Long curly hair, the type of hair that I like. She’s got a simple gold nose ring on. She talks in wretched tones. Tones in which the world would dare you to speak but won't allow. But anyway, she does. And I listen to her. Cribbing about the most random of things at the most random of moments. I should have gotten tired by now but strangely, I haven’t.
“Do you realize how each new day is a smooth realization of you not turning up, showing the right kinda behavior, and walking on and on?" she asks me. “I walk sometimes,” I bark out. She smiles. It’s weird how I’ve come to like the smile on her lips, the curves making just the proper patterns. It helps me ease out on my constant need of perfection.
I meet these people, all these new ones, or maybe they aren’t even real. Some imaginary creatures out of some fictional books—fictional beings. But I meet them and exchange pleasantries, I listen to them for hours and hours, learn from them, talk to them, and I feel like it’s some kind of exercise I have to keep performing in order to stay alive. It’s like that. It’s like breathing to me.
“You read that somewhere? Didn’t you?” she asks me.
I nod in the negative. I lie.
I feel like I’m losing out on all these experiences, I feel like I’ve haven’t met someone new in a long, long time. I feel like I haven’t been to a place in a long, long time. And it’s exhausting. It’s consuming me. Or rather confusing me maybe. I feel like I’ve fucked up big time and I owe a deep apology to myself and the ones around me, for not returning the calls on time or making excuses just to push away. It’s exhilarating to know to you are here. By my side. I could have said that I’m lucky to have you but does it feel like I am? Does it not feel like there’s some kind of pattern in the way we keep treating ourselves and the ones around us? Is there not anything that you’d like to say to me out of courtesy or out of just plain human behavior? I keep adding the points but you—you don’t correct me. You don’t say out loud in that soft smooth voice of yours to stop. Stop because the list is just long. Long enough for me to forget it now. To doze off into a sleep maybe.
....,” he coaxed.
He knew she was off limits. But what use is knowledge to a heart that defies logic.
This journey Halima & Ekene are about to embark isn’t for the faint of heart.
Will they survive?
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Happy #NZPoetryDay 🎉 every day is a day for poetry but it is nice to have one day to come together and make it a point to celebrate prose that is more than just beautiful sentences, but also insight, meaning, candor, emotion, art. It’s a peek into our hearts and minds, and a way to make sense of the world. Poetry can unite us, give hope in dark times. It’s pretty special to have a whole day dedicated to celebrating it! (and not that I needed any, but a good reason to add another collection or two to the stash! 😉)
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The group read for the #newtsreadathon2019 was Spellslinger. I’m usually not one to read a full on fantasy novel but I enjoyed this. The only thing I really didn’t like was that the names of people and places and other magical things were really hard to remember because they were weird. Kellan is fine. I know a guy named Kellan. But Ke’heops? Stop. Too hard for my brain to process. Those are just letters, my dude.
Overall I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ (3.5) because I enjoyed it but I won’t be continuing the series. I love the covers though. I kind of want to continue just for the covers. 😆
Q: Siapa pahlawan yang biografinya kamu inginkan ada di Pimtar? Sertakan alasannya
Pahlawan yang biografinya ingin aku baca di pimtar, tokoh pahlawan Indonesia bernama Frans Kaisiepo. Beliau adalah salah satu pahlawan yang berasal dari Papua yang berjuang mempertahankan persatuan dan kesatuan Indonesia. Sosoknya pernah dijadikan bahan olokan pada tahun 2016 ketika ilustrasi beliau ada di mata uang sepuluhribuan, artinya masih banyak orang yang kurang mengenal sosok beliau. Frans Kaisiepo sendiri terus berjuang menyatukan Irian dengan RI sesuai dengan impiannya sejak awal. Pada tahun 1969, impian ini terbayar dengan masuknya Irian sebagai propinsi paling muda di Indonesia (saat itu). Dan beliau salah satu pahlawan TRIKORA (Tiga Komando Rakyat) Hasil utama Trikora adalah Perjanjian New York pada tanggal 15 Agustus 1963 yang memaksa Belanda menyerahkan kekuasaan politis atas Irian Barat ke tangan Indonesia. .