This is a great book for anyone who wants to communicate well. Whether you speak publicly in your profession or just want to come across as confident and polished in your daily interactions with others, #dalecarnegie offers timeless advice in this book. His wisdom has withstood the test of time. You'll love this book!
We LOVE this photo that @kids.books.we.love took of our February "Bon appétit" picture book box! It full of fun activities to keep your hungry fishes busy and happy! .
- This Bon appétit crate is on sale in our shop and there's only a handful left! .
Our April Picture Book "Make Space for Kindness" crate on sale NOW and I can honestly say this is one of the most special books we've ever included in a crate! .
The message in this book is one of kindness, acceptance and belonging and will resonate with both kids and adults! This book is also the perfect conversation starter for discussing being kind when someone is different than you!
In honor of JRR Tolkien, here is Timothy Ide's depiction of Theoden's Charge at Helm's Deep in my beautiful book, Realms of Tolkien. Theoden is one of my favorite characters, outside of the fellowship.
Thanks JRR, for years of passion and inspiration from your LOTR. It is a work of spirit!
"The Last of August" by Brittany Cavallaro; genre: YA sherlockian. I *really* liked "A Study in Charlotte" and had been impatiently waiting for the sequel. "Charlotte" renewed my faith in YA literature, a genre I was ready to leave behind as I was approaching my 40th birthday. And "The Last of August" accomplishes many of the feats present in "Charlotte" - complicated characters embroiled in interesting mysteries, breathless pace and angst. (So much angst.) And yet, in the end, the book fails. And it literally fails in its end.
I truly very much enjoy Cavallaro's writing style, being in the characters' heads almost exclusively, approaching all events with a very analytically emotional take. I mean, NOTHING happens in these books without us knowing just how Watson feels about it and how he sees it affecting Charlotte and how in turn it affects him. It's very immersive. But in "August" the emphasis on this kind of storytelling affects the plotting in a detrimental way. To put it plainly - it makes the story confusing. It asks heaps of questions (very often those questions are posed by the characters) and the reader is just supposed to intuit the answers*. Well, we're not all geniuses like Charlotte Holmes and her famous ancestor. You gotta give a little. The conclusion of this novel is such a hot mess that I literally don't know what happened. I don't understand the solution. I don't understand Lucien's role in it or Milo's role in it or Emma's or August's and I understand Charlotte's father's role the least. It's just one big HUH??? and WHAT THE...??? Actually, the biggest mystery might be how an editor let this ending go to print. #bookstagram#bookgeek#bookgram#booklover#bookaholic#bookworm#bookblogger#bookreview#booknerd#bookcover#bibliophile#bookreviewer#ya#sherlockholmes
«Cut the ending. Revise the script. The man of her dreams is a girl.»
–Julie Anne Peters, Keeping You a Secret
The quote isn't from this book, but it still applies (I don't know what the book is that I quoted, I just think it's cute)
Of Fire and Stars was really cute, just a slightly overused plot (kings and queens and princess and powers). The LGBT part was amazing though
So, what's your plans for the weekend?
I'm (hopefully) going to go see Beauty and the Beast at a drive-in.
"Oh lovers! be careful in those dangerous first days! once you've brought breakfast in bed you'll have to bring it forever, unless you want to be accused of lovelessness and betrayal." - The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Milan Kundera
Spending Sunday morning in bed with my first love.