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#grimdragon
since i missed the black and white prompt for yesterday, i'm kind of taking inspiration from it for today's "i am unashamed" one.

i've been buddy-rereading good omens with cindy (@motsetgourmandises ) and we're both discovering that reading a book like this just once is merely skimming the surface. there are so many cheeky nods and asides and wonderfully astute observations here that i missed when i first read this back in 2016. it's silliness at its best and sharpest. i'm allowing it all to envelope me and i'm not ashamed to admit just how much i needed this in my life right now.

it's the friday before armageddon and i must go claim my front-row seat 🤓

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comment 1 star 43 10 hours ago

#anureviews2018
the making of gabriel davenport - beverley lee

i've "known" bev through bookstagram for a while now and i had promised her that i would soon get around to meeting her boy gabriel, the protagonist in her paranormal trilogy.

that "soon" arrived in the month of october. with appropriate atmosphere to boot. i read much of it on a dark and stormy night and it added to the deliciously dark world that bev creates in the book. she has a way with words that paints vivid pictures. which when combined with poetic, soft descriptions, makes for some beautiful writing.

gabriel davenport is a teenager who has never been told why he's been under protection from the time he can remember. he lives in the village of meadowford bridge, in a place called the manor where supernatural and paranormal occurrences are studied. but the secret is ready to rip apart his world and everything he has known as familiar. over the course of a single night, gabe's life is going to change forever.

i loved the stakes here. they felt real and weighty. the pacing was a bit uneven at times and certain parts lagged/felt a bit repetitive, but overall, the short, punchy chapters from various points of view ensured that, more often than not, you would compulsively turn the page.

i don't read much in this particular genre, but when i have in the past, i have struggled with relating to the characters. here, the opposite is true. gabriel, noah, carver, ollie, olivia, clove, moth - there's a range of carefully drawn, layered characters that the author takes enough time to develop, so that we are invested in what happens to them. (i'm just being greedy when i say i wanted more about each 😏😃 i hope the next two books fill in those gaps!) i'd anticipated the end, but that did not stop me from enjoying it and wishing i had a shining in the shadows and the purity of crimson with me right away.

darkness done right 🖤 thanks @theconstantvoice for a book away from my usual genres that i adored 😘

comment 7 star 65 Yesterday

This saturday, november 17! come visit us at the boston book, print and ephemera fair in back bay, boston. we’ll have books on art, theatre, poetry, and radicalism.
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comment 0 star 47 Yesterday

Here's to sunday bargain finds 😍

i was at the @brooklinebooksmith earlier today for market research related to a school project. of course, i had to pay their used cellar a visit - and look what was waiting just for me!

i've read a lot of good things about the book and a quick skim seemed to prove the point. this is a slim volume and i'm hoping to get to it later this month.

have you read this author or this particular work? what was your last notable bargain find?

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comment 1 star 60 2 days ago

#grimdragon - random factoid

"we who make stories know that we tell lies for a living. but they are good lies that say true things, and we owe it to our readers to build them as best we can. because somewhere out there is someone who needs that story. someone who will grow up with a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. and who with that story may have hope, or wisdom, or kindness, or comfort. and that is why we write.”

happy birthday @neilhimself! thank you for everything you continue to do 💙🙏🏽

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comment 1 star 167 3 days ago

#grimdragon - unpopular opinion time

i'm yet to read through his entire bibliography, but, apart from south of the border west of the sun which i loved, i've been unable to get into murakami and feel that there is too much hype surrounding his work 🙈

your turn!

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comment 7 star 62 6 days ago

Let the record state that circe, powerful sorceress extraordinaire, blames unai emery's red and white army for all the smiles.

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comment 5 star 64 2 weeks ago

#grimdragon - november tbr

how can we be in november already?

starting this month, therese (@dreamsinslowmo ) and i have a pact to reread at least one book a month. we realised that we don't do that as much as we like anymore. almost not at all. and that we've forgotten the joy and enjoyment that comes from revisiting a favourite.

what better favourite to revisit than one by not one but two beloved authors?

cindy (@motsetgourmandises ) and i are doing a buddy read of this to prep for the adaptation coming out in january 2019. who wants to join us? i think we're just going to read at our own pace and discuss whenever we can.

for the rest of the month, i have no set tbr as such except a few books for @footballparadiseofficial reviews and research. though i am excited to read the bridge of clay as well as past tense, the new reacher novel out this month.

the lovely flowers are my housemate's and will feature in many a future photo 😄 thanks @poem58!

comment 7 star 88 2 weeks ago

Since my personal instagram no longer exists, i'm totally reposting this from salem last year 🎃🎃🎃 #monthlyroundup
this month started off really well but ended up with a bit of a mixed bag, including a book i will return to in the future because i just wasn't feeling it at the moment. there was also a book i was planning to read which i couldn't get around to, but i'll do it in november. not as many books as earlier months but this was my busiest month with school and i read a ton of big non-fiction books alongwith two giant novels.

1. an odyssey - daniel mendelsohn (review on the blog, i loved this!)
2. almost invincible - dan betts (review up on @footballparadiseofficial, must read for all gooners) @jokafc
3. the glass town game - catherynne valente (eventually disappointing) (buddy read with @rubyhosh )
4. j.r.r tolkien - humphrey carpenter (the best, most delightful kind of biography, i'll post a review soon)
5. the making of gabriel davenport - beverley lee (loved it, a mini-review will be up soon) @theconstantvoice
6. my life next door - huntley fitzpatrick (i needed a palette cleanser and this one more than sufficed)
7. the labyrinth of the spirits - carlos ruiz zafon (mini-review on my previous post, this broke my heart with how disappointing it ended up being)

i also started reading the season of migration by nellie hermann before deciding that it was a book i would enjoy, just not right now. when was the last time you did that?

this month also saw me attend the boston book festival (@bostonbookfest ) and meet madeline miller. but one of my favourite parts was finally meeting the lovely @booksnourish_caroleann in person thanks to the magic of the #bookstagram community ❤🙏🏽

comment 15 star 92 2 weeks ago

#anureviews2018
what do you do when you have been looking forward to a book for so long and the start of it gets you super excited that it's going to be as amazing as your favourite book in the series but then it goes way downhill way fast? and when said book is 922 pages and you end up skimming a ton of it because you just want to know how it ends 😭

friends, bookstagrammers, i have to confess that the labyrinth of the spirits was a major personal disappointment the likes of which i haven't experienced since the battle of the five armies.

there's no doubt that this is a very ambitious, multi-genre tome spanning generations, time periods, and characters. almost dickensian in parts. and it starts off brilliantly despite moving between timelines. but beyond roughly the halfway point, it started falling apart for me. much of it felt too repetitive and blended into one - situations, character histories, language - and the pace was very uneven. the intricate descriptions of places and the atmospheric prose are still as gorgeous as zafon is capable of (lucia graves continues to do a fab job as translator), but there were also large parts when it felt overdone and the story overstuffed. for me, not enough time was spent developing or further developing characters so that they went beyond the tropes they seemed to represent.
this tried to do too much and ended up not doing justice to most 💔

and don't get me started on that epilogue. it makes the hp one look non-twee in comparison. the world-building and the epic story that this series has spanned is an amazing achievement, but for me, the only story i will continue to reread is the shadow of the wind, the first, and for me, the best of the quadrology.

what was the last book that sent you into the reading pits of despair and gloom?

comment 11 star 60 2 weeks ago

Many times on my lunch break, i leave the office to go for a walk around the city and end up here, at a little used bookstore tucked behind a t stop. .
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surprisingly enough i didn't buy anything today but i love looking through the stacks and bask in the quiet. .
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i was also tagged by @lafemmereaders620 to participate in #fictionalautumns .
🍂 fav autumn reads: same as all year round, horror and thrillers
🍂 fav autumn drink: whiskey or coffee - again, i'm a creature of habit
🍂 fav autumn quote: i'm a homicidal maniac, they just look like everyone else." wednesday, the addams family
🍂 anticipated autumn release: the craftsman by sharon bolton which was released 10/16 and daughter of the lake by wendy webb out 11/1
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tag you're it @myreadingchronicles @nerdlyy @cozyreadbox @galletas_libros .
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comment 4 star 59 2 weeks ago

#grimdragon prompt for today is #selfiesforbookstagram
we all know how terrible i am at them, but here you go.

this is me smiling despite being massively let down by a book i finished over the weekend. can anyone guess which one it is? a mini-review will be up later today.

what's everyone reading this week? drop me some recommendations (even as my creaking tbr glares at me).

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comment 11 star 85 2 weeks ago

Earlier this week, @bostongooners had the pleasure of @charliedavies09's company at @lironboylston as @arsenal got their 11th win on the trot 🔴⚪ @nerevolution @arsenal americaofficial

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comment 0 star 39 3 weeks ago

#currentlyreading - the labyrinth of the spirits by carlos ruiz zafon

this book is not what i expected, but in a very good way. so far, it has the magic that so utterly s****d me into the shadow of the wind all those years ago, magic which, for me, the next two didn't have in quite the same potency. to say i'm excited and engrossed is stating it lightly! by chance, i seem to be continuing to pick up those atmospheric books so apt for this time of year 😀

🍫 courtesy @simranrohira23 😁


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comment 2 star 76 3 weeks ago

#grimdragon - blood, sweat and tears

yesterday provided me the prompt both on a physical and reading content level 😂

we had to hide in a car for 20 mins of rain, thunder, and lightning, but the track workout that followed (4x1000) was worth it, thanks to the @tmircebos lads!

coming home to read the rest of bev's book (the making of gabriel davenport) couldn't have happened at a more appropriately atmospheric time. @theconstantvoice, a #minireview is coming, but i finished it in under two days and cannot wait to get the next books 😍

when was the last time the weather or the situation perfectly complemented your current read?

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comment 2 star 75 3 weeks ago

#grimdragon - the suspense is killing me

after waiting so many years for this final book, it had to arrive during midterms week. thanks, library. i still have a few more days before i can actually start reading it, so i'm torturing myself by sitting around with it and taking photos of it until then, because you know, why not?

what's the last book you had to wait to start reading though you wanted to immediately drop everything else to get to it?

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comment 11 star 95 4 weeks ago

Look, mum, we're up past our bedtimes 🙆‍♀️ #mfaboston #mfalatenites #booksinboston #boston #bookstagram #bookstagrammers #readersofinstagram

comment 0 star 67 4 weeks ago

#grimdragon - the kids aren't alright

#anureviews2018
what better prompt to share my review of an odyssey: a father, a son, and an epic? daniel mendelsohn with a thoughtful, emotional mediation on fathers, sons, identity, love, why we study the classics, and whether we can really know even the people most dear to us.

when his 81-year-old retired research scientist father asks daniel if he can attend his spring undergraduate seminar on the odyssey, his son agrees despite their complicated relationship. this is the story of what follows.

review is now up on the blog, link in bio!

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comment 2 star 67 4 weeks ago