"Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time." Marie Lu | Legend
I loved the Legend series by Marie Lu - it was definitely a series I found myself a few pages in and couldn't stop. Once I finished book one I instantly had to devour my eyes in Prodigy and Champion.
I enjoyed the premise that was laid out splendidly to the character dynamics with their delicious growth and into the depth of the world building. It was all there for me. I help but realize how much I enjoyed June and Day, including several of the surrounding supporting characters. Probably one of my favorites.
Despite the things I loved about this series, it all brings us here... Day Twenty One of #fanaticalbirdsept - Least Favorite Character | though there are plenty of novels and series where my distain for specifics lingers on the spectrum of hatred and wishful death threats, it wasn't until I read the Legend series that I found yet another character to add to my ever growing list of dislikes. I give you Tess. Without spoilers, just know I find her character completely annoying - at times I found myself skimming to get away from her ability to make me gage in a single moment of presence, though little presence she gives was enough to make me swallow the vomit.
“What happens when people open their hearts?” - “ It gets better.”
Haruki Murakami Quote of the day
Share your favourite quote from any author/ movie/ TV series anything guys! I would love to read them
So thrilled about this wonderful debut coming out in November! I'm so excited to read this this fall! But, I couldn't wait to share it with you guys because it's so beautiful! And I think it will be as beautiful inside as it is out. Thankful to @groveatlantic for sending me a copy .
Synopsis: An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born "with one foot on the other side." Unsettling, heartwrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities.
Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asụghara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves―now protective, now hedonistic―move into control, Ada's life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.
Narrated from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, and based in the author's realities, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self. Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.
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39/50 — About My Mother, by Tahar Ben Jelloun (Morocco)
In reality, the time is 2000 and the place in Tangier. But not for Lalla Fatma. Her mind wanders to the Fez of her childhood, and she moves deftly between years, moments and days. This is a heartbreaking story of a mother's healthy and memory deteriorating, and her son, Tahar, who struggles to reconcile the woman she is now with who he remembers her to be. The crux of this book is memory, how we construct it and how these stories we tell ourselves can very well become the reality we live in. Written in streams of consciousness, we realise that Lalla Fatma has her lucid moments as well. In these moments, she tells stories of her childhood - relating her trauma of marrying, being widowed and pregnant all at a young age. Contrasting Lalla Fatma's experience is Cecilia's. Cecilia is the mother of Tahar's friend, Roland, who stays in Switzerland, under circumstances that might seem at first glance to be more favourable than Lalla Fatma's. But as the story develops, the various ways in which children relate to their ailing and ageing parents emerge - and neither are presented as better than the other. The character of Lalla Fatma was delicately and beautifully written, and she lived through relating her memories. As death loomed over the entire novel, the notion of constructed memory was posited as a defiance against and method of coping with the finality of death. #ireadbooksactually
My face when reading An Ember in the Ashes seriously, if you havent read it, what are you doing???
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"Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway."
Who else loves this series? I know they're totally cheesy but they always make me so happy when I read them.
very brief hiatus which i hate having but that's too much explanation so hope your all doing lovely! also i don't own any pirate books so my picture doesn't 100% fit the challenge but i recall some thing if a pirate in trs (i'm probably imaging that) (days 19,20,21 #fangirlseptemberchallenge )