Carey’s story is an improbable and inspiring journey of survival and resilience as she struggles through complex issues of race, identity, class, childhood and family trauma during her meteoric rise to music superstardom. By pulling back the curtain on perceptions often told through the filtered lens of media, Carey bravely and beautifully walks through her battles with gender and power dynamics, emotional abuse, public embarrassments, personal failures and phenomenal victories. In her own words and song lyrics, Carey reveals untold moments and intimate experiences along with anecdotes of sacred moments with iconic figures to craft an honest, unique and vivid portrait of her extraordinary life. “This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival and my songs. Unfiltered.” Carey shared in a letter shared on social media yesterday, “Writing this memoir was incredibly hard, humbling and healing. My sincere hope is that you are moved to a new understanding, not only about me, but also about the resilience of the human spirit.” The Meaning of Mariah Carey is the story of undeniable talent, unshakable faith, an unparalleled relationship with fans and unconditional love. Finally, the voice known around the world tells her own story – unrestrained.
Book – Woven in Moonlight
Author – @isabelwriter09 Isabel Ibañez
My rating – 5/5
Suggested reading age – 13+
The central theme of the story develops around a war between the Illustrians and the Llacsan. It bought no happiness but only destruction and division for both the sides. Families were killed, land was lost and all this gave birth to the over ambitious King Atoc who led and won the war and The condesa or should I say the condesa’s decoy’s feelings of revenge.
There is an arcane sense about our protagonist throughout the book.
The writing style moves fast it does not leave anything behind, after every chapter I could feel the story, the book, ending.
While reading you are going to find yourself in the place of the protagonist, the struggles are different but yet very similar to that of common man, are you really you? Do you dress as you want to?
Do you let others speak for you? Are you bursting with anger, are you lost? Do you know where you are?
And the most important WHO ARE YOU?
WHO AM I?
You are going to see yourself with the book side by side answering all these questions. .
There is a vigilante, EL LOBO he is my favourite character in the whole book, be careful when you read. You might fall for him, he is the one that helps and protects everyone. The author plants and drops subtle hints for the readers to figure out who he is and that’s the best part about the book, it’s your discovery, us the readers are moving with the story. This book has made me feel something that no book in a long time has.
And oh oh, how could I forget that part, the characters turn on each other, unexpected friendships, that was one blow your mind away amazing plot twist
You won’t feel left out while reading the book, you will be living inside the book.
There were words from different languages that just made it more intriguing. There is a glossary/dictionary in end for the reader to refer.
I 100% recommend this
It’s the summer of 1955. For Ethan Harper, a biracial kid raised mostly by his white father, race has always been a distant conversation. When he’s sent to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle in small-town Alabama, his Blackness is suddenly front and center, and no one is shy about making it known he’s not welcome there. Except for Juniper Jones. The town’s resident oddball and free spirit, she’s everything the townspeople aren’t―open, kind, and full of acceptance.
Armed with two bikes and an unlimited supply of root beer floats, Ethan and Juniper set out to find their place in a town that’s bent on rejecting them. As Ethan is confronted for the first time by what it means to be Black in America, Juniper tries to help him see the beauty in even the ugliest reality, and that even the darkest days can give rise to an invincible summer.
Daven McQueen’s Juniper Jones is a character for all ages in this sweet coming of age story set in 1950s Alabama.
About The Author
Daven McQueen grew up outside of Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Brown University, where she earned a B.A. in literary arts and economics. When she’s not writing, Daven can be found tap dancing, embroidering, cooking, and eating dessert. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts and works in education.
Q1) As a writer what would you choose as your mascot/Avatar?
Not sure if this is especially related to being a writer, but I have a lot of plants and particular identify with my pilea peperomioides. They’re kind of weird looking, but it’s endearing, and I feel like they’re pretty cheeky plants. Runner-up would have to be Princess Perfuma from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, whose magic powers are all about making plants grow. I think she’s what I aspire to.
Q2) What is your work schedule like when you are writing? ( Writing schedule)
When I was in high school, I was someone who followed a pretty rigid writing schedule and usually spent at least an hour everyday writing. It worked at the time, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that writing when I’m particularly inspired or have the energy allows me to create my best work. Which sometimes means not writing for several days (or in the case of quarantine, months) at a time, but it also means when I do write, I’m writing with purpose and feel prouder of the finished product.
Q3) Do you believe in writer’s block?
Writer’s block is definitely a thing, but it’s become less of an enemy to me over time. Not that I don’t get writer’s block, but I take it as a sign that my brain needs a break from the story. I’m not really into the image of a writer as someone who lets their artistic practice consume them entirely and doesn’t know what to do without active inspiration and drive – as in any relationship, I find it necessary and important to establish boundaries between myself and my writing. Writer’s block, to me, is a warning that I’m pushing those boundaries.
Q4) Would you like to share with us anything you edited out from the book?
In the original draft, there was a scene set in Montgomery where Ethan and Juniper are on a segregated bus and meet a woman named Rosa – heavily implied to be Rosa Parks. I distinctly remember writing that when I was 17, super late at night as I rushed through words for NaNoWriMo 2014, and thinking it was the cleverest thing. Now I think it’s hilarious, but I wasn’t sad to see it go during my editing process.
Q5) Is the story inspired from real life characters or incidents?
On the subject of busses, there’s a scene early in the book where Ethan sees news on TV of a teenaged girl being arrested for not giving up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white person – that was inspired by the real story of Claudette Colvin, who is often left out of the civil rights narrative. Other than that, the real life inspiration is mostly reflected in Ethan’s grappling with his identity, which draws from things I remember feeling as a younger teenager.
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Releasing on 23rd June.
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Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, bestselling author, star of Netflix’s hit show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, and founder of KonMari Media, Inc.
Enchanted with organizing since her childhood, Marie began her tidying consultant business as a nineteen-year-old university student in Tokyo. Today, Marie is a renowned tidying expert helping people around the world to transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration.
In her #1 New York Times bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Marie took tidying to a whole new level, teaching that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.
Marie has been featured in Time magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Times, Vogue, The Ellen Show as well as on more than fifty major Japanese television and radio programs. She has also been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Scott Sonenshein is an organizational psychologist and professor at Rice University. He is the author of Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less-And Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined. His award winning research, teaching, and speaking has helped Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals in industries such as technology, energy, healthcare, retail, education, banking, manufacturing, and non-profits. Scott has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Fast Company and Harvard Business Review.
There are no spoilers in the review
The story began on an excellent note, the writing style was fresh. I found the concept of story within a story very interesting. But as it progressed the love interest of the protagonist became extremely predictable, after few chapters it became a little repititive and confusing.
There were way to many pop culture and other references which is not relatable and every reader cannot understand.
I enjoyed the starting but as it went by I did not enjoy beach read. It was like the book was written for a selective audience. Not everyone will be able to understand and enjoy it.
The whole thing all over is extremely predictable, I did not enjoy reading this. When the “potential” love interest is introduced it is very obvious that they were going to fall in love.
This is like a serious read and definitely don’t go by the title, it’s not THE BEACH I or you imagined.
My rating- 2.5/5
Suggested reading age- 15+
This is a totally new editing thing I am doing.
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Synopsis ( book information)
Seventeen-year-old Rose Hemmersbach aspires to break out of small town Sparta, Wisconsin and achieve her artistic dreams at Belwyn School for the Arts after she graduates. Painting is Rose’s escape from her annoying younger siblings and her family’s one rule: ignore the elephant in the room, because talking about it makes it real. That is, until the day Rose finds her mother dying on the kitchen floor of a heroin overdose. Kneeling beside her, Rose pleads with the universe to find a heartbeat. She does – but when her mother is taken to the hospital, the troubles are just beginning. Rose and her dad are left to pick up the pieces. Now all that matters are her siblings.
Rose doesn’t have room to do her schoolwork, let alone pick up a paintbrush. Until Rose is forced to do the homecoming mural with Rafa, a new senior at Sparta High. Rose and Rafa don’t have an ounce of school spirit between them, but Rose discovers her brain still has room to paint.
As Rose fights to hold everything together, and her dreams of the future start to slip from her grasp, she must face the question of what happens when – if – her mom comes home again. And if, deep down, if Rose even wants her to.
Trigger warning – drugs, family issues, mental health troubles.
My rating- 3.1/5
Suggested reading age according to me – 13+
The writing style of the entire story can be recognised as modern day narration. The protagonist of our story is a teenager. Now when I say teenager, what comes to our minds is messy, confused, recognising life, facing the world, possible addictions, depression, do not care about anyone but themselves, but are all teenagers like that? No. Absolutely not. Rose is not like that.
We see the continuous development and growth of the protagonist as we read further page by page. There were times when I thought that the story could have been a lot more interesting if there were more thoughts and point of views of other characters and not so much spotlight on Rose. The story is extremely heart warming where we see the mutual sibling love of how they take care of each other even at times when you have your own thing to do.
The story evolves around a lot of trauma and the writing style was very repititive throughout the book. Slang words were repeated more than 4 times. Now I understand the central theme of the book but repeating lines and just repeatedly going over the trauma is something I found misdirected and I did not enjoy reading this one. There was a promise of hope in the ending but somehow the sub-plots, the trauma did not have a satisfying ending. This did not attach me with the book but the hint of hope in the ending was good.
Sarah J. Carlson writes contemporary YA that delves into complex, real world problems. Professionally, she is a school psychologist who works primarily with a diverse, mostly low income population. Her professional focus is around supporting the success of children with behavioral and mental health needs and helping to promote resilience in children who have been exposed to trauma or toxic stress. Sarah lives outside Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, two young children, and two energetic terriers.
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Book : feathertide
Author : Beth Cartwright
Review – The story begins on a very peculiar yet interesting tone. It had my completed interest and attention from the beginning. As the story unfolds, we meet our protagonist and witness her journey, from childhood till adulthood. The bright side and protective nature of single parenting is explained so vividly.
The book mainly revolves around the protagonists journey of self love and self discovery. Do we really know ourselves? Do we dare to accept ourselves? Do we really want to give into temptations? Do we constantly wear a cloak around our personality? You will find the answers to all these questions, the philosophical discussion in this book.
Each chapter is well linked and well connected with the other. Writing style is absolutely crisp and refreshing. It is a very unique read, which makes you develop a sense of solidarity towards animals.
The feeling of satisfaction I had after finishing each chapter is a rare find.
The only part because of which I am giving it a four star and not a 5 is that the most important decision in the book will be easily predictable to some.
DO I RECOMMEND IT?
YES I DO. Go ahead and read this one.
My rating – 4/5
Suggested reading age according to me – 13+
The book is expected to release on 31st July.
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A small introduction for the new people out here.
Q1) When your book was out, how would you describe your emotional state that time. Were you worried that it might not receive it’s desired response?
Answer- When the book was out I was very afraid of how I would look at it. I am a competition to myself and the only thing I was afraid of that how I was going to feel when it comes out, incomplete, not sufficient but thankfully I am happy the way it came out.
Q2) In your book we have seen poems of various topics. How would you describe your writing style, based on things happening around you or emotions that are subjected to personal experience?
Answer- Most of the things I write now is inspired by emotions. At that point of time I was more inspired by things happening around me. It was more of an exclusive poetry than an inclusive one. The external meeting the internal, how we associate our feelings with the geographical and historical things. The central meaning was the intermingling between our existence and everything around us that exists for us.
Q3) As a reader yourself, what aspects of a book makes you finish it in one day and what aspects makes you leave it after a short period of time?
Answer- This takes me back to my younger self, if I have a story that keeps me in the loop, I would finish it right away. If it is something slow-paced I would give it enough time to seep-in because I would not loose the track of what I was reading. I am a midnight reader.
Q4) Can you tell us something about your upcoming book or if would like to share any detail with the public?
Answer- The contract could not be completed as I was not in the country and now because of corona virus. I am trying to write a memoir like thing of my time in London as it was quite happening and I got to know many interesting things.
Q5) Lastly, would you like to give any message to your readers?
Answer- When I look back at this book, it is a dedication to my grandfather who has been my inspiration of all the authors I have ever read in my life. Third time is the charm, so I am going to wait for my third book. But till then I want all the readers to stay connected with me and stay hopeful, what they have read is just the beggining and I have better things I my pen that I am discovering.
I’m really greatful to her, for agreeing and answering these questions so beautifully. Pictures are taken from the author’s social media account with prior permission.
Palak Sharma’s first book “So this is how I die of wandering” has completed one year in this world and is available on Amazon.
Genre- Historical Non-fiction
My rating- 4/5
Each and every chapter is thoroughly detailed and the source and information are well stated. My favourite part in the book are the illustrations, there are pictures, there are posters from that time with short descriptions which is a treat for the readers. At times the book gets too factual which made it a very slow read as we go through it , it would have been better if the illustrations were along the texts and not pictures in the ending. Pictures and text together would have a been the perfect combination. The terms and terminology are well explained and in detail which would be excellent for academic purposes and people wanting to read more about Emmeline pankhurst. The part which made the book particularly interesting was that it deals with questions and debunks myths at the same time. Even if you know nothing about the topic you can definitely read this one as it introduces you about pankhurst, suffragettes, that dark time for females in History and so on. I’ve tried my best to keep this review spoiler free so go ahead read this one.
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To read or to not?
To read BECAUSE this certainly touches all the definitions and topics surrounding Emmeline Pankhurst and the terms regarding Suffragette movement. To not because it can get very slow and a little bit boring in the middle.
My rating- 3/5 ( audiobook format)
The story starts with the witnessing of the universal sibling love, Wren the younger sister and Lexie the protagonist telling us she can never say no to her little sister. “If the wind calls at night, you must not listen”. Throughout the book we hear the story from Lexie’s point of view. She stays awake for her little sister till she sleeps and lights candles for her so the dark doesn’t scare her. The story develops as we see in the title in the town of “Near”.
What thought comes in our mind when we hear the word “witch” , something bad I’ll assume. This book will change the definition of witch in your dictionary of life.
People vanish, people who are near vanish, there is life, there is love and also a little bit of laughter in the book. ( Hint- when you read about the witches)
My favourite part in the book –
The realistic development of the protagonist. In the beggining she seem broken, she doesn’t listen to elders of near, she does what she wants to do, listens to one, breaks the rules, worries her mother and in the end finds her home, towards the end of book she finds her happiness, made this worth hearing!
The not so good part about the book–
It was a little unfair for the other characters for so less representation of there own thoughts. Though the character development was one of the best but it was only limited to the Protagonist.
My thoughts and first time experience with audiobooks– Since all of us are quarantined, for our own safety. I thought, why not give audiobooks a try, basically to try something new. This is definitely something very different, I would alway prefer physical books more were my initial thoughts.
The advantage of audiobook is that if you’re doing any kind of chore, like folding your clothes or maybe going for a run you can’t hold a physical book in your hand but that’s where audiobooks come to the rescue, any activity you do and you’re getting bored just play an audiobook in the background and witness the Magic!