Bookhok Wishes Everyone a Very Happy Janamashtami !! We’ve all heard about Lord Krishna, with his peacock feather and flute, but have you read about the days, he was naughty and cute. Before he was the great leader, before the
Book: Celestial bodies
Author: Jokha Alharthi
Translated by: Marilyn Booth
Blurb: The book spans across three generations of an Omani family set in al-Awafi. It traces the tale of the three sisters, Mayya, Asma and Khawla and their lovelorn lives. Their narratives are often interrupted by London, the daughter of Mayya who brings in rationality and modernity into their lives. Through the evolution of the family from a slave owning one to having a distinct identity, the novel unearths the complexities of human lives and their bondings.
Review: The structure and narrative of the novel is complex with the various character references. There is a family tree of the three families that I needed to refer to at every alternate page. The language is simple and easy to follow. The themes revolve broadly along the lines of slavery and human relationships. Furthermore, the narratives are dealt with in such a way as to complicate the plot line and I lost track quite a number of times as to what was happening.
However, the novel sheds light on a number of complex issues that are pertinent in the Gulf country. We get to know the culture and social structure of Oman and the practice of slavery before it was done away with and its consequences. Also, the way of dealing with love and relationships is given a perspective through the ordeal of the three sisters.
Title: The Stars Now Unclaimed
Author: Drew Williams
Genre: Science Fiction
In The Stars Now Unclaimed we meet Jane Kamali, a super badass woman who searches the galaxy for children with special gifts like Esa, who has telekinesis, in hopes she, and kids like her, can help save the galaxy from something that started a century ago. Only Jane isn't the only one who wants to find Esa and the other gifted. But if the Pax, an aggressive extremist sect, find her, they will turn her into a weapon to be used against the Justified (Jane's sect) and the rest of the galaxy to force them into submission. Thankfully Jane gets to Esa first and saves her from her devolved and dangerous homeworld to take her to Sanctum, but far greater dangers are waiting and it could mean war.
This book is freaking fantastic, I absolutely loved it. There are badass characters, not only Jane and Esa but also Schaz, Preacher, Javier and so many more, there wasn't a single character I didn't like. We get brilliant villains, not just one but a whole army of amoral murderers who will stop at nothing to kill the Justified and take over the galaxy. There's absolutely amazing world, or in this case galaxy, building. The action is phenomenal and tense from the get go. And the plot is brilliant.
I just love how well written this book is, it makes you feel like you're right in the heart of everything happening and it makes for one hell or an exciting and deadly adventure. I just loved it so much! Did I mention how much I loved it?
An epic adventure through a dangerous galaxy in hopes of redemption.
I was gifted this copy of The Stars Now Unclaimed by @simonschusteruk.
الكتاب: الغناء في الإٍسلام .
. المؤلف: علي العاملي .
. عدد الصفحات: 216 .
. أتتركم - أولا - مع تعريف المؤلف لكتابه : " ... وقد كشفت في هذا الكتاب على إيجاز لتاريخ الغناء, ثم تحدثت عن أشهر المغنين مع ذكر بعض أخبارهم, أو قل مخازيهم وليست كلها, ثم بنيت أثر الغناء على الإنسان والمجتمع من المنظور الديني والدنيوي. وقد ألقيت ضوءا خافتا على موضوع تلحين القرآن, وما إلى ذلك إلا جوابا على من تفلسف فجهل وقال إن القرآن يغنى, ولم يفرق بين الترتيل المقدس والغناء النجس. ثم رأي كبار الفقهاء من الأمة الإسلامية في حرمة الغناء وقد شمل الرأي فقهاء المذاهب الخمسة" .
. استمتعت شخصيا بقراءة هذا الكتاب جدا لما يحويه من معلومات لغوية وأخبار ثرية حول تطور الغناء في العالم العربي خصوصا الأزمنة العربية الأولى كصدر الإٍسلام والأمة الأموية والعباسية وأخبار أهل الغناء والطرب في ذاك الزمان. برغم أن المؤلف في تعريفه للكتاب يظهر حاد اللهجة وله موقف سلبي تجاه الغناء إلا ان القارئ لن يشعر بهذه القسوة في طيات الكتاب. بل هو كتاب ممتع ومسلي جدا في جانبه التاريخي. بالاضافة إلى ذلك فقد سلط المؤلف عن موضوع مهم جدا يغفل عن ذكره أكثر من يكتب عن الغناء وهو موضوع " تلحين أو غناء القرآن " مبينا فيه بعض الأراء ليس من الفقهاء بل أيضا رأي مغنيين ومتخصصين في هذا المجال. ..
🌪 Mangoustan 🌪
Et si @flotus (Melania Trump) devenait la nouvelle présidente des #EtatsUnis ? Qu'en pensez-vous ? J'ai eu la chance de découvrir pour la #RentreeLitteraire le roman de @rocco_giudice_auteur publié chez @allaryeditions 😁 Je vous dis ce que j'en pense ci-dessous !
Je vais aller droit au but, je n'ai pas adhéré à l'histoire. Je m'attendais à un roman différent. À ce que la tempête #Mangoustan soit l'élément déclencheur de la rencontre entre Melania, Irina et Laure... que ça arrive plus vite dans le récit et que #RoccoGiudice nous narre trois destins de femmes exceptionnels 🤔 Mais je n'ai pas eu ça...
Peut-être le roman est-il trop court ? Peut-être aurait-il fallu le construire autrement ? Je me suis attaché aux personnages à la toute fin, ce qui est dommage. J'aurais aimé en savoir beaucoup plus sur elles trois dès le départ. Et j'ai eu ce que je voulais dans les 50 dernières pages 🙁 ~
Pourtant, c'est un roman qui fait réfléchir ! Sur les élections aux #USA sur la reconstruction, le deuil, la famille et son héritage, la volonté de se dépasser et de croire en ses rêves. Mais aussi sur les liens, les signes, ces choses de la vie qui nous poussent les uns vers les autres, sans savoir trop pourquoi 🤗 Et ce sont des thèmes que j'aime beaucoup dans les livres !
➡️ Pour finir, j'ai bien aimé la plume de Rocco Giudice, quoi que parfois un peu pompeuse 😉 C'est un auteur que je relirai avec plaisir pour voir son évolution ! @louiseg.asher / @charlinebailot
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Tumia hii chati endapo mtu atataka kuazima kitabu chako.
Hello beautiful people, Is there a particular art movement, art history, philosophy you feel most connected with?
For me I've always loved realism and surrealism but recently I'm more interested in impressionism and post-impressionism , The impressionist artists were not trying to paint a realistic picture, but an ‘impression’ of what the person, object or landscape looked like to them.They wanted to capture the movement and life of what they saw and show it to us as if it is happening before our eyes. 🖤
So , what is your favorite art movement and why ? Painting: Jacob Maris Girl knitting on a balcony, Montmartre 1869 , movement : Haagse School.
Happy long weekend to my fellow UK followers🥳😍 How are you spending your bank holiday? -
I'm throwing it back to this book 'The Flatshare' by Beth O'leary because I think it's the perfect book to read whilst tucking into some poached eggs at breakfast. Funny, lovable and heart warming. Highly recommend! ❤ -
Γιατί όσο πλησιάζουμε προς τον Σεπτέμβριο, η καλοκαιρνή ραστώνη αρχίζει να εξασθενεί, και σαν να μας πιάνουν πάλι τάσεις φυγής, ε? 😒⠀
Αν ψάχνεις τι βιβλίο να διαβάσεις, μπες στο link στο profile και πάτα το "Βιβλία του 2019" για τις προτάσεις μου!⠀
Γιατί όπως λέει και ο George R. R. Martin: "A reader lives a thousand lives."
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BQ ✒ - "And I cried until I couldn't feel. I cried until I couldn't think. The moon rose up over my broken home and I broke with it"
Summary 📚 - Raised to be a warrior, 17 year old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen against their ancient rival, the Riki clan. On the battlefield, however, she sees her brother - a brother who was thought dead 5 years ago - in Riki armour. After getting captured and faced with her brother's betrayal, Eelyn must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki. But when a ruthless clan raid both Aska and Riki villages, she will do anything to protect those she loves and puts her faith in those she has spent her life fearing
I have been meaning to read this for ages and I LOVED IT! I genuinely could not put it down - it was devoured in 2 days!
1.✔ I think Eelyn is my new favourite heroine ❤ She is strong, bad ass and sassy whilst being so caring, vulnerable and loyal inside. She is a tough nut to crack but you can't help but love her more as the book keeps progressing. I do sometimes struggle with female protagonists as they, especially in YA, can be cheesey / emotional / too superficial. Eelyn is none of these things - I just want to read more and more from her!
2.✔I felt this was mature YA writing, which was really refreshing. I love historical fiction /shows, especially the Viking era This was almost like The Last Kingdom books for a slightly younger audience. I was hooked from the first page, where you are thrown straight into the action
3.✔Linking to the above point, the plot was fantastic. It had action, romance, fantasy, historic links ... everything I love in one. It was a great opener for a series
I can't wait to read the next installment of the series, The Girl the Sea Gave Back, which is out in a couple of weeks! Lookout for my review 😁
One historical personality whom I still find utterly fascinating is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. So I picked up not one but two books at the library that feature him as a character. Looking forward to reading this on my way to Chemnitz. Also: meet Fridolin III. the offspring of my house plant who is an offspring of the plant we had in our office at my old company. He's going to live with @katrinjohanna89 from now on. #readersofinstagram#travelling#friends#mozart#books
Review: Force of Nature by Jane Harper
“I don’t know. Maybe we can’t help how we are. Maybe we are born a certain way and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Five women take part in a weekend corporate retreat as part of an easy team building exercise - when one of them goes missing. Alice, the missing women turns out to be fairly unliked (a bully), and also the current whistleblower in Agent Falk’s money laundering case. Lost in the hunting grounds of a renowned serial killer - what could possibly go wrong?
Force of Nature offers another look into Australia’s outback, this time set in the harsh, brutal Giralong ranges. Flawed and realistic characters, who when put in a life threatening situation, can show us the true nature of mankind. Compelling storytelling and suspenseful as ever. Harper takes us back and forth between each women’s POV and Falk’s effort in finding Alice.
An excellent follow up to The Dry. -
The setting of my first short mystery, January of Deceit. The first in my collection of twelve mysteries, TWELVE MONTHS OF MURDER!
All set upon the majestic #greekislands
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The story starts off well as we are introduced to the protagonists, Myra and Kabir, who want to try something new other than their current jobs. I belong to the category of people who don't like to take too many risks and are happy with stable jobs, so perhaps I could not identify myself with the protagonists' desperation to risk everything and start anew, but I'm sure that aspiring entrepreneurs will be able to relate to them.
However, I was invested in the characters and wanted to know what happens next. From Stuti's Instagram posts, I know she loves traveling and that aspect is reflected in the protagonists' journey through picturesque locations in the quest for a feasible startup idea. I loved the descriptions of the ambiance and the locations; it was poetic and vivid, which shows the class of the author and makes it different and much better from the bland commercial fiction books that rule the market. I also found the quotes, especially the ones appearing at the beginning of each chapter, to be quite inspiring.
Stuti has portrayed the struggles of the protagonists well, and I could feel their frustration and anxiety as the journey progressed. The ending was the icing on the cake, with a revelation that totally took me by surprise. The characterization is good, but the characters could have been better fleshed out, especially with some more details of their family background and their past.
The language is excellent. Stuti certainly has a way with words, and I loved how she plays with nouns and verbs to create stylish, beautiful sentences.
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Doing research for a book can get you some exciting experiences. I was allowed to stand on stage at the Capitol Theater in Wheeling, West Virginia. Greats like Johnny Cash and Brad Paisley have performed here
My favourite genre of book has to be a good crime or psychological thriller. It amazes me how authors constantly come up with new ideas and twists that haven’t been done before. ‘Our House’ sees Fiona Lawson return home to her suburban London neighbourhood one day to find strangers moving into her house... but the house was never for sale. Cue Fiona trying to unravel the mystery of who these people are, why they’re so insistent this house is theirs, and probably most importantly, where her husband has disappeared to.
Overall this is a good domestic thriller cleverly told from different POVs, and shows the unfortunate effect one can experience when trying to cover up a mistake with a lie and seeing it spiral out of control.
We just got some amazing South African cookbooks in stock! Filled with yummy recipes with proudly South African ingredients!
These are available at Our Warehouse - Unit A10 Olive Grove Estate, Root 44 Market, Checkers Hyper Centre Court, Kenilworth Centre Centre Court, and Blue Route Centre Court.
#JustFinishedRereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Discussion question: "Umbridge represents everything that is wrong with society – she’s a racist, ladder-climbing, power-grabbing, prejudiced, abusive, opportunistic and merciless scum. What is the worst thing about her, in your opinion?" (Guide question from danicaholdaway.com)
__Everything about her is hateful, to be honest. The worst thing about her though, for me, is her inability to admit her errors. As we all know, this made her choose terrible choices which, inevitably, resulted to her downfall.
7 9611 August, 2019
مسيحيّون في مكة .. .
. .. قد يكون عنوان الكتاب مستفز بعض الشيء وغير مألوف التصور، اذ كيف لاهل ديانة اخرى غير الاسلام ان يكونوا في تلك
الديار المقدسة التي يحرم دخول غير المسلمين اليها بحكم القانون. .
الكتاب " يعطي فكرة عامة للقرّاء العرب حول نظرة الأوربيون لفريضة الحج في القرون الماضية وما حيك حول هذه الفريضة من قصص وحكايات خيالية" عبر استعراض مذكرات عشرين مسيحياً مستشرقاً دخلوا مكة لوصفها والنظر لاهلها وثقافتهم وحياتهم. .
Вы ходите в библиотеку? Я да, взяла интересную книгу, самую лучшую сагу про вампиров. Сумерки лучшая книга и фильм, посмотрев фильм хочется почитать книгу. Я одна из многих у кого нет своей библиотеки 📖📔
3 1099 August, 2019
علم الاجتماع .
المؤلف: أنتوني غيدنز .
. عدد الصفحات: 800 .
. بعض الكتب تأخذ قيمتها المعرفية وأهميتها الثقافية من خلال أسم الكاتب وخبرته ومدى حضوره في مشهد تخصصه وخبرته فيه. ويصدق هذا الكلام بشكل كبير جدا على كتاب " علم الاجتماع" حيث أن المؤلف من أبرز العلماء إن لم يكن الابرز في علم الاجتماع المعاصر وهو السيسيولوجي الكبير البريطاني "أنتوني غيدنز" الذي له اسهامات نظرية ونقد اكاديمي عميق للنظرية الاجتماعية الحديثة والمقولات المؤسسة لهذا العلم من دوركايم إلى نظريات الحداثة والدولة المعاصرة. يمتاز أنتوني غيدنز أيضا بنشاطه السياسي والعالمي على صعيد حفظ الحريات السياسية والمحافظة على البيئة والوصل إلى " الطريق الثالث " ( وهو أسم حزبه السياسي ) .
. كتاب " علم الاجتماع " من الكتب الشهيرة التي تسلط الضوء على " مقدمة " علم الاجتماع ومواضيعه وأهدافه ومناهجه بأسلوب شامل ومتكامل وبسيط مع عدم اغفاله عمق التخصص وتعقيداته. ما يمتاز به الكتاب أيضا أنه يشرح علم الاجتماع على ضوء الوقائع المعاصرة والأمثلة الحديثة بحيث لا يشعر القارئ أن الكتاب يتحدث من " برج عاجي " ولغة اكاديمية ثقيلة. .
. يحوي الكتاب على واحد وعشرين فصلاً يتناول من خلاله مواضيع عدة: ماهية علم الاجتماع, الثقافة والمجتمع, التفاعل الاجتماعي والحياة اليومية, الحياة الجنسية وعلم اجتماع الجسد, العائلة, علم الجريمة والانحراف, الأثنيات والعرقيات وغيرها الكثير من المواضيع المهمة والأساسية لفهم الواقع الاجتماعي. .
. كتاب دائما أنصح به المبتدئين والراغبين في معرفة ماذا يعني تخصص علم الاجتماع, كما أن المتخصصين لا يستغنون عنه كمرجع علمي أساسي.
3 2529 July, 2019
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Happy Friday all! Eons ago @thelittlereadingmermaid nominated me to do the 8 things bookish challenge so here we go! 📚 .
Favorite season- Autumn. I love the crispness, the soft clothes, the colors, the coziness, the warm drinks, & the smells. .
Favorite holiday- Christmas! I love decorating and sitting wrapped in blankets with hot cocoa and Christmas movies playing in the background. The best ☕️
Favorite female character- ooh that’s tough... I tend to like characters a lot, but there is always something that bugs me about them (am I difficult...? 😂) But I would have to say I was most humored by Ms. Nina Hill, fellow book nerd and quirky human 📚 .
Favorite male character- I just remember falling in love with Ove in A Man Called Ove- his gruffness was such a facade for a deeply caring man. .
Next on the TBR- Maybe You Should Talk To Someone 🙌🏼 .
Favorite tv show- Gilmore Girls and ANYTHING baking 🤗🥧🧁🍰🍪
Books that would make a great tv show: The Most Fun We Ever Had. Hands down. .
Favorite bookish merch: umm...I have bookmarks? Does that count?? But I love tote bags and need to buy one!
Tell me about yourself!! Anything in common? I nominate everyone who read that novel who wants to participate 😂💜
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hello, hello starry people. ✨ I had to repost this because... there was a typo in the picture. and... I just couldn’t. I couldn’t let it be there. sorry! if you commented before, just know I did see/appreciate it 😊
(I know it isn’t yet October but this Anne of Green Gables quote is so fitting, hah.)
I just love taking Instagram breaks. they’re always refreshing, especially when one’s mental health is being all sorts of weird. 🙂 but on another note, have you guys heard about what’s happening to Brazil’s amazon rainforest? it is an immensely important thing. sure, it may only affect 20% of the Earth’s oxygen but that’s just it—it affects TWENTY FREAKING PERCENT of the world WE live in. please make sure to pick up any littered trash you see, never ever throw plastic or any trash in the oceans, and if you can, raise awareness about this dire situation. since this isn’t being covered widely in the media, through raising awareness on stories/posts, the person you reach reaches another person who reaches another person, and so, even that is enough to help in some way. and help we should. they don’t call it the planet’s lungs for nothin’ x 🌲🌱🌿🍃🌴🌳 #prayfortheamazon
what’s something you do to make a positive impact on our world/earth? whether it be small or big, it all matters. ✨
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Thank you @simonbooks for the free book
Finished this book a few days ago and I am still thinking about it. Gathering my thoughts because it was a book that I loved and a book that I struggled with all at the same time. Honestly I think that’s a sign of a very good book.
Who else ran to the library or the bookstore to get a copy of this book?
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THANK YOU FOR 5K 😭❤️ I seriously can’t believe that there are actually 5000 people who think my content is worth following along with but oh my goodness I am just so grateful for you all 🙈 Seriously, you’ll never know how much your kind, supportive words mean to an anxious girl like me ❤️ Some of your comments have literally made my whole day and I always brag about how freaking wonderful you all are to my family and friends 😅 I am so lucky to have an online community that accepts me and all my nerdy ways, and feels as passionately about reading as I do ❤️ I could go on and on but I just want to finish off with this - I was always so hesitant to make a bookstagram, so scared of what people might say or what they would think of me. You have all shown me that there is still a world of kindness out there and I just want you to know that I’m always here for you, whatever it may be, if you ever need anybody to talk to, I’m your girl! I love you all to the moon and back (and please see my next post because well um IT’S A GIVEAWAY 😂❤️)
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It’s finally Friday friends. I’m still pretty sick and in bed again for the day. I am feeling better than I did yesterday, so that’s a plus. Turns out I had strep. School starts back and I manage to pick up every germ. 😩
Let’s do some predictive text this morning:
“This weekend all I want to do is __________.”
Now it’s time to share some accounts I’m loving! Another mix of #bookstagrammers and #interiordesign accounts:
Thank you @penguinbooks for the free books
Today was a stare at my beautiful stacks of books kind of day since I woke up with a nasty headache that prevented me from reading much of anything today. I am finally past it this afternoon, but I am thankful I was able to get some extra rest in even it meant setting aside my books for a whole day.
This stack of paperbacks from @penguinbooks arrived on my doorstep this week and brought lots of joy to my day. They all look like fantastic books to finish out your summer reading with. I personally have not ready of these titles, but I quickly pulled out Kitchens of the Midwest and put it on my coffee table. The coffee table has recently become the spot for books that I am going to read them sooner rather then later. Earlier this month I finished reading The Lager Queen of Minnesota by the same author of Kitchens of the Midwest and loved it so much.
Do you keep a “to be read sooner rather then later” stack in a specific spot or do you stash all of your unread books together? Inquiring minds want to know because my system for choosing books changes with the winds.
I decided recently to just put the Anne books on hold and start Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ☺️ was gonna wait until I finished the Anne books, but I just couldn’t, because I’ve already heard so many spoilers that I’ve semi-forgotten by now (I’m looking at you, Joey and Rachel from Friends), so I just want to read it already. what are you all currently reading? are you enjoying it so far? 🙂