Happy weekend! I can’t believe it’s already February and valentine’s day is coming. It feels like yesterday was Christmas (yep, we’re still in a holiday mood).
But we are not here to talk about how regressive we are! We are here for another appointment for the month: BOOK HAUL!
Ok, so here it is:
- The life-changing magic of not giving a f**k by Sarah Knight: Parody of Marie Kondo’s bestseller ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’, this hilarious book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt and, most importantly, give your f*cks instead to people and things that make you happy.
- Sing, unburied, sing by Jesmin Ward: Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man and his mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, she wants to be a better mother, but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use.
When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary, where there is another boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly histories of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.
- Home fire by Kamila Shamsie: Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew.
Then Eamonn enters the sisters’ lives, son of a powerful political figure. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz’s salvation? Suddenly, two families’ fates are inextricable, devastatingly entwined.
- The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey: This book explains 7 Habits that can make a person more effective personally, professionally, and in family life. Covey shows how to build the healthy relationships that are key to an effective life.
- Think small by Owain Service and Rory Gallagher: A simple and accessible plan for success, based on seven scientifically tested steps that really work.
We’re often told to dream big, the sky’s the limit and that nothing is impossible. While it is undoubtedly good advice to set yourself goals that have the potential to make you and those around you healthier and happier, how to reach those goals is often less clear. From getting fit or securing a new job to becoming a better manager or parent, simply setting your mind to something will rarely get you where you want to be, and big plans can quickly become overwhelming, leaving us feeling as though we’ve failed.
For the first time, Think Small takes these successful approaches and translates them into an easy, simple framework that has the potential to make a big difference in all our lives.
- Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu: Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.
Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.
- The note by Zoë Folbigg: One very ordinary day, Maya Flowers sees a new commuter board her train to London, and suddenly the day isn’t ordinary at all. Maya knows immediately and irrevocably, that he is The One.
But the beautiful man on the train always has his head in a book and never seems to notice Maya sitting just down the carriage from him every day. Eventually, though, inspired by a very wise friend, Maya plucks up the courage to give the stranger a note asking him out for a drink. Afterall, what’s the worst that can happen?
And so begins a story of sliding doors, missed opportunities and finding happiness where you least expect it.
- Beneath a scarlet sky by Mark Sullivan: Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager but his days of innocence are numbered when his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs and Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier, a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders. Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.
- Before we were yours by Lisa Wingate: Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi Riverboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital, Rill is left in charge, until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents, but they quickly realize that the truth is much darker.
Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or redemption.
- Love, hate & other filters by Samira Ahmed: American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City and maybe pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school.
There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.
- Bluebird bluebird by Attica Locke: When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules, a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. He was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could until duty called him home.
When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes before Lark’s long-simmering racial fault lines erupt.
- The nix by Nathan Hill: Meet Samuel Andresen-Anderson: stalled writer, a bored teacher at a local college, obsessive player of an online video game. He hasn’t seen his mother Faye since she walked out when he was a child. But then one day there she is, all over the news, throwing rocks at a presidential candidate. The media paints Faye as a militant radical with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother never left her small Iowa town. Which version of his mother is the true one? Determined to solve the puzzle, Samuel decides to capitalize on his mother’s new fame by writing a tell-all biography. But first, he has to locate her; and second, to talk to her without bursting into tears.
- Turtles all the way down by John Green: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
- Dragon trials by Ava Richardson: High-born Agathea Flamma intends to bring honor to her family by following in her brothers’ footsteps and taking her rightful place as a Dragon Rider. With her only other option being marriage, Thea will not accept failure. She’s not thrilled at her awkward, scruffy partner, Seb, but their dragon has chosen, and now the unlikely duo must learn to work as a team.
Seventeen-year-old Sebastian has long been ashamed of his drunken father and poor upbringing, but then he’s chosen to train as a Dragon Rider at the prestigious academy. Thrust into a world where he doesn’t fit in, Seb finds a connection with his dragon that is even more powerful than he imagined. Soon, he’s doing all he can to succeed and not embarrass his new partner, Thea.
And that’s all for this month haul!
Question of the post: do you think you can actually define people’s personality by looking through one’s book haul? So, for example, can you tell us what kind of personality we have just by looking our book haul?
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