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Next year in Havana – Chanel Cleeton
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📚Rating: Interesting time period but slightly too whimsical for me
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📚Why I read it: As you can probably tell I have been going through a bit of a historical fiction phase, and have seen a lot of great reviews of this book -
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📚Highlights: This book follows the dual plotlines of Marisol and her grandmother Elisa in Havana in the late 1950s and the modern day. Elisa is the daughter of a sugar baron – living through the revolution, and watching the place she loves undergo huge changes. In contrast Marisol has grown up in Miami, hearing stories about Cuba before the revolution and finally travelling there to scatter her grandmother’s ashes at her final request. There were some bits of this book that I did really enjoy. I haven’t read much about Cuba and the revolution, so it was definitely an education. I also enjoyed the perspective of those who had fled and been unable to return – and the rose tinted view that Marisol had been fed clashed with the reality she found when she finally visited the country. However, large parts of the book I found slightly too unbelievable. Both women have a whirlwind romance with a revolutionary – and I just couldn’t quite get my head around the love at first sight moments. It was well written but I wish there had been more exploration of the effect of the politics on the everyday – ie the revolutionary brother was never really explored and neither was the true world of the sugar barons. -
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📚Summary: A dive into a new area of history, but not sure it was my favorite
#femaleauthors #historicalfiction #cuba #nextyearinhavana #chanelcleeton #womeninwar

Next year in Havana – Chanel Cleeton - - 📚Rating: Interesting time period but slightly too whimsical for me - - 📚Why I read it: As you can probably tell I have been going through a bit of a historical fiction phase, and have seen a lot of great reviews of this book - - 📚Highlights: This book follows the dual plotlines of Marisol and her grandmother Elisa in Havana in the late 1950s and the modern day. Elisa is the daughter of a sugar baron – living through the revolution, and watching the place she loves undergo huge changes. In contrast Marisol has grown up in Miami, hearing stories about Cuba before the revolution and finally travelling there to scatter her grandmother’s ashes at her final request. There were some bits of this book that I did really enjoy. I haven’t read much about Cuba and the revolution, so it was definitely an education. I also enjoyed the perspective of those who had fled and been unable to return – and the rose tinted view that Marisol had been fed clashed with the reality she found when she finally visited the country. However, large parts of the book I found slightly too unbelievable. Both women have a whirlwind romance with a revolutionary – and I just couldn’t quite get my head around the love at first sight moments. It was well written but I wish there had been more exploration of the effect of the politics on the everyday – ie the revolutionary brother was never really explored and neither was the true world of the sugar barons. - - 📚Summary: A dive into a new area of history, but not sure it was my favorite  #femaleauthors  #historicalfiction  #cuba  #nextyearinhavana  #chanelcleeton  #womeninwar

Did you know that I am married to my cover designer? Mr. Hallock, a former photojournalist, has quite the eye. He is also pretty amazing at Photoshop, Illustrator, and (for book formatting) InDesign. He has given me unique but on-brand covers that make me happy every time I see them. 💕⁣ Read more of my acknowledgments at jenniferhallock.com⁣
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Did you know that I am married to my cover designer? Mr. Hallock, a former photojournalist, has quite the eye. He is also pretty amazing at Photoshop, Illustrator, and (for book formatting) InDesign. He has given me unique but on-brand covers that make me happy every time I see them. 💕⁣ Read more of my acknowledgments at jenniferhallock.com⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣  #bookstagram  #books  #writing  #amreading  #booksofinstagram  #bookworm  #reading  #writersofinstagram  #writersofig  #authorlife  #bookster  #bookstergram  #bookcommunity  #bookish  #booknerd  #booklove  #bookaddict  #igbooks  #igreads  #instaread  #instabook  #bookcover  #bookcoverdesign  #bookart  #bookcoverart  #graphicdesign  #digitalart  #historicalfiction  #historicalromance

TOMORROW 🐲🐲🐲 #DragonSlayer goes live at midnight! Today's the last day to get all three books in the #SonsofRome series for $3.99 on #kindle. Dragon Slayer is up for pre-order, and tomorrow it's live! We're almost there! (Boy, I missed that Halloween release by a mile, huh? 😂) #paranormal #fantasy #vampires #wolves #shifters #historicalfiction #magic #author #authorsofinstagram

TOMORROW 🐲🐲🐲  #DragonSlayer goes live at midnight! Today's the last day to get all three books in the  #SonsofRome series for $3.99 on  #kindle. Dragon Slayer is up for pre-order, and tomorrow it's live! We're almost there! (Boy, I missed that Halloween release by a mile, huh? 😂)  #paranormal  #fantasy  #vampires  #wolves  #shifters  #historicalfiction  #magic  #author  #authorsofinstagram

Currently reading: ‘Frankissstein’ by Jeanette Winterson. 
Geneva, 1816: Mary Shelley dreams of a scientist who creates a non-biological life form, and when challenged by Lord Byron to write a gothic tale, starts working on a story called ‘Frankenstein’. Present day Britain: transgender doctor Ry Shelley meets Victor Stein, a celebrated professor researching the futuristic possibilities of humanity, from AI, to cryogenically preserved bodies, to digitally uploading the brain’s consciousness after death. 
Jumping seamlessly between past and present, between Mary Shelley’s literary imagining of a world where science holds the key to reanimating a reconstructed human body, and present-day scientific research into AI, robotics and human augmentation, with the aim of one day creating ‘transhumans’, Winterson presents these two stories as intrinsically linked, depicting our society as the inheritor of the legacy of ‘Frankenstein’. This is an immersive and thought-provoking read which asks, ‘just because we can, does that really mean we should?’ ‘Frankissstein’ is out in the UK at the end of May. 
#bookstagram #booklover #igreaders #booksellerreads #ARC #frankissstein #jeanettewinterson #artificialintelligence #historicalfiction #contemporaryfiction #futuristic #maryshelley #dualnarrative #soontobepublished #vintagebooks

Currently reading: ‘Frankissstein’ by Jeanette Winterson. Geneva, 1816: Mary Shelley dreams of a scientist who creates a non-biological life form, and when challenged by Lord Byron to write a gothic tale, starts working on a story called ‘Frankenstein’. Present day Britain: transgender doctor Ry Shelley meets Victor Stein, a celebrated professor researching the futuristic possibilities of humanity, from AI, to cryogenically preserved bodies, to digitally uploading the brain’s consciousness after death. Jumping seamlessly between past and present, between Mary Shelley’s literary imagining of a world where science holds the key to reanimating a reconstructed human body, and present-day scientific research into AI, robotics and human augmentation, with the aim of one day creating ‘transhumans’, Winterson presents these two stories as intrinsically linked, depicting our society as the inheritor of the legacy of ‘Frankenstein’. This is an immersive and thought-provoking read which asks, ‘just because we can, does that really mean we should?’ ‘Frankissstein’ is out in the UK at the end of May.  #bookstagram  #booklover  #igreaders  #booksellerreads  #ARC  #frankissstein  #jeanettewinterson  #artificialintelligence  #historicalfiction  #contemporaryfiction  #futuristic  #maryshelley  #dualnarrative  #soontobepublished  #vintagebooks

A complete thriller with all its tiny details hidden behind the magnificent beauty created by @writerclairefuller is the book “Bitter Orange”. To read the full review please click on the LINK IN MY BIO. #bitterorange #clairefuller #historicalfiction #bookcommunity #bookreview #bookquotes #book #bookblogger #bookflatlay #orange #fiction #contentcreator #igreads #bookstagramindia #booknerd #reading #instareading #amreading #bookish

A complete thriller with all its tiny details hidden behind the magnificent beauty created by @writerclairefuller is the book “Bitter Orange”. To read the full review please click on the LINK IN MY BIO.  #bitterorange  #clairefuller  #historicalfiction  #bookcommunity  #bookreview  #bookquotes  #book  #bookblogger  #bookflatlay  #orange  #fiction  #contentcreator  #igreads  #bookstagramindia  #booknerd  #reading  #instareading  #amreading  #bookish

🌳Why do so many of us find trees enigmatic and majestic?  I think there are a thousand possible answers to this!  Interestingly, two terminally ill people I have been very close to, became utterly fascinated at the end of their lives with trees, drew strength from being near them and took many, many tree photographs.  This really struck me as something very profound.
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Also, there are many book titles containing the word “tree”, and countless stories in which they feature as an integral part of the plot or have symbolic meaning.  My absolute favourite book of last year was The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting, which I reviewed a few months ago #rememberytreereviews .  I thought it was an exquisite, stunning novel with all the components that I love in an epic story: beautiful writing, complex characters, atmospheric settings, historical fiction and an unpredictable plot.  It dealt so sensitively with the themes of love, loss, family, identity and inheritance, and who would have thought that descriptions of forestry and cabinet-making could be so devastatingly moving and captivating?! If you haven’t read this, I’d urge you to rectify the situation forthwith!  It is definitely be one that I’ll return to, and for me it is one of those #booksthatgetunderyourskin
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Thank you to @candlestickpress for the beautiful pamphlet, “Ten Poems about Trees”, which represents the different ways in which trees are regarded and their symbolic significance, whilst also acknowledging that we are losing trees to diseases and urban sprawl. “Dear Betula” was particularly moving 😢
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So is there any literature featuring trees which you find particularly special?  I’d love to know your thoughts on this…
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#bookish #beautifulbooks #poetryofinsta #thesixteentreesofthesomme #historicalfiction #booksofinstagram #booksofinsta #bookstagrammer #bookreviewer #booksbooksbooks

🌳Why do so many of us find trees enigmatic and majestic? I think there are a thousand possible answers to this! Interestingly, two terminally ill people I have been very close to, became utterly fascinated at the end of their lives with trees, drew strength from being near them and took many, many tree photographs. This really struck me as something very profound. 🌳 Also, there are many book titles containing the word “tree”, and countless stories in which they feature as an integral part of the plot or have symbolic meaning. My absolute favourite book of last year was The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting, which I reviewed a few months ago  #rememberytreereviews . I thought it was an exquisite, stunning novel with all the components that I love in an epic story: beautiful writing, complex characters, atmospheric settings, historical fiction and an unpredictable plot. It dealt so sensitively with the themes of love, loss, family, identity and inheritance, and who would have thought that descriptions of forestry and cabinet-making could be so devastatingly moving and captivating?! If you haven’t read this, I’d urge you to rectify the situation forthwith! It is definitely be one that I’ll return to, and for me it is one of those  #booksthatgetunderyourskin 🌳 Thank you to @candlestickpress for the beautiful pamphlet, “Ten Poems about Trees”, which represents the different ways in which trees are regarded and their symbolic significance, whilst also acknowledging that we are losing trees to diseases and urban sprawl. “Dear Betula” was particularly moving 😢 🌳 So is there any literature featuring trees which you find particularly special? I’d love to know your thoughts on this… 🌳 . .  #bookish  #beautifulbooks  #poetryofinsta  #thesixteentreesofthesomme  #historicalfiction  #booksofinstagram  #booksofinsta  #bookstagrammer  #bookreviewer  #booksbooksbooks

We had such a great time discussing this book at book club yesterday! I didn’t know anything about C.S. Lewis’ wife, Joy Davidman, before reading this book and it made for a very surprising read! While I was surprised at Joy’s circumstances and wasn’t a fan of all of her choices, I did appreciate watching how God worked in her life. He makes a habit of using very messy people and making beautiful things of them, doesn’t He? It was a good reminder!
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#bookworms #bookclubbook #bookclubpicks #beautifulbookcovers #bookishcommunity #literarylife #bookstamom #springreads #theselovelypages #historicalfiction #cslewis #thomasnelson #becomingmrslewis #patticallahan

We had such a great time discussing this book at book club yesterday! I didn’t know anything about C.S. Lewis’ wife, Joy Davidman, before reading this book and it made for a very surprising read! While I was surprised at Joy’s circumstances and wasn’t a fan of all of her choices, I did appreciate watching how God worked in her life. He makes a habit of using very messy people and making beautiful things of them, doesn’t He? It was a good reminder! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . . . . . . .  #bookworms  #bookclubbook  #bookclubpicks  #beautifulbookcovers  #bookishcommunity  #literarylife  #bookstamom  #springreads  #theselovelypages  #historicalfiction  #cslewis  #thomasnelson  #becomingmrslewis  #patticallahan

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