Today's #GoodreadsSpotlight is Jamie from @jamiereadsbooks! . 1. What’s your favorite book quote? When I graduated from nursing school, they had us choose a quote to be displayed with our photo during the pinning ceremony. I knew mine had to be something literary, and I selected this favorite from the inimitable Albus Dumbledore: "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." . 2. What was your last five-star review on Goodreads, and why? 'Writers & Lovers' by @lilybooks. I recently finished it and it’s hands down my favorite book of the year so far. It’s a story about grief that manages to feel warm and hopeful and true. Plus the writing is just beautiful. Highly recommend! . 3. If you could describe your #bookstagram in one word, what would it be? Genuine. I wanted my page to be an honest reflection of me and my taste in books—colorful, warm, a little eclectic. I hope I’ve accomplished that.
Today's #GoodreadsSpotlight is Tatiana from @lavidaenquotes! . 1. What’s your favorite book quote? As you may have guessed by my handle, I do love a good quote—or a thousand. But one that never fails to speak to my soul is from 'The Little Prince:' "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." For me, this quote represents many things I stand for and value in life. . 2. What was your last five-star review on Goodreads, and why? My last five-star review was for 'Daisy Jones & The Six' by @tjenkinsreid. Luckily, for this book I decided to go with the audio version, which I'm sure is the reason I gave it 5 stars instead of 4. The story itself, while not particularly unique, is captivating, and Jenkins Reid did a magnificent job in creating characters and even a band that truly felt real (I wanted to watch all their videos, their shows, their interviews, everything!) But it was the narration with its incredible cast that gave this story the depth and emotion worthy of a full-star rating. . 3. If you could describe your #bookstagram in one word, what would it be? I'm going to cheat and choose two: Open Window. As in: I invite those who walk by to stop by and watch, but also to listen and chat. I put a lot of effort into the pictures I share but also into the message behind them, and I try to be as honest as I can in terms of who I am, what I stand for, the books I read, what I think of them, how I feel about the power of reading to shape my worldview and that of others, etc. I also try to live by it and make an effort to read and share more diverse literature.
Today's #GoodreadsSpotlight is Tracie of @traciemariep! . 1. What’s your favorite book quote? “Funny how people move through this world leaving little pieces of their story with the people they meet, for them to carry. Makes you wonder what'd happen if all those people put their puzzle pieces together.” ― 'Goodbye Days' by @jeffzentner . 2. What was your last five-star review on Goodreads, and why? 'Saint X' by @alexisschaitkin. This book was 5 stars for me because it was a different kind of mystery, as it was definitely a slow burn! I also loved the author's use of language and the way she described the setting of the fictional island of Saint X in the Caribbean. This made an interesting contrast as the story also takes place in New York City. . 3. If you could describe your #bookstagram in one word, what would it be? Eclectic. I'm a big fan of pairing my books with everything in the colorful world around me, especially with my fashion. I also read many various genres of books, so I love being able to share all of that on my bookstagram.
Today's #GoodreadsSpotlight is Michelle of @michellereadsbooks! . 1. What’s your favorite book quote? It's so tough to pick just one! I have pages and pages of quotes saved on my @goodreads account. I'll share this one from 'Awayland' by @ramonaausubel, because it highlights what I love about good writing: taking an ordinary human experience and distilling it into words that conjure up such a vivid picture. "The girl thought of all the leavings a person does over the course of her life. Leaving the womb, growing up and leaving home, letting go of friends, breakups with lovers, divorce, houses packed up and moved out of. She pictured abandoned, grown out-of-skins everywhere". . 2. What was your last five-star review on Goodreads, and why? 'Priestdaddy' by Patricia Lockwood. I had this one on my shelves for a few years and finally picked it up on a whim and immediately was taken by her humor and style of writing. I found her story to be so heartfelt, interesting, and hilariously-told that I couldn't put it down. I was actually laughing out loud throughout the book, to the point where I felt ridiculous! . 3. If you could describe your #bookstagram in one word, what would it be? Calming. The internet can be a chaotic place, and with all the noise that social media throws at us, I try to make my photos clean and calming. I want people visiting my profile to feel like they want to hop right in the photo and start reading.
Today's #GoodreadsSpotlight is Hilda of @bookandcoffeetogo! . 1. What’s your favorite book quote? I will have to choose from a book that will forever be one of the greatest and strangest reading experience of my life: “Lolita, the light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta” from Vladimir Nabokov's 'Lolita'. . 2. What was your last five-star review on Goodreads, and why? My last five star review was 'The Water Cure' by @sophmackintosh. I was completely drawn into Mackintosh’s mystical and eerie universe. The atmosphere, the setting, and the descriptions were so vivid and really appealed to me. It felt like a very unique reading experience, to enter this strange world created by strange parents who command and control their daughters’ lives under the guise of protecting them. Before reading this book, I heard that many people described it as a feminist book. I thought it was more a coming of age story, and the beginning of the girls’ empowerment. . 3. If you could describe your #bookstagram in one word, what would it be? Luminous! I live in Sweden, and it can be very dark for a good part of the year. People have developed a fascination for light that I am not immune to either. I look for light everywhere and in the most aesthetic ways. Light is also everywhere in the summer in Sweden. The night does not exist then and in the morning, you can see those beautiful golden rays that I love to photograph. I really try to give a luminous, light and scandi-whiteness to my bookstagram. It makes people happier and more hopeful!
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Meet our #GoodreadsSpotlight for #HorrorWeek: Sadie, from @mother.horror . 1. What's your favorite horror book quote? "The sound of nails against wood as Birdie looked up, watched as her mother crawled on all fours across the ceiling, her mouth drawn into a smile, her eyes missing." - 'Everything That’s Underneath' by Kristi DeMeester . 2. What was your last horror book five-star review on Goodreads, and why? 'Maggie's Grave' by David Sodergren (@paperbacksandpugs). Sodergren is an indie-published author who writes consistently solid horror books in a variety of styles and horror sub-genres. I am constantly amazed at the quality of writing to be found in indie-horror. Readers can expand their horizons by making sure to include self/indie published books in their "to be read" shelves. You just need to know where to look! My advice is to follow a reviewer/influencer on social media or Goodreads who reads/reviews in that market and add books that sound interesting to your rotation. There is a wealth of talent out there that flies under mainstream publishing's radar. . 3. If you could describe your #bookstagram in one word, what would it be? Atmospheric . 4.Where can people follow your reviews on Goodreads? https://www.goodreads.com/motherhorror
"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." - William Shakespeare, 'Macbeth' . We can't celebrate #HorrorWeek without featuring the shelves of our very own colleagues (and their cats!). Do you have a dedicated Horror shelf at home? Tag us in your pictures so we can take a look!
"There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand." ― Mary Shelley, 'Frankenstein' . It's #HorrorWeek at Goodreads! Whether you love the horror genre or are just looking for a book to get you in a Halloween 🎃 mood, we have a title for every level of scared you want to be! Follow the link below to see our coverage, and don't forget to check out our Stories all week for highlighted articles and #HorrorWeek games! . https://bit.ly/34SWq24
Today's #GoodreadsSpotlight is Zyra from @bookhoarderproblems! . 1. What’s your favorite book quote? I have so many favorite quotes, but one that I have always believed in is "It's not being brave if you aren't scared," from 'Hello, Universe' by @erinentrada. Doing something bold without fear can be perceived as either recklessness or confidence; doing something even if you are afraid is the only time you can ever truly be brave. . 2. What was your last five-star review on Goodreads, and why? 'Aurora Burning' by @amiekaufmanauthor and @misterkristoff because I am a huge sci-fi nerd and I'm constantly drawn to stories about a band of misfits getting into some trouble. I love the way the authors write each character because you can clearly see their distinct personalities (which translate very well on both page and audiobook). I think it's very tricky reading books from multiple perspectives, because sometimes certain characters get too similar. However, I can easily tell which character's point of view I'm in by the way they speak or think, even without reading the chapter heading. Even though this is a very enthralling sci-fi/fantasy series, it also touches on very serious themes like trauma, war, racism, love, and loss. I thought it was a very strong follow-up to the first book with even more action and plot-twists, and I cannot wait for the third book! . 3. If you could describe your #bookstagram in one word, what would it be? Colorful! I was born in the very tropical Philippines and am now living in neon New York. I don't shy away from color because I feel very at home in all the shades of the rainbow. I believe that colors can affect people's moods, and when someone looks at my feed, I hope it makes them smile. . 4. Where can people follow your reviews on Goodreads? goodreads.com/bookhoarderproblems
Today's #GoodreadsSpotlight is Mariana from @latinasleyendo! . 1. What's your favorite book quote? "She hadn't known air could taste like this, so wide, so open. Her body a welcome. Skin awake. The world was more than she had known, even if only for this instant, even if only in this place. She let her lips part and the breeze glided into her mouth, fresh on her tongue, full of stars. How did so much brightness fit in the night sky? How could so much ocean fit inside her? Who was she in this place?" ― 'Cantoras' by @carolina_derobertis . 2. What was your last five-star review on Goodreads, and why? 'The Undocumented Americans' by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (@kcornv); it just blew me away! I can't stop thinking about it and I absolutely recommend it to everyone! . 3. If you could describe your #bookstagram in one word, what would it be? Community.