Serpent & Dove #OutOfContext
Serpent & Dove #OutOfContext
“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”
– Anne Herbert
“ Any moment might be out last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.”
~The Iliad, Homer
The Family Lawyer was good although Matthew was very gullible in my opinion. Night Sniper is good at first I was confused and then I realized the book is told through 2 different perspectives. They are both quick reads and are good criminology novels. Night Sniper deals more with the law enforcement side while The Family Lawyer deals more with the court system. I haven’t read the Good Sister but it sounds great… I’ll update once I read it.
This book is Pacific Northwest Gothic at its finest. It’s beautifully melancholic, rich with mysteries, and filled with hidden secrets. I could almost smell the salt from the ocean and the leaves of the forest while reading. Having lived in the Northwest my whole life, this book felt like home. It also reminded me of so many of my favorite places on the coast. Now I just want to go to the beach and soak in all the foggy mornings and the crisp, salty air.
I loved James and Hunter so much. They were adorable and totally dorky together. My heart broke for James on so many levels. He was dealing with the brutal murders of his only family, spiraling depression, and hidden family secrets. He was such a mess, but that made him so much more real. And Hunter! Oh, how I loved him. I think Hunter is probably one of the sweetest people I’ve ever read about. He had this quiet strength about him. I liked that Hunter saw James at his lowest points and loved him. And continued to love and support him as James worked through everything.
I also really liked the mystery aspects of this book. They played very nicely against the melancholy background and the budding romance between James and Hunter. Though I did feel like the murder plot line was wrapped up a little to conveniently. I really loved the hidden family secrets plot. Twins separated at birth? Mysterious property in the woods? And a tiny town by the sea? Sign me up.
This was an absolutely delicious read. I would love to see more of these characters and their story. There’s just something about them that I don’t want to let go of. In Strange Woods is getting a solid five stars.
PS: thank you so much for recommending this @glitterghost! It was really good!
Did you know that all of the books in our monthly boxes have been own-voices? We love supporting own-voices books! While we love lots of non own-voices stories too, it is refreshing, and a little bit exhilarating if we’re being honest, to have so many openly lgbtiq+ authors making waves in the industry! We still have a long way to go until there are no prejudices against queer-inclusive literature and queer authors, and until every new book has queer characters, but the wheel is turning. The future of publishing is inclusivity, and it’s going to happen rain or shine.
What own-voices queer books do you recommend?
Further, what do you consider “own-voices?” Does the main character have to be the gender + orientation of the author, or is it still own voices if a lesbian woman writes gay male MCs, for example (because all involved are queer)? What about if the author is gay, but the main couple of a book is straight, but it has a queer side-character? Danielle and I don’t have strong opinions about this, though you might (and that’s great!) - we just want more and more and more great stories with queer characters, and for queer authors to feel safe to be known for who they are (assuming they want to)!
Here are some own-voices recs from us:
- Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
- The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire
- Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
- Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
- Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
- Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins (seriously, this is going to be in my rec list FOREVER). It’s in the November crate, btw (still on sale!)
- The Tarot Sequence by K.D. Edwards
- ANYTHING by TJ Klune or Simon James Green, V.E. Schwab, and Alice Oseman
Libro #40 de 2020: “Siddhartha”, Hermann Hesse, 1922
Do you like to read a synopsis before jumping into a book, or do you prefer to go in blind? 🤔📖
When I bought BLAZEWRATH GAMES I was immediately pulled in by the cover and by the author being Latina. And when I read the synopsis, I knew that I immediately had to have it. Around its release date, I started seeing this book everywhere! Everyone was loving it and I wanted to make sure I had it in my personal library. 📚📚
~•𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑒 𝑣𝑖𝑜𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑑𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑣𝑖𝑜𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑠
𝐴𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑢𝑚𝑝 𝑑𝑖𝑒, 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑜𝑤𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑊ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ, 𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑘𝑖𝑠𝑠, 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑢𝑚𝑒•~
Henry David Thoreau - Walking
When many people profess their love of the wilderness and of wild, an important question needs to be asked: Of which wilderness are they talking about? That you go to a night club and party doesn’t make you “wild”. To camp out in the wilderness with all the commodities of our time’s technology still means you are in civil society. You just had a change of scenery. A picnic in a forest can be very nice, a hike can be refreshing, but are you really in the wild? The wild in Thoreau’s famous essay Walking is akin to that Holy Land that we might try and reach. There are those who go on strolls, and there are those who go on quests. The quest for Thoreau is to return to that wilderness, that unsocietal wilderness as it is the ultimate good. That wild isn’t merely a place outside of modern society, but it is a whole process of making nature our teacher. To Thoreau, as much as modern society brought its own wonders, it will end up subduing us. That doesn’t mean that we should suddenly forsake artificial society, but our model of building ourselves and of understanding the world must be in this quest for the wild, this untamed Holy Land, and not in the tame society. So the next time you go out for a long or hike, ask yourself why are you doing this? What is your goal? If it’s just mere exercise, then it’s not this quest of which Thoreau speaks. So check this essay out the next before you take a hike. Maybe you’ll see a huge difference between walking and going on a quest.
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Happy #MerlinMonday to those of you reading #TheMerlinSaga! One of the seven magical symbols etched on Merlin’s staff is a butterfly, signifying the potential for change that all living things have. Do you remember the other six?✨