🍂Favorite new obscure word: Autumnity - quality or condition characteristic of autumn. As in: with audiobook downloaded and earbud in place, I headed into the wider world in pursuit of the vibrant trappings of autumnity.🎧👀🍁 . I've been in an audiobook slump lately, starting one and quitting it an hour or two later; rinse, repeat. But this past Sunday, with the sun shining through golden leaves and dark clouds brimming the horizon, I had the brilliant idea (if you're not sure, just ask me😬) to download the audio version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow before setting off for a walk. At an hour and 15 minutes, it was the perfect length, and it struck the bucolic, autumnal tone I was looking for. But because my courage only goes so far, I steered clear of the forest during the scary parts.🙈 . Here are a few photos I took while I was out. I've also copied below a couple favorite passages from the book. There's something about Irving's quaint style that makes me want to slow down and savor. 🍂 🍂 "It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day, the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet. ... "Certain it is, the place still continues under the sway of some witching power that holds a spell over the minds of the good people, causing them to walk in a continued reverie. They are given to all kinds of visions, and frequently see strange sights, and hear music and voices in the air. The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions; stars shoot and meteors glare oftener across the valley than in any other part of the country, and the nightmare, with her whole ninefold, seems to make it the favorite scene of her gambols." - Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy
Successful writing session yesterday. Decided to stop posting my daily word counts, as the unnecessary self-induced pressure was giving me severe anxiety. I felt like I was letting myself down, when in reality, the days I wasn’t working on my book were filled with writing for my full-time job or other passion/freelance/side projects. Also, sometimes, I just need to veg out and watch TV and snuggle with @bennythejetsetter. And that’s perfectly fine. I’m still keeping track of the progress on my novel—just in a more private way.
📖 R E V I E W 📖 The Need - Helen Phillips 3/5 💫: 🌿Happy M O N D A Y🌿 Today’s been a long Monday! I am so ready to lay in bed and fall into deep sleep. This is going to be a quick review simply because I don’t think I’m going to fully review it. Although it was a quick read, I can’t find myself to rate it more than a 2.5-3. It was artistically written, so I definitely see myself reading Helen’s other books. If you’re a fan of ‘Dark Matter’ by Blake Crouch, you will find the appeal in this book. Although I enjoyed the similarities, there were a lot of things left unanswered and I don’t do well with books written this way. It does touch on the hardships of being a mother of small children and still working full-time. It’s a quick read and does keep you entwined throughout but ultimately fell short for me. ____________ SYNOPSIS: Molly is a paleobotanist who spends her days working at a fossil quarry where she sometimes unearths artifacts that defy understanding, including a controversial Bible that has recently attracted gawkers and conspiracy theorists. By night, she cares for her two young children—four-year-old Viv and one-year-old Ben—while her musician husband is away on tour. She's frazzled, sleep-deprived, and it seems the edges of her reality blur more each day. 🌿 When she hears an intruder in the house, Molly is desperate to keep her children safe. She confronts the figure in the deer mask—and discovers that this stranger knows everything about Molly and her family. Molly fears the most sinister motives even as she reluctantly, terrifyingly, acquiesces to the intruder's demands. What happens once she learns the true identity of the trespasser is chilling and otherworldy. ____________ • • #theneed#helenphillips#bibliophile#booksbooksbooks#booksofinstagram#readers#bookporn#bookworm#booknerd#fortheloveofbooks#bookaddict#bookstagram#booksparks#bookstagrammer#bookaholic#bookphotography
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Posting OLD books tomorrow. Guys there are some BEAUTIFUL ones, I can’t wait for you to see them! I’ll be sure to tag everyone on the master list, so if you’re not on there go leave a comment! If you want to be tagged only for this sale feel free to leave a comment here. All books prior to this post are 50% off if you want to snag something to add to your order tomorrow. There are also a few FREE books left too. Happy Monday book lovers!!!
The countdown to seeing @chimamanda_adichie is on and I can hardly wait! Putting this here to send it out to the universe and make it known I’d love to meet Chimanda in person and take a photo with her on Thursday. Universe, work your magic! Please and thank you. Who else is going to this event in West Hartford? Let me know in the comments if you also snagged these free tickets when they handed them out. #westhartfordreads#chimandangoziadichie @chimamanda_adichie #connecticutgram