Books, Be Mine! Pretty Little Liars


12644751_1053300364692486_8621530098119377095_nOne of my great book loves–Pretty Little Liars. PLL has everything a girl could ask for. Suspense, fierce friendship, love and an abundance of heartache and mystery. In Pretty Little Liars the greatest love affair is between the fabulous foursome of friends. No matter what, they always stick together. Love isn’t just about romance, love can be the feelings we share for family and friends…PLL has covered these emotions perfectly!

The absolute best quote is simple and straight to the point: “when you love someone,it’s worth fighting for no matter what the odds are.” Those are words to live by!

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Books, Be Mine! Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin


12644751_1053300364692486_8621530098119377095_nWinter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

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New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake, orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side.

Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter Lake, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young girl, who is dying.

Peter Lake, a simple, uneducated man, because of a love that, at first he does not fully understand, is driven to stop time and bring back the dead. His great struggle, in a city ever alight with its own energy and besieged by unprecedented winters, is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature.

 This gorgeous book is one that makes the reader instantly fall in love–with life, the idea of true love and perpetual hope for what lies ahead. Such gorgeous, gorgeous prose. One of my favourite books.

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Books, Be Mine! Love and Misadventure


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Love and Misadventure by Lang Leav

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Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair—from the initial butterflies through the soaring heights to the devastating plunge. And, in the end, the message is one of hope.

The journey from love to heartbreak to finding love again is personal yet universal. Lang Leav’s evocative poetry speaks to the soul of anyone who is on this journey. Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist. Her work expresses the intricacies of love and loss.

Join Simon and Schuster for Valentine’s Day fun! Simon and Schuster

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Books, Be Mine! Celebrating Valentine’s Day With Simon and Schuster


12644751_1053300364692486_8621530098119377095_nValentine’s Day is all about celebrating our great loves. Many of us share the same great love affair with books. So, for Valentine’s Day 2016 I am turning to much-loved books to make me swoon. Readers and friends, on behalf of Simon and Schuster I invite you to read with us this Valentine’s Day!

Share some of your favourite love stories.

Let’s kick the weeks of love off with a look at Jenny Han’s, To All The Boys I’ve Loved.

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In Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Lara Jean writes love letters to her secret crushes. Lara Jean doesn’t plan on mailing these letters—they’re just for her—until one day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly her crushes know exactly how she feels about them.

 

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Poetry: We The Dreamers


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We The Dreamers

Dreams are made of us

We are made of dreams

Dreams

Born of our thoughts

Born of our emotions

Endlessly renewing

Endlessly creating

Born of our misery

Thriving in on our unconscious state

Bringing the dead back to life

Born of our desire

The sense of fulfillment we crave

The moments in life of bliss

Our stories live on

Our dead live on

We will them so

If we dream it

It shall be

Everything in this world

Both seen and unseen

Is conceived through our being

We the dreamers

Live forever

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Book Review: Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death and Drums, Drums, Drums by Travis Barker


Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death and Drums, Drums, Drums by Travis Barker

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Published: October 20th 2015

SYNOPSIS

Travis Barker’s soul-baring memoir chronicles the highlights and lowlights of the renowned drummer’s art and his life, including the harrowing plane crash that nearly killed him and his traumatic road to recovery—a fascinating never-before-told-in-full story of personal reinvention grounded in musical salvation and fatherhood.

After breaking out as the acclaimed drummer of the multiplatinum punk band Blink-182, everything changed for Travis Barker. But the dark side of rock stardom took its toll: his marriage, chronicled for an MTV reality show, fell apart. Constant touring concealed a serious drug addiction. A reckoning did not truly come until he was forced to face mortality: His life nearly ended in a horrifying plane crash, and then his close friend, collaborator, and fellow crash survivor DJ AM died of an overdose.

In this blunt, driving memoir, Barker ruminates on rock stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption, sharing stories shaped by decades’ worth of hard-earned insights. His pulsating memoir is as energetic as his acclaimed beats. It brings to a close the first chapters of a well-lived life, inspiring readers to follow the rhythms of their own hearts and find meaning in their lives.

ReviewThis is one of the best musician memoirs I’ve ever had the privilege of reading. I, like many others, have been a Travis Barker fan since his days in Blink 182. I followed his career from his brief stint on reality television, to his many musical endeavors as a drummer. Barker has an aura about himself that is just intriguing. He is unique, a seemingly quiet soul that has finally opened up to the world in the pages of his book. It has always been evident that he led a hard life, this book goes into explicit details of how rough his life has been.

The concept of working hard was embedded into his brain since he was a child, and this has consistently defined him–he always worked hard, even when addictions and chaos took their toll on his private life.

It was interesting to read about Barker’s love for drumming as a child. Idolizing The Muppets is not something you could easily connect Barker with today. This sense of innocence is rare to find in the Barker family and their story. Even as an adult, Barker holds on to the memory of being a child fascinated by the sounds of an instrument. Moments of childhood bliss are very precious and often rare to find.

Very graphic, disturbing and raw–nothing is sugar coated or glossed over.

” Dreams don’t work unless you do.”

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Tips To Survive The Blues


January is my month of madness. The worst moments of my life have occurred in the month of January. Each year as the calendar turns and the dreaded month is once again upon us, I am overwhelmed with emotions. I am in awe of my strength and what I have survived. I am shaken to my core by what I have lost. January-you broke my heart and robbed me of so many things I will never have another chance at. I blame January. Which, is truly ridiculous. It is simply a month on a calendar. To me, it allows me something ‘psychical’ to channel my anger, tears and heartache towards.

I hope you survive your ‘January’ whatever it may be.

Always. Always. Always know, things get better…

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