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( Book 9/36 for 2017 ) FR - The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni ! It was a much recommended book after Karna's Wife by Kavita Kane and I can say the recommendations were justified! 👍🏼 The blurb of the acclaimed book calls it half-history, half-myth and wholly magical. I enjoyed reading this book enough to wholly agree with the first 2 of the tags, not wholly convinced about the third. And I don't find the magical tag inapplicable as a criticism, but because it sort of defeats the purpose of how the narrator, Panchaali, is depicted in the book. I personally like the part of the book where she is still, in essence, Draupad's Daughter and Dhri's sister, "The Unexpected One" or "Offspring of Vengeance" as she thinks of herself. And it's not the daughter or the sister that defines her, it is completely her, unsure of herself, in awe of Shikandi, protective of Dhri, and who doesn't know if she wants to be a part of prophecy she and her brother were born to fulfill. I love this part because it makes her real, unsheathed of any divine aura, not the golden halo-ed or wronged woman as she has been repeated called as. While the book isn't specifically about her, her childhood is hands on the most fascinating part of the story for me. Probably because we have heard about the war a hundred thousand times over. I am not really interested in knowing anymore about Krishna or the Pandavas or Bheeshma. They don't have the same enigma surrounding them. Take, for example, Shikhandi, who tells Draupadi, "Wait for a man to avenge your honour and you'll wait forever." After she morphes into Panchaali, the book moves a decently engaging pace. The Maya Mahal that the demon Maya conjures up for them in the forests of Khandaav Pradesh is again very interesting. I didn't want this book to be another discourse on Mahabharata, and in about half of the book, it didn't fail me. About the second half, well, you cannot write a book on one of the characters of this epic and not talk about the war, it is unavoidable. All in all, it is most definitely one of the better books on Indian Mythology I have read, although I haven't read too many of them. Most certainly recommended!

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New video: what I'm reading this weekend. {link in bio} #fridayreads

Eu ainda estou terminando de ler Anexos, mas já separei minha próxima leitura! Eu ganhei esse livro de presente de uma amiga muito querida e ele fala sobre como viver uma vida criativa 💙 É da mesma autora que Comer, Rezar e Amar, então dá pra dizer que é de alguém com conhecimento de causa, hahaha! E vocês? O que estão lendo? #fridayreads #elizabethgilbert #grandemagia

My first reaction when I received this book: I hate gimmicky titles. But like most books, I gave it a chance and was glad I did. The One-Minute Workout is less hype and more about understanding the importance of workout intensity (instead of duration). Shorter workouts can be extremely effective--if done the right way. And a 1-minute "all out" workout can "work" better than longer, low intensity workouts. Does this mean that you only need to do workouts for 1-minute a day? No. But will it change how you workout and make you more efficient? No doubt. I've been reading about #hiit and #hiitworkout for 10+ years, and I still learned something new. I believe the book comes out next week, and it's a good, relatively quick read. #fridayreads

Nearly matching outfits but matching #fridayreads . When we asked them how it was going they both simply screamed. #endoftheseriesproblems

Lately and currently, my winter syllabus/bedside.

Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick, The Correspondence by JD Daniels, The Needle's Eye by Fanny Howe, Calamities by Renee Gladman, Speak Memory by Nabokov, The Liberal Imagination by Lionel Trilling, Montauk by Max Frisch, Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector.

It's going to be a beautiful weekend! Came home to these exquisite flowers from @lvanderlans - and finally get to finish this fabulous novel by @chrisbohjalian - just one chapter left and I've been saving it. #fridayreads #happyfriday #chrisbohjalian #authorsofinstagram

One of our favorite shots showing off the beauty of Park Slope Library. What are you reading this weekend, Brooklyn? Share what's at the top of your TBR piles in the comments below! #fridayreads

This is the book imma try and read this week. Did u know there making it into a Netflix series?! #fridayreads #girlboss #sophiaamoruso #netflix

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Early #fridayreads -- my first Heyer! I'm not normally a romance reader (except Austen and Crusie) but I'm really enjoying this one -- the dialogue just sparkles. Doesn't hurt that it's also a Gothic. #bookstagram #gothicromance #ebooklover #ebook

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Look who arrived in the office! It's the gorgeous #IslandOfSecrets which is out in ebook now (& only 99p cough cough). This will whisk you away to Crete and break your heart with its compelling characters. It will stay with you long after you turn the last page... 🏝 Link in bio if you want to learn more!

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( Book 9/36 for 2017 ) FR - The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni ! It was a much recommended book after Karna's Wife by Kavita Kane and I can say the recommendations were justified! 👍🏼 The blurb of the acclaimed book calls it half-history, half-myth and wholly magical. I enjoyed reading this book enough to wholly agree with the first 2 of the tags, not wholly convinced about the third. And I don't find the magical tag inapplicable as a criticism, but because it sort of defeats the purpose of how the narrator, Panchaali, is depicted in the book. I personally like the part of the book where she is still, in essence, Draupad's Daughter and Dhri's sister, "The Unexpected One" or "Offspring of Vengeance" as she thinks of herself. And it's not the daughter or the sister that defines her, it is completely her, unsure of herself, in awe of Shikandi, protective of Dhri, and who doesn't know if she wants to be a part of prophecy she and her brother were born to fulfill. I love this part because it makes her real, unsheathed of any divine aura, not the golden halo-ed or wronged woman as she has been repeated called as. While the book isn't specifically about her, her childhood is hands on the most fascinating part of the story for me. Probably because we have heard about the war a hundred thousand times over. I am not really interested in knowing anymore about Krishna or the Pandavas or Bheeshma. They don't have the same enigma surrounding them. Take, for example, Shikhandi, who tells Draupadi, "Wait for a man to avenge your honour and you'll wait forever." After she morphes into Panchaali, the book moves a decently engaging pace. The Maya Mahal that the demon Maya conjures up for them in the forests of Khandaav Pradesh is again very interesting. I didn't want this book to be another discourse on Mahabharata, and in about half of the book, it didn't fail me. About the second half, well, you cannot write a book on one of the characters of this epic and not talk about the war, it is unavoidable. All in all, it is most definitely one of the better books on Indian Mythology I have read, although I haven't read too many of them. Most certainly recommended!

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🔞'A book can change your life; a story can inspire a generation.' Here's a sneak peak of the first in the Trilogy... (Swipe left)Website link's in the bio. Be Inspired. 📚 "I'm Yours": A Tale of Power&Love📚 Pre Order Available Now. Can't wait for you to read this! 💙

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