5 Year Anniversary: January Giveaway

Brilliant Bookshelf is celebrating its 5 Year Anniversary, so I’m hosting a few bookish giveaways this year. This is...

5 Year Anniversary

Happy New Year dear readers! I’m kicking the new year off with a blog post on an exciting topic....

2017: Graduation, new home & new job

It’s the last day of year and that means that 2017 is almost over! What better time is there...

From Paper to Screen: Winter 2017/2018

From Paper To Screen is a seasonal post about upcoming movies and TV shows that are based on books. This post deals...

Bookish Gift Guide 2017

The holiday season is almost here and that means that it’s time again for my annual gift guide: the...
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5 Year Anniversary: January Giveaway
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5 Year Anniversary
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2017: Graduation, new home & new job
From Paper To Screen
From Paper to Screen: Winter 2017/2018
Bookish Gift Guide
Bookish Gift Guide 2017

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Review: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One

Title: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One (Women are some kind of magic #2)
Author
: Amanda Lovelace
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date: March 6th 2018
Pages: 208
Genre(s): Poetry
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I read Lovelace’s first poetry collection just a few months ago and its rawness and honesty really resonated with me. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One definitely has these qualities too. It’s a brutally honest collection of feminist poetry that conveys all the messages that the world needs (but often doesn’t want) to hear. Continue reading

Fanmix Friday

Fanmix Friday: All The Crooked Saints

In Fanmix Friday, literature and music are combined. Some scenes in books make me think of certain songs. I collect these ideas and incorporate them in a fanmix for a particular piece of literature. In this case, for All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater.Continue reading

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Review: The Rule of Four

Title: The Rule of Four
Author
: Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Release Date: June 8th 2005
Pages: 450
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Mystery
Purchase: The Book Depository

It’s Easter at Princeton. Seniors are scrambling to finish their theses. And two students, Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris, are a hair’s breadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili–a renowned text attributed to an Italian nobleman, a work that has baffled scholars since its publication in 1499. For Tom, their research has been a link to his family’s past — and an obstacle to the woman he loves. For Paul, it has become an obsession, the very reason for living. But as their deadline looms, research has stalled — until a long-lost diary surfaces with a vital clue. And when a fellow researcher is murdered just hours later, Tom and Paul realize that they are not the first to glimpse the Hypnerotomachia ‘s secrets.

Suddenly the stakes are raised, and as the two friends sift through the codes and riddles at the heart of the text, they are beginning to see the manuscript in a new light–not simply as a story of faith, eroticism and pedantry, but as a bizarre, coded mathematical maze. And as they come closer and closer to deciphering the final puzzle of a book that has shattered careers, friendships and families, they know that their own lives are in mortal danger. Because at least one person has been killed for knowing too much. And they know even more.

Based on the synopsis, I had really high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, the story and mystery did not blow my mind like I expected and the writing was often tedious and long winded.Continue reading

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5 Year Anniversary

Happy New Year dear readers! I’m kicking the new year off with a blog post on an exciting topic. That’s because it’s the 5 Year Anniversary of Brilliant Bookshelf and I can’t wait to celebrate with you guys!

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