Continuing my run of turquoise novels are these two short books - and they couldn’t be more like chalk and cheese.
Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent is a delightful story about Guylain’s love of books and writing, but told from a very different angle. The central character spends his life doing the same things day in day out, in a job he hates, that of feeding books to ‘The Monster’. Through a chance of fate Guylian finds a memory stick - then follows a mystery to discover the owner. There are some real laugh out loud moments in this tale, and for fans of Amelie you’ll discover this is very much in the same vein. I highly recommend it.
Black Sheep by Susan Hill however, is from the other end of the enjoyment spectrum. Set in a Welsh mining village this is the tale of Ted Howker, born into a coal mining family with an expectation to follow his father and brothers down the pit, and of course Ted rebels but fate will not allow him to escape. This isn’t a ghostly tale like the author’s other stories, just a well written but cheerless tale of a family heading towards inevitable heartbreak. If rather depressing tales are your thing, then this is for you.
The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh continues my unplanned run of turquoise novels !
In the small town of Caesura, Texas (a place you’ll never find on any map) there’s a group of inhabitants that you as the reader know more about than they do themselves as
Caesura, or The Blinds’ as it’s known by the town’s inhabitants, is a scientific experiment peopled by criminals, and innocents, who’ve had their memories altered.
Great echoes of good old western movies and prison films all bound up in a (loosely) scientific thriller.
This novel grabbed me from the outset and is quite unlike anything I’ve read previously, I highly recommend it.
💙💜You Make Today Better Books💜💙
Yesterday I attended my late colleague, Lady Bike Boy’s, funeral and instead of being engulfed by grief and sorrow all over again, I—much to my surprise—actually found a peace of mind at the funeral parlor. His death sort of got me pondering a lot on life and death, and prompted me to become a better advocate for suicide prevention.🎗
Thus, today I’m sharing my purple and turquoise stack of #youmaketodaybetterbooks in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, which was on September 10th. This post challenge was led by @christine_queenofbooks and I was inspired by both Christine and @twloha to do this tag.
Here in Taiwan, it’s disheartening that the suicide rate has increased in the past three years, especially that among teenagers from age 15-19. Tips to prevent suicide include:
💜Ask: ask the person who is emotionally distressed if they have self-harm thoughts.
💙Respond: by encouraging and staying with them.
💜Refer: the person to professional counseling or medical treatment.
Of course, you can always call our Lifeline 1995 or Teacher Chang Foundation 1980 when necessary. Please keep in mind that suicide is not the solution to your problems so heads up, even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.🌻
P.S. I absolutely love this All The Bright Places bookmark from @plentifulbookmarks! The quote and pastel background are so lovely.💕
Did you know that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States? Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and the colors that represent it are purple and turquoise. Every day, but especially today, we need to check in on each other. Ask if your loved ones are okay. Ask if there is anything you can do to help someone feel better in this very moment.
Some more facts from the American Federation for Suicide Prevention (afsp.org)
▪In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide.
▪In 2017, there were 1,400,000 suicide attempts. (Estimated. Imagine how many were NOT reported.)
▪The age-adjusted rate of deaths by suicide in 2017 was 14.0, per 100,000 people.
▪Here in New York, that age-adjusted rate was 8.11 in 2017.
▪Men died by suicide 3.54 times more often than women in 2017.
▪On average, there are 129 suicides per DAY.
▪In 2013, the VA released a study regarding suicide in veterans from 1999 to 2010, which showed that an average of 22 veterans die by suicide per DAY.
These numbers are estimated to be even higher, due to the negative stigma surrounding mental health leading to underreporting. Mental health discussions have become more frequent and accepted in recent years, but there is still much work to be done.
If you are worried about someone, reach out. If you are having thoughts of suicide, PLEASE tell someone. I won't pretend to know what that feels like. But I do KNOW that you matter. You are loved. You are seen. Please reach out. Please call. Resources listed below. And my DMs are always open.
Thank you @christine_queenofbooks for creating the hashtag #youmaketodaybetterbooks and being one of the people to bring this topic light, always advocating for mental health.
National Suicide Prevention hotline
"Got5" to 741741
New York State website
Do you decorate with books? Vintage books in a gradient of shades are a great way to add a pop of color. Think outside the box. Stack them up and use as a centerpiece for your dinner party or event. Put them on a bookshelf, set them under a table lamp to add height, or you could, I don’t know, read them?! 😂
My Book Depository order arrived last week and I’m so in love with these books! I didn’t realize that they also had a similar color scheme. Love when that happens and love when both covers are gorgeous and appeal to my sensibilities 100% 💚💚💚
Finally decided on a Wind of the Willows edition and after much humming and hawing, went with the beautiful Wordsworth collector’s edition. I’m now eyeing one or two more titles from that range! The other book, Magic Flutes, came at the recommendation of one of my fave booktubers @lucythereader who has gushed about Eva Ibbotson for a while now. Sometimes, I’m in the mood for a sweet and easy classic romance and I really think I’ll get along with this writer’s style! Sometimes, I just need those happy endings, ok. Life hard. 😤Have you read any of these books?
Hello humans ❤️
Today's subject is sad, sorry in advance. I haven't really been active (okay, for like 2 days...but still) because my grandpa died yesterday. We knew it was going to happen really soon, he was very weak and old and so it wasn't a shock, but it is still something horrible to live. My grandpa was literally the best ever. He cared and loved his children, grandchildren and grand grand child so much. You could tell just by looking in his eyes. He was such a funny grandpa, always making the best dad jokes, they were good I swear! We love him so much, my sister and I used to have fun sleepovers at his place when we were younger. We were so close to him, it was hard seeing him change and get older year by year. And now it's hard to see him leave.
But now he can finally reunite with my grandma, the woman he's been waiting to see again for 16 years. You could tell their love was real, and it was hard for him to be without her for so long. But now they are together again, and that makes me happy.