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    In Cold Blood 5/5
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I think one of the reasons true crime stories fascinate us so much is because they show how senseless violence and suffering, wether we like to acknowledge it or not, are a part of our daily life. No matter how impacted, unnerved or outraged we might feel about it, it is actually something that happens so much that is basically mundane. I am not trying to minimize the pain of the victims, but the books on this subject shed a powerful light on that contradiction in modern society: We give too much credit to the control and protection civilized society gives us, wilfully ignoring and disowning the chaos and violence frequently happening inside of it. 
In this book, Capote uses the tragic story of the Clutter family murders in 1959 to do just that. He completely recreates the whole context around the killings, through the victims and murderers' eyes. We feel how in such a warm and familiar environment, something evil and twisted might be brewing and getting closer. Even the background of the murderers feels mostly uneventful, nothing to indicate the degeneration that will take place during the robberies and eventual murders. 
Capote allows us to feel, taste, smell, enjoy and fear everything that is happening before, during and after the murders. It has a similar feeling to Garcia Marquez´s Chronic of a Death Foretold, in which there are many times in which we feel so involved in the story, that we feel that we can somehow act and avoid the tragedy that is going to unfold. I think the scariest thing about this book is that Capote, despite giving a very detailed back story of the murderers (developing an specially close relationship with Perry Smith), doesn't try to make sense or explain what happened; he instead forces us to face something truly chilling: Chaos, evil and violence are present everywhere and anywhere, they are dark corners within our society that, as we try to ignore them, we also forget we are mostly powerless to stop them. Just like I felt while reading this perfectly described book, feeling close to all involved and their way of life, but completely powerless to prevent their impending doom.

#bookstagram #capote #incoldblood

    In Cold Blood 5/5
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    I think one of the reasons true crime stories fascinate us so much is because they show how senseless violence and suffering, wether we like to acknowledge it or not, are a part of our daily life. No matter how impacted, unnerved or outraged we might feel about it, it is actually something that happens so much that is basically mundane. I am not trying to minimize the pain of the victims, but the books on this subject shed a powerful light on that contradiction in modern society: We give too much credit to the control and protection civilized society gives us, wilfully ignoring and disowning the chaos and violence frequently happening inside of it.
    In this book, Capote uses the tragic story of the Clutter family murders in 1959 to do just that. He completely recreates the whole context around the killings, through the victims and murderers' eyes. We feel how in such a warm and familiar environment, something evil and twisted might be brewing and getting closer. Even the background of the murderers feels mostly uneventful, nothing to indicate the degeneration that will take place during the robberies and eventual murders.
    Capote allows us to feel, taste, smell, enjoy and fear everything that is happening before, during and after the murders. It has a similar feeling to Garcia Marquez´s Chronic of a Death Foretold, in which there are many times in which we feel so involved in the story, that we feel that we can somehow act and avoid the tragedy that is going to unfold. I think the scariest thing about this book is that Capote, despite giving a very detailed back story of the murderers (developing an specially close relationship with Perry Smith), doesn't try to make sense or explain what happened; he instead forces us to face something truly chilling: Chaos, evil and violence are present everywhere and anywhere, they are dark corners within our society that, as we try to ignore them, we also forget we are mostly powerless to stop them. Just like I felt while reading this perfectly described book, feeling close to all involved and their way of life, but completely powerless to prevent their impending doom.

    #bookstagram #capote #incoldblood

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    ‘We hunt the flame, the light in the darkness, the good this world deserves.’
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QOTD: What has been your favourite book published this year?
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Feat. magic, murder and #squadgoals

Hafsah Faizal's debut is one of the best fantasy books I've ever read. Fresh with lyrical prose, kickass characters and majestic world-building, We Hunt the Flame totally swept me away!
I quickly became deeply attached to the characters Hafsah created! They're all so enigmatic and I adore them. They all have deep and realistic motives that drive them forward, and fears that hold them back. The backing cast was everything. Altair, Kifyah, Benjamin, Yasmine, Deen. I adored them. I loved Zafira and Nasir, of course, I did, but they felt a little more like generic protagonists.
When it came to the story and plot, it was a bit slow-moving, especially in the middle, but I actually really enjoyed that. 
We Hunt the Flame does feature many over-used tropes, but for me, they were done so well, I didn't even hate them. It can make the story feel a little clichéd, but Hafsah's writing more than made up for it!
Hafsah combines stunning imagery with eloquent language in a way that makes the writing feel like soft gold. It's so lyrical and lush, I was absolutely absorbed and blown away by its sheer gracious beauty.
Hafsah's writing sweeps across the page in song and I have fallen in love with We Hunt the Flame. If you like fantasy, this has got to be added to (or bumped up) your TBR, because it's a spellbinding and gorgeous story that will steal your heart.
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We Hunt the Flame is out TODAY in the UK, with an absolutely stunning new cover! My full review is on my blog, link in bio!
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This gorgeous pin hoop is by @clockworkheartco! You can use my code MIDNIGHT10 to save!
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#wehunttheflame #hafsahfaizal #debut #debutfantasy  #books #bookstagram  #author #bookobsessed  #aestheticbooks #booklover  #ya #yabooks #bookgram #lovebooks #lovereading #bookish #bibliophile #bookdragon #colourfulbooks #reading  #rainbow #booksandcandles #booksandflowers #booklover  #bookaholic  #readersofig #readersofinstagram

    ‘We hunt the flame, the light in the darkness, the good this world deserves.’
    🌼
    QOTD: What has been your favourite book published this year?
    🌼
    Feat. magic, murder and #squadgoals

    Hafsah Faizal's debut is one of the best fantasy books I've ever read. Fresh with lyrical prose, kickass characters and majestic world-building, We Hunt the Flame totally swept me away!
    I quickly became deeply attached to the characters Hafsah created! They're all so enigmatic and I adore them. They all have deep and realistic motives that drive them forward, and fears that hold them back. The backing cast was everything. Altair, Kifyah, Benjamin, Yasmine, Deen. I adored them. I loved Zafira and Nasir, of course, I did, but they felt a little more like generic protagonists.
    When it came to the story and plot, it was a bit slow-moving, especially in the middle, but I actually really enjoyed that.
    We Hunt the Flame does feature many over-used tropes, but for me, they were done so well, I didn't even hate them. It can make the story feel a little clichéd, but Hafsah's writing more than made up for it!
    Hafsah combines stunning imagery with eloquent language in a way that makes the writing feel like soft gold. It's so lyrical and lush, I was absolutely absorbed and blown away by its sheer gracious beauty.
    Hafsah's writing sweeps across the page in song and I have fallen in love with We Hunt the Flame. If you like fantasy, this has got to be added to (or bumped up) your TBR, because it's a spellbinding and gorgeous story that will steal your heart.
    🌼
    We Hunt the Flame is out TODAY in the UK, with an absolutely stunning new cover! My full review is on my blog, link in bio!
    🌼
    This gorgeous pin hoop is by @clockworkheartco ! You can use my code MIDNIGHT10 to save!
    🌼
    #wehunttheflame #hafsahfaizal #debut #debutfantasy #books #bookstagram #author #bookobsessed #aestheticbooks #booklover #ya #yabooks #bookgram #lovebooks #lovereading #bookish #bibliophile #bookdragon #colourfulbooks #reading #rainbow #booksandcandles #booksandflowers #booklover #bookaholic #readersofig #readersofinstagram

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    #currentlyreading and currently LOVING. What took me so long? You can find me here for the rest of the evening (anyone else read in the bath?) 🍷🛁📖

    #currentlyreading and currently LOVING. What took me so long? You can find me here for the rest of the evening (anyone else read in the bath?) 🍷🛁📖

    780 83 2 hours ago
    It’s been a year since I flew across the country to meet up and hang with @literaryjo and her pets, talk books, drink coffee, etc., and that is just wayy too long. We’re long overdue for a coffee date. 👯‍♀️☕️📖✨

    It’s been a year since I flew across the country to meet up and hang with @literaryjo and her pets, talk books, drink coffee, etc., and that is just wayy too long. We’re long overdue for a coffee date. 👯‍♀️☕️📖✨

    419 12 3 hours ago
    GIVEAWAY - 2 Winners - #partner @penguinteen | If you're a fan of Laurie Halse Anderson and Sara Zarr, then you need to read THE ART OF BREAKING THINGS by Laura Sibson. Read on for a sample of the interview with the main character Skye (answered by the author) & for the giveaway rules. ✨
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"I love the special relationship you have with your sister Emma. Do you have a favorite memory of the time you have spent with her?" ✨
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"We’ve done a lot of fun things. Even though Mom could be tough sometimes, she was always cool about us expressing ourselves. Emma and I had so much fun painting her room and I think it made her feel better about me moving out of our shared room. But something that I really miss is that she used to beg me to braid her hair. It bugged me at the time, but now that she doesn’t ask anymore, I miss sitting with her and the calming motion of braiding." ✨
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If you want to learn more about this heartfelt debut or order a copy, click the link in my bio ☺️I've also partnered with the wonderful author to giveaway 2 copies of the book -- the 1st winner will receive a print copy, the 2nd an audiobook! ✨
TO ENTER
- follow me, @penguinteen @lauraosibson & @storygramtours - tag a friend you think will be interested
For EXTRA entry
- visit @darkfaerietales_'s account tomorrow and repeat these steps
RULES
- Giveaway will end Sept 2nd at midnight EST
- US ONLY
- not affiliated with Instagram
-must be 18 or have parents permission
-must be a public account so I can verify entries

    GIVEAWAY - 2 Winners - #partner @penguinteen | If you're a fan of Laurie Halse Anderson and Sara Zarr, then you need to read THE ART OF BREAKING THINGS by Laura Sibson. Read on for a sample of the interview with the main character Skye (answered by the author) & for the giveaway rules. ✨
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    "I love the special relationship you have with your sister Emma. Do you have a favorite memory of the time you have spent with her?" ✨
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    "We’ve done a lot of fun things. Even though Mom could be tough sometimes, she was always cool about us expressing ourselves. Emma and I had so much fun painting her room and I think it made her feel better about me moving out of our shared room. But something that I really miss is that she used to beg me to braid her hair. It bugged me at the time, but now that she doesn’t ask anymore, I miss sitting with her and the calming motion of braiding." ✨
    .
    If you want to learn more about this heartfelt debut or order a copy, click the link in my bio ☺️I've also partnered with the wonderful author to giveaway 2 copies of the book -- the 1st winner will receive a print copy, the 2nd an audiobook! ✨
    TO ENTER
    - follow me, @penguinteen @lauraosibson & @storygramtours - tag a friend you think will be interested
    For EXTRA entry
    - visit @darkfaerietales_ 's account tomorrow and repeat these steps
    RULES
    - Giveaway will end Sept 2nd at midnight EST
    - US ONLY
    - not affiliated with Instagram
    -must be 18 or have parents permission
    -must be a public account so I can verify entries

    1,660 26 8 hours ago
    currently reading (and loving!!) #thesnowchild on my kindle. Paper forever but I also LOVE reading library books this way too 🙌🏼

    currently reading (and loving!!) #thesnowchild on my kindle. Paper forever but I also LOVE reading library books this way too 🙌🏼

    228 19 1 hour ago
    Accomplishment of The day: binge-watched an entire season of Poldark 🍿someone give me an award 🥇
What do you usually do when you feel lazy?
And thanks for all the advice in yesterday’s post ☺️❤️
Ps, it’s juice not Rosè (unfortunately)

    Accomplishment of The day: binge-watched an entire season of Poldark 🍿someone give me an award 🥇
    What do you usually do when you feel lazy?
    And thanks for all the advice in yesterday’s post ☺️❤️
    Ps, it’s juice not Rosè (unfortunately)

    1,945 39 6 hours ago
    I’M PLAYING GROUPIE TODAY! Because I’m sooooo freaking obsessed with the ombré challenge. Have you seen those stacks?!? They’re stunning! 😍😍
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Now, I wasn’t “tagged” by anyone in particular, but I wanted to play along so badly that I’m jumping the gun and tagging myself (that’s a thing right?! It’s like an unwritten rule...that I can just include myself. Cool cool. 💁🏻‍♀️💁🏻‍♀️)
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Soooo without further ado, here’s my #ombrestackchallenge of YA FICTION!
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And being that I “transposed” myself into this challenge, I tag @readwithmason, @meagansbookclub and @caffeineandcommas to join my rebellion 🧡😂
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#yareads #yafiction #ombre #yabookstagram #natashaniezgoda

    I’M PLAYING GROUPIE TODAY! Because I’m sooooo freaking obsessed with the ombré challenge. Have you seen those stacks?!? They’re stunning! 😍😍
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    Now, I wasn’t “tagged” by anyone in particular, but I wanted to play along so badly that I’m jumping the gun and tagging myself (that’s a thing right?! It’s like an unwritten rule...that I can just include myself. Cool cool. 💁🏻‍♀️💁🏻‍♀️)
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    Soooo without further ado, here’s my #ombrestackchallenge of YA FICTION!
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    And being that I “transposed” myself into this challenge, I tag @readwithmason , @meagansbookclub and @caffeineandcommas to join my rebellion 🧡😂
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    #yareads #yafiction #ombre #yabookstagram #natashaniezgoda

    195 54 4 hours ago
    #dailydoseofcalm: Just a simple reminder that even if you work a 9-5 job, it’s important to step outside every once in a while to feel the sun on your face and remember that there is a big, bright world waiting for you. ☀️
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QOTD: What do you do for work?

    #dailydoseofcalm : Just a simple reminder that even if you work a 9-5 job, it’s important to step outside every once in a while to feel the sun on your face and remember that there is a big, bright world waiting for you. ☀️
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    QOTD: What do you do for work?

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