Special: Book Musings

#FirstLineFriday: Forbidden

Forbidden is my favorite book ever. I had a huge lump in my throat from start to finish. It’s depressing, but also so beautiful. The first paragraph alone perfectly captured the feelings of the whole book – the suffocating feeling of being trapped in an impossible situation.

I know some people might shy away from from the book due to the taboo element. If you can get over that, just know it wasn’t written to glorify the situation. If you can handle it, go read it! lol!

 

★ Book Details ★

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Amazon | Goodreads

Blurb:
She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

#FirstLineFriday: The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner is probably among the first book I ugly cried 😭 lol!
I really like the cultural elements in it. And I’ve always love the story of war. And childhood innocence. So this book is like all in one favorite elements for me.

So the prop on this pic is to capture the war and childhood. I wanted to use a beat up toy car but I can’t find it. I know my nephew has some, somewhere lol! So I just settle for an overturned car. I wanted to put some dirt but no way I would ever desecrate my precious books! 😋

 

★ Book Details ★

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Amazon | Goodreads

Blurb:
Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.

When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, “Gabriel’s Inferno” is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible…forgiveness and love.

#FirstLineFriday: Gabriel’s Inferno

I don’t read a lot of student-teacher romance because I’m not into older men lol! But Gabriel’s Inferno was memorable because there’s a lot of passion between the characters. I also like the art elements in the story. If I’m not mistaken this was my first student-teacher romance.

I read this one before I write proper review so I’m not going to link my very basic review but I want to quote a sentence:

“I never thought a man wearing bow tie and pocket watch could be so hot” 😋

 

★ Book Details ★

Gabriel’s Inferno (Gabriel’s Inferno #1) by Sylvain Reynard
Amazon | Goodreads

Blurb:

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.

When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, “Gabriel’s Inferno” is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible…forgiveness and love.

Book Musings: Goodreads Shelves

(Not so random) screenshot of my Goodreads read shelf. I just wanted to show how pretty the Ripple Effect series by Keri Lake all lined up on the left lol! I didn’t plan my reading sequence to be this way and now I don’t want to ruin it by posting my next review haha!

Speaking of GR shelves, how organized are you with yours?

I categorized them by genre, feels and book type. I have two different “sad shelves”. One is for general sad books and the other is for ugly crying. I read plenty of sad books but not many made if into either sad shelf because I am very particular about level of sadness lol!

I only add books to shelves when I post my review. I will never add a book that I have not read so my total book number on GR is purely the number of books I read.

This is why I do not add books under TBR. I did that once a long time ago for a giveaway and it felt so wrong sullying the pureness of my shelves like that. Never again hahah!