Archives for January 23, 2015

Belinda’s Book Nook: Dollar Store Haul


I went into the Dollar Store yesterday looking for inexpensive posterboard for Nicholas for his science project. Unfortunately there wasn’t any left.  However,  this is also the same aisle that the books are located so I figured I would take a peek.

I found these to gorgeous hardcover books for $1 each!! Hello, I know I am on a book buying hold right now but $2 come on?

I quickly looked them up on Good Reads and they had fairly good ratings. I am familiar with Carlos Ruiz Zafon from the Shadow of the Wind. But I am new to Anita Amirrezvani.

Read the summaries and see why I didn’t walk away from this deal:

Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani

Iran in 1576 is a place of wealth and dazzling beauty. But when the Shah dies without having named an heir, the court is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari, the Shah’s daughter and protégé, knows more about the inner workings of the state than almost anyone, but the princess’s maneuvers to instill order after her father’s sudden death incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her closest adviser, Javaher, a eunuch able to navigate the harem as well as the world beyond the palace walls, are in possession of an incredible tapestry of secrets and information that reveals a power struggle of epic proportions.

Based loosely on the life of Princess Pari Khan Khanoom, Equal of the Sunis a riveting story of political intrigue and a moving portrait of the unlikely bond between a princess and a eunuch. Anita Amirrezvani is a master storyteller, and in her lustrous prose this rich and labyrinthine world comes to vivid life with a stunning cast of characters, passionate and brave men and women who defy or embrace their destiny in a Machiavellian game played by those who lust for power and will do anything to attain it.

The Prisoner of Heaven (book #3) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Full of intrigue and emotion, The Prisoner of Heaven is a majestic novel in which the threads of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game converge under the spell of literature and bring us toward the enigma of the mystery hidden at the heart of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a collection of lost treasures known only to its few initiates and the very core of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s enchanting fictional world.

And the cover of Zafon’s book is so amazing in person.


Happy Reading!


Fun Photos Friday #31: Simple things in Life

Make time

to enjoy the





funphotosfriday0123_2015On Monday, I took the boys to Barnes and Noble for our usual book adventures. Nicholas immediately went to the book shelf to find a book he knew was being released to see if it had arrived. Apollo went to the opposite section of the children’s book area. I stopped to look around the vast selection of books that kids can access at this bookstore. I am always impressed by the amount of books available to children now and it makes me smile. When I looked up from the books, I peeked and immediately saw Nicholas then I started down the aisles to look for Apollo.

Then I spotted him…sitting so peacefully on the floor reading a fun picture book about crayons.  I didn’t say anything. I just watched him. He was so comfortable at this place filled with books and so engrossed in the story. I immediately put my phone on silent and took at picture. It’s the simple things like Apollo grabbing a book, plopping down and diving into the story that warmed my heart. Life is beautiful.

Have a blessed Friday friends!




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