Back in the days of 2015 when I was new to the book blogging world, I used to give myself over ambitious TBR stack each month. Although back in those days I was reading well over 100 books a year, each month I never fully read a TBR pile. This time around I am not giving myself a huge stack of books to get through in a month. This time I shall have a small pile, any extra that I read will just be added to my end of the month wrap up.
So March! – 2019 is already going pretty darn fast.. What do I plan to read?
The Book – Jessica Bell (Novella)
This book is not The Book. The Book is in this book. And The Book in this book is both the goodie and the baddie.
Bonnie is five. She wants to bury The Book because it is a demon that should go to hell. Penny, Bonnie’s mother, does bury The Book, but every day she digs it up and writes in it. John, Bonnie’s father, doesn’t live with them anymore. But he still likes to write in it from time to time. Ted, Bonnie’s stepfather, would like to write in The Book, but Penny won’t allow it.
To Bonnie, The Book is sadness.
To Penny, The Book is liberation.
To John, The Book is forgiveness.
To Ted, The Book is envy.
But The Book in this book isn’t what it seems at all.
If there was one thing in this world you wished you could hold in your hand, what would it be? The world bets it would be The Book.
Muted & She – Jessica Bell (two short stories)
Muted: It’s illegal to wear clothes. In some streets, it’s also illegal to sing. Concetta, a famous Italian a capella singer from before “the change,” breaks these totalitarian laws. As punishment, her vocal chords are brutally slashed, and her eardrums surgically perforated. Unable to cope living a life without song, she resolves to drown herself in the river, clothed in a dress stained with performance memories. But Concetta’s suicide attempt is deterred, when she is distracted by a busking harpist with gold eyes and teeth. Will he show her how to sing again, or will the LEO on the prowl for another offender to detain, arrest her before she has the chance?
She: A girl’s brief encounter in limbo, following a suicide attempt, after being sexually abused by a priest. God in limbo is represented by She. She has been misinformed about how faith is advocated on Earth, and sends the girl back for another chance at life, in the belief that she must repent for her sin. This story explores the notion that it is blasphemous for religion to be institutionalized, because no matter what one believes, there will always be something or someone that contaminates its worth. The only faith anyone needs can be found within one’s own heart and soul. *Disclaimer: This story is not in any way a direct criticism of religion, or a representation of the author’s beliefs, but simply a creative exploration of the concept.
Twisted Velvet Chains – Jessica Bell (Poetry)
Twisted Velvet Chains is a collection of poems which follows the experiences of a young woman growing up with a bipolar, drug addicted, Gothic musician mother. Each poem represents specific moments of their life that embrace vivid rich imagery, and illustrate the turmoil of emotions both experience while together. The collection is divided into four parts that flow one into the other from childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and post-death.
Fabric – Jessica Bell
A rich collection of poems that take the reader on a deep tour of the psyche. Charting and moving across politics of language, Bell explores love, pain, failure and redemption from a variety of angles. Most of the poems sit at the fragile threshold of instinct and meaning, using symbol and sensation to get to the shock of denouement. From ‘Spandex’ to the Greek kafeneion, there are unexpected juxtapositions and discoveries to be found in Jessica Bell’s ‘Fabric’. This voice is equally inspired by the quotidian, Greek jargon words, and the mythic figures of Echo and Narcissus, Aphrodite, and, of course, Euterpe, the muse of music and the lyric. The interstices of the so-called ordinary with the always larger dramas of feeling and its consequences are among the subjects this young poet explores in her vivid weave of language
Once Upon A Time – Tale Reawakened
WELCOME TO STORYBROOKE For Emma Swan, life has been anything but a fairy tale. She’s been alone since she wbe with her one true love, Price Charming, but the Queen was abandoned as a baby-that is, until the night of her twenty-eighth birthday, when Henry, the son she gave p for adoption ten years ago, appears on her doorstep. Henry takes Emma back to his home in Storybrooke, where he insists all the town’s residents are actually fairy tale characters, cursed to forget their true identities, and Emma is the only one who can save them… In another world, and another time, Snow White is a bandit on the run, forced into exile by her stepmother, the Evil Queen, Snow will do anything to ill stop at nothing to destroy their happy ending
Disney’s Twisted Tales – Part of Your World
It’s been five years since the infamous sea witch defeated the little mermaid… taking King Triton’s life in the process. Ariel is now the voiceless queen of Atlantica, while Ursula runs Prince Eric’s kingdom on land. But when Ariel discovers that her father might still be alive, she finds herself returning to a world, and a prince, she never imagined she would see again. Will Ariel be able to overthrow the murderous villain set on destroying her home and the world she once longed to be a part of? Follow this tale of power, love and a mermaid’s quest to reclaim her voice.
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