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Any take on Luke as just a normal kid whining about freedom should probably account for the fact that he lives on a lawless desert planet controlled by gangsters who kept his father and grandmother as slaves

Books you should read because I LOVE THEM

Dedication: For @kissmybruisedknuckles who told me to make this because she’s too lazy to make one lol

1. Strange The Dreamer - Laini Taylor

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

2. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.

3. Unwind - Neil Shusterman

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

4. Cinder - Marissa Meyer

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

5. This Savage Song - Victoria Schwab

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

6. The Darkest Part of The Forest - Holly Black

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

7. Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

9. Illuminae - Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more

10. Legend - Marie Lu

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

11. Angelfall (Penryn and the end of days) - Susan Ee

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

12. Caraval - Stephanie Garber

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

13. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

14. An Ember In The Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

15. The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.


16. The Wrath and The Dawn - Renee Ahdieh

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Beginning of Swinging Lifestyle

Good morning guys.
Aaj mai(Archu) aap sbko btaugi ki kaise mai ek normal typical Indian housewife se fun loving housewife bn gyi.

Mai ek chote se family se belong krti hun jisme mere dad mom or mera bhai sath rehte the.

Mai apni 12th ke baad college gyi bahar padhne.
Wahan new new frnds bane nayi nayi cheezein sikhne ko mili.
12th tk mera koi bf nhi tha but jb mai college gyi tb sb mujhe propose krne but mai mana kr deti.
Mai hostel me rehti thi or jb mai hostel life dekhi toh bhut azeeb lga mujhe.
Sb girls apni apni bf ke baare me btati kaise sex ki…..kya kya hua sb kuch share krti thi.
Mujhe thoda azeeb lga but dhire dhire smjh gyi sb.
Fir mera bhi bf bn gya or mai bhi uske sath open hone lgi or starting me kissing sucking pressing hi hota tha or kuch nhi.
Fir mai bhi apni virginity loose ki ek din uske sath or fir daily routine ho gya hamara week me 3-4 days chudai krne ka.

College khatam hone ke baad meri job lg gyi or fir meri posting dusre city me ho gyi.

Fir mere parents mere liye ladka dhundh ne lge or fir 8 yrs phle meri shadi Sameer se hui jo bhut hi understanding loving caring person hai.Mere in-laws bhi bhut acche hai n open minded hai means no objection yahan tk ki job bhi continue krne diye mere in-laws n hubby.
Fir ek din mai apne bf ke baare me btayi or relationship ke baare tb woh bole mujhe usse nhi matlab hai but shadi ke baad jo krna hai woh bta ke krna or kabhi bhi koi bt mt chupana or jhuth bolna.
Yeh sunte hi I was like lucky women who got such an understanding loving n caring hubby.

Job krte krte mai pregnant hui n fir hamara ek cute baby boy hua n we were happy too much.

Issi bich Sam ko swinging lifestyle ke baare me pta chala unke college friend se or woh mere se discussed kiye but jaise other Indian housewife ki tarah mai bhi mana kr di.

Sam mujhe convince krte rhe porn dikha ke swinging stories bta ke apne friend ki but mujhe believe nhi tha ki yeh sb real me hota hoga.

Ek din raat ko chudai ke time woh bhut bole ki ek baar try kro pasand aaya toh thik hai nhi toh mt krna.
Mai boli mujhe sochne or mind make up ka time chahiye or 5-6 months ke baad decide ki let’s enjoy.
Fir mai ek din akeli apne room me soch rhi thi swinging lifestyle ke baare or fir lappy me search ki swinging stories n threesome porn n believe me mai itni hot or horny ho gyi thi soch ke ki bta nhi skti.
Fir mai raat ko chudai ke time unke kaan me boli darling m ready or yeh sunte hi woh mujhe itna chode ki bta nhi skti.
Chudai khatam hone ke baad mai boli ki first time hai isliye mai SRSP krugi first or jb pasand aaya fir swap woh bole thik hai.
But sbse badi problem yeh thi ki decent open minded n privacy cpl milege kahan se…???
Fir Sam ne btaya apne friend ke baare me.
Humne decide kiya 1st casual meet krenge fir decide krenge fun ka.

Hum dono mall me mile or fir casually bt hui fir decide hua weekend pe fun hoga.

Weekend aane pe mai bhut nervous thi 1st tha isliye.
Fir mai kuch shopping bhi ki or unke liye kuch gifts bhi li.
Fir woh din aa hi gya or fir hamare ghar drinks music dance ke sath soft fun shuru hua…..mujhe accha lg rha tha or mazza bhi….
Fir dinner ke time woh dono cpl mujhe comfortable kiye or bole enjoy krne liye bcoz mai abhi nervous hi thi.
Fir dinner ke baad SRSP start hua apne room me or dhire dhire mai bhi openly krne lgi or enjoy krne lgi tbhi mai Sam ko boli chalo aaj hi swap kr lete hai or enjoy krte hai.
Yeh sunte hi woh pagal ho gye or fir humne swap bhi ki.

Fir uss din ke baad hamari sexual life me bhi spark aa gya or enjoy krne lgi.

Uske baad humne bhut se cpl or single males n females se mile but fun kiye only few selected cpls n singles.

Ab toh hum dono itne open hai ki jb bhi hamara mood hota hai fun ka mai ya woh bol deti/dete hai or plan bna lete hai.
Sam ne mujhe freedom di hai jb bhi mera mood ho fun ka or jiske sath mai bta deti hun or fir woh plan krte hai or jb woh free hote hai toh join krte hai nhi toh mai akeli cpl ke sath fun krti hun.

Abhi recently mai akeli fun trip pe gyi thi Thailand 2 cpls ke sath.

So friends yeh thi meri story kaise ek normal typical Indian girl se slut fun loving chudakar Archu bn gyi….

Hope u all like it….plz like comment n reblog…
Next time i will tell u about our 1st group fun

Love u
Regards
Archu

Snk theories: Old panel, New thoughts

Long story short. Here is a panel from chapter 37:

Eren said something like “when I go to basement and learn the truth, I will finally know who are the real enemies”…But guys!

Why is there a panel of MIKASA RIGHT AFTER EREN HAS SAID THIS!??

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

It is not the first time I have thoughts about Mikasa, or the Ackermans, or the East Sea Clan people are the so-called humanity’s enemies—to be precise, the enemies of the Eldians. What are you trying to tell us Isayama? One panel, and there can be 1000 ways to interpret it!

To the Paradis Eldians, the Ackermans and the East Sea Clan are their enemies (from the point of view of the First King and his possessors), because they opposed the First King’s ideology of having peace inside the walls on Paradis Island. Perhaps the King knew that if they were going to fight back Marley, many Eldians would die for nothing since the Marleyans are too strong.

And more important is, the two families are NOT from the same bloodline of the Eldians—like weeds. Weeds. The Eldians are the big TREE while the Ackermans and the East Sea people are the WEEDS.

Chapter 65

And talking about East Sea Nation EEEEEEEKKKKK

Look at this!

THIS!

Remember they supported the Eldian revolutionists 20 years ago?

Chapter 87

Meanwhile, the East Sea Nation allied with the Middle Nation and become stronger, see chapter 91.

Guys!

What if the true reason of Marley starting their 9 year plan of Paradis Island is the East Sea Nation?

It is very likely that Marley wants to obtain the fuel and Progenitor Titan power on Paradis to fight against the Mid-East Allied Forces!

—And thus the breaching of Wall Maria happened in Year 845.

Have you heard? These YA books are being made into movies:


1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Description on Goodreads: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Movie status: in development


2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Description on Goodreads: A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

Movie status: in theaters December 2016


3. Looking for Alaska by John Green

Description on Goodreads: Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. After. Nothing is ever the same.

Movie status: in theaters 2017 


4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Description on Goodreads: Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do. But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Movie status: in development 


5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Description on Goodreads: This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

Movie status: in development


6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Description on Goodreads: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Movie status: in development

Diverse Series You Need to Read

I’ve been a fan of novel series since I was a child starting with “Cat in the Hat”. I eventually graduated to the Ramona series, then Anne of Green Gables, and V.C. Andrews. I don’t know why, but I just love being with a character, lost in the world an author creates for more than just one book. Reading the YA explosion of series has been heaven, and a whole ton of fun. A few weeks ago I finished Ellen Oh’s masterpiece Prophecy series and thought to myself, “what is the next series I could get into?” Luckily, there is no shortage of YA series with characters of color and/or by authors of color that are being released, so I am one happy camper and thought I’d share just a few of my findings. Excuse my fan-girling for the next few minutes.

I was able to meet Sabaa Tahir (she’s so pretty) and snag an ARC of her debut novel, Ember in the Ashes. OMG! It was delicious. Made getting stuck in a Chicago snowstorm enjoyable. I cannot wait for the next book!

Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.   Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.   It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.   But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.   There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.


If you haven’t read Susan Ee’s Angelfall series, start now! The last book of the series comes out next week.

Angelfall by Susan Ee

It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain. Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back…


I’m also a fan of re-tellings, so I was looking forward to Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die series, and she didn’t disappoint. The first book so much fun filled with all sorts of intrigue. The second book just came out, and while I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, I expect it will be just as exciting as the first one.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road - but even that’s crumbling. What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe. My name is Amy Gumm - and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to fight. And I have a mission.

Those are the series I have started, but here are some series that are part of the ever-growing stack of “to be read” books that is slowly taking over my living room.

Gates of Thread & Stone by Lori M. Lee

In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe. In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her. Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George. Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series. What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once? Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Extraction by Stephanie Diaz

“Welcome to Extraction testing.” Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life. What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too. Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued. With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game and leave them breathless for more.

Currently Reading- An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

5

A fire crackles along the banks of the Yamuna River: a cremation of a young mother, struck by a car while she was fetching water.

The stench of the river engulfs the sad assembly.

Before the hissing funeral pyre, floating down the river, white blocks of what looks like detergent appear like icebergs. It is 95 degrees in Delhi this night. This is chemical waste from factories that have sprung up across the city, manufacturing leather goods, dyes and other goods.

Downstream, the living reside along garbage-strewn banks.

A colony of shacks sits beneath the Old Iron Bridge, a vestige of the British colonial era. Its tracks trundle trains across the Yamuna, on the northern edge of the city. Like the Ganges, the Yamuna is sacred to Hindu believers. The faithful dangle garlands from the bridge’s hulking girders and pitch ashes and money from its railings.

Delhi is about a third of the way down the 855-mile Yamuna River. Its source is the Yamunotri glacier, crystal-clear water from the Himalayas. But by the time it moves down the eastern edge of India’s capital, it exits as the dirtiest river in the country.

According to the Central Pollution Board’s most recently published water quality data, from 2011, by the time the Yamuna exits the city, it is lethal. The water contains a concentration of 1.1 billion fecal coliform bacteria per 100 milliliters of water. The standard for bathing is 500 coliform bacteria per 100 milliliters.

“That is the reason why this stretch of the Yamuna is called dead,” says noted environmentalist Manoj Mishra. “Because there is no life here. There cannot be life here. There’s nothing here.”

Can India’s Sacred But ‘Dead’ Yamuna River Be Saved?

All photos: David Gilkey/NPR

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Hallo almal! Hello everyone! This week’s Language of the Week #LOTW is Afrikaans.

Afrikaans is spoken in South Africa and is recognized as one of South Africa’s 11 official languages. Afrikaans sounds very similar to Dutch, and this is because the language evolved from Dutch.
In South Africa, Afrikaans is taught as a compulsory subject in some schools. There have been concerns in the past that the language is dying due to Afrikaans natives attending English schools and mixing English in with the language, but due to the rise of new Afrikaans music, films and books, it seems as if the language is stronger than ever.

If you are interested in music, check out these two cool Afrikaans bands. Die Heuwels Fantasties (https://www.youtube.com/user/dieheuwels), a local popular band, and “Straatligkinders (https://www.youtube.com/user/StraatLigKindersSA) if you’re into rock music.

Wanna know some Afrikaans phrases?
Hey, how are you? Haai, hoe gaan dit?
I am hungry. Ek is honger.
Afrikaans is a beautiful language. Afrikaans is ‘n pragtige taal.

Watch co-founder Lindie speak her native language in this video!

ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Hello, my name is Lindie. I am 19 years old and I am South African. My father is a diplomat, so I spent the biggest part of my life in Paris, Pakistan and Dubai. The only time, or the only place where I could speak Afrikaans was in the house with my family. So I have heard from a few people that I have a strange accent when I speak Afrikaans. When we moved back from Dubai to South Africa in 2009, I learnt Afrikaans on school level for the first time, as home language Afrikaans. (not first additional language - there are two options for Afrikaans in South African schools). I ended up receiving the matric [last year of high school] Afrikaans prize, to my surprise. In those four years, I picked up a new love and interest in the language, especially for poetry and Afrikaans films. I study information design at university, but my passion is actually languages. I dream to speak 10 languages by the time I am finished with university. I would also like to work in South Korea, in the design industry, one day… so that I can mix my interests of language and design. Those are my dreams for the future. Now my parents and my younger brother live in Japan, so I am focusing on learning Japanese better so that when I visit them in a few months, I will be able to speak the language. I believe that learning another language makes you another person, and it opens so many doors and you learn so much more about other cultures. And languages are just fantastic. That is all I can say…its fantastic. So yes, that was just a bit about my absolute passion for language. Yeah.

AFRIKAANS TRANSCRIPT
Hallo, my naam is Lindie, ek is 19 jaar oud en ek is Suid Afrikaans. My pa is 'n diplomaat, so ek het die grootste deel van my lewe spandeer in Parys, Pakistan en Doebai. Die enigste tyd, of plek wanneer ek eintlik Afrikaans kon praat was in die huis saam met my familie, so ek het al van 'n paar mense gehoor dat ek 'n vreemde aksent het as ek Afrikaans praat. Toe ons in 2009 terrug getrek het van Doebai af Suid-Afrika toe het ek vir die eerste keer Afrikaans as skoolvak geleer , as huistaal afrikaans. Ek het toe eintlik die Matriek prys vir Afrikaans gewen tot my verbasing. Ek het in daai vier jaar 'n nuwe liefde en belangsteling opgetel vir die taal,veral gedigde en Afrikanse films. Ek swot inlkigtingsontwerp op universiteit maar my passie is eintlik tale. Ek droom om 10 tale te kan praat teen die tyd wat ek klaar is met universiteit. Ek sal graag eendag wil werk in Korea in die ontwerp besigheid daar, sodat ek my belangstelling en liefde vir die Koreanse taal en ontwerp kan meng, so dit is my drome vir die toekoms. Nou bly my ma-hulle en my jonger broer in Japan, so ek probeer ook fokus ook om daai taal beter te leer sodat ek wanneer ek vir hulle gaan kuier in 'n paar maande sal ek hopelik die taal kan praat. Ek glo dat om 'n ander taal te praat maak vir jou 'n ander persoon en dit maak so veel deure oop, en jy leer so veel oor ander kulture. Tale is net fantasties, dis al wat ek kan se, dis fantasies. So ja, dit was maar net 'n bietjie oor my absolute passie vir taal. Ja.