Page Turner Kuwait

Happy new year dear readers! The last day of the 2016 was so hectic for me, my husband and I enrolled in gym, for me to lose weight and for him to gain muscles. We spent the day on the beach, had lunch in Pizza Express (our favorite) and did some shopping.

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But what was so interesting that day is that I got my first Kuwaiti blogging/social media gift from a juvenile startup business run by young girls who love books. They sell used or previously owned books and buy your old books, kind of a recycling website. This website is called Page Turner Kuwait, which finds new homes for old books.

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The girls run their own website, do their own delivery and orders personally. I didn’t know that when the assignment came my way, but when I received my package yesterday I learned much about this new promising business.

Mais Dawleh sent me an instagram message back in early December saying:

Hello Dana!

We’ve noticed that we share a passion for books and reading and we would like to introduce ourselves. Page Turner is a new online platform for people across Kuwait to sell and buy books and is run by a group of students and alumni. Page Turner’s objective is to encourage people of all ages to become as passionate as we are and develop a love for reading books in addition to increasing the level of readership in Kuwait.

We’re fans of both your blog Dana’s Sanctuary and Instagram and would be delighted to offer you the chance to order a book via Page Turner (free of charge) to allow us the opportunity to present to you all that Page Turner has to offer.

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To encourage them to success, I order three extra books, but I think for used books the prices should be lower, even if they are like new.

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I got The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis, The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich, If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins,and Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl by Tracy Quan. But there was a complication in delivery time punctuality, though the cute packaging made up for that.

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It’s great to encourage startup businesses to success, I hope everyone would visit their website and check what they have to offer!

Happy New Year and keep on reading! x

Year in Books

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My year in books!! I have always LOVED this yearly ritual on Goodreads! It feels like an infographic (it actually is!). I have always wanted to screenshot the whole thing and add it to my blog! I finally did! Here it is! Thank God for Google!

My 135 books/reads in one beautiful photo! Thank you God for 2016! Keep on reading people! x

P.S. I accept friend requests from any book lover, so feel free to add me!

Indifferent to Her

Captain Wentworth: I imagined myself indifferent to her but I was only angry and resentful. Too late… too late I began to understand myself and her. Never have I met her equal in good sense or sweetness of character. She’s perfection itself. I’ve never loved any but her.
Captain Harville: We are talking now of Anne Elliot?
Captain Wentworth: Of course! Who else?

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The Language of Flowers: Victoria’s Dictionary of Flowers: C

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Cabbage (Brassica Oleracea)… Profit
Cactus (Opuntia)… Ardent Love
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia Aethiopica)… Modesty
Camellia (Camellia)… My destiny is in your hands
Candytuft (Iberis)… Indifference
Canterbury Bells (Campanula Medium)… Constancy
Carnation, Pink (Dianthus Caryophyllus)… I will never forget you
Carnation, Red (Dianthus Caryophyllus)… My heart breaks
Carnation, Striped (Dianthus Caryophyllus)… I cannot be with you
Carnation, White (Dianthus Caryophyllus)… Sweet and lovely
Carnation, Yellow (Dianthus Caryophyllus)… Disdain
Celandine (Chelidonium Majus)… Joys to come
Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita)… Energy in adversity
Cherry Blossom (Prunus Cerasus)… Impermanence
Chervil (Anthriscus)… Sincerity
Chestnut (Castanea Intybus)… Do me justice
Chicory (Cichorium Sativa)… Frugality
Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum)… Truth
Cinquefoil (Potentilla)… Beloved Daughter
Clematis (Clematis)… Poverty
Clove (Syzygium Aromaticum)… I have loved you and you have not known it
Clover, White (Trifolium)… Think of me
Cockscomb (Celosia)… Affectation
Columbine (Aquilegia)… Desertion
Coreopsis (Coreopsis)… Always cheerful
Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum)… Hidden worth
Corn (Zea Mays)… Riches
Cosmos (Cosmos Bipinnatus)… Joy in love and life
Cowslip (Primula Veris)… Pensiveness
Crab-apple Blossom (Malus Hupehensis)… Ill-tempered
Crabberry (Vaccinium)… Cure for heartache
Corcus (Corcus)… Youthful gladness
Currant (Ribes)… Thy frown will kill me
Cyclamen (Cyclamen)… Timid hope
Cypress (Cupressus)… Mourning

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The Language of Flowers: Victoria’s Dictionary of Flowers: B

B

Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila Paniculata)… Everlasting Love
Bachelor’s Button (Centaurea Cyanus)… Single Blessedness
Basil (Ocimum Basilicum)… Hate
Bay Leaf (Laurus Nobilis)… I change but in death
Begonia (Begonia)… Caution
Bellflower (Campanula)… Gratitude
Bells of Ireland (Moluccella Laevis)… Good luck
Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Reginae)… Magnificence
Blackberry (Rubus)… Envy
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)… Justice
Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)… Constancy
Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea Spectabilis)… Passion
Broom (Cytisus)… Humility
Buttercup (Ranunculus Acris)… Ingratitude

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Jane Austen Marathon

I woke up tired today, after the haircut, the stomach ache and work week, I need the rest… but I didn’t feel like staying in my PJ’s  I guess I needed to put my clothes and makeup on to feel better about the new change in my look.

So I put on a movie… I watched “Mansfield Park” the 2007 movie, I have always hated the 1999 version, so not Austen.

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I loved Edmund and Fanny, I loved how all of a sudden he discovered he loved her all along when she knew it from the start. Fanny always loved Edmund, and she watched Mary Crawford and Edmund fall in love silently, she didn’t interfere  didn’t damage what they had, though Edmund told her everything and trusted her so. Fanny Price is just a good girl with a good heart.

Afterward, I watched “Northanger Abbey” also made in 2007. First, I love Felicity Jones, and second, I love that the movie/book is about a book lover.

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Though I always have hated Isabella and John Thorpe, it’s just Catherine Morland “Cathy” is such a good girl with a pure mind of heart and I really wanted her to be with Henry Tilney… Of course it’s an Austen novel and Austen LOVES happy endings. I love her quote:

My characters shall have, after a little trouble, all that they desire.

And I love the fact that someone read our minds and decided to make all Northanger Abbey fans happy by making a movie passed on “The Monk”. Isn’t exciting? I can’t wait to watch this movie. It was released in 2011, but I only recently heard of it.

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After that, I watched my favorite “Persuasion” also made 2007, I wasn’t a fan of 1995 version, it’s not bad but not my favorite either. And then I noticed I am having a Jane Austen marathon… haven’t had one in a long time… it’s just that I could watch my favorites over and over again…

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I then started watching 2007 “The Jane Austen Book Club”, and as always I cried a bit when Prudie talked about her parents. I love this movie, though I never understood Allegra’s story or why all the drama happened afterward with her girlfriend. But I LOVE Grigg, he could be an Austen man and I really love his relationship with Jocelyn, and I love that the movie is about Jane Austen and book lovers entwined with real life, real people, real love and second chances.

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When that was finished I put 2005 “Pride and Prejudice”… I just reached the part when Elizabeth and Jane are in bed talking about the ball, Mr. Benignly and Mr. Darcy’s bad behavior. Oh I just LOVE this movie, “Pride and Prejudice” and “Persuasion” always fight for first place, but in my heart of hearts “Pride and Prejudice” always wins… but all six of Jane Austen’s books and movies are my favorite, I love each copy and each version, I love movies passed on her novels like Bride and Prejudice, Aisha, Clueless and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

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I just love her and love her stories… I guess after “Pride and Prejudice” I will watch either “Emma” 2009 or “Lost in Austen” 2008 miniseries…

They are making one of Shannon Hale’s books “Austenland” into a 2013 movie… I can’t wait to watch it!! I hope they put it in theaters here in Amman, it was released in January 18, 2013.

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Well, that’s all I would say right now, got to get back to my Austen World!

~Bye!

The Language of Flowers: Victoria’s Dictionary of Flowers: A

A

Abutilon (Abutilon)… Meditation
Acacia (Acacia)… Secret Love
Acanthus (Acanthus)… Artifice
Agapanthus (Agapanthus)… Love Letter
Allium (Allium)… Prosperity
Almond Blossom (Amygdalus Communis)… Indiscretion
Aloe (Aloe Vera)… Grief
Alstroemeria (Alstroemeria)… Devotion
Alyssum (Lobularia Maritima)… Worth Beyond Beauty
Amaranth (Amaranthus)… Immortality
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)… Pride
Anemone (Anemone)… Forsaken
Angelica (Angelica Pachycarpa)… Inspiration
Apple (Malus Domestica)… Temptation
Apple Blossom (Malus Domestica)… Preference
Aster (Aster)… Patience
Azalea (Rhododendron)… Fragile and Ephemeral Passion

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March: The Full Worm Moon

In the spring, the ground softens and earth worms reappear… as do the robins who eat them. The lure of possibly getting caught while doing something daring or scandalous is hard to resist during the first full moon in March.

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Nothing Worth Staying For

Anne Elliot: Captain… Captain. Are you going?
Captain Wentworth: Yes.
Anne Elliot: Is the first half at least not worth staying for?
Captain Wentworth: No. There’s nothing worth me staying for. Good night.

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Wedding Gift

Anne: Captain…Captain, I am in receipt of your proposal and am minded to accept it. Thank you.
Wentworth: Are you quite certain?
Anne: I am. I am determined. I will. And nothing, you may be sure, will ever persuade me otherwise.

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