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review 2019-01-12 17:34
The Curve Paintings, Bridget Riley
Bridget Riley: The Curve Paintings, 1961... Bridget Riley: The Curve Paintings, 1961-2014 - Robert Kudielka

Op Art was the first Fine Art movement I ever engaged with, way back in my early to mid teens. I found a book about it in the school library. Its geometrical aesthetic appealed to me very strongly, so much so that I even made a few pencil drawings of my own that fitted in the genre - I might even still have them somewhere. So when a local  art gallery held an Op Art retrospective (I think Brits only) I dashed along to see if I still liked that kind of thing. - Yep! Still love it - bought every book they stocked about it. This is one of them. It's an exhibition catalogue, with an interview with Bridget Riley and a short biography of her, focusing almost exclusively on her artistic accomplishments. The art is fab, given as much space as the middling sized format (for an art book) allows and carefully reproduced to preserve the colour effects of the original.

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text 2019-01-11 19:38
Reading progress update: I've read 25 out of 96 pages.
Bridget Riley: The Curve Paintings, 1961... Bridget Riley: The Curve Paintings, 1961-2014 - Robert Kudielka

I loves me some Op Art.

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text 2017-11-20 19:49
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Square 4
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston
A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella - Liz Curtis Higgs
The Berlin Wall: 13 August 1961 - 9 Nove... The Berlin Wall: 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989 - Frederick Taylor
Forgotten Voices of the Great War - Max Arthur,Imperial War Museum

Square 4, Part 1: Penance Day

Book: A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs

Task: 5.5 Theses of Book Blogging

 

1. Don't sell ARCs. Donate them to a charity or stock a free little library with them, but don't sell them. I don't read ARCs for a bunch of personal reasons, yet I feel really sorry for the authors who have their ARCs sold.

 

2. Stop the "real" books versus e-Reader/app debate. We all know you are just doing it for page views/social engagement and it is a tired argument. Some bloggers bring this up at least monthly so their numbers look good - ESPECIALLY on FB. Reading is reading and some readers have disabilities/conditions that technology has helped to read more/read again. The argument is classist and ablest and I will unfollow a blogger in a hot minute if I start seeing this.

 

This goes double with audible books. Some people like to read and do crafts/garden/cook/clean at the same time and a lot of them don't have the time in their day to schedule all the things as individual tasks.

 

3. Don't be afraid to review/talk about books from your personal stash, freebie books found in the Nook or Kindle store or even *gasp* the books from your local library. In the daily push to promote NEW! sometimes bloggers get burnt out. Give yourself permission to once a month write about those long cherished books and why they hold/don't hold up. Don't lose your blog's personality in the quest to look good for publishers/blog tour operators.

 

4. Don't be afraid to address serious topics in your review. Authors really need to get over having their book babies get criticized for racism, homophobia, etc that the reader finds. Authors should coral their fans and let's not start in with death threats and slurs directed at the book blogger. And GR/BL, Twitter, and FB could give a helping hand to the blogger/reviewer when shit hits the fan.

 

5. Don't feel the need to be on every social media platform so that your blog gets noticed. Seems like an awful lot of work in creating and maintaining a page on FB for your blog for nothing, since a lot of FB's algorithim will keep your post/page hidden from readers feed. Twitter is one big garbage dump fire. Other platforms seem more in line with helping book bloggers.

                         5.5 However, if a blogger really likes a social media platform, say Instagram, and enjoys coming up with photos of books and bookish stuff, MORE POWER TO YOU. Honestly I am a big fan of "bookstagram" and love to see what you guys and gals come up with. Keep them coming!

 

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Square 4, Part Two: Thanksgiving

Book: The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston - I read it but my review got eaten by BL's bug fixing and I don't feel like re-writing my review. I gave it 5 stars and will probably gush about the entire series for at least the rest of the year.

 

Task: Picture of my new books. The family and I went to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford on Veterans' Day/Armistice Day (cause we know how to party, lol) and let's just say I can't be left in a museum gift shop by myself....I picked up The Berlin Wall 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989 by Frederick Taylor; most likely the inspiration was seeing a piece of the Berlin Wall on display at the museum.

 

On a different day earlier in the month I went shopping at my favorite local charity shop for a White Elephant gift for the upcoming library staff and volunteer holiday party. I picked up Forgotten Voices of the Great War: A New History of WWI in the Worlds of the Men and Women Who Were There by Max Arthur.

 

 

 

 

 

Total points for this square: 4

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-23 10:04
"Betty", de Arnaldur Indridason.
Betty - 1961- Arnaldur Indriason

Podía haber elegido alguno mejor para hacer esta crítica en el día del Libro, pero es el que toca porque es el que termino de leer ahora.

Nada del otro mundo. Una historia de "femme fatale", la tal Betty, que embauca a una abogada para que se cargue al marido, haciéndole creer que, perpetrado el crimen, se irá con ella a gastar el dinero que él le habrá dejado (porque sabe que ha hecho testamento y se lo deja todo a ella).

Betty se carga al marido intentando que parezca un accidente. La policía se da cuenta de que no, pero como ella es muy lista, inculpa a Sara (la abogada), a la que le caen nueve añitos por homicidio. Betty se va de rositas, pero sin dinerito, que el marido había cambiado el testamento porque no lo veía del todo claro...

Ligerita de leer pero con un argumento tan visto...

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review 2015-07-03 00:13
Ordinary Grace
Ordinary Grace: A Novel (Paperback) - Common - by William Kent Krueger

This book won the Edgar award in 2014 for Best Novel and while this book is listed within mystery genre I don't know that I would describe this book as a typical mystery.  I came by this book highly recommended by a family member and it was the perfect read for my long flight home from Greece.

 

Set in a small town in Minnesota, it is 1961. The story is narrated by Frank Drum who is recalling the summer when he was 13 years old.  Frank is the son of a most compassionate preacher Nathan Drum who could be easily compared to Atticus Finch.  Frank is the middle child, second to his older musically talented sister Ariel and his younger brother Jake of whom he is very protective.  This coming of age tale portrays how people cope when tragedy occurs within a rural community. It is both insightful and inspiring as we witness the outcome when small minds meet with gentle wisdom.

 

When I read a biography about the author, William Kent Krueger it said his favorite book was To Kill a Mockingbird. I wasn't surprised as this story has hints of a similar tone. One of the most beautifully written books I have ever read and particularly accurate in describing grief.  I found this story to be both exquisitely and intensely poignant and one I will not soon forget.  If this book does not touch your heart then I'm afraid nothing will.  I give this book the highest recommendation.

 

How I acquired this book:  Barnes & Noble

Shelf Life:  4 months

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