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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 - Imperial War Museum,Max Arthur

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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review 2015-01-12 16:03
The Fox in the Attic by Richard Hughes
The Fox in the Attic. Richard Hughes - Richard Hughes
bookshelves: one-penny-wonder, series, paper-read, published-1961, winter-20142015, tbr-busting-2015, wwii, germany, britain-wales, cover-love
Read from September 10, 2013 to January 10, 2015

 

Description: This, the first volume in Hughes's trilogy "The Human Predicament", takes rich young Augustine to Bavaria on the eve of Hitler's ill-fated 1923 Munich putsch and ends with the departure into a convent of Augustine's romantic first love, the blind Mitzi.

Opening: BOOK ONE: Polly and Rachel: Chapter 1: Only the steady creaking of a flight of swans disturbed the silence, labouring low overhead with outstretched necks towards the sea.

Look at that fab cover, this story just yearns to be cracked open in midwinter. Even though this is the correct ISBN, my actual page count is 412.

Well I loved this a full one star over the average on goodreads. This was a fantastic read, just losing a shade to the initial juddering timelines. Have ordered the second - bring it on, although the third book was never written because Richard Hughes decided to fall off his perch.

Fantastic read this, in the right hands!

4.5* The Fox in the Attic
ORD The Wooden Shepardess


3* A High Wind in Jamaica
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review 2012-10-03 00:00
The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989
The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989 - Frederick Taylor I really enjoyed this. I've read some reviews that suggested that the Berlin wall itself wasn't enough to merit a whole book. Having read the book, though, I disagree. This was a really engaging discussion of the events before, during, and after the Berlin wall's presence in the center of Berlin.

The book starts with a long discussion of the history of Germany, which gets a little dry, but it's all very interesting. The book is full of stories about the people who ordered the wall built (party officials), people who actually built the wall, and the people whose lives were affected by the wall's construction. I also appreciated the perspective of officials in Western Europe and the US, who at least initially, were not opposed to the division of Germany (and by extension, Berlin) into two parts.

There are some disturbing stories and photographs in the book; stories of people who were willing to risk their lives to escape East Berlin didn't always have a happy ending.

I finished this book several weeks ago, so I can't go into more detail (had to return it to the library), but I thought this was definitely worth reading, and maybe worth reading again.
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