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review 2016-04-04 09:01
Pollyanna - Eleanor H. Porter

2016 Around The Year in 52 Books:
9. A book that was mentioned in another book

2016 Choose Your Own Challenge:
15:A book made into a Disney film

April's Read Your E-Books Thon
Read a book of a specific length - over 300 pages. 328 pages 2. Read a book you got for free , and 4. Read the first book in a sequel

what did I think of it:
Its So much different then the 1960 Disney Movie then I thought it would be, I give it a 3.5 because I didn't like Pollyanna or her Aunt, and it was hard for me to get in to the story. Don't know if I want to pick up book 2 or not. There was some stuff they did use in the movie but I hate to say this but the movie was a hole lot better than the book.

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review 2016-03-17 00:04
love it
The Sea Hunters( True Adventures with Famous Shipwrecks)[SEA HUNTERS][Mass Market Paperback] - CliveCussler

A steamboat goes up in flames . . . and down to the bottom of the sea. A locomotive plunges into a creek . . . and vanishes into mystery. A German U-boat sends an American troop transport, and eight hundred on board, to a watery grave . . . on Christmas Eve.

Clive Cussler and his crack team of NUMA (National Underwater Marine Agency, a nonprofit organization that searches for historic shipwrecks) volunteers have found the remains of these and numerous other tragic wrecks. Here are the dramatic, true accounts of twelve of the most remarkable underwater discoveries made by Cussler and his team. As suspenseful and satisfying as Cussler’s renowned Dirk Pitt novels, The Sea Hunters is a unique story of true commitment and courage

my rating: five out of five
Goodreads Group challenge : 2016 Around The Year In 52 Books:
36: was An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation but I used my .( Wild Card):A book you started but never finished

What did I think of it :
I know going in that I would love it because its Clive Cussler and his one of my 2 all time favorite authors to read, fist I want to say that it normally doesn't take me this long to read his books but when I started this on the 10th of this month I had just picked up a new book and couldn't wait to read that one, but this one is and was an DNF because I started a few years ago and it was DNF because I ended up getting sick, anyway I'm so glad that I picked it up and restarted it and finished it, because liked I said before I loved it, there was so much history in it where it was about ships, lost locomtive, and U-Boats that for some reason they just vanished from the face of the Earth, loved how Mr.Cussler's written always pulls me into his books, and its the same with one, love how there was black and white photos and drawings as well as maps though out the book, its a must read for anyone who loves history as much as I do

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review 2016-02-12 03:55
Finally finished it
The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights - A.S. Byatt,Richard Francis Burton,Anonymous

About the author:
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Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS was a British geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia, Africa and the Americas as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian, and African languages.

Burton's best-known achievements include travelling in disguise to Mecca, an unexpurgated translation of One Thousand and One Nights (also commonly called The Arabian Nights in English after Andrew Lang's abridgement), bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English, and journeying with John Hanning Speke as the first Europeans led by Africa's greatest explorer guide, Sidi Mubarak Bombay, utilizing route information by Indian and Omani merchants who traded in the region, to visit the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of the Nile. Burton extensively criticized colonial policies (to the detriment of his career) in his works and letters. He was a prolific and erudite author and wrote numerous books and scholarly articles about subjects including human behaviour, travel, falconry, fencing, sexual practices, and ethnography. A unique feature of his books is the copious footnotes and appendices containing remarkable observations and unexpurgated information.

He was a captain in the army of the East India Company serving in India (and later, briefly, in the Crimean War). Following this he was engaged by the Royal Geographical Society to explore the east coast of Africa and led an expedition guided by the locals and was the first European to see Lake Tanganyika. In later life he served as British consul in Fernando Po, Santos, Damascus and, finally, Trieste. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded a knighthood (KCMG) in 1886.

book synopsis:
During ancient times, a king discovers that his wife is unfaithful. He executes her and her lover, and to ensure that he is never again betrayed, he takes a new wife each night and kills her in the morning. Eventually, he takes as his bride for the night a young woman who tells him a story that lasts all night long. When morning comes and she is to be killed, the story is not finished, and the king allows her to live through the following night so that he can hear how the story comes out. Of course, the story doesn't end the next night either, or the next night, or the next, until 1001 nights have passed, and the king decides to let her live and make her his queen.

These are the stories of Ali Baba and the forty thieves, Aladdin and his magic lamp, and Sinbad the sailor - stories of flying carpets, gigantic birds, and mischievous genies - stories that have captured the Western imagination for hundreds of years.

Compiled in the Middle Ages, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night is the chief glory of Arabic literature.

My rating: 4.5 stars
Goodreads challenges :
The Life of a Book Addict
Reading Group Challenge 2016 > Elizabeth's 2016 Reading Corner Challenge 12 plus 4 alternatives

A Round The Year in 52 Books:
A book about books

What did I think of the story:
I'm so glad that I finally finished it, it's been on my DNF TBR since 07 when I got it. There was some stories I liked and some I loved.

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review 2016-02-09 02:49
on the fence about this one since its the first book by Colleen Hoover I've read
Never Never - Colleen Hoover,Tarryn Fisher

book synonyms:
Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He'll do anything to remember. She'll do anything to forget

my rating : 2.5 to 3 stars
Goodread challenges I use this for:
Around The Year In 52 Books:
26. A book everyone is talking about
what did I think of the story:
Ok so I might of mad a mistake picking this as the first Colleen Hoover book to read, because I don't know what to think about this book, I'm stuck giving it a rating between 2.5 and a 3 . Because I'm on the fence about it, don't know if I like it or just kind of like it. anyone else have that some problem with her books or just with this one. as for main the characters I can't stand either one of them at all. but you don't actually have to like the main characters to keep reading a story.

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review 2016-02-07 07:51
deleted it off nook tbr DNF it won't be picking it up agin
Eternal Service - Regina Morris

Vampires exist among us. They can be our neighbor, best friend, our child's teacher ...

They alter their aged appearance based upon the amount of blood they consume. They move to a new area, drink a lot of blood, and appear young. Slowly they limit their intake of blood and age, right in front of our unsuspecting eyes. After decades, they fake their death, move, and do it over and over again.

Most live quiet lives in an effort to blend in.

Some however want power and control.

The Colony is an elite group of vampires sworn to protect the President of the United States from these rogue vampires.

When Raymond Metcalf, vampire coven master of the Colony, teams up with a federal operative of the human female persuasion–who has no idea that vampires even exist–will his mission or his heart be compromised first?

Career military woman, Alex Brennan, is being offered the promotion of a lifetime and with it a romance that she has desperately been seeking. Does she dare accept the position as Director of the Colony, an elite group of deadly creatures of the night and risk a dangerous romance with a man who isn’t even human?

Together, can they save the President?
my rating:1 star
Goodreads challenges I use this for:
2016 Around The Year in 52 Books
A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name

2016 Choose Your Own Challenge
A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name

what did I think of the story:
this was the first time I every read anything by this author, at first I was glad to be picking it up since its been on my nook TBR for a year, but I sad to say that while the idea for this story is a good one I just couldn't get in to it at all, and I tried . So with that said I'm going to DNF it and deleting it off my nook app because I know I won't be picking it up again

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