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review 2018-01-23 06:45
The Diary of a Bookseller
The Diary of a Bookseller - Shaun Bythell

I saw this in my local just before Christmas and snatched it up, as my not-so-secret fantasy is to own a bookshop (me, not the bank, which is why it remains a fantasy), and I never get tired of reading first hand accounts from the front. But this one was even better than I was hoping for; it was informative, succinct (it's truly a diary, so entries are rarely more than a page) and best of all, it's hilarious.

 

Each day begins with a tally of books sold online, and how many of those books he is able to actually locate in his stock (100,000 books; I can't even find a book I'm looking for in my paltry 1200 or so).  From there it's a short narrative about what happened that day.  Usually something his employee Nicky does, doesn't do, or says, or an anecdote about one or more customers doing something inane, rude, or more often, both.  (This is not the book to read if you're looking for affirmation on humanity.)  

 

Less often, but my favorites, were his field trips abroad to buy books.  And strewn throughout is the very real, and very serious, consequences Amazon has on booksellers.  It's one thing to know that Amazon is taking away independent booksellers' business by out pricing them on everything, but it's another thing altogether to understand how much control they have over small booksellers across the globe.  Even if you don't buy your book from Amazon, Amazon likely controls or influences how you purchase it.  

 

Each entry ends with the daily earnings; a number so fluid as to range anywhere from 5 Pounds to 1,000, and - spoiler alert - the days where he took in more than 700 Pounds was less than 3.

 

If bookshops and the eccentric people who visit them aren't your cup of tea, this book probably isn't going to delight you the way it did me, but if you secretly wish you could own, work, or live in a bookshop and have an appreciation for the irreverent humor of a man worn down by humanity at its most dubious, then definitely check out this book.  As I said at the start, it's informative (in spite of the hard facts, I still want to own a bookshop), it's easy to read (although once I started I was disinclined to stop) and it's laugh out loud hilarious.  I almost snorted.  And I'm following the author on Facebook; I never follow authors (well, ok, Amy Stewart, but honestly, as much as I love her books, I follow her for her art - she's disgustingly talented).

 

In fact, check him out on facebook first; if you like his posts, you'll love this book!

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review 2018-01-23 03:32
MURDER AT THE BOOK GROUP by Maggie King
Murder at the Book Group - Maggie King
  Hazel's ex-husband's current wife dies at their book group's meeting. Did she commit suicide as it looks or was something else going on?

There are so many characters introduced in this book that I was confused as to who did what and how did they fit in. After I figured it out the book got better. I enjoyed the mystery. I had no idea the who or what until it started being explained to me. I liked the characters especially as they got weeded out and it seems as if there will be fewer characters in the next book. I enjoyed watching Hazel working to figure out who was involved and why. When she did it was an epiphany. I look forward to more of her.
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review 2018-01-23 02:53
Book Tour: Searching for Gertrude
Searching for Gertrude - Kevin D. Haggerty

Searching for Gertrude take you on a hunt to find a girl of a young man love. Will he find this true love he lost. The young man is German and he has some issues with his government.

We learn about the laws that are going down in Germany at the beginning of Hitler Resign. The Nazi believed that Germans were not allowed to marry Jews. Will Rulfoff find this love or will Rudolf get his answers by searching for the girl he fell in love with when he was young. Things to go down hill when his love of his life family must move away to Turkey. He is determined to find her.

He goes undercover for his government even though he does not follow or like this government laws and ideas. As a German consulate there are a few surprises along the way will he go against or follow this government as he is now working for them. Find out by reading.

Rosalyn is an American Jew who come to Turkey to be a Nanny. Rudolf stumbles upon her in his search for Gertrude and ask her for help. Does she help him or not you will need to read the story to know for sure.

Rosalyn come to Turkey for her own reason as well. There is twist and turns throughout the book. Will Rosalyn do as she came to do in Turkey. The author does a wonderful job with the plot. I could not put it down and the fact, that she shows the time and era and history behind what going on in Turkey. Is Turkey with Nazi or they Nurteral during the War. If you are a historical fiction reader or just like learn some facts about history. This book is a good one to pick up. Want to learn more about Germany or Nazi Germany and other surrounding areas or Turkey in the 1930’s.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/01/book-tour-searching-for-gertrude.html
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review 2018-01-23 00:23
Always a Favorite
The Napping House - Audrey Wood,Don Wood

This book has always been a favorite of mine, especially for the little ones. This book is a fun story about a house where everyone is asleep. It goes through a sequence of people and animals on one cozy bed until one flea bites a mouse. Then everyone is woken up one by one and all crash down and break the cozy bed! This would be a great story to use when talking about sequencing events and retelling a story. A fun activity for younger students would be to make a "napping house" or a "cozy bed" about the size of a small poster. Label different spots on the poster 1-6 to represent the events that happened in the story and attach a Velcro dot to the poster beside each number. Then, find cut outs of the characters from the story and also attach a Velcro dot to the back of the character. The students will then label the "napping house" or "cozy bed", whichever you choose to make, with the character in the order that they appeared in the story. So, beside the number 1, the student would place the granny. By number 2, the student would place the boy, and so on. After they finish labeling 1-6, you could give them a sequencing map for them to record their work they did on the poster. 

 

ATOS Reading Level: 2.8

Suggested Grade Level: K

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review 2018-01-22 16:11
Some pain solutions
Overcoming Chronic Pain (Overcoming Books) - Frances Cole

So you've acquired a pain, it's lasted for more than three months, congratulations, you now have chronic pain. Your choices are limited, feel sorry for yourself and fall into a pit of despair or cope with it, this book presents coping mechanisms and ways to work with what is quite a common invisible disability.

Interesting and worth a read through if you have issues like this, it did feel a bit pat occasionally but that's possibly tone not coming through in text.

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