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review 2018-07-11 01:38
Bookshelf - Alex Johnson

Based on Alex Johnson's blog about bookshelves (theblogonthebookshelf.blogspot.com), this is a collection of the myriad styles of bookshelves as traditional cases, single shelves, furniture, and everything in between.  The hardcover edition is nicely bound and chock full of beautiful full-colour images of every piece, each with a website address for the particular designer.  At the back of the book is a further reading section listing book titles, articles and website links to related reading.


As a design book, it's great.  For a serious bibliophile constantly struggling for creative ways to defy the laws of physics, it's a fun book to flip through but rarely does it offer practical ideas (though there are a few gems) for anyone but those that have small collections or extraordinarily large houses.

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review 2018-06-03 02:42
The Camelot Shadow - Sean Gibson [BOOK REVIEW]
The Camelot Shadow: A Novel - Sean Gibson

Full review can be found on my website: https://diaryofdifference.com/2018/06/03/the-camelot-shadow-sean-gibson-book-review/


‘’I can either tell you my tale, or I can respond to your feeble witticisms. I cannot, in my mildly inebriated state, do both.’’


This is not your usual story related to King Arthur, Merlin and Camelot. This will, in fact, be quite different story and not only unusual, but one of a kind.


We go back in time when Queen Victoria was ruling over England. In a time when the author really liked to point out the fact that the characters are using trains. It was pointed out so much, that I had to do a bit of research to see if trains existed in that time. They did – apparently England had the oldest rail transport in the world. And Queen Victoria was one of the first royals to use that form of transport too.


Now, I am not even sure why I kept going on about trains… Back to the story…


The Camelot Shadow covers the story of Lord Alfred Fitzwilliam, a man whose wife is ill from an incurable illness. When an opportunity arises, giving him the chance and hope that he might save the life of his lover, he goes on a mission to find an object from the time when King Arthur was the ruler of England, and Merlin was his companion.

With a help from a group of people, Alfred digs the history and the stories of the past, only to discover that not everything he believed in was true, and not everyone that he trusted is his ally.


A story that reminded me of Dan Brown’s work. Quite similar in the sense of clues, history, what is a myth and what is a fact, though also quite distinctive, as it covers people’s characters so well, describing their personalities in a powerful way.


‘’Wealth. Status. Happiness. A perfect life. All built on an ephemeral foundation, an impossibility masking a lie that, if exposed, if openly acknowledged, would bring it all crashing down around our heads.’’


When a great disappointment comes around, and all hope is gone, people change, and people feel things. A person starts to wonder what they did wrong, what could they have done differently, what if… Alfred is one of the people where we will see his change over the chapters. For better or for worse, I’ll let you decide.


‘’It was Guinevere’s infidelity that brought down Arthur’s Camelot’’ – he said, wiping a trickle of Scotch from his chin with the back of his sleeve. ‘’It was God’s cruelty that brought down mine.’’


A book that explains good and evil in the unusual way. I thought I could explain good and evil, but sometimes my evil can do you good, and your good can do harm to everyone. And power… oh what people are capable to do for power…


‘’Power, Arthur had taught him, was not something to covet, but rather something to treat in the same manner one might handle a wild mastiff – with considerable respect, constant vigilance, and a trace of fear. ‘’


If you are a fan of history fiction, and stories about Arthur and Merlin, you would definitely want to dive in into this book and get lost into the world. And that is not the only thing that this book covers… It covers hope, faith, loss, love, good, evil, power, guilt and everything in between. Get ready for an adventure. One full of bravery and magic. And maybe… maybe some hope.


A huge thank you to the author, Sean Gibson, who was kind enough to give me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Source: diaryofdifference.com/2018/06/03/the-camelot-shadow-sean-gibson-book-review
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text 2018-05-30 05:23
The first ten books in Mt. TBR

I'm giving myself 5 weeks to read these 10 books - if I haven't read them by 7/3/18, then I am going to admit to myself that I am not interested enough to actually read them and they are going into the sell-back/donate pile! And, if I read them and they don't make it into the status of "I will definitely read this again," off it will go!


Holt, Victoria: The Snare of the Serpent

Hoag, Tami: Ashes to Ashes

McCrumb, Sharyn: If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O

McCrumb, Sharyn: The Rosewood Casket

McCrumb, Sharyn: Ghost Riders

Brent, Madeleine: Tregaron's Daughter

Barbery, Muriel: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Tuck, Lily: The News From Paraguay

Hoffman, Alice: The Ice Queen

Joinson, Susan: A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar

Weiner, Jennifer: Good In Bed


I'm going to do this every month until I can fit all of my books in my bookshelf without having to double-shelve them, hopefully with some empty space to spare. To fill with new books. Lol!

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text 2018-05-29 19:32
Overfilled bookshelves and other issues

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I was moving a bookshelf out of my guest bedroom, where it had languished during a lengthy remodel, back into my bedroom. As part of this process, I went through the books and took a bunch of them to Goodwill and reorganized the shelves so that they aren't overloaded.


This made me realize that I have a serious problem. I either need fewer books, or I need more bookshelves, and my husband will justifiably balk at more bookshelves, since I already have 5 tall bookshelves in "the library". My bookshelves are just ridiculous. Probably half of the books I have are books that I want to keep because I will either read them in the future, or I've read and loved them and will therefore likely reread them. Until I can make a legitimate case that every book I own is either a keeper, part of a collection (i.e., my Agatha Christie collection), or is intended to be read in the near term, then I can't really support a demand for additional book shelves.


A lot of what is taking up space on my shelves is YA books and kids books from when my daughter was in middle/high school - she turns 22 in a few days. It makes sense to hold onto some of those (Harry Potter, for example), but it is frankly unlikely that I will reread a lot of them. Once my daughter comes home for the summer in the next couple of weeks, I think that we will go through them and determine which, if any, deserve a permanent place on the shelf. Tamora Pierce and Madeleine L'Engle will make the cut. Stephanie Meyer will not.  She is moving about two thousand miles away in the fall (sobs), and she won't be able to take very many of them with her.


In terms of the children's books, I will winnow them down to a single shelf of my favorite read-alouds, and hold onto them in the hope that someday I will have some grandchildren visit.


But what I really need to do is start knocking out the unread books that have appeared on my shelves from unknown locations. I think that my first step will be to just honestly evaluate whether or not I am likely to actually read the book in the next 36 months. If the answer is no, then it makes sense to get rid of it. 


I'd like to winnow this pile down to a manageable number that can actually be read in 3 years at a pace of one per week, which would be 156 books. After reading, I'll decide if they get to go on the keeper shelf, or if they are going to be released into the world. How do you get rid of your excess books? Do you give them away? Do you take them to the UBS? Do you hold onto them?


If step one is acknowledging that a problem exists, then I've achieved step one.  I know I'm not alone in my book hoarding issues - anyone else have similar problems? 

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text 2018-04-29 02:27
#readathon Reading progress: 6%.
Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse) - Jim C. Hines

I'm posting some things I highlighted rather out of context.  Not necessarily an indication of the worldbuilding or storyline; just bits that caught my fancy.

The Prodryan mindset automatically classifies all other life-forms into either potential resources (food) or potential threats.

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