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text 2019-05-23 21:05
Mountaineering Book Haul
Savage Summit: The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World's Most Feared Mountain - Jennifer Jordan
Clouds from Both Sides: The story of the first British woman to climb an 8,000-metre peak - Julie Tullis,Peter Gillman
Just for the love of it - Cathy O'Dowd
The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest - Anatoli Boukreev,G. Weston DeWalt

As many of you know, I love a mountaineering book every now and then. And so does Lillelara. So, when Lillelara recently shared updates on her read of Savage Summit, I checked what books I had left unread on my shelf and found that there only was one - ONE - book. And it isn't one that holds much promise for me as I postponed reading it after I found some reviews highlighting a few shortcomings...

 

So, erm, I added a few books to Mt. TBR. 

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review 2019-03-05 01:03
Final Thoughts: Death in the Clouds
Death in the Clouds (Hercule Poirot, #12) - Agatha Christie

Christie is always such a comfort read for me. I love starting one of her mysteries and slipping into an almost hypnotic rhythm of gathering and analyzing clues. It's like sitting down to a jigsaw puzzle on a rainy afternoon.

 

This was a new one for me, and for the most part I loved it. Because the murder takes place on a plane, the list of suspects is clearly defined. There are the usual red herrings and surprises, and by the end I was breathlessly turning pages as I tried to keep up with Poirot's reasoning. The result seemed somehow more convoluted than it needed to be, but that didn't keep me from racing to see whodunit!

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text 2019-03-02 22:27
Reading progress update: I've read 22%.
Death in the Clouds (Hercule Poirot, #12) - Agatha Christie

I'm really enjoying this one so far! I'm just past the inquest scene, which in itself was fascinating because of the way the media is portrayed as depicting it. Especially the "women's magazines" that hone in on the wardrobes of the female participants. Some things never change.

 

A couple of questions for anyone in the community who might be able to clarify:

 

1. One of the two higher-class women, Miss Kerr, is described as being "county," usually in a disparaging way and in contrast to Lady Horbury. What distinction am I missing.

 

2. The Irish sweepstakes, and the stigma behind them.

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text 2019-03-01 01:32
Reading progress update: I've read 3%.
Death in the Clouds (Hercule Poirot, #12) - Agatha Christie

Ok, I'm absolutely loving this after just a few pages. Just the cast of characters is amazing: a coked-up lady, a man who is either a dentist or has a serious tooth fetish, a doctor fondling a flute (please let that be the murder weapon), and a Mr. Clancy... writer of detective stories? Bwahaha! Awesome. I can't wait to see what happens.

 

Also, I'm surprised that the steward indicated there was to be no smoking. I figured it would be normal, since even a couple of decades ago I remember flying in planes that had smoking sections.

 

I haven't read even half of Christie's works, but she's always been a comfort read for me. She was my grandmother's favorite author, and had the entire collection of novels (translated into Spanish, since she didn't read English - I can still picture the covers, though). Reading a Christie novel is, for me, like sitting down to a homemade meal. So a big thanks to the lovely Themis for suggesting this novel; it had been a while since my last Christie read!

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review 2019-02-18 18:08
The Secret of Clouds
The Secret of Clouds - Alyson Richman
What a touching novel about embracing life. If you want a book to cuddle up, one that will work its way into your heart and leave you inspired, this is the novel for you.
 
I need to comment on the love between Katya and Sasha. I believe that these two have been living with some type of stress during their whole relationship. When they left Kiev and settled into America, I felt that they had to have known that they might be harboring some harmful effects of the disaster that had just occurred. No one really knew at that point what the future held for the victims of that disaster. Starting over in America, Katya would soon give birth to Yuri, a son who would be born with a rare heart defect.
 
The feelings that Sasha had to have felt as Yuri was diagnosed with this rare disease. Then, as the years passed and Yuri missed out on being a typical child, it had to be hard as a parent, to see their child not interacting with other children because of his disease. I felt overwhelmed for this couple as it seemed there was a dark cloud over them yet, you could see and feel the love between Sasha and Katya. They supported one another and looked out for each other. There could have been negative feelings/comments or a child who was angry but instead there was love.
 
When Maggie was brought into the picture, she questions exactly what she can do for Yuri. When asked to home-tutor him, Maggie sees him at face value. It isn’t until she connects with him, that she really sees what’s inside him and realizes that there is a little boy in there just waiting to come out. Maggie wants Yuri to have as much as a life as his disease will allow him to.
 
Meanwhile, Maggie is doing some growing on her own. Maggie is finding excitement in her work as she’s working with her students and Yuri. Incorporating new ideas and talking with others, Maggie is energized in finding ways to help her students be successful even though sometimes they might not always work. As she shares these ideas with her boyfriend, she finds that he is not always “there” for her. She had thought that moving in with her boyfriend would be the next step in their relationship but now, she has realized that he’s comfortable and content with life the way it is, while she is not.
 
There are many little lessons to take away from this novel which have to do with life. I was afraid that the ending was going to be sad but it ended on a positive note. It took me a while to get into this novel but once I got into it, I really enjoyed it.
 
I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

 

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