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review 2017-08-18 02:58
My Review of Chased by Fire
Chased by Fire (The Cloud Warrior Saga Book 1) - D K Holmberg

Chased by Fire by D.K. Holmberg is the first book in The Cloud Warrior Saga. When Tan meets a stranger on the road, his mother sends Tan on a mission to assist the stranger in finding an artifact.

 

There is a lot of potential with this story. There is magic, creatures, fighting, and romance. The creatures and characters are vivid, but the descriptions involving certain aspects of the magic are rather detailed causing the story to be slow paced for most of the book. I feel this story is for middle grade children and adults alike. Overall, I'm curious to see where the story takes Tan.

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text 2017-08-16 18:42
Reading progress update: I've read 80%.
Armed & Dangerous - Abigail Roux,Sean Crisden

“And these are their… friends, Julian and Cameron,” Deuce said as he waved at the other two men.
“Nice to meet you,” Cameron mumbled.
She greeted them each, overwhelmed by the surprise, then looked at the doorknob and the string of straws, shaking her head. “What is all this?”
“It was a security measure. We’re running from the CIA,” Ty told her, not even attempting to spare her. “They’re trying to kill us.”
“Well, kill him, specifically,” Zane added as he pointed at Julian.
“I sell antiques,” Julian said, monotone.
She narrowed her eyes, looking amongst them and then at Deuce. “Is this some sort of boys’ weekend that I’m not supposed to intrude on? Because I can totally leave before they hurt themselves trying to lie convincingly.”

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text 2017-08-16 18:38
Reading progress update: I've read 75%.
Armed & Dangerous - Abigail Roux,Sean Crisden

Deuce glanced at him before turning his attention back to Zane and Julian. "Dare I ask what you've done to deserve protective custody?" he asked Julian.
"I deal antiques," Julian answered in a soft voice.
Deuce nodded, looking Julian up and down. He turned his head to look at Ty speculatively. "That's a euphemism for 'I kill things', isn't it?"
Ty closed his eyes and nodded.

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review 2017-08-11 21:51
Would have been more useful at an earlier stage of my career.
How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those ... How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up - Emilie Wapnick

Can't quite remember how I came across this book but it sounded intriguing. What do you want to be when you grow up? Strictly speaking it's been quite a while since someone could really ask me this in earnest but it still comes up jokingly in job interviews or when getting to know someone. Author Wapnick takes the reader though the concept of being okay with "I don't know" to the question and that one's multipotentiality is not a hinderance nor a sign of being indecisive but a gift.

 

You've heard or seen or probably know these people. They hold multiple jobs, they're jacks/jills of all trades, they used to work in one field and then shifted to a completely different one (maybe multiple times). They're the people you go to when you have a problem at work because they end up hold the role of the "fixer" regardless of the type of problem or issue at hand. 

 

Wapnick describes these people as four types of multipotentialites. They are the one who become so entrenched at the company because they can hold so many hats. They have multiple part-time jobs because their interests are so diverse. They have a single, full-time job but off the clock they leave work at the office and have outside passions. They are the people who worked in one job and then transitioned to a completely different field.

 

It was an interesting concept but in some ways it's all stuff you've heard before if you've done career coaching or looked into changing fields or looked to find ways to make work more meaningful, etc. I found a lot of it was just re-arranged to show how one who doesn't quite fit that cookie cutter, 9-5, Monday-Friday job/career can make it work.

 

It was nice to perhaps put a name on this and to recognize myself in it. I've changed fields, I've worked in areas I never thought I would, I've never found a "calling" or found a job that I love that was feasible to remain in for financial/stress reasons, etc. After a certain amount of time (from 6 months to a few years) I do get bored. A roommate once called me indecisive and the job market has forced me to adapt and broaden my horizons.

 

Some of it was good, some bad so while I was glad to see some recognition, I wasn't sure this really went more in depth into how to really harness this. If you're in the midst of a career change (or how you approach work), or are just starting/restarting a career/job, then this might really give you food for thought on approaching work/making a living. I'd have loved this as a college student/right out of college but as of now it wasn't something that told me much. 

 

I understand that this is an article and there's a TED talk on this subject. It might have been more useful to just access those instead of buying this book. I'd recommend borrowing it from the library if you're not really looking for a job/career change and are just curious.

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text 2017-08-11 11:32
Friday Reads - August 11, 2017
Christian Seaton Duke of Danger - Carole Mortimer
Secret Agent Under Fire (Silver Valley P.D.) - Geri Krotow
The Baby Barter (Love Inspired Historical) - Patty Smith Hall
A Promise by Daylight (Hqn) - Alison DeLaine

Haven't done a Friday Reads post in a while. Today is the last day of my library's summer reading program; Tuesday is the awards party.

 

The only plans I have this weekend aside from reading is going to a Food Truck Rally and Party on base tonight (food, bouncy castles, DJ, and mom not having to cook!) and working on finalizing some PTO stuff. Our first event is on the 17th and then it is a whirlwind until winter break.

 

Here is what I want to get done this weekend and next week:

1. Christian Seaton: Duke of Danger (Dangerous Dukes #6) by Carole Mortimer - at 20% read, the heroine is a little too innocent and naïve for my taste. And there is a lot of party in his pants feelings from the hero. Down boy, you got a spy job to take care of.

 

2. Secret Agent Under Fire by Geri Krotow  - 10% read; the heroine is a little too bitchy towards the hero for no good reason but the plot centers on finding a religious cult using arson to terrorize a small Pennsylvania town and I am here for it.

 

3. The Baby Barter by Patty Smith Hall - only at 10%, but so far so good.

 

4. A Promise by Daylight by Alison DeLaine - heroine dresses like a man so she can pursue her work as a doctor; hero needs medical care after a carriage accident...but his eyes are working just fine.

 

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