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text 2018-06-24 15:13
Exhausted and Taking A Break

Sorry all. My life seems to be spiraling a bit and I need to deal with that. My older cousin passed away this morning. I feel terrible about that. He’s had health issues for a while and the frustrating part he was warned for years he needed to get his health under control. My uncle has his own health related issues so I hope this doesn’t push him further into decline. One of my brothers’ is keeping me in the loop, but I saw some things already posted on FB about when he passed. Aside here, I loathe that people post when someone died on FB. I already warned my family if they do that I’m going to come back to haunt them.

 

I came home last night to severe water damage in my basement/office. The carpet is ruined, the ceiling is caving in and a wall needs taken out. Right now there’s about 10 fans going with five workers here and my cat is in hiding.

 

 

This started due to a faulty dishwasher and my kitchen floors need to come up and possible some cabinets.

 

So if all of that isn’t enough, my mentor is retiring at my job. He’s had enough (I don’t blame him). But that leaves a gap at our job and I found out Thursday they don’t plan on backfilling him so that means that once again I’m being told they have no plans to promote me at my job. I think I’m ready to move on and have started applying at other agencies.

 

Hope everyone is having a quiet Sunday filled with books.

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review 2018-06-15 12:23
Adult story from a well-loved author
The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery

Valancy Stirling has been emotionally abused all her life, she is worn down into a shadow of a human, dependant on others (as many women were at the time), dealing with her wants and needs being neglected, she escapes in the works of John Foster, who writes about nature. She sometimes escapes to an imaginary place that is a blue castle.

Her life changes when she hears that she has a deadly heart condition and now she only has a short time to live and she decides that she's not going to live her life as it was, she's going to live her life as she wants. This leads her on an adventure that will change her life forever.

I really enjoyed it, found it uplifting and hopeful.

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review 2018-06-06 15:14
Blue Window by Adina Rishe Gewirtz
Blue Window - Adina Gewirtz

This is the portal fantasy with teeth you didn't know you were waiting for. Many authors have explored this territory, but very few have gotten the danger across without their books ending up intended for a grown-up audience, think 'The Magicians' and 'Wayward Children'.

Gewirtz has five siblings fall through their living room window after it mysteriously turns a deep blue and they end up in the world of Ganbihar. The rules are subtly different. The dangers of Ganbihar are its people. Language and intent and the people themselves are twisted, made somehow bestial by a great wrong of the past. The story's narrative is told in the third person and is passed in turns to each of the five children. It is a long journey for them, and the reader must share that, as they travel from the wilderness into a strange city and must flee to a sanctuary that isn't what it appears to be.

There is a message here, and I often have issues with books that that try to impart a lesson on a reader, but I feel Gewirtz handled the story well. The children's characters were distinct, the setting creepy, and the ideas underpinning the fabric of this world were fascinating. Echoes of Narnia are inevitable, but 'Blue Window' doesn't suffer from the comparison in my opinion. I'll be keeping an eye out for Gewirtz's next book.

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text 2018-06-04 13:45
Review Wave

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Here's hoping I get around to posting all of the reviews for books I have read. I went into a romance reading fugue at one point and only emerged from it to go and see Solo Sunday morning at 11:20 A.M. I should have stuck to reading books. Solo wasn't bad, it just didn't move me negatively or positively. 

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text 2018-05-30 18:50
Books of Summer

Inspired by Moonlight, I decided to do my books of summer. Starting June 21st, 2018 I am going to start my 20 book reads. I am going to keep a romance element for all of the books I picked. Hopefully none of them cause me to want to harm the Book Gods.

 

Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels, #10)  How to Walk Away My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand Iron and Magic (Kate Daniels, #9.5) 

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)  Emma A Room with a ViewThe Thorn Birds

The Bride (Lairds' Fiancees, #1)Second Sight (Arcane Society, #1)Burning Lamp (Arcane Society, #8; Dreamlight Trilogy, #2)Quicksilver (Arcane Society, #11; Looking Glass Trilogy #2)

With This RingGarden SpellsBookendsThe Time Traveler's Wife

Dark Witch (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #1)Born in FireNaked in Death (In Death #1)After the Wedding (The Worth Saga #2)

 

 

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