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text 2020-01-16 16:38
TBR Thursdays* - January 9th and 16th, 2020
Love's Violet Sunrise - Naomi Rawlings
Love's Beginning - Naomi Rawlings
This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America - Morgan Jerkins
Poppies of Iraq - Brigitte Findakly,Lewis Trondheim
The Astronaut Wives Club - Lily Koppel
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race - Jesmyn Ward
Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope--Voices from the Women's March - The Artisan Bakery School
Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom) - Sarah Sundin

*bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

 

I forgot to post this last week and then BL went down for maintenance, so this is two week's worth of reading.

 

Well, I went into No Spend January doing well...until January 12th, when I decided to buy a 99 cent book. Other than that, it is going fine, but that is because none of the books "on sale" are interesting me. And no promos to entice me to spend money on books I do want so I can earn a credit to buy more books. 

 

My base library is doing an adult reading challenge for the winter called Passport to Reading. It runs from January 1st - February 29th. I picked up my passport this week and already filled in three of the ten categories and I am working on numbers four and five. Five categories finished enters you into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Starbucks; all ten categories finished enters you into a drawing for a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble. I would be happy to win either one!

 

 

 

Print Additions

None

 

Nook Additions

+1. Bay City Belle (In Olde California #2 ) by Shirley Kennedy

 

Kindle Additions

None

 

Library Additions

Physical: 

+2. Poppies of Iraq by Brigette Findakly and Lewis Trondheim

 

Digital: None

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Print Reads

None

 

NOOK Reads

-1. Love's Violet Sunrise (Eagle Harbor #0.5) by Naomi Rawlings

-2. Love's Beginning (Eagle Harbor Short Story) by Naomi Rawlings

-3. This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminism in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins

 

Kindle Reads

None

 

Library Reads

Physical:

-4. Why We March 

-5. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks of Race edited by Jesmyn Ward

-6. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

-7. The Poppies of Iraq by Brigette Findakley and Lewis Trondheim

 

Digital:

-8. Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom #2) by Sarah Sundin (already counted in the TBR)

 

TBR from last week: 326

Additions 2

Reads 8

Total for this week TBR: 320

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text 2019-12-07 23:48
24 Festive Tasks, Door 6: November 11th Armistice/Veterans Day - Finished!
Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq - Olivier Morel,Maël

Veterans / Armistice Day

 

Door 6: Armistice/Veterans Day

 

Book: I read Walking Wounded (Uncut Stories from Iraq) by Olivier Morel and Mael. 

 

Task #1: 

Task #2: Skip

Task #3: Skip

Task #4: 

 

My local park is the former campground for the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland council. On one side is City Hall and our branch of the Wichita Public Library system, on another side is the small amphitheater and playground, and then on the last side is the walking path around the pond and trees. 

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review 2019-11-17 01:06
Walking Wounded (Uncut Stories from Iraq) by Olivier Morel and Mael
Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq - Olivier Morel,Maël

Date Published: October 1, 2015

Format: Kindle

Source: Library

Date Read: November 3, 2019

 

Review:

A disappointing read due to the author inserting himself in the narrative and being incredible cringey while doing so. The real servicemembers were not given any background and they were jumbled together, almost in a way that the reader had to watch the documentary Morel made to understand the book. And the author is seriously afraid of his own shadow - he is just weakling and not up to the task of dealing with service members. There were two good topics brought up in this book: veteran suicide and veteran-led protest groups that were against the Iraq war (these veterans were the first ones into Iraq in early 2003). However, I don't think any reader (veteran or civilian) would get really anything out of this book.

 

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text 2019-11-03 18:40
Weekly Reading - November 3rd to November 10th
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon
A Sip Before Dying (Wine & Dine Mysteries #1) - Gemma Halliday
They Called Us Enemy - Steven Scott,Justin Eisinger,George Takei,Harmony Becker
Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq - Olivier Morel,Maël

It's Book Fair time at my kids' school, so I will be working shifts throughout the week. We have a table just for Dave Pilkey books (he's the author of Captain Underpants and Dog-Man graphic novels and my son LOVES his work; I hate the Captain but enjoy reading along with my son when he picks up a Dog-Man book - go figure). 

 

This week it's all about the graphic novels I picked out from OverDrive to fill the book prompts for some of the holidays in the 24 Festive Tasks game. One graphic novel is coming from my TBR and I am working on finishing a mystery for the game as well.

 

To finish: A Sip Before Dying for Door 1 (ROYGBIP on the cover)

 

To Start/Finish:

The Called Us Enemy for Door 2 (Graphic novel written by a Japanese-American author)

Walking Wounded for Door 6 (not revealed yet)

The Best We Could Do for Door 24 (traveling to a faraway place)

 

 

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review 2019-08-20 19:16
It's Always Been You, Jessica Scott
It's Always Been You - Jessica Scott

I enjoyed this fast paced romance. I received this for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.5* rating. This is not for the under 18 readers. There is a bit of sex and violence in this. This author takes us to the backside of what happens sometimes to our military men and women and the price they pay on protecting us. Sometime their bodies can't handle what they are exposed to. Although we can't always see it, it's there none-the-less. This hits close to home, in that I have a brother who was in Dessert Storm and a whole platoon was affected by chemicals they were exposed to. His condition continues to worsen with symptons close to Lou Garrett Disease. Thank you Jessica Scott for showing the world some of what our loved ones go through.

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