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text 2017-06-21 19:34
Top Read and Sold this week on Amazon.com (or: In my lifetime will the Harry Potter books ever not be chart toppers?)
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Camino Island: A Novel - John Grisham
Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel - Mark Sullivan
Come Sundown - Nora Roberts
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life - Mark Manson
I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart,Neil Strauss
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate - Al Franken
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - J.D. Vance

I'm just noticing https://www.amazon.com/charts showing the current week's most read and most sold books.  I put the top five most read fiction and nonfiction at top of this post, visit the link for all of them. 


Anyone know what these colored triangles mean?  UPDATE — thanks to Grimlock's comment on another post — triangles refer to movement up/down on the chart.





Source: www.amazon.com/charts
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review 2017-06-18 15:47
Life Lessons from Catsass - Claude Comba... Life Lessons from Catsass - Claude Combacau

First of all, I love the cat's name. It matches his personality perfectly.

Usually, this kind of book just makes me chuckle, but this one made me laugh out loud numerous times.

I loved how it poked fun at all the popular fads of the moment (like adult coulouring and activity books), but it does it in such a comical way that it entices you to, after you stop laughing, get your pencils out and try to solve that damned maze. (well, it enticed me, and I'm not so easily swayed when it comes to these fads...)


The humour was witty and just the right amount of snarky.

Only remark; I don't think the 'April fools' joke on p 102-103 translated to English, as there is no real equivalent for 'poisson d'avril'. But I thought it was really funny anyways, transported me right back to my childhood.


I received an ARC for this book through Netgalley, this has had no influence on my opinion.

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review 2017-06-13 15:20
I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons
I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart,Neil Strauss
I Picked Up This Book Because: Kevin Hart wrote it. You dog on right I’m going to read it.

This book depicts the beginnings of Kevin Hart. From short kid with zero free time, thanks to his mom’s determination to keep him off the streets, to the superstar funny man we all know and love today. It wasn’t an easy trip and his success didn’t happen overnight but it is so inspiring. Kevin has a drive and determination that so few people have. His ability to shrug off the negative, the rejections, the setbacks have surely served him well.

The book covers his personal life also. From growing up with a semi estranged dad who was on drugs to his mother’s protectiveness to his relationship with his ex-wife and the beginnings of his relationship with his current wife. I love the way he speaks of his children and how he wants them to know that they have because of his hustle and they will need to develop their own once they are adults.

I feel like this book is perfect for anyone who is ready to chase their dream. Who needs motivation and encouragement to keep going even with the plan is not working as you thought it would.

The Random Thoughts:

I would have loved to listen to this in audiobook form. If Kevin narrates it's going to be amazingly funny.

The Score Card:


4 Stars
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review 2017-04-01 18:51
Not the approach I like but would resonate with other readers.
Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change - John Robert Lewis

I was intrigued to see this book by Lewis, after reading his graphic novel trilogy and autobiography. This book looks at Lewis's work specifically with the Civil Rights Movement and how particular values (Patience, Faith, etc.) played into the work that went into the CRM.


Since I've had a few books relating to the topic I was curious how this would work. Lewis takes each of the values and relates how and why they were part of the CRM. It was an interesting take--not a "how to" manual by any means but if someone is perhaps questioning the "why" or was wondering what drove these individuals to participate or how their personal values were integrated into the Movement, etc. this might be a book to grant the reader some perspective. 


Personally this is not an approach I care for. I usually do not like books that are overly religious/spiritual in tone.This book was not at all preachy by any means, but as a reader this format and approach is not one for me. I got more out of his own book and GNs but that's just me. And if the reader is not familiar with Lewis, his work with the CRM, etc. then this book would probably be lost or not have as much impact.


I don't regret reading it but was glad my library had a copy to borrow. And I do think there are certainly people who might get a lot out of it, or at least understand the CRM and its historical/society/personal/political impact a little better. I think quite a few people could actually stand to read the book to understand the work/time/labor needed for the CRM and understand the struggle for equality and civil rights is still an ongoing one that has used and even required the qualities Lewis writes about.


It's also a relatively short book so if you need a quick read it might fit the bill.

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review 2017-02-10 06:45
Caramel Beach (Lessons in Pure Life) - Audrey O'Connor

Diego had almost drowned when he had wiped out while surfing when he was sixteen. This made him angry and after he recovered he took even more risks. Mario and Braydon men but their company is simply not enough anymore. The guys are all talking about surfing and different places they had been. Jack  Koolz is a surfing legend and Diego had met him and had been invited to his wedding in a couple of weeks. Jack knew some of Diego's heroes. With surfing you never knew the risk until it was too late. Since Diego had lost his mom he was haunted by grief for the past year. He called Lia diamond girl and couldn’t get her out of his mind. Diego had fallen for Lia a few months ago . the community wanted a better teacher to teach its children . Diego didn’t want to work with his father or Genesis, he felt it was too depressing. The kids had never seemed so attentive as when they were with Lia. they watched Lia with curiosity. Lia and Diego had only been on one actual date despite all the time they took getting to know each other.  Caring and commitment to outsiders doesn’t come easy for Diego. Diego only ever trusted his mom and Genesis with deep conversations. The kind you think for days about more than just yourself. Diego has never had such a  physical connection to a woman that he respected as much as he does Lia. Lia hasn’t told Diego yet that her abusive ex had contacted her again out of nowhere.

I liked this story to a degree but i really didn’t connect to it especially in the beginning. I liked how Lia and Diego were with other and also took a long time to get to know each other. I also liked Lia was willing to go with F+Diego but the rest of the story really didn’t interest me so this was barely a three

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