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text 2019-10-03 15:25
Halloween Bingo 2019: Fourth Extra Square
The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective - Catherine Louisa Pirkis


I haven't finished Sara Collins's The Confessions of Frannie Langton yet, but this came in the mail just recently, and I've been curious about it ever since I listened to the full cast adaptation of one of these stories as part of the BBC's The Lady Detectives compilation, which was my audiobook for the "Read by Flashlight or Candle Light" square.  And so far, it's a pleasure to meet Miss Loveday Brooke ... (whose appearance is actually the polar opposite to what is suggested on the book cover).  Tigus, I think you might enjoy this one!


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text 2019-07-25 14:31
TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Out of the Office by Louisa Masters
Out of the Office - Louisa Masters

@HotTreePromos, @LoveBooks1986 (Alvia), @AuthorLouisaM, #ooto_live #louisamasters #mmromance #romancenovella #aussieromance, 3 out of 5 (good)


Whoever thought achieving career goals could be boring? Not Duncan Witten, but here he is at forty-one, in his dream job… and hating it. Throw it all away for a challenge? Yes, please!


If only Dunc had known his challenging new job came with Paul Hanks, a man who redefines “stubborn.” They need to work together to meet targets, but thanks to Dunc’s idiot predecessor, Paul won’t take his calls or reply to emails.


There’s only one solution: travel across the country and confront Paul face-to-face. It’s time to take things out of the office.

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/07/25/Out-of-the-Office-by-Louisa-Masters
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review 2019-07-25 02:21
Re-read of Little Women
Little Women: Little Women Series, Book 1 - Louisa May Alcott

"Little Women" takes place during the American Civil War. The four March sisters (Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth) are home with their mother (Marmee) and their maid Hannah while their father (known as Father) is away fighting. What I found interesting about the March family was how progressive the attitudes of the parents were and how that helped shaped their four daughters. 

So here's the thing. Amy is my favorite. I can't help it. I know a lot of book readers love Jo the best, but Jo always rubbed me the wrong way even when I was a kid. Because for all of Amy is selfish talk (no she was just a typical 12 year old girl), I found Jo maddening at times because she went into a temper anytime she didn't get her way. I also didn't buy who she ends up with at the end.


I found Amy's honesty refreshing (she knows she is vain and spoiled and tries to be better) and when she gets older, I thought it was pragmatic of her to say look I know I am beautiful and I know I will not be a poor man's wife. I got to love a character that is not trying to B.S. anyone. 

The flow actually works very well in this book. We initially start off when the girls' father is gone and then he circles back to him coming home. Then we jump start to the girls starting to grow up with the engagement of Meg to John Brooke and then their marriage. I do think the book does slow down a bit when it turns squarely to Meg and John's first years of marriage and them adjusting to life with twins. I thought there was a practical advice in their, but the book slows down and then jumps around a lot when it moves to Jo moving away to be a governess and writing. 

The setting of "Little Women" takes place in New England. We get a sense of the home they live in and the town as a whole. 

The ending always makes me sigh a little bit, but happy, because we always have "Little Men" to move onto next. I think what makes Little Women so great and so well loved centuries after Louisa May Alcott's death is simply that the characters (all of them) and the family resonate so much with readers. "Little Men" is good, but it doesn't hit me in the same sweet spot. I really didn't like "Jo's Boys" much at all and would like to just to think of different endings for the characters I grew to love through three books. 


That said, I am so not excited about the new movie coming out. I think it's because Greta Gerwig's directing bugs me and I don't want anyone to mess up the overall message of the book by trying to have Laurie and Jo really in love with each other or some other mess. No, as a girl I never thought they should be together. They would have murdered each other within a week. 


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text 2019-07-02 15:42
25 Historical Fiction Books
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
Daughters of the Dragon - William Andrews
Go Ask Alice - Beatrice Sparks,Anonymous
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain,Guy Cardwell,John Seelye
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
Jack Dawkins - Charlton Daines
London; the story of the greatest city on Earth. - Edward Rutherford
Ramses: The Son of Light - Christian Jacq,Mary Feeney
Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys - Louisa May Alcott,Elaine Showalter

Okay, here goes. In no particular order:


1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

2. Daughters of the Dragon by William Andrews

3. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

5. Oliver twist by Charles Dickens

6. Jack Dawkins by Charlton Daines

7. London by Edward Rutherfurd

8. Ramses: Son of the Light by Christian Jacq (+ series)

9. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

11. Pompeii by Robert Harris

12. The Bastard by John Jakes (+ series)

13. Legacy by Susan Kay

14. The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick (+ series)

15. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

16. Tai-Pan by James Clavell

17. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

18. Hawaii by James A. Michener

19. Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

20. The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

21. The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley

22. Toby Tyler; or, Ten Weeks with a Circus by James Otis

23. Cry to Heaven by Anne Rice

24. A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd

25. The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown

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review 2019-05-23 14:56
Good history of a must see place in Quebec
Iron Bars and Bookshelves: A History of the Morrin Centre - Patrick Donovan,Donald Fyson, Louisa Blair,Louise Penny

If you go to Quebec City, take the time to go to the Morrin Centre. It was a prison, a school, and then a library. I highly recommend the tour.

This gem of a book presents the history of the place. It is split into three sections, not counting the introduction by Louise Penny, and each section is written by a different author. The first section is the history of the prison; the second the history of the school, and the third of the library. The book is nicely illustrated and jammed with facts not only about the Centre but about Quebec City as well.

Very nice.

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