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review 2016-08-24 14:56
Library Cat: The Observations of a Thinking Cat
Library Cat: The Observations of a Thinking Cat: Edinburgh University Library's Resident Cat - Alex Howard

This was fun, and I quite liked the various observations our black and white cat kept making, as well as his adventures with his two oh-so-different cousins (Saaf Landan Tom especially).

It saddens me, though, that Library Cat is actually missing—and has been roughly since the book came out. If any reader in the Edinburgh area happens to get a glimpse of Jordan, please let our University Library know!

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text 2016-04-24 14:18
Wrap up post 24hour Dewey's readathon
The Fox and the Star - Coralie Bickford-Smith
Dracula - Roy Thomas,Dick Giordano,Mark D. Beazley,Bram Stoker
Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire
The Grownup - Gillian Flynn
Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: A Collection of Modern Tales for Our Life and Times - James Finn Garner
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions - Banesh Hoffmann,Edwin A. Abbott
Pride and Prejudice (Marvel Illustrated) - Nancy Butler, Jane Austen
Cats are Weird and More Observations - Jeffrey Brown
The Book of Bunny Suicides - Andy Riley
The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Selfish Giant/The Star Child: 1 - P. Craig Russell,Oscar Wilde

 

Well, this was fun!! I didn't finish full length books on the event as my time was somewhat limited and I didn't want to wake up very early today and end up like a coffee zombie for the rest of the day..

So here is my wrap up post for the whole event: (now all I have to do is write the reviews - oh boy.....)

 

Hour 0:

Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Netherlands, it's a sunny sunny day too
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

The girl on the train!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

snack? you mean coffeeeee
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I'm just an ordinary girl who loves to read..
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

This is my first one and I'm not sure what to expect to be honest!

 

Hour 6:

Mini Challenge - Operation Quotation!

My entry:

Time has a way of burying things, shifting like the desert and swallowing entire civilizations, erasing them from map and memory. Always, in the end, everything returns to dust.
“The Forbidden Wish” by Jessica Khoury

 and I am pleased to say that I was one of the random winners!!

 

Hour 7:

Mini Challenge - Readblock

What keeps you from reading?

My entry:

(nothing in particular - just sitting in front of my computer screen can keep me from doing anything really...)

 

Hour 9:

Mini Challenge - Share a Quote!

(yes I found the quote-sharing challenges easier to participate in for obvious reasons!)

Pick a quote from the book that you are reading or books that you've read during this read-a-thon.

My entry:

― Jane Austen, Pride And Prejudice (the graphic novel)

Hour 12:

Mid event update

 

And for the whole day mini challendge over @playster

My entry:

I pair "Every Heart is a Doorway" with ♪ Your Bones, Of Monsters and Men.

 

and now......

End of the event survey + Book list wrap-up!

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    I wasn't a hard-core reader for this readathon, so I didn't find one hour very daunting in particular
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    I read a lot of graphic novels and of books that I have already read (and liked). I finished a lot of them so I got the sense of that elusive sense of accomplishement ..lol
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?/What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    This is the first one for me, so I wouldn't know how things turned out in the past. I thought everything worked out great!
  4. How many books did you read?/What were the names of the books you read?
    10 books, 1071 pages, time spent reading ~9hours
    The Fox and the Star - Coralie Bickford-Smith
      Dracula - Roy Thomas,Dick Giordano,Mark D. Beazley,Bram Stoker  Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire  The Grownup - Gillian Flynn  Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: A Collection of Modern Tales for Our Life and Times - James Finn Garner  Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions - Banesh Hoffmann,Edwin A. Abbott  Pride and Prejudice (Marvel Illustrated) - Nancy Butler, Jane Austen  
    Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Selfish Giant/The Star Child: 1 - Oscar Wilde,P. Craig RussellCats are Weird and More Observations - Jeffrey Brown  The Book of Bunny Suicides - Andy Riley   
  5. Which book did you enjoy most?
    Every Heart is a Doorway. It's not just a pretty cover guys!
  6. Which did you enjoy least?
    The bunny suicides.. I thought the title was weird but I thought why not? OMG.. If you know the cartoon known as "Happy tree friends" then you might guess what this was all about... I did not like this at all......
  7. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    Definitely! I will be more prepared next time and who knows? maybe I would commit for 19 hours instead of 9!

 

How did you do on the readathon this year?

 

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review 2016-04-23 00:00
Cats Are Weird: And More Observations
Cats Are Weird: And More Observations - Jeffrey Brown Funny book about cats
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review 2015-08-30 16:41
Bill O’Reilly Blames Decline in Spirituality for the Deaths of WDBJ Journalists
Killing Jesus: A History - Bill O'Reilly,Martin Dugard
Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot - Bill O'Reilly,Martin Dugard
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever - Martin Dugard,Bill O'Reilly
The No Spin Zone: Confrontations with the Powerful and Famous in America - Bill O'Reilly
Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General - Bill O'Reilly
A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity - Bill O'Reilly
Keep It Pithy: Useful Observations in a Tough World - Bill O'Reilly

What a horrible, lying, Christian jerk who happened to write a lot of crap books.

 

I was thinking if you read his books, because you like this jerk, I'm quite certain that we could not be friends. 

 

If you read these books for research for how someone who is fucked in the head by Jesus think, then my hat-off to you if you didn't throw up. 

 

These books wasted the sacrifice of tress. Don't get too curious as to encourage publishers to print more crap like these.

 

Yes. I know he blamed the killing of journalists on the lack of religiosity of Christians. Seriously? How this jerk mind works is really scary and puzzling. 

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review 2015-06-02 16:45
Review: Airplanes Rides
Airplane Rides: Observations From Above - Jake Alexander

When this book was advertised on NetGalley, it looked interesting, so I requested it. Unfortunately, this is one of those books that just doesn't live up to the description. Promising interesting stories told by fellow passengers on an airplane, I have to wonder at the choices of some of the stories offered here, as the people he discusses are for the most part as jaded and unlikeable as he comes across. We start with the story of a passenger who is so rigid in his faith that he would kick a woman from his family who married outside of their specific faction of their faith. It's then followed up by a couple of cheaters: one woman who is cheating on her husband and who the author encourages sexually on the flight, and then another woman who is a serial cheater and who is now with a new man... but for how long? We're also introduced to a man whose marriage fell apart because of his hunger for money and power. The main characters has a mild dislike for the men, but is more than happy to encourage the woman, also showing up snippets outside of the "airplane stories" where he talks about his own behavior, sleeping around with whoever is available, even playing games to get more woman.

 

I hope this book is supposed to be a story of redemption for the author, and that he realizes that perhaps his life is not going in the direction he wants it in, but I stopped reading it about 60% of the way in out of complete disgust. The main character's moral compass is stuck on "sleeze" and I can't find anything encouraging, fun, or unique about the stories he shares... either his own or the stories told by his fellow passengers.

 

Perhaps the stories and the character get better in the last 40% of the book... but at this point I have no desire to find out.

 

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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