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text 2017-04-02 00:13
What's with all the "Teachers" Suddenly on BL...

I've noticed in the last couple of weeks that every couple of days, when I'm exploring the Just Published section, that there will be an influx of a bookliker talking about a childrens book and either saying it was perfect for Grade X or had a reading level of X.XX, blah, blah.


I've come across these so called teacher accounts before, followed one or two until they just disappeared. I honestly can't say they are spam, but they sure do toe the line as far as I'm concerned. Never responded to any overtures I made, even innocuous "good review" comments.  And they've been ramping up in the last couple of weeks.


If they're just crossposting here and have interest in communicating, that is their business. But they ALL follow the same exact pattern, much like those accounts whose only post is "Hello, I'm X from Belgium, but have been living in Bajukistan for the last 10 years and I love books..."  Posts from multiple sources that follow the exact same setup always make me suspicious.


Thank you for your time. Please buy my new book, How to be Suspicious and Paranoid of Everything and Still be Right.



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text 2017-03-31 02:52
March '17 Roundup & Ramblings





This month was a short month in regards to the amount of books I read.  I have a total of 17, but 5 of those are 24 page comic books. So 11 novels and 1 manga. It wasn’t that I read any particularly hard books or even books that I hated.  In miscellaneous info, I got to 100 followers, realized I am burned out on manga and started in on some small comic books to keep me in the visual book game.


United States of Japan was my worst read of the month and even it was a 2 star.


An Empire Asunder was my most fun and I enjoyed the heck out of it.


My most satisfying read was a tie between The One Kingdom and Dreams of Distant Shores.


Part of my reading cutback has been due to work issues.  Work has been very unsettled since the end of February and that just affects everything. Our new manager, my former field coworker, is pulling his hair out trying to fulfill obligations left by the previous manager, I’m stuck with working with part time people while our boss tries to find someone full time who likes to work outside year round AND [more importantly] can get along with someone like me for 8rs a day, 5 days a week.





Another reason is church. Our new pastor has been taking a very hands off approach and people have been having ideas pop up like daisies. Not only that, they’re acting on those ideas, which is fantastic; it just means that we’re more busy overall. We’re also trying to do some big Audio/Visual changes that is going to include re-wiring everything.





And finally,  I have been trying to make Sunday my Magic: The Gathering day. Since I go to church on Saturday, I use Sunday as my chore/fun stuff day.  Having a couple of people to play Commander with is fun and I’ve been customizing one of the new 4color commander decks that came out late last year. I’ve also finished collecting a complete set of 4th Edition cards from 1995. That  is the edition I started playing MTG with and so those cards, while not a good investment, have so much nostalgia in them that I could sink a ship with it.





So getting back to books, and wrapping this up, here is some cover love:



Spiderman 2099 #1







Dreams of Distant Shores





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url 2017-02-28 15:42
February '17 Roundup & Rambling

February '17 Roundup & Rambling

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url 2017-02-01 00:50
January '17 Roundup & Ramblings

Rounding up January! Gotta keep these months under control, like a herd of cows.

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review 2017-01-31 15:57
Hickory Road Ramblings, Essays and Photographs on Life and Gardening - Barbara Jean McHugh,Paul Thomas,Linda Thomas

Hickory Road Ramblings, Essays and Photographs on Life and Gardening
Enjoyed this book because it's not only about her garden but photographs and other important seasonal things that occur over time.
Love how she is preparing the garden, planning what crops to grow during the winter months-we do the same thing, even have the seeds bought.
Good memories of the flowers and how she decided where they will grow.
Photographs are stunning!  Winter Lace is my favorite as I am relate to what she's knitting and seeing outside.
A master gardener that reminds me so much of my mother as she'd sleep with window open year round also and loved just tossing seeds outside and the wonder of what they'd produce one day.

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