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review 2020-07-08 21:18
The List of Things That Will Not Change
The List of Things That Will Not Change - Rebecca Stead

What a great book about what is not “normal” can be perfectly normal, if you allow it to be. Armed with the notebook that her parents gave her, Bea finds that since her parents have divorced, life has become complicated. Why can’t things be simple like they used to be, why must everything be so confusing now? Bea’s finding out that adjusting to change is hard. Bea needs to discover, how to accept the changes in her life.


When Bea’s parents announced that they were divorcing, they handed her a notebook. Inside that notebook, contained a written, short list of items which they wrote to Bea, of Things That Will Not Change in her life, once they split up. Since then, Bea has added many things to that list. It was nice to see the character of Bea reflect upon this list and to add her ideas to it.


Seeing a counselor, Bea also talks about her feelings and gets help managing her anxiety. Life is not the same since her parent’s divorce nor will it be the same ever again. This will take some time to get used to for everyone involved. What she has now, is a new family and that’s what she needs to understand. I enjoyed the character of Bea as she was an honest, sincere, ten-year old girl just trying to adjust to the changes in her life.  4.5 stars

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text 2020-07-08 10:12
Reading progress update: I've listened 72 out of 533 minutes
Fingerprints Of Previous Owners - Rebecca Entel,Ron Butler,Cherise Boothe,Robin Miles

I've always shied away from resort holidays offering me the opportunity to 'experience' the 'real' local culture because it sounds like a con that disrespects the tourists and the locals and locks both into a Disney Land dynamic where 'the locals' are as authentic as Mickey Mouse.


This book gives me a view of how a resort works that re-inforces my prejudices:


Event Management at the resort curates the presentation of a fictional island and fictional islanders to the tourists, creating a narrative around 'Natives' welcoming Columbus when the islanders are all descendants of African slaves and the original islanders were long ago sent to die working in silver mines.


Here's how our main character, Myrna, describes her work at the resort: 


'My ID tag said nothing but "Maid" but it was also my job to be silent and visible only when the tourists wanted to see me. "At work2 meant not just a place or a time. A being. A not being.'

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review 2020-06-28 08:54
Jilted Jock (Cocky Hero Club) by: Rebecca Jenshak
Jilted Jock (Cocky Hero Club) - Rebecca Jenshak





Jilted Jock by Rebecca Jenshak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jenshak steps out her comfort zone in hopes run off with your heart. Jilted Jock is everything that I have come to expect from a Rebecca Jenshak novel. Sexy, sassy, sweet and heartaching collide to become an irresistible romance.

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review 2020-06-27 14:00
1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire by Rebecca Rideal
1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire - Rebecca Rideal

Title: 1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire

Author: Rebecca Rideal

Published Date: April 26, 2017

Publisher: John Murray Publishers

Format: Trade Paperback

Page Count: 304 pages

Source: Own copy

Date Read: May 20-25, 2020




So the war takes up the majority of the book, but being a naval war in the 1600s means there was war "seasons" and war "breaks". However, my favorite part was the plague. Wow, humans don't change or evolve their thinking when it comes to public health. We still do the dumbest shit when the shit hits the fan. And then there is the dumb ass politicians. And then there are the doctors and scientists and public health technicians trying to do their best to combat the twin diseases of the black plague and people's stupidity. I had feelings since we were still in quarantine when I finished this book...I may still harbor some of those strong feelings.


However, the Great London fire section was where I learned the most history. I thought it happened one night, not four plus days and changed the Embankment area forever. As for the naval battle - the political maneuvering and planning was interesting, but there were pages of detailed naval battle with lots of naval jargon and it was a bit of a slog to get through. 


I found the book overall very readable for both history buffs and non-history peeps and quite enjoyable. 


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quote 2020-06-26 07:32
“It is a hopeless feeling to watch the people you love go through tough times with nothing to do but hope they’ll accept whatever support you offer.”
The Assist - Rebecca Jenshak

―The Assist by Rebecca Jenshak

(Book #1, Smart Jocks) 

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