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review 2019-01-09 00:00
Rebellion - Nora Roberts I have to say, this is the first Nora Roberts book that didn't really grate on me. Similarly, I'd have to check my notes but it is also a highlander romance that didn't get all bogged down in the mystical side of Scotland and make me hate the characters for all their time-traveling selfishness...I'd also like to point out this is the first pre-2000 book (I think!) that I've actually liked at all.

It was nice to read about an English man and a Scottish woman also. I might even be tempted to continue on this series to see how the fam makes it home again or whatever it is they end up doing

Based on the fact I'll never reread-it's just a 3.
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text 2019-01-08 22:59
Tuesday's BoB24 Challenge Post
Nobody's Angel - Karen Robards
Rebellion - Nora Roberts
With Every Letter - Sarah Sundin
The Dragon and the Pearl - Jeannie Lin
Falling for the Enemy - Naomi Rawlings


Character dinner party
You are hosting an intimate dinner party for five of your favorite characters. Who do you invite and what food do you serve?
I am of two minds in how I want to answer this challenge: do I go with the romance genre and break the rules a bit and invite 5 couples or do I go with another genre and just pick 5 characters. I decided to go with the romance genre and bend the challenge perimeters a bit.
First, the invitees: Susannah and Ian (from Nobody's Angel by Karen Robards), Serena and Brigham (from Rebellion by Nora Roberts), Mel and Tom (from With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin), Li Tao and Ling (from The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin), and finally, Gregory and Danielle (from Falling for the Enemy by Naomi Rawlings). 
Second, the food: Honestly hosting this many people in my small British kitchen is the least appealing thing I can think of, so I would just book a table at a nearby restaurant or order take-away. I would serve whatever is ordered in an orderly take a plate and help yourself buffet style while the hubby plays bartender and I make lots of tea. Just very casual and mingling with each other. I would bake a Victorian sponge cake and put out some small chocolates for after dinner.
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review 2018-11-22 18:24
Living on Your Own Terms: What Is Real Rebellion?
Living on Your Own Terms: What Is Real Rebellion? - Osho


















Each and everyone of us should live life by our own terms, and not by the terms of others. Realize it is immensely hard thing to live by your own terms because the society itself wants you to play by its rules and judges you immensely if you decide to be different and act differently. But the society isn't what should matter to us in life and what we should all be striving for, for it doesn't reflect our brightest future, our craziest dreams, our insane goals, and our endless potential, it reflects exactly what we shouldn't be and what we shouldn't be doing to ourselves and others, so rebellion from it to some extent seems the right answer for you and everybody else who is willing to follow your lead as you walk slowly towards your own life and towards your own terms, far away from the society trap that wants to keep you in chains of ignorance, arogance, narcissism, Ego, and inaction.

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text 2018-11-11 20:03
24 Festive Tasks - Armistice Day
A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
The MacGregor Brides - Nora Roberts
The MacGregor Grooms - Nora Roberts
River's End - Nora Roberts
Public Secrets - Nora Roberts
Rebellion - Nora Roberts



Book: I had this one already planned and in my hands as I needed to get it through my base library's ILL system. I will be reading A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. Pray for me....


Task #3

I can say that I am definitely a veteran of the works by Nora Roberts/JD Robb. She was my gateway to romance and adult books. I first read NR's The MacGregor Brides when I borrowed it from the public library at age 12. I had already exhausted my library's Sweet Valley High and Babysitters' Club books and nothing really grabbed me. So the librarian, who knew me well as I was at the library every week, decided to hand me this book and the follow up, The MacGregor Grooms. I inhaled these books, reading them a few times all the way through by the time the due date arrived. 


From there, I read (out of order) the rest of The MacGregor series (my favorite being Rebellion), then moved on to whatever was available at the library or the used book store (mostly her category romance). During my first deployment, I read River's End and Public Secrets, starting me on her romantic suspense. During my second deployment, I read the first of 47 In Death books. And here I am, 27 years later and still borrowing NR/JD Robb from the library, with a few books on my physical shelf.

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review 2018-06-15 04:03
1968: Today's Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change - Susan Campbell Bartoletti,Marc Aronson

I received this book for free through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers. 


1968 was a fascinating year. This book was not. 


I was really looking forward to reading this book because I wanted to learn more about this pivotal year in history. So many important events happened in that year and I was hoping to find some interesting insight into them. Unfortunately, the book left much to be desired.


The book consists of essays from different authors. None of the essays resonated with me. I kept waiting for one to really hit me, but it never happened. Even the ones about the topics I was especially interested in (ex. Kennedy assassination and Mexico City Olympics), didn’t leave much of an impression on me. 


There were a few things I liked. One was that the last essay did provide a conclusion to the book. Sometimes with nonfiction books, there’s no wrap up at the end when I feel like there should be one. Luckily, this book did provide some closure.


I also liked the Nightly News segment at the beginning of each section. Those were one of the more interesting pieces to read. 


Lastly, the parallels the book made comparing 1968 to 2018 were very interesting and thought provoking.


Overall, the book provides a good baseline to the events of 1968, but ultimately did not manage to do it in an engaging way. 

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