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review 2019-03-15 15:58
Collins Concise English Dictionary, William T. McCloed (ed.)
Collins Concise English Dictionary - Wil... Collins Concise English Dictionary - William T. McLeod

YES! I've finally found my trusty dictionary that has served me well since 1985 when I was given it, along with a thesaurus, for Christmas. It's worn, torn and tatty but still holding together and I've missed it these last several years while it's been hidden in a box in a self-storage container. I've already used it: "Pertinacious" is now in my vocabulary.

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review 2019-03-05 01:57
Mockingjay Mocks my Expectations
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

2.5 Stars
Mockingjay is the final book of a trilogy I have very mixed feelings for, so it makes sense that I neither like nor dislike this book. I wish it was better, but I'm not disappointed as I learned too much about it before reading to be disappointed. The only two things I liked about the previous books, the Games and Katniss' kickbutt personality, no longer exist in this book. Mockingjay is no longer about Katniss' fight for survival in the Games; it's about war. Some people love these kinds of bleak, hopeless books. I, who would rather not read a near-400 page war account, don't.

There are much worse games to play.

Ultimately, my dissatisfaction is not the book's fault. It's my fault. Mockingjay centers around war, hopelessness, and loss. Katniss is almost unbearably depressed all the time. It's relatively slow-paced and everything happens in the last 50 pages, which leaves us with a rushed conclusion. And was that epilogue really necessary? Though I didn't exactly hate everything about this book and got rather emotional in the last few pages, I am left with a feeling of hollowness and not-caring, which is actually how Katniss felt 99% of the time. 


Read the full review @ my Goodreads.

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text 2019-03-02 21:10
February wrap up
Black Wings - Megan Hart
The Binding - Bridget Collins
The Key to the Demon's Gate - Daniel Quilter
To Kill the President: The Most Explosive Thriller of the Year - Sam Bourne
The Age of Misadventure - Judy Leigh

I surprised myself by actually finishing 5 books this month. Not a vast amount but I haven't had as much reading time as I'd like and I've been reading samples as well.


The stand-outs of this batch are The Binding and To Kill the President. Black Wings had some interesting ideas but I hated all the characters, apart from the raven.


I have several books in progress that I'm hoping can fit into Snakes and Ladders. The one to leave the square I'm on is getting most attention of course.

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review 2019-02-17 11:20
Collins Spurrell Welsh Dictionary
Collins Spurrell Welsh Dictionary - Will... Collins Spurrell Welsh Dictionary - William Spurrell

This is where I learned such things as that there are no "k"s in written Welsh because there wouldn't have been enough of them in a typical set of "moveable type" used for English and what dipthongs and tripthongs are.

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review 2019-02-16 04:22
The Hunger Games, Book 1 by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

There's not much to say about a book that has been reviewed, probably many here on BookLikes, that hasn't already been said. I'm mostly reading them and comparing the movies to the books and Suzanne Collins must have worked hard to get the movie really close to the book. It's been years since I've read the book and a week since I've watched the movie.


The Hunger Games is not my favorite YA series, that belongs to the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.  The Hunger Games is probably 3rd after Artemis Fowl and then Harry Potter.  As for book series with movies, I think this will be 2nd behind the Harry Potter movies.  As for the Hunger Games as a whole, the only thing I didn't care for was Katniss's inner struggle of her love between Gale and Peeta.  But what's a YA without some first love interests.


As for the comparison, I've just cut and pasted what I have here and then added a little more about some of the differences.  Click here if you want to see the comparison.  Like I said reviews for all three Hunger Games books have been done many times and in many languages.  The Hunger Games book sold 4.3 million books in 2010 and jumped to 9.3 million in 2011.  In 2012 the sales tripled and now it's listed as 29 million in the U.S. alone.  The first movie in the series mad $694 million dollars, 2nd in the franchise.


All in all, I enjoyed both the movie and the book, Rating the book 4 stars  So now I move forward to the 2nd book, Catching Fire.

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