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text 2016-07-03 08:59
My Netgalley list
How My Cat Made Me a Better Man - Jeremy Feig
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex - Nathaniel Philbrick
Age of Myth: Book One of The Legends of the First Empire - Michael J. Sullivan
The Museum of Things Left Behind - Seni Glaister
Privateers of the Revolution: War on the New Jersey Coast, 1775-1783 - Donald Grady Shomette
The Light of Paris - Eleanor Brown
Daughters of the Dragon - Bill Andrews
America's Most Haunted Hotels: Checking in with Uninvited Guests - Jamie Davis Whitmer
The Yellow Monkey Emperor's Classic of Chinese Medicine - Damo Mitchell,John Spencer Hill,John Spencer Hill
The Dark Portal - Robin Jarvis,Peter Glassman

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had gone a little Taz on Netgalley. I'm slowly working my way through the books, reading them mainly in order of archive date. There's some pretty interesting stuff actually. I didn't just choose them all at random, but carefully considered each one.

 

After today's posted review, I have 13 more to go to clear the list. That is unless I find something and add to it, though I'm trying not to look. I've done the cookbooks first because they don't take as long.

 

I'm looking forward to reading all of these, I just don't like the pressure of feeling I have to get to them soon and review them. This is supposed to be fun!

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review 2016-04-01 13:57
Dove va a finire il cielo e altri misteri dell'universo - Licia Troisi

Inizio: 28 marzo
Finito: 1 aprile

Voto: 5/5

Consigliato: Si ma solo se interessa l'argomento!

Non ho molto da dire al riguardo se non che mi è piaciuto un sacco *_* finalmente un libro che riesce non solo ad essere semplice ma anche a spiegare argomenti complessi e fuori dalla portata mia e di altre persone, ho letto commenti negativi sull'egocentrismo dell'autrice, sul suo vantarsi e farsi bella agli occhi di tutto il mondo ma non l'ho notato così tanto, ovvio essendo anche un po' una sua "biografia" è normale che stia lì a parlare delle sue esperienze ma sarà il mio stato di esaltazione alla "5 stelle" fatto sta che non l'ho trovato pesante e noioso, mi ha tenuta incollata alla lettura e mi sento di consigliarlo a tutti quelli che si vogliono avvicinare all'argomento e non vogliono buttarsi su libri pieni di paroloni scientifici e definizioni al limite dell'umano Emoticon grin in tal caso credo vi sarà utile e vi piacerà

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text 2016-03-25 16:19
Bookhaul #25

What can I say... I bought books.. again haha. I bought quite a lot, but let's say I blame the stress when it comes to school and they were cheap. Anyhow, these are the books: 

Oorlogswinter is a Dutch classic which I've never read, so when I heard it was only 1 euro, I had to buy it. It's about a winter in World War II. Of course I had to buy In The Afterlight, because it's the third book in The Darkest Minds trilogy. I gave away my copy of The Martian to a friend, because she will (is liking) it more than I do and she gave me Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, because I really want to read it and she doesn't want to anymore. 

Heuh, Penguin Little Black classics? But Vienna, you already own them al?! That's what I thought as well! These are new ones Penguin came out with in March, but this time I decided to buy only the few ones I really want (I want three of four more, trust me). I bought the one by Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Brontë. I've read other works by these authors and loved them all, so of course I had to buy these four first. 

My next goal is to make complete collections of authors that I already own some books of. I already had Sense and Sensibility, Emma and Pride and Prejudice, but now I own all of her novels. Sadly enough not in the same style (Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park are a bit different) and I had to buy Persuasion secondhand and it's a bit colour damaged, but it's complete! The short story collection is also on my way. Jane Austen isn't my favorite author (I've only liked Emma so far), but when I do like/love a book by her, I will also buy a different edition. I really want Emma in the Word Cloud edition, so yea. The edition I have now is very cheap, so then I don't mind.

 

What books have you bought recently? 

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review 2015-03-14 20:39
The Return Of The Soldier - Rebecca West,Sadie Jones

The Return of the Soldier is an interesting read for several reasons, not least because it is a female authored book about the very male topic of the shell shock that often resulted from World War One. It's stylistic, and overly simplistic in places, and yet despite this it is extremely effective in showing the difficulties in coming to terms with the personal effects of the war.

 

At the beginning of the novella, I had little sympathy for any of the female characters involved. They seemed to be deceitful and dishonest with each other, and their idea of what Chris was before the war seemed far more important to them than the relationships they should have built between each other. The narrative voice at the start seems to give little away, but over the course of the book, grey areas creep in, and the reasonings behind the characters acting in the way they do become clear.

 

Ultimately, they have to decide between letting the man that they care for so much be happy at their expense, and "curing" him so that he can resume his former duties, both at home and presumably in the war effort.

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