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text 2018-02-07 11:00
Facts About Me: Lifetime Bucket List


So, we all have one. A list of stuff we want to do in our lives. A list of places we'd like to go. A list of things we'd like to learn how to do. It's good to have goals and aim for something, even if it feels unrealistic at the time you want it. Here's my list of "one day" things I'd like to do and places I'd like to go.


* Go to Egypt. It's been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.


* Have one of my books made into a TV show/movie. Because, really, it's the dream of every author. It had to be on here.


* I'd love to attend a Comic Con one day. For the geek in me, that would be heaven.


* I'd love to be healthy and fit enough to do a bit of travelling. Nothing as extravagant as Egypt, at first, but something like going around Europe. I've been to Spain, cutting through France and England, but I'd love to go to Italy one day and maybe go back to all the places I've been before, to really do the 'tourist' thing. Then maybe America.


* I would love to do a book signing at a proper Book Con. Right now, that's not medically or financially possible, but it would be the dream. To do one, at least, but maybe even to do a few of them and really get to meet my readers and other authors.


* It might sound silly, but I'd also love to catch up on my TBR list. It's ridiculously long. Maybe if I won a ridiculous amount on the lottery I could kick back in some sunshine place, feet up, food and drink prepared and delivered to me, with nothing to do but read and enjoy myself. That would be idyllic.


* I want a library. A real one. Like...Beauty and the Beast real. For all those TBR books that I'll be working my way through when I'm super-rich.


* Something logically achievable → I'd love to learn to cook. I watch Food Network like an addict, but I can't cook to save myself. Or feed myself. It's shocking and I'd love to fix that.


* I want to go to a concert. I've only ever been to one and it wasn't my choice. I went with my sister to a Boyzone concert and was the only one who knew the opening act! I'd love to go see someone of my choosing, without worrying about how to get there, how to pay for it and whether I had an escape route if I wasn't feeling well. Being disabled sucks when it comes to big venues, but other people can do it and I want to...eventually.


* Of course, I'd love to hit #1 on Amazon at some point. Not just as a 'free' price, which I've done, but at full cost and maybe even making it into the harder spots of NYTimes and such. That would be a dream come true!


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review 2018-01-24 23:33
Asterix and the Secret Weapon, Albert Uderzo
Asterix and the Secret Weapon - Albert Uderzo

This has all the Classical (geddit?!) elements of an Asterix story; violence, boar, pirates, Caesar's latest plan to conquer the last outpost of Gaul that still resists the Empire and so forth. It also shows the more whimsical tone and more meandering plotting evident in the other volumes written by Uderzo. Feminism comes to ancient Gaul in the form of a female bard who wears breeches and teaches the women of the village to question accepted gender roles. Unsurprisingly, chaos ensues, and that's before Caesar's Secret Weapon arrives to add to the mayhem!


This isn't out there in the stellar regions with Asterix in Britain, Asterix in Corsica or Obelix and Co. but it's still funny and full of surprises.

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text 2017-11-28 07:50
My want to read list ❤️❤️❤️✌
The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han
We'll Always Have Summer - Jenny Han
It's Not Summer Without You - Jenny Han

“The summer i turned pretty” is very popular. I knew about Jenny Han from the “To all the boys i’ve loved before”. I like her writting style, her story, is light hearted, but not boring, and i want to know what happen next.

 Unfortunately, she didn’t write much novel, and this her second series of her own, and i don’t have money to buy it, so here you go GOLDEN WISHLISTS for my birthday.


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text 2017-10-23 21:12
Reading progress update: I've read 98 out of 530 pages. . . . and the ending
The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton

It wasn't a bad ending like The Thorn Birds, so I might actually have enjoyed reading the rest of the book.


BUT . . . if I can't get into the story and cheer for at least one character after almost 100 pages, why should I invest my time in another 430?


And there was something about the ending that didn't make sense, to the extent that it made me suspicious of how the author would have pulled it all together.


So I'm going to DNF

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text 2017-10-23 04:10
Reading progress update: I've read 98 out of 530 pages.
The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton

This is well on its way to being a DNF.  I've just reached the point where Cassandra is going to read the fairy tale on the airplane, and I'm like WTF?


(Shades of Marguerite Henry's Born to Trot.)


There are two things bothering me to the point of wanting to quit.


First, Cassandra is almost 40 years old, but she acts like a lovelorn teenager.  Something happened to her marriage, so she went back to live with her grandmother and sell antiques, and she forgot all about art history, yada yada.  Um, no.  Not believable. 


Second, and far more important -- I can't stand Nell.  I know she's already dead at this point, other than in the incessant flashbacks, but I still can't stand her.


I have several people in my real life who have had experiences somewhat similar to Nell's, in that they were raised by people not their natural birth parents.  With only one exception, they are grateful to have been raised with love.  They acknowledge what sacrifices were made by all parties, and they know that whether they know who their birth parents are or not, they are still complete and whole individuals. 


The one who is an exception remains bitter and resentful and not a very nice person.  I don't like him, and I don't like Nell, for the same reasons.


And when it comes to HEA endings, yes, damn it, I DO expect that the characters who have earned happiness get it.  I have enough "life's a bitch" in real life, and I'm not going to pay good money and spend hours of my time to get more of the same.


I'm skipping to the end of this book, and if it's another Thorn Birds, that's it.  I'm done. DNF, no stars.

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