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text 2018-04-18 17:42
Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell
Pillow Thoughts - Courtney Peppernell Pillow Thoughts - Courtney Peppernell

The photo that I chose to add into this blog post was rather difficult to search for. 

My reason being, this book is a one of a kind. The photo, (that is able to be viewed down below), describes the reading of Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell by displaying the one emotion that continues to ner stray throughout the book; which is sorrow. 

 

Sorrow is not that easy to define through a picture, honestly. Sorrow is defined as "a feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others." as a noun, the verb means practically the same thing; just summed up way more. 

My reasoning to choose sorrow, and if you're asking yourself, "how does that swift into the book? what does sorrow have to do with anything." Well, I'll tell you why. Sorrow was chosen as a adjective for this reading, as the inspiration for my picture chose, because sorrow is what you can vividly feel while reading this book. Courtney Peppernell really poured her heart into this book, as if it was a bottle of her own liquid hurt, mixed with a bottle of yours and my own liquid hurt. 

 

I'd like to provide a quote, mainly because it's required for this blog assignment. But, I still think providing a quote is an immensely grand idea. It provides truth to back up your reasoning. 

 

"The tragedy of what could have been is nearly as crippling as what once was but can never be again." - Courtney Peppernell, Pillow Thoughts. 

 

I chose this quote in particular, because, it explains why and how sorrow has had the impact for inspiration on this book like it has. I bolded the two words, crippling and never, because those were key words I thought would make rather some sense to bold to show the reader, you, that those words defined my reason to begin with. 

 

As for my photo, here that is. 

 

Now, this photo may seem like a "why would you choose this.." kind of moment receiving one, but, trust me, it works. This photo represents the feelings within the book, of constantly feeling like you're looking down at yourself, or you're going nowhere but off of the face of the earth, and it symbolizes the sorrow perfectly. Well, to me, it does.

 

 

 

 

Blog post by: Carly Meier.

                      Period: 4.

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review 2018-04-02 16:33
Leckie conveys the experience of war with authenticity
Helmet for My Pillow - Robert Leckie

I first learned of this book when I read that it was being used as one of the sources for a new miniseries about the Pacific theater in the Second World War.  Having enjoyed the other source material being used, E. B. Sledge’s superb memoir, With the Old Breed, I decided to track down a copy of Leckie’s account and read it for myself.  Because of this, I found myself comparing the two works as I read it, which influenced my overall opinion of the book.

 

In many ways, the experiences of the two men were similar.  Both were civilians prior to the Second World War; Leckie enlisted in the Marines a month after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  His account of basic training feels incredibly authentic, in part because of his attention to details.  Leckie captures much of the mundane minutiae of learning how to be a Marine, from the bureaucratic experience of inoculation to the quest for a good time on leave.  This sense of authenticity continues as he describes his deployment to Guadalcanal with the First Marine Division and his engagement with the war there.  These experiences form the best part of the book, as his initial encounter with life as a Marine in both training and war reflect his interest in the novelty of it all.

 

From Guadalcanal, Leckie’s unit was returned to Australia for rest and refitting.  This transformation into what he calls a “lotus-eater” also bears a real sense of verisimilitude, as unlike many memoirs of war he does not gloss over the search for release that often characterized breaks from the battles.  It is here, though, that his account flags a little, and his return to combat in New Britain as part of Operation Cartwheel was perhaps the least interesting part of the book.  The book improves with his subsequent experiences in the hospital in Banika and his final, abbreviated deployment to Peleliu, which ended with his injury and return to the States for the duration of the war.

 

Reading this book, it is easy to see why it stands out as an account of the Second World War.  Leckie’s prose brings alive both the mundane routines of service and the violence of combat.  It is when he is between the two that the book suffers, as his efforts at evocative prose about his surroundings in the jungle suffer from being a little overwrought, particularly in comparison to Sledge’s plainer, more straightforward descriptions.  Yet both need to be read for a fascinating portrait of what the war was like for the “new boots” who gave up their lives as civilians to fight in the humid jungles and barren islands of the Pacific.

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text 2018-01-11 02:24
Barbarian Prince By Michelle M. Pillow Free! Love this Series!
The Barbarian Prince - Michelle M. Pillow

Being cursed by the gods was never so frustrating…

Prince Ualan is prepared to follow dragon-shifter tradition and marry the woman revealed to him during the Breeding Festival. When the stubborn, yet achingly sexy, Morrigan refuses to accept their shared fate and his supreme authority over her, it is all he can do to keep from acting like the barbarian she accuses him of being.

Breaking up was never so hard…

Going undercover at a mass wedding as a bartered bride, Morrigan Blake has every intention of getting off the barbaric planet just as soon as it’s over. Or, more correctly, just as soon as she captures footage of the mysterious princes rumored to be in attendance.

But after a euphoric night, Morrigan discovers her ride left without her, and Ualan of Draig is claiming she’s his wife. It’s not exactly the story this reporter had in mind. And to make matters worse, the all-to-seductive alpha refuses to take no for an answer.

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review 2017-10-21 04:15
Slowly
Pillowtalk - Cassie Mae

 Kennedy has been through tragedy.  On the other side, she goes to her late boyfriends hometown to fulfill his wishes.  She finds a very yummy guy who is the first to turn her on in a long time.

 

Aaron finds Kennedy attractive right from the start.  She is in a fragile place, so he is not sure if getting to know her more is a wise idea.  He just cannot let go of how he feels.

 

These characters have such a vibe right from the start.  The banter is so much fun.  The sexy moments and the heat.... well let's just say it is a nice slow burn.  I found this book to be just a bit slower than I expected, but a fine read all on its own.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-10-15 18:35
Pillow Talk (Kindle Worlds: Imperfect Love) by Brittany Holland
Pillow Talk - Brittany Holland

 

Naughty and nice is worth any price. Pillow Talk is my first Brittany Holland read and I didn't know what I was missing. Alexa and Ben are all my favorite romantic comedies rolled up into one. Sexy, sassy, sweet, tasty, scandalous fun. Love may not cost a thing, but the big laughs emitting from such a tiny book is a priceless reward.

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