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text 2018-12-15 20:24
24 Festive Tasks - The Points...So Far
The Soldier's Secrets - Naomi Rawlings
Princess Elizabeth's Spy - Susan Elia MacNeal
A Gentleman's Game (Romance of the Turf) - Theresa Romain
Love's Unfading Light: Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 1) - Melissa Jagears,Naomi Rawlings,Roseanna White
A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America - Michael Eric Dyson
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Kate Moore
Amelia: An Autumn Bride - Hildie McQueen
Star Dust (Fly Me to the Moon, Book One) - Genevieve Turner,Emma Barry

This is my collection of points for the game. Links back to tasks, will update with links to book reviews once they are written.

 

Current Points Collected: 40

 

Door 1: 3 tasks (3 pts) + read The Soldier's Secrets (1 pt) = 4pts

Door 2: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Princess Elizabeth's Spy (1pt) = 3pts

Door 3: 3 tasks (3pts) + read The Gentleman's Game (1pt) = 4pts

Door 4: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Love's Unfading Light (1pt) = 3pts

Door 5: 1 task (1pt) + read A Moveable Feast (1pt) = 2 pts

Door 6: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Tears We Cannot Stop (1pt) = 3pts

Door 7: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Radium Girls (1pt) = 3pts

Door 8: 2 tasks (2pts) +

Door 9: 4 tasks (4pts) + read Amelia: An Autumn Bride (1pt) = 5 pts

Door 10: 2 tasks (2pts) +

Door 11: 1 task (1pt) + currently reading Star Dust

Door 12: 1 task (1pt) +

Door 13: 2 tasks (2pts) + 

Door 14: 0 tasks (0pt) +

Door 15: 2 tasks (2pts) +

Door 16: 3 tasks (3pts) +

Door 17: 1 task (1pt) +

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text 2018-12-01 09:00
November 2018 Reading Wrap Up
Citizen: An American Lyric - Claudia Rankine
Feminasty: The Complicated Woman's Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death - Erin Gibson
Princess Elizabeth's Spy - Susan Elia MacNeal
A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It - Bronwyn Fryer,Jonathan D. Quick
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America - Michael Eric Dyson
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - J.E. Vance
Amelia: An Autumn Bride - Hildie McQueen
Love's Unfading Light: Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 1) - Melissa Jagears,Naomi Rawlings,Roseanna White

24 Festive Task challenge have goosed up my reading this month, plus the English winter weather has set in (darkness at 4:30pm kills any desire for going outside). 

 

Read:

1. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine 3.5 stars

2. Feminasty by Erin Gibson 4 stars

3. Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope #2) by Susan Ella MacNeal 4 stars

4. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway 3.5 stars

5. The End of Epidemics by Jonathan D. Quick, MD 3.5 stars

6. Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson 5 stars

7. Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance 3.5 stars

8. Amelia: An Autumn Bride (Brides for All Seasons #7) by Hildie McQueen 3 stars

9. Love's Unfading Light (Eagle Harbor #1) by Naomi Rawlings 2.5 stars

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review 2018-11-26 19:40
Historical figures: Awesome ladies edition
Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation - Cokie Roberts

This book was just what was needed to pull me out of a reading slump. Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts is an account of the women who supported and helped shape the development of the democratic government in the United States. While I initially thought that this would yield minimal new information considering how heavily this period of time was covered during my schooldays I discovered just how wrong (and ignorant) I was especially in regards to the women. I realized that it had never occurred to me to wonder just how long the absences of these women's husbands were during the creation of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution (including the Articles of the Confederation), and the U.S. government as a whole. Not to mention how absolutely strong-willed and informed these women were about the affairs of state (which was beneficial as they passed on the latest news to their husbands through extensive letter writing). Best couple award goes to George and Martha Washington who were the most well-adjusted and steadfast couple of the lot. Martha went everywhere George went including Valley Forge where she was instrumental in keeping the morale of the men up (and getting them to stay at all) as well as organizing other women into organized sewing groups to keep the troops clothed. Favorite woman of the many discussed was hands down Abigail Adams who not only had the keenest mind but also the sharpest tongue. She had no problem telling John where to go and letting him know that just because he was away didn't mean that the romance in their relationship needed to suffer. In fact, theirs was the most strained relationship of all as John was in high demand and for the majority of their marriage they were separated as he worked tirelessly in his work as a member of the Continental Congress and then later as the Vice President. If you, like me, love reading about confident women and relish learning new things about a slice of history you thought you had thoroughly mapped then I must point you in the direction of Founding Mothers. 10/10

 

PS Benjamin Franklin was the worst.

 

What's Up Next: Mary B. by Katherine J. Chen

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-11-23 22:53
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America - Michael Eric Dyson

A must read that puts the onus on white people in America to take responsibility and activism against institutional racism. Mostly this book settles into blackness and whiteness, but there are mentions of LGBT+, women, and class issues. Dr. Dyson uses his own experiences as well as national incidents to explain what is wrong and how to correct. 

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text 2018-11-16 22:35
24 Festive Tasks, Door 6 - International Day of Tolerance
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America - Michael Eric Dyson
The Toymaker - Kay Springsteen

International Day of Tolerance

 

Book: I picked this book up before the game even started, so congrats to past me for thinking about present me's book choice. I am reading Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson (book about tolerance, but not in the hippy-dippy sense). I only know Dyson from following him on Twitter, so I wanted to read (in more than 280 characters) more from him.

 

Task #1

I read The Toymaker by Kay Springsteen and gave it only 1 star due to the heroine. However, the one redeeming trait this book had was that the hero, a duke, actually enjoys his job as a toy maker and making kids happy. He doesn't pull a Grinch, he is just in a cheerful jolly mood and up for going to the party dressed as Father Christmas so he can give his toys away. He doesn't put on airs, he doesn't throw his money or title around, and he has a great friendship with his valet. This was very different from the man-whores or grumpy dukes you mostly meet in historical romances.

 

Task #2

1. Secret baby. It's somewhat reasonable for historicals set before 1920, but I start to lose patience for this trope anytime after 1960 and ESPECIALLY not in contemporary romance. Seriously it is 2018 - if the heroine and hero don't know how pregnancies happen, they are TSTL and need to be removed from the gene pool. I don't care if heroine is drunk or just so hot for the hero, she could and should buy a box of condoms and have hero use them and also look into birth control for herself (if she doesn't already). And the hero should not be carrying around the same condom (sealed) that his dad gave him on prom night in his wallet. Yes, I am referring to that awful book One Wish (Thunder Point #7) by Robyn Carr.

 

2. Unresolved/never-ending love triangles. I don't mind hints at love triangles or if the situation is throughout one book, but there better be a resolution by the end of the book (heroine picks one person or the people decide on being in a relationship together - aka a throuple). 

 

3. Misogyny in M/M romance. In almost every book there is an evil ex or relative that is evil because she has a vagina. It's why I rarely read M/M romance.

 

4. Violence against women to signal how evil the villain is in M/F romance. It is ugly to read and makes the villain a cardboard cutout rather than a fleshed out character.

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