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review 2018-12-14 11:35
International Day of Tolerance Book - "The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr" by Francis Maynard - highly recommended
The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr - Frances Evelyn Maynard Greville Warwick

"The Seven Imperfect Rules Of Elvira Carr" is one of the best books I've read this year and is the best book I've read about how neuroatypical people make a place for themselves in the world.

 

The main joy of this book is that Elvira Carr, Ellie to her friends, is a wonderful person. Not a saint. Not perfect. But someone who is fully engaged with her own life. She's curious, honest to a fault, wants to help others and is capable of great joy. I fell in love with her immediately.

 

Elvira knows she isn't the same as everyone else. Her mother has told her this time and time again as she grew up and there have been "incidents" that reinforce Elvira's mother's view that Elvera's "condition" means she's not equipped to deal with the world.

Only when her mother is hospitalised does Elvira discover, at the age of twenty-seven, that her "condition" has a name and that she is not alone.

 

Elvira is neuroatypical. This means she perceives and thinks about things differently than neurotypical people. As she uses the internet to connect to others like herself, Ellie comes to understand that her "condition" is not an illness. She's perfectly capable, not just of looking after herself but of contributing more widely to her community. She has a job at an animal sanctuary. She helps provide old people at the nursing home with contact with small animals who lift their spirits.  She looks after her neighbour's young granddaughter.

 

Ellie's problems are caused by the often incomprehensible and contradictory expectations and behaviour of neurotypicals, some of whom she believes have the power to "send her away".

 

To help navigate the strange ways of the neurotypicals and to prevent her freedom to live an independent life being taken away from her, Elvira with the help of her neighbour develops seven rules. She writes the rules on a spreadsheet and then tests them against her experience, ticking boxes when she uses them, adding examples, guidelines and acceptance criteria to make these imperfect rules work better.

 

By telling the story entirely from Elivira's point of view, the author has produced something that is neither a saccharine cliché nor a disturbing freakshow.   The thing is that Elvira is much nicer than most people you'll meet. She has no malice. She's always honest. She gets angry and afraid, especially when she makes mistakes and misreads the neurotypicals, with there attachment to figures of speech and their habit or saying one thing and meaning another. She's also capable of joy so overwhelming that, when she's alone and neurotypicals can't see and send her away,  she has to run around the room with her arms out to let it flow through her.

 

Ellie faces a series of challenges in the book: her mother's incapacity, a mystery around her dead father and his frequent trips to Japan, conflicts with members of her neighbour's family, predatory males and lots and lots of NEW things that create stress.

Ellie's struggles and her limitations are ones we can all empathise with and perhaps share to some degree which means that her triumphs make us happy.

 

I found myself wondering how neurotypical I was and whether there was really any such thing. Putting the labels aside, I found myself wishing that I could meet Elvira and hoping that I would overcome some of my neurotypical habits for long enough really to see her.

 

"The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr" is beautifully written and perfectly narrated. I strongly recommend listening to the audiobook version. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear Charlie Sanderson bring Elvira to life.

 

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quote 2018-12-14 11:00
It was all rather civil, for a change.
Henric did not believe it would last. Spencer was the catalyst for the change and, as soon as he left, life would return to normal. Prosper and Parry would stop speaking to him, Jael would continue hating him and he would never see Spencer or Jaycob again. It was a shame, as he had grown fond of those two boys, but he would survive it.
He had done it before and could do it again.

A Royal Promise, book 2 in The Royal Series, by Elaine White

http://smarturl.it/ARoyalPromise

Some stories never end. Some stories change. And others can take you by surprise.

#Mpreg #TheRoyalSeries #lgbtq #indieauthor #mmromance #supernatural #authorsofig

 

Source: smarturl.it/ARoyalPromise
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text 2018-12-13 19:10
Reading progress update: I've read 21%.
Hogfather: Discworld, Book 20 - Random House Audiobooks,Terry Pratchett,Nigel Planer

The gap between story and reality demonstrated in one paragraph:

 

"It was a strange but demonstrable fact that the sacks of toys carried by the Hogfather, no matter what they really contained, always appeared to have sticking out of the top a teddy bear, a toy soldier in the kind of colourful uniform that would stand out in a disco, a drum and a red-and-white candy cane. The actual contents always turned out to be a bit garish and costing $5.99."

 

I find myself sighing with pleasure because I'm reading someone who is able to use long, complex sentences that sound in the ear, like a well-tuned guitar, even when not read aloud.

 

 

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review 2018-12-13 18:25
War (Savage Kings MC Book 4) by Lane Hart & D.B. West
War (Savage Kings MC Book 4) - Lane Hart,D.B. West

Can you see the smoke coming out of my eReader? This series started solid but now it's rock hard awesome <3


So, War has tried to lead two separate lives for as long as he can remember; in one he's the loving caretaker of both his sister and son, in the other he's the sergeant-at-arms of Savage Kings MC. He's been doing his best to keep each life as separate as possible but now his association to the MC may cost him custody of his beloved son, or worse. Nova and him meet in the most random circumstances and what starts as fun sexy times becomes a fight to stop War's live(s) from crumbling down.
These two were fire from the beginning. Their relationship was explosive in and outside the bedroom. Nova was smart, witty, and caring. She knew what she was getting into and owned her decisions. I love heroines that may make mistakes but own up to them so I definitely liked Nova's character. War had some anger issues that made him look terribly menacing but given the circumstances I guess his reactions were somewhat understable. In fact, I think it was that attitude that also made those around him feel protected (I'm not saying anger is ever ok, I'm only stating how I saw this character portrayed). In the end they make everything work out for them, too bad the MC seems to be in even more hot water than ever.

 


If you like explosive romance stories full of action, drama and funny, not to mention delightful sexy moments, then this is a story you will definitely want to read!

 

* I received a copy of this story at no cost to me. This is my honest opinion and in no way influenced by the author or publisher. *

 

 

= MATURE READERS ONLY, 18+ =

Get your copy of WAR here: mybook.to/SKWar

Free with Kindle Unlimited! 

 

 

MADDOX is coming in January! Pre-order your copy: mybook.to/SKMaddox

 

If you’re new to the Savage Kings, catch up with the first three books:

CHASE: mybook.to/SKChase 
ABE: mybook.to/SKAbe 
TORIN: mybook.to/SKTorin

 

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text 2018-12-13 17:06
24 Festive Tasks: Door 17 - St. Lucia's Day, Task 3 (Book Cover Crown of Light)

My feeble attempt at creating the approximation of a circular St. Lucia's crown:

 

 

Inspiration for the book covers:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/3734.Lamps_torches_candelabras_on_the_cover

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/33553.Candles_and_Lamps

(These don't have to be books from your own shelves!)

 

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