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review 2017-12-03 17:50
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress ★★★★☆
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Sijie Dai

This was an interesting story with an unusual setting – China during Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the 1970s – following two teenaged boys who are being “re-educated” in the country for the crime of being part of the bourgeoisie, as part of the Down to the Countryside Movement. In a political and social atmosphere that punishes independent thought and romantic ideals, celebrating ignorance and encouraging violence against dissenters, the boys discover a stash of forbidden classic Western literature and are transformed. Perhaps the best part of this story is the twist at the end, where they discover its true power that is so feared by the authorities: that this transformative power can’t be leashed to serve their own needs alone.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive, with an excellent reading by BD Wong.

 

I read this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season; Square 7: December 10th & 13th: Book themes for International Human Rights Day: Read a book originally written in another language (i.e., not in English and not in your mother tongue), –OR– a book written by anyone not anglo-saxon, –OR– any story revolving around the rights of others either being defended or abused –OR– Read a book set in New York City, or The Netherlands (home of the UN and UN World Court respectively). This book fits several of the requirements: written by a Chinese author in French, with a theme of human rights and civil liberty abuses.

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text 2017-11-30 15:11
Angel’s Monthly Wrap Up – Nov. 2017

 

 

The start of the month me and my family went on vacation to Disney. We had a blast. You can see all the fun things we did here, 2017 Disney Family Vacation. We also finished AYSO Soccer (outdoor). After our last game we had a party. The season was fun and it’s nice to see your child having fun. In the US we celebrated Thanksgiving on Nov. 22nd. We had a very nice Thanksgiving. I didn’t have to cook this year and I was thankful for that, but also thankful for my family and all of you, my followers. I hope everyone had a Wonderful Thanksgiving. 

 

Last month I signed up for the Audible Subscription. Now Audible has offered a Romance Package. I couldn’t resist the free one month try and then for those that have an Audible Subscription you get a discount on the Romance Package instead of $14.95 a month it’s only $6.95. Ya, totally couldn’t resist. My library has a great Audiobook selection, but they don’t have everything. I can now get more amazing authors to try. 

 

What will I get with the Romance Package?

  • The freedom to binge on thousands of romance audiobooks
  • New ways to discover your next great listen from our expertly curated collection
  • The steamiest voices, including celebrity narrators, bringing stories to life
  • Anytime, anywhere listening with our free Audible app
  • Ad-free offline listening

 

On the the blog: I started a few new features this month: Monthly Library Love and Randomness. I plan to keep up with both. The Randomness is going to be anything. It could be products I bought or fun kid crafts or who knows… I do more then just read/listen to books, so I thought I would share my experiences in other areas of my life. 

 

 

 

 

I put out a call for help in hosting the Library Love Challenge for 2018 and Brooke Blogs answered. Thank you! She will be joining me in 2018 as co-host. I’m happy to have the help in spreading the word on Loving Your Library.

 

 

I found a new plug in: WPDISCUZ. It’s a comment plug in. I’ve been looking for something that will allow you to get an email or notice when someone replays to your comment only, not for all comments, just your own. So, now I think I’ve found it. Their is a box at the bottom of the comment section to click that says “Notify of new replies to this comment“. If you click it before you hit Post Comment then you will get a notice and see when someone replays back.

 

 

 

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the winners!

 

The Black Friday Book Bonanza – Ann S.
Justice For Erin Giveaway – Manual P.
The November Book of Choice – Sandra

 

 

 

Make sure to double check $ pricing. Some books are still free while others are back to their original or sale price. 

 

Bought

 

Amazon Free – Keeper of the Peace, Keeper vs. Reaper, Claiming Her Alien Warrior, The Siren’s Son, Game of Love, Test Drive, Eternity, Not His Dragon, Captured by Sweet Alien, The Alien’s Mission, Chosen By The Dragon, 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Ten, The Quinns – Winer Valley Wolves Box Set, Just One Bite, King: King #1, Vengeance of a Viking, Fugitive of Magic, Guarding Her Dragon

 

 

 

Amazon Kindle – Wildfire ($1.99 eBook), Promise the Moon ($.99c eBook)

 

 

 

Audiobooks – Wildfire (Discounted since I purchased/own the eCopy $12.99), Magic Stars ($1.99), Gunmetal Magic (1 Credit)

 

 

 

Paperbacks – Tempted & Taken

 

 

 

Review Books 
Thank you to the publishers, tour host, and authors for these lovely additions!

 

From the Author – Tempting Jupiter (Arena Dogs) by Charlee Allden, Amid The Winter Snow (A Holiday Anthology) by Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter, & Jeffe Kennedy, & Thrown To The Wolves (Black Dog World) by Hailey Edwards

 

 

 

 

Ride Wild, Audio: Wildfire, Audio: White Hot, Audio: Magic Bleeds, Audio: Magic Slays, Danger’s Vice, Love of the Dragon, Audio: Archangel’s Blade, Audio: Gunmetal Magic

 

 

 

 

Thank’s for stopping in and checking out November’s Monthly Wrap!

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/11/angels-monthly-wrap-up-nov-2017
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review 2017-11-29 20:13
Smoke Through the Pines (Night Fires in the Distance, #1.5)
Smoke Through The Pines (Night Fires in the Distance Book 2) - Ruben Moule,Sarah Goodwin,Alan Moore

This novella is set between the first and second books in this series and starts up right where the first book, Night Fires in the Distance, ends. Laura and Cecelia are heading north after the disaster that laid waste to the prairies, hoping to start over. They have no plans, just a grim determination to get away from their former life and the sorrows they left behind there. They eventually decide to try their luck in Minnesota, where the loggers are destroying nature for profit. Where's Treebeard when you need him? *clears throat* Anyway, things don't go as planned and they have yet more troubles to face as winter comes on. And Laura and Cecilia finally get to have some sexy times. <3

This still needs an editor, but other than that, I really enjoyed this. I did see in reviews for the second book, One Nation Afire, that it ends in a cliffie and focuses more on Laura's daughter Rachel, so I'll hold off reading that one until book 3 is out.

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text 2017-11-29 15:10
Monthly Library Love for Nov. 2017

 

What do you think of this new feature? I’m going to separate my Library Love from my Monthly Wrap-Up posts on the blog. I want to put focus on all the wonderful things you can pick up at your local library. I practically visit my library once a week and I check out the online catalog almost every other day. I also love the book store they have inside and whenever they do a book sale I check it out. You never know what amazing finds you will find; plus all precedes go to the library. Win! Win! 

 

This is November’s Library Love. The library is a great place to pick up books, movies, manga, audiobooks, magazines and more. I love my library and the freedom to borrow. 

 

Movies – The Dark Tower, The Fate of the Furious, Kong: Skull Island

 

 

 

Audiobooks – Archangel’s Blade, Magic Slays, Archangel’s Consort, Hexed

 

 

 

Kid Books – Bob and Flow, Brickbeard’s Treasure, Happy Pig Day!, I Broke My Trunk!, In A People House, Rock-a-bye Room, Small Pig, So Sleepy Story, Stop the Stone Monsters!, Subway, The Thank You Book, Goodnight Little Monster, There Is a Bird on Your Head!

 

 

 

Kid Movies – Dinotrux: Reptool Rescue, Finding Dory, Power Rangers Dino Charge: Hero, Lego Batman the movie: DC Superheroes Unite, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justic League Gotham City Breakout, Transformers Rescue Bots: Return of the Heroes, Trolls, Boss Baby, Spirited Away

 

 

 

My library has a book store. When I visit my library I always stop in to see what they have. I love picking up books at a deal and also getting something to pass onto my followers. I found these beauties and plan to add them to my stake of giveaway books for the summer, Win It Wednesday. 

 

The Darkest Torment (Hardcover $3), DragonMark (Hardcover $3), Halfway to the Grave (Paperback $0.50c), & Awakened (Paperback $0.50c)

 

 

 

Next Month the Sign-Up for the 2018 Library Love will be going live. Get ready for another amazing year of LOVING YOUR LIBRARY!

 

Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/11/monthly-library-love-for-nov-2017
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review 2017-11-29 12:01
Winter at the Door ★☆☆☆☆
Winter at the Door: A Novel (Lizzie Snow) - Sarah Graves

 

It started out well, promising to be an interesting police procedural about a tough female cop investigating the "accidental" deaths of several ex-cops. But I first got suspicious when the author spent an inordinate amount of time detailing the MC's appearance, right down to her lipstick and every article of clothing she's wearing. Then hints of a possible romantic interest, then love triangle. And now we have an assholish love interest where she's apparently more interested in getting nekkid with him than in solving crime. No NO NOPE. This is showing every sign of being a Romance disguised as a mystery/thriller and it's already using too many of the genre tropes that I really dislike.

 

DNF after 51 minutes, or 9% of total.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. Good performance by Kirsten Potter.

 

I was attempting to read this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, Square 7: Book themes for Saint Lucia's Day: Read a book set in Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden - and Finland for the purposes of this game) or a book where ice and snow are an important feature. Hopefully I won't have a hard time finding another book to fit this task.

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