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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 2017-06-22 01:58
A Doomed Love Story
The Bucket List - Emily Ruben

I am absolutely not amongst the audience for this book. I knew that from the title alone, much less the description. Still, I'd read Ruben's first book and enjoyed it and was curious about her take on this idea.

 

This is basically a take on the dying teen romance, with a splash of the Rob Reiner movie. I'm tempted to go on a rant about the whole dying teen romance idea -- <b>The Space Between Us</b>, <b>The Fault in our Stars</b>, and the like -- but I just don't have the energy. I don't get it, it seems like a highly artificial way to inflate drama. But whatever -- just because it's an overplayed idea, that doesn't mean the book can't be good.

 

Besides, the central characters in this book are 20 and 21, so by definition this is different.

 

Leah is surprised one day to find the new guy moving in next door is her old best friend that she hasn't seen for 5 years. Damon (think Ian Somerhalder) is glad to see her, but before they renew their friendship, has to warn her that he'll be dead within a year and a half. He has some sort of brain tumor (Ruben intentionally gives few details about this) that cannot be treated. Leah decides that she'll do what she can to renew their friendship in the time remaining.

 

Soon after this, the two decide that he'll write up a Bucket List and that each day, they'll cross an item off of it until it's too late. This will lead to all sorts of travel, adventure, changing of existing and/or new romantic relationships and (this isn't much of a spoiler, you can tell it'll happen from the get-go) their eventually falling in love.

 

The worst part about this book is how everything that happens to them is the best, the greatest, the ____est (or the worst). Leah and Damon live in the extremes -- they never have a normal day, a blah experience. It's just too much to handle -- a few things that are okay, a few things that aren't bad mixed in with all this would make this easier to read. Yes, you could say that given the heightened situation, everything they do is given a hint of the extreme, but still . . .

 

The tricky thing with Damon having an unnamed disease -- it's hard to have any idea how realistic this is. But a brain tumor that causes organs to decay before death, necessitating an ethically/legally-questionable euthanasia method is stretching things beyond the breaking point. Beyond that, the amount of money that these people spend is utterly unbelievable -- talk all you want about plundering no-longer-necessary college savings, it's just not something I could buy.

 

There's an element of charm to the writing -- but I don't think that this is as charming as Ruben's first book -- there's something appealing about the earnestness of her writing. But this just wasn't for me. Although he probably didn't say it, Abraham Lincoln is often quoted as reviewing a lecture by saying something like, " People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like." I feel like that about this book -- if you can find a grain of salt big enough to help you swallow the unbelievable, if you can tolerate the excess of superlatives, and like a love story in the face of certain doom, this is probably a pretty entertaining book. Was it for me? Nope. But I didn't hate it and can understand why many would.

 

<i><b>Disclaimer:</b> I received this eARC from the publisher in exchange for this post -- I do appreciate the opportunity, even if it doesn't come across that way.</i>

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/06/21/the-bucket-list-by-emily-ruben
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text 2017-04-20 04:49
Child of Morning, Rosy Fingered Dawn
The Iliad & The Odyssey - Homer,John Lescault
The Odyssey of Homer - Elizabeth Vandiver,The Great Courses,The Great Courses

At last! I've finished The Illiad portion of the story and have begun The Odyssey. What a difference!  I'm trying to decide if it is the subject matter of one versus the other that makes the one so much better, so much more readable than the other, so much easier to tell or if it is that the writing of the Odyssey is actually that much better than that of the  Illiad. Or then again, maybe I will just leave it to the critics.

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text 2017-04-18 04:40
Slow going
The Iliad & The Odyssey - Homer,John Lescault

I'm about 20 books in and it is slow going. Lots of blood and gore and dead warriors. Lots of names I can't get my head around. Very repetitive--no wonder we read a very abbreviated version in high school. I can't wait for the men at war section to be over so i can down to the adventure story.

 

BUT a wonderful, easy to understand translation (I just have to keep reminding myself that "host" means "army" and not the "Master of the House"). AND, a marvelous narrator who uses just enough moderation of his voice that we can tell when he speaker changes. AND marvelous poetry, full of all those devices that do poetry make -- you know, all that stuff you learned in school and can't put a name to now but you sure recognize now when you hear it.

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text 2016-12-12 15:10
Abandoning after 1 hour
Nicholas Nickleby - Simon Vance,Charles Dickens

As much as liked David Copperfield, I am abandoning Nicholas Nickleby --and may even decide to return it and get my money/credit back. It is beautifully written but I don't think I can listen to another 34 hours of it. It is just depressing. The people aren't nice and they don't treat children very well. Even if it is satire and an exaggeration, I just don't want to read about it.

 

I'm off now, to choose a more up-beat book to read while I spend the next few days baking holiday cookies.

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