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text 2017-06-30 20:07
June Re-Cap...A seriously crazy month.
The Deal - Elle Kennedy
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus
If I Fix You - Abigail Johnson Dodge
The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig
Dragon Teeth: A Novel - Michael Crichton
Gods of Anthem - Logan Keys
Underwater - Marisa Reichardt
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo
Of Dreams and Rust - Sarah Fine

This year, June has been a month from hell...It started out with my birthday/Open House for my daughter, then a few days later her graduation ceremony, that all went okay...just very hectic.  Two days after my oldest daughter graduated high school, my youngest daughter and I went up the road a mile to Subway and came home and a car had driven into our house.  Like, seriously, drove through the front porch and the garage...then proceeded to go through the wall of the garage into the woods behind the house, where he hit a tree.  

 

 

 

 

 

This photo is the aftermath of what happened...apparently the guy driving had a seizure. It's pretty scary, to pull into your driveway and see that...insane.  But, hey...now we get to do some remodeling.  The month closed out with some serious medical stuff for me, that I'm unfortunately, still dealing with.  :(

 

Anyway, my reading hit a bit of slump (as in I found it hard to concentrate on reading and listening at all), with everything going on lately.  

 

(Kindle eBook) The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Finish Date:  06/06/17

5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus

Finish Date:  06/07/17

5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson

Finish Date:  06/11/17

4.3/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Finish Date:  06/13/17

2/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Finish Date:  06/19/17

4/5 Stars

 

(Netgalley Arc) The Last City by Logan Keys

Previously titled Gods of Anthem (booklikes won't update)

Finish Date:  06/20/17

3.8/5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) Underwater by Marisa Reichardt (review pending)

Finish Date:  06/23/17

4.7/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (review pending)

Finish Date:  06/26/17

4/5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine (review pending)

Finish Date:  06/30/17

4.5/5 Stars

 

9 Books Total (3,074 Pages Read)

4 Audiobooks, 4 eBooks, and 1 Netgalley Arc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-03-16 05:05
Sometimes it's just best to relax
Mr. Busy - Roger Hargreaves

Well, this is a rather interesting Mr Men book because it pits two opposites up against each other: Mr Busy, who happens to be really, really fast and Mr Slow who, you guessed it, happens to be incredibly slow. Well, the book is focused on Mr Busy, but Mr Slow is also a major character in the book and it sort of goes to show how two opposites don't really need to be forced to do what the other wants to do. It seems as if they are both friends, but the problem is because Mr Busy is so fast Mr Slow just doesn't have enough time to catch up, in the end he looks for ways to get away from Mr Busy.

 

I guess the thing that I picked up with this book is that people aren't always the same, but also if we live life too fast we might end up missing a lot of it. Okay, that may not be the case because I am actually a lot like Mr Busy, I live life fast because there is so much to do, and no time to do it all in, that I want to cram as much of it in as possible. Actually, the invention of the digital camera and the smart phone is an absolute boon because I can rush through art galleries, take photos, and then when I wind down can actually appreciate the images I took. Okay, I do have to becareful because if I go too fast I end up taking photos that are basically crap, but fortunately quite a few of the museums around the world have digitised their art so if my photo is crap then I have a back up.

 

Like this Monet:

 

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Anyway, this isn't a book about living life fast but rather a book about how many of us are actually quite different, which is something that I have only recently discovered. While I like to try and see as much as possible, and will rush through a museum exhibit taking a multitude of photos, the person that sits next to me at work isn't necessarily like that. In fact while I might be counting down that days for my next trip to a place I have never been to before she is counting down to the day she goes to a place she has been to a multitude of times before because she knows that she loves that place and doesn't need to always to go some place new.

 

Further more, the guy that I speak to on the phone everyday has no intention of leaving the country because his idea of fun is sitting on a jetty with a fishing rod with his mates. In fact he may never actually catch a fish but he doesn't care because catching fish isn't the objective of the exercise, but rather sitting on the jetty with his mates. In fact, while I would not consider myself a fisherman, I have come to understand people's obsession with fishing – it has nothing to do with catching fish and everything to do with wasting your time with friends. Okay, I'm a traveller, and I love to travel (just like my brother does) but not everybody is like that – sometimes people simply love sitting on a jetty, with friends, attempting to catch fish that aren't even there.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1943135022
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review 2017-02-21 02:55
Are You on the Fringe of Glory?
The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You - Jessica N. Turner

Hello, ladies and gentlemen! Tell me, honestly, how do you feel your days go? Because when I was little, I had the idea that being a grown woman would be like this:

Uhhh...how do I put this lightly? Being a grown woman is hard. Between two part-time jobs, part-time graduate studies, nurturing a long-distance relationship, trying (and failing) to help my mother around the house, attempting to spend time with four siblings, and telling myself that this week will be the week I start growing my spiritual life, being a grown woman looks more like this:

Yeah. Luckily for Anna, for me, and for all you other ladies who don't have Rapunzel's pep, there's a book. The Fringe Hours is all about making time for yourself...so that you can be more like Rapunzel and less like Anna.

 

Excuse me??! Did I not just tell you about the jobs and the relationships and the siblings and the faith and the--

 

Yes. I did.

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review 2017-01-05 01:18
Busy Dizzy (Inspirational bedtime story for kids ages 4-8) - Orly Katz

I received this book for free via a LibraryThing giveaway, in exchange for an honest review.

 

It's difficult to review a picture book as an adult, but I did enjoy this one. I read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield last year, and am currently reading Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly. Both discuss ways of fighting Resistance. This seems like a child's book for how to combat Resistance. It has cute art and good rhymes. Growing up I always liked books that rhymed. I thought it was odd that the order the children were introduced (David, Sophie and Joe) was not the order that we got the details of their Dizzies (Sophie, David and Joe.) I'm not sure if this is something that would significantly bother young children, but I noticed it.

 

The only thing that I think could be potentially problematic is the lack of specification between when Dizzies tell you not to do something good (not cry, play with your friends, give a teacher an answer you know) and when you want something bad, and your conscience tells you not to. The teacher describes Dizzies as a voice that tells you not to do something that you want to do, but there will be times when you want to do something bad and your conscience tells you not to.

 

So in the end, this is a good book to discuss with a child the strange Resistance that we sometimes have to doing something good, but be careful that they don't confuse Dizzies (Resistance) with their conscience.

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text 2016-08-30 19:42
Harry Potter World

On 28th August 2016 me and my family went to Harry Potter World in London and i was of the most amazing experience that I totally recommend to any Harry Potter fan out there.

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Me and my family went on this trip through National Holidays which meant that it was first of all a long 6 hour journey on the bus which wasn't the most of comfortable experience. I managed to get some sleep when I wasn't reading my book Alice. Once we arrived at London at 1:30pm we were allowed some free time until 5:00 to explore London, now I suffer from anxiety so being in such a crowded place did make me feel very anxious and I felt little bit of a panic rising but I was managing to breathe through it we didn't really get too do much because we did get lost at one point and we needed to be back at the coach by 5 I went to the disney store which was massive and had so much more than the Newcastle store and I bought a phone case which is marvel and I also got a glass tumbler which was beauty and the beauty related.

 

The hotel was ok I suppose nothing really special but it was only for one night so it was ok the food was terrible I could only eat chips because there was no variety.

 

We got to Harry Potter world on Sunday at about 10:30 and the queue was huge and security was rather tight and then the magic began and I honestly can not put into words the amazement once the tour started I was speechless finding out the amazing things that it took to film such an amazing and popular movie series, the details in the props were amazing now I tried the ButterBeer however and I will prob get a lot of hate it was nothing special it wasn't as sweet as I thought it would have been.

 

I don't want to post loads of pictures because I don't want to spoil it for people that may be thinking of going because I think if I saw all the pictures that I took from someone else that went I wouldn't have been so excited because I will have seen what was coming the products are amazing little steep with regard to price and i could have spent £100's and the best part is that the tour does have a website so you can buy anything that may not have been in the shop at the time or maybe something you couldn't see which is mostly now going on my christmas list hehe. 

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