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review 2018-01-09 14:42
Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean
Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord - Sarah MacLean

Title:  Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord

Author:  Sarah MacLean

Genre: Historical Romance

Year Published: 2010

Number of Pages: 357 pages

Date Read: 4/15/2011

Series: Love By Numbers #2

Publisher: Avon 

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 18+ (Sex Scenes)

 

 

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After reading the first book in Sarah MacLean's “Love By Numbers” series, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake I was practically dying to read the sequel “Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord.” Unfortunately, this novel did not seem to capture my attention like Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake and I have often found myself trying to finish this book as quickly as I can.

Ever since Nicholas St. John was named “London's Lord to Land” in a ladies' magazine, he has been avoiding all the women in London. However, when the Duke of Leighton told Nick about his missing sister, Nick was glad to take this opportunity to escape! However, when Nick comes to the secretive Townsend Park, home of Minerva House, he finds the daughter of the late wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend and he realizes that she is no ordinary woman! But will both lovers ever truly love each other once their dark secrets are revealed?

There were a few good things that I did like about this book. I really loved the love scenes and the hero and heroine! Sarah MacLean had done an awesome job at making Nick the all-time, sexy and ever handsome hero! Whew! I just loved how Nick was willing to help out Isabel and the girls of Minerva House with their financial troubles and I just adored Nick for being honest with his feelings about Isabel. But, not only do I love Nick's personality, but his physical appearance is like the body of a god! I loved how Sarah MacLean described his body as being large and muscular, which are two things I love about my romance heroes! Now about Isabel, I loved the fact that Isabel is such a strong heroine and I loved the way that she stood up to any kind of authority that threatened to tear her apart from the girls of Minerva House. But, probably the best part about this novel were the love scenes between Isabel and Nick! I mean, this book is littered with love scenes galore and man, these scenes are hot and sizzling!

Now, here are some reasons why I gave this book a three star rating. For one thing, I often get annoyed with the heroine, Isabel, since she has some major trust issues to work through. I know that Isabel is scared to trust men because of what her father did to her mother and I do understand what she is going through, but still, I think that she could have at least put a little trust in Nick. I also felt sorry for Nick throughout the book because it is evident that he truly does love Isabel, but Isabel always seem to push him away from her no matter what Nick does to earn her love and it got so irritating after awhile. Also, I thought that this book was a little boring at times because the plot seem to slow down in many scenes and there are barely any action scenes in this book, so it was sometimes hard for me to get through this book without a bit of action.

Overall, this book is an average read for me. Even though “Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord” has some really cute scenes between Nick and Isabel, I just wished that Isabel was a little more trusting of Nick and I wished that there were more action scenes to keep my attention to the plot. Even though this is not my favorite book out of the series, I cannot wait to read the third book, Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2017-12-24 00:00
How to Live, What to Do: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Wallace Stevens
How to Live, What to Do: Thirteen Ways o... How to Live, What to Do: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Wallace Stevens - Joan Richardson https://msarki.tumblr.com/post/168887258208/how-to-live-what-to-do-thirteen-ways-of-looking

This slim study is much more than what is blurbed and marketed by the publisher as a concise primer to the poetry of Wallace Stevens. Instead, the greater primer is to simply read his work. And if his poems resound, or connect to you in any way, further study may be warranted and result in your seeking out this book. But to begin here would be a grave mistake.

It is not ‘how’ things are in the world that is mystical, but that it exists.

Wallace Stevens is in the realm of American greats the like of Emily Dickinson. He too can make one’s head explode. He also makes sense.

Nonsense in grammatical form sounds half rational.

Stevens, through his poems, shaped a new language for us. He fashioned an instrument adequate in describing how to live and what to do in this strange new world of experience.

…’ditherings’ accompany each and every predication, the undertones and overtones of every color of the mind.

Steven’s ditherings see what was always seen but never seen before. Elicited as our necessary angel he offers individual solutions to the riddles of our existence on this planet. Having read and studied everything Stevens wrote and even read himself, Joan Richardson provides an advanced course a scholar might take in discovering an even better way into the mind and work of Wallace Stevens. But this is not the book to initially begin with. Too much would be lost on the unspoiled and uninitiated among us.

By reading through Stevens’s body of work we learn to become pragmatists…

How refreshing it is to be practical, to see things as they are. And the mystery, and joy, in imagining what could be. When perceived as dogmatic one becomes a bore. Wallace Stevens opens us to a more expansive, and much wilder, world.

Finally, he (Stevens) noted,

It is not an artifice that the mind has added to human nature. The mind has added nothing to human nature. It is a violence from within that protects us from a violence without. It is the imagination pressing back against the pressure of reality. It seems, in the last analysis, to have something to do with our self-preservation; and that, no doubt, is why the expression of it, the sound of words, helps us to live our lives…

Joan Richardson has produced for us a most distinctive and valuable tool in which to help us view the world through the eyes of Wallace Stevens. And in essence, Stevens provides us new glasses in which we may see for ourselves the possibilities that will always exist if we maintain the courage to keep looking.

Stevens’s poems are exercises in meditation, designed to loosen inherited, outworn habits of thought inappropriate to honoring the life of all things on the planet of which we are a part…




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review 2017-08-28 23:09
13 Ways of Looking At a Fat Girl
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl: Fiction - Mona Awad
I really don’t know what was so hilarious about this novel. From reading the synopsis, I expected some humorous moments while I read but in reality, I didn’t find anything funny. I did find a novel that I think reflected the situation at hand. No, I didn’t think this novel was sad, I thought it reflected the reality of what some individuals must face every day.
 
Being overweight, Misery went through a lot of self-discovery and change, as she tried to deal with her situation. Misery knew she was overweight and as a teen, she craved for attention. She was more concerned about pleasing others than herself. As the novel continued, her behavior started to bother me. She was reckless, she was going downhill, her self-esteem was suffering but she couldn’t see what was actually happening. Then, Misery changed. She became overly concerned about food and her body image. The weight started to come off but had she just changed her focus and not herself internally?
 
It’s a good novel that addresses how some woman feel about their bodies and how society influences it. I didn’t feel that this novel dove as deep as it should when addressing this issue. I did enjoy the short chapters but I wanted more. Weight and self-esteem go hand-in-hand in this issue as Misery shared her life with me.

 

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review 2017-08-25 20:32
Beyond Dolls & Guns: 101 Ways to Help Children Avoid Gender Bias - Susan Hoy Crawford,Crawford, Susan Hoy Crawford, Susan Hoy

This book has some good information on the basics of gender bias. It was written in the 90's so some of the information is a bit out of date, but (sadly), most of it is still very relevant today. Crawford did a good job focusing on various topics such as issues for boys, sexist language, and how to cope. I did like the appendixes in the book which were "Nonbiased, Inclusive Language", "Research Summaries" (on girls and boys), and "Famous Women in History". This first focuses on problems with language used and replacement words, which was very helpful. I also enjoyed the last appendix, which give brief information on a variety of women (not just white women). Overall, a good read with some important information, if a little bit out of date.

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review 2017-08-19 14:07
#55 - Seven Ways we Lie by Riley Redgate
Seven Ways We Lie - Riley Redgate

I bought this audiobook with my Audible credit of the month and I had not a lot of expectations because I had not heard too many things about this book. I just found the topic interesting and I assumed it would be a light contemporary read. It was not a light read. And I LOVED it.

 

All these characters have so many qualities about them, I was scared they would only be the embodiment of the sin they represent, but they were way more complex than that. Honestly, I'm not even sure I know which character was which sin, which is positive because it means they were not too clichés. Still, I think I managed to identify some of them.

 

Seven Ways We Lie is one of those books where the storyline is not the most important thing about the book. The plot has a purpose, but after reading it I forgot almost everything that happened. But I remember all the characters so vividly. It was just a typical high school setting with typical high school drama; but the characters were everything to me.

 

If you are searching for diverse characters, read this book (there was even a pansexual MC which is so rare in YA books). They all have with their own problems and flaws and you discover more about them bit by bit. It was confusing at first to understand who was who, but I think it is because I listened to it. Once I remembered all the names, it was easier to follow. The character building was nicely done.

 

I won't describe every character because I really think it is important to read about them without knowing anything but I just want to mention Olivia who is such a great female character: I love everything she represents. Olivia is not scared of who she is and she is not ashamed of what she likes, which is sex. I am so glad I read a book about a young girl not being okay with the fact that men can talk about sex and women cannot. It is not something new, but it is so damn rare to find it in YA. I love her passion and how she stands for herself, even if most guys are being total jerk (to stay polite) with her.

 

It was a great read and I really recommend this (edit; I think it is a debut novel which is even more impressive!!).

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