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review 2018-03-02 20:13
Rescue My Heart
Rescue My Heart - Jill Shalvis,Karen White

Animal Magnetism, Book 3

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series.

The Characters:

Holly Reidt:
Adam Connelly:
Jade Bennett, Dell Connelly

The Story:

I love the residents of Sunshine. I won’t say I was thrilled with this couple. Their back and forth wishy washiness got rather tiring however I do think they are well suited.

The Random Thoughts:

The Score Card:


3 Stars

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text 2018-02-27 17:59
February Reading
The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula K. Le Guin,Rob Inglis
The Farthest Shore - Ursula K. Le Guin
Pet Rescue Panther - Zoe Chant
Grand Canyon - Vita Sackville-West
Moonglow: A Novel - Michael Chabon
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - Isabel Wilkerson

Seven books read:

The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula K. Le Guin

The Farthest Shore - Ursula K. Le Guin 

Pet Rescue Panther - Zoe Chant 

Grand Canyon - Vita Sackville-West 

Moonglow: A Novel - Michael Chabon 

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - Isabel Wilkerson 

Jade City - Fonda Lee (DNF)


Women Writers Bingo: 5/25

(Personal take: Finish 25 books by new-to-me female authors in 2018*)

Finished in February: Vita Sackville-West, Isabel Wilkerson


Gender Balance:

Fiction: 5 by women, 1 by men, 0 by non-binary

Non fiction: 1 by women, 0 by men, 0 by non-binary



Paper books that I own: 1

Paper books from library: 0

E-books that I own: 3

E-books from library: 0

Audiobooks that I own: 3


March Goals:

1. Finish reading for Hugo Award nominations (Prey of the Gods, Winter Tide, that Canadian comicbook).

2. Keep library list from imploding, OMG!

3. Stop ordering fucking library books.


*Women Writers Bingo Bonus Points:

5 of those books in translation: 1/5

5 of those books are non-fiction: 1/5 (The Warmth of Other Suns)


Bingo Companion Round:

5 books by non-binary authors: 0/5


Previous months:

January Reading

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review 2018-02-09 19:40
Even more fun than the first one!
Pet Rescue Panther - Zoe Chant

Plot, humour action scenes, dragons, love, more dragons, the heroine AGAIN saving the day, this time with smarts. Basically its everything I want in a shifter romance, and a box of kittens besides. (The kittens were really cute!)


I loved Ben's endless and increasingly byzantine family drama, and how tangled up in it all he could get. There were some great bits of world building in there, and I liked how the dragon shifter politics worked so differently from the "conventional" animal ones. Tessa was a great heroine, and I loved her cool under pressure and tangle of issues and how all that also tied into the larger plot. It was really well put together, and very enjoyable.


Looking forward to Melody and the bookstore. (I am finding the and then they moved to an idyllic small town! endings a bit jarring, but I guess that's the convention of the genre.)

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review 2018-02-08 05:00
The Puritan Pirate (Pirates of Port Royal #1) by Jules Radcliffe
The Puritan Pirate - Jules Radcliffe

3.5 stars I think is a fairer rating. 

Everything goes oh too well for our characters. Even the most evil event leaves (physically) only bruises and sore muscles. Not that I am complaining, mind you. 

Another minus for me is the unfinished business. Killjoy, Chacal, Spanish in general - those are still loose ends. I almost wish there was less talk and love making.... oh, who am I kidding!

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review 2018-01-29 00:00
The Second Rescue: The Story of the Spiritual Rescue of the Willie and Martin Handcart Pioneers
The Second Rescue: The Story of the Spiritual Rescue of the Willie and Martin Handcart Pioneers - Susan Arrington Madsen A chronicle of a stake president to involve the people in his area in temple work for the Willie and Martin handcart pioneers. This research and work expanded into obtaining historic landmark areas in key places along the route. Details are given about how improvements were made and plaques were created in honor of the struggle of these early pioneers.

I like history, and this book has a bit of that. But it also contains a spin that I often see in LDS non-fiction - the "faith-promoting and testimony-building" spin of the importance of Church leadership to the lowly member.

History is romanticized as the tireless Lorimer is prompted by the spirit. He obtains computers for researching the records of the pioneers by the members of his stake and then arranges for the temple work to be completed. Throughout the narrative, difficulties arise and things look grim and desolate, only to miraculously come together perfectly and conveniently before the arrival of top LDS leaders. These examples mirror the conditions of the pioneers in their last desperate weeks, and the winter rescue that occurred.

Lorimer convinces LDS Church leaders to purchase land related to the trek and make improvements so anyone who wishes to walk in the path of the fallen may do so.

Although five other handcart companies had previously safely traveled the same route to the Salt Lake Valley, all with few problems, the Willie and Martin companies have become poster children for LDS pioneers in general. This book is a saga of modern-day humility which desires the reader feel the spirit. The details are designed to evoke an emotional response to the efforts of today's generation building upon the foundation of the truly touching story of these courageous pioneers. The message includes the importance of family history and temple work.

The "Testimonials" section includes prints of line drawings created by young children in the stake. The book provides excerpts from pioneer journals, along with photos of past pioneers and... modern-day leaders. The Riverton Stake Presidency. The Ogden Temple Presidency and wives all dressed in white. President James Foust and President Thomas Monson - because they visited the area.

One particular latter-day memorial choice described in the book reveals the poignancy felt by the author about those who were involved in the project. Lorimer arranged, with difficulty, the purchase of land at Rock Creek Hollow. This was the location where the Willie company spent two days in harsh winter conditions, having completed their forced rescue march over the treacherous Rocky Ridge and down the western slope of South Pass. Those who were still alive were in bad shape. But the site was eventually obtained and improvements and beautification completed. President Gordon B Hinckley officially dedicated Rock Creek Hollow and the mass grave for 15 pioneers in 1992. As explained in "The Second Rescue":

"A new and imposing monument at Rock Creek Hollow was dedicated on July 26, 1997, as the culminating event at the Riverton stake Pioneer Day celebration held that year. It memorialized the Second Rescue and the blessings associated with it. The inscription on the six-foot-high, eight-ton granite stone reads:

To the People of The Second Rescue
Gordon B. Hinckley August 15, 1992
Thomas S. Monson July 15, 1997
James E. Faust July 25, 1992
Helaman 10:4-5

The names are those of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On August 15, 1992, Pres. Hinckley dedicated the monuments at Martin's Cove, the Willie rescue site, and Rocky Ridge and pronounced a sacred blessing on the people of the stake. On July 15, 1997, Pres. Monson spoke to over 1,400 people in a meeting held in Riverton and gave them a special blessing. And on July 25, 1992, the youth and later the entire membership of the Riverton Wyoming Stake received powerful blessings from Elder James Faust. The monument at Rock Creek Hollow stands as a mighty reminder that urges the people of the Second Rescue to REMEMBER the words, promises, and blessings of the Lord through his apostles and prophets to them."

I leave it to you, dear reader, to decide the relevance.
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