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text 2018-04-23 18:21
It begins

 

I had to look straight up into the sky to get this, so I really couldn't see much of anything.  The clarity of this picture was a big surprise.  There are only a few flowers right now, but the background shows a little hint of how pink/purple/lavender the branches will be in a few more days.

 

The individual flowers look almost like tiny orchids.  When more are blooming on the lower branches, I'll try to get some close-ups.

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review 2018-04-23 17:14
Insights into a cinephile
Nixon at the Movies: A Book about Belief - Mark Feeney

Mark Feeney's book is a difficult work to describe. At its core it provides its readers with an analysis of Richard Nixon's cinephilia, which Feeney gleans in order to explain various aspects of Nixon's psychology. This he does in a series of interconnected chapter-length essays, the majority of which are built around a particular film Nixon watched during his time as president. Feeney uses his examination of these movies as a springboard for an extended exploration into specific aspects of Nixon's life and career, such as his relationship with Ronald Reagan or his time in Congress. Drawing upon his background as a film critic, he weaves together his examination into a study of the films themselves and their related works, which he breaks down not just to draw out the elements that relate to Nixon's life but to illuminate the America in which he lived.

The result is an engrossing read. Though Feeney provides no new details about Nixon's life or his time in office, he draws out connections that deepen our understanding of the man and provide some interesting interpretations of his character. It also has the effect of humanizing the 37th president in a way that that few other books have before, showing how, at his core, Nixon was a person who enjoyed losing himself in movies as much as anyone else. While this is not the first book people should seek out to learn about Richard Nixon, the originality of Feeney's approach and the insights it provides make it one that nobody seeking to make sense of the man can afford to neglect.

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review 2018-04-23 14:28
Book Review: Hail No (Hail Raisers #1) By Lani Lynn Vale
Hail No (Hail Raisers Book 1) - Lani Lynn Vale

 

I've read a few other books by this author and I like her writing style. However, when the subject is this book all I can say is that it didn't do it for me. I had too many problems with who the characters were as a whole (personality wise) that made me despise so much of story.

 

Kennedy was a pushover and I learned to hate her halfway through the book. I don't understand why she would bend over backwards to help people that were obviously using her for their benefit only. By the end, she seemed to have learned her lesson and developed a backbone, but that was too late for me.

 

Evander started out being a misunderstood guy that the whole town seemed to love to hate. He's been to prison for a crime he didn't commit and at first, I thought he was very well adjusted with it all. Around the last ten chapters of the novel, he did a 180 on his mood and how he treated Kennedy. He became overbearing and domineering. I also don't understand how "I want babies with you" is the ultimate declaration of love according to the heroine.

 

The romance started off as a slow burn, which was what kept me interested in the story. Halfway through the book, the relationship was established and then it felt like the author started scrambling for another plotline. The vengeance storyline was resolved way too easily and had no suspense considering these are standalone novels and the book was almost ending.

 

My Favorite Quotes:

 

 

"My level of sarcasm has gotten to the point where even I don't know whether I'm kidding or not."

 

"Don't break anybody's heart. They only have one. Break bones instead. They have two hundred and six."

 

"Second best was what I always seemed to be, yet never wanted to experience."

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review 2018-04-23 11:25
Not bad.
Grave Beginnings (The Grave Report, Book 1) - R.R Virdi,Paramjit Virdi

But it just couldn't catch my interest.

 

It had an original set-up with the soul that wanders from body to body to catch supernatural killers, but somehowit didn't work for me.

 

I only read the first 10 or 20% before I gave up.

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text 2018-04-23 07:10
World Book Day 2018

 

 

Happy World Book Day 2018

 

 

To read more about this, see World Book Day!!

 

or

 

 

 

Please share a piece of your favorite book for 10 minutes with a friend, or someone you love.  Share the joy of books and reading.  Literacy is life.  Nothing you can't do if you know how to read. 

 

Celebrate!!  

 

Today, is World Book and Copyright Day 2018!!  Enjoy!

 

https://giraffesocialmedia.co.uk/world-book-day-2018-our-top-picks/

 

http://savingtowardabetterlife.com/2018/04/world-book-day-deals/

 

 

 

 

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