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review 2018-03-28 18:38
Rosie Colored Glasses - Brianna Wolfson

Rosie is an Asshole. Rosie has some serious issues. Rosie is the reason I kept reading this book.

This turned out to be a very sad tale and I felt so bad for Rosie. My afternoon with her was perplexing, wonderful, sad and very entertaining.

I can't say anymore without giving anything away. I can't do that. You need to read it. I will say that I did shed tears while reading this. A lot of tears.

Thanks to Harlequin (US & Canada) and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2018-03-12 23:35
Rosie Colored Glasses -- Love is not all you need
Rosie Colored Glasses - Brianna Wolfson

Once again, we see love is not all you need, especially when you are a parent.

 

Rosie and Rex are somewhat star-crossed lovers, and their differences bring them together even while they keep them apart. While living in the blush of love, they bring two children into their marriage, and they don't know how to keep it all together, despite desperately wanting to.

 

I got very angry at these parents for keeping their mouths shut when they should be talking, being rigid when they should be bending, and not setting their feet down when that was absolutely required.

 

This was a tear-jerker, but it ends on a positive note. Even when we aren't quite sure how to love someone, if we are willing to be vulnerable, uncomfortable, and try though we're sure it will cause us torture, we are all better for having walked openly through the pain.

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review 2018-01-29 08:40
A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
A History of the World in 6 Glasses - Tom Standage

The author provides an interesting perspective on the influence that various drinks had on civilization, culture and the spread of ideas and empires from the Stone Age to the 21st Century.  He starts of with beer in Mesopotamia and Egypt; progresses to wine in Greece and Rome; then the concoction and trade of various types of alcoholic beverages distilled from fermented plant matter and industrial "leftovers" (e.g. molasses); to the distribution and sobering influence of coffee; to the export of and wars involving tea; to the invention and global popularity coca-cola; and finally to the source of all these beverage, water.  

This is history told in a light and breezy manner with a narrow subject and geological focus, and no depth.  It was entertaining, and the beverage perspective novel, but most of the historical information wasn't new to me (except the cola chapters).  The beer chapters were entertaining to read with witty turns of phrase, but this disappeared for the rest of the book, making for somewhat dull reading.  I don't particularly have an interest in alcohol, coffee or tea either, so this book might appeal more to someone who actually enjoys drinking the stuff.

 

OTHER BOOKS:

 

 

-Food in History by Reay Tannahill

-Untold History of the Potato - John Reader

-Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

-Banana: Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World - Dan Koeppel

-Thirst - Steven Mithen

- Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny Le Couteur, Jay Burreson

 

   

 

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review 2018-01-05 01:31
Gangsters Love a Guy in Glasses - Atsushi Kaneko

Dopo l'inizio un po' "burrascoso" con il "simpatico" gangster intento a molestare il protagonista e prenderlo in giro per la sua verginità e virilità... mi aspettavo uno schifo, violenza e sesso a non finire e umiliazioni in ogni pagina per il povero verginello e invece... no e posso dire che come manga mi è piaciuto molto. La storia è semplice e forse anche un po' banale, già vista, ma... funziona e riesce ad intrattenere il lettore. Troviamo Satoshi, il classico bravo ragazzo, un dolcissimo insegnante dell'asilo che si ritrova suo malgrado ad avere a che fare con lo stronzetto di turno, il gangster Ryu, il bad boys della situazione che non esita a prenderlo un po' in giro per la sua verginità e stuzzicarlo in tutti i modi che conosce mettendolo in imbarazzo. Mi sarei aspettata violenza e tentativi di stupro in ogni pagina essendo Ryu un delinquente e quindi teoricamente uno stronzo senza cuore, abituato ad usare la violenza per ottenere quello che vuole e invece no.. a parte il primo capitolo un po' più hot e con qualche accenno non-con (ma nulla di troppo pesante, non uno stupro). il tono è piuttosto soft e ben presto il criminale cade come una pera cotta per il buffo insegnante e da lì...via di fluff dolcetto con il gangster desideroso di coccole e il timido insegnate imbarazzato e insicuro, diviso dal sentimento che inizia a provare per l'uomo e la paura di essere ferito (fisicamente e mentalmente). Il rapporto tra i due è carino e ho apprezzato che non sia caduto nel forzatissimo D/S con un Ryu stronzo intento a violentare in ogni luogo e lago il povero Satoshi, il cattivone al contrario è piuttosto tenero nei confronti dell'amato e mi ha fatto tenerezza vederlo preoccupato e desideroso di proteggerlo dai pericoli del suo mondo. La vicenda scorre senza intoppi e anche il colpo di scena finale, seppur prevedibilissimo, ha reso la storia più interessante dandogli un pizzico di angst che in casi come questi non guasta mai. Un manga quindi simpatico e godibilissimo, nulla di troppo memorabile ma comunque una lettura carina e che mi sento di consigliare per la sua semplicità

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review 2017-12-29 01:05
A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
A History of the World in Six Glasses - Tom Standage

This book discusses the rise of six drinks as alternatives to water and some of it was actually rather interesting. Some of it was known to me, of course, but the couple of chapters for each drink gave a nice overview and I did learn a few things. I shouldn't have to praise this but no physical descriptions of the various personages discussed were proffered either.

 

I'm counting it as the book for Dōngzhì Festival for 16 Festive Tasks: read a book that has a pink or white cover.

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