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text 2017-06-21 19:34
Top Read and Sold this week on Amazon.com (or: In my lifetime will the Harry Potter books ever not be chart toppers?)
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Camino Island: A Novel - John Grisham
Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel - Mark Sullivan
Come Sundown - Nora Roberts
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life - Mark Manson
I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart,Neil Strauss
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate - Al Franken
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - J.D. Vance

I'm just noticing https://www.amazon.com/charts showing the current week's most read and most sold books.  I put the top five most read fiction and nonfiction at top of this post, visit the link for all of them. 


Anyone know what these colored triangles mean?  UPDATE — thanks to Grimlock's comment on another post — triangles refer to movement up/down on the chart.





Source: www.amazon.com/charts
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review 2017-06-13 15:20
I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons
I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart,Neil Strauss
I Picked Up This Book Because: Kevin Hart wrote it. You dog on right I’m going to read it.

This book depicts the beginnings of Kevin Hart. From short kid with zero free time, thanks to his mom’s determination to keep him off the streets, to the superstar funny man we all know and love today. It wasn’t an easy trip and his success didn’t happen overnight but it is so inspiring. Kevin has a drive and determination that so few people have. His ability to shrug off the negative, the rejections, the setbacks have surely served him well.

The book covers his personal life also. From growing up with a semi estranged dad who was on drugs to his mother’s protectiveness to his relationship with his ex-wife and the beginnings of his relationship with his current wife. I love the way he speaks of his children and how he wants them to know that they have because of his hustle and they will need to develop their own once they are adults.

I feel like this book is perfect for anyone who is ready to chase their dream. Who needs motivation and encouragement to keep going even with the plan is not working as you thought it would.

The Random Thoughts:

I would have loved to listen to this in audiobook form. If Kevin narrates it's going to be amazingly funny.

The Score Card:


4 Stars
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text 2017-03-10 07:55
Select the silicon makeup sponge as the best applicator

Makeup is one of the important parts of every women and girl’s life and they cannot imagine their day start without this. It is irrespective of the age, so it has become necessity for everyone. But, for applying makeup, you have the requirement of something, i.e. some type of applicator so that the whole process can be done easily. Most of the people use the brush and sponge for this purpose and between these two, the sponge is the best choice. With these, the advantage is that the powder or liquid sticks can be certain on your face. These do not give the through cleanup to the makeup, so you can easily wash that even in the tap water. These are one of the right options for those people who are daily makeup lovers and they can do their task in a minute. The problem with the normal sponge is that these absorb the product and the people do not like this, because their product goes waste. It is wastage of your product as well as of your money. The best choice is that you have to opt for the Silicone Makeup sponge Silisponge.

When you will first see these sponges, then you will interpret that these are huge water droplet and covered in a clear case and you will assume that these are for the cream and liquid products. The best part with this clear make up sponge is that the absorption is zero and this applicator is clear, so you can see each and every thing. You can easily use this applicator as it is a game of a child. This product is available in the highest brands like Molly Cosmetics and so on. You can buy this product from an online shop where you will get the best deals.

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text 2016-08-30 08:48
Draw Out the Benefits of Makeup Artistry Courses

As your wedding day approaches, gazillions of things should fall in place, and one of the foremost elements is how to handle wedding day makeup. The wedding is of the most cherished and biggest days, which the relatives and family members bear in mind for the futurity, which prompts to have a picture perfect face for the entire day. Primarily, the right amalgamation of makeup and products helps in walking down the aisle with confidence and attain overwhelmed memories for the eternity. Hence, you must make it a point to wear makeup that complements you face, which calls the need to have hands on beneficial tips and tricks by means of lucrative makeup artistry courses. The following tips can save the bride from standing out like a sore thumb.


Be Familiar with the Skin Type


There are a number of skin types, which makes it crucial to capitalize on products that suit your skin texture and type. You may have normal, oily, or dry skin that demands to apply makeup that is line and accord with your skin and complexion. For instance, dark-colored women should avoid dark makeup as it will make them look darker. As a result, before buying makeup and cosmetic products, you must exercise caution and analyze the skin with the help of an experienced and well-versed makeup artist in Dublin.


Do not go over the top with it


Applying makeup on a dirty face makes your skin look rough and unpleasant. Therefore, ensure that face, as well as hands, are cleaned and your facial hygiene is maintained for a smooth and glowing face. Moreover, you should keep in mind that excess of everything is dangerous and same is the case with makeup. Hence, the bride must make sure that they do not apply extra makeup on the face so as to fend off fake appearance. Just have minimal makeup, which assists in making you look beautiful.


Put Makeup Evenly


You should exercise caution and apply makeup evenly in order to maintain the right balance on all parts of the face. Additionally, you can seek the helping hands of a professional wedding makeup artist that facilitate in having makeup that suits your dress and even complexion. All along with buying and applying quality cosmetic items, you must have a quick glimpse on the reviews of the products that turn all your choices worth the bucks.  



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review 2016-08-11 21:11
Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread
Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk

I have a love/hate relationship with Chuck Palahniuk. I love him because he can somehow get away with writing the most offensive, politically incorrect, disgusting fiction ever. I hate him because I don’t feel smart enough to read his work. Somehow, I always have the feeling that he’s laughing at me while I struggle to understand what the heck is going on. I don’t always get the point of his stories. Many of them just seem offensive for the sake of being offensive. This totally messes with my over-analytical mind. I want to find meaning in these stories, but maybe there isn’t any.


If you’re new to Chuck Palahniuk’s work, Make Something Up is a great place to start. These 21 stories run the spectrum from clever and funny to completely unreadable. You’ll get a good sense of the variety of work the author produces.


For me, these are the standouts in the collection:


In “Zombies,” stressed-out high school students intentionally give themselves brain damage because they can’t live up to society’s expectations. The end of the story is unexpectedly sweet and sappy. It caught me off-guard in the best way. This is the only story that made me laugh out loud.


“In Miss Chen's English class, we learned, 'To be or not to be . . .' but there's a big gray area in between. Maybe in Shakespeare times people only had two options. Griffin Wilson, he knew that the SATs were just the gateway to a big lifetime of bullshit. To get married and college. To paying taxes and trying to raise a kid who's not a school shooter. And Griffin Wilson knew drugs are only a patch. After drugs, you're always going to need more drugs.” – Make Something Up


“Red Sultan’s Big Boy” is the story of a father who buys his psychopathic daughter a new horse. (After she poisons the old one.) Unfortunately, the new horse has some unexpected and disgusting talents. The suspense in this story kept me reading. I wanted to find out what nasty thing this horse can do. Since this is a Chuck Palahniuk story, I knew it would be really nasty.


“Listening, it occurred to Randall that the love people feel for animals is the purest form of love. Loving an animal, a horse, cat, or dog, was always a romantic tragedy. It meant loving something that would die before you. Like that movie with Ali McGraw. There was no future, just the affection of the present moment.” – Make Something Up


“Romance” stars an “average” man who meets an interesting woman and falls in love. He doesn’t mind that the woman is possibly “retarded.” They’re very happy together. This story has some twists I didn’t see coming.


“And when they're old enough I'm going to tell my little girls that everybody looks a little crazy if you're looking close enough, and if you can't look that close, then you don't really love them. All the while life goes around. And if you keep waiting for somebody perfect you'll never find love, because it's how much you love them is what makes them perfect.” – Make Something Up


In “Cold Calling,” a teenage telemarketer is verbally abused by people who think he’s from India. This story shows the way racism spreads.


In “Fetch,” a haunted tennis ball helps a young boy change a widow’s life. I love magical realism, and this story is magical realism done right. It’s quirky and unexpected.


The novella, “Inclinations,” tells the story of a group of straight boys who con their way into a “Fag Farm,” a place where gay teens are turned straight. When the boys are forced to dissect the dead bodies of their ex-girlfriends, they plot their escape. This isn’t my favorite story in the collection, but the characters are memorable. The author does a great job of capturing the selfishness (and selflessness) of teenagers.


“To him the protesters at the front gate were the equivalent of the protesters outside abortion clinics. The Rock Hudsons tried to stop people coming here the same way do-gooders tried to block people going to murder their unborn kids. The irony was in how those same rescued babies got adopted by Rock Hudsons.” – Make Something Up


Finally, in “How a Jew Saved Christmas,” a department store worker uses everything she learned from watching CSI to uncover the identity of her Secret Santa. The main characters are over-the-top ridiculous. This is another story with a (somewhat) sweet ending.


Even though this book is a mixed bag of stories, I do like the questions they raise. They highlight the weirdness of modern life. The characters are often forced to choose between what they want and what the outside world wants for them. How much should a person give in to society’s pressure? If you’re happy, does it matter what the rest of the world thinks?


Like Chuck Palahniuk’s other books, this one will try very hard to offend you, but if you don’t mind some gag-inducing moments, the themes are thought-provoking.

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