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text 2017-05-14 09:46
6 Literary Quotes For Mother's Day

It's Mother's Day in the US! Mum love books, books love mums. Hug your mum on the Mother's Day with these bookish quotes about mother's love. 

 

Howards End - E.M. Forster Howards End - E.M. Forster  

The disregard of a dying woman's bequest, a girl's attempt to help an impoverished clerk, and the marriage of an idealist and a materialist — all intersect at an estate called Howards End. The fate of this country home symbolizes the future of England in an exploration of social, economic, and philosophical trends during the post-Victorian era.

 

 

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin 

 

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPréHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility. All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley — a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry — and anyone who reads about him — will find unforgettable.

 

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger  

Passionately in love, Clare and Henry vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with the effects of Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition that casts Henry involuntarily into the world of time travel.

 

House Rules - Jodi PicoultHouse Rules - Jodi Picoult 

Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself to others, and like many children with Asperger's, Jacob has an obsessive focus on one subject - in his case, forensic analysis. He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do - and he's usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. Reluctance to make eye contact, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate gestures, all these can look a lot like guilt.

For One More Day - Mitch AlbomFor One More Day - Mitch Albom 

This is the story of Charley, a child of divorce who is always forced to choose between his mother and his father. He grows into a man and starts a family of his own. But one fateful weekend, he leaves his mother to secretly be with his father - and she dies while he is gone. This haunts him for years. It unravels his own young family. It leads him to depression and drunkenness. One night, he decides to take his life. But somewhere between this world and the next, he encounters his mother again, in their hometown, and gets to spend one last day with her - the day he missed and always wished he'd had.

 

We wish all the mums all the best! <3

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review 2017-04-11 17:58
Better than the Movie
Mum's the Word - Kate Collins

I saw the movie with Brooke Shields and thought it was interesting and found the books at the library and read the first book in the series. I was not fond of the main character as she seemed a bit flighty. I do note that the book was better than the movie. 

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review 2016-10-06 00:00
Mum's Not Having Chemo: Cutting-edge therapies, real-life stories - a road-map to healing from cancer
Mum's Not Having Chemo: Cutting-edge therapies, real-life stories - a road-map to healing from cancer - Laura Bond This is not the worst cancer book I have read. It is far from being the best. This holds up unproven practices as being equal to scientifically tested treatments.

Yes, chemotherapy isn't perfect, yes you will die, eventually, the question is how you want to live while you can.
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review 2016-01-30 02:37
DNF
Port Mortuary - Patricia Cornwell

DNF @ page 221.

 

I just couldn't do it. I needed to get this done before xmas to give to my mother (she loves PC) but it was just so bloody boring!! How one makes spybots, robots and conspiracy boring is beyond me. Kay was also completely self involved, oblivious & woe is me. Her relationship with her husband left much to be desired. Really the only improvement from the last book I read was the skill in writing. The writing was good, but I'd take that interesting story over this anyday!!

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review 2015-12-18 08:27
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Body of Evidence - Patricia Cornwell

Another somewhat disappointing read, only because i had such high expectations. So many people have recommended this author to me, but i had so many issues with this book! I don't know if it was because of the era it was written, or just Cornwell's personal tastes or her writing ability but this book didn't do it for me.

What i did enjoy was the mystery. pretty sure there was no way i could have solved it before Kay did, the answer pretty much came out of no where, but i enjoyed it none the less. The whole entire time i had fun trying to figure out who was the killer, and suspects kept getting ticked off the list one by one as they all ended up dead, it was good fun.
I also enjoyed Cornwell's knowledge on mental illnesses, definitely out of date by now, but she knew her stuff (i suspect she still does) what she wrote was easy to understand and very interesting. Not many authors go into such in-depth perspective about why someone is acting a certain way when it pertains to the mentally ill, they just claim there sick, insane, messed up, not explaining that in some cases they can't help it and they need help, that they might in fact be good people who are suffering from something terrible (not in this case, the murderer was a looney who definitely needed to be locked up for everyone's safety) but it was nice that she went there.

Otherwise pretty much everything else i did not enjoy. Kay herself got on my nerves, not a lot, but now and then. She at least wasn't a bigot or a terrible person but her obsession with her ex drove me a little bonkers, especially at really inappropriate times. focus on the case women!! people are dying!! important clues may be missed!! plus she had a weird way of handling her partner, and she was a pretty big loner, she never fully connected with anyone, myself included. And its difficult to like a character when you can't connect to them.
Now her police partner, Marino, Ugh. Man he was such a D-pimple. What an ass. I can't believe some of the things he said! after the 3rd time of him saying 'faggot' i wanted to chuck the book out the window. I imagine this was a regular, perhaps normal attitude males had in the early 90s but didn't make it any better for me when it came to reading it. The weird thing is he wasn't a complete and terrible person, sometimes i hated him, i never actually liked him, but he had his moments. To me he felt more like a real living person then the main character, his traits, even if occasionally terrible, made him seem believable and realistic. Kay was just bland. I like how he worried about her in his weird marcho way, trying to order her around and protect her, she didn't accept it and i was glad cause ordering around people isn't cool, but it was his way of reaching out, telling her he cared about her safety, in the only way he knew how and i thought the author captured that really well. So at times while he might have been a bit of a terrible person he wan't a complete monster. plus i occasionally had mad respect for his interrogation skills, he botched it most of the time with his anger and impatience, but sometimes he did a fantastic job.
We won't talk about the love interest. Lets just say it was ridiculous and made me think less of Kay. Yes i know it's not nice of me, but come on women, he lied so many times! and as soon as he goes 'but this time I'm telling the truth' you believe him!! UGH at least check the facts first. thank god i have my hands on a future book (written with much more skill, I'm only a few pages in but i like it a lot more than this one already) and I'm fairly positive she's with someone else. 

Also she made me think he was a terrible women beater or something, with how she spoke about him, but really he wasn't a bad dude. They weren't great together and i didn't understand her need to have him in her life, but he was nothing like she made him out to be earlier in the book.

(spoiler show)

 

And that pretty much sums up the book for me. One thing which i found peculiar and amusing i want to share, was how everyone smoked inside. I vaguely remember that as a thing when i was growing up, but it never impacted me much (as you know children can't smoke and everything) as soon as they walked into a building or sat down to a meeting cigarettes or pipes were out and they were puffing away. Oh how I'm so glad the law came in to band inside smoking, so glad. i could just imagine the smell of those building in my head, yuk.

So for my first P.C book I'm rating it 3 stars. Hoping my next experience with P.C is better.

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