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text 2018-02-09 09:48
Friday Reads - February 9 and 16, 2018
The Siege: 68 Hours Inside The Taj Hotel - Adrian Levy,Cathy Scott-Clark
Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality - Arnold Theodore Olson,David Boies
The Great Silence: Britain from the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age - Juliet Nicolson
Forgotten Voices of the Great War - Max Arthur,Imperial War Museum

This is the third time I am writing this post. BL needs to hurry up and finish fixing the bugs, because the site has been less than useful since Wednesday. Considering my busy schedule next week and BL's weakness, I will probably not be back until after the holiday weekend.


So I plan on reading a lot of non-fiction in the next week and half. First up is The Siege, about the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008. Since that is a dark topic, I plan on also reading Redeeming the Dream in between chapters. After those are completed, it is on to The Great Silence and Forgotten Voices, which are on my Great War reading challenge.

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review 2018-01-25 21:02
Not for me and wish there were more resources.
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native Ameri... #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women - Lisa Charleyboy,Clive Leatherdale

This slim anthology features poetry, art, essays, quotes, etc. from indigenous women. Aimed at teen readers the book covers with many issues that women from this group face: from poverty to stereotypes to sexual assault to the lack of resources or even historical context that is taught in schools, etc. this was a book that will make you think.


I was a bit hesitant because I have never been one for poetry and this just didn't quite sound up my alley. That was true and holds for me. There will be others who will probably get a lot more out of the art, interviews, poems, etc. but for me I found it wasn't really interested. I wish there was more, which seems to be a common theme in a lot of interviews. 


There are biographies of the contributors at the end but I would have loved to have read a few words from some of the artists if they had wanted to share. Some of the pieces didn't resonate with me but I suspect that this is partially because I am just not part of this group. I also wish there had been more about the contributors or additional resources: books to read, other indigenous figures that these women might recommend, even links to the PayPal or websites or blogs of these women. I could most certainly understand the argument for NOT including that information but I would have found it helpful.


I borrowed it from the library and that was right for me.

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text 2018-01-18 06:14
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 320 pages.
Voices from the Second World War: Stories of War as Told to Children of Today - Candlewick Press
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text 2017-11-20 19:49
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Square 4
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston
A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella - Liz Curtis Higgs
The Berlin Wall: 13 August 1961 - 9 Nove... The Berlin Wall: 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989 - Frederick Taylor
Forgotten Voices of the Great War - Max Arthur,Imperial War Museum

Square 4, Part 1: Penance Day

Book: A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs

Task: 5.5 Theses of Book Blogging


1. Don't sell ARCs. Donate them to a charity or stock a free little library with them, but don't sell them. I don't read ARCs for a bunch of personal reasons, yet I feel really sorry for the authors who have their ARCs sold.


2. Stop the "real" books versus e-Reader/app debate. We all know you are just doing it for page views/social engagement and it is a tired argument. Some bloggers bring this up at least monthly so their numbers look good - ESPECIALLY on FB. Reading is reading and some readers have disabilities/conditions that technology has helped to read more/read again. The argument is classist and ablest and I will unfollow a blogger in a hot minute if I start seeing this.


This goes double with audible books. Some people like to read and do crafts/garden/cook/clean at the same time and a lot of them don't have the time in their day to schedule all the things as individual tasks.


3. Don't be afraid to review/talk about books from your personal stash, freebie books found in the Nook or Kindle store or even *gasp* the books from your local library. In the daily push to promote NEW! sometimes bloggers get burnt out. Give yourself permission to once a month write about those long cherished books and why they hold/don't hold up. Don't lose your blog's personality in the quest to look good for publishers/blog tour operators.


4. Don't be afraid to address serious topics in your review. Authors really need to get over having their book babies get criticized for racism, homophobia, etc that the reader finds. Authors should coral their fans and let's not start in with death threats and slurs directed at the book blogger. And GR/BL, Twitter, and FB could give a helping hand to the blogger/reviewer when shit hits the fan.


5. Don't feel the need to be on every social media platform so that your blog gets noticed. Seems like an awful lot of work in creating and maintaining a page on FB for your blog for nothing, since a lot of FB's algorithim will keep your post/page hidden from readers feed. Twitter is one big garbage dump fire. Other platforms seem more in line with helping book bloggers.

                         5.5 However, if a blogger really likes a social media platform, say Instagram, and enjoys coming up with photos of books and bookish stuff, MORE POWER TO YOU. Honestly I am a big fan of "bookstagram" and love to see what you guys and gals come up with. Keep them coming!



Square 4, Part Two: Thanksgiving

Book: The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston - I read it but my review got eaten by BL's bug fixing and I don't feel like re-writing my review. I gave it 5 stars and will probably gush about the entire series for at least the rest of the year.


Task: Picture of my new books. The family and I went to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford on Veterans' Day/Armistice Day (cause we know how to party, lol) and let's just say I can't be left in a museum gift shop by myself....I picked up The Berlin Wall 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989 by Frederick Taylor; most likely the inspiration was seeing a piece of the Berlin Wall on display at the museum.


On a different day earlier in the month I went shopping at my favorite local charity shop for a White Elephant gift for the upcoming library staff and volunteer holiday party. I picked up Forgotten Voices of the Great War: A New History of WWI in the Worlds of the Men and Women Who Were There by Max Arthur.






Total points for this square: 4


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text 2017-10-28 19:46
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 592 pages.
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America - Ibram X. Kendi

Out here in super red central Arizona, my public library has this on digital. 


Thank you, Chris' Fish Place, for posting your review of this.

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