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review 2018-12-12 13:00
BECOMING written and narrated by Michelle Obama
Becoming - Michelle Obama,Michelle Obama,Penguin Books


I don't know what to say about this book other than the following:


I found Michelle Obama to be an impressive and an interesting person.


She's classy, (she could have said a lot more unflattering things about many people. She didn't.)


She's a great narrator.


She loves her husband and kids with all of heart and shows it with her actions.


Political campaigns cost even more than I thought. (And I still can't help but think that money could be put to better uses across this country.)


I found it to be such an inspiring read I'm not ashamed to say it brought tears to my eyes more than once. At the same time, this book unintentionally made me nostalgic and sad. It is my opinion that a lot of the good accomplished by the Obama administration has now been undone. (The Paris Climate Change Agreement, among many other things.)


I highly recommend this book to those who want to know more about Michelle Obama, (whether or not your admire her), from her own mouth.


*Comments and/or questions regarding this BOOK or this somewhat of a REVIEW are more than welcome, positive or negative.*


**Comments regarding political views not associated with this book or review will be deleted.**

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text 2018-12-08 20:39
Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 150 pages.
If I Die Before I Wake (Penguin Modern Classics) - Sherwood King

this became a movie called The Lady from Shanghai, which I have not seen, though the book seems to be in the same vein as Double Indemnity, which I have seen but not read. with that sorted...I am enjoying this book very much, so far.

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review 2018-12-06 03:21
Infinite Sea - audiobook
The Infinite Sea: The 5th Wave, Book 2 - Ben Yannette,Rick Yancey,Penguin Books Australia Limited,Phoebe Strole


Audience: Young Adult


The world is a clock winding down.

- opening sentence


This was a re-read for me to prepare for reading the final book in the series, The Last Star. I read a recap summary, but I felt like I needed more information.


I enjoyed revisiting Cassie, Ben, Evan, Ringer, Nugget, and the rest of the gang. There is a lot of confusion in this series about who the good guys and bad guys are and how exactly the aliens are achieving their destruction of the majority of the human race.


This is a fun book with a few unexpected twists and a lot of action, danger, and drama.

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review 2018-12-02 10:58
Shakespeare's Excessiveness: "Moby-Dick" by Herman Melville
Moby Dick: Or, the Whale (Penguin Popular Classics) - Herman Melville

(Original Review, 1981-02-10)

This is a book that knows how excessive it is being.

It took me three times through it to realize that it's the greatest novel in the English language. Of course it has everything wrong with it: the digressions, the ludicrous attempt to out-Shakespeare Shakespeare, the prose through which a high wind blows perpetually, the fact that it's written almost entirely in superlatives . . . Never mind, it's overtopped by wave upon wave of genius, exuberant, explicative, mad in its quest to be about everything at once and to ring every bell in the English language. Yes it can be tough going sometimes, but here's an all-important hint: read this book aloud.



If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-11-29 10:59
Cooks and Boxrooms: "Father Brown Stories" by G. K. Chesterton
Father Brown Stories (Penguin Popular Classics) - G.K. Chesterton

(Original Review, 1981-01-05)

When I was 9 or 10 I loved reading about Sherlock, Father Brown, Pop Larkin, Billy Bunter, Bertie and Jeeves, Just William, etc., etc. Also E. Nesbit. At the same time there was a range of Puffin books that gave me Erik the detective, the dalmatians, One End Street and others. And there was the Children's Book Club -- a monthly hardback volume -- those titles seem to have disappeared, but I half remember them and would be fascinating to revisit them.



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