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review 2016-05-02 19:19
This Is Where The World Ends
This Is Where the World Ends - Amy Zhang

I can't fully tell how I feel about this book. It was good, but not great. It was a quick read, but I also wanted to take my time with it. I found myself connecting with both characters, but not really wanting to. I can't say to whom I would recommend this book, but it's not a bad read. I just wanted something more.

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review 2016-04-26 01:53
F*ck That: An Honest Meditation
F*ck That: An Honest Meditation - Jason Headley

This book is the perfect meditation book for the person in your life who doesn't really believe in meditation but knows they need to do something to calm themselves down and slow their roll. I highly recommend it because I was laughing the entire time and felt amazingly positive by the end of the work.

 

I received a copy of this work from Blogging For Books in exchange for my review.

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url 2015-10-28 13:46
Ted Cruz as Beowulf: Matching Candidates With the Books They Sound Like
Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer/Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
Beowolf - Anonymous,Gummere
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
Persuasion: Large Print Edition - Jane Austen
The Aeneid - Virgil,Robert Fitzgerald

A New York Times article matches the speech patterns of 13(!) American presidential candidates with the books they sound like. There's a fascinating graphic that puts candidates and books on a sort of coordinate plane grid based on where their language use falls from simple to complex (y axis) and negative to positive (x axis).

 

Most negative? Rand Paul, who's surrounded by the Aeneid and Oliver Twist.

 

Most simple? Donald Trump (surprised?), who's next to The Legends of King Arthur and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

 

Hillary's on the positive and complex side of the plane, and most closely matches Austen's Persuasion (which isn't on the grid but is mentioned at the bottom of the article). Ted Cruz is matched with Beowulf. 

 

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Source: jaylia3.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/ted-cruz-as-beowulf-matching-candidates-with-the-books-they-sound-like
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review 2015-09-22 22:10
The Country of the Blind by H.G. Wells
The Country of the Blind (Large Print Edition) - H. G. Wells
bookshelves: autumn-2015, published-1904, ecuador, sci-fi, shortstory-shortstories-novellas
Read on September 21, 2015

 

Description: "The Country of the Blind" is a short story written by H. G. Wells. It was first published in the April 1904 issue of the Strand Magazine and included in a 1911 collection of Wells's short stories, The Country of the Blind and Other Stories. It is one of Wells's best known short stories and features prominently in literature dealing with blindness.

While attempting to summit the unconquered crest of Parascotopetl, a fictitious mountain in Ecuador, a mountaineer named Nunez slips and falls down the far side of the mountain. At the end of his descent, down a snow-slope in the mountain's shadow, he finds a valley, cut off from the rest of the world on all sides by steep precipices. Unbeknown to Nunez, he has discovered the fabled Country of the Blind.


53mins 11secs. Read by Ralph Cosham.
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review 2015-02-26 00:00
The Reign of Mary Tudor (Large Print Edition)
The Reign of Mary Tudor (Large Print Edition) - J.A. Froude Throughout her reign, Mary was unequipped to deal with the tasks set before her, and basically a slave to love. She was in love with a man that did not love her in return, but instead saw the potential of a windfall for himself from England.

Had Mary better advisers, decided on tolerance instead of religious fervor, and united instead of divide, she would have had a better reign, and might have kept the people on her side.

As I was reading through this book, I was struck with how she trusted a person, someone she saw a father figure, and was almost determined to rectify all wrongs she felt had been done to her during her father's reign. I felt sorry for her, but then angry with her, as she was slow to act when she could have been decisive, and vengeful when she would have been forgiving. She alone incurred the wrath of her people, not without help, but the wrongs fall to her.

Great read overall, good concise history and factual relating.
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