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review 2018-02-22 21:58
The Cruel Prince / Holly Black
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

Holly Black is my latest author crush. It helps that many of her books feature the Fae and Fae characters are one of my favourite things.

The Cruel Prince was one of those books that I asked my public library to order and then fidgeted while I waited for it to arrive and to be catalogued. It was worth the wait, in my opinion. It may be a young adult book, but that didn’t prevent me from enjoying it too.

I like Black’s version of the Fae—they don’t play nice, they aren’t always fond of mortals, and there are rules that both sides have to follow. Jude is a mortal girl, living in the Fae world, trying to fit in despite the sneers of her contemporaries at school. She and her mortal sister are picked on and disparaged by the princes and princesses of the Realm of Faerie. And, of course, there’s a boy—Prince Cardan, the cruel prince of the title—who captures her imagination, though maybe not in a good way. Jude decides that if she can’t be accepted by playing nice, perhaps she can scheme and plot her way to a protected position in her adopted world and she proves to be highly adept at it.

It’s pretty obvious where this story will be heading in the second book—Jude & Cardan obviously have some chemistry, despite the rather evil trick on Cardan that Jude indulges in. However, it’s not immediately clear how Black is going to change these passionate enemies into a couple. Now I just wish there wasn’t a whole year to wait for the next installment.

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text 2018-02-04 21:03
OMG Free books. I Love HEB.

I was following up on this post from Reading Is My Escape From Reality, which was reblogged from Leah's Bookish Obsession, and discovered that the Houston Public Library's e-card is free to all Texas residents, sponsored by the local grocery store chain HEB. Took me 5 minutes to sign up with my drivers license number, and now I have access to all their audiobooks on Overdrive!  Wooooohoooooo!

 

 

Seriously, HEB, when are you coming to North Texas so I can show you some love? 

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text 2018-01-22 07:01
Importance of School Infrastructure and Facilities in Nagpur

The school is where children spend their time learning and exploring new things, and as such, the facilities should be such that children feel comfortable there and can give their very best in whatever they do.

 

A Top school in Nagpur should have an environment that promotes learning, and should also pay special attention to the physical and mental comfort of the students. Mentioned below are the primary aspects to look for in a school’s infrastructure:

 

The classrooms within the school should be airy and well- ventilated, and should enable natural light to come in. All the classrooms should have ergonomically designed chairs and tables to provide maximum comfort to the students. In addition, lockers should be there in all classes to store relevant teaching-learning materials, as well as student records. Moreover, the school should have separate laboratories for chemistry, physics, computers, geography, biology, etc. and should be well-equipped with state of the art facilities and technology.

  • The presence of a playground, open stadium, auditorium, and art and craft room is a must so that students can enjoy their extra-curricular activities without any hindrance.
  • The presence of a solar power plant to meet the energy needs of the school is also an added bonus. This not only makes the school self-sufficient but also promotes the concept of green living among students.
  • Also, along with focusing on the necessities of the students, schools should also focus on the requirements of the teachers, so as to maximize their output. For instance, the staff room should be well-designed and equipped with the latest tools, so that the teachers can relax, prepare study material, and even interact with students when need be.
  • The school cafeteria also forms an important part of the school’s infrastructure. The school cafeteria must serve healthy food items at cost-effective rates and should maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness.
  • As students need to stay in the school for around 6 to 7 hours on a daily basis, it is important to have a proper medical room or infirmary in the school. A trained nurse and an experienced doctor should be there in the medical room to take care of students and staff members who might have suffered an injury in the school or might be feeling unwell. Moreover, the school should have tie-ups with hospitals and nursing homes too, so that they can be approached for help in the time of need.

The presence of all the above-mentioned amenities makes for a school that can promote the all-round development of students and even to retain the teachers who are always willing to give in their best to teach the students. Schools like DPS Nagpur have the best in class infrastructure and facilities where students and teachers alike can enjoy the whole process of teaching and learning.

 

DPS Lava, Nagpur is one of the premier schools of the country that has a separate tennis court, swimming pool, and basketball court, along with dedicated auditoriums for cultural performances. Also, the school campus has been built in a way that it promotes green living and has minimal carbon footprint.

Source: www.dpsnagpurcity.com
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review 2018-01-20 11:00
Abused and Shunned by Society: The Diary of a Lost Girl by Margarete Böhme
The Diary of a Lost Girl (Louise Brooks edition) - Thomas Gladysz;Margarete Bohme
Tagebuch einer Verlorenen - Margarete Böhme

This forgotten classic from Germany was a best-selling novel in 1905 and translated into many languages.

 

It was also widely read for nearly three decades – until the story of a fallen girl from a bourgeois family who sees no other way to survive but prostitution was pushed into the abyss of oblivion because it didn’t fit into the ideal and virtuous image of Germans that Nazi propaganda created. Mute films made of it had the same fate although the 1929 film of G. W. Pabst starring Louise Brooks is much appreciated by enthusiasts like the editor of the again available English edition of the book.

 

Please click here to read the full review on my main book blog Edith’s Miscellany!

Source: edith-lagraziana.blogspot.com
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review 2018-01-17 22:05
Two Boys Kissing / David Levithan
Two Boys Kissing - David Levithan

New York Times  bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

 

A very moving book, one that I would recommend that you buy for any young person in your life, regardless of their sexuality. But I doubly recommend that you buy it for any youth that you know who identifies as gay, lesbian or transgender. And I triply recommend it for any young person who is intolerant of sexual diversity. Remember to let them know that you love them and want the best life for them.

I would also say that if you know a parent, aunt, uncle, cousin, friend, sibling, etc. who is uncomfortable with the sexuality of a child, this would be an excellent way to open their hearts to the reality of the way that people are. We don’t all fit into neatly labelled boxes nor should we have to.

I’m of the generation that remembers when AIDS wasn’t spoken about. Back when governments and society tried to shove it under the rug. The many, many people who died before the disease was taken seriously. How it took the deaths of people like Rock Hudson to get the general population to care. As a result, I loved the “chorus” of those who have passed on, but remain to witness. Very much like a Greek chorus, commenting on what is happening in the book.

A quick but satisfying read.

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