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review 2017-11-24 16:44
Quick but lots to think on
Waiting for the Taliban: A Journey Through North Afghanistan - Anna Badkhen

This has been my eBook read while at work. Good but more like a magazine article. Did come away with some great food for thought about why Afghanistan is such a quagmire in terms of help, assistance, and why the war is dragging on with no end in sight. 

 

Also, I learned lots of new words like kleptocracy (rule by a thief or thieves). Love that term! 

 

 

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review 2017-11-24 16:34
Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

 

"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

If you have not read book one, this review may contain spoilers.

This book starts of pretty much where the last one ended. I really liked the last book but I must say I LOVED this book. I just loved it, everything about it was great.

The story telling, the world setting, the characters growth and arcs, the endless twist and turns and many shocking surprises.

This book gave me whiplash like hardly any book before. I went from laughing and swooning to be being shocked, heartbroken and sobbing like a fool. Just be be brought back to being shocked to the amazing and powerful ending of this book. While some of the things with Celaena I suspected other came as a complete surprise.

Too not spoil anything to those who have not read it I will not go into too much detail as always.

In this book we learn so much more about our major players in this series. Celaena, Dorian, Chaol, Nehemia but also a lot more about the king and his motives.

We also get to meet some new people. Some are nice, others not so much.

There is still a love triangle but I must say I did not mind it as it fit and actually some things made sense.

We learn so much more of Celaena, her past her future plans and so much more. As mentioned about I had some idea what was about to come for her but some things were a surprise. But really it made sense. We get to see her at her best and maybe even happy, but we also get to see her at her worse and see why she is Adarlan's most feared assassin.

Dorian surprised me in this book, in more than one way. I actually thought he was great and reacted fairly well to certain ‘news”. There is more to Dorian than believed in book one.

The same goes for Chaol. I also liked him and he also surprised me with some reactions he had. Also some new and interesting facts come to light about him and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Nehemia, also plays a huge part in this book again and some new and very shocking are revealed about her. I love the friendship her and Celaena have.

Some people from Celaena’s past that shake things up and also give us a closer look at her past and the life she lived.  We also meet some new people on the Kings site.

Overall. I cannot say enough how much I loved this book and everything about it. Even when it pulled me off cloud nine so I could have had my heart ripped out and slowly trampled on and after that just sitting there in awe.

If I could give it a ten star rating I would but as my rating only goes to 5, a 5 ★ it is.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“I can't tell if I should be ashamed of wanting to hold you on this day, or grateful that, despite what happened before now, it somehow brought me to you.”

***

“I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn't, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.”

***

“Who said anything about shame?" She gestured down to her naked body, even though it was covered by the blanket. "Honestly, I'm surprised you're not strutting about, boasting to everyone. I certainly would be if I'd tumbled me.

"Does your love for yourself know no bounds?"

"Absolutely none.”

***

“Then Celaena and the King of Adarlan smiled at each other, and it was the most terrifying thing Dorian had ever seen.”

***

“If they wanted Adarlan's Assassin, they'd get her.

And Wyrd help them when she arrived.”

***

“But he had no idea what sort of darkness lurked inside her, or what sort of monster she was willing to become in order to make things right.”

***

 

Available NOW 

  

 

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

Links

Website *** Facebook *** Twitter *** Amazon

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review 2017-11-24 16:17
Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass - Sarah J Maas

 

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world

I’ve been hearing about Sarah J Maas’s books for a while now and after having read The a Court of Thorns and Roses Series I thought it was time to dip my toes into her Throne of Glass series. And man am I happy that I did and I’m not sure why I waited so long. The only good thing is now I can binge read the books

I loved this book. I loved everything about it. The story, the characters, the writing, the magic and the endless twists and turn. I say that even though there is a love triangle, most of you know that I’m not a big fan of them but I must admit. It is very well done in this book and not all that bothersome. Considering Celaena is doesn’t even really catch on to both of them.

I already have picked my fav. I will not say who and why in this review, to not maybe spoil it to the few who have not read it yet. I know some have not but I think I’m pretty late on this series lol

I also super enjoyed the multiple POVs we get in this books, that way we get as much info as we can and get to know some of the other people in the book better.

Celaena I just loved her. I loved that she is that super bad a$$ assassin, known and feared by most but yet she has a pretty vulnerable site to her. She has fears and worries like most of us. I loved her backstory and I can’t wait to read more about her and her past. I love that she is super smart and thinks things through beforehand…. Well most of the time. I love her sense of humor and that she fights what she thinks is right. I also loved that she is such an avid reader.

Dorian. I enjoyed very much. I loved that he didn’t “act “as the crown prince as he should. I loved that he matched Celaena’s humor and sarcasm with his own.

Chaol, I also enjoyed very much, he was also funny and met her sarcasm plus he could fight her and survive.

Nehemia, I liked her a lot and can’t not wait to learn more of her.

Like, I said before I loved this book and everything about it. We get action, romance, lots of humor magic and lots of twists and turns. I personally can’t wait to learn and fight out more about the forbidden magic, the history and what is about to come. I of course have my theories and we shall see what will happen next and how long the love triangle will last or if she will even choose one ever.

Overall, great book and I rate it 5 ★. It could have been a 4 or better but I really loved this book and how I connected with it so I give it as solid five stars.

Some of my favorite quotes

“Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

***

“How long was I asleep?" she whispered. He didn't respond.

"How long was I asleep?" she asked again, and noticed a hint of red in his cheeks.

"You were asleep, too?"

"Until you began drooling on my shoulder.”

***

“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name's Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I'd still beat you, no matter what you call me.”

***

“She moaned into her pillow. "Go away. I feel like dying."

"No fair maiden should die alone," he said, putting a hand on hers. "Shall I read to you in your final moments? What story would you like?"

She snatched her hand back. "How about the story of the idiotic prince who won't leave the assassin alone?"

"Oh! I love that story! It has such a happy ending, too—why, the assassin was really feigning her illness in order to get the prince's attention! Who would have guessed it? Such a clever girl. And the bedroom scene is so lovely—it's worth reading through all of their ceaseless banter!”

***

“What's the point in having a mind if you don't use it to make judgements?”

***

Available NOW 

  

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

Links

Website *** Facebook *** Twitter *** Amazon

Snoopydoo sigi

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text 2017-11-24 13:33
2017 Books---- 182 and counting....
  1. What the F -- re-read
  2. 1421 --re-read
  3. Write It When I'm Gone -- re-read
  4. The Thin Man -- re-read
  5. Sacred Treasure, the Cairo Genizah --re-read 
  6. The Masqueraders --re-read -- 
  7. Charity Girl -- re-read
  8. The Breaking Wave -- re-read
  9. Break In -- re-read
  10. Bolt -- re-read --
  11. Blood Sport -- re-read
  12. Black Sheep -- re-read 
  13. The Black Moth -- re-read
  14. Beyond the Black Stump  -- re-read
  15. Behold, Here's Poison -- re-read
  16. Bath Tangle -- re-read
  17. Banker -- re-read
  18. Arabella --re-read
  19. April Lady -- re-read
  20. A Man Called Ove -- re-read
  21. Murder on the Orient Express -- re-read 
  22. Tragedy of Z -- NEW69
  23. Sourdough -- NEW68
  24. The Year of the Hare -- NEW67
  25. Engines of Change -- re-read
  26. Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast News -- re-read
  27. They Do It with Mirrors --re-read
  28. Splendid Solution -- re-read
  29. The Secret Adversary -- re-read
  30. The Remains of the Day -- re-read
  31. Prisioners of Georgraphy -- NEW66  HISTORY15
  32. Hickory Dickory Dock -- re-read
  33. The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam -- re-read
  34. Magyk -- NEW65
  35. Safe Passage -- NEW64  HISTORY14
  36. Einstein -- re-read
  37. Drama -- re-read
  38. Packing for Mars -- NEW63 SCIENCE6
  39. Evans Above -- NEW62
  40. Death on the Nile -- re-read
  41. Alexander Hamilton --re-read
  42. And Then There Where None -- re-read
  43. The Sirens of Titan -- NEW61
  44. Secretariat -- NEW60 HISTORY13
  45. My Favorite Universe --NEW59  SCIENCE5
  46. American Ulysses -- NEW58  HISTORY12
  47. Gulp -- re-read [book club read]  SCIENCE4
  48. After the Funeral -- re-read
  49. Rocket Men -- re-read  HISTORY SCIENCE
  50. The Day of the Jackel --re-read
  51. 13 Things that Don't Make Sense -- NEW57 SCIENCE3
  52. The Stranger -- re-read 
  53. Murder Most Frothy -- NEW56
  54. 4:50 from Paddington --NEW55
  55. A Man of Some Repute -- NEW54
  56. Latte Trouble -- NEW53
  57. 10 Lb. Penalty --re-read
  58. Whip Hand -- re-read
  59. Venetia -- re-read
  60. The Unknown Ajax  -- re-read
  61. The Unfinished Clue -- re-read
  62. Twice Shy -- re-read
  63. Trustee From the Toolroom --re-read
  64. Trial Run -- re-read
  65. The Toll Gate --re-read
  66. To the Hilt -- re-read
  67. These Old Shades --re-read
  68. The Talisman Ring -- re-read
  69. Sylvester -- re-read
  70. Great Courses: The Mysterious Etruscans --NEW52 HISTORY11
  71. Great Courses: A Skeptic's Gide to American History --NEW51 HISTORY10
  72. Great Courses: Privacy, Property and Free Speech --NEW50
  73. Great Courses: History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration -- NEW49 HISTORY9
  74. Great Courses: An Economic History of the World Since 1400 --  NEW48 HISTORY8
  75. Persons of Interest -- NEW47
  76. The Portrait of Dorian Gray -- re-read
  77. Great Courses: Cycles of American Political Thought -- NEW46 HISTORY7
  78. The Invention of Nature --NEW45 SCIENCE 2
  79. Great Courses: Cultural Literacy for Religion NEW44
  80. Great Courses: Industrial Revolution NEW43 HISTORY6
  81. Sprig Muslin -- re-read
  82. So Disdained -- re-read
  83. Smokescreen --re-read
  84. Shattered --re-read
  85. Second Wind --re-read
  86. Ruined City -- re-read
  87. Round the Bend -- re-read
  88. Risk -- re-read -
  89. The Reluctant Widow -- re-read
  90. Regency Buck -- re-read
  91. Reflex -- re-read
  92. Rat Race -- re-read
  93. The Rainbow and the Rose -- re-read
  94. The Quiet Gentleman -- re-read
  95. Proof -- re-read
  96. Pastoral --re-read
  97. An Old Captivity -- re-read
  98. Odds Against - re-read
  99. The Nonesuch -- re-read
  100. No Highway --re-read
  101. Nerve -- re-read
  102. The Masqueraders -- re-read
  103. Longshot -- re-read
  104. The Lonely Road --re-read
  105. The Relic Master --42NEW
  106. Louder Than Words -- 41NEW
  107. Notorious RBG -- 40NEW HISTORY5
  108. Landfall -- re-read
  109. Lady of Quality -- re-read
  110. Starman Jones -- 39NEW
  111. The Secrets of Wishtide -- 38NEW
  112. Hidden Figures -- 37NEW HISTORY4
  113. Nothing to Fear -- 36NEW HISTORY3
  114. Bad News -- 35NEW
  115. Mrs. Fortescue Steps Out --34NEW
  116. Great Courses: American Ideals: Founding a 'Republic of Virtue' --33NEW HISTORY
  117. Anansi Boys -- 32NEW
  118. The Great Decision --31NEW HISTORY2
  119. What The F -- 30NEW
  120. The Crime at Black Dudley -- 29NEW
  121. Great Courses: The Illiad of Homer --28NEW
  122. Cairnaerie --27NEW
  123. In the Wet -- re-read
  124. In the Frame --re-read
  125. The Illiad & The Odyssey -- 26NEW  Bucket List
  126. Great Courses: The Odyssey of Homer  -- 25NEW
  127. Hot Money -- re-read
  128. High Stakes --re-read
  129. Spaceman --24NEW SCIENCE1 HISTORY
  130. Tess of the d'Urbervilles -- 23NEW
  131. Luck and Judgement -- 22NEW
  132. The Jungle Book --21NEW
  133. The Grand Sophy -- re-read
  134. Words on the Move -- 20NEW
  135. Frederica -- re-read
  136. Friday's Child --re-read
  137. Double Whammy -- re-read
  138. The Foundling -- re-read
  139. Flying Finish -- re-read
  140. The Spaceship Next Door --19NEW
  141. Great Courses: From Plato to Post-Modernism -- 18NEW
  142. Great Courses: English Grammar Boot Camp -- 17NEW
  143. Faro Daughter -- re-read
  144. The Far Country -- re-read
  145. False Colours -- re-read
  146. Even Money -- re-read
  147. Enquiry -- re-read
  148. Driving Force -- re-read
  149. Bloodline -- re-read
  150. Devil's Cub --re-read 
  151. The White Cottage Mystery -- 16NEW
  152. The Eyre Affair -- 15NEW
  153. On What Grounds -- 14NEW
  154. But for the Grace -- 13NEW
  155. Great Courses: The High Middle Ages 12NEW HISTORY
  156. Decider -- re-read
  157. Dead Heat --re-read
  158. Dead Cert --re-read
  159. The Danger --re-read
  160. Crossfire --re-read
  161. Cotillion --re-read
  162. The Corinthian -- re-read 
  163. The Readers of Broken-Wheel Recommend -- 11NEW
  164. Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home -- 10NEW
  165. An Accidental Death --9NEW
  166. A Convenient Marriage --re-read
  167. Come to Grief -- re-read
  168. A Civil Contract -- re-read
  169. The Chequer Board -- re-read
  170. Charity Girl -- re-read
  171. The Breaking Wave --re-read
  172. Bret Farrar -- 9NEW
  173. Great Courses: Find Your Roots -- 8NEW
  174. Break In --re-read
  175. Great Courses: The Great Debate -- 7NEW HISTORY1
  176. Great Courses: 36 Books That Changed the World -- 6NEW
  177. Speaking American --5NEW
  178. You're Saying It Wrong --4NEW
  179. We are Legion (We are Bob) --3NEW
  180. Great Courses: English in America --2NEW
  181. Midnight Riot (aka A River in London) --1NEW
  182. Bolt -- re-read (continued from 2016)
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text 2017-11-22 20:17
Early Friday Reads/Holiday Weekend Reading
Through Waters Deep - Sarah Sundin
The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace - Lynn Povich
The Toymaker - Kay Springsteen
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir - Kelle Hampton

To all my fellow Americans...

 

We have plans to have our holiday meal at a friend's house with other military families. Today I baked 3 pumpkin pies, 1 apple crisp, and defrosted one pecan pie (requested by my friend's husband and courtesy of my friend Marie Callendar). The rest of the weekend will be spent reading and watching movies - I DO NOT DO BLACK FRIDAY. I worked at Wal-Mart prior to going into the military and worked 3 BFs - honestly I would rather go back to Iraq than ever participate in the BF madness.

 

Here's the reading I hope to get done by the end of November:

1. Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom #1) by Sarah Sundin (for the second square)

 

2. Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich (for the first square- black and white cover)

 

3. The Toymaker by Kay Springsteen (for the first square - heroine is named Ivy)

 

4. Bloom by Kelle Hampton (Pop Sugar challenge and hoping to fill in another square on the 16 Tasks)

 

 

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