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text 2017-11-15 01:11
Reading progress update: I've read 236 out of 377 pages.
The White People and Other Weird Stories - Arthur Machen

this collection is running at about 3.5 stars, in the ratings game, with me--but to be fair, I've got two long stories left to get done, and my overall view could change...a little.

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text 2017-11-14 14:59
Reading progress update: I've read 201 out of 377 pages.
The White People and Other Weird Stories - Arthur Machen

I'm working my way through what I'll call a novella, titled 'A Fragment of Life', and it was slow and grinding, a bit early on--a bit "domestic", chatty, and homey--but now the magic has started to really creep in, and I like it. Machen has not emerged as a perfect writer for me, but when the beauty comes out in a story, the words light up.

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text 2017-11-10 14:42
Is Christmas the Time to Correct your Bad Credit Score?
Time of excitement and jubilation is round the corner, and this is when everything seems to appear brightly coloured, decorated and carol tunes bedeck the atmosphere.  Christmas is the time, but you do not need to forget, Christmas brings with it unlimited expenses, where you have to spend excessively on music, parties, eating and luxuries.  During the times of Christmas, things go pretty expensive; cost of the food, transportation and pieces of decoration become overwhelmingly high. 

At times, it becomes outrageously difficult to hold on to the rising expenses. If you have bad credit situation, you will further fall into terrible condition.  In short, Christmas is an exciting time to enjoy, but you need to look into the electricity bills, utility bills, as well as phone bills too.  Borrowing against your credit cards and overdrafts would take you through the financially difficult times. 

All these misadventures come heavy and may be the starting point of migraines.

Next time when you want to participate in a Christmas party, or have made up your mind to organise one in the climes of your home, you need to orchestrate a strategic plan. The first part of this plan is to apply for Christmas Loans. Since there are different types of loans available for Christmas, it is better idea that you shop and compare for a while, and later on make the decision. 

Planning your Christmas Loan

Planning the arrival of funds through Christmas loans in advance during the peak time, means you are going to keep your financial struggle at the bay. Your planning for the Christmas would include:

#1 - Managing the Bills: You have an overwhelming list of bills that have not yet been paid. These bills are critical to your financial well-being. You may end up into doldrums, if these bills are not paid in time, or not paid at all.;Therefore, check the date and time of the bills, and move forward to pay those bills. Remember, you are not taking out the funds from Christmas loans for the sake of paying off the bills.

#2 - Understanding of the Loan is Important: Borrowing money to live in the days of Christmas is helpful and has the purpose. Generally, the credit cards and payday loans are incorporated for borrowing, but both of these methods have their own limitations. Credit cards serve quick means of funding, but the rate of interest is high, when you miss out a single payment. On the other hand, payday loans are quite misleading and should therefore be considered as the last resort. Even the payday loans have high rate of interest on them. Your decision should be firm and informed. 

#3 - Budget your loan, and do not over spend: It is always a good sense when you strike a balance between the money you have and costs that would likely to incur. It would be far better if you implement budgeting tools. 

#4 - Workout Rates of Interest: Loans for Christmas have higher bracket allotted for interest rates, and this is going to make your situation worse. You need the loan, which has a low interest rate and not the other way round. Expensive Christmas loans are not going to pay you off well. In fact, high interest on loan will put you in an utterly poor state. 

#5 - Are you in Doubt? Ask Your Lender:The lender you approach for funds is the one you know the best. It is true that you have many doubts, but you do not want those doubts to stay inside. You should look on to your lender and get the answers to your questions. Your knowledge on Christmas Loans will save you.

Come over the Bad Credit Situations

When you have the plans for Christmas, you do not want to get grilled in bad credit situations. You always want to find out the methods of improving less than perfect credit score. It is where you have bad credit loans. After integrating this method of financing with Christmas loans, you have double benefits. Loans for bad credit situations during the Christmas come with following benefits: 

Celebrate the Christmas month without considering the need for funds. Bad credit loans will give sufficient funds, which would let you purchase gifts and party all day and night. 

Funds availed through the bad credit loans will improve your credit situation and keep it balanced. Your financial order will remain maintained. Your mind will not be in confusion.

Rates of interest will be settled on the lower side, and this is one of the reasons for your loan to become economical. It is going to be a completely budget loan.

Repayment tenure is spread across few months, and therefore, you do not have the reason to keep making the payments over an extended period of time. 

The timeframe of approval of loans for bad credit situations during the Christmas is less. it is far less in comparison to personal loans out there. 

Loans for bad credit situations, in general make the way towards your financial resolution. You start improving your credit situation, and above everything else, you know that your credit status has begun to rebuild. You need to take any chances with the pawn shops. Authentic loan approval process is initiated, and there is nothing to worry for loan sharks. Guaranteed bad credit loans are not expensive as there is not going to be any application fee. The lender will not charge any upfront charges as well. These loans are more open in comparison to the other personal loans. 

"Let the spirit of Christmas touch your soul and you have blessings of Jesus, coming your way. Christmas Loans are nothing more than the celestial way of treating your finances, and keeping the bad credit situations at bay during the Christmas."
Source: www.credit-lenders.uk
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text 2017-11-09 21:13
The Good People - Hannah Kent
I loved "Burial Rites" and snapped this book up without getting too far into the description.

While I liked the first book better, this one was still a good read.

I like how the author really sets me in the scene. You can really tell that she has done a lot of research on this, as well. Especially if you read the author's note at the end. I also just read that the author picked a mysterious disease for Micheal so it would add to the mystery. I know I was having a hard time just picturing what the heck he had wrong with him.

I had to laugh a few times when those ladies would meet up at the well. The superstitions that they had were hilarious. I'm rolling my eyes now at some of the beliefs.

A really great and entertaining read that had me mesmerized for hours.

Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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review 2017-11-07 17:36
The Good People ★★★★☆
The Good People - Hannah Kent,Caroline Lennon

Nora had always believed herself to be a good woman, a kind woman. But perhaps, she thought, we are good only when life makes it easy for us to be so. Maybe the heart hardens when good fortune is not there to soften it.


There is a lot going on in this book, in between the basic plot of what happens when a woman comes to believe that her damaged grandchild is a fairy changeling. It’s an interesting examination of how sincerely held beliefs – superstitious and religious and intellectual and political – can drive and rationalize cruelty. It’s human nature, I think, to want answers to the unknowable and solutions to the unsolvable, and to take action – any action – rather than to accept that sometimes shit just happens. Today, we resort to conspiracy theories about the government and “big pharma” and try chelation and rolfing and cupping and arsenicum and coffee enemas and bloodroot salves. In the Ireland of the 1820’s, they blamed barren women and evil eyes and Good Folk and tried bathing in cow urine and putting ash in their pockets and foxglove and nightshade. Or asking an old woman with The Knowledge to banish the sickly, screaming fairy changeling so their real child could be returned to them.


Audiobook, borrowed from my public library, with an excellent performance by Caroline Lennon.



I read this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, Square 13: December 25th - Read a book whose protagonist is called Mary, Joseph (or Jesus, if that’s a commonly used name in your culture) or any variations of those names (e.g., Maria or Pepe). In this book, one of the protagonists is a servant girl named Mary, who cares for the sickly child and watches in horror as the attempts to return him to the fairies escalate.

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