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review 2018-08-13 11:39
Wild Things - Chloe Neill,Sophie Eastlake

While I liked this series, I decided not to go any further. I felt like I had read the same book with a different villain the last few books. Plus, the men are wishy-washy and the vampires are not as smart as they think they are. The mysteries are the weakest part of this series. They don't figure things out until they are almost hit over the head with it. 

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text 2018-08-12 01:58
Reading progress update: I've read 135 out of 297 pages.
Putting Away Childish Things - Uta Ranke-Heinemann
Nein und Amen. Mein Abschied vom traditionellen Christentum - Uta Ranke-Heinemann

Ok, this one has turned out unexpected in several ways:

 

1. On page 2, I realised that I had bought this book twice...in two different editions. The other edition I have is the original German version. I'm reading both in parallel, which is rather fun.

 

2. This is a much faster read than I had expected from a book about theology. But then Uta Ranke-Heinemann is a good communicator and her writing is clear and structured.

 

3. This book has made me laugh out loud quite a lot. I'm not sure why I was surprised at that because I've followed her interviews for ... a long time.

 

4. I thought there may be sections which I am not going to be interested in, but so far I have not been tempted to skim or skip anything.

 

5. I think I will be a little bit sad when I finish this book. Luckily, I have another one of hers on a shelf somewhere... ;D

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review 2018-08-10 05:15
The Golden Thread by Ewan Clayton
The Golden Thread: The Story of Writing - Ewan Clayton

TITLE:  The Golden Thread:  The Story of Writing

 

AUTHOR:  Ewan Clayton

 

DATE PUBLISHED:  2015

 

FORMAT:  Paperback

 

ISBN-13:  9781848873636

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Blurb:

"The Golden Thread is an enthralling and accessible history of the cultural miracle that is the written word.  It is an invention that has been used to share ideas in every field of human endeavour, and a motor of cultural, scientific and political progress.  From the simple representative shapes used to record transactions of goods and animals in ancient Egypt, tothe sophisticated typographical resources available to the twenty-first-century computer user, the story of writing is the story of human civilization itself."

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This book is a history of the evolution f western writing, everything from the development of the Roman alphabet from Ancient Mediterranean cultures, the development of different writing styles, the use of different writing implements from reeds to quilles to steel nibbed pens, and the use of different mediums to write on from marble blocks and papyrus to paper and computers.  The book includes many other interesting tidbits such as the increase in literacy, the development of the book, record keeping, increased use of writing in corporations, the development of the post-office, the printing press, the novel, graffiti and the computer.  While the book was interesting and informative, I found the writing style to be somewhat pedantic. 

 

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review 2018-08-05 21:17
Book Review: The Worst Things In Life Are Also Free (Dear Dumb Diary, #10) By Jen Benton
The Worst Things In Life Are Also Free - Jim Benton

 

This series was such a big part of my childhood and nostalgia does amazing things for it! The story is entertaining and passed the time quite well. I still love Jamie Kelly's commentary about all the situations she and her friends get into. I still continue to see where my type of humor started getting developed way back when with this series. I also loved the PSA of donating hair to organizations that make wigs for people to help them feel better about what they're going through at that moment! 

Favorite Quote:

"I'm really good at ignoring unpleasant feelings if it is really inconvenient to feel them."

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review 2018-08-01 03:08
Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross
Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross (A Broken Hearts & Revenge Novel) - Katie Finn

My thing with this book is that it wasn't bad, it just didn't need to exist. To be honest, this was 244 pages of pretty much nothing happening. It's pretty much an entire book on just character growth and it was pretty unnecessary.

Gemma and co get stuck in Bruce's house because of a hurricane and she finds out her dad and Karen are getting married. And because the entirety of the second book didn't happen apparently since no one seems to have learned anything from it, she and Hallie go back to do everything they did in book 2 except it's to their parents.

And literally everyone was telling them to take their heads out of their ass and just let their parents be happy and Gemma essentially went, I hear you and I kind of agree but I'm gonna do it anyways. Like the entire time she was scheming, she knew she was doing the wrong thing, she didn't even want to do it, but she just kept going. And the way her and Hallie made it sound, you'd think capers would ensue but literally only two things happened and the second event was the only dealbreaker one for their parents relationship.

Like the entire Reverse Parent Trap plot didn't really go anywhere, to be honest, their parents weren't even in the house with them most of the time, and the rest of the time they were too busy making sure things went smoothly because of the hurricane.

The Ford plotline was dragged out for way too long, for suspense purposes and nothing else obviously, to the point where it was just annoying. Like the dumb pining and stuff would've been cut down significantly. Like the scene at the end where the two of them do get together was cute and all but it could've happened at literally any other time.

The rest of the characters were pretty uninteresting like nothing happened with them, they were mostly there because they had to be. Gwenyth was home the entire time to literally no one's surprise, it was fairly obvious.

I guess the only thing that we really got out of this book was that Hallie and Gemma finally got over their problems and grew closer since they were gonna be related and all. But all in all, anything worth keeping around in this book is so small that it could've been added onto book 2 with like an extra hundred pages or so and it would've been a nice wrap-up. So, like I said, there wasn't really any need for this book. It wasn't bad, it just didn't serve a purpose.

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