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review 2018-09-02 10:39
Positive Thoughts for a Positive Attitude by Lynn R. Davis
Positive Thoughts For A Positive Attitude: A Collection of Best Facebook quotes, Inspirational Words, Daily Declarations, Motivational Sayings, and Spiritual Devotions - Lynn R Davis

Positive Thoughts for a Positive Attitude by Lynn R. Davis is a collection of inspirational words, motivational sayings and spiritual devotions. I gave it three stars.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Chapter 1 has One Hundred Inspirational Quotes, Chapter 2 Thirty One Daily Positive Affirmations and Chapter 3 has Fourteen Bible Devotions.

 

"They are all in good taste; clean; and can be applied by any person who is seeking to live a more positive life." They are found from multiple public forum sources and some are given quote credit but it seems many are anonymous.

 

"You have to love yourself because no amount of love from others is sufficient to fill the yearning that your soul requires from you."-Dodinsky

 

"I choose to live by choice not by chance. To make changes not excuses. To be motivated not manipulated. To be useful, not used. To excel not compete. I choose self-esteem not self-pity. I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinions of others."-Positiveoutlooks.com

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Positive-Thoughts-Attitude-Inspirational-Declarations-ebook/dp/B00IOXG3YM

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review 2018-06-17 15:35
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo★★★★☆
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo - Jeff Long

I might have paid more attention if my Texas History lessons had been more like this book. But then, I suppose such a candid examination of the characters and motivations of the real people who created our history would not have been considered suitable subject matter for junior high school students.

 

Despite its subtitle (The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo), Duel of Eagles is really about the Texas revolution, covering a period of history from Andrew Jackson’s inauguration in 1829 to Santa Anna’s death in 1876. It could be considered a revisionist history, using original sources that proponents of a heroic Texas origin story may disregard or consider unreliable. Some critics of the book claim the author is pro-Mexican, but it seems to me that he is simply giving equal weight to Mexican sources and doesn’t hesitate to skewer the characters and actions of Mexicans and Tejanos as much as the Anglo-Americans. He notes where there are conflicting accounts of events and provides the reader with 71 pages of footnotes and bibliography to document his sources.

 

Altogether, it’s an entertaining and horrifying account of the Texas journey from Mexican province to independent republic to annexation into the United States, blowing up myths of heroic deeds and high-minded Texians seeking freedom from oppression along the way. At some point, it got a little wearisome, because, yes, we get it, this was really just a combination of speculative land-grabbing by non-residents and a push to preserve the slave state and part of the precursor to Manifest Destiny, but I started to feel as though we were beating a dead horse by the time Santa Anna surrendered at San Jacinto.

 

Hardcover, received as a gift from my father in 1994, who was an amateur Texas history buff. And a little surprising that he gifted it to me, as the views of the author don’t seem to fit his. How I wish I had actually read this when he was living, so I could have asked him about it. But history and the Wild West mythos didn’t interest me then, and I forgot I even had this until he passed away in January. Now it’s too late, and I can only read his books and remember him.

 

Previous Updates:

2/11/18 – page 11/431

 

6/3/18 – page 52/431

 

6/5/18 – page 63/431

 

6/9/18 – page 93/431

 

6/9/18 – page 109/431

 

6/11/18 – page 129/431

 

6/12/18 – page 151/431

 

6/12/18 – page 202/431

 

6/15/18 – page 259/431

 

6/16/18 – page 267/431

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-26 08:30
Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar
Summer Skin - Kirsty Eagar

May 2018: I never did review Summer Skin back in 2015 and I do feel kinda bad about that but also? I still don't have the words. All I can really say is that I love this book. I love it a RIDICULOUS amount. I love it for the romance, for the characters, for the friendships, for the Australian-ness, for the writing! OH THE WRITING.

WHERE IS THE NEXT KIRSTY EAGAR BOOK.

Anyway, I had a ton of fun rereading it, here's my live-tweet thread: https://twitter.com/Rackhel_M/status/...

Nov 2015: Fucking faaaaaaaantastic. Review to come.

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text 2018-04-18 17:42
Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell
Pillow Thoughts - Courtney Peppernell Pillow Thoughts - Courtney Peppernell

The photo that I chose to add into this blog post was rather difficult to search for. 

My reason being, this book is a one of a kind. The photo, (that is able to be viewed down below), describes the reading of Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell by displaying the one emotion that continues to ner stray throughout the book; which is sorrow. 

 

Sorrow is not that easy to define through a picture, honestly. Sorrow is defined as "a feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others." as a noun, the verb means practically the same thing; just summed up way more. 

My reasoning to choose sorrow, and if you're asking yourself, "how does that swift into the book? what does sorrow have to do with anything." Well, I'll tell you why. Sorrow was chosen as a adjective for this reading, as the inspiration for my picture chose, because sorrow is what you can vividly feel while reading this book. Courtney Peppernell really poured her heart into this book, as if it was a bottle of her own liquid hurt, mixed with a bottle of yours and my own liquid hurt. 

 

I'd like to provide a quote, mainly because it's required for this blog assignment. But, I still think providing a quote is an immensely grand idea. It provides truth to back up your reasoning. 

 

"The tragedy of what could have been is nearly as crippling as what once was but can never be again." - Courtney Peppernell, Pillow Thoughts. 

 

I chose this quote in particular, because, it explains why and how sorrow has had the impact for inspiration on this book like it has. I bolded the two words, crippling and never, because those were key words I thought would make rather some sense to bold to show the reader, you, that those words defined my reason to begin with. 

 

As for my photo, here that is. 

 

Now, this photo may seem like a "why would you choose this.." kind of moment receiving one, but, trust me, it works. This photo represents the feelings within the book, of constantly feeling like you're looking down at yourself, or you're going nowhere but off of the face of the earth, and it symbolizes the sorrow perfectly. Well, to me, it does.

 

 

 

 

Blog post by: Carly Meier.

                      Period: 4.

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review 2018-01-26 16:00
Have you?
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids - Carol McCloud

This story is a great way to show how random acts of kindness, smiling at someone, giving compliments, or helping someone in some way can go so far! "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" paints a picture that everyone has an invisible bucket that is always with them. This bucket carries their happiness and good thoughts, but when it is empty they are sad. You can spread joy and happiness just by being kind. This book will go hand in hand with the fairly new program that most school are doing, Leader In Me and the 7 habits. Several schools have adopted this program and really pushing being a leader and being kind to one another. One term they use is called an "emotional bank account" which is exactly like the invisible bucket in this story. This book is a great example for students to picture everyone's feelings being in that bucket. I think it helps them connect the idea instead of just telling them to be kind. I would read this book to any grade level. It is a great reminder, even for adults!

 

Lexile: AD710L

 

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