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review 2018-12-18 21:34
24 Festive Tasks: Door 15 - St. Nicholas' Day / Sinterklaas, Book
Desert Heat - J.A. Jance,Hillary Huber

 

I needed a break from all the Christmas and winter reads I've been indulging in lately, so I squeezed this one in -- the print version has been lingering on my shelves way too long as it is.  And I'm happy to have finally started on a series that I've long had a feeling I would like: There's a tiny bit of TSTL syndrome and a few somewhat implausible character actions / choices, as well as a bit of tautological writing at the beginning (surprisingly so, since by the time she published this book, Jance already had another successful series under her belt that had been running for almost a decade), but all of this is essentially over and done with -- and Jance and her protagonist Joanna Brady have found their book series feet -- by the end of the second or third chapter, and from then on we're off to very solid enjoyment.  The solution is clear pretty much from the word "go", too, but once the book finds its feet, it's fun to just come along for the ride.  This is definitely a series I'm happy to have added to my library.

 

And go figure, the audio version I listened to even has a bright red and orange cover, so it qualifies for the St. Nicholas square in 24 Festive Tasks!

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text 2018-12-18 08:08
Women Footwear Market

The global Women Footwear market is valued at xx million US$ in 2017 and will reach xx million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of xx% during 20182025. The objectives of this study are to define, segment, and project the size of the Women Footwear market based on company, product type, end user and key regions.

This report studies the global market size of Women Footwear in key regions like North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America and Middle East & Africa, focuses on the consumption of Women Footwear in these regions.
This research report categorizes the global Women Footwear market by top players/brands, region, type and end user. This report also studies the global Women Footwear market status, competition landscape, market share, growth rate, future trends, market drivers, opportunities and challenges, sales channels and distributors.

The following manufacturers are covered in this report, with sales, revenue, market share for each company:
NIKE
Adidas
PUMA
Skechers
Under Armour
Wolverine World Wide
Crocs
ASICS
New Balance
VF Corporation
Deichmann SE
Columbia Sportswear
Bata
Michael Kors
Jack Wolfskin
Alpargatas SA
Birkenstock
Rieker Shoes
Aerogroup International
C.banner International Holdings

Market size by Product
Casual Shoes
Boots
Heels & Pumps
Sandals
Flip Flops & Slippers
Sports Shoes
Others
Market size by End User
Hypermarkets/Supermarkets
Specialty Stores
Independent Retailers
Online Retailers

Market size by Region
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
AsiaPacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Australia
Indonesia
Singapore
Malaysia
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam
Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Spain
Russia
Central & South America
Brazil
Rest of Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
GCC Countries
Turkey
Egypt
South Africa

The study objectives of this report are:
To study and analyze the global Women Footwear market size value & volume by company, key regions, products and end user, breakdown data from 2013 to 2017, and forecast to 2025.
To understand the structure of Women Footwear market by identifying its various subsegments.
To share detailed information about the key factors influencing the growth of the market growth potential, opportunities, drivers, industryspecific challenges and risks.
Focuses on the key global Women Footwear companies, to define, describe and analyze the sales volume, value, market share, market competition landscape and recent development.
To project the value and sales volume of Women Footwear submarkets, with respect to key regions.
To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.

In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Women Footwear are as follows:
History Year: 20132017
Base Year: 2017
Estimated Year: 2018
Forecast Year 2018 to 2025

This report includes the estimation of market size for value million US$ and volume K Units. Both topdown and bottomup approaches have been used to estimate and validate the market size of Women Footwear market, to estimate the size of various other dependent submarkets in the overall market. Key players in the market have been identified through secondary research, and their market shares have been determined through primary and secondary research. All percentage shares, splits, and breakdowns have been determined using secondary sources and verified primary sources.

For the data information by region, company, type and application, 2017 is considered as the base year. Whenever data information was unavailable for the base year, the prior year has been considered.

Source: www.qandqmarketresearch.com
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text 2018-12-14 04:17
Reading progress update: I've read 126 out of 218 pages.
Faking It: The Lies Women Tell about Sex--And the Truths They Reveal - Lux Alptraum

There are lots of bits that I've wanted to quote throughout this book but it's been hard because of lot of the text loses its impact without all of the surrounding text, but I found this bit particularly interesting, so I decided to quote a long bit.

 

It may seem odd to position the street—or bars, or public transportation, or any public environment that, in the most literal of all senses, the infrastructures of our cities were explicitly designed for men. In a 1980 essay title "What Would a Non-Sexist City Be Like? Speculations on Housing, Urban Design, and Human Work," Dolores Hayden opens by remarking that "'A Woman's place is in the home' has been one of the most important principles of architectural design and urban planning in the United States for the last century." Though Hayden is largely preoccupied with looking at how urban design and zoning have helped to keep women out of the workforce and in the kitchen, there's an unspoken inverse to her argument. If private spaces are the domain of women, then public spaces are the domain of men—and any woman who ventures into a male domain must, on some level, be interested in or even explicitly asking for male attention.

 

Early saloons often banned women, many public transportation systems were initially designed with commuting men in mind, and, of course, the idea that a woman traveling unaccompanied is not merely acceptable but unremarkable is a relatively new one within American culture. So many of the spaces we currently see as open to all genders were not originally fashioned that way—and it shouldn't come as a surprise that women are, as a result, often treated more like an invasive species or a form of entertainment than native inhabitants who have as much right to take up space as their male counterparts do.

 

"Women's attitudes [about] being in public spaces have shifted much more quickly than a lot of straight men are able to understand or even acknowledge," Roy notes. A number of studies have backed up this assertion: young men consistently lag behind their female peers when it comes to attitudes about the role of women in the workplace and the domestic sphere. Millennial men are still uncomfortable with the idea of female leaders, still assume that women should do the majority of domestic labor, and, most disappointingly, are the group most likely to say that feminist progress has gone far enough. This disparity creates a stunning clash in gendered expectations: women my age grew up with the promise that we could be anyone, or anything, we desired, while our male peers were still raised to expect the same degree of privilege, power, and female submission they'd always been afforded. As a result, women enter the adult world and are shocked to discover that it hasn't quite adapted to accommodate their full personhood—and men are shocked, and sometimes angered, to discover women don't want to accommodate their desires.

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text 2018-12-12 15:45
Reading progress update: I've read 32%.
South Riding - Shirley Williams,Marion Shaw,Winifred Holtby

At this point, I'm struggling with this book. The writing is top notch, but there are so many characters and we're skipping around so much that I'm not really getting a good sense of person or place.

 

The plot summary makes it sound as though the book concentrates on Sarah Burton, the new headmistress to the local school. So far, though, our engagement with Miss Burton has been minimal. I'm hoping that now that the characters and the community have been introduced, Holtby settles in and gives us a bit more of a narrative.

 

Reading for my A Century of Women project - this is the book for 1936.

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review 2018-12-12 15:05
24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 - Thanksgiving, Book
Six Geese A-Slaying (Meg Langslow, #10) - Donna Andrews
Six Geese A-Slaying - Donna Andrews,Bernadette Dunne

I decided to backtrack a bit to the series's first (I think) Christmas entry, which is set right after Meg and Michael's marriage and in which Meg is in charge of organizing Caerphilly's annual holiday parade -- emphatically not a "Christmas" parade, since it includes a nod to Diwali (complete with elephants), as well as a Kwanzaa float, which obviously makes this book a fun match with "24 Festive Tasks".

 

Andrews had definitely found her Meg Langslow legs by the time of this book, and the writing and plotting is great fun ... of course a holiday parade themed on The Twelve Days of Christmas offers countless opportunities for things to go hilariously haywire, but you still have to be able to hit just the right balance of humor and storytelling instead of simply stringing together a series of (wannabe) quirky incidents and characters, which not every writer is able to pull off convincingly.  Perhaps the one tiny letdown was that the murderer (and their motive) was fairly obvious well before the conclusion of the book, but still, I very much enjoyed my annual return to Caerphilly for Christmas the holidays.

 

And since a whole rafter of turkeys show up in various parts of the book -- they march in the holiday parade, they're being offered as charity gifts to the local poor, they're roasted at one of the local church community's food stand, and a turkey also features in the Christmas dinner "in the off" at the end of the story, to be prepared by Meg's mother -- I feel justified in using this as my Thanksgiving square read in "24 Festive Tasks" ... even if the turkeys are not accorded quite as prominent a role as the titular six geese (or actually, 37 geese ... or make that 38, counting one deceased of natural causes).

 

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