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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-09-21 03:15
The Cabin at the End of the World
The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay

A gay couple and their adopted Chinese daughter are taking a vacation in a secluded cabin. Their dwelling is invaded by four strangers who take the family captive and tell them that to prevent the upcoming apocalypse one of them must be killed by the others. - Wiki 

 

I just finished about two minutes ago and I don’t know what to think. I do know I disliked the style of writing. The POVs were hard to follow even when the book was divided into character headings because it wasn’t one character at a time. 

 

Anyone else read this? Thoughts? 

 

This was published in 2018 so I am using for New Release. It could also be used easily for Doomsday!

 

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text 2018-09-20 08:30
Schools in Gurgaon offering Overall Development to Expat Kids

Education is known as the only way one can instill the right set of values and humanize the new life that which has come in this world and educated and wise parents are very well aware of their responsibility at the initial stage of their child’s upbringing. As a system, schooling has been developed for ensuring that our children get a good education along with getting groomed in the best conducts.

 

 

International schools in Gurgaon carry leading credential

 

Some educationists all around the world have contributed by virtue of their thoughts and counselings in creating a sound system of education. While the emphasis of these educational systems has always been laid upon an all-round development of the child, more so the previous century has seen a very intense development of the career orientation. Currently, all the educational systems are fully geared at developing the skills and traits in the child for ensuring that the child can excel in the fields of an economy which will eventually enable him to earn more and secure a good living. The overall idea of an international school was based on the thought process and then developed with the broader aim of developing responsible global citizens. Leading international schools in Gurgaon, in India, are today offering the finest curriculum which has been developed in accordance with the best certifications such as IB and IGCSE.

 

The international education curriculum looks quite dynamic as well as responsive and dynamic

 

The international schools in Gurgaon today have been able to create a place for themselves and stand out different from the other schools primarily because of the curriculum which comes with a definite 'internationalization' concept embedded in it. There are elements which help in the overall grooming of the child in a manner in which he is able to reverberate with the bigger 'global society' and economy. All these elements were acknowledged post careful studies and a thorough analysis of the global demands, which are which are very active in them. Therefore, One of the allied challenges in the international school curriculums is keeping them echoing with the global demands. The certification agencies and institutions maintain a track of these developments and they are the one who makes the changes and any amendments in the curriculums for making sure that the desired capacities are instilled in every student which is being groomed under the banners of an international school. International schools in Gurgaon are being led by the leading educational institutions of India which adhere to the guidelines from time to time thus maintaining that the highest standards are being achieved.

 

While developing linguistic competence is a very important dimension, the actual difference is when the child develops the resonance with the higher education standards in the international universities as well as institutions. The students who graduate from the Gurgaon international school find it very easy to get an admission in some of the leading universities around the world. This provides for a perfect transition to the best global education for the students.

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text 2018-09-18 11:24
Essential Oils Used In Royal Fragrance Perfumes Makes It Healthy To Use: Study

Royal fragrance perfumes come in many different shapes and sizes. But what is common in most of these high end products is the use of essential oils which makes it easier for them to smell great and also immensely healthy to use. By using high quality perfume oils, women can create their own persona, but if you end up using cheap quality ones, it can have severe side effects as well.

 

Know your perfume

 

Before you settle for a particular fragrance or brand, it is important for you to know what is going in your body. Most companies which produce a wide variety of perfumes hide behind the curtains and doesn’t share the ingredients details with their consumer. This keeps the consumer in the dark and more often than not may lead to a serious health issue among them.

 

By using essential oils in the manufacturing process of perfumes you will be safe from its harmful side effect.

 

What to avoid in order to stay safe?

 

  1. Strong Smells- There are a lot of perfumes out there which come with an intense and very strong smell. The smell of these perfumes are so strong that it masks all other smells in the adjacent areas. If this smell is natural in occurrence then it might not be bad, but if it is artificially created it might have bad side effects.

 

Most companies use harmful chemicals in order to create this intense smell and there have been reported cases where this strong smell has caused consumers serious health issues. Due to this many organizations have banned the use of strong smell perfumes at their premises.

 

  1. Sensitive Perfumes- Your first and foremost priority should be to protect your body at all costs. Remember what goes on to your skin will have an effect on your body as well. Before purchasing a particular perfume, make sure that you are not sensitive to any of its ingredients. If you find that the manufacturer isn’t telling the ingredients used in the manufacturing process of the perfumes, stay away from that brand because you might be allergic to substances you are not aware of.

Conclusion

In conclusion, using essential oils in perfumes can have a soothing effect on your body and it will keep you healthy in the longer run. Therefore always go for soft incense fragrance oil and attar perfumes online.

For more details visit Theperfumist.com

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text 2018-09-18 01:58
REVIEWERS NEEDED FOR MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S BOOK DAY

 

This is for those who love kids books (from board books to YA books) and love to see characters from all over as well as places that are diverse as well. The co-founders, Mia Wenjen and Valarie Budayr, are looking for reviewers. And they would love the reviewers list to be worldwide if possible. Link is below along with link to cohosts for this year's book day on 25 January 2019.

 

 

Both Mia and Valarie have been promoting Multicultural Children's Book Day

1. to raise awareness of those books that already celebrate diversity in children's literature

2. to promote getting more diversity (characters from minority groups, special needs, far away places) in books to get more kids reading earlier and longer, and

3. to promote getting these books into the hands of Teachers and Librarians to share with their kids,

4. to promote resources for classrooms and libraries to help with lesson plans around diversity.

 

https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/mcbd2019-diverse-childrens-book-reviewers-we-need-you/

https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/about/co-hosts/

Mia Wenjen, co founder https://www.pragmaticmom.com/2017/01/today-multicultural-childrens-book-day/51p0vg2r6rl/

Valarie Budayr, co founder https://www.facebook.com/valarie.budayr

Source: multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/mcbd2019-diverse-childrens-book-reviewers-we-need-you
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review 2018-09-17 05:39
Yummah by Sarah Al Shafei
Yummah - Sarah A. Al Shafei

This is not bad by the standards of self-published books, but there isn’t much to recommend it unless you happen to be seeking a book set in Bahrain; it is currently the most popular book on Goodreads (admittedly, an English language-dominated site) set in that country. Titled “Yummah,” a word used in the book to mean “grandmother,” it seems to be the fictionalized life story of the author’s grandmother – a conclusion supported by the fact that toward the end, a favorite granddaughter appears who, like the author, is named Sarah, goes to college in Boston, and moves to Saudi Arabia for marriage.

The book begins sometime in the mid 20th century, and spans the time period from British colonial rule of Bahrain, to the country’s independence in 1971, the First Gulf War, and the beginning of the 20th century. It is narrated by a woman named Khadeeja and focuses on the domestic dramas of her own and her children’s lives. Khadeeja is married off at age 12, loses several people she loves and is abandoned by her otherwise apparently perfect husband as a pregnant mother of eight, but overcomes adversity and sees her children find love and success.

It’s a quick read, and the story moves briskly, covering an entire lifetime in fewer than 200 pages. It does suffer from several drawbacks, however. Khadeeja narrates the story in first person (except for a few brief sections told in third person from someone else’s perspective), and her perspective is not particularly nuanced; she romanticizes child marriage and makes sweeping statements like “in my days the twelve-year-olds were still innocent, their eyes still had their childish sparkle and their hearts were pure as angels’,” or, on the day of Bahrain’s independence, “there wasn’t a single soul on the island of Bahrain who wasn’t happy.”

She’s also a heavily romanticized character herself, with no apparent flaws, and called an angel even by her ex-husband, who is similarly romanticized despite his abandonment of his pregnant wife and eight kids. (I can sympathize with his shame at losing his job and his initial decision to flee, but to never send for them or even send money once he’s back on his feet – when they’re on the verge of eviction and the older kids are leaving school to support the family – did not seem nearly so forgivable to me as it was to every character in this book. That said, my guess is that this book is based on the author’s grandmother’s life, and if this is treated as a great love story in her family, well, at least it’s authentic I suppose.)

Beyond that, there are problems one expects from a self-published book. It appears to have been copyedited by spellcheck, given the number of misused words. For the most part, the author’s English seems fluent, but she struggles with prepositions (Khadeeja is concerned about someone’s “desire in revenge”; a character comments that “life has been cruel on you”), the occasional word is jarring to the English-speaking reader (the dialogue tag “screamed” is overused, including even for a polite greeting at one point), and there are some run-on sentences and some passages which lapse into the present tense although most of the book is in the past tense. Meanwhile, I was never sure whether the seeming expansion of the age gaps between Khadeeja’s children (all nine born within eleven or twelve years) was a continuity error, or whether society really was changing so rapidly that the middle and younger children wind up seeming a full generation younger than their older siblings.

All in all, this was a quick and painless read, especially since my expectations for a self-published book were so low. It’s not one I would recommend on its literary merits, but it’s a perfectly decent choice for those looking for a story set in Bahrain.

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