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review 2019-05-14 01:37
This brutal and harrowing feminist tale will blow you away; ‘The Grace Year’ is an unforgettable ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ about young women finding their power
The Grace Year - Kim Liggett

‘The Grace Year’ is the brutal and harrowing story about the young women of Garner County who are forced to spend their sixteenth year in a secluded encampment outside the town as they ‘embrace their magic.’ They must release their powers before they marry or go off to work in the fields or labor houses, before they return to civilization, that’s IF they return, surviving poachers who hunt them for their ‘magic’, and ultimately, surviving the time they spend with each other.

This is a feminist tale about survival, group dynamics (hysteria?), and the strength of spirit in the face of incredible adversity. The young women, teenagers, are faced with the odds stacked against them, in a patriarchal society that deems them as property, dangerous, basically as subservient pets. Many of them (all unforgettable characters) fall into the traps that are designed for them, but the main character Tierney, rails against them, questioning her predicament, and hopes for change. Over the course of the ‘Grace Year’ Tierney discovers as much about those around her as she does about herself, and draws on her own strength, of which she didn’t know she even had. It’s an amazing, albeit, often violent story about a young woman discovering herself and her own power against all odds.

This stunning novel from Kim Liggett will draw comparisons with ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, but it also made me think of both ‘Lord of The Flies’ and ‘The Crucible’, all classics, well-known for their controversy and hard-hitting subjects.
Themes of feminism, social hierarchies, group mechanics, religion, and flower and color imagery throughout the book are vivid and powerful; it’s easy to see why this is being adapted for television before it has even been published. I think it will be hard to read this and not have it resonate with the reader in a strong way; it’s dark and haunting and it honestly blew me away. I want to read it again before I see any TV adaptation because it was just THAT GOOD.


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Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/2705427460
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review 2019-05-04 02:58
Kindle Freebie
DC's Year of the Villain Special - Andy Kubert,Brian Michael Bendis,Alex Maleev,Greg Capullo,Jim Cheung,Brad Anderson (Illustrator),Francis Manapul,Tom King,Scott Snyder,FCO Plascencia,Tomeu Morey,James Tynion IV

I guess this a teaser for a DC's event of the year. I found the Batgirl story to be the most interesting, mostly because it focuses on her character and what makes her different from Batman.

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review 2019-05-03 11:39
1968: The Year That Rocked the World by Mark Kurlansky
1968: The Year That Rocked the World - Mark Kurlansky

Date Published: January 11, 2005

Format: Ebook

Source: Own Copy

Date Read: April 14-21, 2019



Brings to teeming life the cultural and political history of the pivotal year of 1968, when television's influence on global events first became apparent, and spontaneous uprisings occurred simultaneously around the world.

To some, 1968 was the year of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Yet it was also the year of the Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy assassinations; the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; Prague Spring; the antiwar movement and the Tet Offensive; Black Power; the generation gap; avant-garde theater; the upsurge of the women's movement; and the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union.

In this monumental book, Mark Kurlansky brings to teeming life the cultural and political history of that pivotal year, when television's influence on global events first became apparent, and spontaneous uprisings occurred simultaneously around the world. Encompassing the diverse realms of youth and music, politics and war, economics and the media, 1968 shows how twelve volatile months transformed who we were as a people–and led us to where we are today.




Outstanding look at the world in 1968. There is no hippies or Summer of Love peace, love, and drugs; this is serious analysis of a world that is increasingly interconnected and influenced by one another. The most interesting part for me is how Kurlansky shows how the post World War II generation grew up and grew apart from previous generations, especially in Germany, France, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. Highly recommend.

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text 2019-04-26 17:49
Friday Reads - April 26, 2019
We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal At a Time - Richard Wolffe,José Andrés
Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine - Damon Tweedy
1969: The Year Everything Changed - Rob Kirkpatrick
The Making of the President 1972 - Theodore H. White

We have an official announcement and a pack of paperwork so the assignment move is for real and moving more rapidly than we thought. We leave the UK mid-June and have to be at our next base by the end of June (so no taking a vacation to visit family). So I have a lot on my plate, but this being the military, every office/department we visit to get clearance/signed off on our outprocessing checklist involves a lot of waiting room and ques. Perfect time to read a few pages that add up to chapters finished by the end of the day. My kids still have a month of their extracurricular activities, so our weekends are going to be busy as well.


I hope to start my last two library borrows, We Fed an Island and Black Man in a White Coat. I also want to finish 1969 so that I can get to 1972 starting in May.

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text 2019-04-15 11:36
Reading progress update: I've read 176 out of 432 pages.
Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
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