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text 2020-05-01 00:13
Reading progress update: I've read 326 out of 326 pages.
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa - Eugene B. Sledge,Victor Davis Hanson

It's been nearly two decades since I last read Sledge's memoir of his service in the Marines, during World War II, and in that time I had forgotten just how powerful it was.

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text 2020-01-01 20:20
Czytelnicze podsumowanie roku 2019
Starcie królów - George R.R. Martin
Nawałnica mieczy: Stal i śnieg - George R.R. Martin,Michał Jakuszewski
Pismo. Magazyn opinii, nr 8 / sierpień 2018 - praca zbiorowa
Profesor Andrews w Warszawie. Wyspa - Olga Tokarczuk
Ofiara w środku zimy - Mons Kallentoft
Czarnobyl. Spowiedź reportera - Igor Kostin
Vogue Polska, nr 20/październik 2019 - Redakcja Magazynu Vogue Polska
Samotnik - Eugène Ionesco
Roksolana - porwana w niewolę - Pawło Zahrebelny
Syrop z piołunu. Wygnani w akcji "Wisła" - Smoleński Paweł

Moje książkowe "The best":

Najbardziej intrygująca książkowa postać:


(ex aequo): Tyrion Lannister i Deanerys Targaryen z książek "Starcie królów" i "Nawałnica mieczy: Stal i śnieg" (George R.R. Martin)


Najlepsza okładka:


(ex aequo): "Pismo. Magazyn opinii, nr 8/sierpień 2018", Fundacja Pismo, 2018r.; "Profesor Andrews w Warszawie. Wyspa" (Olga Tokarczuk), Wydawnictwo Literackie, 2018r.


Najlepszy cytat:


"W niektóre noce łóżko jest nieskończenie szerokie. Niektóre noce mieszczą całą samotność świata. W niektóre noce łóżko jest miękkie i obiecujące, a oczekiwanie na sen staje się najlepszym czasem minionego dnia. W noce takie jak ta łóżko jest twarde, materac to wróg przeganiający myśli na niewłaściwe miejsca, jakby chciał wyszydzić człowieka, że leży tam sam bez innego ciała, na którym można się oprzeć."

"Ofiara w środku zimy" (Mons Kallentoft)

Największe zaskoczenie:


"Profesor Andrews w Warszawie. Wyspa" (Olga Tokarczuk)


Najlepszy autor:


Igor Kostin ("Czarnobyl. Spowiedź reportera")


Najlepsza książka:


"Czarnobyl. Spowiedź reportera" (Igor Kostin)


Największe gnioty:


Najbardziej irytująca książkowa postać:


Malin Fors z książki "Ofiara w środku zimy" (Mons Kallentoft)


Najgorsza okładka:


(ex aequo): "Vogue Polska, nr 20/październik 2019, Visteria sp.z.o.
o., 2019r.; "Samotnik" (Eugene Ionesco), Państwowy Instytut Wydawniczy, 1977r.


Najgorszy cytat:


"W córce pojawił się jakiś nowy ton, mniej wbrew i do wewnątrz, bardziej na zewnątrz i otwarta i pewna."
"Ofiara w środku zimy" (Mons Kallentoft)


Największe rozczarowanie:


"Ofiara w środku zimy" (Mons Kallentoft)


Najgorszy autor:


Pawło Zagrebelny ("Wspaniałe stulecie Sulejmana. Roksolana porwana w niewolę")


Najgorsza książka:
"Syrop z piołunu. Wygnani w akcji Wisła" (Paweł Smoleński)





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Biografie/Autobiografie/Dzienniki/Pamiętniki - 1
Czasopisma - 21
Fantastyka - 2
Film + książka - 2
Komiksy - 4
Literatura dziecięca/młodzieżowa - 1
Literatura faktu/Reportaże/Eseje - 11
Literatura obyczajowa - 1
Literatura piękna/współczesna - 2
Literatura popularnonaukowa - 1
Poezja - 2
Thrillery/Kryminały/Sensacja - 1


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review 2019-11-25 18:47
Review ~ Entertaining!
The Corpse Wore Stilettos - Eugene O'Neill

Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.


Kat Waters was one of the rich and privileged until her dad was arrested for racketeering. With assets frozen and the house seized she and her mother had to find a place to live. Also, Kat has had to get a job to support them both and her grandmother since they could no longer afford her pricey retirement home fees. In order to keep a roof over their head, fed, and buy medicine for her Grand, Kat supplements her income by selling her designer shoes, of which she has a lot. Well, less now. In a stroke of good luck, her Grand’s boyfriend has also been helping them. He got Kat a job at the county morgue and found them an apartment in a small house to rent. But Claude can only do so much, so it’s up to Kat to keep them afloat until the misunderstanding with her dad is straightened out. And then a body is stolen right out from under her nose. When it looks like she’s going to lose her job over it, Kat goes on the offensive to find out who stole the poor murdered woman and clear her name in the process. That’s when the fun begins. Well, fun for us. Not so much for Kat.


If you’re looking for a light-hearted cozy mystery to pleasantly pass an afternoon then this is the one for you. Kat is quite an interesting character and I like her a lot. Secondary characters shine and the world is interesting. The only problem I had is that it is, at times, a bit too cartoony. If that’s even the right word. But don’t let that stop you. I enjoyed it and I’m really hoping to see more of Kat and her group of eclectic friends. With the way things ended, I’m pretty sure that’s a given. Bring it on!

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-corpse-wore-stilettos.html
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review 2019-10-27 23:00
J. N. Loughborough: The Last of the Adventist Pioneers
J. N. Loughborough: The Last of the Adventist Pioneers - Brian Eugene Strayer

An Advent preacher when he joined the embryonic Seventh-day Adventist movement in 1852, John Norton Loughborough would spend the next 72 years as a preacher and administrator before being the last of the pioneers to pass leaving lasting legacy to the denomination only behind Joseph Bates and the Whites.  Brian E. Strayer’s J. N. Loughborough: The Last of the Adventist Pioneers is the first major biography of influential preacher, missionary, and Church historian that was a little man who cast a long shadow.


Strayer begins with an impressive family history that gives background not only to Loughborough but how he was raised, including the influence his grandfather had on his spiritual life, and how in his youth he was influenced by the Millerite message.  Loughborough’s resulting spiritual wandering in the years after the Disappointment before deciding to become a “boy preacher” at age 17 among the Advent Christians then his introduction to Seventh-day movement and later conversion to Sabbath were give significant time as well.  Yet 85% of the book took up Loughborough’s 72 years among the Seventh-day Adventist movement covering his time as a preacher, president of numerous conferences, missionary to fields both domestic and foreign, and finally Church historian who was the last link to the “early days” for 3rd- and 4th-generation Adventists in the late 1910s and 1920s.  Throughout Loughborough’s relationships with other important and influential denominational leaders was examined including Ellen White whose admonishments were welcomed by Loughborough in contrast to other Adventist leaders some of whom would later leave and attack not only the denomination and White.  Strayer covered in detail Loughborough’s fight against apostacy and his role as the first Church “historian” as well has the lasting influence he had in both areas among Adventists.


Given the place in denominational history that Loughborough, Strayer used a wide range of sources to give a thorough look at his subject including what surviving letters he could find (Loughborough burned his own) and Loughborough’s own diaries (that was saved by a nurse instead of destroyed upon his death).  Unlike the only other biography of Loughborough that followed the subject’s own apologetic look at Adventist history, Strayer brought a critical eye to his subject including Loughborough’s Church history books that influenced Adventist historiography for half a century.


  1. J. N. Loughborough is a well-written, well-researched look at the last pioneer of the Seventh-day Adventist movement. Brian Strayer showed the large footprint and long shadow this “little man” had had until this very day. This is a highly recommended biography for anyone interested in Adventist history.
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text 2019-10-24 23:32
Reading progress update: I've read 6%.
The Corpse Wore Stilettos - Eugene O'Neill

This has a very promising start. lol

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