February RBRC: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell is my RBRC book for February. Well, actually January and February. I cannot accurately remember how I came to have this book in my possession. I would never purchase a book this size for myself, so I am assuming that this was a ‘read it & pass it on’ gift.

This book is actually also a movie, but I did not see the movie so this review is only about the book. This is a rather thick book to read, so it did take me 2 months time to get through it.

This was a good book. It did take a large amount of time to get involved in – more than the 1st 100 pages. But once I managed to get myself tangled in the characters plot, I was hooked.

Some people have said that they are not big fans of the book because the author is seemingly ‘spoon-feeding the plot to his readers’, but this is actually something that I appreciated. In a read this size, it is easy to get lost in the plot. Especially when it seems to fluctuate between the history of a problem and the present time set in the story.

I would recommend this book – especially to those who do not require a dictionary to read it. I would like to watch the movie now that I have read this. I do think I would probably be a bigger fan of the movie, than of the book.

If you would like to join my Recycled Book Reading Challenge, please do! I have been running this challenge for 2 years. I will link to your RBRC post on my upcoming post on the 1st of each month!

Thank you for reading!

-Mliae

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RBRC: The Shape of Snakes by Minette Walters

My book for the November Recycled Book Reading Challenge is The Shape of Snakes by Minette Walters.

I found this to be a great novel. Well written and the attention to detail as far as reports, articles, letters, and such added a necessary level to the mystery.  The plot is outstanding and the topic tackled mental illness and racism very well.

There are many novels and movies which try to draw an adequate picture of racism, but they somehow manage to be quite redundant at times. Predictable, if you will. The Shape of Snakes is not such a story. You will be drawn into this story. This is one of those reads that I found it difficult to put down.

This book was actually given to me last Christmas. I can only assume that it was found in perfect condition in a flea market, because english language books are quite expensive in the bookstores. Not to mention, there are not so many available. So, I thought it fitting that I could use it as a good book for this months RBRC.

If you are interested in this book, you can find it by clicking here.

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, you can find the general guidelines by clicking the aforementioned link.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Re-launching the Recycled Book Reading Challenge!

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Hello 🙂

How is everyone today?

Today, I’m re-launching the Recycled Book Reading Challenge! I originally launched this challenge 2 years ago, and I was amazed at the results. The challenge originally ran for 1 year, but it kept going strong for at least a good 15 months! After a while, challenge posts began to dwindle down. I really love this challenge, and I want to keep it going. So…Here’s the new and improved RECYCLED BOOK READING CHALLENGE!

The ‘rules’ are simple. Mostly all of us have a bookshelf sitting there full of old favourites which are collecting dust. Do we want to read them? Of course! Do we ever? Uummmm…Nope. This challenge is designed specifically to make use of that which we already have. Free, simple, and a motivator. Here’s what you do:

  • Try to dust off an old friend and read it that month. Just 1 book.
  • Write a post about the book you read on the 1st of every month.
  • Challenge 1 friend by pinging them in your post. This isn’t required, but….the more the merrier!
  • Either pingback to this post or drop your post link in the comment section (of either this post, or my most recent RBRC post – I will see it.)
  • I will link to your post on my upcoming RBRC post on the 1st of every month.
  • Also, as a bonus, if you decide to IG your challenge with the #recycledbookreadingchallenge hashtag, I will share your post & tag you on IG 😉
  • This challenge is for 12 months, but really, just hang in there as long as you can.

It’s really that simple! Read before you Kondo-ize your bookshelf! LOLz.

Who’s with me?

-Mliae

*Photo sourced via Pixabay

I’ve Officially Begun the Blog Following Experiment

I thought long and hard if I should invest the time and effort required to do this, and the answer is ‘Yes’. A while back, I was quite frustrated because so many of the blogs I follow just seem to drop off the face of the earth. No explanation, no nothing. Sometimes a blogger will return months later with an apology post. I understand that life happens. But it can’t be that so many people drop out due to illness or family situations.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, you can read my initial post here. I wrote a post saying that I was so tempted to follow a random 1000 blogs for 1 year to see how many were left standing at the end of that year. I didn’t want to do it from this blog because I am an avid reader of the blogs I follow here. I didn’t want them mixed up & wasn’t sure how to go about it, or if I should.

Thanks to the fact that I’ve got some awesome people who actually read my blog (THANK YOU!), I got some great advice in the comment section. So, I created a different site and spent several weeks following my 1000 blogs that will make up my ‘research base’. Once every month for the next 12 months, I will go through and unfollow every blog that has not posted for 2 months or more. (I am leaving a bit of room for error on the updated message, as some bloggers may have scheduled posts a month in advance.) On the 12th month, I will visit each blog that hasn’t updated in 1 month just to make sure there aren’t really any new posts (earlier than a month) and if not, I will unfollow those as well.

Each month, I will post an update of how many remain out of the original 1000. If I can manage to keep track of it, I will also keep a record of how many I lost that particular month and maybe it will give us a glimpse of actual insights. Plus, I will continually be looking for any additional publications or stats regarding the same issue.

This should be an interesting experiment. I do hope its worth the time I’m investing in it & I hope you find it somewhat interesting as well.

My first stats to share with you are this: It took me about a month to follow 1000 blogs. By the time I got them all followed, there were 5 blogs that hadn’t updated (according to the reader) in 2 months or more. I’m thinking that most of these had to have scheduled posts because I followed from the reader. Of the 1000 followed blogs, 28 followed me back. 1 of those that followed, no longer exists as a WP site. Wow, that was fast!

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Rising Sun by Michael Crichton

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This 1992 novel by Michael Crichton was a pretty good read. I’m not sure where I managed to pick up this book. As I don’t normally purchase books that have been made into movies, I’m thinking this was something that was passed along to me by a friend.

I like detective novels, in small doses. I have seen this movie – probably several times – so there wasn’t so much thrill and surprise to the book in general. This is precisely why I don’t normally read books that have been made into movies – unless I haven’t seen the movie yet.

The book was ok. Surely much better had I not already had a clear idea of how the events would unfold. However, at this point in the game, I’m happy to have dusted it off and now I can pass it along. Already have, as a matter of fact. I have discovered a few places that will gladly accept books in any language, as they have on occasion, many different nationalities which need to pass the time.

If you have a bookshelf full of old books that need to be dusted off and read, please join my Recycled Book Reading Challenge! All that’s asked of you is to a read a book that it’s your possession once a month and write a post about it on the 1st of the month. You are welcome to leave a link to your post under any of the Recycled Book Reading Challenge posts here and I will link to you on my upcoming post. The more the merrier!

What are you reading today?

-Mliae

 

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

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Greetings my fellow earthlings 🙂

Today, finally – I’m on time!

I’m not sure where I found this book. Honestly, I’ve been dragging it around with me for the past decade and I never cracked the spine. Now I have, it feels good & I can pass this book along to someone else who might enjoy the read.

I begrudgingly admit, that I am not a huge fan of this book. It’s a shame, really, since I have devoted so much of my time and space to keeping this book for so long. But alas, all things must come to an end.

I like the actual story line. Written about a newlywed couple who set off for an adventure in Kenya. The problem is, for me, that the characters weren’t so relatable and the overall telling of the story seemed to have some gaps. (Now, I’m not one to criticize as my story telling skills are basically nonexistent.) But I guess what I’m trying to say is that parts just didn’t seem realistic; plausible – that there was somehow an extra explanation missing that would’ve tied it all together. You know what I’m trying to say? And, the ending was weird. It felt more like the author just stopped writing and turned it in, instead of wrapping it up for us with a pretty gold bow.

There was this one part that stuck in my mind, and I would like to ask any of you who might know if this is actually true. There was a break-in, and our main lady states that the only reason their documents weren’t taken is because she stashed them in her under things drawer. That an African man would never go trifling through a woman’s under garments. In the story, that was the only space that wasn’t disturbed. Is this a real thing? Would be great to know if it really is that way or not.

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, we would love to have you! You can find the guidelines here. I will share your posts that month on my Challenge write-up post.

Unfortunately, this month, no-one has yet shared their posts, so I will link to some previous challenge posts if you’re interested.

State Fair Recipes

Bartending for Dummies pocket edition

Walt Whitman selected poems 

Let’s dust off those old books and finally give them a read!

Have you been doing the Recycled Book Reading Challenge? If so, drop your post link below!

-Mliae

 

Book Review: ‘Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home’ by Dane Cobain @danecobain

Hello again, all 🙂

I am happy to be reviewing another great read by Dane Cobain today!

I did not see this book coming. After reading ‘Former.ly‘ by Dane Cobain, I was thrilled to have the chance to review several of his books. After all, he is an incredibly talented author and I admire his works very much! I was not expecting poetry. I do like poetry, but I am not a person who has poetry collections in my library…for the most part. That being said, had I realized that there was more poetry like this in the world, I probably would have a shelf entirely devoted to it. One grows tired of the love poems and the loss poems. But being gifted with something…entirely different; makes it all worthwhile!

I really loved the fact that his poetry reflects our modern day lives. Our trials and tribulations, the feelings which are provoked when looking at photographs and our spontaneous distaste for money and politics. There are love poems also, but written in away that makes the reader feel like we’re having a laugh with an old college pal. I love the grit in his poetry.

I did some looking into things, and it seems that the poetry in this book was actually written to be performed live. Going back to look at it after discovering this; I can picture the poems being read outloud at a show, reading or coffee joint.

A few of my faves:

  • Groupthink
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Who?
  • Shit at XBox
  • Increase the Suicide Rate by a Fraction of a Percent by Cutting Funding to the Arts

If you would like to see more about this book or some of the other great titles by this author, please click here to visit the Dane Cobain official website.

I remain, and forever will be – a Dane Cobain fan. He captures our chaos perfectly.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. I like it, and will continue to look for the next books from this author 🙂

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Ghost Stories of the Old South by Edrick Thay

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Hi there 🙂

I’m late. It’s been a bit difficult to do much reading during all of the wedding chaos and the honeymoon. However, I was able to get my little grubbies on this new-old treasure!

We were surprised with a honeymoon in the Southern United States. And it was awesome! (I have been waiting for pictures to come in, to share with you) As you can well imagine, there are lots of spooky old plantation homes there and ALOT of history! So I was really excited to see this book and read through some of the stories before having to return it to its rightful owner.

This book is a collection of ghost stories from Tennessee to Mississippi, written in short story form. Ranging from the mundane to the gruesome, this book would be a fun one from pre-teen to adult. Its also a great addition to those late-night ghost tours!

If you would like to join our Recycled Book Reading Challenge, please do! You can find out what its all about by clicking the link.

I would like to link to another great recycled book reading challenge post from this month at www.teleportingweena.wordpress.com the post can by read by clicking here.

What are you reading?

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Walt Whitman, Selected Poems

I was really excited to find this book! Walt Whitman is hailed as an American superhero of nineteenth century poetry & essays. His book, Leaves of Grass, left a lasting impression on students worldwide…especially this one.

What can I say about this book? If you like poetry, symbolism, American history….you’ll love this book. Much of the writing reflects a different era. Not only historically, but politically as well. Having grown up in an age where the United States of America was a newly formed government, his poetry reflects those times.

It is obvious to any reader of Whitman that he is in love with language itself. Words are not merely a tool used to express ones thoughts, but a much deeper love affair with the rhythmic, spasmodic capitulations of speech and the layers upon layers of meanings lying within.

Love it! Recommend it! Enjoy it!

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, you can find the few guidelines for the challenge by clicking here. Anyone who would like to join this challenge, please link your post to my latest challenge post and I will link to you in the upcoming challenge post on the 1st of the next month. The more, the merrier!

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Hello!

Welcome to my Recycled Book Reading Challenge post for my April read! I did  and did not like this one. I must admit, this is the first Ann Cleeves book that I have read. Allow me to explain.

The story starts out with Magnus Taint, an older gentleman with a mental disability who is blamed for the killing of  a teenage girl nearby. Of course. He was also investigated for a former death of a girl. This seems to be a common cliché now. It is difficult though to explore his weaknesses and vulnerabilities. The inability to understand fully the depth of accusations against ones person immediately musters a general empathetic anxiety for the character.

The story plot made me uncomfortable. I do not personally enjoy tales of harm to children or pedophelia. These themes really made me want to just put the book down. However, what kept me reading was not the disturbedness of it, but the unique point of view of the child. A rawly emotional and powerful point of view which really made this reader wonder if the research was that good or if the author herself had experienced these thoughts and emotions at some point herself. (Which puts a completely different spin on things).

The ending is a total surprise, or was for me anyway. I won’t spoil it here.

Ann Cleeves has been highly complimented on her accurate writing about Shetland, in her Shetland series. I have never been there, so cannot account for it personally, but it nice to feel as though the places being described are so accurate that you can kind of picture yourself there.

This is a heavy read. I recommend it if you have the stomach for it. For sensitive readers, I would steer clear of this one. I would like to find another Ann Cleeves book to give a read and see if it was just the book that sat heavily on my brain, or the writer herself.

If you would like to join this challenge, please click here for the challenge instructions. The more the merrier!

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Cover Her Face by P.D. James #RBRC

I love P.D. James. I’ve read quite a few P.D. James books and I get sucked in within the first 30 pages. As it should be 🙂 When I went to my bookshelf of dusty old books and I saw this beauty, I just new it would be perfect to be waiting for me upon my return from the hospital. This is my sick-bed reading for the month of March. Which is probably why I’m actually on time with my challenge reading for the first time in months.

This was a light read, with each chapter separated into subsections. (Which made it awesome for someone who’s falling asleep every half-hour). I got really lucky when I realized that this is actually the 1st of the Dalgliesh detective series. As I have never read any from this particular series before. It is a bit like Agatha Christie or Poirot. Which is cool. I’ve enjoyed those since I was a child.

The victim, a miss Sally Juup. A new, young maid servant who was brought in by the family due to her ‘unfortunate circumstance’. AKA – a little one in tow with no husband in sight. Much is made of her circumstances, in hushed private gossip, of course.

There is a lot going on the day she dies; A church social on the grounds, a proposal from the highly sought after son of the family, Richard. And she finds the ill fathers stash of pills in his bed and runs off to cause a scene.

When Martha, the family’s only full-time servant, and a lifer at that, discovers that Sally has abducted Mr. Maxie’s pill stash, she finally unleashes on the young girl. Who dares stand up to her in return.

But the real clincher is when Sally announces to the matriarch of Martingale that her son proposed to her that day, things get really tense. That night, she is found dead in her bed with her child crying beside her.

I can’t really go into the investigation without giving things away, but if you like Poirot or Agatha Christie stories, you will enjoy this book.

If you would like to join my Recycled Book Reading Challenge, you can find all the details by clicking here.

Also, as stated last month, I will begin including the links of bloggers posts who are doing the Recycled Book Reading Challenge. So, feel free to link your challenges in the comment section here and I will include them in next months post.

You can find Colette’s RBRC post here.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Dante’s Inferno

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A classic piece, I was so excited when I saw this book…and for all of 10 pennies!

I think most of us are familiar with Dante’s 9 rings of hell. In the 1300’s, Dante gets lost in the woods. When Virgil, a ghost, offers to help him find his way back. Virgil can lead Dante to safety, but the shortcut is the most gruesome of all. Through hell.

Dante actually runs into some of his friends on his way through and quite a few famous persons from throughout history. The rings of hell in which these people reside, screams volumes about their perceived involvement (or lack thereof) in the trials and tribulations of the period.

Dante wrote Divine comedy works while in exile. The ‘comedy’ depicts a surreal vision of the church vs state politics during the 1300’s in Florence. Ironically speaking, the timing couldn’t be better.

I particularly like this version by Steve Ellis. Translations can be quite hit or miss at times, and thus far (I have read several varying translations of Dante’s Inferno) this is the best translation I have read. It is not as dry and awkward as some of the classical translations are, and although the exact word may not be a direct translation, the meaning of the word is a direct translation. And that just makes so much more sense. After all, so many direct translations make absolutely no sense. Its all about context.

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, you can find it here. For those of you posting your reading challenges, from now on, please link to the corresponding month’s challenge post here. I have decided that I would like to start linking to your posts on my upcoming recycled book reading challenge posts!

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Former.ly: The rise and fall of a social network by Dane Cobain @danecobain #formerly

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I have been reading Dane Cobain’s books for awhile now. Former.ly is the newest that I’ve gotten my hands on, and as always with this author, I got hooked into this book almost immediately. Dane Cobain is a young UK author with 5 published books under his belt. I really enjoy this author, partly because his relative youth allows for him to write works of fiction which appeal to our modern-day, technology driven world.

This book is a good read. It is suspenseful and gives the reader an unusual first-person perspective into the world of social media. This book presents readers with a realm of social media possibilities that we rarely consider in this I.T. based world of ours. A well written, great read!

Dan Roberts is your main character. Like most of us, he just wants to find a job and pay his bills. Being a bit on the naive side, he has no idea what he’s in for when he gets a job at Former.ly. You see, Former.ly the company, is much like Facebook…only with a bit of a sinister twist. It’s a social media platform for the dearly departed. This is how it works: The users, write in it almost like a private journal. They are encouraged to share their most private thoughts. These thoughts are kept private. Safe and sound on the secret server. This is an easy false comfort to fall into – journaling, as most of us bloggers know. However, the kicker comes when the user dies. Once the user has passed on, these secret writings are no longer kept hidden. Au contraire – they are posted for the entire world to see! Now imagine this, for just a moment. Let it sink in. Can you IMAGINE the kinds of chaos that ensues once those posts are made public?! Hate mail, confessions of an extraordinary kind, conspiracies, etc… Shit hits the fan!

I, personally, really like the way it is written in first person. Some people do, some people don’t. I think its refreshing to have a limited perspective about the goings on of the story. It relays to us how narrow our own views really are, and reminds us that one person cannot possibly know all of the aspects. This, to me, brings the book a bit more into my personal realm of understanding. Life teaches us that the omniscient perspective of some books is not at all realistic. The first person perspective however, keeps us arm chair detectives a bit more involved. As, we as people, can only make judgement calls on the limited information available to us in the real world.

I would highly recommend this book to adult readers.

If you would like to see more about this book or some of the other great titles by this author, please click here to visit the Dane Cobain official website.

Have you read any of Dane Cobain’s books?

-Mliae

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. I like it, and will continue to look for the next books from this author 🙂

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Wicked by Paul Jennings & Morris Gleitzma

Hi guys 🙂

Again, I am late on this. My apologies, I did last months so late that my brain just skipped right over the 1st of this month!

So, this is my Recycled Book Reading Challenge book for this month: Wicked by Paul Jennings & Morris Gleitzma.

Even though this is primarily a children’s book, its still a lot of fun. Not to mention being an easy read. This particular edition has all 6 books inside. Since you kind of have to read all the books in the series to really ‘get it’ I was happy that this is what I found myself with after a trip to the second hand store.

The store does get pretty ‘trippy’, but what do you expect from a fun and serious book made for kids? The bottom line is: Step-families suck.

This is a cute book and I would recommend it for young readers. Especially those who find themselves in blended families.

Would you like to join the recycled book reading challenge? If so, please do! We would love to have you. The challenge can be found here.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge! Hitman: Enemy Within

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I am sooooo late posting this, this month. My apologies! The holidays carried me away and I just could not complete the book in time. My apologies!

My read for the month of December (and part of January) is Hitman: Enemy Within by William Dietz. I am not sure how I found myself with this little treasure to begin with, but I dusted it off from the hidden depths of my bookshelf and decided to give it a read.

Here’s a quick summary:

A competitor in the assassin game decides to take out the ICA (International Contract Agency) and their top assassin, Agent 47. Agent 47 was trained from birth and is not playing around. Agent 47 is a loner (of course) and takes the task to hand to find the persons in charge of sharing information with the ICA’s competitors. He travels far and wide to get what he needs, and an interesting side not of all of this is his glaringly obvious fascination with food & culture. Which is kind of fun, I must admit. I will leave you to figure out the rest.

This is a good, suspenseful, hitman adventure story. Although this is not my typical favourite sit, read & relax type of book…I really liked it! I’m unsure if there is a move based on it. But if there isn’t, there very easily could be.

If you would like to join my Recycled Book Reading Challenge, you can click here for the challenge rules. Love to have you with us and everyone is welcome!

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Sandstorm by Michael Asher

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This book was passed along to me by a friend of mine after he finished reading it. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile, so I thought it would be a great pick for November’s Recycled Book Reading Challenge.

This book is set in the Sahara, during the 50’s. It is a bit cliché – the whole honor, nomadic wanderer, loyalty, betrayal in the desert thing. But it is a good book…so far…for a few days of chilling out.

However, I must be honest. I was unable to complete this book before todays challenge deadline. So it is difficult for me to share an accurate assessment. I’m not exactly sure why…maybe the tiredness. But I just couldn’t get into it as an adventure book, which I generally get so involved in, I can’t put them down. But by the time I got about 100 pages in, it started to seem a bit…easy to guess where it was going. I did try to finish it, but it just didn’t hold my attention. I’ll be passing this one along. I guess now I understand why it was given to me 😉

I’m loving reading your challenge posts!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren

Welcome to my November 1st post for the Recycled Book Reading Challenge! If you would like to join, please check out the original post here for the ‘rules’ and start reading! For those awesome ones of you who are already doing the monthly challenge, I wanted to let you know that I’ve decided to extend it beyond 12 months (for myself, at least). It’s been such a fun challenge to do and I’ve enjoyed reading your posts so much that I would like to make this a permanent monthly series here on Lifexperiment Blog! 🙂

I used to love this book when I was child. I know that it has been translated into many different languages in the past 40 years, so when I saw this last month in a second hand store for .50 cents, and in English, I had to buy it!

This is a children’s book, although nowadays it might be considered a bit heavy for children reading since most versions include the realities of death, disease, tyranny and betrayal. (Like most of the classics)

When Karl is hit with a difficult disease, his older brother Jonatan soothes him with tales of Nangijala, a city in the afterlife. Shortly after that, the home catches fire and in order to save his brothers life, Jonatan leaps out of a window carrying Karl on his back. Karl is devastated by the death of his older brother, but not long after, on one very sleepy night, Karl finds himself and his brother in the city of Nangijala.

Nangijala is a peaceful city, but alas, it is only one city…there are others. And in the next town, there is an evil tyrant named Tengil and his dragon Katla which are reading havoc.

The Brothers Lejon (Lion), Karl and Jonatan, lead the battle against the tyrannical Tengil and his dragon…and it all revolves around a magical trumpet.

In the end, well I don’t want to give too much away – Let’s just say that there are even better cities, which are more peaceful and happier places for the deceased, beyond, in another level. It seems like a never ending cycle, dying, living, dying and re-birth again.

I loved reading this book as much as I loved having it read to me as a child.

Have you read The Brothers Lionheart?

Here are two links to the publishers online sales if you love this book:

USA – The Brothers Lionheart
UK – The Brothers Lionheart

What are your reads for Octobers recycled book reading challenge?

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled book reading challenge: Fat Tuesday, by Sandra Brown

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Hello all and welcome to my Recycled Book Reading Challenge book for September!

I’m not usually one for romance novels, but I do love suspense. So when you mix the two, this book is the result. I think I found this book on the english rack at the second hand shop for 0,25€.

Published in 1997, this wasn’t a bad read. Like  I said, not usually my style, but the mystery kept this book on the rails when I didn’t feel so drawn in by the whole lusty fussy over a kidnap victim scheme.  I have been told that Sandra Brown is actually quite renown in her field, so I felt a bit ashamed that I wasn’t completely intrigued.

In summary, Burke Basile is a police officer, he absolutely hates Pinkie Duvall who is a criminal defense attorney. Pinkie is married to Remy, and they aren’t exactly in love. Everyone assumes she is a trophy wife, and even Burke openly calls her a hooker because she dresses so provocatively. Burke loses his partner, basically becoming a lost cause. He decides the best form of action for revenge is to kidnap Remy and take her into a swamp to lure in Pinkie. In the meantime, he falls absolutely in love with her and well, you know how these things go in romance novels! All the while, the characters that lie in the outskirts of the story are woven throughout and Mardis Gras – Fat Tuesday is vastly approaching.
Fat Tuesday

There was a plot, more so than just getting Character A with Character C in an isolated place to get hot and heavy. However, the plot was kind of…loose. Not exactly the making of a great suspense novel. But it was a nice read on a rainy day 😉

If you would like to join my Recycled Book Reading Challenge, the challenge outline can be found by clicking the link. The more, the merrier!

Thanks for reading and I’m looking forward to reading about your September reads!

-Mliae

Green Smoothies: The weightloss & detox secret #GreenSmoothiesTheWeightLossDetoxSecret

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Greetings everyone!

As most of you know, I’ve been on a slow-boat voyage to healthier living. Diet, exercise, hard work and a smile 🙂 So, you can guess correctly that I was a happy thing when I got my hands on this smoothie recipe book. At first I thought it would be just like every other smoothie book out there: All kale, all banana, all the time… Buuuttt, Much to surprise, it isn’t! There are actually some really cool and creative recipes inside. Easy too! Good, because I’m not exactly the home-chef type. So, I tried a few of the vegan/vegetarian recipes and they turned out really yummy.

I thought I would share a few of my faves, as well as a short review from my perspective:

Some of my favourite recipes include: Arugula Raspberry smoothie, Almond and strawberry smoothie, beet and broccoli smoothie, spiced pumpkin smoothie (of course, it’s perfect for this time of year!), Gazpacho smoothie (This, I’m dying to try!), Tropical green smoothie, and a delicious dandelion celery smoothie.

What I liked about this book:

  • Fantastic, healthy alternative to fast food
  • Quick and easy to read
  • Interesting recipes, not just – put a whole bunch of stuff in a blender and drink it.
  • The recipes look GREAT!
  • Each recipe includes some nutritional information
  • Explanation of if it is or is not preferable for weightloss and why
  • Each recipe includes a short breakdown of what the special benefits of that particular smoothie are
  • The health benefits of chocolate are actually included…Yay!
  • It is suitable for vegans, as milk is almond milk & yogurt can be substituted for soy.
  • All the sweeteners included are natural. Agave, honey, cocoa

What reservations I have about this book:

  • Some of the recipes include natural sweeteners, which I feel is counter-productive. Although I understand that some readers may have a sweet tooth and naturally occurring sugars in vegetables may not be enough to satisfy the taste buds.
  • The suggestion to have the smoothies at approximately the same time daily. This leads me to the assumption that many of these ingredients are naturally occurring diuretics, thus the need for your body to adapt.

Before I got these good recipes, I was making kale and cucumber smoothies (good, but boring after awhile) with the occasional dessert smoothie of berries and ice cream – which is totally not the right thing for my diet. Now it’s replaced with the almond and strawberry smoothie. Yuuummm…

This book can be purchased here  by clicking on the link. The Kindle edition is $4.95, or free with the kindle reader.    Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial  There are also Hardcover and paperback versions available from $18 – $19.

OR, if you are in Europe:

Amazon UK:     Green Smoothies: The Weight Loss & Detox Secret: 50 Recipes for a Healthy Diet (Special Diet Cookbooks & Vegetarian Recipes Collection Book 3)

What do you think, are smoothies the way to go? Or just a nice way to have a quick serving of fruits/vegs on the go?

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Book Review:Broken Leaves of Autumn by Eli Hai #Review

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This book begins with Jeff and his younger sister Pam, setting the stage in a home with a drunken, abusive father and a beautiful submissive mother. After Jeff returns home to discover that Pam has received the beating of a lifetime from her father, he starts planning to leave. No long after that, Jeff has had enough and informs Pam that he is living for good. NY is his goal. He doesn’t know how he’ll survive there or what he’ll do, but anything is better than what he’s living in. Fortunately he finds a deal he cannot refuse on his very first day in NY! He meets a man, Ahron, an ultra Othordoxy Jewish man who arranges a place to live for Jeff and gets him a job washing windows as well as other odd jobs.

Eve, a beautiful successful NY stock trader, works in one of the high rises where Jeff cleans the outside windows. Although herself being a hot commodity on the dating market, she notices Jeff when he’s outside her window and just can’t seem to shake him out of her mind.

These two do meet and the story is beautiful. However, it is a sub-story within the book. The main story follows Jeff’s life and Ahron and his family’s lives in parallel.

I don’t want to give away the good bits, so it’s difficult because I want to tell you all about it. The author; Eli Hai, has written the book in such a way as to depict the dramatic differences in the lives, lifestyles, culture and importance (or lack there of) in these lives. If you’re a fan of Yiddish, you’ll love this book. I learned quite a bit more Yiddish words, and they are carefully sewn throughout the story. I can admit quite freely, that this was a lesson of culture for me and I consider myself a somewhat worldly woman.

I found this book quite riveting. I am not usually a fast reader, but I found myself turning page after page after page in this book. It’s a good one! I do recommend this book. Especially if you are a fan of ‘happily ever after’s’.

If you are interested in reading this book, you can get it by clicking here. I am also attaching additional links to the amazon stores below if you prefer region-specific shopping:

Amazon US:
Broken Leaves of Autumn

Amazon UK:
Broken Leaves of Autumn

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. And I liked it 🙂

Kindle Unlimited

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Hi all, I found a cool little set-up on amazon I wanted to share. Since many of my fellow bloggers and subscribers are book lovers like myself, I thought you might be able to get some solid use out of this -especially since we are reading all the time.

Amazon now has an unlimited Kindle reader. It’s $9.99 per month, but they are currently offering a free 30 day trial that can be cancelled any time. As I understand it, the unlimited reader allows you unlimited access to millions of  e-books and audiobooks on amazon for the monthly fee -or the duration of the free trial. Also, it works on multiple formats and mac products, not just kindle.

If anyone is interested in this, this link will take you directly to the information and download page:
Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

I’m seriously thinking about doing this. Do you have kindle unlimited? What do you think, good? Bad? Meh?

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

 

 

Book Review! Virgin Mary – Refuge city: The Scroll of Spera by Amos Castel el Halili #VirginMaryTheScrollofSpera

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This is definitely a book which you cannot judge by its cover. Set in the late 1800´s, this book follows the life stories of 3 young women from very different backgrounds. Mary, the U.S. presidents daughter who bucks the system by making friends with her slave, Constanze who finds herself in a harem in the Ottoman empire after watching her family slaughtered and her mother taken and tortured, and Spera, a Ukrainian Jew fighting to survive ethnic cleansing and brutality. And what is the tie that binds these 3 different tales of very intelligent women together? Politics, industry and the rail road, of course! That huge corporate, western front on which industry relies and which has always been  either loved by or aggressively battled by the populace which it affects.

This is not a book I would have normally chosen for myself to read. The beginning of this book is absolutely brutal and definitely only suggested for mature audiences, metal stomached, adults (I would not recommend this for the under 30 crowd) that understand the history of brutality against women and men of all ages during that time period.  I had a difficult time understanding why this book is so brutal, until I read the authors biography. The pen name is a pseudonym which reflects the authors heritage. It suggest a Jewish- Spanish identity of the authors family history in Gaza and Hebron, stretching back hundreds of years. The biography states  that the authors family were victims of ‘Ottoman imperialism and Islamic supremacism’, which is very clearly depicted in the book.

Now, that being said, there are good plots in the book and the violence does level out a bit and the plot thickens once you get a bit further into the book. The author has done their homework, as the depiction of the times, politics and way of life is incredibly accurate.

If you are interested in purchasing this book in either e-book or paperback format, it can be purchased at amazon here:

Virgin Mary: The Scroll of Spera (Refuge City Book 1)

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: King Lear by William Shakespeare

Hello!

My apologies, time escaped me and I did not realize that yesterday was the 1st until quite late in the night. So I’m a day late…again.

My pick for August for the Recycled book reading challenge is King Lear by William Shakespeare. I think I picked this up for 0,25€ at a second hand shop. I’m a sucker for the classics and will always grab one, even if I’ve already read it!

Being a classic, I have read King Lear before. I think the first time I read it was in my english classes in University. As a Shakespeare fan, I will read it again and again. This book will stay on my shelf.

The plot is an absolute tragedy. One with whom some people to this day can somewhat empathize with, which is why I think Shakespeare remains so popular.

In summary, King Lear decides that he has to divide his realm, as he is aging and his time will come soon. He opts to divide his legacy between his 3 daughters, giving the one who loves him the most, the lions share of the estate. Two of his daughters; Goneril and Regan, sooth him with sugary words from mouths dripping honey. Cordelia (the youngest daughter whom King Lear assumes would be the one who loves him the most – and is) Is honest and open with him. This backfires tremendously when King Lear gets extremely angry and disinherits her. When her friend, the Earl of Kent, tries to defend her, Lear banishes him from court as well. But she is not left alone. The King of France, touched by her honesty, marries her.

The Earl of Kent, sensing what is coming from Goneril and Regan, disguises himself and goes to work as King Lear’s servant. Lear decides to live with Goneril, but once she makes her intentions known, he sends his servant (Disguised Earl of Kent) ahead to Regan’s with a letter stating his intention to live with her instead. The Earl of Kent is detained at the house and when King Lear discovers this, he is told that the sisters are plotting to kill him. The revenge is taken out on Gloucester, who discovered and shared the plot, by gouging out his eyes. Brutal!

Cordelia, who has married the French King, returns home with an army of French troops ready for battle with her sisters. King Lear, the Earl of Kent and Gloucester try to make their way to Cordelia in hopes of reuniting. In the process, Gloucester finds his lost son, Edgar. King Lear sleeps through the battle, only to awake and discover that Cordelia lost the battle. Initially, he is somewhat ok about it because he assumes that they will be jailed together. This delusion is shattered when he soon realizes that Cordelia is to be executed. Gloucester’s other son, Edmund, gave the orders. Both sisters are in love with Edmund and this turns into a suicide bath.

When Edmund (who has been fatally wounded by Edgar) is dying, he reverses the execution order for Cordelia. But it is too late. She is hung. Her father, King Lear, is so overcome by the grief of all that his emotional decision has caused, dies on her lifeless body. Edgar becomes King.

This is a very good read, but the written language does make it a bit difficult to adapt to.

If you would like to join my recycled book reading challenge, please click the link for full details. I love this challenge!

What are you reading?

-Mliae

 

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: The Heist by Janet Ivanovich & Lee Goldberg

My July’s recycled book reading challenge book is The Heist by Janet Ivanovich and Lee Goldberg. I really loved this book!

This is the first book of a new series by these authors . I am an Ivanovich fan, so I was happy to see that it is penned with her usual humor.

It begins with Nick Fox, a famous, rich, cunning and unbelievable ingenious thief who has been outrunning Kate O´Hare, an FBI agent, for 7 years! This book involves numerous clever, and quite hilarious capers. Eventually these two find themselves working together. Nick Fox puts things together to bring the main heist together.

The joviality is brought together through an unusual cast of character with a unique set of skills and personalities. It is ingenious and cleverly written, and the action never slows down!

I would highly recommend this book if you are a fan of lightly, humorously written adventure like I am! If you are interested in finding out more about this book or purchasing it, click here to go to Janet Ivanovich’s website.

If you would like to join this awesomely fun challenge, you can see the original guidelines by clicking here. We’ve got some really great bloggers on this challenge, and I hope more will join!

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Book Review: Blood Tide by Brian Burt #WWVBT


Blood Tide, book two of Aquarius Rising, by Brian Burt is a great read!

As most of you know, I’m not a huge science fiction fan. However, I have recently found myself reading more and more science fiction and this book is a shining example of why – it’s interesting! I’ve been sucked into this book and just find myself turning page after page.

This book actually takes place under the surface of the sea as an underwater world, as opposed to space. In this book, the underwater world is actually trying to repair itself after the destruction in the first book. It is easier to read than many science fiction books because there are small familiarities which tie us as humanity into the book: internet and the memories of humanities past presence.

The main character is Megalops, a dolphin-human hybrid, is so plagued by what happened to his wife and daughter that he loses all sense of ‘humanity’ and releases a virus just as deadly as the one that turned his loved ones to stone on the Juno water tower. This results in a species on species war which is wrought with suspenseful twists and turns.

Ocypode makes a reappearance from book 1, and it’s interesting to read on and find out how it’s really going to go with our hero Ocypode back in the midst of things.

This is a really good book and I would recommend it for adults who enjoy reading Sci-fi. I must suggest that you read the first book, and then the second. In the first book, it lays out much of the thoughts and emotions involved in this cataclysm and the horrors felt during a time of genocide. In the second book, it is more of a continuation of revenge and although easy to empathize, you don’t truly get the full effect of the heartbreaking emotional pain which is the driving force behind this book.

This ebook can be purchased from amazon by clicking here.

Great read!

Thank you for reading!

-Mliae

*Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this e-book in exchange for my unbiased and honest review

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff

My June read for the Recycled Book Reading Challenge is ‘Bad Monkeys’ by Matt Ruff. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! So much so, that I am unable to pass it on. I have to keep it in my personal library to re-read at another time.

The book is set in a Las Vegas mental ward where the star of our story, Jane Charlotte is being interviewed by Dr. Vale. Jane contends that she works for a secret organization, and her department is called ‘Bad Monkeys’ for short. Her role as an employee of Bad Monkeys  is to put down people who are evil. Not bad people, but evil….completely unredeemable people. According to Jane’s story, she has landed herself there because of an unauthorized kill.

Throughout the story, I found myself trying to decide if Jane was absolutely mad, bad, sane, or a thorough mix of all of the aforementioned.

It’s not often that you find yourself siding with the ‘bad guy’ or possibly ‘good guy’ – perhaps the ‘good guy with a good motive to be bad’ in a book. This book contains multiple plot twists, a bit of humor and a lot of psychology.

I do suggest this book. It’s a lot of fun and the at least half of it moves at a fast pace so your mind is always stimulated.

If you are interested in purchasing this or other Matt Ruff books, you can click here for his amazon page.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll join in the challenge!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Dealing With People You Can’t Stand

Written by Dr. Rick Brinkmann and Dr. Rick Kirschner, this book is actually a good one to have in your home reference library. Although I usually share my books with others once I’ve read them, there are a few which stay in my home for later use and this will be one of them.

Published in 1994, this book is still very valid today. I would categorize this as a self help book, although in its true nature it is more meant to help one to understand the motivation behind, and the ways around communicating with the 10 most undesirable types of communicators and personalities. In my opinion, this book is ideal for anyone working in a corporate setting. Or anyone who finds themselves doing loads of teamwork or meetings. Although this book is actually penned in such a way as to assist anyone who has to communicate with anyone else who doesn’t happen to be one of their favourite people, it would be such a great help in the professional world. I have been in meetings listening to people scream to be heard and demean others (AKA: The TANK). This book covers the insecurities and thought processes behind these utterly charming personality attributes, and suggest some really effective ways on disarming them before it gets um…bad.

They have sorted the communicative personalities into 10 descriptive groups:

  1. The Tank (Rolls right over and has a storage closet of ammo at the ready)
  2. The Sniper (Shoots to kill)
  3. The Grenade (In serious need of anger management. Hair trigger temper)
  4. The Know-It-All (Knows a little bit of everything and a whole lot of nothing)
  5. The Think-They-Know_It_All (Even worse. Clueless but confident)
  6. The Yes Person (Over promises and under delivers)
  7. The Maybe Person  (Indecisive, waits until last minute to make choices, good at excuses, extremely frustrating)
  8. The No Person (Pessimistic much?)
  9. The Nothing Person (No feedback, no fight, no passion, no…anything – just crickets)
  10. The Whiner (ugh…)

As the book continues, these groups are further broken into motivational traits, such as wants to get it done, wants to get it right, wants to be appreciated, etc. These motivational sectors to each personality sheds some serious light on why each personality makes the decisions they make. For example, the ‘get it done’ trait may want the meeting held at the place of business so it can be done quickly. The ‘get it right’ trait may want the big meeting held off location so that everyone can focus entirely on the task at hand. While the ‘get appreciated’ trait may want the meeting held at a resort so that people can enjoy themselves afterward and thus they can gain appreciation. It’s all very logical, just not something anyone takes the time to consider.

A majority of this book devotes itself to communication and body language tactics that can be utilized in order to make the other party feel more at ease and less likely to go full on annoying personality on you when you need them present.

The ending, and honestly one of the best parts of the book is the section which makes you reflect on your own personality, motivational and communicative styles.

I enjoyed this, even though it took some time and thought to get through. I hope you will too if you ever find it.

I hope you have enjoyed reading the review of May’s book for my Recycled book reading challenge. I truly hope that we can expand our already growing group of awesome bloggers who have been flexible enough to join in the challenge. Lets get to reading those old books!

Please feel free to join, share or reblog.

-Mliae

Book Review: Daughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo #WWVBT

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I literally could not stop reading this book. I was hooked within the first 2 chapters and found myself reading the entire day until I had read this book in its entirety. I haven’t done that in years!

The setting begins in a convent/orphanage where Trinity, almost 17 years old, discovers that she does indeed have surviving family who have found and sent for her. Escorted to her home by a mysterious, slightly glamorous woman, Trinity finds herself and her new cat Slugger on the Isle of Cats off the coast of Turkey,  and life as she knows it, is officially and completely turned upside down.

This socially awkward teenager has her eyes forcibly opened to a whole new realm of possibilities, history and a terrifying lack of control in her newly acquired circumstance. As a reprieve, she enjoys the company of her fun-loving, ill tempered and misunderstood ‘cousin’ Ara and her friends.

Trinity has a lifetime of questions, which she has to struggle to get the answers for. This strong-willed, hard-headed and hot-tempered girl sets out to find the answers at any cost. In most cases, only leading to more unanswered questions. On her quest for the truth, Trinity enters into a dark reality from which there is seemingly no return.

You see, Trinity was born on the solar eclipse. And on her 17th birthday at the Summer Solstice, there will be another eclipse, only a rarer one…when the moon turns blood red. It comes about only every 170 years. There is an ancient Egyptian prophecy about what will come to play on this evening, but only certain people are aware of it. By the time you finish this book, you’ll be chanting Margarets words: ‘The three of you must work together…

I’m having to exercise some willpower here in order to not give a complete summary of the book because its really good and I think it should be read and enjoyed – not given the cliff notes version. The e-book can be purchased HERE for $1.23 on amazon.

This book contains the mystical, the mysterious, the fun and sun that we all find ourselves longing for on occasion. It’s an easy read, which makes it one just fall into the pages…turning, turning and turning until many hours later when you’ve finally reached the thrilling and much anticipated conclusion. I would recommend this book as a good read for adults and teens alike, but my suggestion is the 15+ age range.

The author, Zoe Kalo writes with a passion and knowledge of Egyptology that will send you on a mythological treasure hunt of your own. Read and enjoy!

Looking forward to the second book in this series!

-Mliae

*Disclosure: I was granted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. Which has been given. I really enjoyed it 🙂 #WWVBT

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

I chose the book ‘Domestic Violets’ by Matthew Norman, for April’s reading for the Recycled Book Reading Challenge.

I have to say that I just could not put this book down. Published in 2011, it is relatively new (as recycled books go) and it was a smooth read because it really reflected many of the challenges and feelings we face in our modern day lives.

This book is fiction book, mainly about a much celebrated writer of fiction books and his son, also an aspiring writer. The challenges of growing up, working in massive corporations where tasks and knowledge are so divided that employees just feel like mindless drones. The daily life of marriage, temptation, children and the drive to accomplish our true goals. Life does get in the way and this book is a shining example.

I did some instagramming and I see that Matthew Norman (instagram: Thenormannation ) has another book from this year -‘We’re all Damaged’. I’m going to keep an eye out for it. If its as good as this one, it will be well worth the time spent reading it! Also, if you’re interested, you can find his blogspot blog here.

I am very pleasantly surprised and really excited about how many great fellow bloggers have chosen to join this challenge! Thank you! I hope that many more of you will continue to join in to dust off an old book on the shelf to read and review monthly 🙂

Enjoy your reading!

-Mliae

Many congratulations Jacqueline for your new publication!

 

I would love to give a shoutout and a ton of congratulations to fellow blogger, total sweetie, and extremely had worker – Jacqueline Oby-ikocha for publishing her first book!

This book, ‘Out of the Silent Breath’ is a collection of poems. I’m sure its a gorgeous read and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Please visit A cooking pot and twisted tales to check out all Jacqueline has to offer, and also where this gorgeous new book can be found!

*Disclaimer: OMG, I reposted this and we realized that on twitter and elsewhere, it looked like I had basically stolen her post and that it was me who’d published. Jacqueline, I’m very sorry, I was just trying to get the word out…I’m so happy for you!

Recycled book reading challenge: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

Winner of the 2000 booker prize, this book was actually penned in the 60’s. This book was a welcome reprieve from the more serious books I’ve read so far for this challenge.

Penned in 1965, this book contains a surprising and refreshing amount of protofeminism, as there was no feminism in sight at the time when this book was written, yet it still contains within its pages a shining example of youthful feminine independent thought and abject terror of become another one of the married, baby toting masses. Although beautifully intertwined within the realms of the reality of work life / dating life of a 20 something in that time, this story carries in it remarkable similarities of some of the games still played today.

The main characters are:

  • Marian (protagonist): Works in a survey company. Never aimed for marriage, but finds herself engaged to Peter. Shortly after, her subconscious fears that she is being devoured by Peter’s proposal kick into over-drive and she finds herself unable to eat meats and a variety of other foods via some internal disgust of her own perceived emotional cannibalism. (Nope, I’m not ruining the end of this one. The simple symbology wraps up the entire book nicely)
  • Ainsley: Marians female roomie who decides she wants a baby no matter what and to hell with any human emotions the father to be might have. He is, after all, merely a sperm donor
  • Peter: Marians boyfriend -> Fiance
  • Len: Poor guy, Ainsleys target victim
  • Duncan: Bizarre English grad student with whom Marian finds herself curiously able to indulge in his desires for her with an aire of scientific study as opposed to actual affection.

I can see why this book has won awards and that Margaret Atwood is a writer of much significance. This was a good read and I can easily recommend it to anyone who’s looking for something with a bit of an intellectual undertone that doesn’t hurt the brain, or something relaxing relaxing that doesn’t turn your mind into bubblegum.

For those of you who do not know about the Recycled book reading challenge, please click the highlighted bit to learn more. I’d love to have lots of people join me in this reading challenge! Get out those old books, people 🙂

I would like to challenge a few of my fellow bloggers to join me in this challenge:

Lisa Pomerantzster

Alex Charming

Eileen On

Tidbits

R Prab

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll all join in!

-Mliae

 

Recycled Book Challenge: ‘Hillary´s Scheme’ by Carl Limbacher

In light of the upcoming 2016 United States Presidential elections, when I saw this book ‘Hillary´s Scheme‘, I had to make it an addition to my years worth of reading for the recycled book challenge! I mean, talk about perfect timing!

Hillary Clinton is one of United States Democratic party frontrunners for President this year. I saw this book and although political reading is not exactly what I would call relaxing, I figured I would step out of my comfort zone and give it a shot.

This book, published in 2003, was a bit impossible for me to finish all the way. It was obviously written by a Tea Party Republican propagandist, as dramatic accolades of President Bush’s handling of the 9/11 tragedies make him out to be some sort of hero at instant action and successful calming of the American public. In other words – pure propaganda. This began on page 2 of the book, so you can imagine what it was like the entire way through. I mean seriously. Now, I might not be in the USA, but Bush’s war was a highly publicized event and I’ve not yet heard that he ´led America to its first decisive wartime win since 1945´ as stated on page 23. Did you know that happened? New to me. Perhaps with the constant international news coverage, we somehow missed that fact.

The more I read of this book, the more I realize that it was published as nothing more than a smear campaign against the Clintons. Even judging them for digging up dirt against their opponents…as if thats not exactly whats happening in this case. Only, published forever. As this is a used book, I have to wonder if it was something handed out by the republican party during a dreaded fear that Mrs. Clinton would run in 2004. Then, just tossed in the receivers suitcase for a good bit of dirt to read on the plane and left behind for the next reader, who must’ve read it, thought to themselves ´this is rubbish´and sold it at the market.

The author of this book has managed to find at least one person who will testify that Mrs. Clinton claims to have never wanted to run for the Presidency, and that President Clinton initially vowed while in Arkansas that he would never run for President. Whoops. As well as drudging up Mrs. Clintons hesitancy to publicly state her endorsement for Gore, or her own plans to run. In reading the micro transcript of her dodging the question by even stating that she would be in Hawaii when it came time to endorse; it seems blatantly clear to me that the woman is merely trying to keep her mouth shut on the situation. Just because someone on television asks you something, does not mean you have to tell all. No. There is a time and a place and it was obviously not at that particular time and place. She could have not been more polite about it, nor more clear without saying ´none of your damned business´.

Despite the conspiracy theories, I still managed to read on. I reached my breaking point when I had to drudge my way through an entire section dragging Mrs Clinton through the mud for her part in the Watergate scandal when President Nixon was in office. Now, this was a bit before my time, so I did some independent research because…its just surreal to blame a collegiate for one America’s biggest presidential scandals of its time! And its utter boulderdash. True, Hillary Clinton did return to Washington in 1974, following her studies at Yale. HOWEVER, she was NOT covering up watergate for the president, but was actually working on the Presidents impeachment inquiry staff!

As if this complete 180 degree version of the truth was not enough to make me throw in the towel, I read on… And then I find it. An entire chapter devoted to her abuse and temperament as reported by Star magazine. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but is this not one of the nations leading yellow journalism magazines? Yes, it is. As a University graduate, I know that there are reliable sources for research and unreliable resources for research. Wikipedia = unreliable. Gossip magazines = TOTALLY unreliable! I could invent more reliable information myself and publish it. This is the point at which I decided that continuing to devote precious hours of my life to this…Gossip, lie, communistic propaganda was done. I have better things to do than to struggle my way through this nonsense and so do you.

For whomever will be screaming that I have my own agenda; I have no political affiliations regarding the US elections.

I’m challenging these bloggers to join in my recycled book reading challenge:

Barbara from teleporting weena

Mystical Writer

Your daughters bookshelf

Joanne

and

Jason from Nerdy life of Mine

My next read will be much lighter 🙂

I’m so happy that people are continuing to join this challenge! Please feel free to share in the fun…lets dig out these old valuables 🙂 The more the merrier!

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

 

Voices of Sudan

This 2007 pictorial book; Voices of Sudan by David Johnson, was my January pick for the recycled book challenge. When I found it, I realized that it is an autographed copy, and 100% of the profits went to Help Sudan. .

This pictorial book is quite heartbreaking. It covers the realities in the Sudan and of the Sudanese people in the early 2000’s as a result of 30 years of civil war and Jihad. These realities include slaughter, rape, imprisonment, kidnapping of young boys to train as fighters and mutilation. The Sudanese have also been dealing with a major lack of water, as water was already quite scarce and NIF fighters have sectioned off the Nile river. Without easy access to water, famine runs rampant. Due to being unable to bathe and launder regularly, disease is also a problem.

This pictorial will remain in my collection to be read and read again.

If you would like further information about these types of projects, David Johnson’s Silent Images can provide a plethora of options.

This month I would like to challenge some fellow bloggers to join me in this recycled book reading challenge!

  1. Deb,
  2. Leenna,
  3. Your daughters bookshelf
  4. Charlotte
  5. Jonathan Olivier

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge!

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I’ve really been wishing to create a reading challenge that I hope many people will join. I’m not a book blogger, but I do enjoy reading and reporting. All books are important, each in their own way. I guess you can assume that since I’m all over the map in life, my tastes in books is a bit erratic as well. So, I don’t stick to one form of literature…I like everything!

Book clubs and running out to purchase the newest hot item on the shelf has a tendency to get expensive after awhile, so I would like to focus on used or ‘recycled’ books. Remember that library book you bought for 10 cents? Or the second hand store find for 25 cents? Those are the ones about which I’m speaking. We all have them…some, like me, have a closet full just waiting to be read.

Here’s what I’m thinking:

  • Beginning once the challenge is accepted, pick an old find, dust it off, take a good photo and start reading.
  • If you would to tag some fellow bloggers, which you think might enjoy the challenge…feel free to spread the joy!
  • On the 1st day of every month for the next 12 months, post a review of the book, commentary, joke, or opinion (complete with photo).
  • Please include in the post a ping back to the challenge or challenger
  • Link to your book post on this comment section, and announce our next months book

What do you think? 12 recycled books of your choosing, in 12 months?

Please share, link, repost, reblog or pass along…The more, the merrier!

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

*Photo sourced via Pixabay