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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December RBRC: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

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Hi there,

My apologies for the delay in post. The electric cuts continued throughout 2 days, but now all seems to be running well again.

My book for the December Recycled Book Reading Challenge is: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. In my mind, this book falls into the romance and supernatural genres. The romance genre is not something that has ever appealed to me. However, I do sometimes get sucked into a good sci-fi or supernatural drama.

I think that this is part of The Twilight Series of books.  I have never read or watched the Twilight saga, so I really don’t know what’s going on here. While it is difficult to start reading in the middle of a seemingly complicated series, it is not impossible. I surely missed much of the characters background and the build-up to the story. But the actual storyline was ok. I think that this book is more fitting for the younger crowd, teens probably, as it seems a bit more angst-y (Is that a word?) and less … logical.

As far as this particular book goes, I had a very difficult time following it. There didn’t seem to be a cohesive, logical plot. I’m sure that the lack of clear ending was because it is part of a series. I would recommend this for teen readers, but not for the adult bookworm.  I know I’m giving the hard line on this one, but I just wasn’t excited about reading it.

If you would like to join my monthly RBRC, we would love to have you join! The basic guidelines are just to dust off one old book and read it in a month. Post your RBRC post on the 1st of the month, and let me know somehow (comments, ping, linking) and I will link to your post on my upcoming RBRC post.

Thank you for reading!

-Mliae

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

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: American Beauty by Zoey Dean

This is my RBRC book for the month of September.

I have to start by saying that this was not my kind of book. I think this book is aimed more towards the teen crowd. Apparently this is one book out of a large series.

This was more of a Beverly Hills high graduation story, rife with teen angst and first world problems. I was unable to get through the entire book.

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, we would love to have you! You can find the complete challenge layout by clicking here. I usually post on the 1st day of every new month. I will add the link to your post from that month on my upcoming posts.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

 

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: The Testament by John Grisham

Hi there 🙂

Last month, I didn’t post a RBRC post because we were traveling. I’m continuing the challenge though and so picking back up with this month’s post.

The Testament is a well known book. I have read it before (hence the reason its been collecting dust for a few years), but it was nice to give it another read before I pass it on for someone else to enjoy for awhile.

An inheritance of an unbelievable sum is not going the way the family would like it to. The family is horrendous. The beneficiary is an unknown. You know how this plays out….

I really like the way Grisham has developed the characters in this book. He not only covers the emotional spectrum, but human weakness as well. I believe that the weaknesses are what make his characters so much more human.

This is a good book. Of course, its a best seller.  If you haven’t already read this book, I would recommend it as a good read for a rainy day.

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, please do! The more, the merrier 🙂 Each month I will be linking back to the posts of those who have joined the challenge.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

 

August 2018 RBRC

Greetings!

I’m sharing Colette’s Recycled Book Reading Challenge for this month, as we were traveling and I was unable to do my regular post. (Which by the way, the RBRC will be continuing as of the 1st of this month!) Colette is awesome and I hope you will visit her blog.

All the best!

-Mliae

via August 2018 RBRC

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young

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This was a fun book. For a long time, animal lovers have managed to see through the communication barrier and connect certain attributes and personalities to the animals they love. In a nutshell, this is what this book is about.

I think this is an excellent learning tool. I had no idea that, for example, cows families are as they were written; that grandma cow is usually there for the birth and time following to help-out.

This book was written in a imaginative style which manages to keep even the most uninterested reader (i have no desire to learn about cows), interested in the story. Rosamund Young has really done her job well!

This book is actually a borrow, from a friends old book collection on the shelves. Super cute and I would highly recommend it!

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, please do! All you need to do is dust off 1 book from your shelf per month, read it and write a post at the beginning of the month. Anyone who pings back to my RBRC post will be linked to on my upcoming RBRC post.

Thank you for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: The Medici Secret by Michael White

The Medici Secret by Michael White was my RBRC book for the month of May. I have to say that I really enjoyed this one! (So much so, that I’m actually linking to the author’s page).

At first glance, one might easily assume that this book is quite much like the Davinci code series. It actually isn’t. There is a mystery, and ancient clues – so that much is similar, yes. However, the situation is very different and thoroughly explained. The flashbacks to historical events in the story, is actually what sucked me into this book the most. I hate to say it, but it seems that most anything written with a historical Point of View (POV) now is in the romance category. And that’s not my thing…at all. So, this was really refreshing.

This is a work of fiction, but I really loved that the author included an entire section in the back dedicated to the facts behind the fiction. In this section, he also explains where he parted from the facts on certain occasions, and what the actual event was that took place.

If you like historical, adventure, mystery reads – then I’d say this book is for you!

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, please click on the link to read all about it! Every month, I will link to your posts.

This month, you can check out Colette’s RBRC post by clicking here.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts

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Hi there 🙂 Happy May Day!

This was a good one. I got a bit sucked into reading this book. It took awhile to get into it, but once I did, it was a pretty easy read.

I have no idea how this book came to be in my possession. For some reason, I think it might have been a ‘pass it along’ find.

I liked the storyline of the book. Basically, an old home is being renovated into a glam historical hotel and all of the characters this involves. There’s also a parallel storyline, one which involves a ghost – Lizzie. This was by far what intrigued me the most. She’s waiting for ‘Billy’ and although the people who have been used to having her around for awhile value her and aren’t so afraid, they find themselves on a mission to find out her story and who Billy is.

The only thing I don’t like about this situation is that this is the 2nd book of a 3 book series. I can fill in the gaps from the 1st book, so that’s not any kind of problem. However, I really want to know what happens in book 3! I’m not a big romance person, so I could kind of care less what happens with fictional personal relationships. However, there is a ghost mystery intertwined in this story and THAT is what I want to get to the heart of! Has anyone here read the 3rd book? If so, please let me know what happened with Eliza!

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, just click the link and check it out! Its quite straightforward – dust off 1 book from your bookshelf and give it a read every month. Write a post about it and either wingback to the challenge or drop the link to your post in the comments section! I will link to every post from the month before I published. This is from Colette at Colette B.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie

Loved, Loved, LOVED this book!

Agatha Christie is known for her excellent writing and descriptive mysteries. This book, was no different. One of the things I really like about Agatha Christie’s books is the language. English has so many variations. It seems the the older books are written in a clear and easy to decipher English, which many modern books seem to lack. You really do not need a 2 page rambling description. Nor is an author required to use the most obsolete and difficult words one can muster up.  Authors of older books knew this. It was to the point. 1 sentence, maybe 2 at most – as descriptions and in concise language. After all, is the point not to appeal to a broad audience? This, is one very big reason why I am a Christie fan. Not only are her stories intriguing, but I don’t have to guess at what is being told, nor do I require a dictionary at my side to do so.

I’m not sure exactly where I managed to pick up this book. I have had it in my possession for quite awhile. Once I began reading, I really could not put the book down. I read through the entire weekend day, and then some.

I don’t want to spoil it for you, but in summary: Lots of scientists from France, UK, USA, Netherlands – have gone mysteriously missing. This book is the hunt, the story, the schemes and a good few surprises thrown in.

I love the way the scenes are laid out. Even some of the character surprises (1 big one with the main bad guy) and the way it is so artfully done, it kind of makes the reader mad that they didn’t notice the signs earlier. All which were carefully laid out in plain site. OK, I say no more on the plot.

If you see this book, I say – GET IT! It’s a great read 🙂

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, please click here for the details. Nothing to it, really. Dust off an old book once a month, post about it, get me the link and I will link to it on my upcoming post.

Here are some posts from this month:

Colette, who is awesome and hilarious – wrote about her To-Read list for the challenge which can be read by clicking here.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Hi there 🙂

Elegance of the Hedgehog was my February read for the Recycled Book Reading Challenge.

I really liked this book. It isn’t written in the usual manner. I expected with a setting like wealthy lodging in France, that it would be from the perspective of the well-to-do. However, it is not. Which is refreshing. There are 2 POV’s from which the story is told. That of Renee (the concierge) and Paloma (a pre-teen). Both are highly intelligent and quite bored of the world they live in. Renee conceals her intelligence and culturality by playing to the stereotype of concierge. Paloma, has set her mind to committing suicide on her 13th birthday.

The book is quite ‘wordy’ and it is occasionally difficult to tell who is narrating. The chapters seem to switch on and off, and it was easy for me to lose track at times, as there was no rhyme or reason to who was speaking in the chapters. You just have to read through until you have a ‘Ahaa’ moment and then follow along accordingly.

However, I really enjoyed the writing, the perspectives, and even the characters’ boredom with the mundane and predictable. I was actually quite surprised to see how popular this book seems to be when I checked online. I would recommend this if you see it somewhere.

I think I picked this book up while on holiday (You know the hotel book swaps) and I’m very glad I did! A time investment well-spent!

If you would like to join this monthly challenge, you can read all about it by clicking here. Anyone is welcome to join, and I will be linking to your posts on my monthly post.

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

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

 

The Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Terror’s Cradle by Duncan Kyle

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The 1970’s seems to have been a great period for the adventure & suspense novel. This book serves as a prime example. I purchased this book at a used book store for about .10 cents. I love finding books in English around places like these because they don’t sell so well, only the rare customer enjoys the challenge of reading novels in other languages, so I always find a very good deal on them.

This book serves as a fine example of what good suspense novels used to be. They aren’t filled with sickening love scenes. It’s and adventure. The character has a goal – in this case, find Alsa, his missing cohort – and return home victorious. The suspense is in the adventure and that’s the way it should be!

I really enjoyed this book. The print was of normal size, so it made for a quick read. The story was just that – the story. No sex, no fruitcakes, no cottony clouds. If you like adventure and happen to find this book, I’d highly recommend it! Enjoy!

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, you can find the original post by clicking here. Every month on my posting, I will be including links to your challenge posts as well. I seem to have lost most of the people that were formerly doing this challenge (as I have surpassed the 1 year mark), so if you would like to join, please do so!

Here are some challenge posts:

The Tenth Garfield Treasury

Second Shot

Easter Island

Recycled Reads Review

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

 

 

 

 

Recycled Book Reading Challenge Post will be Delayed a Few Days

Hello everyone 🙂

My sincerest apologies, but The Recycled Book Reading Challenge that I always post on the 1st of every month will be delayed a few days. We’ve been on the go quite a bit this month and I have not had enough time to read through thoroughly.

The post will be up on either the 3rd or 4th of this month. In the meantime, if you have posted your Recycled Book Reading Challenge, please drop the link in the comment section here and I will make sure to link to you when I get the post up.

My apologies again!

-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

 

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: America’s Best State Fair Recipes by Catherine Hanley

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Hi there 🙂

My sincerest apologies for being late this month! I really wanted to try some of these recipes first, and since I had the flu, it took a bit longer than expected.

I really love the recipes in this book. They look so delicious! The only problem I’m having, is that I don’t know what the equivalent of some of the ingredients are. Like ‘shortening’. I assume that ‘shortening’ is also referred to as ‘lard’, but we don’t have anything like that here. What could I use instead of that? Butter, perhaps? Or……

Other than the issue of trying to find some of the ingredients (or something similar) in my area of the world, there really isn’t a problem. I am really excited about trying some of the picketing recipes in this book as well!

I found the Blueberry Pie recipe and it had me drooling. We don’t have blueberries in ample amounts here, but we do have currants! So, I made a currant pie with the blueberry pie recipe and it turned out pretty good!

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This is before cooking. The crust looks terrible, I know. It was my first go with actual dough instead of a ready to bake shell, and I found that I didn’t have enough for my pan so I got creative and the crust got paper thin in parts. Regardless of its lack of beauty, the pie was awesome and it was gobbled up just as soon as it came out of the oven! (Hence the reason I don’t have the ‘after’ photo.) ALSO, making this pie with red currants would be super fun for Halloween! It was all gooey and runny and kind of looked like blood pie. Which was perfect because we were binge watching vampire flicks.

There is also a Rhubarb sour-cream (creme fráiche) pie recipe that is ideal for our frozen rhubarb!

If you see this cookbook somewhere on the super cheap, I say grab it up! The recipes are simple and the food looks great!

If you would like to join my Recycled Book Reading Challenge, you can find the guidelines by clicking here. The more, the merrier! Dust off those old books and give them a read!

Also, please check out Teleporting Weena’s RBRC ‘Ghost Girl’ for this month by clicking here!

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Bartending For Dummies, mini edition! #challenge

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Hello all 🙂

It’s that time again, time for the Recycled Book Reading Challenge! This was a good one and a very fast read, especially since it fits in the palm of my hand. I will be keeping this one in the kitchen for reference when entertaining! 😉

This is my first ‘For Dummies’ book and I was surprised at how they are able to take it back to the most basics of the basics. Like…what is a wine opener. Surprisingly informative, it actually explains the process. Interesting…

The pocket sized book covers everything from tools and basics to a few frequently requested drink recipes like Rusty Nail, Irish Coffee, John Collins and even the famous James Bond Martini! (Verrryyyyyy coooolll!)

I picked up this little guy years ago for about 0.05 and I’ve never even looked at it. Now that I have, I’ll be flipping through it on a more regular basis.

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, click on the link and start dusting off those old books! When you link your post back to me, I will link to it in my following challenge post. Thanks for reading!

What are you reading?

-Mliae

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

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