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Web of Deceit by Renee Pawlish [#MarchMysteryMadness]

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Web of Deceit by Renee Pawlish

Apparently Dewey is the superhero detective who rarely ever gets hurt even when he puts himself in the most dangerous situation to acquire clues. Another point of amusement for me is when Mr. Detective goes around asking the most blatant questions with no shielding descriptions and I am here thinking “Is he not worried that someone will come after him when he sniffs around in the most obvious manner?”
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Celebrating 8 Women In History & Historical Fiction

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Happy International Women’s Day! I share with you the eight (8) novels of History and the Historical Fiction Genre, which speaks on the role of women in contributing to their home community and/or the wider community.
1. Eva Gore Booth, The Other Sister: The Remarkable Sybling of Constance Markievicz by llpix.com (Illustrator), Cindy Davi
A short explanation of the role of women in the Easter Rising in Ireland. Whilst Constance physical presence is known concerning the events of the Easter Rising in Ireland perhaps little is spoken of her other sister Eva whose contribution is still similar. Eva is noted as part of the movement for women suffrage in Ireland as well as heretical recording of historical events. Her encouragement to not only her sister but fighting men is recommendable. These pages also gives more insight into the Land Acts of 1881, negative and positive of the role of land owners.

2. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs
Another confirmation of the cruelties of slavery and the nonchalant attitude of most Northerners to such inhumane treatment. This memoir also highlights few good souls of the North who risked their reputation and family to help out fugitive enslaved. This account offers an insight into the life of a coloured enslaved whose family were thrust mainly into house slavery. It is extremely moving and conjures mind boggling questions.

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The Mystery of Smugglers Cove [A Review]/ #MarchMysteryMadness

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The mystery Smugglers Cove by Paul Moxham

This is the sort of stuff my childhood self would go crazy after! The first read of 2018, which finally left me eager to read more that I did not like how soon the mystery was over. Imagine three siblings and a newly made friend out exploring caves and a manor over the summer and the knick and knacks they would run into whilst discovering secrets. I love how supportive the sibling are of each other inspite of the teasing and the confidence that they portray. The twist and turns were captivating although my adult self frown at some profound habits.

(SPOILER BELOW)

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Forgettable Books

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Top 5 Wednesday


Hello book people another Top 5 Wednesday is here with:

January 17th: Forgettable Books
–Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don’t really remember…

Now the question is how would I figure out my forgettable books if I do not remember anything at all? Ding, ding- Goodreads.

Let us dive into it:

1.Never a Bride by Amelia Grey [Historical Romance]

According to Goodreads I  said ” I liked it. An easy and engaging read. It is historical in context but some applicable today that the storyline is endearing. “ However, even after reading the synopsis on the site, I still cannot recall the major or minor details. If it is a book I apparently really liked why can’t I recall ever mere details?      


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Top 5 Books of 2017/ Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello Wed- nes- day! For Top 5 Wednesday we dive into a summary of the good good:

December 20th: Top 5 Books of 2017
— I know most people have a longer list than this, or post theirs at different times (like I’ll be waiting until January for example) but if you want to make a list of your absolute faves of the year, now is the time!

I am okay with posting all the books which left me touched, excited and deeply impacted around this time because I am not rushing to read more than the two books that I am currently digging. So far, I see nothing in these two books, which will crawl their way to my Top 2017 Books. Even if I read further than the two books it is okay  that they do not appear on this list, I will simply create a separate post.

Let us dive into it:
P.S I will share part of my reviews

1.When God Says “Wait”: Navigating Life’s Detours and Delays Without Losing Your Faith, Your Friends, or Your Mind by Elizabeth Laing Thompson

I hated and loved this book!

The concept of the novel stood out for me because at that time I needed to understand something more about the noise in my head. I felt the author gave the plan of the novel in the beginning with a thesis statement- “This book is about the journey of waiting, the space between answers, and the decisions we make while we live there. So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started.” Oh the English Literature student in me jumped for joy because I had an idea of what was in store. However, little did I know that the author sure break down every inch of the waiting aspect and questioning the doubts and that is when the hate part comes. I felt exposed but yet not judged; all the emotions that I tucked away whilst waiting for the silver lining was right there on the screen. The author words were inspirational and her outlook left me thinking “darn, she read my mind.”

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Top 5 Wednesday/Characters on the Naughty List

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It is another Wednesday with Top 5 Wednesday:

December 13th – Characters on the Naughty List
–These can be villains or just characters you don’t like!

This week’s topic is similar to one of  last year’ and some characters just seem to have a special dislike place in my heart but some new ones manifested. haha

Let us dive into it:
1. Emma Woodhouse from Emma by Jane Austen

I do not think any reread will make me like this character or merely tolerate her nerve, to look down on people yet at the same time passing it off as looking out for the best interest of others. NO!

2. Lady Dedlock from Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Cold, unkind unmotherly bitch!

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Top 5 Wednesday/Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About

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Hello bookish people, I hope this post finds you all cozy and reading! Top 5 Wednesday this week covers:

December 6th – Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About
— Since being a grinch is a funny thing, try not to make this serious topics that make you angry (like lack of diversity or abusive relationships in fiction, etc) as this is supposed to be more of a petty bookish things you hate. This can be stuff about covers, dumb tropes, etc. Have fun with it.

 

Let us get into it:
1. Millionaire/Billionaire Stories and Book Cover

Every time I come across a Contemporary Romance with a picture of a half naked man on the cover, most times the synopsis is a woman meeting  a millionaire or billionaire. I would sometimes just burst out laughing. Why is it always a millionaire and why is he is always naked when the majority of the storyline he is in a suit?

2. World Building in EV- ERYTHING

3. People Using Books ONLY for Decoration

I am being pretty petty when I ask you why do you have  1000 unread books on your bookshelf arranged in colours, putting the popular releases to the front yet you keeping adding to the pile. When are you going to read all those books? Plus buying books you know nothing of not bothering to read the summary to the back? Wow (OK it is your money!)

4. Disrespect for Libraries

Folks who roll eyes at library books- no wonder libraries are dying, which is quite ashamed.

5. Leave Me Alone, Yes I Dog Ear My Books (At Least I Read)

It is not a decoration!

My #ReadKidsLit for 2017

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November is synonymous with many observances, one of my favourite’s is the celebration of  World’s Children’s Day. Lesley from WordsofA Reader inspired me to dedicate the month of November in reading stories for children. I love children stories so it was an easy, simple and fun event to delve in Children’ Literature.

This year all the books I read were first times readings and some of  the stories were film adaptations that I saw previously always murmuring that I need to read the books. I am so happy that I finally read these:

1. Jungle Book 1 by Rudyard Kipling
2. Jungle Book 2 by Rudyard Kipling
3. Pollyana by Eleanor H Porter
4. The Railways Children by E. Nesbit
5. Little House on the Prairie- Book 2
6. The Happy Hollisters and the Scarecrow Mystery (Happy Hollisters, #14)by Jerry West

My favourite read is Pollyana because it is a story that I am sure makes the darkest heart bright and the saddest frown smile. Pollyana is certainly one of the most infectious characters I have read.

My least favoured book is Jungle Book 1 due to the writing style of the author splitting up Mogwli stories with other Jungle animals. I rather if all Mogwli stories were grouped together followed by the other Jungle animals. In addition, the other Jungle stories were not all interesting.

 

It Warms My Heart #10: Universal Children’s Day & Universal Mens Day

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Spend time with the children.

Please spend time with your children.
#WorldChildrenDay

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Since yesterday the 19th of November was International Mens Day and today is Universal Children’s Day I would like to shout all the men out there especially the daddies making time for their babies. I leave you with a video above showing daddies and their babies sharing funny and happy moments. Enjoy 🙂

This weekend make the men and the kids in your life feel extra special.

A Poem For Universal Children’s Day

Let them giggle, let them sing, let them play hide and seek.

Feed them properly but a few snacks will not hurt.

Please do not use the candy to bribe them into silence

because of your indecent touch.

I wish all those fingers would rotten and fall off for such filthy

actions. You have corrupted their innocence creating monsters lurking to destroy from the inside out.

Let their vivid imagination grow, teach them manners but do not shut them…

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