This month's Diversity Challenge is all about Arabic History month, so I'm looking for a couple books to add to my list that I can access from my library or kindle unlimited. I'm looking for suggestions if anyone is offering...
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“A fight is like a fire. You think you have it under control, you think you can stop it whenever you want, but before you know it, it’s living, breathing thing and there’s no controlling it and you were a fool to think you could.”
The last book ended pretty abruptly, so I was thankful that I already had book 3. Although this one starts up once Belly is in college, so it’s skipped forward a bit. Also she goes by Isabella now. And she’s dating Jeremiah, because of course she is. The traitor. But, and you’ll never guess this, she had feelings for Conrad still – she just ignores them.
And then drama happens. And the thing that always fecking happens in love triangle stories when someone is in the way and they need to not do that.
It’s super cliché and what have you, but I still liked it. Because I do what I want. I don’t even care. I also liked the ending. Shame all the rest of the book was in the way though.
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“How do you regret one of the best nights of your entire life? You don't. You remember every word, every look. Even when it hurts, you still remember.”
I think I know what frustrated me so much about the last book. Belly is such a child. There’s not really wrong about it, but it’s something I cannot connect with. Even as a young teenager I’d gone through so much so I can’t grasp someone her age being a child.
I felt like I was getting whiplash with the love triangle. Does she want Conrad or Jeremiah? Or really is she just going with whichever steps up and takes control of the relationship? Fickleness abounds!
Is it just me or is Conrad the only one acting realistic here? I know he’s supposed to be coming off an as asshole, but he was the only character that I felt any connection with. And Jeremiah seems shady AF. Although that might be because I’m totally #TeamConrad #NoShame.
Anyway, I am interested enough to want to continue this series, but probably because I always have the third book checked out on my overdrive app.
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“I suppose if we’re going to fall in love all over again, kissing will be part of it.”
I totally liked this one more than the first book. There’s just so much going on that it’s impossible to put down. There really is no time to do any other stuff!
I loved Venda. There’s much about it that I had issues with, but it was really magnificent. And I found Lia’s acceptance of the kingdom and its people to be a bit of a relief actually. I ended up liking and even appreciating her more with this book.
Also, and most important of all… FOOK THAT ENDING! Seriously! I’m going to need to get my hands on the next book ASAP.
About the Book
A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel . . . and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.
“When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”
Let me start out by saying that I know only the first book is Game of Thrones, but the blasted HBO series has made it damned near impossible to remember the actual series is called A Song of Ice and Fire. So, I know it isn’t called GOT – but I also don’t GAF and I do what I want. So you’ll just have to keep your fangirl judgments to yourself.
Holy fecking shit. This book made me need to listen to the Moana soundtrack 500 times in a row just so I could remember what happiness is like.
One thing I very much appreciate is how there is no obvious “good guy”. I do not have a single side I am cheering for, because they’re all fecking crazy. But also, they have some legit reasons for their crazy-ass actions.
Daenerys, Tyrion, and Arya are my favorites on the different sides of the war right now. And, based on how horrible my choices are with favorite characters, something awful will happen to at least one of them. Sorry if I jinxed them! It doesn’t count if it’s already written, right?
This story is a great example of how to do a book with infinity million characters, but in a way that they’re all distinguishable. I haven’t felt like I was lost once, and that is important to me.
Although I did really like it, I felt like it dragged around too often. For that reason I am dropping a star.
About the Book
People tend to criticize their spouse most loudly in the area where they themselves have the deepest emotional need.
It was pretty upfront about everything. I was able to figure out my love language and opened dialogue with my husband. I have also figured out my child's. Very helpful.
There are a few biblical and Christian quotes in here, but they can be viewed as inspirational quotes said by whomever. It can be read without a focus on religion, is what I am trying to say.
About the Book
The journey starts in the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s, her small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia — wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo. Today are stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells, East Baltimore children and grandchildren live in obscurity, see no profits, and feel violated. The dark history of experimentation on African Americans helped lead to the birth of bioethics, and legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.
“She's the most important person in the world and her family living in poverty. If our mother is so important to science, why can't we get health insurance?”
Once again I am facing the book I hadn't heard of before that's being adapted into a movie. I'm really bad at this for somebody who is obsessed with books, if you hadn't come to that conclusion yet. Anyway, it'll be on HBO soon and so I read it... that way I can watch the show without the guilt.
This book brought up so many questions and started a lot of conversations between me and my husband. One thing I really appreciated was how it offered the story in an unbiased way. It told the facts and show the pros and cons. I believe that was the best way to tell this story.
It's a really heavy read. Many things have changed since the fifties, but there's also the same distance between science and Humanity. I love science, and I am a huge supporter of progress. But where is the line drawn? Why must we put the lives of people below that of research?
I especially like that we got to know the person behind the reasons we have the vaccinations and treatment of diseases that around today. Yes, scientific discoveries are important and necessary to grow as a society, but there needs to be a balance.
Much of this book made me angry. Not so much does they use the cells without permission, because I already know modern log grants access to discarded parts of the body, but they lied. They tricked her family to further their research. They profited off of her. It is that dishonesty that bothers me.
I really liked this book and I am definitely looking forward to the upcoming movie
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Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don't let the bastards grind you down.
I was checking out a list of recommended dystopian books and this was one of the few books on it I hadn't read yet. I don't actually remember hearing anything about this, to be honest. So I did a search on it and I found out there will be a Hulu series on it releasing later this month. That prompted me to check my libraries for a coffee, and then a search on Amazon after my libraries failed me. Good news! It's available on Kindle Unlimited. Both the ebook and audio. Glorious!
So I started it, and the beginning was really freaking drawn out and dull. Halfway debated marking this a DNF because of that. But my interest as to why this was getting its own series was higher than my willingness to quit reading this book.
After finishing it, I have to say... I don't see it. I don't get why people like this so much or what it deserves a show. There were some interesting bits and it does make me compare mini things with today's government. Which is actually kind of scary because it was written a couple years before I was born. I'm not saying that it was not thought provoking, I'm saying it was boring AF.
I do suggest reading it before watching the series though, so any thoughts and it will be good are crushed. Seriously though, I probably won't watch it. Especially if it's anything like the book.
About the Book
Hermes rolled his eyes. "Surely you've seen network TV lately. It's clear they don't know whether they're coming or going. That's because Janus is in charge of programming. He loves ordering new shows and cancelling them after two episodes. God of beginnings and endings, after all."
Okay, so I also needed to read this. It’s who I am as a person. If you can’t accept me as I am, a crazy fangirl, then I don’t even know what you’re doing with your life.
I liked that I finally got to know the full story of what happened to Thalia. She’s pretty bad ass.
Rick Riordan’s son contributed a story to this. Gotta say, color me impressed. It’s the same universe, yes, but in his own words. Oh my gawd, guys! It was totally an OOC fanfiction!
In conclusion, Hermes is still my favorite Greek god.
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5 Platypires - Oh my holy fluff, this book was amazing and everyone needs to read it immediately!
4 Platypires - Great book. Enjoyed it a lot. Minor issues. Highly recommend.
3 Platypires - Good book, but I would have enjoyed it more if there weren't so many issues.
2 Platypires - The book was okay, but it needs a lot of work.
1 Platypire - I didn't like the book. Major changes needed.
DNF - I couldn't finish. Too many issues.