Day: May 30, 2017

TAG: Listicle Books – Top 5 Non-Human Creatures

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I’ve been tagged by Orangutan Librarian for the Listicle Books Top 5 Non-Human Creatures. As I am just a beginner in the science fiction and fantasy genres, I had to go with some simple ones I know well…

I’m so glad I didn’t have to do the one prior to this one:  5 Books You’ll Never Be Caught in Public with…. But you should go check out Orangutan Librarian’s post in the link above, as well as check the full site out. You’ll find random thoughts, satire and humor, book / movie conversions and tons of book reviews. I always have fun there while popping around, checking out the latest posts and books.

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Rules:

  • Create your own listicle tag, using the prompt from the person who tagged you.
  • Tag the creator of the post (not-so-modern-girl!) so that she can read all your brilliant posts and see how the joy of listicles is being spread.-
  • Nominate as many people as you want!
  • Set those 5 people the subject/prompt of their listicle post!

Top 5 Non-Human Creatures:

  • #1 – Dobby the House Elf from the J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series
    • I suppose he may be part human, but I’m not sure where a house elf would exactly fit in. Either case, he’s not 100% human, so I’m going with him. I love how he wants to do the right thing, but he’s trapped to always listen to his master. But when Harry tricks Lucius Malfoy into handing Dobby his freedom, it’s amazing and deserved.

elf

  • #2 – Aslan the Lion from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia book series
    • The lion is always king of the jungle, but when this lion gives up his life to protect the children, you know he’s worthy of your love.

aslan

  • #3 – The Grand High Witch from Roald Dahl’s The Witches book
    • This witch may be part-human, but when she transforms, she’s not at all what you think she is… a nasty old rat! And when she dies into a melting little puddle, it’s fantastic.

witch

  • #4 – Charlotte the Spider from E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web book
    • While Wilbur the Pig might be the center of attention, it’s Charlotte who does all the work and unfortunately dies in the end. Her sacrifice makes her my heroine.

charlotte

  • #5 – Flying Monkeys from L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz book series
    • In honor of Orangutan, I choose this classic little beast who loves to torture their prey, but we later learn is more than just a monkey. At one point, they could even talk!

monkey

 

My Nominees:

The following five (5) people must choose the top 5 “best friend” characters you love in all the books you’ve ever read… and respond with those (if you want to participate — you don’t have to!!!)

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking. Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Review: The Golden Bowl

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The Golden Bowl Book Review
It is difficult to give a low review to one of your favorite authors. And I’ve read this book twice. But it barely changed me upon a second read. Somewhere between a 2 and a 3 out of 5 stars, this book has many great moments; however, it’s also very disconnected, almost as those there are several stories consolidated in a single book with at unmatched effort made to weave them together properly. The language — great and consistent. The characters — strong and memorable. The plot — confused and confusing. The theme and lesson — uncertain where it is trying to go. If I separated the stories, they’d each get a 3+, but when I look at this as a whole, as characters in a charade, or people in love… it’s time period seems inaccurate. I am considering reading this a third time, as it’s been a good 15 years since the last read. And I do adore him as a write, but this one was a miss.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: Washington Square

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Washington Square Book Review
4 out of 5 stars for Washington Square, a classic novel written in 1880 by Henry James. Henry James is my favorite American realistic period or classic novelist, and Washington Square is an example of why. This man can take a small situation and write 300+ pages all about it. And this is one of his shorter books. In this classic, the tale of the average woman, who is set to inherit a large sum of money, meets dashing man… but of course, he’s only after her money. She’s considered plain-looking. He’s considered ruthless. They couldn’t possibly be in love. And as you follow the course of their “romance,” you see what couples and relationships go through during the courting period… at least as it was 150 years ago. James is not shy when it comes to providing detailed descriptions of feelings and actions. You read his words as though you are in your head, thinking about choices and decisions for hours, then acting on them. This is a very direct story… commentary on the normal every day live, the differences between classes, the way in which women must act to find a husband, the efforts men go to so they can be free, the attitudes of society towards older women or those who are not considered great beauties. When you step away from this book, hopefully not too frustrated at the story being so basic and calm, you realize it’s a reflection on reality… on what actually was happening at the time. Who would accept it today? Who would tolerate being treated in such a manner? And where do you go when you end up a bit hopeless? Stories like this aren’t common nowadays, at least in this form. But when you put yourself into the time period, this is a true treasure.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: I is for Innocent

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I is for Innocent Book Review
4 out of 5 stars to I is for Innocent, the 9th book in the “Kinsey Millhone” mystery series, written in 1992 by Sue Grafton. Innocent is a great example of why this is a good book series to read. Kinsey is funny but not silly. She is real, but flawed. The book is split into thirds, covering different angles of the case. Another example of Kinsey taking a case trying to determine what happened many years ago. But this time, she’s partnering with another detective, then taking it over. She’s got two husbands on different sides, fighting over the deceased’s inheritance. How will she get herself thru this one? With good detective skills, some charm and a little ingenuity. That’s what these books are all about. Part luck, part smarts, Kinsey always solves the case. Sometimes she gets hurt, but often she comes out on top with little damage.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: The Cat Who Blew the Whistle

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The Cat Who Blew the Whistle Book Review
3+ out of 5 stars to The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, the 17th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series, written in 1994 by Lilian Jackson Braun. I’m closing in on the final reviews for all these crazy cat books… I read them all in order… all 30+ of them from about 1998 until 2010. Now I’m writing the reviews… out of order… by order in which I remember them. And this one, tho I do recall some key parts revolving around a crazy train accident… it fell in the middle ground of likability in terms of the entire series. It had a decent plot… and good questions… like… does a train just have an accident on its own, or is it part of an elaborate scheme to bring someone down. And what if someone else associated with the train is murdered. Don’t worry, KoKo is on the case — he blew the whistle on the creep(s). Love the play on words. OK, enough filler… I unfortunately do not remember a ton about this particular book. What I do recall is that it follows the usual formula, has a couple of good new characters, the murderer is different than you’d expect in this type of a novel… and well… I need to hurry up and finish these Cat books. Right?

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Blog: Midweek Meltdown – A Moment of Clarity, Liebster and WP Angst!

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Hello Friends!

I’m either having early-onset “he’s lost his mind” syndrome, someone’s deleted a few posts or WordPress is just messing with me today for its own evil pleasure.  I thought I’d share my mini-meltdown from today. I try not to post silly notes like this one, but I’ve spent the last 2 hours trying to figure out what went wrong and that’s a lot of lost time.

meltdown

I read all the posts from people I follow this morning when I woke up — around 400 of them — and then took care of my normal routine. I went back to start drafts for anything I had to respond to or answer, and all of a sudden, it was like 50 new messages showed up from earlier in the morning that I had not previously read. And 1 message disappeared. Who stole it!??!?!

WordPress: Are you trying to take advantage of this rainy day and turn my mini-meltdown into a massive-meltdown. I can only have one of those year, and I’m holding off for the end of year holiday season when tourists takeover midtown and I can’t go anywhere!!! (I love tourists and my friends who come visit NYC, but oh my… when they hold hands and block the entire sidewalk, screaming on cell phones and just stand there not moving anywhere…  #@$#@$@#… some of us live here and have to commute and use the sidewalks to get to stores and subways and…. oh… gotta stop… meltdown temperature increasing)…

Phew… avoided the meltdown. Thank you, glass #2 of a lovely French Sancerre at 3:55 in the afternoon.

Disappearing Message: I KNOW I saw a post this morning where I was nominated for  a blogging award (Liebster Award, I believe). I went back around lunch-time to thank the person and respond, and realized it was gone. Disappeared. I searched 400+ posts twice today, and it’s just been sucked up into a vortex. Where??????

If you nominated me, please send me the link to the message, as I can’t find it and don’t want you to think I am ignoring you… and it wasn’t a ping-back, as I checked my notifications. Oh… WordPress… I’ve been so good to you, why are you messing with me. Taking things away. Sending them back at different times. Changing what I see on my iPhone versus laptop. It’s so unfair. I’ve been so generous to you… why???????????

Maybe it’s not you, WordPress. Maybe it’s me?  Too many juice boxes today?

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking.

Review: Shakespeare’s Sonnets

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Shakespeare's Sonnets Book Review
William Shakespeare wrote hundreds of sonnets over three decades, mostly from the 1580s through 1610. I’m assuming most everyone has read a few of his sonnets, given they are usually required reading in high school. There is something to love in every single one of them. There is something to be confused at in every single of them. No one can deny his talent. Whether you enjoy rhymes or prefer just the beauty of the words, the lines definitely create images in your mind of what he’s writing about. Love, pain, anger, frustration, beauty, sadness… it’s all there. I enjoy them because it’s a momentary breath of something new and different. I’m not much into poetry, though I find at times, it’s the best reading of all… when you see a full character and his/her thoughts and actions in as little words as possible. Everyone should read a few, find the grouping that work for you, and just get lost in the words for a few hours. See if it makes you think differently about things. It gets a 3 because as good as they are, they are still short poems that sometimes hit the mark and sometimes do not — so while there are a few that warrant a 5, there are as many than warrant a 1.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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