Day: June 2, 2017

Blog: ThisIsMyTruthNow

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It seems when I have a few spare minutes on my hand, I try to get creative. Not enough room on the carpet to spell it all out… so I left off the “Now” part for the picture. Something to figure out for the future. Started out with just some TBR books on the floor to decide June’s reads… then this happened!

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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.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book Review
4 out of 5 stars to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the 6th book in the Young Adult Fantasy series written in 2005 by J.K. Rowling. Although I could go on and on about this book, there are so many other reviews and reviewers who are likely to have a better one simply because they wrote it write after reading the book or watching the movie. I read it close to ten years ago, saw the movie at least 5 years ago, and though I would love to re-read them… my TBR pile is way too high. That said… it’s a fantastic series full of wild imagination, great beauty and intricate sentiment. In this book, Harry must connect with the past and his dark side, trying to figure out who this half-blood prince is… and when he finds out, everything is different. The book is about relationships… discovering things about yourself and others that you didn’t know. And when someone Harry absolutely adores is murdered right in front of him, and it’s connected with the half-blood prince, it sends Harry on a downward spiral, out of control, but necessary for him to find the inner strength to fight Lord Voldemort. I can’t even begin to write a review for this book… let’s just go get some coffee or a drink and talk about it. It requires us having an animated conversation… 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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Review: Henry VIII

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Henry VIII Book Review
3 of 5 stars to Henry VIII, a play written in 1613 by William Shakespeare. This play originally had a different title and there is also some suspicion that it was co-written with another person at the time. It was towards the end of Shakespeare’s career where while his brilliance had grown quite impressive, his fame and fortune was also being thrust more and more into the spotlight to the point of being accused of some level of crimes against the government. Similarly, the battles between the different churches of England were in full swing. When you read this play, you sense a bit of disconnect. It’s not a comedy or a tragedy in my opinion. It’s about reality, i.e. what King Henry VIII had been previously going through with this divorces, six wives, etc. The focus is on Katherine of Aragon and the church’s position on Henry’s request to re-marry. There are lots of good lines and passages in the play, but it isn’t one of his better plays. I’m also not one for propaganda-type literature, instead preferring something to take me away from reality.

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: A Woman’s Eye

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A Woman's Eye Book Review
3.5 out of 5 stars to A Woman’s Eye, a collection of short stories published in 2001 by Sara Paretsky. What’s great about this anthology is it contains short stories from 20+ female crime writers in the 1990s / 2000s. It’s a fantastic way to expose yourself to new authors, styles and characters. For instance, Sue Grafton has a short story with Kinsey Millhone. If you read it, you’ll know whether you may or may not like her full series. Always worth taking a chance on books like this as you get see a quick version of a style before you buy an entire book. Paretsky had a few of these over the years, but this one was by far my favorite. I found 2 new authors from it and started their series, too. Some are not series, also. Give this one a shot.

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: Sticks & Scones

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Sticks & Scones Book Review
4 out of 5 stars to Sticks & Scones, the 10th book in the “Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary” cozy mystery series, written in 2001 by Diane Mott Davidson. When the book is about scones (which I absolutely love), Shakespeare (which is a favorite), and a castle that’s been torn down in England and re-built in Colorado (how cool is that), the book had a very small chance of going wrong. And it didn’t! It was a good mystery, eccentric but fun characters and very tasty-sounding recipes. I never make any of them for two reasons: (1) too many cookbooks to choose from already on my shelves and (2) I rarely use a recipe to cook. I kinda skim it, get the basics and then do whatever I want to do. It’s worked in all but two occasions. Both were in baking. Sometimes the ingredients only work together a certain way. I digress… this was a good one in the series. I enjoyed the whole premise of Hyde Castle and would love to build a place like that myself!

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 Talked Turkey

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The Cat Who Talked TurkeyBook Review
3- out of 5 stars for The Cat Who Talked Turkey, the 26th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series, written in 2004 by Lilian Jackson Braun. It sounded like a great book. Brrr is celebrating a huge milestone in its history, and I love that little town almost as much as Pickax. Pickax is getting a new bookstore — how fun! Combines books inside of books, that’s just a perfect read. And a dead body outside Qwill’s converted barn. It’s gotta be a great story. Oh…. it had potential, but given the series was just about coming to a conclusion, it wasn’t. Sad. I hate when things go downhill and not for a good reason. Too many different stories going on… felt more like a diary entry. It’s not horrible or I would have given it a 2, but it’s not too far off. You gotta read it when you’re this far into a series, 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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Review: Plum Lovin’

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Plum Lovin' Book Review
3 out of 5 stars to Plum Lovin’, an “in-between” novella in the “Stephanie Plum” cozy mystery series, written in 2007 by Janet Evanovich. There are 4 of these “in-between” cross-over novels, where Stephanie works with Diesel (from another one of Evanovich’s book series) to solve a case and/or fall in love — you can’t always tell for certain! In this one, the focus is around love and Valentine’s Day, as a matchmaker has gone missing after supposedly committing some crimes. Stephanie avoids falling for Diesel, ignoring Ranger and Morelli, and searches for some answers. It’s a cute mini-book that crosses the two series and hopefully brings new fans and/or a needed respite from the formula in either series. It’s fun and cute, little substance, but will make you laugh enough that it’s worth the read.

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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