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“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.” —Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God

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Let me start off by saying… THIS WAS NOT WHAT I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE…. AT ALL!!! But i also when into this book completely blind! Every time i picked this book up, i wasnt sure how i felt until it was over… and at that point i couldnt take it back. Now everyone knows how i feel about romance novels and even though i see this as one, it isnt like most romance novels.

Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more ‘plant-like’ existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision is a shocking act of subversion. Her passive rebellion manifests in ever more bizarre and frightening forms, leading her bland husband to self-justified acts of sexual sadism. His cruelties drive her towards attempted suicide and hospitalisation. She unknowingly captivates her sister’s husband, a video artist. She becomes the focus of his increasingly erotic and unhinged artworks, while spiralling further and further into her fantasies of abandoning her fleshly prison and becoming – impossibly, ecstatically – a tree. Fraught, disturbing and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern day South Korea, but also a novel about shame, desire and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.

This is a three part book told from different points of view, one part for each of the main characters of whose life was touched the most by the main character. It is a very dark tyoe of book and there are somethings i read that im sure i will never be able to un-read…. I also thought the book was laid out in an odd way… i start to understand the writers train of thought when… WHAM!!! im am lost and confused yet again… As a whole i was fairly disappointed and confused most of this book but it might just be that after a while i was tired of being confused and just… read it to read it….

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Journals, Journals, Everywhere!

The other day a friend of mine on Facebook posted about how Facebook seems to be a personal, yet public, journal and then proceeded to ask how many people on her friends list actually still used a normal pen-to-paper journal. I was the first to admit that yes i do still keep a journal and let me explain why.

In high school when my mother had signed me up to see a psychologist weekly, he had suggested that i keep a journal. I explained that things like that were not possible because i had two, very snoopy, very sneaky, younger twin sisters. He looked at me and said;

“And that is stopping you, why?”

Before i could answer him, he turned around and dug around in his desk looking for something. When he found what he was looking for he turned around and handed me a lighter. I sat there just staring at it. The ugliest lighter i had ever seen, bile yellow and completely full with lighter fluid. I guess i was in shock that an adult was handing me a lighter, almost like he was telling me to commit arson. I started to ask him what i was supposed to do with an ugly ass lighter but he stopped me and said;

” Sharon, if there is nothing for them to find, then they cant read it.If you write something down and you dont want it read, burn the pages and let them float away. You get them out and let your anger float away like the pages.”

BRILLIANT MAN!

So since then i have always kept a journal and occasionally, on the days i write to get anger out, and say things i dont mean i still burn those pages. But my journal collection continues to grow and i find myself burning pages less and less. While on blogging for books i found a Q&A a Day journal almost like the last ones i reviewed for B4B but its SO MUCH BETTER!!! Its for artists! Or maybe not just artists but those who feel like doodling! I absolutely love it! Its a four year journal and every page has a writing prompt, you draw how you see that prompt and fill in the year of that entry! Since i have been doing more drawings i thought it would be a great addition to my other new “artsy” journals. I just recently got a wreck this journal box set that included Wreck This Journal, Mess, This Is Not A Book and Pocket Scavenger! Brilliant journals and i have no shame in admitting i WRECK those journals! If your a journal writer or havent started or wrote in one for a long time i highly suggest every one of them! They are fun and give you ways to get those feelings out and sometimes without even knowing you are doing it! Read on, Bookworms!Snapshot_20150824

How many women work out a few months before summer just to look hot!?

I’m back!!!!!! again with another book review courtesy of blogging for books! So lately i have been hit with this workout bug! And keep in mind i am NOT doing this for summer! I am however doing this because… well… frankly im tired of being fat. I was asked yesterday what my bmi is. If you have no clue what a bmi is It is your Body Mass Index. And mine was at a skyrocketing 48.8…. That is HUGE!!! No pun intended. So before this conversation i had plotted on doing yoga and after one sitting of Yoga For Dummies ( no thank you) i realized i needed something a little more intense. Dont get me wrong. I love yoga! It always seems to help me pop the joints that are stuck in Bitch-You-Are-NOT-Getting-Up Mode but i have a lot of weight to lose so i think yoga would be a post weight loss thing. Anyway! Onto my book review!

I picked Cassey Ho’s Hot Body Year Round from b4b and i am in love. This is perfect for anyone who, like me, feels that if you cant do something you shouldnt even try! But i am slowly getting out of that phase of my life. Life is worth living! Do it while you can move it! This book is full of fully illustrated exercises which is great because come on how many times have you looked at an exercise spread and thought ” Wait, my legs get there…. how?” I plan on using this book every day and hopefully within the next couple months ill be showing you how far i have come from this day! Anyway below as always will be the synopsis and the buying like as usual. Like always, Keep reading my loves!

Synopsis*

Cassey Ho, internationally renowned fitness instructor, is known for her irresistibly popular workout videos which have been shared millions of times online. She runs the #1 women’s fitness channel on YouTube, Blogilates. Her unique format, POP Pilates© is a fusion of ab-chiseling, butt lifting, total body sculpting exercises that are performed using only your bodyweight. Cassey’s personality is bubbly, inspiring, and infectious. But don’t let the smile fool you – her workouts will leave you sweating and sore for days. By following Ho’s super effective workout plans and clean-eating recipes, you will transform your body towards a stronger, sleeker, and happier version of you.

Hot Body Year Round is your ULTIMATE exercise and nutrition guide to living a fit, happy, and healthy life while sculpting your HOTTEST body.

Cassey will show you how to stay motivated throughout the year, no matter what the challenges are. You will get:

– 120 of Cassey’s BEST total body transforming exercises
– The complete POP Pilates exercise library – fully photographed and easy to follow
– 20 full length workouts
– 40 brand new, ridiculously delicious & nutritious recipes
– Foods for beautiful hair, skin, and nails
– 4 complete clean eating meal plans & grocery lists that complement each season
– Cassey’s personal daily meal plan
– Motivational tips to stay inspired year-round
– 256 pages of full color, glossy inspiration

Buying link**

http://www.amazon.com/Cassey-Hos-Hot-Body-Year-Round/dp/0804139040

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Long over due book review!

Okay… don’t hate me but I have been away for a while… I know, I know, how dare you right!? I have had so much happening mentally i just couldn’t be around. So i have a Blogging for Books book review for every one and I wasn’t that excited about reading this after starting it. The book is called A Fifty Year Silence By Miranda Richmond Mouillot. Now I am a huge fan of reading about other peoples history and that is what originally drew me into the idea of this book. This is the synopsis I read prior to selecting this book:

A young woman moves across an ocean to uncover the truth about her grandparents’ mysterious estrangement and pieces together the extraordinary story of their wartime experiences

In 1948, after surviving World War II by escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, the author’s grandparents, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the South of France. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever.

A Fifty-Year Silence is the deeply involving account of Miranda Richmond Mouillot’s journey to find out what happened between her grandmother, a physician, and her grandfather, an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, who refused to utter his wife’s name aloud after she left him.  To discover the roots of their embittered and entrenched silence, Miranda abandons her plans for the future and moves to their stone house, now a crumbling ruin; immerses herself in letters, archival materials, and secondary sources; and teases stories out of her reticent, and declining, grandparents.  As she reconstructs how Anna and Armand braved overwhelming odds and how the knowledge her grandfather acquired at Nuremberg destroyed their relationship, Miranda wrestles with the legacy of trauma, the burden of history, and the complexities of memory.  She also finds herself learning how not only to survive but to thrive – making a home in the village and falling in love.

With warmth, humor, and rich, evocative details that bring her grandparents’ outsize characters and their daily struggles vividly to life, A Fifty-Year Silence is a heartbreaking, uplifting love story spanning two continents and three generations.

This book is just not as interesting as the title suggests and i think that the author could have done a much better job at writing it. But I have to give credit where credit is due, Despite the lack of seemingly promised revelation/resolution, the book is an interesting, portrait of two very strong-willed individuals whose very strength in surviving 1940s France as Jews is also their fatal flaw. When the author is exploring her grandparents, their histories and their fraught relationship, she is at her best. But she spends quite a bit of the book focused on herself, as if she is unable to develop her own identity without first fleshing out theirs. These sections come across as quite self-absorbed and are a bit of a chore to plod through. The author has had the privileges and advantages of wealth and security, so her struggles to “make a home” out of her grandparents’ ruined house in France comes across a bit like an elite Peace Corps volunteer who both takes her rugged assignment seriously, but also has the luxury to leave the rough life and kick back with her friends.

Now would i recommend this book? Yes to those who are completely enthralled in Jewish history and heritage but no to anyone who needs a quick read! I received this book free from blogging for books in exchange for an honest book review! And as always the buying link will be included but keep reading my fellow bookworms!

Amazon Buying link: http://www.amazon.com/Fifty-Year-Silence-Ruined-House-France/dp/0804140642

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“Knock! Knock!” “Who’s there?” “ANITA!!!!”

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I am a huge believer in the fact that laughter is the best medicine! Now when I start a book I think hmm I could use some crime or maybe something sad! But i started reading multiple books at one time so i had something to choose from. You don’t live the same day over and over again… unless you actually do and in that case, well, I’m sorry because your life sucks balls. The point I’m trying to get to, do you want to read a sad story 24/7? NO! You will eventually get to a point in time where you want something new, fresh and interesting because if you aren’t feeling it that day, are you really reading with the utmost interest? So if you aren’t, are you obtaining everything you can from the words your attempting to read? Occasionally I read something with a little humor that way it keeps things exciting.

My latest blogging for books came in the other day and I have already finished it. I picked The Marauders By Tom Cooper. Now when I read the synopsis for this I was drawn in for one reason… I know it sounds bad but even though I don’t do drugs I am very intrigued by the mind of someone on drugs. As weird as that seems it is kind of hard for me to explain without sounding even crazier so we will leave it at that. Now when I started this I jumped in quick and couldn’t stop so I can say it was a great book I just wish it was more of what I thought it would be.

I laughed a lot in this book so you could go from being serious one minute to your family laughing at you while your in the bathroom laughing at something else. Don’t judge me! We all read in the bathroom… YOU KNOW IT! I think the biggest reason I got so excited was because it seemed like a sick twisted version of The Goonies! I am a die hard Goonies fan and can proudly say that I do the truffle shuffle at night before bed just to make my fiance laugh… Try it… it really works! Lol anyway I will leave the book synopsis and buying link below but I would definitely check this book out! As always my lovely bookworms, HAPPY READING!

***Amazon buying link***

http://www.amazon.com/The-Marauders-Novel-Tom-Cooper/dp/0804140561

***The Marauders Synopsis***

When the BP oil spill devastates the Gulf coast, those who made a living by shrimping find themselves in dire straits. For the oddballs and lowlifes who inhabit the sleepy, working class bayou town of Jeannette,  these desperate circumstances serve as the catalyst that pushes them to enact whatever risky schemes they can dream up to reverse their fortunes. At the center of it all is Gus Lindquist, a pill-addicted, one armed treasure hunter obsessed with finding the lost treasure of pirate Jean Lafitte. His quest brings him into contact with a wide array of memorable characters, ranging from a couple of small time criminal potheads prone to hysterical banter, to the smooth-talking Oil company middleman out to bamboozle his own mother, to some drug smuggling psychopath twins, to a young man estranged from his father since his mother died in Hurricane Katrina. As the story progresses, these characters find themselves on a collision course with each other, and as the tension and action ramp up, it becomes clear that not all of them will survive these events

Random blog post from a random blogger for random blog followers!

So I have had a lot going on lately and I realized after speaking with a friend of mine that I haven’t posted in a while… So I am here and have a few things to say….

Big news: 1. I have reached over 100 followers here on wordpress (round of applause) So a big thank you to all of you amazing followers for making me feel like I have hit a milestone I never thought would happen! 2. I had a job interview yesterday but I will get into that a little later. 3. You are all amazing and 4. I have had a few new books to add to my collection!

~ Amazing Followers for my amazing blog!~

So I currently have 105 followers and I couldnt be more excited! When I first started blogging I thought ” Man I am going to be at this a while before I start getting anywhere”, and even though that has proven to be true I hit 100 followers before I though it would sooooo YAY!!!! lol! My most dedicated follower has come to be one of my favorite fellow bloggers and it kinda makes you stop and think about how small this world really is. As a blogger you connect with fellow bloggers or people with questions and you know that you at least have one thing in common. You both either blog or you are both either into the same types of things.

Well that’s how my relationship started with Miss Stephanie of The Readers Oasis. Now I came to the conclusion that yes we are both bloggers but we are both also book obsessed! I also found out that not only are we both about the same age but that we have very similar lifestyles. And even though she lives in a very busy city, and I in a very small town she displays so many of the same characteristics as me and that alone makes her pretty awesome! If you haven’t had the opportunity yet to follow her please go wander on over to her blog and take a look at some of her posts because you just might get to know her the way I do and I am sure you will like her just as much if not more! JK!  https://readersoasis.wordpress.com

~ You Are All AMAZING~

Since I have started THMH I have come in contact with amazing writers, bloggers, fans and great giveaways and I would love to do the same on my blog! Just a heads up to all of you… I am hoping and praying that in a few months I will be able to get up about 20-30 authors to do some giveaways and if i can I would like to hope that whoever does win anything that you would kindly give any and all feedback for each author, if they are your favorite author or you liked or disliked their work. Now if that goes well and doesn’t completely drain anyone I would like to do a bigger giveaway in December with either all of the books I have reviewed or 60 different authors! I mean who wouldn’t love to win free books from amazing writers!

~Blue Collar Woman~

Like i stated at the beginning of this post I had a job interview yesterday. Now this is a hard subject for me because I haven’t been employed for a while now. I had posted something on my Facebook about my interview and I can honestly say I was scared to see responses. Most of the content I share on Facebook doesn’t get much attention and I am okay with that. But yesterday I was amazed to see that 30 people liked the post alone. I was scared however because I didn’t want one of my family members to ask what business the interview was for. My family does not consist of bad, stuck up people. It is comprised of strong, dedicated individuals who have made so much of themselves through hard work and dedication. My family has created their own businesses and its hard for me to let them know that their 25 year old sister, daughter, aunt, granddaughter or cousin could only be receiving a job working at Taco Bell. I was lucky that no one did ask and I felt like I had so much support from everyone yesterday but while I was in bed last night I just had this feeling that if my family knew they would be disappointed that that is as far as I have made it in life. I’m hoping to hear back from someone soon so until then I am sure I will feel this way. Stupid feelings.

~ Recently added books on the book shelf in no particular order~

** Revelations By Pamela Daniell **

I was contacted by Miss Pam on Goodreads to do a review of her book. I started it yesterday with a couple others and i could not put it down last night. I really like it and i think it is because it reminds me of a mix between mortal instruments and percy Jackson. Ill leave the book synopsis and buying link below but stay tuned for a book review soon!

Synopsis:

Jenna Morgan is just like any normal teenager. That is until she turns seventeen. In a matter of a week Jenna is kidnapped, meets a mysterious young man named, Alex and learns the shocking truth about her true heritage, which is the reason both demons and the angels are hunting her.

Just when she comes to accept her new identity the unthinkable happens leaving Jenna devastated. She soon meets Dylan, a small town homeboy who quickly heals her heart. But when his life is threatened by the same monsters who had already torn her world apart will Jenna be able to save him in time…or will she die trying?

Buying link:

http://www.amazon.com/Revelations-Pamela-Daniell/dp/0692330127/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

** Orhan’s Inheritance By Aline Ohanesian **

I just got this yesterday and started it as well! I won it in a LibraryThing giveaway and completely forgot to expect it. However, this book is not available to the public yet but make sure to get your pre-order on and soon! Release date is April 7th of this year so be on the look out for it!

Synopsis:

When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather Kemal—a man who built a dynasty out of makingkilim rugs—is found dead, submerged in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But Kemal’s will raises more questions than it answers. He has left the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away, an aging woman in an Armenian retirement home in Los Angeles. Her existence and secrecy about her past only deepen the mystery of why Orhan’s grandfather willed his home in Turkey to an unknown woman rather than to his own son or grandson.

Left with only Kemal’s ancient sketchbook and intent on righting this injustice, Orhan boards a plane to Los Angeles. There he will not only unearth the story that eighty-seven-year-old Seda so closely guards but discover that Seda’s past now threatens to unravel his future. Her story, if told, has the power to undo the legacy upon which his family has been built.

Moving back and forth in time, between the last years of the Ottoman Empire and the 1990s, Orhan’s Inheritance is a story of passionate love, unspeakable horrors, incredible resilience, and the hidden stories that can haunt a family for generations

Buying link:

http://www.amazon.com/Orhans-Inheritance-Aline-Ohanesian/dp/1616203749/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425599434&sr=1-1&keywords=Orhan%27s+Inheritance+By+Aline+Ohanesian

** Buried Threads By Kaylin McFarren **

I have not started reading this and i wont until i win the  first one from Feado.com and that will only happen after i get the books i worked hard for after almost 4 months of waiting!

Synopsis:

A disturbing prophecy sends a treasure hunting duo on an urgent race to rescue a country in Kaylin McFarren’s heart pounding new novel, Buried Threads. Full of erotic suspense and wild adventures, this is one trip that readers will never forget!

Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen work together as the successful owners of a treasure hunting company. But a seemingly simple assignment–to track down a priceless gem that is believed to be buried in a shipwreck deep within the Sea of Japan–takes a startling, and dangerous, turn.

Faced with a monk’s dark prophecy that a natural disaster will soon strike Japan, killing millions, Rachel and Chase must embark on the mission of a lifetime in order to uncover the three cursed samurai swords that can avert the catastrophe.

Chaos ensues as their adventure takes them from shark infested waters and creepy caves to haunted hidden tombs and a confrontation with Yakuza gang members. Time is running out as the prophecy’s day of reckoning draws near. Will Rachel and Chase succeed before disaster strikes?

Buying Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Buried-Threads-Kaylin-McFarren-ebook/dp/B00GCQTKHA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1425599739&sr=1-1&keywords=Buried+threads

** The Lunar Chronicles By Marissa Meyer **

I am officially in love with this series! How often do you think of old school fairy tale characters in a dystopian type of society? Much less as cyborgs and rebels!? When i first heard about it i was leery about it because… well to be honest, i didn’t want some of my favorite stories ruined with sy-fi crap but i was impressed and amazed at how well these books have attracted me! I have just finished book 2 and and am eager to start number 3 and 4.

Cinder:

Synopsis:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Buying link:

http://www.amazon.com/Cinder-Book-One-Lunar-Chronicles/dp/1250007208/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1425600041&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=the+lunar+chronicles+box+set

Scarlet

Synopsis:

Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison—even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does—in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.

Buying link:

http://www.amazon.com/Scarlet-Lunar-Chronicles-Book/dp/1250007216/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1425600041&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=the+lunar+chronicles+box+set

Cress

Synopsis:

Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker; unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Buying link:

http://www.amazon.com/Cress-Lunar-Chronicles-Marissa-Meyer/dp/1250007224/ref=sr_1_cc_3?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1425600041&sr=1-3-catcorr&keywords=the+lunar+chronicles+box+set

Fairest

Synopsis:

Mirror, mirror, on the wall.
Who is the Fairest of them all?

Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her “glamour” to gain power. But whois Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in The Lunar Chronicles, Levana lived a very different story—a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Buying link:

http://www.amazon.com/Fairest-Lunar-Chronicles-Levanas-Story/dp/1250060559/ref=sr_1_cc_4?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1425600041&sr=1-4-catcorr&keywords=the+lunar+chronicles+box+set

** Once Upon Two Kingdoms By Anna del C. Dye **

I was contacted through Goodreads for this as well and havent started it yet but i will be by this weekend.  i only have a buying link for this as there is not a simple synopsis.

Buying link:

http://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Kingdoms-Royal-Romance-ebook/dp/B00T02FSH4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425600442&sr=1-1&keywords=Once+Upon+Two+Kingdoms+By+Anna+del+C.+Dye

** Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard **

You know me and my dystopian type books! This is my next TBR so i am reading four books now to get started on this one!

Synopsis:

Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

Buying Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Red-Queen-Victoria-Aveyard-ebook/dp/B00KFG156C/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425600579&sr=1-1&keywords=Red+Queen+By+Victoria+Aveyard

So that’s my last week in a nutshell and i will probably be back Monday with a new post with reviews for you! Hope you all have a great day and as always, Love y’all and happy reading!

“As the tide washed in, the Dutch Tulip Man faced the ocean: ‘Conjoiner rejoinder poisoner concealer revelator. Look at it, Rising up and rising down, taking everything with it.’ ‘What’s that?’ Anna asked. ‘Water,’ the Dutchman said. ‘Well, and time.’ — Peter Van Houten, An Imperial Affliction

   He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter’s Quest to Know Him by Mimi Baird is a lovely story about A mid-century doctor’s raw, unvarnished account of his own descent into madness, and his daughter’s attempt to piece his life back together and make sense of her own.

Texas-born and Harvard-educated, Dr. Perry Baird was a rising medical star in the late 1920s and 1930s. Early in his career, ahead of his time, he grew fascinated with identifying the biochemical root of manic depression, just as he began to suffer from it himself. By the time the results of his groundbreaking experiments were published, Dr. Baird had been institutionalized multiple times, his medical license revoked, and his wife and daughters estranged. He later received a lobotomy and died from a consequent seizure, his research incomplete, his achievements unrecognized.
Mimi Baird grew up never fully knowing this story, as her family went silent about the father who had been absent for most of her childhood. Decades later, a string of extraordinary coincidences led to the recovery of a manuscript which Dr. Baird had worked on throughout his brutal institutionalization, confinement, and escape. This remarkable document, reflecting periods of both manic exhilaration and clear-headed health, presents a startling portrait of a man who was a uniquely astute observer of his own condition, struggling with a disease for which there was no cure, racing against time to unlock the key to treatment before his illness became impossible to manage.
Fifty years after being told her father would forever be “ill” and “away,” Mimi Baird set off on a quest to piece together the memoir and the man. In time her fingers became stained with the lead of the pencil he had used to write his manuscript, as she devoted herself to understanding who he was, why he disappeared, and what legacy she had inherited. The result of his extraordinary record and her journey to bring his name to light is He Wanted the Moon, an unforgettable testament to the reaches of the mind and the redeeming power of a determined heart.

I really like this book because it covers the life of someone with depression when depression was an unheard of and unnatural disease. It is a look into the disease that most do not get and that most sufferers are incapable of giving and I think it is vital that people understand what it is to feel like that. I could never explain to someone what it feels like to have mood swings that you can NOT control. To have days where you just dont want to leave your bed in fear of life and people. It is so hard and now someone has put it into the light and i kind of feel like Hazel Grace and this is my An Imperial Affliction!

Amazon Buying Link: http://www.amazon.com/He-Wanted-Moon-Madness-Daughters/dp/0804137471

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