The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant Review, Day 21: Blue #30DaysofReadathon

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“Much of the time, I am sorry to say, was devoted to novels…”

U.S. Grant

Personal Memoirs (pg. 15)

For my blue book pick, I chose The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant. These memoirs were written by Grant as he was dying of throat cancer, as a way for Grant to provide for his family. Grant’s memoirs primarily cover Grant’s military career and ends at the end of the Civil War. Grant describes his experiences in Mexico during the Mexican American war and of his incredible rise to four-star general during the Civil War. Continue reading

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Day 22: Cozy #30DaysofReadathon Dreamer’s Pool

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Fall always seems like it’s the time to get cozy. Personally, I love fall. I love the leaves changing colors, how the temperature gets colder and that we get to wear cozy sweaters, not to mention that the holidays are approaching. But another thing that always screams fall to me is reading a good book curled up under a blanket. So for today’s prompt, I chose Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier one of my absolutely favorite books. Continue reading

Day 23: Space #30DaysofReadathon or How I Organize My Books

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Since today’s prompt is space I thought I would interpret this a little differently and talk about my space or spaces where I keep my books. The way organize my books is the system that works for me right now. However, I am always looking for a better method. Continue reading

Day 24: Drinks #30DaysOfReadathon and Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor Review

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For Day 24: Drink I chose to couple tea with Science fiction especially because there is so much tea drinking within this book.

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor centers around the main character Madeline Maxwell, or Max, a historian who specializes Ancient History. She is recruited by the St. Mary’s Institute and after a vigorous training program, she is able to join the other “historians” and travel through time to different historically and scientifically significant points in time. She overcomes and solves one problem after another with wonderful snark. Max has a romantic interest who is equally as interesting and has some secrets of his own and we get to see their relationship develop.

As a primarily fantasy reader I decided to stick my toe into the pool of science fiction. and picked Just One Damned Thing After Another on a whim. After reading it I was sold. (I love taking a chance on a book and have it turn out to be wonderful.) I absolutely loved this book. It was hilarious and heartbreaking and actually made me laugh out loud a relatively rare occurrence. This book hit the spot like a good cup of tea. Something I think Max, the main character, would relate to.

Overall, I loved this book. I thought it was hilarious and told an interesting story. I think that this book would be great for beginning science fiction readers. There were no heavy technical explanations of how time travel worked and I felt like this was a good thing. Many of the historical events were fairly accurate and sometimes incredibly moving. I gave this book 5/5 stars.

Day 25: Comics Craze #30DaysOfReadathon

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Batman: Earth One by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank is one of my favorite Batman comics. It’s a retelling of the origin story of Batman and some of our other favorite characters from Batman’s story.  After I finished reading this or any other Batman comic and am still in the mood for more Batman I put on Batman The Animated Series or Batman Beyond (So Good!) and color.

Day 26: Short Stories #30DaysOfReadathon

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For my short stories pick I chose Strange Brew a short story anthology edited P.N. Elrod. The stories in this anthology are all based around witches. I haven’t read this yet, but I think this will be a great read for October/ Halloween. I’m looking forward to reading the stories, by the authors familiar to me and by the authors I have not read before.