Thursday, 12 April 2018

Book Review for Run by Ann Patchett



Book Review for Run by Ann Patchett

Genre - Fiction
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The book, Run, by Ann Patchett is done in a style over a 24 hour period.
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The scene, Boston.  Snowy and cold.
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The story kicks into action when Tip and Teddy and their father, Doyle goes to see a lecture together, afterwards, while walking to the after party, Tip gets struck by a car and right there, the story becomes extremely interesting, as a lady, Tennesse, throws herself to save Tip, but ends up badly injured herself, leaving her daughter, Kenya, in a world that we find as readers, very intiquing, bringing, Tip, Teddy, Doyle, Sullivan, Fr Sullivan, Tenesse and Kenya into a blood related family affair.
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I absolutely loved Ann Patchett style of writing.  The author is crisp, to the point and I had no problem in following the story along.  Ann Patchett didn't jump too much from character to character, so it was easy to identify who and what happened at such time.  Beautifully put together, considering the story was set over a 24 hour period.  I will be reading more of Ann Patchett books in the future.





Monday, 5 March 2018

The Ancient Sacred Tree: Birthing A Hero

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 The Ancient Sacred Tree: Birthing a Hero by Dawnette Brenner
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Genre - Fantasy/Fiction
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Dear Readers, ๐Ÿ˜Š
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Joshua Creed, the star of the book, the hero. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
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Joshua is 8 years old and tells the story about himself and how he falls into two seperate worlds.
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The real one, where he battles newly divorced parents, having Bi-Polar disorder, school bullying and life in general.  In the other, a fantasy world where he has friends like the Norkels and antlings.  Joshua is also confronted with a baddie called Gonthragon, who is a vile creature and wants to take over the world (yuck). .
Read along and see if Joshua finds The Ancient Sacred Tree and how he managers to confront the real world with hopping between the two.
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I would like to sincerely congratulate Dawnette Brenner, for using her teaching skills and knowledge of the differculties of Bi-Polar, that was based on her own son, to use this book as a learning tool.
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The Ancient Sacred Tree would suit a variety of readers, a tool for learning, or for those, like myself, who just like to delve into some fantasy every now and again.

Thank you Dawnette, for such an inspiring book.
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Happy Reading ๐Ÿ˜Š



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Dear Readers ๐Ÿ˜Š  Its a book quote and book tag today ๐Ÿ˜Š
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"The porthole we've been using in  our world and the one you've also been using is closed.  Gonthragon sealed it.  We must travel by way of tea leaves." Soran told the group.  The Ancient Sacred Tree, Dawnette Brenner @theancientsacredtree
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Thank you goes to @lilas.books411 for the #spellthedayinbooks .  Tag is open, play along if you want to. ๐Ÿ˜Š
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Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golden .
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Oxygen by William Trubridge @willtrubridge .
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Nothing Is Predictable by Adalina Mae @adalinamaeauthor .
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(The) Dragon Sleeps by Ellen Read @ellenreadauthor .
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(The) Ancient Sacred Tree: Birthing a hero, by Dawnette Brenner @theancientsacredtree .
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(The) Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
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๐Ÿ“ท . Lurking in a cupboard I found my Tea Caddy!!!! I haven't had a cup of tea made with tea leaves for ages, so, noting it down next on the grocery list #bekindandsmile๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š .




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Dear Readers ๐Ÿ˜Š, I'm currently reading, "The Ancient Sacred Tree" birthing a hero, by Dawnette Brenner @theancientsacredtree .
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Genre, Young Adult/fantasy.
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Book Quote , "I realized I was surrounded by giant slides everywhere - like adventure play-ground ten times the size of my own backyard".
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๐Ÿ“ท  I had to laugh at myself taking this photo, as I didn't know what angle to take it, so I was all hands and knees and at one point laying on my back .  #bekindandsmile๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Sunday, 25 February 2018

Oxygen by William Trubridge (Book Review and Book Quotes)

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Oxygen by William Trubridge
Genre - Memoir.
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I, personally bought this book without any recommendations, or, gifting from any book companies. I bought this book online from paperplus.co.nz and as a personal choice.
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After viewing a television broadcast of our very own NZ freediver, William Trubridge on a couple of occasions, I had to buy this book. .
"I had promised New Zealand that I would be back to try for the record again and that when I finally reached the mark it would be dedicated to everyone who had supported me in the process."
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I remember the failed attempt and I remember those words William spoke.
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"This time, there were no hiccups and after being under water for 4 minutes, 30 seconds, I surfaced and claimed my seventeenth world record."
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I remember the triumph, the happiness and elation. However, it wasn't until I read Williams memoir, that I found out how hard this had been in the first place.
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This memoir has stages that seperate readers can identify. Life as a child growing up on a boat, free diving as a sport, ethnic and techniques used in his training and Williams affinity with the sea, dolphins in particular and other sea creatures.
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I sincerely thank William Trubridge for opening up part of his life and letting us see how his life is.
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๐Ÿ˜Š Happy Reading
 
 
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"With the seventh stroke I pulled myself into a freefall position, like a seabird tucking it's wings into it's body as it plummets seawards".
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๐Ÿ“ท Tauranga. North Island. New Zealand.  Walking out and about in Tauranga, we came across a very pleasant surprise.  We found a railway bridge with an attached walkway.  Plenty of photos taken here.  I was experimenting with framing the shot.  #bekindandsmile๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š .





"When thoughts are scarce, time really does lack any sense of scale"
 
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๐Ÿ“ท After spending a length of time walking and discovering the beauty of Tauranga, what better way to reward yourself than paddling your hot feet in a cool embracing love of the sea.  #bekindandsmile๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š .
 
 
 
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"In freediving my foremost intention has never been to set a record or reach a certain depth, but rather to try to come as close as possible to human aquatic potential, whatever that may lie." .
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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Isle of Winds by James Fahy (Book Review and Book Quote)

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Dear Readers ๐Ÿ˜Š

Isle of Winds by James Fahy

Genre - YA/Fantasy

"Our companion is currently using his own skin and cannot spare it.  He would be awfully inconvenienced by it's loss"

I found the above quote, highly amusing, intriguing and extremely funny, in fact I can't believe what a funny book this is!! 

Robin, who is the star of the book, lived with his Gran, with blue rinse hair.  Gran dies, so was sent on a train to his "never met" Great Aunt Irene, who lives in Barrowood, Erkling Hall.  Robin finds out he isn't normal either and there is a different world waiting for Robin in the Netherworlde.  During the book we meet Henry, who ends up being Robins best friend. We meet Phorbas, who is Robins teacher that's full of tricks up his sleeves and then there is Karya, who has very little tact and slightly offhandish, a bit of a bossy boots. There are also a few other unsavoury characters in the book that try to sabotage a mission that takes place.

All in all, Isle of Winds is very similar to Harry Potter, but a funnier version of it, plus I could see this book turning into a pixar movie.

Thank you James Fahy for writing such an entertaing book


Happy Reading ๐Ÿ˜Š


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"The girl raced through the forest, tumbling through deep drifts of Autumn leaves" -
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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Book Review - Navigator by Anne Moir

Hello Readers ๐Ÿ˜Š
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Navigator by Anne Moir.

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Genre - Historical Fiction.
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"They'd driven out there three Sunday's before in the new car, enjoyed an ice cream at MacAndrew Bay, just a day before Molly became ill"
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Historical Setting - mainly Dunedin and Southland area, New Zealand.
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Joe was bought up on your typical family farm, near Invercargill, Wesley Bush, where there is a tight community spirit, where everyone knows everyone.
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Joe was teased at school because he found out his oldest sister was his real Mum.
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Joe sort a passion for planes and as he grew older joined the RNZAF to fly Lancaster planes, his dream job came true in being a Bomber Command Navigator.
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The book, "Navigator" tells the life story of Joe, married life, life as a pilot and the tension between his real mother.  The mystery and agony throughout Joes life remained when a burning question that took over him - Who was his father?  Something his mother would not reveal.  Does he find out?
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I want to thank Your books (yourbooks.co.nz) (Christine Borra) for gifting me "Navigator" in exchange for an honest review.
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I enjoyed "Navigator" as it bought back memories of living in Dunedin, I remember all streets and suburbs and it was pleasant that Anne Moir mentioned - down the bay, where I originally grew up.  Hence the quote, as many a times, my family and I would go to MacAndrew Bay for an ice cream.
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Happy reading ๐Ÿ˜Š

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
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Dear Readers ๐Ÿ˜Š
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I want to thank Ellen Read @ellenreadauthor for recommending this book to me.
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I loved the story and the way Jane Austen sent me into this era, that I knew nothing about.  The language, the manners, the way they thought.  It was just like being a fly on the wall.
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I was also mystified by the title, until I reached halfway through this book and discovered why this is.
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Although I marked down several quotes, this one really stood out to me, it was the last one that I wrote down.

"Hate You!  I was angry perhaps at first, but my anger began to take a proper direction".
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Swipe through to see some georgous illustration and the synopsis at the end
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Thank you again Ellen, for recommending this book to me, I so much appreciate it.
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Happy Reading ๐Ÿ˜Š