Monday, March 19, 2018

Happy Birthday To The Child That Will Never Be: My Experience With Miscarriage And The Grief That Followed

The following is a post about my miscarriage, which happened back in August of 2017.  I should warn you that I go into graphic detail about that night.  But it helps me to talk about my experience, and today was supposed to be my due date, so I decided I should acknowledge today by sharing what happened to me.  And here it goes:

Today would have been a special day.  Today is a birthday that will never happen.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Book Review: How To Read Literature Like A Professor, by Thomas C. Foster

Genre: Non-fiction, Education
Date Published: 2014 (revised edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
# Of Pages: 335 pages


Synopsis: While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in these texts. How to Read Literature Like a Professor helps us to discover those hidden truths by looking at literature with the eyes—and the literary codes—of the ultimate professional reader: the college professor.
What does it mean when a literary hero travels along a dusty road? When he hands a drink to his companion? When he's drenched in a sudden rain shower? Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, Thomas C. Foster provides us with a broad overview of literature—a world where a road leads to a quest, a shared meal may signify a communion, and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just a shower—and shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.

My Rating:
.....For being interesting and entertaining

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Book Review: The Hero Of Ages (Mistborn #3), by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic fantasy
Date Published: October 2008
Publisher: Tor
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 760 pages/27 hours 26 minutes

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Synopsis: Killing the Lord Ruler to end the Final Empire was obviously the right thing to do, wasn't it? With the return of the lethal form of the ubiquitous mists, increasingly heavy ashfalls, and ever more powerful earthquakes, Vin and Elend are no longer so sure. Long ago, Ruin--one of the primal beings who created the world--was promised the eventual right to destroy all things. Now that Vin has been tricked into releasing him from the Well of Ascension, Ruin apparently intends to collect.

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave you rubbing your eyes in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

My Rating:
.....For making me cry at the end

Monday, March 5, 2018

It's Monday! What I'm Planning To Finish This Week

It's Monday, and it's snowing outside.

Why on Earth is there snow outside?  In March?!  I don't want the lion anymore, I want the freaking lamb!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Book Review: Heat And Light, by Jennifer Haigh

Genre: Contemporary literature
Date Published: May 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 453 pgs


Synopsis: Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Haigh returns to the Pennsylvania town at the center of her iconic novel Baker Towers in this ambitious, achingly human story of modern America and the conflicting forces at its heart--a bold, moving drama of hope and desperation, greed and power, big business and small-town families.

Forty years ago, Bakerton coal fueled the country. Then the mines closed, and the town wore away like a bar of soap. Now Bakerton has been granted a surprise third act: it sits squarely atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive deposit of natural gas.To drill or not to drill? Prison guard Rich Devlin leases his mineral rights to finance his dream of farming. He doesn't count on the truck traffic and nonstop noise, his brother's skepticism, or the paranoia of his wife, Shelby, who insists the water smells strange and is poisoning their frail daughter. Meanwhile his neighbors, organic dairy farmers Mack and Rena, hold out against the drilling--until a passionate environmental activist disrupts their lives.

Told through a cast of characters whose lives are increasingly bound by the opposing interests that underpin the national debate, Heat & Light depicts a community blessed and cursed by its natural resources. Soaring and ambitious, it zooms from drill rig to shareholders' meeting to the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor to the ruined landscape of the "strippins," haunting reminders of Pennsylvania's past energy booms. This is a dispatch from a forgotten America--a work of searing moral clarity from one of the finest writers of her generation, a courageous and necessary book.

My Rating:
.....For having so much to offer

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Happy Hump Day! A Quick Peek At How I'm Reading So Far

Hey it's Wednesday already!  Yippee!

Well, at least Wednesday is starting off okay.  It's not snowing....yet.  They keep giving the Winter-Storm-Alert-Of-Doom and saying that we'll be seeing snow coming down starting at 9 am.  Oh come on people!  It's just going to be a few inches!