9.20.2021

Some random books from my ereader......


I started this post because it's late afternoon and I was waiting on a delivery.  Being in the office where the front window overlooking the street and driveway, I opened the laptop to do some research while I looked for the UPS driver.

The driver has been and gone... and I need to get busy doing some other things now, but here are just a few books completely chosen at random that are on my Kindle - and one book that was recommended to me (highly) but I just can't get myself to care about the topic enough right now to download it.  Maybe, perhaps some day if my interest is piqued in that direction.  But it's really highly rated and loved by many.... so I added it.

 

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This book has come highly recommended, although admittedly, I haven't chosen to read it yet.  It's not a genre I'd typically read and I really have no interest.  I respect and like the person who recommended it, but it absolutely more 'her' style of reading than what I would chose for enjoyment.  Still... I thought I'd list it since she really loved it and the reviews seem favorable as well.

 

Wholistic Feminism  Wholistic Feminism: Healing the Identity Crisis Caused by the Women's Movement

In Wholistic Feminism, you will see how the American women’s movement has defined success in a way that keeps us striving, yet never fully arriving. You will learn to see female contributions in a new light and realize that you are not inadequate. You, and your female body were never the problem! Author Leah A. Jacobson will help you find common ground and connection with other women so that you can celebrate sisterhood with other women, not competition. In accepting and loving your feminine gifts, you will discover how worthy you are of blazing your own trail and you will be empowered to create a life of meaningful contribution. It is time for the women’s movement to be whole.


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This one I started with trepidation.  I've read a couple different books now that took the original children's story of Peter Pan and morphed it into their own version and tale.  When I started this one, I thought it put an interesting spin on it and liked it just fine... but by the end, I didn't really enjoy it much at all.  It's book one in a two part and I really don't plan to buy the second in the series.  But I do need to mention most everyone else seems to like it.  Reviewers love it.


Wendy Darling: Volume 1: Stars

Wendy Darling has a perfectly agreeable life with her parents and brothers in wealthy London, as well as a budding romance with Booth, the neighborhood bookseller's son. But one night, while their parents are at a ball, the charmingly beautiful Peter Pan comes to the Darling children's nursery, and—dazzled by this flying boy with god-like powers—they follow him out of the window and straight on to morning into Neverland, an intoxicating island of freedom.

As time passes in Neverland, Wendy realizes that this Lost Boy's paradise of turquoise seas, mermaids, and pirates holds terrible secrets rooted in blood and greed. As Peter's grasp on her heart tightens, she struggles to remember where she came from—and begins to suspect that this island of dreams, and the boy who desires her, have the potential to transform into an everlasting nightmare.

"This Peter Pan story may sound familiar, but the tale takes a darker turn when the children arrive on Pan Island in Neverland. The longer they stay on the island, the harder they find it to remember their former lives. It soon becomes apparent that Peter, far from a naive boy who won’t grow up, is a cunning, manipulative leader. This is Neverland crossed with William Golding’s Lord of the Flies; there is jealousy, anger, maliciousness, and death. And this Peter Pan is a young man who has his sinister sights set on Wendy. When she begins to remember her past and expresses a desire to return home, Peter turns cruel and abusive. During the rest of the action-packed novel, she tries to escape him and the dangers of the island with her brothers in tow. - School Library Journal



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Now this one surprised me.  I only knew as much as the description reads below when I ordered it.  The description does not do the story justice.  It has a supernatural twist to it that is much stronger than the little blurb below makes it sound.  But I really enjoyed this book and was interested in the characters. 


Shadows in the Water: Shadows in the Water Series Book 1

When DEA agent Jack Thorne's house is stormed by vengeful drug lords, both he and his wife are shot dead. Only his daughter Louie survives--by using a terrifying power that defies reason. Piecing together a life in his absence, Louie embraces her gift and her rage under the force of a single need: revenge. She will destroy the men that took her family. No matter the cost, no matter how many bullets, she won't stop until justice has been well and truly served.


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This story was a download because at the time, it was free.  I had little hope for a book with such an awful title... seriously.  But it's a genre I like to read and like I said, it was a free download that day.  What a surprise when it ended up being pretty decent!  With a different title and cover, I think it could get a lot more notice.  Having said that however, I'm not sure I'm going to go on to order/buy the second book.  The story got a little 'meh' by the end and some of the characters (the 4 teens) drove me insane and I wanted to reach through the book and throttle one of them.

 

  World After Geezer: Year One

Nix St Clair has been a Cleveland cop for 20 years, and she’s never seen anything like the chaos of Geezer Flu. It’s the same everywhere - or so says cable TV until the power starts going on and off like a caution light. Why she hasn’t died is a question Nix is too busy to answer, but she knows the authorities are fighting a losing battle. Geezer is unstoppable, and it will get her, too, sooner or later. Before it does, she wants to reach her grandfather to say good-bye. Or to bury him if she’s too late. It’s a tough journey on foot, dragging along a small child she rescued from a very nasty situation. And at the end of the road is disappointment. Gramps isn’t as she remembered him - and neither is his farm.

Young George Shirk and his even younger siblings have moved in to help the old man, who’s suffered a stroke. While grateful, Nix finds the difference between their Mennonite world view and hers difficult - but the real clash of cultures begins with the arrival of four scared teens looking for sanctuary from a world gone mad. She's lived by the motto, To protect and serve for a long time, but she can’t save all the orphans by herself. Surrounded by kids she needs to keep safe, she’s begun to think of herself as the world’s oldest woman with a gun. She’s reached her limit by the time one more kid shows up. But the “kid” is a combat veteran of 24, and what Nix can’t know is that Cash Hatfield will end up saving her.

 

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Oh, this was a good one.  Another one that surprised me because the cover is just... awful.
The cover looks like it would be a book about hiking and travel or something!  But nope.  It's actually a really good, in depth book listing the people in the bible and giving you a little blurb about each of them.  I found it interesting to read it front to back like a regular book, but then I found myself looking up individuals later as I would come across their names in the Bible or online when I was reading various websites or blogs.  I wish the cover photo and font was better done - more professionally as it would get a little more notice and respect - which it totally deserves. 

 

   Bible People Real People: An Unforgettable A-Z of Who is Who in the Bible

  • Read this book through from A to Z, like any other title
  • Dip in and discover who was who in personal Bible study
  • Check the names when preparing a talk or sermon

With the names arranged in alphabetical order, the Old and New Testament characters are clearly identified so that the reader is able to explore either the Old or New Testament people on the first reading, and the other Testament on the second.

Those wanting to become more familiar with the Bible will find this is a great introduction to the people inhabiting the best selling book in the world, and those who can quote chapter and verse will find everyone suddenly becomes much more real – because these people are real. This is a book to keep handy and refer to frequently while reading the Bible.

This is a lively, well-informed study of some great Bible characters. Professor Gordon Wenham MA PhD. Tutor in Old Testament at Trinity College Bristol and Emeritus Professor of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire.


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