Thursday, May 21, 2015

Vote for Remi by Leanna Lehman



About the Book
Fiery US government teacher Remi Covington is relentless in her desire to impart the genius of the democratic process to her students. Her so-called “academically challenged” high school seniors sometimes find her enthusiasm more than a little annoying―so, in an effort to teach her a lesson, they execute a brazen, high-tech, social media blitz touting her as the newest candidate in the upcoming US presidential race. Much to everyone’s surprise, Remi plays along with her students’ ruse―and in a nation weary of politics and career politicians, she unexpectedly finds herself the darling of the American public. 

As the campaign takes on a life of its own, Remi is forced to confront a myriad of long-held social biases and cultural clichés, and realizes she isn’t quite the woman she thought was. Vote for Remi is about a would-be a presidential candidate who, despite being all wrong―the wrong gender, the wrong party, and certainly the wrong social status―discovers that she might be exactly what America needs: someone with a passion for doing what is right.

About the Author

Leanna Lehman is the author of quirky political fiction novel, Vote For Remi (She Writes Press). She worked in the education field for six years, and specialized in developing online educational programs that assist at-risk teens. She lives in Fallon, Nevada, with her rescued dog Henry Higgins, and spends her free time painting, hiking, snowboarding, camping, and traveling to the coast. She found her passion for writing while undergoing chemo therapy in 2008-2009, when she began journaling her experience.

For more information about the author and the book visit her WEBSITE.

Giveaway

If you would like to win a copy of Vote for Remi, leave a comment on this post. 
I would love to hear what your campaign slogan would be if you were running for President! (But not necessary to enter.)

Giveaway is open to US residents only. 
You have until June 3rd to enter. 


Happy Reading!
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Lost in Translation, Part 2.

I am currently reading The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, a science fiction novel that has been translated from Chinese. While reading, it made me think of my previous post about what may get lost in translations. Was I missing some important things?

I found this article (really a review) about the book's translation and found it very interesting. By keeping the book translated as close to the original writing, did the translator actually make it less accessible to English readers? Would US readers enjoy it more if it had been Americanized? I have a feeling there would not be agreement from readers on that point. 

I for one don't feel books should be "dumbed down" or "Americanized" to make it more palatable for readers. However, I do understand that publishers would do that to sell more books. 

What are your thoughts?

Happy Reading!
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Day 1: Bout of Books

Time to get my reading groove back. (I hope.)
Bout of Books 13 begins today.

Here is what I have to read this week:

 eBook selection:

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Lui (book club)
Imaginary Things by Andrea Lochen (review)
The Appetites of Girls by Pamela Moses (review)
The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley (review)

In Paperback:

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 



Daily tracking

Monday 5/11

Currently reading: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Lui
Percentage read today: 9%
Total read: 9%
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Notes: This book was selected for my book group which meets on Wednesday. I need to get this read now. It is not what I usually read, and am finding it difficult to get into. Here's to finishing on time...or at least get closer than 20%. *ebook, started with 20% already read before today

Tuesday 5/12

Currently reading: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Lui
Percentage read today: 7%
Total Read: 16%
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Notes: Ack. Not enough read before falling asleep! 36% read. Not going to have this read before tonight. May have to miss anyway since I am not feeling well. 

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

To Catch a Falling Star by Anna Belfrage

To Catch a Falling Star by Anna Belfrage
420 pages, eBook and Paperback
Published March 2015, SilverWood Books
Genre: Historical Fiction/ Time-Slip


Source: Received from publisher for review

My Review

I will admit first that it took me awhile to realize why I was so confused at the beginning of this book. The time continuity didn't seem possible and had me wondering what exactly was going on. I was totally lost. 

Well, turns out To Catch a Falling Star is Book 8 in The Graham Saga and if you have read the previous seven books, you will know exactly what is going on and how all these people are related. I mean, when a present day person goes back in time and says his mother chopped off the leg of the priest that finds him in a courtyard in Seville in the year 1688- that just didn't seem possible. Right?

Anyway, once I realized that there were other books before this one I did a little research and was quickly back on track to enjoying this time-hopping historical drama. The books follow time traveller, Alexandra Lind and in this installment, she and her husband make the journey from America to Scotland, Matthew Graham's homeland. Their return isn't exactly what he hoped it would be. 

Their journey, the changes in Scotland, and their need to return home makes for a very entertaining conclusion to this series.
 
So much going on in this one and I enjoyed it all. It is an interesting time period and locations to portray. I also really like books that deal with time travel. Seeing how a modern day person adapts to life in the past is interesting to me. I think I now need to start from the beginning. It was probably not a good idea to start with the last book, but that's how it goes sometimes. At least I know I am really going to like figuring out how this all started.

Here is the list of the previous books in the series. 

The Graham Saga books (1-7)

A Rip in the Veil
Like Chaff in the Wind
The Prodigal Son
A Newfound Land
Serpents in the Garden
Revenge and Retribution
Whither Thou Goest

About the Author

I was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result I'm multilingual and most of my reading is historical; both non-fiction and fiction.

I was always going to be a writer or a historian, preferably both. Instead I ended up with a degree in Business and Finance, with very little time to spare for my most favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career I raised my four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive. Nowadays I spend most of my spare time at my writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and I slip away into my imaginary world, with my imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in my life pops his head in to ensure I'm still there. I like that, just as I like how he makes me laugh so often. I'll probably live to well over a hundred.

I was always going to be a writer. Now I am. I have achieved my dream.

For more information, please visit Anna Belfrage's website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Happy Reading!
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Lost in Translation

Do you ever wonder what gets lost when books are translated into other languages?

I remember reading the first Harry Potter book and realizing all the little changes that were made from the British version to the US version, and that wasn't even changing the language. I mean, come on, even the title was changed.

Books are always getting translated into other languages and a good translator will do their best to keep it as close to the original. They will try not to lose the humor, the simplicity or complexity of the words, the hidden meanings and double entendres. I could see this being a very difficult thing to do.

Imagine Pride and Prejudice without the little hints and glimpses of the budding love between Elizabeth and Darcy underneath their jabs and spoken dislike of each other. If that didn't get translated correctly the reader would reach the end of the novel and be completely confused as to why these people, that hated each other, were now getting married. 

So, do you think this needs to be done by a person or could a translation software program like, Smartling, be able to translate, not only the words but the feeling of our most loved pieces of literature? They translate website content not books, but I am sure you know what I mean. But would you if you were reading a translation of this post? 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bout of Books- May 2015


It's that time again. Time for another Bout of Books read-a-thon. I have been in a reading slump lately, so this is just what I need to finish my current review book and book club selection. The book for book club is so not what I would normally read that I am having a hard time getting into it.

Will any of you be participating? Here is the info:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


Happy Reading!
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Threshold by G.M. Ford

Threshold by G.M. Ford
254 pages, Paperback
Published April 2015, Thomas and Mercer
Source: From publisher for review as part of a TLC book tour

My Review

This was an interesting book-part police procedural, part supernatural mystery. 

It started off a bit rough. It was a little hard to figure out what was happening due to the changes in perspective from character to character. It seemed like two different stories that had nothing to do with each for awhile. However, once I figured it out, I couldn't stop reading.

Detective Mickey Dolan has been charged to locate the wife and daughters of a politician. A custody battle ended with the father being given sole custody and now his family are on the run. Through Dolan's investigation he discovers that there were sexual abuse allegations and iffy legal doings to not prosecute the father.

The Royster family is in fact being helped by a mother and her daughter. They are a bit of a mystery. The daughter, Grace, seems to have the power to awaken people out of comas and by selling her gift to families with comatose family members, they are able to fund the help they give women and their children to escape abusive situations.
Interesting, right?
I enjoyed it and seeing how it all would come to an end. Would it be a happy ending for all? Guess you'll have to read it to find out.

About the Author

G.M. Ford broke onto the mystery scene with Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca?, a gin-soaked tome featuring Seattle private investigator Leo Waterman. The six-book Leo Waterman series was nominated for several awards, including the Shamus, the Anthony, and the Lefty. In 2001, Ford launched a new series featuring disgraced reporter Frank Corso and his goth assistant, Meg Dougherty. In 2011, after a twelve-year hiatus, he decided to write a new Leo Waterman novel, Thicker Than Water, which Thomas & Mercer promptly bought. His eighth Leo Waterman book, Chump Change, followed in 2014. Ford lives and works in Seattle, and is married to the beautiful and talented mystery author Skye Kathleen Moody.
Happy Reading!
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Favorite Photo Friday

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It never gets old. Sunset over the Pacific in Marina, CA.
We had a beautiful, fun and relaxing three nights here over spring break. We went with friends-enjoyed the pool and beach. Went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and walked the path to the wharf. Ready to go back.

Happy Friday!
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

This Is Mexico! by Carol M. Merchasin



Here is a book that I would love to read. My ancestral roots are deeply rooted in Mexico, yet my visits there have been very few. I love to read and hear positive stories about the country that my family is from. 

About the Book

This is Mexico is a collection of essays on the often magical and mysterious—and sometimes heartrending—workings of everyday life in Mexico, written from the perspective of an American expatriate. 

By turns humorous and poignant, Merchasin’s stories provide an informed look at Mexican culture and history, exploring everything from healthcare, Mexican-style, to religious rituals, and from the educational role of the telenovela to the cultural subtleties of the Spanish language. 

Written with a clear for details, a warm heart for Mexico, and a lively sense of humor, This is Mexico is an insider's look at the joys, sorrows, and challenges of life in this complex country.

About the Author

Carol M. Merchasin is a lawyer, a former partner in a large law firm and an author involved in a longtime love affair with Mexico. She fell in love with the country's language, people and culture during her first trip south in 1983, and she moved to San Miguel de Allende in 2005. She is a keen observer, an experienced researcher, and an enthusiastic student of Mexican culture.

For more information about the book and author visit her WEBSITE.



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Monday, April 13, 2015

Finished!

I finally finished the little girl's new socks!
Her previously knit socks accidentally went in the wash and felted/shrunk. Oops. 
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This was my first time trying to come up with my own sock pattern. It was fun, but time consuming.  

I figured out how many stitches I needed to cast on for her little foot and then went searching for a cable pattern that would work for the number of stitches. I settled on the Double Hourglass. I picked a weird number of stitches, (don't know why) so there had to be some messing around with them for the pattern and also with the heel, but not too bad. 
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I love the way they turned out.

Happy Knitting!
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