Giveaway (Over): News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Latest Posts / November 10, 2016

About: News of the World by Paulette Jiles is a novel taking place in Texas around 1870. This book is a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award in Fiction. Check out my review of News of the World by Paulette Jiles and enter the giveaway below Synopsis: Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower, travels through Texas in 1870 reading papers to paying audiences hungry for news. Captain Kidd is offered $50 in gold to get a young orphan to her relatives 400 miles away. Johanna was kidnapped by Native Americans who killed her family, however at 10 years old, her adopted family, adopted language, and culture is all she knows. Johanna refuses to act as “civilized” society expects her to and will not make Captain Kidd’s job easier. Give­away Give­away ends: November 17, 2016 Winners must have a valid e-mail address US Address Only please Win­ners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, oth­er­wise an alter­nate win­ner will be picked Congratulations: Name as email

GO VOTE!!!
Latest Posts / November 8, 2016

As followers of this blog know, I am a (very) amateur history buff which enjoys reading about the US presidents and general history (especially WWII). Ever since I became a citizen I tried to vote in any election I can, because I believe the act of voting is a privilege and a good way to make your voice heard. Not voting is NOT “sticking it to the system”! The “system” will only infer that they didn’t get the vote out, not that you are dissatisfied. So go out and vote, it should only take a few minutes. If you don’t like any of the candidates (be it for president or dog catcher) write in someone of your choice to let them know of your dissatisfaction – but don’t waste this privilege which many people have fought hard for, some bled, and some died. If you have kids, take them with you, the good folks at the elections board allow them to go behind the curtain with you. Give them a good civics lesson, allow them to “pull the lever” and participate in our representative democracy

Guest Post: How To Find Time To Get Started On Your Reading List
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / November 7, 2016

Photo via Pixabay by Unsplash   Books are one of the best ways to relax, forget about real-life stress, and travel without ever leaving the comfort of your own home, yet many of us struggle to find time to read. With so many good books coming out this fall–and so many different e-readers available to read them on–it’s a shame not to at least try to carve out time in your busy schedule for them. Here are a few of the best ways to do just that. Keep one on you at all times Stephen King once said that he never goes anywhere without a paperback, because you never know when you might need to wait–at the doctor’s office, in a traffic jam, in that long line at the DMV. These days, you don’t even need to carry a physical book with you; e-readers are surprisingly affordable and are light and durable enough to slip into a purse or backpack for easy access. Having something to read not only comes in handy during those boring, having-to-wait times, it also allows you to work on your to-be-read list instead of playing a game on your phone. The trick is to keep…

New Kiva Loan: Jhoana from Peru
Latest Posts / November 5, 2016

Click here to donate yourself Jhoana is 25 years old. She graduated from the police academy of Peru’s National Police and now she is taking the peace officer class. She is asking for a loan to buy a laptop and be able to work on her papers. She is very thankful to all the people who are able to help her meet her goals. Click here to donate yourself

Fun Facts Friday: Eden Phillpotts
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / November 4, 2016

Eden Phillpotts (4 November, 1862 – 29 December, 1960) was an English author and poet. By J.C. Dingham – The Critic: http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924066366497;view=1up;seq=319;size=200, Public Domain, Link Books by Eden Phillpotts* 1)      Mr. Phillpotts was born in India. 2)      He wrote 18 novels and 2 books of short stories about Dartmoor, an area of moorland in England. 3)      For many years Mr. Phillpotts was the President of the Dartmoor Preservation Association. 4)      Agatha Christie was a friend of Mr. Phillpotts and an admirer of his work. 5)      Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges was also an admirer. 6)      Widecombe Fair, a novel by Mr. Phillpotts, inspired an annual fair at the village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor. 7)     Widecombe Fair was also adapted to a silent movie in 1927 by a young Alfred Hitchcock. 8)      Towards the end of his life, and a long writing career, Mr. Phillpotts started to write science-fiction and fantasy books. 9)      Mr. Phillpotts wrote several plays and was a trained actor. 10)   Two of the plays he wrote with his daughter Adelaide Phillpotts. Books by Eden Phillpotts* Zohar – Man of la Book *Ama­zon links point to an affil­i­ate account

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