World Book Day!

Put it in your calendar people! August 9th is World Book Day!

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What are you all reading RIGHT NOW!!!

If you all follow me on the Goodreads…here…You’ll know that I’ve just finished the Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh 

If you like Phantom of the Opera and any Kerri Maniscalco…You will adore this one!

But what about you? What are you reading?

Just a reminder of my new Discord channel! I’ve had to update some security issues and restart from the beginning…But I would LOVE to know what you’re all reading right now. So if you want to talk about it here or there. I’m just trying to get a conversation going that isn’t political or just…you know your general horribleness.  Please, feel free, to head over and talk about books and writing!

International Book Friends Club.

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Mrs Sherlock Holmes…Police Reform

I decided to write about a book I have recently finished and I want all the book lovers to go out and read it. I think that I loved it so much, because it is so relevant to everything that we are going through right now.

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Mrs Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca 

I HIGHLY recommend this one! Especially at the moment. When I first started this one, I thought it was just going to be about the Ruth Cruger case. It was so much more than that!

It’s all about police corruption, the “buddy buddy” culture within the police. It writes about her rise and ultimately how the Patriarchy tried to bring her down. Where it touches on a little about the suffragette movement. When people ask me now which three people, living or dead, would I ask around to dinner. One will be Mary Grace Quackenbos. I don’t want to write anymore about it. Just read it, and read it NOW.

For those who don’t know this book is based on a real person and a real famous case. Mary Grace Quackenbos, was a real person, a real lawyer and a real “detective”. Ruth Cruger was a real missing girl. Apart from the missing girl case, Quackenbos was really known for helping people get out, who were laboured with peonage or the person slave trade. Although peonage was officially outlawed in the states in 1867, it still went on. The reason why MGQ was called in, was because when Ruth Cruger went missing, there was a lot of alarm around the white person slave trading going on.

One of the reasons I found this book so fascinating was because how many of the issues and situations in this book, are still prevalent to this day.

When Ruth first disappeared, the police put it down to Ruth being a “bad girl”, and that she had just run off with some unknown man. Even though there was absolutely no proof of this. The only thing that Ruth took with her were her ice skates, no extra clothes, no money, just the skates.

The police did not thoroughly investigate Alfred Cochi’s, motorbike shop, where Ruth was heading to get to her skates sharpened. When it came out later, it was found that Alfred repaired and adjust a lot, if not all of the NYPD motorbike patrol bikes, at the same time.

When Mary Grace Quackenbos, started to investigate the Army though. With underage girls being taken back to their local training camps, a couple had disappeared. That was when she went too “far”. That’s when people started to question her, even though, by the evidence at the time, she was correct. Some of the local soldiers, were taking underage girls back with them. The Patriarchy decided that was a “step too far”. She was trying to smear the name of the Army…All of a sudden all the police originally question with the Ruth Cruger case, were suddenly let off, some got promotions, most were welcome back. MGQ, lost all her prominent positions. The media were HORRIBLE to her. After, they decided to credit the male detectives with the discovery of Ruth Cruger, even though it was because of MGQ constant poking and prodding. The male detectives physically brought out the body.

Quackenbos, just you know:

  • Got the search warrants approved.
  • Talked to Alfred’s wife, who was being a pain.
  • Actually questioned the police and dug more into the original witnesses accounts.
  • Listened to the family plea’s of “She had been kidnapped, she would never have just run off”.
  • Did some ACTUAL investigation into the Cochi’s.
  • Found the blue prints for them to dig around the Cochi’s cellars.
  • Oh, bought the Cochi’s house. So the detectives could get into the Cochi’s old cellar.

You know though, it was the male detectives.

Sound familiar?

This could literally be today, and it makes you wonder, really.

World, Copyright and talk Like Shakespeare Day

There is SO much going on today!

The first thing I am going to introduce you to today is: “The Top 50 Shakespeare Insults” I am going to try and commit them to memory.

The Top 50 Shakespeare Insults“, posted by “No Sweat Shakespeare

Who can talk about World Book Day without mentioning a few books that were then turned into famous musicals.

  • The Phantom of the Opera. by Gaston Leroux. …
  • The Color Purple. by Alice Walker. …
  • Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper. by Gypsy Rose Lee. …
  • Ragtime. by E.L. Doctorow. …
  • Oliver Twist. by Charles Dickens. …
  • Wicked. by Gregory Maguire. …
  • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. by T.S. Eliot. …

My personal favourite musical of all time came from a book (well a lot of them do,lol)

I don’t think that I could even begin to make a list of books and comics that have been made into movies.

I am not 100% sure that Mark Twain actually said this. It’s 100% true though!

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World Book Day

April the 23rd is World Book Day … and I am really struggling to get enthused for it this year. Currently (and if you already follow me on Goodreads, you”ll already know this). I am currently reading two books and I am one book behind on my Goodreads Challenge. I am hoping to now catch up. Although the Libraries are closed, I haven’t read SO many of my book crate loot boxes, that now seems to be the most perfect time to read them!

World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day, or International Day of the Book, is an annual event organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. World Book Day was first celebrated on 23 April 1995, and continues to be recognised on that day. A related event in the United Kingdom and Ireland is observed in March.

What are you reading, right now?

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Also just a little reminder that I still have Discord book club channel…Come and share as well, what books you’re reading with us! We’ll be chatting about it, we already are to be honest. I have a friend, who still has a job and he will be reading spreadsheets all day tomorrow =(

Remember you don’t have to give us your book, just let us know what you’re reading!

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I don’t even know what title to give this

As I wrote above, I have no idea what title to give this post. So I’m just going to be straight up and write it.

Where I work, I am very lucky in that it is a very multicultural society. I work in an adult education situation. Where we have different campuses around the city, all with their own specialisation. So one school/campus where I work, we mainly have new migrants, families who have escaped volatile countries and people who want to work on their English. We provide a creche on-site for them.

I work with the Library and also as Administration for students. As I was cleaning up the children’s area, I found this really beautiful book. It is obviously for POC children. As I was flipping through though, I loved the story and I loved the colours. My question is though because it is clearly not a book for white people. Would it still be appropriate for myself to buy, for my children in the future? It has such beautiful colouring and a great story, it’s one of our most popular children’s books.

It’s like with Coco, I loved that movie. I thought it was absolutely beautiful. But, can I teach my future children to do that? To have photos up of those have passed. Would it appropriate for me to teach my children the beauty in the Mexcian afterlife? Too teach the beauty and maybe even celebrate the beauty in the Day of the Dead?

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Discord Update

So I asked what you would like to see more on a Discord Book channel and you let me know! So I’ve added a channel called “Book Style“. While the original post was about style in general, I have found over the years. That there are lots of “bookish styles” both dressup and every day. I’ve added the channel and I’m hoping to have a bookish feel to it more.

Men and Women of course! Men read and have style too! I would actually really LOVE to see how bookish outfits you may have had over the years. They can be costumes, or something you wear every day. I got the ball rolling, pop over and have a look! I think it’d be a great place to swap style ideas as well. Myself, I love to thrift shop. You can find so many styles there! I might actually start taking pictures of any “book” styles I have,lol.

Let’s chat!

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Join Us!

So I decided to start a Discord International Book Club. It’s one of the things that I promised to myself. Too get more involved with my friends, but also to see what I can do about reaching out more to the Book community. Books and Friends…How can you lose! What better day to start than on Tolkiens Birthday!

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I have so many friend in my country and internationally, so why not try to bring it all together! I have so many friends and family who love books. I thought it’s be a nice idea to have a safe space for us book worms to talk all things books =D I don’t know what I’m expecting of this, but I’m hoping it’ll get a lot of us talking about books. Having something fun to concentrate on.

This is the link if you wish to join…Hope to see you there!

https://discord.gg/BepecB

The Vatican Princess

I actually had a few people who seemed to be interested in this particular book. So I have finally sat down and wrote about this book. It’s been great to be able about this book in more detail.

The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia:By C.W.Gortner

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*I just want to start this review off by writing that is purely based on my personal opinion. I have not been paid by anyone or any company to write this*

Too this day in modern History, Lucrezia Borgia, is one of the world’s most famous villainesses. Whether or not that’s completely justified, we will probably never be able to prove. Accused on incest, murder and poison vixen, luring men to their deaths. But what she just an unwilling pawn in her families games?

The biggest reason that I enjoyed this book was because, in the beginning at least. I really enjoyed the way that Gortner wrote Lucrezia, I absolutely believe that she was sweet and innocent. Someone who just wanted to love her family and their environment and just to basically be left alone. I felt like Gortner did Lucrezia Borgia a lot of justice with her character. She is written like a complete sweetheart. In other shows and books I’ve read of Lucrezia, they have written and given into the Myth of Miss Lucrezia Borgia.

Even with her rumoured romantic relationship with her brother, Cesare. A lot of other shows and books write like she enjoyed the incestuous relationship. Whereas with this book it’s written like Lucrezia, although not 100% without feelings, she has issues with it. This becomes even more apparent after Lucrezia begins to realise that Cesare is probably more obsessed with her, rather than in love with her. She does really her adore and treasure her husband in this book, Alfonso of Aragon. Which is probably a reason behind his murder by her brother.

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This is where my happy part of the review ends.

As soon as the book gets to about halfway through, it just seems to get real dark really quickly and seems to be purely for shock value. Rather than based on anything factual, and it really disturbed me. I think because I have a basic understanding of what the Borgia’s did. There was just one part that sincerely shocked me and then it put me off of the rest of the book.

I don’t mind a shock in a book, when it’s necessary, but I felt like the shock in this book was completely unnecessary. There was no proof of what was written even took place. Which I get to some extent that a lot on the Borgias are based on other people’s perspective, rather than actual fact. But I feel like, at least try. Don’t just write something completely horrible and shocking, just for the sake of it. Especially even when no one has heard this “myth” before.

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DNF

What does DNF stand for?

Did Not Finish – In relations to books, it means, for whatever reasons, you did not finish the reading the book.

I am actually in that predicament right now, and I have been before, but not for such a popular book. Like, I am really struggling! I bought the book instead of borrowing it from the Library, like I normally would and I am just struggling.

 

World Book Day!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!

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So to start this post off with, let’s talk about how well we are all doing with your Goodreads reading goals and profiles…Find me here If you don’t want too click the link, I’ll break it down for you:

  • Read 6 out of 24 books
  • Currently 1 book behind schedule. I have really been struggling to read.
  • Currently reading 2 books
  • The books I most far ahead with at the moment “The Lady of the Rivers” Phillipa Gregory…Currently on page 204.
  • Book I am currently rereading – The Hobbit by Jrr Tolkien.

Would you like to leave your Goodreads profile in the comments? Please feel free to do so!

How does one even celebrate book day, other than reading a book?Haha

Truly though, isn’t every day world book day!

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Maybe take the next week a time to put aside the others and just read a book that makes you happy. Nothings wrong on World book day! Even when it goes for a week!