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“Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent

“Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent

Narrated by Morven Christie

Blurb from Amazon: In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover. Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district office Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant priest appointed Agnes’ spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’ story begins to emerge and with it the family’s terrible realization that all is not as they had assumed.

My thoughts: This story is dark and at times disturbing, but beautifully written and, in this case, beautifully narrated. I imagine that Agnes must have been a very difficult character to write. This woman is condemned to death but doesn’t know when, and while waiting she must continue to live and work to earn her keep. Her full story comes out in pieces either through conversations with other characters, or from her own inner musings. Agnes’s story is, as much as possible, based on the actual facts of her life and what a horrific one it was. I would not expect life in Iceland in the 1800’s to be in any way easy, but this woman, even as a child, was never offered even the smallest of comforts. I think the story does an excellent job of spotlighting the social issues of the time, some of which are still relevant today. There are also some interesting musings on what it means for a society to invoke capital punishment. This is a thought provoking and fascinating look at a life that never really had a chance. If your looking for something a little different, I would definitely recommend this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-star-rating  4 stars!!

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

 

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4/6/2019 at Alinefromabook

I can’t believe it’s already the 6th day of April. I’m really not sure what happened to the first 5 but here we are. North Dakota is in the midst of the Spring Melt which means that we are currently on flood watch. The Red River of the North is within walking distance of my house so there is some cause for concern but according to the latest predictions our house is not in danger this year. Nevertheless, my flood insurance is fully paid up.

I’ve been thinking recently that my writing doesn’t really communicate all that I want to say and I want to do something about that. One of the bloggers I follow is the writer Sammi Cox and every weekend she publishes a Weekend Writing Prompt. So I think I’m going to start taking her up on this challenge. This week’s prompt is Silence and I might actually have some thoughts on that topic. I’ll post whatever I come up with here and you guys can let me know what you think. Any tips for improvement would be appreciated.

I think it’s been a while since I did a numbers update so I thought I would do that now. My TBR is currently at 197. I started the year with 194. I could have sworn I wasn’t acquiring very many books. According to Goodreads, I’ve read 21 books already this year but I must confess that most of that reading has actually been listening. I am pleased with the status of my Goodreads challenge though. My best reading discovery this year has been the Audible Daily Deal. I’ve had the chance to try out new authors authors and genres without laying out a lot of cash. I’m also pleased that my NetGalley rating has reached 87%.

Coming up this week I will be posting reviews of “The Forbidden Door” by Dean KoontzThe Forbidden Door and “Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent.Burial Rites  I am currently listening to “The Waiting Room” by Emily BleekerThe Waiting Room and I am reading “A Murderous Malady” by Christine Trent. A Murderous Malady

So that’s where things are at here. I hope you all are having a great weekend and I will talk to you again soon.

Happy Reading!

“The Energy Codes” by Sue Morter

“The Energy Codes” by Sue Morter

The 7-Step System to Awaken Your Spirit, Heal Your Body, and Live Your Best Life

Blurb: Eighteen years ago, health pioneer and practitioner Dr. Sue Morter had a remarkable and profound awakening. While meditating, she spontaneously accessed an energy field—a level of consciousness—beyond anything she had ever imagined. This dramatic experience changed her life, freeing her from years of struggle and pain.

It also set Dr. Morter on a mission to discover how to create such radical transformation for her patients. Through years of advanced study and research in energy healing and medicine, she developed the Energy Codes, a life-changing program that has now enabled thousands of people all over the world to overcome pain, disease, fatigue, anxiety, and depression, and to awaken their innate creativity, intuition, and inner power.

Bridging ancient healing practices with cutting-edge science, The Energy Codes offers a detailed road map to help you experience deep healing in your life. Grounded in practical, accessible exercises, including yoga, breathwork, meditations, and Dr. Morter’s proprietary B.E.S.T. protocol, The Energy Codes will help you activate untapped energy and neurocircuitry in your body, empower your hidden potential, and become one with your true, essential self.

My thoughts: I’m not quite sure how to start with this one. This book doesn’t fit neatly into a category. It’s not exactly a spiritual book, but I think it requires a certain level of belief in the premise if you plan to use the steps outlined within. I did find this book fascinating though. Though most Christians would probably label this book “New Age” there are, in my opinion, some similarities between the Christian concept of the Holy Spirit and this author’s description of an energy outside of ourselves that we can tap into to improve our lives. One of the things I liked about this book is that it’s written and presented in a very orderly yest easy to read manner. Her descriptions of the steps have enough detail to be replicated while also being concise. There are many stories of people who have used this methodology and seen great improvements in their lives. Will I be trying the methods for myself. Not sure but reading this book has definitely given me food for thought.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!!

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

 

3/23/19 at Alinefromabook

3/23/19 at Alinefromabook

It’s a beautiful, sunny day in North Dakota. Yesterday the temperature got up to 50 degrees and there are slushy puddles everywhere as the snow is melting off. But we have been able to open the windows as couple of times for short periods, so the air in the house is fresher.

My company had it’s annual meeting this past week. A first for me, but spending a day and a half in a large crowd of people is not my preferred way to spend my time. I also got my annual eye exam this week and was quite pleased to learn that my eyes are in excellent shape with no sign of old age maladies and I don’t need to buy new glasses because my prescription hasn’t changed since last year. So, bottom line, I’m approved for another year of reading! Sidenote: when I bought new glasses last year I had them add the blue light filter since I knew I would be spending hours in front of a computer every day. I think it’s made a huge difference so if you’ve been thinking about it I’d say go for it.

This past week I was able to listen to the audiobook of “A Song of Shadows” by John Connolly. I hope to have my review up the next couple of days. Yesterday, I started listening to the next book “A Time of Torment“. I previously read this one and my review of it can be found here. I’m also reading “The Fordbidden Door” by Dean Koontz. Crossing my fingers that I have time to finish it this weekend. The next installment in the series, “The Night Window” is coming out in May. I received a review copy from NetGalley and can’t wait to get into it. I also have reviews coming of “Strange the Dreamer” by Laini Taylor, and “The Energy Codes” by Sue Morter.

So that’s what’s been happening here. Looking forward to a quieter week coming up so I can get caught up. Hope everybody is having a great weekend and reading lots of books.

Happy Reading!

3/12/19 at Alinefromabook

3/12/19 at Alinefromabook

Well guys, I just couldn’t resist a weather update because we got above freezing today!!! First time in two months! I left the office at lunch, the sun was shining, I even took my coat off for a few minutes just so I could feel the air on my arms. Of course there is a small downside in that when the outside temperature increases the inside heating systems don’t quite know when to stop and my office felt very overheated by 5pm.

In book news today, I have finally started “A Song of Shadows” by John Connolly on audiobook. This is the 13th book in the Charlie Parker series. There are currently 16 books in this series available in the U.S, with #17 coming in October, so I might just get caught up before the release. Jeff Harding is the narrator again in this one and I am really enjoying his narration. Unfortunately, one of the buds on my wireless headphones died today so I’m missing out on half the experience. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

I was so proud of myself yesterday because I got my review of “The Liar’s Child” out BEFORE the actual release date. Which was today, so not too big a pat on the back, but I am trying to get better. This accomplishment did not however boost my NetGalley score. So since my husband and I have recently discovered “Silent Witness” on Britbox, I’m going to watch an episode before I go to bed and do it all again tomorrow.

Happy Reading!

3/9/19 at Alinefromabook

I’ve just finished lunch and according to my To Do List for today I should be writing book reviews. But I also have a sinus infection with the attendant headache which is making it very hard to focus. So, I thought I would just ramble a little bit. I’ve got 3 audiobooks ready to be reviewed and I’m hoping to finish an e-book this weekend. Question for you all, I’ve been listening to quite a few of the Audible Originals recently. Are you guys interested in them? Would you like to see reviews? Let me know in the comments.

It’s snowing here…again…and the handle crank on the snowblower has somehow gotten out of alignment so I have to take a look at that this afternoon before my husband needs to use it again to clean the driveway. On the upside, the temperatures are supposed to actually get above freezing by the end of the week.

Reviews coming soon:

Brain on FireTwo Kinds of Truth

Strange the DreamerThe Liar's Child

What I’m reading next: “The Suffering of Women Who Didn’t Fit” by David J. Vaughan, “The Energy Codes” by Sue Morter, and “A Song of Shadows” by John Connolly.

My TBR currently stands at 196 and I am, miraculously, on track with my Goodreads challenge. So, I guess I’ll leave it at that. Not sure there was really any point to this post but I guess not everything has to make a point.

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

3/3/19 At Alinefromabook

3/3/19 At Alinefromabook

So I’m sitting here this evening thinking that I have 4 reviews that need to be written and I haven’t posted anything all week. But I’m bored with my usual stuff so then I thought I’d try something a different. If you are interested than keep reading, if not you can click away now. Also feel free to leave a comment/question/suggestion while you are here.

Today, when I can find a minute, I’ve been reading “The Liar’s Child” by Carla Buckley. I’m about a third of the way through and the further I go the more intriguing and complicated the story gets. I haven’t read this author before so I’m very pleased to be enjoying it so much.

Mostly, I’ve just been alternately baking and relaxing after an exhausting week. My husband thinks he may e coming down with a cold so I’m also doing my best to avoid him lest he pass those little germies my way.

We are still in the negative temperatures here but the weatherman has promised we will see the 20’s by the end of this week, so something to look forward to.

Last night we watched the movie “What They HadWhat They Hadand it is an amazing story about a family whose mother has Alzheimer’s. I think it’s one the best such films I’ve ever seen but I completely fell apart at the end when I was hit by the realization that I was watching my mother’s not to distant future. I thought after watching my grandmother’s Alzheimer’s that I was prepared for it if it happened to my mother. But I’m really not sure that I am prepared at all.

I recently finished reading “A Murder UnmentionedA Murder Unmentionedby Sulari Gentill and it was wonderful. This book is the sixth installment in the Rowland Sinclair and I’m ever so curious now to go back and read the series from the beginning. I don’t often get a chance to read and Australian author and I am very impressed by Ms. Gentill. In this story, Rowly and his friends have returned to Australia from Europe. Rowly soon finds out that the gun that killed his father 13 years earlier has been discovered on the family property and he’s the police’s prime suspect. Rowly’s friends are determined to find the real killer and what unfolds is a complex conspiracy to bring down the Sinclair brothers and see Rowly in prison.

I was delighted by the characterizations of Rowly and his friends and family. From his aging mother to his young nephew they all have distinctive personalities and add color to the story. This story also has an airplane, the single-engine kind that my dad used to fly when I was a kid, which I found irresistable. In fact, it was the airplane on the cover that got me interested in the book in the first place. There are some wonderful descriptions of the landscape as seen from the air and some less than perfect landings. The family drama here is as intriguing as the mystery. Bottom line, while this is not a thriller, I really enjoyed everything about it and would highly recommend it. 5-star-rating

I guess that’s about all I have to say for now. I hope you all have a great week.

Happy Reading!

Thank you to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

“A History of Cadbury” by Diane Wordsworth

“A History of Cadbury” by Diane Wordsworth

Since February is the Valentine month, I thought a history of world famous chocolate maker Cadbury was appropriate. My first encounter with Cadbury was when the crème-filled eggs hit the U.S. market and I thought I had been transported to chocolate heaven. I had no idea the company had such a long history. Diane Wordsworth has written a very approachable narrative of the Cadbury family and the development of the company. I was very pleased to read about the employment reforms that the family introduced for their workers over the years. Cadbury’s, like many companies, faced setbacks during the World Wars and takeovers battles over the years but they continue to produce memorable chocolates. This is a great story and well-written.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-5-star-rating 4.5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

Links:  Amazon   |   Goodreads

First Aid Beauty – Face Cleanser

First Aid Beauty – Face Cleanser

Ahhh!!! The satisfying feeling of a clean face. If you love that feeling as much as I do than I recommend the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. I discovered this cleanser about a year ago and nothing else I’ve tried since has been able to beat it. FAB products are Allergy-Tested, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Oil-Free, Soy-Free, Suitable for Sensitive Skin, Vegan, and Nano-Free. It also claims to be suitable for all skin types and a solution for dryness and redness. I’m dealing with normal to dry skin that is aging and prone to redness. I use this as a cleanser and a makeup remover, secondary to using either a makeup wipe or micellar water.

So does it hold up to it’s claims? I say yes. First of all, I love the whipped texture which does become creamy was you start to work it with your fingers. It rinses off easily and does not leave a residue but does leave my skin feeling refreshed and moisturized. My skin also feels ready to take on whatever serums, lotions or moisturizers are coming next. This product has a light scent that is not overpowering and fades quickly. I was a bit skeptical about the redness claim but I have to admit that when I am using this product consistently I have less redness and my skin just seems to be clearer (less muddy looking) overall. So, I think this product does exactly what it claims to do, and does it in a healthy way. I for one am hooked.

Alinefromabook’s rating:   5 stars!!

Have a beautiful day!

“The Crochet Stitch Handbook” by Betty Barnden

“The Crochet Stitch Handbook” by Betty Barnden

Ok, crafty people, pay attention! If you want, or need, to up your crochet game, then check out this book. There are stitch patterns in here that I’ve never even dreamt of. I haven’t been crocheting much in the last couple of years but I found all kinds of inspiration packed into this one. The book is organized with an opening section on the basics, as you would expect. I found the stitch illustrations were very well done and easy to see the required movements of hook and yarn. The rest of the book is divided into section by stitch type, such as, Textured Stitches, Openwork and Lace Stitches, and Clusters, Puffs and Bobbles. There’s also an entire section on Trims and Edgings, which I’ve rarely seen, and one devoted to making shapes of all kinds. Every pattern has written instructions, a color picture of a swatch, and a graph of the stitch. I was especially intrigued by the graphs because I’ve never been comfortable using them and practicing stich patterns seems like a great way to learn how to read them properly. Overall, I found this book to be well organized, well written, and packed with useful information. I highly recommend it.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

Happy Crocheting!

Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads