Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Blech...(To The Subject, Not The Books)

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Fire and Fury - 3.5 Stars

Unbelievable - 5 Stars

I am doing a joint-review because I really don't like giving this douchenozzle any more attention than he's already received for the last couple years. I also don't feel it necessary to do any kind of in-depth review. No one supporting him is going to change their mind because of anything I write, and I am not going to waste the time. Trumplethinskin sucks and I look forward to the day when he is out of office and we can start correcting the massive mistakes piling up daily under this "administration".

I read Fire and Fury because, of course. I went into it knowing that there would likely be very little new information. Because of the intensity of coverage due to the giant man-baby waddling around the White House and his various golf courses, we know everything. All the time.


I long for a simpler time when I went a few days without hearing President Obama's name and it was okay, because he was an adult doing his job and taking his responsibilities seriously as the president of the greatest nation on earth.

Anyway. There is nothing new or groundbreaking here. If you recognize the fact that Trumplethinskin is among the dumbest of the dumb and is surrounded by scum-sucking gutter rats, nothing in this book will surprise you. It's basically a summary of the shit we have been living through since he was "elected". We already knew that a lot of the people in the book are awful. I did enjoy, however, the constant reminders about how dumb Trumplethinskin's sons are, and that Ivanka is not much better. In fact, Ivanka and her husband are collectively referred to as Jarvanka. Bannon is there is in all his grizzled, disgusting glory, and it is all so stupidly ridiculous that THIS is what is currently operating our government.

So, because this book was such a bombardment of complete and utter grossness, it was necessary to follow it up with a look from the outside, of sorts.

Tur's book follows Trumplethinskin in the same chaotic way, but the chaos comes from life on the campaign trail as Tur alternates between those details and then episodes from Election Day. I can not imagine doing her job, and for covering him as long as she did. When a candidate running for office to lead the most powerful country on the planet, perhaps that candidate should not be implying that he admired(?) Putin for executing journalists. But this is true. He discussed it at a rally. Probably more than once.

I initially rated this book a four-star, but the more I reflected on it, I decided it deserved five. After all, Tur survived the constant movement as the campaign went city to city to city. I can barely stomach seeing this moron's face on the book cover, I don't know how she managed it for months on end.

Here are a few of my fave quotes from each book:

Fire and Fury
"There was a lack of coherent message because there was nobody to write a coherent message - just one more instance of disregarding political craft" (page 148).

"After months of defending Bannon against liberal media innuendo, Kushner had concluded that Bannon was an anti-Semite" (page 140). Um hellooooo....what took him so long????

"George W. Bush, on the dais, supplied what seemed likely to become the historic footnote to the Trump address: 'That's some weird shit' " (page 40). I hate to say it, but I have said it for a while now, pretty much from that event on January 20th - W is looking better and better in the review mirror as this clusterfuck of a presidency rolls on.

"He is the polar opposite of President Obama. Where Obama's rhetoric soars, Trump's rhetoric slithers. While Obama eats arugula, Trump scars Burger King. Where Obama is controlled and calculating, Trump is petulant and loud" (page 80). Yes, this, a thousand times.

Overall, you already know if you are going to read Fire and Fury. I would recommend Unbelievable if you are choosing between the two. Honestly, Fire and Fury needed a bit better editing, there were some typos and errors of that nature. And like I said, reliving it constantly is exhausting. Unbelievable is less exhausting, but no less frustrating. There were so many times his campaign should have been sunk.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Learn By Reading...

One of my most favorite quotes. Do you have any book-related quotes that you especially love, or certain lines from books that have stuck with you over time?

Friday, March 16, 2018

Stacking the Shelves 11

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature co-hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It is a chance to showcase all the goodies you've collected in the last week, whether they're bought on-line or in-store, an ARC or a final copy, borrowed from a friend or the library, physical or digital, you get the idea. If nothing else, this treat shows how much of an addiction I really have when it comes to acquiring my precious books.

Random House Gift
(via NetGalley)

Fave Library #1
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Fave Library #2
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What treasures did you haul this week?

Happy Reading!

More Missing Scotland Tonight...

Here I am getting all emotional again over a place I love dearly and can not wait to visit again.

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(photo taken by my mom in November, 2009)

So we might have stayed a smidge too long at Stirling and they closed the gates!

Below is one of my favorite photos I took on the whole trip. I am standing at the entrance to Stirling, and the stone bridge in the lower left corner is thought to be roughly where the bridge was where William Wallace and his men obliterated the English foot soldiers. The monument on the next hill is the William Wallace Monument, but unfortunately our tour didn't stop there.

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(photo taken by me in November, 2009)

Until we meet again, Stirling 😘

Pustules, Pestilence and Pain: Tudor Treatments and Ailments of Henry VIII


Rating: 4 Stars

An oft-heard lament today comes in the form of there being very little left to write about in regards to one of the most infamous dynasties to ever rule. Given the larger-than-life caricature Henry has become, it is easy to believe that there is nothing new to write. Here we are shown that is not quite true after all.

Many of Henry's health issues have been documented, though we do not usually get anything in-depth about the actual treatments. Instead they are typically looked at as an explanation for his behavior, particular in the later years of his life. Here the author sets out to explain said treatments and we are given a wonderful and terrifying glimpse into the world of Henry and his health.

The author does a fantastic job in going back to the primary sources - some from Henry VIII himself (who even came up with some of the treatments himself) and relays the information first as it was written then, and then goes on to explain it in modern terms. That was perhaps my favorite part of the book, to see that information side by side. He then goes on to explain in terms of what we know as effective medical treatment today and whether or not said treatments would have really worked. I was endlessly intrigued by the various treatments, though not surprised by the lead and mercury elements, as those have been documented before. The author also uses contemporary letters to explain some of the injuries, in addition to the medical recipes.

The only real complaint I have about the book is not even anything that could have been better - it is something I would need to take care of myself, and that involves the photos. The blurb talks about beautiful color photos (as do a couple other reviews), but sadly mine were black and white, as I was reading on my Kindle. Even then, the photos looked great so I can only imagine what they would like in full color. The author participates in reenactments as an apothecary, so he was able to show off many of the tools of the trade that would have been used in Henry's day. That background experience is always interesting and lends much credibility to the topic.

I really enjoyed the book - don't be put off by the title! The author looks at just a small handful of Henry's injuries, though there were more. I hope the author continues to study the topic and continues writing, as I found this short read to be informative and interesting. I would recommend it both to those who have a general interest in Tudor history, as well as those who feel like they have read everything there possibly is to read - you won't be disappointed with this one!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Happy Birthday RBG! (and book recommendations!)


Big surprise, I have a fave supreme court justice - none other than the amazing and awe-inspiring Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Today is her 85th birthday and I pray every night that she will live forever.

I first introduced my Mighty Girl to Ginsburg last year, with this book:


We both enjoyed the story and I will continue to teach Eleanor all I can about the remarkable women who have gone on to become justices of the Supreme Court.

I picked up this treasure when in St Louis (meeting Dan Jones, no big deal):


I enjoyed it, and have a few other titles I will be reading (hopefully) within the year about this most remarkable woman.

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Also, for Halloween in 2017, I even went as RBG. I could not convince Eleanor to be a gavel - nor could I convince her dad to go as Zombie Antonin Scalia. But no worries, I rocked my costume anyway, no?

Happy Reading!

First Line Friday: Civil Rights Edition

First Line Friday is brought to you by Hoarding Books. It's super easy to participate. Just grab the book nearest you and post the first line. Or, you can bend the rules a bit, as I often do, and post the first paragraph, the first line of a certain chapter, etc. I once even posted the LAST line of the introduction of a book because it was THAT good. Then head over to Hoarding Books to check out the others who have posted from the linky widget and see what lines they have selected.


"The Civil Rights Movement was one of the most dramatic periods of American history, marked by rapid and profound change."

I am already 35% into the book already (just got it from NetGalley this morning) and it is fantastic. Hearing these stories directly from the women who lived them is such a crucial part of our understanding. We need to treasure these witnesses to history and hear their truths, before they are gone.