Book review: ‘A Walk in the Woods’ by Bill Bryson

Originally posted on write meg!:

A Walk in the WoodsBill Bryson thinks he knows what to expect when he embarks on a journey to hike the Appalachian Trail — some 2,000 miles, stretching from Georgia to Maine. He knows about the wildlife, the heat, the inevitable exhaustion. He’s aware of the dangers posed by being alone in isolated areas, as well as the potential medical risks. But he’s also in need of something . . . reflection, reconnection, fresh challenges. And in the company of Katz, an old friend, Bryson sets off on a life-changing adventure.

First published in 1998, Billy Bryson’s seminal A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail is a book I’ve had on my radar for ages — but one I wasn’t eager to pick up. Surprisingly, I had once convinced myself I wasn’t “into” non-fiction, preferring Jane Austen or Emily Giffin to someone like Bryson, but that started to evolve years…

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Akhenaten – Nicholas Reeves

Originally posted on The Wessex Literary Review:

60758d2a7f1db5b5024b694436ed3670Akhenaten, a name that stands alone in Egypt’s ancient past, isolated from history, enigmatic, dark and misunderstood. Many pharoahs stand in splendour for their achievements, Rameses the Great, warrior king, Khufu, supposed builder of the most famous pyramids, Cleopatra, the young queen who sold her dying empire for love, but all of these stand tall and proud, names to invoke pride in human achievement. Akhenaten is remembered in a different way, almost in the way that Adolf Hitler or Genghis Khan is thought of today. But like the current apologist revival for Richard III in English history, is it time to re-evaluate this derided ancient kings image and look for a more balanced view of the man himself? This may be the book to do just that.

Akhenaten is not a name that many will be overly familiar with, unless you are well acquainted with ancient Egyptian history an even…

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Strange & Ever After by Susan Dennard Book Blitz + Giveaway!

Originally posted on Rose Shadow Ink:

IFB is hosting the promo tour for the third and final book in Susan Dennard’s steampunk, zombie trilogy. Continue below for a sample and a cool giveaway.
17902141Series: Something Strange & Deadly #3
Release date: July 22nd 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
Synopsis via Goodreads:
In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus…all before it’s too late.
He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also…

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The Forgotten Soldier – Guy Sajer

Originally posted on The Wessex Literary Review:

163263-MIt is a fact that history is written by the winners, and for this reason many events of the past take on the spin and propaganda that suits those doing the writing. You could say that history is rewritten by the winners. With this in mind it is easy to forget that in the case of wars, in this instance the Second World War, the actual battles are fought largely by normal, everyday people, with only a uniform to distinguish the two sides. Much is made these days of the politics of the Nazi regime and the horrors that it created, and it is right that these themes should be examined for the sake of prosperity, but it is also refreshing to come across an account of a normal, balanced soldier, doing his duty and just trying to survive, like the majority of the millions of combatants that were engulfed…

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The World Turned Upside Down – Christopher Hill

Originally posted on The Wessex Literary Review:

9780140137323We sometimes take it for granted that today’s society is the most progressive and reactionary that it has ever been. Protests, strikes, religious reform and the the move away from traditional ways are all taken for granted and seen as the result of a free society. There was a period in English history that was a time of radical moves against the establishment, a time when new ways of thinking were championed, a time of great change. Subtitled “Radical Ideas During The English Revolution” Hill examines the period of the English Civil War and the years immediately afterwards from the point of view of the changes in thought, normally a period that is studied for its action.
The World Turned Upside Down is a book that charts the changes in the society brought about by a radical underground movement. The English Civil War is often regarded as a clear cut…

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Originally posted on sophiebowns:

Maira, you coped so perfectly, what would you like to call this little man?
Our baby son has just been born, oh how proud of you I am!
I think Andrew is fitting Maira dear,  he is such a handsome child
He has my eyes and your lovely nose; he is both of us compiled.
It is time for you to sleep my love, for you have had an exhausting day
Just rest your head against the pillow, let your cares just melt away
Bonnie and I will wait up a while and ensure that Andrew is well
Don’t you worry about a thing now, for on the future you must dwell.

You seem less troubled that you did, it is lovely to see you smile
Father, I will sit with you now, let us stay together for a while
Gosh, just look at the difference between my pale, and your…

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Wake Up Sleepyhead

Originally posted on Regina Puckett:


Wake Up Sleepyhead

Regina Puckett

A beautiful morning glory extended its petals to the dew

An all too brief appearance before it shyly withdrew

You had to be there early to catch a glimpse of its beauty

A soldier of the morning only performing its brief duty

So wake up sleepyhead and run out into the morn

To catch a fleeting glimpse at the world God did adorn

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Great deals for the month of August!

Originally posted on Read me...:


I have a treat for you I’m sure you are going to love!

What happens when the man you love would rather let you go than admit he might just love you back?

Row of columns (Italy, Vatican)

Her Venice Affair, Book 1 of the Albury Affairs will be #FREE 1st- 5th August! The BWWM Erotica Romance will be free only on Amazon (sorry, there wasn’t much choice with their new policy.)

The series is complete so don’t miss this chance to get one of the books free and the others for $5.99 each.

You don’t want to miss these three siblings journey to true love. Riana Albury in Her Venice Affair, Reno Albury  in His Bahamas Affair and Ruiz Albury,  the brother they never knew they had in His Paris Affair!

 “One of the best interracial romance I’ve read in a long time!”Amazon Reader.

 But there is…

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Walking away

Originally posted on Jane Dougherty Writes:

The rain has stopped and between the clouds
The sun sends out a feeble tendril of warmth.
I stand beneath the drip drip drip of the broad-leaved mulberries
My feet in the damp grass among the snails.
You walk away down the shiny wet path
Your feet the first to tread it’s sleekness after the rain.
Grey clouds scud above your head
Shooting inland from the tossing sea
Throwing the last cold drops against your back.
I hold out my hands to catch something
Perhaps just the memories shooting away
Faster than the wind driving the clouds.
But all I catch are handfuls of raindrops
Or are they tears?

©Brocken Inaglory
©Brocken Inaglory

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