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Review: Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge

Mary's Monster by Lita Judge Published by Roaring Brook Press on January 2018 Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Graphic Novel Pages: 320 Source: Publisher Goodreads A young adult biography of Frankenstein's profound young author, Mary Shelley, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of its publication, told through free verse and 300+ full-bleed illustrations. Mary Shelley first began penning Frankenstein as part of a dare to write a ghost story, but the seeds of that story were planted long before that night. Mary, just nineteen years old at the time, had been living on her own for three years and had already lost a baby days after birth. She was deeply in love with famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a mad man who both enthralled and terrified her, and her relationship with him was rife with scandal and ridicule. But rather than let it crush her, Mary fueled her grief, pain, and passion into a book that the world has still not forgotten 200 years later. Dark, intense, and beautiful, this free-verse novel with over 300 pages of gorgeous black-and-white watercolor illustrations is a unique and unforgettable depiction of one of the greatest authors of all time. Judge’s graphic fictional account of the young and mysterious Mary Shelley is a dark and twisty tale that most reader’s won’t believe is true. It begins when Mary is a young, impressionable and eager...

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5 New Year Lifestyle Changes I’m looking forward to doing in 2018

New Years Resolutions are here! Sadly, I’m not successful usually. I always make them and always forget about them by the time March rolls around. But this year I’m hoping it’s more of a lifestyle change, something a little more lasting. Here are some of the lifestyle changes I wish to make in 2018.           1.Eat, Eat, Eat. Or not. Nothing says lose weight more than a good swift kick in the ass from your cardiologist. Let’s throw spin classes and yoga into this category too because it’s all the same topic. Be more aware of my physical body and lose some weight. I’ve already lost 10 pounds. Here’s to another 30.     2. Shop the book/yarn/audiobook stash!  I’ve acquired more books and yarn this year than I wanted to. This year I’m focusing on my review books (mostly digital) and physical books I already own. In fact, I’m so serious about it that there will be a lot of posts about my journey on this road next year. For accountability. 3. No shopping! (kinda) Look, I love to shop. I’ll admit that sometimes, at 4am, I find myself on Amazon. And then come 7am, I don’t remember what I bought or even why. Anyway, in 2018, I’m really into saving money and stopping unnecessary spending. Yes, you heard that right. Not only am...

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2018 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge!

Hosted by Novel Knight. I’m in people! Did you see my To Read pile people??? Let me show you again for extra measure.     Yes, that’s it. That doesn’t include the ones that are signed on my bookshelf or digital books. I have a wonderful problem. So yeah, I have a lot of books. Good thing I have all year to get through them! 😀 I am going to win this thing! and by win, I mean, hopefully get through 50 backlist books. That would be a win for me!   Wish ME LUCK!   2018...

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Review: Island of the Lost by Joan Druett

Island of the Lost by Joan Druett on 2007 Genres: Non-Fiction Pages: 284 Format: Audiobook Source: Bought Buy on Amazon Goodreads Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. Using the survivors' journals and historical records, award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings the extraordinary untold story of two shipwrecks on the same island at the same time to life, a story about...

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Review: Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital on September 2016 Genres: Non-Fiction Pages: 384 Format: Audiobook, ARC Source: Bought Goodreads From a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian comes a riveting history of New York's iconic public hospital that charts the turbulent rise of American medicine. Bellevue Hospital, on New York City's East Side, occupies a colorful and horrifying place in the public imagination: a den of mangled crime victims, vicious psychopaths, assorted derelicts, lunatics, and exotic-disease sufferers. In its two and a half centuries of service, there was hardly an epidemic or social catastrophe or groundbreaking...

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Kimberly Kimberly majored in Songwriting and currently works full time in the music industry. When she's not listening to music, knitting or writing, you can find her outside reading her favorite genres: Young Adult, Adult Fiction, Mystery, and Romance.


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