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Monday, February 8, 2016

Fever by Mary Beth Keane

On the eve of the twentieth century, Mary Mallon emigrated from Ireland at age fifteen to make her way in New York City. Brave, headstrong, and dreaming of being a cook, she fought to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic-service ladder. Canny and enterprising, she worked her way to the kitchen, and discovered in herself the true talent of a chef. Sought after by New York aristocracy, and with an independence rare for a woman of the time, she seemed to have achieved the life she’d aimed for when she arrived in Castle Garden. Then one determined “medical engineer” noticed that she left a trail of disease wherever she cooked, and identified her as an “asymptomatic carrier” of Typhoid Fever. With this seemingly preposterous theory, he made Mallon a hunted woman.

The Department of Health sent Mallon to North Brother Island, where she was kept in isolation from 1907 to 1910, then released under the condition that she never work as a cook again. Yet for Mary—proud of her former status and passionate about cooking—the alternatives were abhorrent. She defied the edict.
 This was a mixed bag for me. I really found myself deeply invested in Mary and what she went through, but once it got to the parts about her romantic relationship with Alfred, I felt rather meh. To me the most interesting bits were when we saw her trying to come to terms with her condition. She was one of the first people known as a "healthy carrier" of a disease like Typhoid. Not much was known about such people back then and so medical professionals didn't quite know how to handle her case.

That was what I wanted to read about! I do understand why her relationship with Alfred was included, I just didn't think that bit was all that interesting. Yes it gave her the motivation to do some of the things she did, but yeah..not what got me reading faster. Whenever the scene switched to Alfred and Mary I found myself tempted to skip pages and felt my eyes gloss over a little. Never a good sign! However, when she was looking back on all the families she cooked for, when she was isolated on the island, and during her trials I was mesmorized!

I did give this book a 4 stars, because there were many many times when I couldn't put it down, but it would have had 5 stars if the Alfred bits were shorter.

Overall, Fever is an interesting look at a very famous medical case that opened the eyes of the medical world. Mary Mallon is a curious case and this book did, for the most part, her story justice!

Monday, February 1, 2016

This Week on the "I'm so friggen busy at work I can barely stay awake when I get home..." Show

all day err day

So many things have happened at work in the last week or two, that have made my job a bajillionity times more stressful! I completed my key-holder training, so now I can open and close the place solo. There were 3 of us working in our center, but the 3rd person decided that they'd rather steal from customers than wait for payday and got fired (rightfully so!) so now there are two. This dumbasses actions caused our center to have tons of company big-wigs come by and check us out. Loss prevention and whatnot, totally understandable but still super duper stressful. Our company is super strict on overtime, so I've been working solo quite often lately. 

Anyhoo, when I get home I'm so exhausted I have little motivation to do anything at all. :( Which sucks on reading time and other nerdy things I like doing to unwind. I'm behind on reading and my tv shows! Waaaah!!

So I'm gonna be a bit realistic with my reading things this week. I'm going to be finishing up Fever by Mary Beth Keane.

That's it. Any other reading will be frosting on my stressed out cake. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

***RELEASE DAY*** Levi By Lola White

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The Garguiem—fighting evil and corruption through faith, duty and love.

He’s part of an ancient order that’s been fighting corruption within the Catholic Church since the Middle Ages. She’s two months away from taking permanent vows to become a nun.

When Levi is sent to Waterview to investigate the possibility of demonic influences among the diocesan clergy, he meets Marcella, and immediately recognizes her as his other half, his gift from God.

He just has to convince her that love is worth leaving the nunnery for.

But as Levi starts leading Marcella down the path of temptation, her faith is tested in ways she never expected, and the one responsible for bringing evil to Waterview sees his chance to exploit her weakness.

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Delve into the emotions, dive into the erotic.

 An extensive traveler who loves to incorporate various legends from around the world into her tales, Lola White likes to twist reality at its edges in her stories. She likes delving into the emotions of her characters, finding their strengths and weaknesses, and seeing (and showing) how they get themselves out of whatever trouble has found them—if they can.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

#WintersRespite #Readathon End of The Thon

It's Day 2!!! I'm already pleased with my progress. I've finished one book and have made a dent in another one! Gooo Me!

UPDATE: I had a crazy long, crazy stressful, crazy tiring day at work yesterday...I didn't get much reading in and that SUCKED so hard! I'm combining days 2 and 3 into this post. 

Book 2:

Start Page: 85
End Page: 
Total Stats
Books finished-1
Pages Read:  295

I finished one book, but I technically failed because I didn't read much after Weds. We had quite a rough week at work. A co-worker got fired. I am having to hurry up and finish my training so I can actually work the place by myself, etc. It's been very stressful, but I am happy I finished a book! Woo hoo, right? 

Monday, January 18, 2016

#WintersRespite Day 1 Read-a-thon!

I didn't finish Snow Like Ashes yesterday like I had hoped, soo it goes into this week's stack! I will keep updating this as the day and my reading progresses!

Day 1 Updates 
Book: Snow  Like Ashes 

Start Page: 206
End Page: 416
Notes As I Read:
So this book has the usual tropes in it. A girl that fights her destiny, she loves a boy she isn't supposed to love, she wants to prove who she really is, she gets a mission, she gets a shiny new dress, a NEW boy falls in love with her, and her first love gets all territorial. Fight ensues, drama drama and more drama. I should hate it. It's not all that original, but so far I like it. Is it spectacular? Nope, but I'm finding myself highly entertained, which is all I ask for in a book.

Book 2:
Start Page: 1
End Page:  85

Total Stats So Far:
Books finished-1
Pages Read:  295

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Winter's Respite Read-a-thon Begins Tomorrow Morning!! #WintersRespite

So it's been a hot minute since I've done a read-a-thon, and well now I figured this was the best time to do it! I have Monday off and this is my "weekend" off from work! I have an early day on Friday and don't have to work at ALL during the weekend! WOOT!

I started off the year pretty strong and have read 2 books towards my year goal of 50! But then I've kind of slowed down...had a strong bout of book ADD, so hopefully this will help get my momentum up?! I hope so!

This list is subject to change, but for now I'm sticking with this.

let's party!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Station Eleven

What's it about?

Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.

Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.

What I Thought? 

This book is a very unique take on the dystopian trend. I loved Kirsten and her journey through this world. She doesn't come across as a super bad-ass, but she's no wilting flower in the corner either! She reacts realistically to the world around her and wonders at times what the point of living in a world that's pretty much dead. The only thing keeping her going is The Symphony and her memories of a time lost forever.

I loved the intermingling of the past and the present. Every other chapter is a jump from the future to the past, explaining the way the present came to be and what humanity looked like then and now. I was fascinated by the parts that showed how some of the characters played out their last "normal" moments. What happened before and how it effects what happens now. That's a strong point in this book!

Kirsten carries a comic book with her that somehow (and wonderfully) connects her to a few characters that are beyond interesting and very well written. The way the plot flows in this book will definitely keep you reading at a feverish pace. I am very glad that this is my first finished book of 2016!

 Station Eleven is a solid, interesting, and engrossing book that I highly recommend!