Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"Chicken Soup for the Romantic Soul"

Everyone has their own idea of romance-a candlelight dinner, a stroll on the beach or a sprinkling of rose petals on a bed. Now, Chicken Soup for the Romantic Soul brings brand new inspiration to expressions of romance. 
This heart-stirring collection is the perfect token of affection for a new paramour, anniversary gift for a beloved spouse or shower gift for an excited bride-to-be. With stories from celebrities and ordinary people who share extraordinary emotions, this fantastic new volume covers the full spectrum of romantic magic, including the unmatched beauty of an old relationship that has been rediscovered and renewed.

Chicken Soul for the Romantic Soul includes chapters on: Finding True Love, Marriage, Memories, The Flame That Still Burns, Mending the Heart and more.

This is a book for everyone who believes that romance is not simply for special occasions.

I found this book at a yard sale  today for 25 cents, so of course I just had to have it. I love reading these Chicken Soup....books. They are filled with short stories, so if you don't have a lot of time to spent reading some days they fit the bill, you can still read a story or two and continue on your way for the day. However, if you have a day you just are not into  the mood for deep reading you can spent the day reading and relaxing and have a smile on your face all day long...Therefore, this week I will be stewing in Chicken Soup for the Romantic Soul...And who doesn't love a good Chicken Soup stewing all day long?

"Great Poems"

Great Poems offers a wide selection of favorite poems to suit everyone. In this lavishly illustrated book there are over 300 poems to be found in sections such as Love, Children's Poems, Wit and Humor, Food and Drink and Animals. 

Some great poets are represented here, like William Shakespeare and John Donne, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti and John Keats. 

Each poem has an information box with biographical details about the poet providing historical and literary context. I especially liked this feature, because I really didn't know much about these poets, so it enlightened me about their life, health, etc. Example: Elizabeth Barrett Browning picked up what education she could from her brother's tutor and became an accomplished scholar. She spent much of her life as an invalid, writing poetry for amusement. Poems (1844) was so successful that many suggested she should follow Wordsworth as Poet Laureate. Forbidden by her father to marry, in 1845 Elizabeth secretly corresponded with Robert Browning and eloped with him to Italy in 1846, where she lived happily until her death 15 years later. 

This is the first time I have read a book of poetry from cover to cover, and even though I didn't understand some of them, I read them anyway, I'm sure the people who read them 200-300 years ago understood them. However, many of them I found quite enjoyable, even though it was the first time I read them they were new to me, even like I said, they were 200-300 years old. 

I bought this book of poems 5 or 6 years ago while meandering through Barnes and Nobles. Most of the time I  would only page through it and read a poem here and there, this month I decided since April 2017 is National Poetry Month I would read it from cover to cover. I am so glad I did, I found it a delight to read....

Saturday, April 22, 2017

"National Poetry Month" April 2017

Since April 2017 is National Poetry Month I thought I would honor it by posting a poem I wrote in 2010 entitled "Reading".  I also have a poetry blog where I post my own poetry. It can be found here at "Shadows of My Mind"

photo by tony poem by gigi ann

"Reading" is my 'Pastime & Entertainment.'

Reading can be Risque and fun
or Raffishly boring.
It can also be Really educational
Recreational, even Refreshing.
Reading may Regale us with it's stories.
Reading is whatever we decide to make it.
Reading can Redeploy us back in time
or into the future.
Reading is a wonderful way to 
Reach the little corners of our minds
and make inroads into our ever
expanding trek down the Road to Knowledge. 
Happy Reading Everyone!
Gigi Ann

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Loss of the S.S. Titantic is Lawrence Beesley’s compelling first-person account of the tragic sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic on its maiden voyage in April 1912. Published amid the continued media frenzy a scant nine weeks following the tragedy, The Loss of the S.S. Titanic draws on Beesley’s experience as a second-class passenger and survivor, and, because of its rich detail and unique perspective, continues to be considered to be one of the most authoritative books about the disaster.

The sinking of the Titanic in the frigid waters of the north Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912, is arguably the most famous maritime disaster of modern history, and one that continues to capture popular imagination a century later.

First published in 1912, just two short months after the sinking of the TITANIC, this hauntingly immediate account opens with Lawrence Beesley's story of arriving onshore and soon after walking through the doors of Messrs. Houghton and Mifflin to tell his tale.

 THE LOSS OF THE S.S. TITANIC represents Beesley's attempt not just to record the events of the sinking but to set the record straight. In so doing, he captures both the majesty and the tragedy of this legendary voyage -- the view from the lifeboat as well as that from the deck. Full of wonderful nautical detail and written with a hair-raising clarity, THE LOSS OF THE S.S. TITANIC is an altogether spellbinding tale of that fateful night -- one you won't soon forget.

My Thoughts....

There's really not much I can add to this review. It was a survivors account of things as he remembered them about 9 weeks after the accident. I found it an interesting read from his viewpoint. He kind of told us to try to put what we now know about the accident and look at it from the people on the Titanic. They remained very calm, there was no hysteria like the newspapers were reporting. Most just thought it would be over in the morning and all would be safe. It wasn't until the end that they finally realized it was really sinking. He explained why some of the lifeboats weren't full. It seems they were the first boats left down and most still thought the ship wouldn't sink, so chose not to get in the lifeboats until later. So many things from his point of view was so different from what was reported. 

This book is part of my Kindle library.

Monday, April 17, 2017

"Not Cats Allowed"

In the latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series, librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat Diesel must clear a friend when the evidence is stacked against her…
Springtime in Mississippi is abloom with beauty, but the library’s employees are too busy worrying to stop and smell the flowers. The new library director, Oscar Reilly, is a brash, unfriendly Yankee who’s on a mission to cut costs—and his first targets are the archive and the rare book collection.
As annoying as a long-overdue book, Reilly quickly raises the hackles of everyone on staff, including Charlie’s fiery friend Melba—whom Reilly wants to replace with someone younger. But his biggest offense is declaring all four-legged creatures banned from the stacks. 
With enemies aplenty, the suspect list is long when Reilly's body is discovered in the library. But things take a turn for the worse when a threatening e-mail throws suspicion on Melba.
Charlie is convinced that his friend is no murderer, especially when he catches sight of a menacing stranger lurking around the library. Now he and Diesel will have to read between the lines, before Melba is shelved under “G” for guilty…

My Thoughts...

This is about the fourth or fifth book I've read in this series, but for some reason this one didn't draw me in like the other books did. I found it very slow going, I more or less made myself finish it since I had bought the book at Amazon. As cozy mysteries go I guess it was an okay read, but so much could have been omitted from the book, such as all the petting of Diesel, the cat. Or his running to the litter box, bumping someones leg to be petted, or calmed down, etc. Once or twice would have been enough, not every few pages...rant over!

I own this book and it is part of my personal library. Three***cat paw stars are all I could scratch up for this one...