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
11/16/2010


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...

Monday, April 10, 2017

"If Not For You"

If not for her loving but controlling parents, Beth Prudhomme might never have taken charge of her life and moved from her native Chicago to Portland, Oregon, where she's reconnected with her spirited Aunt Sunshine and found a job as a high school music teacher. If not for her friend Nichole, Beth would never have met Sam Carney, although first impressions have left Beth with serious doubts. Sam is everything Beth is not and her parents worst nightmare: a tattooed auto mechanic who's rough around the edges. Reserved and smart as a whip, Beth isn't exactly Sam's usual beer-drinking, pool-playing type of woman, either. 

But if not for an awkward setup one evening, Beth might never have left early and been involved in a car crash. And if not for Sam who witnessed the terrifying ordeal, rushed to her aid, and stayed with her until help arrived Beth might have been all alone, or worse. Yet as events play out, Sam feels compelled to check on Beth almost daily at the hospital even bringing his guitar to play songs to lift her spirits. Soon their unlikely friendship evolves into an intense attraction that surprises them both. 

Before long, Beth's strong-willed mother, Ellie, blows into town spouting harsh opinions, especially about Sam, and reopening old wounds with Sunshine. When shocking secrets from Sam's past are revealed, Beth struggles to reconcile her feelings. But when Beth goes a step too far, she risks losing the man and the life she's come to love.


My Thoughts...

As always I like a good clean romantic story, and Debbie Macomber never disappoints. As a master storyteller Ms. Macomber introduces her intriguing characters. She is attuned to her readers and infuses her characters with compassion and frailties that make them even more real.

Debbie Macomber has a way with words that wind together into delightfully "feel good" stories, and this was a delightful story of family, friends and changes. This is a comfort read, and there are no big surprises.  If you are looking for something deeper – move right along, but if you sometimes have a bit of a sweet tooth when it comes to books, like me, you might want to consider this for a treat. Therefore, I am awarding this book 5*****cotton candy stars.

I own this book and it is a part of my personal library.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

"Titanic Love Stories"


On April 10, 1912, the new RMS Titanic set sail on her fateful voyage from Southampton to New York. Among those on board were 13 newly-wed couples – some simply enjoying the trip of a lifetime, others crossing to America with dreams of starting a new life together.

Titanic Love Stories tells the tales of these honeymooners. Featuring haunting portraits of all the sweethearts, these true stories of love, tragedy, heroism, and hope are more remarkable than any work of romantic fiction.


My Thoughts...

Each April I try to read something about the 'Titanic' since it is the anniversary of its ill-fated voyage. What a nice surprise when this year I found this Gill Paul  book about these true stories about 13 honeymoon couples, who boarded the Titanic to sail home to U.S. to start their new life together there.

Stories about the Titanic always fascinate me, 


I must say this was a different story about the Titanic then most I've read. I usually read a novel based on the Titanic and its passengers. Of course the chaos surrounding the wreck and sinking of the ship was quite frightening, and some of the survivors never recovered from that night of horror. Some committed suicide a few years later, and some of the survivors divorced later. A few went on to live happy and productive lives. Most of them didn't want to talk about that night. Once the interviews were over they went home and tried to get on with their lives and never talked about the disaster again. 


I wouldn't say I am a Titanic Buff, but anyone who is may enjoy this story, especially if they would like some light reading about the Titanic voyage of April 1912.


You may already know that the Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on the night of April 13, 1912 and sank just over two-and-a-half hours later on April 14, 1912. That was 105 years ago this year on April 14, 2017. 


This book is a part of my Kindle library.