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The blog of Rose Summers – A bright-eyed realist who shares her random musings in 500 words or less (most of the time) and/or videos.

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Review: Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

Quick review for a progressive read. It’s hard to describe my reactions to this novel, because, on one hand, this is quite apt to Melina Marchetta’s style of writing – strong characterizations, compelling family-centered stories, and emotional revelations on the topics she touches upon (particularly with respect to race, violence, prejudice, etc.) I enjoyed the journey this novel took me on for the most part, even as it handed down its revelations progressively rather than in one felt swoop like the magnitude of the crime(s) this book centers upon.

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Review: The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify
The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Quick review for a somewhat quick read. I’d probably give this read 2.5 stars overall. I read this over the course of a few days in audiobook form, and I’ll admit that I didn’t care for it despite having some practically useful ideas. I decided to read this for exploring methods of minimalist living and retention, since that seems to be a pervading topic when it comes to productivity and organization. The text itself has useful ideas if you haven’t read very many delcuttering/minimalism guides, but the narrative itself is cumbersome in its narration. Simple and key to remember ideas often get lost in explanations that go on much longer than necessary. I found it too superfluous in its communications. As the narrative went on, I honestly didn’t like many of the suggestions the book gives to approach a minimalist lifestyle (a.k.a. “Participate in sports that require less stuff.” Yes, this was an actual suggestion in this book among other methodologies.) It’s interesting that a key idea of this narrative communicated learning to control your stuff, not allowing your stuff to control you and what you want to do, but yet ideas like that give the opposite impression.

I would take this guide with a grain of salt, and it may be better just to use this for what is useful to the person reading it and to supplement other guides on organization and minimalist living. The figuring out what to keep sections were good, but its overarching useful mantras are taken over by redundancy and counter-intuitive suggestions.

Overall score: 2.5/5 stars.

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Review: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Quick review for a quick read. I first read “My Sister’s Keeper” many years ago, but I wanted to do a re-reading of it before I wrote a review. I think my opinion on the book is about the same as it was several years back. It’s one of those books that can either work for you or completely throw you by the wayside, though the moral question of the book is very gripping alongside the way Picoult’s prose gradually weaves you along the journey.

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Review: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir

Quick review for a quick read. My second read of 2017 and it got off to an action packed and surprising start. I honestly think “A Torch Against the Night” improves upon the former novel in so many ways, but it takes a bit of time to get to the heavy hitting revelations, which were well worth the wait. I thought that the novel would go in some very predictable, cliche places, but there were certain moments where it pulled the rug right from under me. It definitely played its strings well marching up to the conclusions it did.

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Review: Return to Paradise (Leaving Paradise #2) by Simone Elkeles

My first official read of 2017 (though technically speaking I started this last year). My overall impression is that this narrative had some good points and some very bad points (keywords: rampant cliches and overly drawn out drama), but overall left a neutral impression on me. I think once the story got back to the main plot conflicts, I found a path to follow through the novel to the very end. Plus the audiobook narration was very good on the parts of Elizabeth Cottie as Maggie, and Nicholas Mondetti as Caleb.

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