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Hostage: Book Review

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I almost forgot how much I love Mr. Wiesel’s writing until I saw this book on display at my local library. Night has always been one of my favorite books of all time so I figured his other books would be just as good. I was not disappointed, even though the novel started out slow. The novel takes place in 1975 Brooklyn.

While the main plot of Hostage is about being a hostage, it is so much more than that. It’s about inner mental strength, perseverance, and sticking to your beliefs even when you feel like you are in Hell. Throughout the entire novel, Shaltiel Feignberg focuses on the memories of his past to distract himself from the present situation. He goes through his major life events from childhood and on.

He, a storyteller, tells us of how chess saved him from WWII and Auschwitz  when he was a child. He speaks lovingly of his father. He tells us stories of his family, his adventures abroad, and his wife. He often wondered if his family was worried about him and if they were looking for him. Little to his knowledge, the U.S. and other countries published articles about his disappearance, abduction, and hostage situation.

You’re probably wondering who took him hostage and why.  You want to know if he lives or dies. Unfortunately, I am not going to give you that information. I will tell you that the book taught me something about myself that I never knew and that is one of the greatest gifts you can receive from literature.

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First Interview

Just thought I would share my first interview I had as a blogger. It was a great experience.

Please click here for the interview.

Thanks!

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Midterms

Alas!

I have not forsaken ye. College assignments and work have been getting in the way, ya see?

After this week is over it is Spring Break! I plan on reading for some of the break. Hopefully, I can finish reading A Casual Vacancy and My Bloody Life. Ironically, the first book mentioned has a Social Worker character, and the second book is a book I’m reading for a social work class. 

I’ve been looking to expand my writing portfolio by being either a guest writer or contributor on other blogs or websites. If interested, let me know by posting a comment here. 

Thank you!

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.  I’d like to thank everyone for viewing my blog despite the fact that I haven’t posted any new content recently. 2013 will be better! Thank you for such a wonderful 6 months!

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 98,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Work in progress

Just a quick post here, nothing special. The new school term is about to start, meaning I’ll be slowly reading  the books I actually want to read. Currently, I am on the last book of the Inheritance Cycle. The only reason didn’t do individual posts for each book like I did for 50 Shades, is because I started reading the series before I started this blog, and I honestly didn’t feel like back-tracking. I’ll just do a cumulative one post about all the books.

 

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I also downloaded the books onto my Kindle, as I now prefer to read books via .mobi file rather than .pdf, or any of the other files out there. I’ll do a post about my kindle as well.

I’ll post an actual post soon. Please feel free to leave comments about what books to read or review next. That would be awesome!

The next series of books that I plan on reading:

– Hunger Games Trilogy (no I haven’t seen the movie nor read the book. The book must ALWAYS come first)

– Dresden Files (Heard so many awesome things about this series)

– Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (OK! So I saw the movie first on this one … my bad!)

– Ann Rice’s Vampire novels (ohhh yeah … Lestat)

I could go on, but that’s already quite a bit of reading I would like to do.

This is my plan. Honest and true.

 

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Just got internet!

If you haven’t been without internet, let me tell you how it was:

 

IT SUCKED!

 

That’s right. I couldn’t Google things when I wanted, couldn’t do my homework in the comfort of my own apartment, nor could I fall asleep watching porn.

Just kidding … about the porn part at least …

I did what any normal person would do to occupy time: bought movies, watched roommates play video games, started crocheting again, read and re-read books, and adopted a hedgehog.

Okay, it was normal until the hedgehog part. I wanted a unique exotic pet. I was also considering a prairie dog, a chameleon, and a gecko. The little hedgie won my heart.

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Words cannot explain my excitement for interwebs.I had to do some major updates, not to mention changing passwords.

I’m currently in the middle of reading 50 Shades of Grey and The Vampire Lestat. I’m also working on crocheting a scarf, a blanket, and a dice bag (all will be on sale in my ETSY shop soon).

I’ll be doing general reviews, discuss my opinion about various news topic, and mostly post random things.

 

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