In Lady Boss, Book Three of Jackie Collins' Lucky Santangelo series, Lucky decides to buy the movie studio that her husband Lennie Golden is under conIn Lady Boss, Book Three of Jackie Collins' Lucky Santangelo series, Lucky decides to buy the movie studio that her husband Lennie Golden is under contract with. Lennie hasn't been happy with Panther Studio for ages, and he can't wait to get out. Lucky decides to help him by buying the studio from Abe Panther, an aging businessman who is sick of hearing his family squabble about who gets the studio upon his death. Lucky convinces him to sell to her by promising that she will make Panther Studios great again. Abe agrees to sell to her on one condition - he wants her to work at Panther Studios undercover for six weeks so they can find out exactly what Abe's employees and sneaky son-in-law have been up to.
Although she knows nothing about the movie business, Lucky agrees, knowing that when the studio becomes hers, she and Lennie can work together to restore it to its former glory.
In typical Jackie Collins style, Lady Boss is a fast paced and easy read. There's no putting it down once you've started it!
Gino Santangelo and his beautiful daughter Lucky are back in the second installment of the Lucky Santangelo series. Lucky is ambitious, talented, wildGino Santangelo and his beautiful daughter Lucky are back in the second installment of the Lucky Santangelo series. Lucky is ambitious, talented, wild, and notorious for getting what she wants on her own terms.
All of my favorite characters are back in Book Two. Olympia Stanislopolous and her father Dimitri are still as rich and spoiled as ever, Gino has fallen in love again, and Lucky finds Lennie, the man who is destined to be her future partner. You can always count on Jackie Collins for a great family saga that doesn't disappoint. A Jackie Collins novel is always a page turner!
How Not to Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness is a collection of 19 stories written during Joshua Samuel Brown's 10+ years on the roadHow Not to Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness is a collection of 19 stories written during Joshua Samuel Brown's 10+ years on the road as a travel guide writer.
Josh is an expert Lonely Planet writer, but I've felt his talents have been wasted there for years. (If you've read Vignettes of Taiwan or follow Snarky Tofu, you'll know why I've said that. If you haven't, read Snarky Tofu AFTER you've read How Not to Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness.
I was completely and utterly enthralled with Josh's book. It's packed full of funny travel stories, quirky observations, and amusing inner monologues. In typical JSB fashion, it's the type of book you can laugh out loud to, and it is just as absurd as I expected it to be. Some of these tales I remember Josh telling me about when he lived here in Taiwan, while others are new.
This isn't your average travel novel. JSB has an insatiable lust for travel and adventure, and he always manages to find a little bit of trouble to get into. He also has a gift for making the average, mundane experience into a story that is utterly unique and completely unforgettable.
The first book of Jackie Collins Lucky Santangelo series primarily focuses on Lucky's father, Gino Santangelo, and his rise to fame as a mob boss. GinThe first book of Jackie Collins Lucky Santangelo series primarily focuses on Lucky's father, Gino Santangelo, and his rise to fame as a mob boss. Gino is violent, hyper intelligent, and a manipulator that knows how to pull strings, but he is also a romantic and loves his family deeply, even if he has a strange way of showing it. People are drawn to Gino's magnetism, and he is essentially a good person that commands loyalty and respect. Despite the fact that he has done some pretty despicable things, it's hard not to like Gino.
In Chances, we also meet Gino's daughter, Lucky Santangelo, and her younger brother Dario. We also follow the story of Carrie, a beautiful young girl whose uncle forced her into a life of drugs and prostitution. Eventually we learn of the connection between Carrie and the Santangelo's, and it's just as wild of a connection as you'd expect from Jackie Collins.
If you're looking for a story that has a little of everything: glitz and glamor, organized crime, sex, drugs, love and deceit, friendship and family then don't look any further than Chances. ...more
The Infinite Sea is the second book in The Fifth Wave series. It has been on my 'must read' reading list since I finished The Fifth Wave earlier thisThe Infinite Sea is the second book in The Fifth Wave series. It has been on my 'must read' reading list since I finished The Fifth Wave earlier this year. The story picks up right where The Fifth Wave left off. It doesn't quite have the momentum that the first book has, but I think it would be tough to recreate that kind of excitement in a sequel!
The first 100 pages were a little confusing at first, but all the action scenes make up for that. The ending was solid and everything is perfectly set up for Book ThreeThere is a huge plot twist and things are not at all what they seem. We get a lot more information about secondary characters, like Poundcake. Plus I really liked that Yancey took us away from Evan and Cassie to focus on Ringer. Then he brings us right back to Evan and Cassie's story. It was completely unexpected, but so incredibly workable - I loved this new story development. ...more
Life Disrupted isn't really a guide to staying in control of your chronic illness, but it does provide a lot of insightful information from an award wLife Disrupted isn't really a guide to staying in control of your chronic illness, but it does provide a lot of insightful information from an award winning blogger and journalist that is chronically ill with a rare genetic respiratory disease. This is the second book I've read by Laurie Edwards, and it's like reading about my own personal struggles with chronic illness.
Edwards doesn't really provide information about how to manage your own health care, but she does write about how important it is about being an advocate for your own health. More than anything, it's good for me to know that I am not alone in everything that I feel/think about being chronically ill, and I sincerely hope that she continues writing about her journey in life.
I stumbled across the last copy of In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America while I was browsing through our localI stumbled across the last copy of In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America while I was browsing through our local book store. Interestingly enough, that day was one of the first days I was able to move around with some ease. I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, a type of spinal juvenile arthritis that affects every part in my body, and I had spent the last 78 days in an ongoing flare that left me bedridden and unable to walk or move around much.
I was having a good day that day. I managed 30 minutes of mobility before returning home to rest. I'm 40 years old, and I look young and healthy. You could never guess by looking at me that my body has rebelled against me. When I'm flaring I live in the body of an 80-year-old woman with incredible levels of fatigue and pain.
"My mystery illness...affects every single part of my life. I can't forget it or ignore it."
While visiting with my family this summer, I finally had to admit to myself that I am not going to get better, and that the only thing I can really truly rely on for the rest of my life is that it will be filled with pain and inflammation. It will never go away.
There is no cure for Ankylosing Spondylitis.
I bought the book and devoured it over the course of three days. Reading Edward's descriptions of what it was like growing up as a sick child with autoimmune was like reading about my own childhood. Reading about how she has to ration out her energy, how she can't work a full time regular job, and how her disease permeates into every aspect of her life was like reading about my own life. It was a relief to read that other people are going through this and are no closer along than I am in uncovering the mysteries of autoimmune disease. It was a relief to hear that she too had suffered from misdiagnoses, visits to doctors and specialists who told her it was all in her head, and that she also felt like people didn't really believe that she was sick.
"Many of us with chronic illnesses are not obviously disabled; to be recognized as disabled, we have to remind people frequently of our needs and limitations. The unpredictability of symptoms and their severity that sets chronic illness apart from certain physical disabilities can also make for 'unreliable activists', individuals who might be able to run workshops or attend policy meetings one day and be bedridden the very next."
Edwards also takes a close look at the history of chronic illness and how society views and treats individuals who suffer from chronic illness. Present-day health systems in countries around the world are not set up to help people with chronic illness, nor do they offer much in the way of support.
Millions of people around the world are suffering from autoimmune disease, and those numbers are only going to go up. Nearly 50% of the population is affected by chronic illness today, and it's estimated that 164 million Americans will be affected by chronic illness by 2025. Chronic illness is real. We're not sick because we've done this to ourselves through lifestyle choices, we aren't lazy or weak-willed, and we deserve support and help.
Scroll of Saqqara was slow at first. I was about 80 pages in and was thinking of putting it down, but then the storyline changed and it got to the poiScroll of Saqqara was slow at first. I was about 80 pages in and was thinking of putting it down, but then the storyline changed and it got to the point where I could barely put it down. Pauline Gedge never fails to deliver a great Egyptian tale.
This one is about an arrogant son of Ramses the Great called Khaemwaset. A great magician, physician, and tomb raider, Khaemwaset and his son Hori come across an ancient tomb on the Plain of Saqqara. Inside, they find a scroll that has been sewn to the hand of a corpse. Khaemwaset boldly cuts the scroll from the body and takes it home. That night, he reads some of the scroll out loud before realizing that the scroll contains a powerful spell that the god Thoth had laid as a trap. The spell is Khaemwaset's punishment for his desecration of sacred places, and it puts Khaemwaset and his entire family in extreme danger.
The 7th Detective finds D.D. in her seventh month of pregnancy. She accepts a job as a movie consultant on the set of a serial killer film, only to fiThe 7th Detective finds D.D. in her seventh month of pregnancy. She accepts a job as a movie consultant on the set of a serial killer film, only to find out that there is more happening on set than just a film. The former film consultant - a retired Boston cop - has been found beaten to death, and D.D. finds herself hot on the tail of a killer who has just murdered another cast mate.
The sixth installment of Lisa Gardner's Detective D.D. Warren series is about a woman named Charlie Grant. Charlie seems to attract violence no matterThe sixth installment of Lisa Gardner's Detective D.D. Warren series is about a woman named Charlie Grant. Charlie seems to attract violence no matter where she goes. Two of her childhood best friends have died each year on January 21st, and Charlie believes she's next. She asks D.D. for help, but Charlie isn't completely defenseless. An abusive and violent relationship with her mother has been the motivating factor that Charlie needs to survive. She has trained for the moment of her death, and she intends to put up a fight. Meanwhile, D.D. is trying to find out who is murdering pedophiles in Boston. Just two weeks back from maternity leave, D.D. is also adjusting to working with a new partner. All in all, a good tale, plus some lessons learned about keeping children safe while they're online.
PS>> I loved seeing JT and Tess come back into her story. I really enjoyed The Perfect Husband.