Cataleya Bennet

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SQL: A Beginner's Guide, Third Edition
SQL: A Beginner's Guide, Third Edition
SQL: A Beginner's Guide, Third Edition by Andy Oppel and Robert Sheldon. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Hogwarts Classics (Harry Potter)
Hogwarts Classics (Harry Potter)
Hogwarts Classics (Harry Potter) by J.K. Rowling. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 330 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
NICHOLAS SPARKS READING LIST WITH SUMMARIES - UPDATED 2017: CHECKLIST INCLUDES ALL NICHOLAS SPARKS FICTION NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES INCLUDING THE CALHOUN FAMILY SERIES (Best Reading Order Book 48)
NICHOLAS SPARKS READING LIST WITH SUMMARIES - UPDATED 2017: CHECKLIST INCLUDES ALL NICHOLAS SPARKS FICTION NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES INCLUDING THE CALHOUN FAMILY SERIES (Best Reading Order Book 48)
NICHOLAS SPARKS READING LIST WITH SUMMARIES - UPDATED 2017: CHECKLIST INCLUDES ALL NICHOLAS SPARKS FICTION NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES INCLUDING THE CALHOUN FAMILY SERIES (Best Reading Order Book 48) by Avid Reader. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
A Cruel Madness
A Cruel Madness
A Cruel Madness by Colin Thubron. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Reckoning: A Novel
The Reckoning: A Novel
The Reckoning: A Novel by John Grisham. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 7786 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
BUM DEAL: Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers
BUM DEAL: Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers
BUM DEAL: Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers by PAUL LEVINE. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 98 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
A Time to Kill [Paperback]
A Time to Kill [Paperback]
A Time to Kill [Paperback] by JohnGrisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Teeth of the Tiger
The Teeth of the Tiger
The Teeth of the Tiger by Tom Clancy, Stephen Hoye, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1165 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Talisman: Black House
The Talisman: Black House
The Talisman: Black House by Stephen King. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java Web Services: Up and Running
Java Web Services: Up and Running
Java Web Services: Up and Running by Martin Kalin. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Internet of Things with Python
Internet of Things with Python
Internet of Things with Python by Gaston C. Hillar. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
SQL in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself
SQL in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself
SQL in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself by Ryan Stephens, Arie D. Jones, et al.. Rated 2.7 out of 5 stars, with 25 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
The Programmer's Guide to SQL
The Programmer's Guide to SQL
The Programmer's Guide to SQL by Cristian Darie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
eSCAPE: The 4 Stages of Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur
eSCAPE: The 4 Stages of Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur
I read Rich Dad Poor Dad books and that of course educated me a lot, but I think that after you read those books you still have to have a more detailed constrictive book that should guide you through all the obstacles of an entrepreneur, you need someone to push you through the hard times every entrepreneur goes through -not just you..- (and that's not gonna be your boss) so when no one holds you accountable you can hit the snooze button but your business will fail, Anik really goes through the steps of taking away the obstacles so you can succeed, just one example that helped me with a business idea from this book, to stop focusing on many ideas (even it feels more cool..) and only focus on one idea and master it, so that's what I did, and I'm deeply involved in putting up this one business, I would never hold this far if I would be busy with other ideas at the same time. it may sound simple but all those small distractions or things mentioned in this book delays your success and eventually make you failing. so I would definitely recommend this book if you have an urge to become an entrepreneur but don't seem to succeed as you would want to.
Playboy Princes: A Dark College Romance (Royals of Arbon Academy Book 2)
Playboy Princes: A Dark College Romance (Royals of Arbon Academy Book 2)
I was really looking forward to this book. I pre-ordered stayed up untill midnight to start it and the first chapter I was already pissed off. Rafe and Violet finally got to let lose on some of the sexual tension and it was all but ruined by Jordan randomly barging in and giving violet a kiss? I wouldn’t be mad at the MFM this book has taken if more of it was shown in the first book. The only flirty scene they had in the first book was Violet FAKE flirty with him to get Rafe’s attention. Now there’s this random love triangle that makes no sense? I can’t see Rafe sharing violet he was a mega alpha male in the first book and on top of that is the future leader of the most powerful kingdom.

I was so invested in Vi and Rafes relationship I wanted to see it develop and blossom into something more. It just didn’t. she didn’t want to cheat on cliche Alex in the first book now she’s banging 2 best friends and has zero qualms about it? I had to put the book down several times and eye roll between the scenes with Jordan and Vi. I can’t believe so many other readers are giving this 5 stars and don’t mind the triangle that makes no sense. I love a lot of books by these authors too, I wish I knew why they took this route? Not every one loves RH or ménage I wanted one good series that wasn’t like that, they get old!! And a disclaimer on the first book would have been nice.

That being said, I love Mattie and Vi the later was a little moody in this book but she had a lot going on. I would have much rather had some Sexy scenes with them then Jordan (just saying) even though I’m really upset about the love triangle I will read the last book but I will not be preordering it. There’s a lot more I could say but I’m going to leave it at that!
The Mission of a Lifetime: Lessons from the Men Who Went to the Moon
The Mission of a Lifetime: Lessons from the Men Who Went to the Moon
Growing up, as the author accurately describes, as the elementary school student watching the TV wheeled into our classroom, I joined America in holding its breath. My dad was an RCA engineer who saw it from the inside. I knew I was going to like this book,and I did. It is beautifully written.

I found myself absorbed in the insights, the personal snippets. While they are giants, heroes, they are human beings. They were not always heroic, often all too human. They have insights no one else has.

The author himself is sometimes all too human. He writes wonderfully. In the process of researching this book he obviously gained the trust and respect of his subjects. I couldn't help but wonder occasionally - was I reading the thoughts of these heroes, or of the author who dropped in a quote or to in support.

Be that as it may. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, one of dozens I've read about our space program. It is a wonderful story.
Elon Musk Young Readers Edition
Elon Musk Young Readers Edition
Do not get dismayed by the title "Young Readers' Edition". I did that at first and bought this book for my 12-year-old brother who recently started making friends with books (thanks to Narendra Modi's Exam Warriors). So I bought it for my brother, but I read the first chapter and I found myself hooked on to this book. The conclusion was me and my brother fighting like Spartans on who gets to read this.

Coming on to the book. It starts by telling you the story of a random boy from South Africa and how he ends up building billion-dollar empires. It's inspiring. Musk went through a lot of bullying and troubled time during his school, he read a lot of books and that's how he became what he is. The book perfectly summarises that. The story has been written in a very entertaining way. I actually like Ashlee's this book more than the original "Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping Our Future", specifically the way in which this book is written is appreciable.

Buy it if you seek inspiration from this guy. Lord Elon Musk of Mars will inspire you, your kids, your siblings, everyone who reads this. It can be a life-changer for some readers. You'll be amazed by his determination and ambition.
Elon Musk biography bio book
Elon Musk biography bio book
this is like a condensed and poorly written version of the full length bio "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future"
by Ashlee Vance (Author) which is a good biography don't waste your time on this version just read the biography by Ashlee Vance it is much better written and more in-depth
A GISHWHES book made lovingly for Jeff Bezos
A GISHWHES book made lovingly for Jeff Bezos
A GISHWHES book made lovingly for Jeff Bezos by Julaine Wilson. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
Trump's Unfinished Business: 10 Prophecies to Save America
Trump's Unfinished Business: 10 Prophecies to Save America
Pastor Steve Cioccolanti amazes me at his insight and broad knowledge he has across a large range of subjects and is always able to bring them in line with Scripture, God’s word & plan of redemption for mankind.
He is offering solutions, problem solving. Too many find fault but don’t offer any solution to the problem. We need to be problem solvers & not just be complainers. He has the courage to step out and offer possible solutions.

The 10 prophecies to save America, which as he mentions would work for any country because they are using a template from God’s word. After reading the first two chapters the other chapters can be read in any order. They stand alone.
I found it quite ingenious that after the first 2 chapters he counts down backwards beginning at the 10th commandment you shall not covet down to the 1st commandment you shall not have any other gods before Me.
I always learn something from PS Steve. On the 10th commandment you shall not covet I never thought about socialism being institutionalized covetousness. But that is what it is. It legalizes theft by government which breaks the 8th commandment you shall not steal. I received many more insights but too many to list here.
Anyway PS Steve breaks down root issues and possible ways to solve them.

Some of the solutions would be extremely hard to implement in this current divided culture, they will require God and a 3rd Great Awakening. But many could be implemented and on others begin the process.
This is awesome information for those in leadership roles; government, businesses, pastors, families. It’s time the Church rise up/awake.

Even the cover is very well thought out with President Trump facing right looking at 4 of the best presidents of the USA: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, & Ronald Reagan.

I noted the one negative 1 star review to date did have a positive admitting the book is well written. My perception about the book wasn’t an arrogance of proclaiming God’s word. It was more using the 10 commandments as a template to find root issues to the problems our world faces.
We each have our own perception and right to our opinions.

I plan to purchase more books to give out to leaders & people of influence.
Pina Colada Scented Oil by Good Essential (Premium Grade Fragrance Oil) - Perfect for Aromatherapy, Soaps, Candles, Slime, Lotions, and More!
Pina Colada Scented Oil by Good Essential (Premium Grade Fragrance Oil) - Perfect for Aromatherapy, Soaps, Candles, Slime, Lotions, and More!
I'm a Licensed Massage Therapist and I do a special session in the Wintertime with warm stones & chocolate aromatherapy... I call it "The Hot Chocolate Massage" & it's got quite a following of devoted recipients each year. Recently I realized that my usual chocolate scented essential oil was no longer available 😟 so I gave this one a try. It's priced right and is way better than the one I originally used. Fabulous when diffused & also added to my massage lubricant. My clients have loved it as well. I'll be stocking up asap! HIGHLY RECOMMEND 👍🏻
Shelter from the Storm
Shelter from the Storm
The wonderful thing about music and musical songs (lyric), to me, is that the listener can sometimes find personal meaning within the song (music/lyrics) or not. Which is great. Nevertheless, 'Shelter From The Storm' is a beautiful classic whenever I think of Bob Dylan - the piece took me into great places when I first heard the song and now it takes me back and then forward with a sense of what I know now is a multiple of what I learned back then.
THE IMITATION OF CHRIST (A contemplative classic of Christian mysticism for Christian devotional handbook for spiritual life) - Annotated Life without GOD
THE IMITATION OF CHRIST (A contemplative classic of Christian mysticism for Christian devotional handbook for spiritual life) - Annotated Life without GOD
In 1960 at St. Joseph's European Boys High School, Bangalore, India, one of my teachers, Fr. Saldhana ("Bulldog") required us to read parts of this book in Catechism class. In those days Christians and non-Christians at this Jesuit school had to take two compulsory subjects - Catechism and Moral Science - no exceptions on religious grounds etc. Even then as young rambunctious kids we liked this book because it was easy to read and simple enough that answering test questions on it was a breeze. Since then I have re-read this book many times and now decided to get this Benham translation for my Kindle.

Needless to say this book is a timeless classic by any standards. However, this translation by Fr. Benham is quite excellent in that it flows freely retaining the majesty, piety, scope, and grandeur of the material. A superb achievement. Also I wish to mention that just because you may be of another faith don't let that stop you from reading this extremely beautiful, enriching, and edifying book. Be you a Hindu, Muslim, Parsi, Jew, or Buddhist you are sure to find this book extremely rewarding. Why? Because the thoughts expressed here are universal, simple, and concern the very kernel of the "Why" question. A most rewarding book that you will most likely re-read many times in the years to come.
VIQIV Bling Bands for Compatible with Apple Watch Band 38mm 40mm 42mm 44mm iWatch Series 5/4/3/2/1, Luxury Diamond Bracelet Metal Wristband Strap for Women
VIQIV Bling Bands for Compatible with Apple Watch Band 38mm 40mm 42mm 44mm iWatch Series 5/4/3/2/1, Luxury Diamond Bracelet Metal Wristband Strap for Women
I am obsessed with this band! It is perfect if you’re looking for something a bit more dressy than the sport band the Apple Watch comes with. The only downside was having to remove links. There is a tool included to remove the links but it’s not the most effective. Watch a YouTube tutorial if you get stuck. I should also add the band looks even better in person than in pictures. If you’re on the fence, buy it. You’ll love it!
Marvel Studios' Thor (4K UHD)
Marvel Studios' Thor (4K UHD)
This film was a lot better than I thought it would be. I'm not into the super hero genre but it was listed in 4K UHD HDR so I thought I would watch as I had just purchased my first TV capable of this resolution and I wanted to see it for myself. It looked really good but I was disappointed in not seeing the HDR I have heard so much about.You can pull up the display to see the resolution so that is how you can confirm. I have since watched HDR films and video on YouTube and love it. Some of the video on YouTube is also listed as being in HDR but not all of it actually is. When you do see it, it is really quite spectacular.
Anyway, film is good, good cast, humor and sound but again, no HDR.
Enesco Dr. Seuss The Grinch by Jim Shore Sleigh Figurine, 9.13", Multicolor
Enesco Dr. Seuss The Grinch by Jim Shore Sleigh Figurine, 9.13", Multicolor
I've been wanting this one for a while, I keep walking past it in shops but couldn't justify buying it... then lockdown hit and I just thought screw it, I'm buying some Christmas happiness. It's one of my favourite Jim Shores, I collect all the Christmas pieces but this was my first Grinch one. It's very well made, I look forward to the usual yearly stress of wondering where I'm going to put them all. This one might take pride of place on top of the fish tank... hmmm, a nice conundrum during a weird year
Runtoo Dr Seuss Quotes Saying Wall Decals Kids Educational Wall Stickers Children Reading Room Baby Nursery Wall Décor
Runtoo Dr Seuss Quotes Saying Wall Decals Kids Educational Wall Stickers Children Reading Room Baby Nursery Wall Décor
I love these stickers. I was amazed at how easy they are to stick and remove - would be 5 start but one BIG gotcha that they should warn on directions --- if the sticker sticks to itself, its pretty much ruined. Had to order a second set because 'all you need is a book' words got stuck to itself after peeling off of the backing -- trying to un-stick it made it stretch and tear and become unusable. Even with this, i was very impressed with how well they work and the ability to remove and replace them elsewhere.
One Piece, Vol. 50 (50)
One Piece, Vol. 50 (50)
Luffy invited Brook onboard. I do not mean to sound like an insolent, but that’s too much. There are already too many characters introduced working at the world government. There are other pirates, too. Hope that the tory does not get too complicated.
Astro Boy Volume 22
Astro Boy Volume 22
Astro Boy is not a AMAZING comic for this century... in his original date of creations, was a new air, a revolution, but nowadays it is slow and boring for adults, even for many children. But it is still an interesting work of a manga master.
Taking the Titanic (BookShots)
Taking the Titanic (BookShots)
This is my second bookshot I have read, I remember the first one being decent but nothing amazing and I wasn’t sure if these little books were for me, however, I kept seeing this one and I always liked reading about the Titanic so after some deliberation I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did.

Bookshots are meant to be a quick read and this definitely was but it had all the action I would want packed into this small book. Who knows, maybe something like this did take place on the Titanic, it was told realistically and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page.

I know that there are many mixed reviews for this one but for me it was really enjoyable.
RediTape 10935 Travel, Camping, Photography and Emergencies | Pocket Size, 6-Pack, Black (3) and Silver (3)
RediTape 10935 Travel, Camping, Photography and Emergencies | Pocket Size, 6-Pack, Black (3) and Silver (3)
If anyone wants to know about duct tape, I recommend watching the Mythbusters special on its uses for survival, very entertaining.
This product is the perfect size for emergency use. The problem with rolls of tape is that they are awkward, they don't fit in a glove box, hard to fit into your pack, and no matter how hard you try, it just won't fit into that little drawer in the kitchen called the junk drawer. These are the perfect size, fits in the glove box for that leaky radiator hose, slides easily into your pack for that hole that magically appears in your tent, heck, it's even small enough to fit into your pocket.
Overall I rate this as a must have for everyone and every lifestyle.
The Timeless Writings of C S Lewis: The Pilgrim's Regress / Christian Reflections / God in the Dock (The Family Christian Library) (Illustrated)
The Timeless Writings of C S Lewis: The Pilgrim's Regress / Christian Reflections / God in the Dock (The Family Christian Library) (Illustrated)
This is a fine collection of some of C.S. Lewis' works which have not received the notoriety of others. That is not to say, however, that the works compiled in this volume are in any way less worthy of attention. From this collection the reader can come to appreciate a broader scope of Lewis' interests and motivations, ranging from theology to war and everything between. As such, this collection serves as a terrific frame of reference for Lewis enthusiasts.

This collection contains The Pilgrim's Regress, Christian Reflections, and God in the Dock. The Pilgrim's Regress certainly stands out as an unusual addition to a collection otherwise made up of essays, articles, and letters. Nonetheless, The Pilgrim's Regress does nothing to detract from the overall compilation as it provides the reader with an opportunity to look behind the curtain with regard to Lewis' own journey. It should be mentioned that both The Pilgrim's Regress and 
The Tale of Johnny Town-mouse (Peter Rabbit)
The Tale of Johnny Town-mouse (Peter Rabbit)
Potter takes on the common story of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. Sadly, while she maintains her artistic style and general writing quality, this story has been done over so many times that it winds up being a very boring tale for most readers. Very young readers/listeners may still get some enjoyment out of this, since they have yet to be exposed to the story, however. But, again, so many people have done this story that you might find a teacher or babysitter has already told a version to your child before you even had a chance to read this one.

Honestly, this is one of the few Potter stories I'd advise you skip. If not in reading, then certainly if you're making individual purchases. It's not BAD, but it's just not WORTH it.

While you can buy Potter stories individually, I have to advocate for getting a complete or near-complete collection of her stories. While Mr. Jeremy Fisher will entertain most children for one or two readings, it does not shine unless taken in with the rest of Potter's works. And make absolutely sure you get one a collection with the original illustrations of Beatrix Potter herself. Her genius was not just in text, but in her visual storytelling. The watercolor technique in general is quite difficult and unforgiving, but Potter seems to have practiced it with as much ease as if she's gone into a countryside with a modern camera. Crisp and lively, these pictures are true works of art.

Keep in mind, all of Beatrix Potter's works are in the public domain! You can find fairly cheap copies out there, since royalties don't need to be paid to anyone. Just double-check quality before putting your money down.
Alistair Maclean's Hostage Tower
Alistair Maclean's Hostage Tower
I had just finished this book's sequel, also by John Denis, "Air Force One is Down", so my expectations for "Hostage Tower" were at rock bottom. My expectations were not exceeded but spot on. Do not get me wrong. I am a MacLean fan, but that does not include being a fan of cheap MacLean imitations like this. John Denis has neither MacLean's talent for spicing up a story with mystery nor his wit. "Hostage Tower" is a pedestrian, trivial, predictable hostage drama where everything unfolds as you would expect a hostage drama to unfold. No mystery. No wit. No plot twists of interest. A plot full of holes, ranging from the utterly silly or the obviously impossible to plain contradictions. A B-movie was filmed in 1980, based on this book. It is the least interesting MacLean movie I have ever seen. Read: Boring from start to finish. The film's rating on the International Movie Database [...] is as low as 5.3/10, which is a scandal for a "MacLean" movie. At least the film makers have the valid excuse that the script was useless from the start, but then again, why bother making a film out of it in the first place?

This book should have been titled "How to make money for MacLean and his publisher without actually going through the trouble of writing a book himself". It may be tempting to make a quick buck out of a well-reputed name by having a B-author write a book and put a MacLean stamp on it, but in the long term, it risks discrediting MacLean's name.

If you are desperate for something to read, for example if you are a hostage yourself and the alternative is staring into a wall or reading the yellow pages, or if you have been forced on vacation with your mother-in-law and need an excuse to distance yourself from her, then maybe this book can distract you for a couple of days. In most other situations, this book is a waste of paper.
The Brothers Lionheart
The Brothers Lionheart
What happens when I die? Will I be all alone? Where will mom and dad be when I die? Will they be sad? What will happen to me after I die? These are questions children wonder about. When my daughter was about 5-6 years old she kept talking about "the mysterious beyond" where you go after you die. We have no idea where she got this idea from.

In this book, Astrid Lindgren, the Swedish author who also wrote the Pippi Longstocking books, the Emil books and the "Children of Noisy Village" books, address these difficult questions. She does this without giving any definite answers and still she succeeds to give comfort to children via this exciting and beautiful "after death adventure". Astrid Lindgren's writing is very much in tuned with the feelings of children and the story is spell binding and well paced.

Briefly, Scotty (Skorpan in the Swedish version) is a ten year old boy who is very sick. Everyone knows that he is dying except himself. Then one day he finds out in a cruel but accidental turn of events that he is going to die. To comfort him his older brother Jonathan tells him a story about Nangiyala, the land of adventures that lies beyond the stars, where you go after you die. As it turns out Scotty will not be going to Nangiyala alone. In fact the tragic and short life of Scotty and Jonathan and the love they developed for each other during their earthly lives enabled them to be the heroes that Nangiyala needs upon their arrival. The adventures in Nangiyala are much like many other good fantasy stories like the Chronicles of Narnia or the Lord of the Rings, but they also have a deeper meaning to them.

My teacher read this book to the entire class when I was about 9 years old (the Swedish version). All the kids in the class loved the book and we listened intently while our teacher struggled to read it. The death of your child is a parent's worst fear and having to deal with it head on like you do when reading this book is, I think, emotionally harder on the parent then on the child. I and my wife started reading this book to our daughter (8-years old) but she ended up reading the whole book to herself and she loved it.

It should be noted that the story is not tied to a specific set of religious beliefs about life after death, so if you have strong beliefs in what exactly will happen after death (religious beliefs or atheistic beliefs) you may have a problem with this fantasy version. In my opinion this book is Astrid Lindgren's greatest book. However, it is also her most potentially problematic book, so I advise that you read the first third of the book yourself before you read it to your child. This would help you to prepare answers to difficult questions and to verify that you really want to read it to your child. The writing is very sensitive, peaceful, and thoughtful but it deals with difficult questions. Some people have a problem with the ending so check out the ending too (I did not have a problem with the ending). I loved it as a child and so did my daughter but it may not be true for you, so find out.
Poor Fool
Poor Fool
I don’t really know what to say about this second short novel (in the Signet Book collection of one novella and two short novels) I’ve just finished. If I weren’t already familiar with Erskine Caldwell’s later work, I’d probably have to conclude that this was the work of an amateur writer.

Truth is, the story is way over the top. Caldwell’s genius is in writing about the underclass in the American South—and no one does it better. What’s more, and given that POOR FOOL was only his second entrée into the world of literature, I’m more inclined to give him his due.

But while Caldwell succeeds in establishing his writer’s stripes (or at least a private’s single stripe) with this one, the writing leaves a lot to be desired. It’s full of errors—grammatical, syntactical and stylistic. From a thematic standpoint, however, it also establishes the Caldwell I’ve come to cherish over the years as one of the best in American letters.

Read it if you’re at all curious to learn how a writer starts out—before (it would appear) he learns to slow down and carefully edit himself. Then, compare it with GOD’S LITTLE ACRE, TOBACCO ROAD or GRETTA … and marvel at how far one writer can come when he has his material firmly in hand.

RRB
Brooklyn, NY
31 December 2017
PATRICIA CORNWELL COMPLETE SERIES READING ORDER: All Kay Scarpetta in order, Andy Brazil in order, Win Garano in order, all non-fiction, and more!
PATRICIA CORNWELL COMPLETE SERIES READING ORDER: All Kay Scarpetta in order, Andy Brazil in order, Win Garano in order, all non-fiction, and more!
I bought this book because my 4 year old granddaughter keeps rearranging my books on the shelves; taking them out of order. This makes it very difficult to re-read any of the series' without looking through every publishing date in each book. Hopefully she will learn to enjoy these books as much as I do (reading, not as playthings,ha ha), until then I let her play with the books and keep interested in them.
Marauder's Map Guide to Hogwarts (Harry Potter)
Marauder's Map Guide to Hogwarts (Harry Potter)
This is a fantastic book for any Harry Potter fan. Although it contains loads of interesting facts about the movies the real draw to this set is the light up wand and the 4 fold out maps containing details from the official Marauder's Map. What makes it so much fun is that each of the map pages is full of hidden secrets written in invisible ink that only become clear when you shine the ultraviolet light of the wand over the pages. Feel like Harry as you follow footsteps through the corridors to see who you'll find at the end of the trail and don't forget to look for secret messages and drawings hidden in the artwork.

You can even use the invisible ink pen hidden inside the wand to add your own details! There's actually an extra, completely blank, map at the back of the book for you to create your own design and hide personalised secret messages on. There's definitely a lot of fun to be had with this book for kids of all ages, even the adult ones LOL. The batteries in the wand seem to be holding up pretty well so far but you can buy replacements too so this isn't a product with a limited life span and you'll be able to come back to it again and again.
The Houdini Principle: Discover Harry Houdini's Secrets of Creativity and Confidence
The Houdini Principle: Discover Harry Houdini's Secrets of Creativity and Confidence
Author Tim Kenning has done something I consider to be very clever. On one level The Houdini Principle is an fascinating introduction to the life and work of the enigmatic escapologist, filled with interesting anecdotes, photographs, challenges and newsprint. On another, it uses Houdini as a metaphor for personal freedom and growth. How do we escape from the binds of our lives? What do Houdini's remarkable feats offer as learning to us? The book brings out thought-provoking points about using one's strengths, taking control, changing what one believes about oneself (and about what's possible), making the most of situations and increasing creativity. We're challenged to wonder how unlimited we could each be if we could learn to have unreasonable amounts of self belief for ourselves. In short, it is an excellent book for self coaching.

The idea of using metaphor as a way to express personal development isn't new, but by using such an enigmatic reference, Tim Kenning's book is a more entertaining and enlightening experience than many of the academic personal development books around. By using a real-life reference, the stories and learning comes alive.
WREBBIT 3D - Harry Potter The Burrow Weasley Family Home 3D Jigsaw Puzzle - 415Piece & Hogwarts Express 3D Jigsaw Puzzle (460 Pieces)
WREBBIT 3D - Harry Potter The Burrow Weasley Family Home 3D Jigsaw Puzzle - 415Piece & Hogwarts Express 3D Jigsaw Puzzle (460 Pieces)
This was my first 3D Puzzle, it wasn’t too hard to assemble but did give me a little challenge. I read other reviews and I’m glad I decided to purchase it. There are a bunch of discard pieces with red dots on them with several still connected to the puzzle pieces. It can appear that the puzzle is partially put together but it’s not! Different from regular puzzles, you put together sections first, then go 3D. The instructions that came in the box were a little confusing but if you pull them up online, it showed the same instructions in color and I found that far more helpful. You really only need the instructions when it’s time to connect all the sections.

I would recommend this puzzle. It’s sturdy and it was fun.
The National Health
The National Health
You can't buy this in the UK. Its a very funny, scathing attack on the National Health Service in the UK in the 1970s. I remember when my father was in a very similar hospital to the British hospital featured in the film in the late 1960s. I used to nurse, but did my training at the then Westminster Hospital which was an elite teaching hospital in the centre of London, now moved to Chelsea & called the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. The difference in standards between the ordinary suburban hospitals & the London teaching hospitals was enormous. Nurses from our hospital, Westminster, had nursed King George VI, our Queen's father during his final illness. Anyway there are two plots in this film, contrasting the dirty, rundown British hospital with an American hospital as seen in the Dr Kildare series which was very popular in the UK at that time. The contrast between the dirty British hospital & the gleaming space-age corridors of the American hospital is breathtaking. All British people should watch this film. Our National Health Service seems to be in another decline, I have just returned home from hospital, now aged 66 & wonder what happened to "nursing". Patients are no longer tended. You get on with it or God help You!
Re-marks Harry Potter Hogwarts House Crests Magnetic Page Clips - 2 Packs of 4 Bookmarks
Re-marks Harry Potter Hogwarts House Crests Magnetic Page Clips - 2 Packs of 4 Bookmarks
I had read the review that said it was paper but thought they must mean sturdy laminated cardstock, which I was okay with. I also assumed that magnets would help to strengthen it. It turns out these are, in fact just paper and not even very strong paper at that. Also, the magnets are just two very thick squares glued on to the front and back. The thickness makes it so that it doesn't fit snug against the pages, which would seem to make it even less sturdy, as well as keep the book from sitting flat. The only thing going for these magnets is the Hogwarts Crest but it's not worth it for the price they are charging. I ordered the i-Clips in the same order and was much more impressed with them. I've included pictures to help you see the difference in quality.
Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
The book that was delivered is not the same as on the picture or in description. It contains mostly same fairytales but missing one I wanted the most “Snow Queen” , and 20 pages less than the one listed for sale. 3 stars because otherwise the book is new and in good condition.
Nite Ize S-Biner Plastic Size-2 Double-Gated Carabiner, Lightweight and Strong, Transparent Smoke, 2 (SBP2-03-06T)
Nite Ize S-Biner Plastic Size-2 Double-Gated Carabiner, Lightweight and Strong, Transparent Smoke, 2 (SBP2-03-06T)
Nite Ize is a very reliable brand. I have owned many S-biners and their LED lights and nothing has broken on me. I use size zero S biners for keys all the way to size four for water bottles. These have a million purposes and you can use them for whatever you like (except for climbing)! The most common use is to clip a water bottle on one end of the S biner then the other end to a D ring or loop on a backpack. One tip is if you plan to do this for a hike or extensive walking, tie your bottle to your bag so that it does not bounce around while you are walking.
The picture of the item is like a transparent silver, but the actual clip is more like a transparent gray (darker than silver).
Also, buy beware. Title says "2 pack" but it is really only for one s biner, but even for one s biner it is a great deal.
The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy
The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy
There are a lot of factual errors in the book, and some aspects of propagation of personal views & poor research from 1980s Wicca books she just regurgitates with no corrections. Such as claiming the pentacle is basically the same thing as a pentagram. Or not talking about the aspect of alchemy that was about creating literal life. Or claiming the term Wizard is outdated and not used anymore by modern pagans. There is a fair amount of good information but it's a mixed bag of accurate and not so much. It's hard for me to recommend it due to the lack of fact checking she did for some major topics.
Connection You: Build, Strengthen, and Profit by Making Connections in Work, Life, and Self
Connection You: Build, Strengthen, and Profit by Making Connections in Work, Life, and Self
Even at my age, this book enhanced my views, even transformed my intentionality in connecting with people. The book is about more than connecting with others, but that was the primary impact on me.

I read this book because the author is a longtime friend, one I greatly respect. But I approached “Connection You” assuming that I already know and practice good connections. I’ve enjoyed meeting people and connecting friends with other friends for as long as I remember.

Reading this book transformed my strategic thinking about establishing relationships. While I have prided myself on caring and connecting, I look back and realize that too often I have gone in ‘for the kill’ rather than sincerely connecting. How much better for others to feel I have genuinely connected with them, rather than my leaving the impression, “That guy was trying to get me to go to church.”

If I had read, understood and applied the principles of “Connection You” when I was young, I am certain that any good I accomplished by God’s grace as I go through this life, would have been tremendously enhanced.
Playlist: The Very Best Of Carly Simon
Playlist: The Very Best Of Carly Simon
This latest release from Carly Simon is one in a long line of compilation releases from Sony/Legacy known as the "Playlist" series. According to their website, they refer to these releases as "Painstakingly compiled this series represents an artist's complete body of work. Not just the hits, but the life changing cuts, rare out of print tracks & fan favorites." While this release falls short of that statement, given Simon's incredible and lengthy body of work, this is still a quality overview that pulls from 1985's Spoiled Girl through 2000's The Bedroom Tapes. The track-listing is as follows...

1. Coming Around Again (From Coming Around Again/1987)
2. Give Me All Night (From Coming Around Again/1987)
3. All I Want Is You (From Coming Around Again/1987)
4. Nobody Does It Better (From Greatest Hits Live/1988)
5. You Belong To Me (From Greatest Hits Live/1988)
6. My New Boyfriend (From Spoiled Girl/1985)
7. Let The River Run (From Working Girl Soundtrack/1989)
8. The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of (From Coming Around Again/1987)
9. Better Not Tell Her (From Have You Seen Me Lately/1990)
10. You're So Vain (From Greatest Hits Live/1988)
11. Touched By The Sun (From Live At Grand Central/1995)
12. Anticipation (From Greatest Hits Live/1988)
13. Never Been Gone (From Greatest Hits Live/1988)
14. Our Affair (From The Bedroom Tapes/2000)

The 12 page booklet features beautiful photos of Simon, recording info, and a brief career overview. There are better and more comprehensive collections of Simon's work out there, such as 2004's outstanding Reflections: Carly Simon's Greatest Hits, and 2002's 2-disc Anthology, but this is a satisfying overview of Simon's latter career recordings and will please long time fans of Simon's, and those who are just discovering this musical genius.
Evil Eye
Evil Eye
I really love Blumhouse movies, and i was really excited for this movie. But sometimes they just don't work out. Here is yet ANOTHER example of the structured deconstruction and ratification of the so called "Orient" by the West. The end result is just bashing up India and its values by the west, highlighting endlessly some b.s. about caste, snakes and standard sterotypes that west audience will lap up! Which mother these days ask their independant daughters to marry? In fact just the opposite.
There is nothing horror, just the same annoying and frustrating scenes, repeated dialogues. Ironically, the script isn't even worthy of being called a mere skeletal, how did they think they can stretch it into a full feature length. I wonder if the director was scared of telling the actors what he wanted, some scenes just linger unnecessarily and the acting in some part seems just lost. Would have done better as a 10 min short film. Won't recommend it if you don't wanna end up with a bad feeling in the pit of your stomach of having wasted time on a very bad movie.
Thumbaad. most favorite Indian Horror film
Senza le scarpe
Senza le scarpe
If you like Italian music you will really enjoy this song.
A beautiful voice singing an Italian love song. How can you go wrong? Non e posibile!
Genuine Sheepskin Seat Covers Fur Seat Covers for Cars Furry Seat Covers for Car Fuzzy Seat Covers for Car Fluffy Seat Covers for Car Fur Shearling Car Accessories Auto Car Truck SUV (Beige)
Genuine Sheepskin Seat Covers Fur Seat Covers for Cars Furry Seat Covers for Car Fuzzy Seat Covers for Car Fluffy Seat Covers for Car Fur Shearling Car Accessories Auto Car Truck SUV (Beige)
Okay, my son recently got his first SUV and I ordered this for his car. My husband, though, guilted me into giving it to him instead because he LOVED it.
It is very well made. It is real sheepskin, real wool, according to the material, which I'll believe. However, there is no leather visible on the underside. The main top part of the seat is lined and it does feel as if there is leather under the lining-- and it smells like wool/leather. But, the side portion that needs to stretch over the seat (and the headrest cover) isn't lined and it's just cloth-- the wool is attached to a polyester backing. So, I'm not 100% convinced it's exactly as advertised, but it MIGHT be, so I'm still giving it 5 stars because it's so soft, feels high quality, etc.

It is better quality than my husband's previous fake-sherpa seat cover-- big huge difference in quality, as a matter of fact. This is SOFT and THICK and PLUSH. It's really almost a velvety feel, even though it's wool (so they say!). I didn't even realize wool COULD be this soft and velvety.

So, it's definitely a five star product if it's indeed wool and sheepskin leather under the lining. It's gorgeous. If it's real, it will last for YEARS. It's fantastic.

Highly recommended. Great gift. Now I'm going to have to buy one for my son for Christmas since my husband took this one and actually got a bit taken aback when I wasn't all eager to give it to him!
Spigen Thin Fit Designed for iPhone 12 Pro Max Case (2020) - Black
Spigen Thin Fit Designed for iPhone 12 Pro Max Case (2020) - Black
What you are about to read is the story of why I chose this case for my new iPhone 12 Pro Max, which only started shipping a couple of weeks ago. When that happens there are usually a small number of cases at first to choose from the major brands and I usually buy a couple of them to give my new toy some protection until I actually get the device into my hands and I can decide which case I like best.

These days we all know that phones are not cheap, mine cost me over 1200 bucks. So protecting it is a big deal to me and there are a few other things that are important to me, like how slip resistant is the case, how do the buttons feel and maybe most important, how much weight and size does it tack on to a phone that is already the largest and heaviest Apple has ever made.

That last one is something to give serious thought to, I mean the manufactures these days literally spend billions on engineering a phone that is as slim and lightweight as possible, not to mention as beautiful as it could get and then what do we as customers do – we go out and buy a thick heavy and usually unattractive thing to put it in to. Or, maybe just as bad, we buy some thin piece of junk that does nothing to protect our beautiful gadget. Okay I do all of the above sometimes, trying several styles until I find the one that is just right, and that decision only comes from living with it in real life use for a while.

I want to make a point that I actually buy all of those cases with my own money. That’s kind of rare, there are few products that are given away free more than phone cases. And it’s not uncommon to see reviews that show empty cases from people who don’t even own the phone that it’s supposed to be for.

That all brings me to this one. Spigen is a very trusted name that makes some of the better cases but still manages to make them affordable. This one was on sale for only about twelve bucks and it’s the one I chose to try out as my minimalistic option. I want to try as much as possible to add as little extra size and weight to this phone. I already have a clear TPU one and a lightweight real leather one in contention, both offer more protection than the Spigen but those very few millimeters and few extra grams are very close to being a dealbreaker.

I am very careful with my phones and while I have dropped every phone I’ve owned at least once, it was usually something like knocking it off the couch to the floor. I’ve never dented a phone or cracked a screen. So I’m not overly worried that this one is too thin, I’ve seen thinner. This case has raised lips where it should.

PROS AND CONS

Okay let’s move on to the reality check where we pick apart the good and not so good features of this case. I have very mixed feeling about this case and I’ll cut right to the chase – I will probably not keep it on my phone for long, It’s not my favorite case. In no particular order here are the reasons why.

1. I like that it is lightweight without being paper thin as some cases are. The actual weight is one ounce, which doesn’t sound like a lot but because the sides are thicker than the back it does make the phone feel bulkier. I have an ESR leather hybrid case that is 1.2 ounces that feels like a brick in comparison, it is the one shown for comparison in my photos.

2. Apple made a huge decision to break away from the rounded edges and go back to the severely squared off edges on their 2020 lineup. For some odd reason this case ignores that with edge bumpers that are a cross between square and rounded. It feels odd and uncomfortable and tends to slip out of my fingers too easily.

3. The materials themselves are a hybrid of a matte TPU back with a rubber bumper edge. Unfortunately it feels much more slippery than the leather case mentioned above.

4. The controversial button covers are also a hybrid, they are actually only partial covers with exposed edges. I wonder why bother, they don’t offer any protection against dust and moisture entering the exposed edges and do nothing but hamper the superb feeling of the phone’s redesigned buttons. No one has said this yet but you can slice the covers off with a sharp razor blade.

5. On the other hand the feel of pushing the buttons is surprisingly good.

6. Kudos for designing a large opening around the lightning port, so many others make that opening too small to accommodate off brand cables.

7. The raised lip around the cameras offers questionable protection but to be fair I don’t know what you could do protect the 12 Pro Max’s massive lens array.

8. For a thin lightweight case the lip surrounding the front screen is well designed.

9. Unlike my other case this one does not have a flocked lining to protect the phone from getting scratched up by trapped dust particles. That surprises me.

SUMMARY

This is a case I want to like but I feel like it’s almost there but not quite. I think it has more than minimal protection against dings and scratches and enough basic drop protection for slight accidents. The button action feels natural and those covers don’t bother me. What I don’t like is the choice of what feels like rubber edges and the matte plastic back, it feels unnatural in my hand and more slippery than it should. I think I might bite the bullet this time and get one of the leather cases sold by the phone manufacturer, somehow it seems like a twelve-hundred dollar phone deserves it.

If your preference is the most minimalist case possible though this is my choice for one that ticks many of the boxes and comes from a reputable company that will stand behind it.
BLU VIVO XI+ - 6.2” Full HD+ Display Smartphone, 128GB+6GB RAM, AI Dual Cameras -Silver
BLU VIVO XI+ - 6.2” Full HD+ Display Smartphone, 128GB+6GB RAM, AI Dual Cameras -Silver
OVERVIEW/POSITIVES:
I was really on the fence about this purchase. It was pushing both my general budget for a new phone as well as the price I felt comfortable buying from BLU. I've had one BLU phone in the past and it was okay. Not great, but basically good. It was the Life One X (this was a few years back) and I think it was probably about $100 cheaper than this phone. However, I ended up pulling the trigger because of the sheer number of features this phone has over others in the same price range, and after about a week of having it, I'm glad I did.

The build quality is pretty good, but the back was immediately covered in fingerprints. I was not going to use the included case but honestly it protects the back from fingerprints and it's really slim so I've put it on and I think it will stay on. It's got a very solid feel to it and more weight than the Moto G5 Plus it replaced. The screen to body ratio is great too. It looks sleek and fancier than its price tag. I've had multiple people mention how similar it looks to the new iPhone, which I get is probably very intentional on BLU's part, but hey, I don't mind people thinking I've got a way more expensive phone than I actually have.

The processor/memory combo is beating the pants off my old Moto G5 Plus. It does everything significantly and noticeably faster. Haven't done a ton of gaming, but the games I do play load and play faster and smoother.

I noticed that without the case, the fingerprint reader is so subtly outlined on the back that I was often not placing my finger properly on it to be read correctly. This has mostly cleared up with the added outline provided by the case. I'm kind of loving the face unlock, and it works really well no matter what the light level is, and even works whether I have my glasses on or not.

Qi charging is great (and not impeded by the slim included case), and I love being able to just rest my phone on a charger at work, and grab it when I walk away from my desk without having to repeatedly use the USB port. To me, it extends the overall life of the phone, because on my old phone, the port was starting to get a little finicky (sometimes I had to fiddle with it to get it to charge properly), and I feel like it's just a common point of failure on most devices with a USB port that gets used a lot.

NEGATIVES:
Please note that none of these negatives are dealbreakers in my book, and none of them warranted me dropping my overall rating of the phone. I think the internal parts/components in the phone are not necessarily as good as they would be in a more mainstream name brand, which I guessed before I bought it, but gambled on anyway. I've had some Bluetooth pairing issues, but they've mostly cleared up over the last few days. I've also noticed that my WearOS watch has had more connectivity issues (a small handful) with this phone than my Motorola (almost none over 1+ year with the watch), and the overall range of the Bluetooth connection doesn't seem to be quite as good either (but it's not so bad that I'd call it out as being bad). The cellular antenna seems to be not as good as the one in my old phone and also in my wife's iPhone 6 Plus. I consistently have one or more fewer bars at home than I did previously. I also don't really understand why they ditched the headphones jack other than to just look more premium? The phone's not remotely IP rated or anything like that, so why not just leave the jack in place? That being said, the included dongle is functional and as long as you have a Qi charger, you can charge and use wired headphones at once. Last negative is probably that even though it's got 2 reasonable cameras on the back and higher megapixels than the Moto G5 Plus, the photos I've taken so far range from a little better than my old phone to a little worse. It's honestly not even much of a negative, as like I said, some of the photos do come out better, and the depth functionality is a nice addition.

CONCLUSION:
If I waited a few more months to get a new phone, I may not have ended up going with this one, because other phones from more respected brands and around the same feature set are starting to get nice price drops (the Nokia 7.1 dropped $50 off its price a day after I ordered this phone, which almost made me cancel my order). If some of the mid-range Chinese phones had better US band support, I may have gotten one of those instead (Poco F1 was a serious contender for half a second until I realized how poor the US band support is). But with every other option I looked at leading up to my purchase, I was compromising at least 2 features on this phone that I was looking forward to. Every one of them was missing something, whether it's USB C, Qi charging, expandable storage, dual cameras, 128GB storage, 6GB RAM, etc. and in the end, I decided this was the most complete package I could find for the price I wanted to pay right now.
2020 HP 14" HD (1366 x 768) Thin and Light Laptop PC, Intel Celeron N4020 Dual-Core Processor, 4GB DDR4 Memory, 64GB eMMC, HDMI, WiFi, Bluetooth, Windows 10 S, 1 Year Microsoft 365, Snowflake White
2020 HP 14" HD (1366 x 768) Thin and Light Laptop PC, Intel Celeron N4020 Dual-Core Processor, 4GB DDR4 Memory, 64GB eMMC, HDMI, WiFi, Bluetooth, Windows 10 S, 1 Year Microsoft 365, Snowflake White
THIS LAPTOP IS NOT THAT GREAT !! WRONG COLOR ! nOT SNOW FLAKE WHITE AT ALL ! THIS IS MY SECOND ORDER , THE FIRST TIME LAST WEEK I ORDERED A PALE GOLD AND CAME A SILVER WITH A BLACK KEYBOARD ! WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMAZON ::: ARE THEY DRUNK ::: ALSO THE MOUSE PAD MAKES NOISE ! CHEAP KEYS , NOT SOFT !! SHOULD COST $200 AND NOT $350 i GOT RIP OFF BY AMAZON
Mother Organic Multi Grain Dalia, 500g (Pack of 2)
Mother Organic Multi Grain Dalia, 500g (Pack of 2)
The back side of the packet of the said product mentions expiry in 6 months , on front side they have pasted a separate sticker saying best within 12 months.
Packing date on front pasted sticker is different than that of printed at back. Everywhere there are stickers over and over in an effort to change the packing date and the expiry date.

It could have been still ignored if it was not infested. It’s unfit for human consumption so I am throwing both the packets.
Twizzlers Strawberry Twists, 7-Ounce Bag
Twizzlers Strawberry Twists, 7-Ounce Bag
I was floored by the 1-star reviews complaining of the strong nail varnish, nail polish remover and "plastic" taste. As well as hollow space inside.

Twizzlers are a US candy product sold in the UK as an "American novelty sweet." As an American living in the UK, I missed this taste from my childhood and people who grew up eating Twizzlers are well aware of the " strange taste," and we love it all the same. Yes there is a bit of a "chemical" flavour. Yes, they are hollow in the centre (that's partly so you can use them as a straw to sip your fizzy drink through at the movies!)

They do not taste like Scandinavian salty licorice. Nor do they taste like Twirlers, All Sorts or whatever this other Platonic ideal British strawberry licorice is meant to taste like. I found the 1 star reviews confusing because I didn't know if the product itself was faulty or people had different expectations for the taste. So I gambled and bought a packet. I'm happy to report they tasted great (and fresh) and this is the taste I remember from my childhood. I ordered several more packs, including Dr. Pepper Flavoured. They're a bit pricey with the importing, but worth it if you want a treat with sweet memories. NOTE: Please do not buy if you don't know what to expect taste-wise. The plastic and nail varnish smell is not an accident. TWIZZLERS ARE NOT FOR N00Bs LMFAOOOOO
TWIZZLERS Strawberry Twists Licorice Candy, 32 Ounce
TWIZZLERS Strawberry Twists Licorice Candy, 32 Ounce
These twizzlers were nice and fresh. Have you ever had stale twizzlers? They are the worst!!! Giving these 5 because they weren't all stuck together and they were fresh. I know I ask a lot from my twizzlers, and these met my standards.

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