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Candace- Jacquelin Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

Christine- The Fall

Jeanne- Severed:A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found

JoAnna- Happily Ever Madder:Misadventures of a Mad Fat Girl

Meghan- Curse of the Bane

Shianne- Don’t Worry Be Grumpy:Stories of Making the Most of Each Moment

 

Censoring Queen Victoria

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Censoring Queen Victoria:
How Two Gentlemen Edited a Queen and Created an Icon

By: Yvonne M. Ward

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51kgj65ndUL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgIn 1901, following the death of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII decided to publish selected letters of Queen Victoria. Victoria’s reign was long, and she left a large correspondence to sift through, so the King appointed two gentlemen to handle the task. Both men were eccentric, and somewhat troubled. Baron Esher, who headed the project, was a pedophile who was abusive to his son; and Arthur Benson suffered from severe depression which was the result of being secretly homosexual. The letters selected for publication showed the Victoria they wished their readers to know- editing out any controversy, or anything that might contradict their own politics.

At first, I found this book difficult to get through. I picked it up because I am interested in Queen Victoria, but the first half of the book focuses on Esher and Benson, and has very little information about Victoria. I was disturbed by the information presented about Esher, particularly that he abused his son. My first reaction was, “who cares about these two men?” I had only picked up the book because I was interested in Queen Victoria, and the first half of the book was barely about her. I changed my opinion when I got to the end, and understood the impact the editors had on the queen’s legacy. The book was interesting and I am glad I read to the end. I would recommend Censoring Queen Victoria to people who are interested in the Victorian Era, or in women’s history.

Not My Father’s Son

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20525583Not My Father’s Son
By: Alan Cumming

In this touching memoir, actor Alan Cumming shares stories from his abusive childhood and his experiences while filming the television show, “Who Do You Think You Are?”

This book is a very emotional journey through some of the hardest times of Alan Cumming’s life. The actor bounces back and forth from the past to 2010, the year he was filming “Who Do You Think You Are?”, which is a show that looks into the family history of celebrities.  The stories from his past are upsetting, and sometimes disturbing, as he relives the physical abuse he had to deal with for years at the hands of his father. While filming for the TV show, he not only has to deal with learning about the mysterious circumstances surrounding his grandfather’s death, but he also learns that he may not be his father’s son. These stories are very sad, but Cumming is a perfect example of someone who overcame a painful childhood and became happy and successful as an adult.  It was an extremely interesting book, and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Candace-Victoria: A Life

Christine- Mary:The Summoning

Jeanne- Digging for Richard III:The Search for the Lost King

JoAnna- Diary of a Mad Fat Girl

Meghan- Revenge of the Witch

Sue- We Were Liars

 

City of Heavenly Fire

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City of Heavenly Fire

By:Cassandra Claire

The long-awaited conclusion to the Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire, follows Clary, Jace and friends as they attempt to save the entire race of Shadowhunters from annihilation. Their foe is the twisted Sebastian Morgenstern, who is determined to destroy the Shadowhunters and leave the world in chaos. Morgenstern and his band of dark Shadowhunters are growing in strength and number, and all Shadowhunters are forced to flee to the city of Alicante to avoid genocide. Can Clary and her friends stop him before it’s too late?

City of Heavenly Fire is the last book in The Mortal Instruments series, so I would recommend reading the preceding books first. The series is worth reading if you like supernatural books with romance. I’m always a little apprehensive about reading the last book in a long series. What if, after all this time, the ending is disappointing? City of Heavenly Fire was not at all disappointing. The ending was very fitting. The story all came together, and all major plotlines were resolved. There were only a few loose ends to lead into Cassandra Claire’s next Shadowhunter series. Even though it is sad saying goodbye to Clary, Jace and Simon, I am excited to read about the next generation of Shadowhunters.

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Candace- The Wars of the Roses:The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors

Christine- I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister

Jeanne- Good Manners For Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

JoAnna- Not That Kind Of Girl

Shianne- The Night Circus

 

 

Godzilla

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godzillaRating: PG-13

When a malevolent monster emerges from the depths of the Earth and threatens civilization another monster emerges to try to protect us from total destruction.

I really enjoyed this movie. The special effects were amazing, and it kept me entertained the entire time. The only thing that I didn’t like about it was that you really had to pay attention to all of the scientific explanations of the monsters or you would be very confused (like I was). All in all though, I was impressed with the movie,and would recommend it to any monster movie or action movie fan. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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Candace-The Great Grisby:Two Thousand Years of Literary, Royal, Philosophical, and Artistic Dog Lovers and Their Exceptional Animals

Christine-Not My Father’s Son

Meghan- The Blood of Olympus

Shianne- Falling Into Place