Showing posts from May, 2014

Armchair BEA, Friday, May 30, 2014, Topic of Choice/Positive Aspects

"Today is the day to talk about something that you feel we have missed or that you want to spend a little extra time chatting about. Ideas include, but are not limited to: a genre that does not fit into those featured earlier this week; logistics, such as blogging resources, procedures, or advice; or something completely fun with book to movie adaptations or favorite blogging games, features, memes, events, and/or activities. It's your freebie day to choose what you like!"

Positive Aspects of Blogging/Book Reviewing:

Interesting people you meet: fellow bloggers, readers, authors, publishers, publicists, students, accidental tourists. 
You meet people of all: ages, genders, races, religions, cultures, ideologies; and those who are "out-there" as yet unnamed, nor do they want a category. 
All of us brought together by a passionate love for books and reading and even book smelling. 

The places you'll go: Armchair traveling through the books you read or the books ot…

Armchair BEA, Friday, May 30, 2014, Topic of Choice/Negative Aspects

"Today is the day to talk about something that you feel we have missed or that you want to spend a little extra time chatting about. Ideas include, but are not limited to: a genre that does not fit into those featured earlier this week; logistics, such as blogging resources, procedures, or advice; or something completely fun with book to movie adaptations or favorite blogging games, features, memes, events, and/or activities. It's your freebie day to choose what you like!"

Negative Aspects of Blogging/Book Reviewing.

Internet Troll-They're obnoxious rebel rousers who enjoy stirring up trouble in comment sections or discussion boards. As a blogger/book reviewer, if you've not encountered one yet, it will happen. 
What to do? 
1. Ignore. They want attention in order stir up strife, and to elevate themselves by trying to take you down a notch. 
2. Don't take it personally. 

Nitpickers-They're the people who leave comments telling you about a misspelled word, incor…

Armchair BEA, Thursday, May 29, 2014 Beyond The Borders

"Beyond the Borders-It's time to step outside your comfort zone, outside your borders, or outside of your own country or culture. Tell us about the books that transported you to a different world, taught you about a different culture, and/or helped you step into the shoes of someone different from you. What impacted you the most about this book? What books would you recommend to others who are ready or not ready to step over the line? In essence, let's start the conversation about diversity and keep it going!"

One of the things I love about reading is it does take me on a voyage to a different culture, society, time period. 
I've read many books on the Holocaust, World War II (including nurses during the war), other wars (including the Russian and French Revolutions). I've read books on African slavery in America. I've read books on the Islamic religion and culture, especially pertaining to Muslim women. I've read books where the women were abused, and …

[Review] Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick

Title: Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution
Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
Publisher: Viking/Penguin Books April 29, 2014
Genre: American History, The America Revolution, Boston,
Format: Paperback
Pages: 417
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Penguin for the purpose of a review.

Kindle price $9.99

Link @ publisher for more information.

Author website: Nathaniel Philbrick. 

The Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, was the defining point when British and American forces "squared-off". The Colonists wanted independence from Great Britain. They'd fought together during the French Indian War of 1763, but a growing "consensus" of people wanted freedom.
Nathaniel Philbrick, began his story with a meeting held in "the Old South Meeting house", in Boston, in late 1773, to decide what to do about the three ships carrying East India tea. Some of the men wanted "caution", fearing the mother-land and the massive experienced British military. Oth…

Armchair BEA, Wednesday, May 28, 2014, Expanding Blogging Horizons

"What do you think about when you think about going beyond blogging or expanding your horizons? Is it a redesign of your blog? Have you branched out into freelance writing or even published a novel of your very own? Or, have you moved into a different venue like podcasts or vlogging? This is the day to tell us about how you have expanded on blogging in your own unique way."  

Vlogging is not for me to do nor to watch. I'm a verbal learner, preferring to read what I ingest into my brain and spirit. 
I feel that most people (depending on the generation) who read book reviews do not read every word, they skim, looking for specific information. We live in an quick instant society that does not take time to read books, and this saddens me. When I'm in a restaurant people have stopped face to face interaction, not taking the time for a "real" conversation, and instead are playing games, or texting on their cell phones. They want a short amount of information and th…

Armchair BEA, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Author Interaction

Author Interaction-
"Let's talk interacting with authors IRL (in real life) or online. This is your opportunity to talk about your favorite author readings that you have attended. Or, you can feature your favorite author fan moment (i.e., an author sent you a tweet or commented on your blog). Maybe you even want to share how your interactions have changed since becoming a blogger or share your own tips that you have learned along the way when interacting with authors as a blogger." 

I have a second blog where I write book reviews: A Well-Watered Garden, and it's a Christian fiction and non-fiction book blog. Often, when I write a review, an author will leave a nice comment. It happens more often on the Christian review blog, than on this blog at Impressions In Ink.
On Facebook, interaction with authors is common in several of the British history groups I'm a member of. I consider authors business acquaintances. I'm a private person and I respect their privacy. B…

Armchair BEA, May 26, 2014, Literature


"What do you think of when you think of literature? Classics, contemporary, or something else entirely?"

My first thought is a fiction classic. I'm old school, believing literature to be a creative work of beautiful prose. An emphasis is on the language of the story. Charles Dickens novels are literature; Fifty Shades of Grey is not literature (there will be those readers who will disagree). 
Non-fiction can be literature when its writing has a novel type atmosphere. 

Charles Dickens is my favorite author. I've read the following novels by him: David Copperfield, Oliver Twist,Hard Times, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, and A Tale of Two Cities.
I'm currently reading Our Mutual Friend, for a reading project which lasts until November 2015. It's a slow reading, 32 pages in the month of May. The project is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the story. 

David Copperfield, is my number one favorite book. 
It's filled with vivid and dramatic…

Armchair BEA May 26th-31st, 2014, Introduction

Armchair BEA is, "A conference for book bloggers in the comfort of our favorite chair". Book Expo America, began in New York City today (May 26th) and runs through Saturday (May 31st). For those of us unable to attend, we can support and take part in social networking through Armchair BEA.
Members of Armchair BEA are taking part through blog posts and link-ups, Twitter parties, Instagram, and Google.
My plan is to focus on posts through my blog, which is linked directly to Twitter, Google, Facebook.

Today is introduction day. Armchair BEA, has written ten questions and has asked that the participants answer at least five.

1. "Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from?"
My name is Annette Kristynik. I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, a voracious reader, a lover of history and literature. I'm addicted to BBC history documentaries on YouTube. I…

[Review] A Swarming of Bees by Theresa Tomlinson

Title: A Swarming of Bees
Author: Theresa Tomlinson
Publisher: Acorn Digital Press December 14, 2013
Genre: Fiction, Murder, Mystery, Anglo-Saxon, Monastery
Format: Kindle ebook
Pages: 292
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Gift from a friend. I chose to read and review. I'm not compensated by the review.

Kindle Price $4.99

A pagan herb-wife named Fridgyth lives in a Christian monastery in the Kingdom of Northumbria. Her friends and neighbors are thankful for her friendship and healing arts. The year is AD 664, and a meeting of the "powerful Christians in the land" is held. There are two groups who must decide the "true way" of worship. One group is the Roman's who insist they follow St. Peter's instructions, the other group is the Irish monks who insist they follow St. John's instructions. A disease spreads through the monastery, and Fridgyth cares for them with the use of her healing arts. Brother Dunstan is found dead and is presumed to have died f…

Movie: Go Ask Alice 1973

The movie was made in 1973, the book was published in 1971.
Go Ask Alice,was censored and banned for it's language and themes.
It's was questionable as to whether the story was fact or fiction, it's now known it is a work of fiction.
The book is freely available at libraries and book stores, even on the book aisle at Target.
According to Wikipedia,Go Ask Alice, is number 6 in a list of 100 of the most challenged books of 2003.

Paperback $5.64 @ Amazon

Kindle $5.36 @ Amazon

The book is for age 12 and up. As a parent and grandparent I think the book would be better for an older teen, 14 or 15.

[Review] Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Author: Lewis Carroll (also known as) Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Publisher: Random House 1946 (my copy), originally published November 26, 1865
Genre: Children's Classic Literature, fantasy, The Classics Club,
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 150
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Library

For more information on the history of the story: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. 
Pinterest page for Alice in Wonderland. 
A blogger post-Vintage Books for the Very Young-1946 Edition of Alice in Wonderland.
1946 edition at Ebay.
Gutenberg ebook. ebook.
Sparknotes for Alice in Wonderland.

Alice grew bored waiting on her sister while they were sitting beside a river bank during the heat of the day.
"When suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her." Alice chased the White Rabbit down a hole, a very deep hole, to "Wonderland". Alice drank potions which made her larger, smaller, elongated. Alice met a Mouse,…

[Review] Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames by Peni Jo Renner

Title: Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames
Author: Peni Jo Renner
Publisher: iUniverse LLC September 17, 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction, Puritan America, Salem Witch Trials
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 227
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from author Peni Jo Renner, Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
In 1692, at a church meeting in Andover, Massachusetts, the Eames family is faced with their neighbor Goodman Robert Swan's "outburst" and accusation against them. Rebecca Eames, holds her tongue as long as she can, until she responds in defense with anger. Her rebuke to Goodman Swan, will require a payment of suffering. 
The village of Andover, is aware of the girls in Salem, who've been accused of being witches. A fire-storm of hysteria takes over their village. People who dislike someone call them a witch for revenge. People who are not able to understand a mysterious illness, believe it is caused by witchcraft. 

My Thoughts:
Puritan Witch, is a harsh and weig…

[Review] Women Wartime Spies by Ann Kramer

Title: Women Wartime Spies
Author: Ann Kramer
Publisher: MJF Books 2011
Genre: Non-fiction, World War II, Holocaust, Nazi Germany, Nazi Party, Allied, S.O.E.
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 171
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Self-purchase

I purchased the book in April at Barnes and Nobles for $6.98.
Amazon hardcover is priced at $6.00. Link @ Women Wartime Spies. 

In July of 2013 I reviewed: Flames in the Field The Story of Four S.O.E. Agents in Occupied France by Rita Kramer. I wonder if the two authors are related? Rita Kramer and Ann Kramer.
The first two chapters of the book is a short historical record of women who were spies previous to World War II, this includes World War I, and the American Civil War; in addition, there is a brief story of a woman spy during the mid 1600s-Aphra Behn.
Women Wartime Spies, seeks to give "recognition" to all women who were involved in the allied war effort during World War II.
Ann Kramer explains, there are "two stereo-types of spies&q…