Babette knew better than to let a little pain hold her back. She knew that joy and sorrow walked side by side. She knew that being alive meant risking one for the other .What You Wish For by Katherine Center
It was war, he said. I make no apologies for that, as I received none.Orestin’s Own by L Alyssa Austin
The last thing she needed was to fall in love with her prison.Court of Bitter Thorn by Kay L Moody
My shriek is a dagger that blots out the sun — I stand up. My wings and my scream swallow up the sky.Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin
“Let me tell you something, Yola. Life is not some box of chocolates like they say in that movie. Life is a big piece of sugarcane.”
“Sugarcane?”One Year Of Ugly by Caroline Mackenzie
“Yes, a maldito sugarcane! You have to bite down hard and suck as much sweetness out of it as you can. Don’t be afraid to sink your teeth in, chama, it’s the only way you’ll ever draw out the sugar.”
I tried not to keep replaying the harshness of what I’d said to him, cursing my inability to thwart all those genetically wired impulses that allow pop culture to accurately peg Latin women as “feisty,” “fiery,” and “mothafuckin’ crazy as shit.”One Year of Ugly by Caroline Mackenzie
Progress: page 239/394 (60%)
Take me on a trip to somewhere new and warm. ^.^
Why did I start reading it?
I quite adore Bill Bryson from some of his other travel and language books I’ve read. When I saw this at my favorite used bookstore, I had to grab it up! I can’t very well travel right now, so I’m embracing it in books even more than I usually do. Bryson is a delightful tour guide who constantly cracks me up and fascinates me with interesting history and observations. Who knew that rabbits were such a deadly scourge in Australia? NOW I DO!😊
Where have I gone?
Interesting History I’ve Learned:
–> THE UNKNOWN NUCLEAR EXPLOSION
in 1993, there was a huge unexplained explosion, that for years no one could explain or find. In 1995, it was discovered that a Japanese terrorist group had performed a test nuclear explosion in Australia’s vast desert in some land the organization owned — and no one knew about it until 2 years after.
–> THE MAN WHO NAMED AUSTRALIA
Lachlan Macquarie, a Scottish governor of the original colonies, is the one who made the name Australia take root. Before, it was just called New South Wales or Botany Bay without any real discrimination. He also has a TON of stuff named after him, either first or last name.
–> THE SECRET MENACE OF RABBITS
Early in the colonization, some fancy to-do aristocrat brought some rabbits with him to put in his garden and enjoy watching them. But then they escaped, and mated like rabbits as they swarmed to continent, absolutely devouring and destroying tons of the scrub and low brush of the land. It’s still a problem, and this is one organization trying to deal with it.
–> THE WHITE AUSTRALIAN POLICY
When people were first immigrating to Australia (by choice, not as prisoners), there were some official policies in place that allowed officials to test anyone entering on any European language and kick them out if they fail. The discrimination towards non-whites was pretty clear with this policy in place. Who’s going to pass a literacy test in Scottish Gaelic??
–> GOLD AUSTRALIA
Australia was desperately poor for a long time after being colonized, as is maybe not terribly surprising in a continent that’s mostly desert and has lots of really intense weather. What turned all that around was the discovery that Australia also had a TON of gold. People started panning, or drilling, or mining, or however you get gold out of the earth, and suddenly they were a pretty well-to-do corner of the world.
Lines that linger
Put in the crudest terms, Australia was slightly more important to Americans in 1997 than bananas, but not nearly as important as ice cream.
It is a fact little notes that the Aborigines have the oldest continuously maintained culture on earth, and their art goes back to the very roots of it. Imagine if there were some people in France who could take you to the caves at Lascaux and explain in detail the significance of the paintings — because it as fresh and sensible to them as if it were done yesterday.
In 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, and 1998 Nyngan was devastated by torrential flash floods. For five years during this same period, while Nyngan was being repeatedly inundated, the town of Cobar, just eighty miles to the west, recorded not a drop of rain. This is, if I haven’t made it clear already, one tough country.
Like most men, he’d liked her passion when he was the cause of it, but her own passion, passion that had nothing to do with him, was dismissed as foolishness.White Ivy by Susie Yang
If Petrea was a sweltering bonfire, then Camilline was the steady, comfortable glow of its embers after a long night.Marilia, The Warlord by Morgan Cole
It reminds me of my mother once saying that you can’t tell men about your unfixable problems, because they’ll want to fix them and not being able to do so fries their wiring.You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Google