Where your opinion matters: Book Reviews

 

Creating a tribe within interests you have is a clever way of growing your following on Social Media – Twitter, Facebook, for example, or virtually bookmarking on Pinterest or following a hashtag on Instagram that tends to lead you down the path of your own interests.

I like reading, so this was an easy spot to be. There are great sites that help you not just post your own personalized review, but also, recommend other books by similar author(s) or genres, based on what you mark as read and how you rated it.

Long before Good Reads, I was a devotee of AMAZON because of its best sellers and also its “if you like this, you may like that” similar model adopted by Apple on iTunes and its APP store.

PRIVACY:

A theme I’ve had lately, having this sort of knowledge shown, shared, and willingly given is a WIN-WIN: you can attract new followers who may follow you everywhere else.

The following was a book review posted on AMAZON earlier this evening:

 

HER HONOR
It was as though the author is sorting out the main character for consideration later on for a series ….. I felt he was doing a hard sell for us to like the main character, her honor. There was a little over zealous portrayal of a good ole boys network missing out on corruption, power …… they weren’t evil villains or compelling enough to care. The key figure in the background was boring or stereotypical. Maybe I didn’t get it as smoothly because there were too many subplots competing with each other, taking extra effort to keep who’s who straight. Not smooth at all. The idea and basis had my commitment to finish without any really climax or suspenseful conclusion with a high degree of predictability. Nice try.

Privacy. Really.

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Apple is actively mining my data based how I use my iPad and iPhone so that that data can be mined based on algorithms when infused with AI > artificial intelligence which is far greater compilation based by what you click on.
The part that nobody wants to talk about: what you “put out there” even by email, and now your smartphone. Brave New World of 2018 merging and blending into 2019. My YUPPYdom blog on word press speaks to where I fit in under the microscope as a retired Yuppy gliding into the sunset while dodging fires and parent of FOUR (4) – no easy task.
So let’s talk about PRIVACY rationally and intellectually here.
There’s so much fear and scary world ranting media or politicians suffocating us with gut wrenching drama and twisted laments to alarm every creature and human kind (breaths, eats, reproduces, dies) and humans having brains (some more debatable than others) and beliefs in a higher power
Get this: while Rob was watching The Seattle Seahawks football game, and after doing Apple IOS ((IOS is the name of Apple’s operating system while Android is the language of smartphones that use Android for every other than Apple smartphone i.e. iPhone .
Similarly, yet differently, most desktop computers use Microsoft’s software.
The difference could be gathered without scientific or technical proof, Microsoft didn’t design offering to gather data from computers, nor did HP, IBM, Dell, etc. Hardware designed to gather data.
While I was doing what all of us should do, I went to settings on my smartphone to see what apps are on my phone, which ones are able to send me notifications or do automatically do updates.
Nobody had to get their grandson or sons over to “clean” your phone. In fact, they may unlikelygo through your smartphone like that. You may not have remembered what APPS you gave access to, never mind permission to gather that information … now, some calling it mining for data … as in looking for gold.
There’s where our generation of Yuppies do not know how to do this ourselves either. In fact, Yuppies are programmed to expect a new phone every few years and fewer have adjusted those expectations because the smartphones cost upward to $1500 …….no longer costs a couple of hundred bucks that the phone companies no longer are able to recoup the cost.
NEXT look at the PRIVCY tab on any computer or smartphone: it is going to take a while. Or you will just disallow and not give them permission to do something where a PRIVACY is needed in the first place.
Now there are hundreds of people who refuse to get a smartphone or access APPS or use any kind of social media (my husband proudly boasts about this fact).
In today’s world, if you are human, you need either a smartphone or computer (that includes tablets). You need a connection on the internet and the unhip Yuppies clearly have a Facebook profile and use the internet. You smarties May think only having Hotmail (Microsoft) or GMail (Google) or Yahoo email free services, they are able to get a sense of what you do or maybe what you look at and try to be even more helpful showing you things to attract your attention (influence your click).
Then you may use Google or Google Plus, and are freely telling them more about you. There ya go says the skeptics, I don’t do anything online to prevent any big brother, bad guys, hackers or identity theft freaks from your “data”. Basically data is information that pertains to something. Algorithms are instructions on what information should be gathered for no other reason that showing other things which based on their data mining, are things that are going to attract you. Amazon has been doing this for years and we’ve even liked it, enjoyed it. If you buy a book, what are people saying about the book, what books are the most popular and if you only read thrillers, they may inform you that you can preorder a book coming out from your favourite author. If you go to a book store, they may not know that John Grisham will have a big shipment for the Holliday shop, however, data can tell them who always buys this book, does the author or Amazon want to give a deal to fans.
Not all data is bad. If you catch my drift, you’ll even see how much easier your life can be by your own data. What I’m saying is read what PRIVACY matters or information or data is being gathered on you. Consider the plus sides to time saving, money budgeting, information being handed to you based on what you tend to like.
No, it not big brother telling you what to like, nobody is pressuring you to anything. At any time you can shut off the flow of your information, private details, personal history, by deleting or stopping the use of any hardware or software.
What I’m suggesting is work with it, go with flow. Just control who takes what information. Navigate what is good information and what is too near and dear.
Think positive. People and companies want to sell you something. That’s a reality: remember billboards and radio ads? By understanding and companies clear on what information they gather and that you can opt out, it isn’t as scary as it sounds. In fact, if you scroll through your phone or computer, you get to know what is where and how to delete something.
Be optimistic. 80-90% of all companies everywhere want you as its customer, they may even reward your loyalty. If you deny access to PRIVACY you may be overreacting. Turning things off and deleting programs or APPS puts the control at your fingertips, rewarding you with convenience and value by allowing some access.
Don’t be lazy. Your son-in-law can do more important things like take your daughter out for dinner (not applicable to me thus why given). I do these things waiting at the dentist office … you get my meaning.

The opportunities are endless as we narrow towards or drill down to what we love

Yet we cant uncover what we may love and be passionate about without reflection and self examination followed by discovery pursuits on topics, causes, genres led by endless curiosity.

I found myself scrolling and swiping in search of subject matter images to guide me in my own creative adventures.

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A Winters Eve Read

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The best part of the first part of winter, on the eve of fall back an hour, is putting on a fire for ambience more than warmth, curling up with a soft purr like blanket, candles lit and a warm cup of tea, escaped to book that envelopes you.

I first read the second in the series, retrieved from my Mom’s seniors condo complex’s library. My reasoning: if someone gracious places a book there because it is a worthy read.

I went to Apple’s iTunes to see what other books by the same author or a newly discovered genre intrigue. It was cheaper to buy all three as an iBook than order+shipping+waiting for a printed version.

In fact, as a Prime Member at Amazon I have free shipping on the rare occasion I want a printed version for a gift [ which I never did receive, nor my inquiry first, complaint second responded to.

Prime Members get unlimited Kindle titles ~ where I got the Trilogy from.

I realize my favourite reading genre leans towards historically fact-based novels. They’re from a woman’s perspective while sheds light on how a woman thinks, what is expected of her, who she must defer to for permission for anything, her marriage plan adopted at birth, groomed for in youth, so she could be essentially sold into a marriage (by way of a dowry) to anyone her chaperone approved of.

This mesmerizing series examines what it would have been like being born in the early 1500s, the pecking order in formal English King Henry’s court, where strategy and wits needed to accompany beauty.

Great idea!

Great idea!
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That looks splendidly heavenly … the years are starting to add up: when once upon a time a princess went to high school and became who she thought she should be, when now, my youngest had her first young adult love painful break up.

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The kids R alright

My mom’s so right! When your kids are hurting, you feel their pain along with your own, failing to head them off from heartache. However, it is when they bloom into the person they wanted to be.

You gotta watch this

The Romanoffs

From Amazon

PRIME

Donating fuels the soul while satisfies the need to give

I’ve donated at least 8 orange bags full of clothes and countless pairs of shoes or sandals to @ValuVillage and haven’t gone thru my boots closet yet …. its hard work downsizing my closet as a clothes/shoes/purses/accessories and I’m barely halfway >> the curse of a fashionista fighting erupts 50s > in the headspace of counting down to official retirement or dedication to painting and writing Yuppy FT.

I’d love to find 1 or 2 great clients with high quality goals to create elegant websites and #SocialMedia … if you know of anyone looking for this> remotely would work well with keeping an eye on my #HunksterHubster as he continues his long recovery journey after surviving a #brainaneurysm last Feb2018. I’m passionate about being an advocate for Caregivers because Canada drops the ball in this important area needing better financial assistance and resources for long term caregivers after insurance benefits payments decrease to only 55% income is ludicrous when you factor the amount of therapy, specialists, tests, doctors, is required to attend them. p.s. brain injury automatically suspends driving license > and so many other things I didn’t know nor prepared for.

My Millennial children are working full time, attending university FT+working (even after parents had Educational Plans as they were born, who relies on scholarships and working 1+FT to survive. Then again, writing and educating others while sharing online (social media) could attract a sponsor for my websites or monetary brand ambassador income .. or benefits could be bartering services so no money changes hands…