The Loss Of The Titanic, 1912 (1999) by Tim Coates and Uncovered Editions is an amazing book which includes the report by the government about the disaster, a section about the expenses which the Board of Trade and other government departments paid out and the Right Honourable Cecil Parkinson MP’s opinion of events after the Titanic was discovered in 1985.
I found the book really interesting and informative. It was very well put together and the sections really worked well together. It is definitely more a detailing of the facts and doesn’t really go too much into the human side of the disaster which I think is what the book was intended as. While I would personally prefer a book which talks about the human side and the stories of the people on board more I think that is just my personal taste as a reader. This book is perfect for what it sets out to do and will suit readers who are simply looking for facts and opinions on the stats and possibilities and facts about how the Titanic sank. There is a lot of sea-related terms which did sometimes go above my head but there is a very helpful glossary of nautical terms which accompanies this book which helps somewhat. Obviously there is so many sea-related terms that they couldn’t include everything in the glossary.
It is a great book and really helps readers to know more about the disaster and gives you a real insight into the aftermath at the actual time and later. So well put together and looks at the events from several different points of view. It is great that a book like this is out there with all this information in it of different sources all in one place making it very accessible for people to learn.
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Here is my latest Beauty On A Budget post. Hope you all like it. 🙂
Use Miss Beauty London’s Flawless Matte Foundation – Translucent and the middle colour on the top and bottom lines of the Cosmetic Connections Blusher/Powder palette on your face and neck. In the same palette use the first colour on the top line on your cheeks. Brush eyebrows and put the black colour from Max & More’s 12 Color Eyeshadow Palette on your eyebrows and under your eyes. Use Miss Beauty London’s Eye Crayon – Cocoa on your eyelids. Put Max & More’s Mascara With Argan Oil – black on your eyelashes.
Put Miss Beauty London’s Lipstick – Russet on your lips and put Miss Beauty London’s Lipstick Sealer over it.
Fear (2018) by Dirk Kurbjuweit is a fantastic read.
The book follows Randolph who is living next to a neighbour from hell Dieter with his wife and two children. Dieter begins to make their lives hell when he makes up false accusations that Randolph and his wife are abusing their children. At the start of the book we are told that Randolph’s father is in prison for the manslaughter of Dieter before the story goes back in time.
This book is quite psychological in many parts and there is a lot about how human minds operate and how events shape, don’t shape and are perceived to shape a human’s life alongside the plot of Dieter harassing and threatening Randolph and his family. I think both elements work well together and combined give the book a sense of reality. We really get to know the characters, their lives now and their pasts. A lot of work was clearly was put into creating these characters by the author. There is also very interesting parts about how your status in society can have its advantages and disadvantages no matter where you fall on that status spectrum. It is difficult to find too many likeable characters in the book but definitely complex and interesting characters. Neither of the two central characters for instance are the most likeable people you are going to meet. Dieter for obvious reasons. Randolph is also not terribly likeable though. He is quite up himself, very snobby and definitely thinks he is better than people.
The book also deals with many issues like gun violence and ownership, traumatic childhoods and unhappy marriages. I think a lot was packed in here and it is definitely not your conventional thriller which is certainly not a bad thing. It’s definitely quite thought-provoking in many parts. My only flaw with the book and it is a very hard thing to get right in thrillers is the ending. The ending makes complete sense but it isn’t exactly shocking and you would nearly know the ending from the start and if not long before the end. That is the only negative I have about the book though. It is really well-written and clearly very well thought out and put together. It would just be that my personal taste in a thriller is that I don’t see the ending coming but a really fantastic read.
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Daughter of the Flames (2008) by Zoë Marriott is a very enjoyable read.
The book is the first in the Ruan books by the author and follows Zahira who has been through it from the start of her life to say the least. She lost her mother to murder when she was young. After surviving from the fire her mother perished in she is raised as her own by another woman. The fifteen-year-old soon has much responsibility on her shoulders as the Rua people are in battle with the Sedorne people who have occupied their country. Zahira is half Rua and half Sedorne and soon she finds herself as the leader of the Rua people on a mission to bring the Rua people and the Sedorne people together.
I really liked the book. It has a little bit of everything in it. Adventure, romance and commentary on social issues. The romance element I found a bit strange though as I wasn’t too sure of what the age gap was but I think her boyfriend and then husband was in his twenties so I constantly had that in the back of my mind reading their parts together. Maybe I got it wrong so apologies if that is the case but it came across that way and that obviously put me off the romance element of the story. Otherwise the romance had a good premise. A woman who was half Rua, half Sedorne and a man who was Sedorne falling in love allows many questions to be put forward in the plot and moves the plot along and they clearly care about each other other. If they had of been closer in age if I got about their ages right it would have totally worked for me. It was just hard to get over that because she is only fifteen.
I adore the social commentary in this book. It resonates a lot with reality done in a fictional way and the author really delves into those topics which I always appreciate and love in writing. We see things from various different points of view and the stumbling blocks people face in trying to do something good. The adventure is really well-written and there is a lot of twists and turns that makes the book very exciting for the reader. I also think the idea for the book was really interesting and well thought out. I also think Zahira was a well-rounded and likeable character. She was interesting and had a lot to think and say and I loved that.
I don’t know if I am reading too much into this but there does seem to be a lot about identity as Zahira seems to be trying to find her identity and her place in the world a lot. I loved reading about her journey and I think it will be very easy for many people going through various different identity searches to relate to. I thought that was cool. I also found it really cool that Zahira was mixed-race because there needs to be more representations of people other than the white, cis, straight, able-bodied man character in books so huge kudos to the author for not going down that route.
All in all I think the plot was really interesting and the writing was superb. A great read which it only took me a day or two to read so that kind of says it all. It’s an engrossing adventure.
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Here is my latest Beauty On A Budget post. Hope you all like it. 🙂
Use the middle colour on the top line of the Cosmetic Connections Blusher/Powder palette on your face and neck. In the same palette use the first colour on the top line on your cheeks. Brush eyebrows and put Miss Beauty London’s 2 In 1 Clear Mascara/Brow Gel on your eyebrows and eyelashes. Put last colour on the top line of the Max & More’s 12 Color Eyeshadow Palette on your eyelids. Put last colour from the bottom line of the same palette under your eyes.
Put Miss Beauty London’s Teddy Bare on your lips. Line around your lips with the second colour on the bottom line of the Cosmetic Connections Blusher/Powder palette and place Miss Beauty London’s Lipstick Sealer on your lips.
There is a massive pressure in this world to not be offended, to shove down your authentic emotions in a way that is pleasing to others. It can be incredibly tempting to do what is expected because it is so much easier to do so. What people don’t always understand, or don’t want to depending on the person, is that as people we have different boundaries of what each of us will accept. Being offended is very subjective. I see this a lot in terms of issues like discrimination and ignorance. For some people the smaller things people say wrong don’t matter to them as long as the person meant no harm by them and I respect that. I understand people see things differently to me. However my boundaries of what I would accept as ok are different and all I ask is for that same respect in return. We don’t have to agree. The fact that people have different perspectives on things makes the world a much more interesting place. And there is definitely people with various different boundaries who are very respectful of another person’s boundaries but that is sadly not always the case.
Being open that you don’t find these things harmless or ok can open you up to being made out to be everything. It’s an exhausting list of things but basically you are made out to be aggressive and like you don’t understand the world as well as they do. Over time hearing that a lot can have terrible consequences on your mental health because you begin to believe those things. You begin to suppress those emotions publicly because you think they are bad emotions to have or you know that the response will be very manipulative and awkward. A lot of the time you believe that you are the problem for thinking the way you do but that is not the reality. If a person can’t respect that you think differently in this regard the problem is with them. No one tries to gaslight a person into thinking there is something wrong with them for having different emotions on things unless there is something in their life which makes them do so. For example they might be protecting someone in their life who does have those views and while that isn’t a bad thing in and of itself, it becomes dangerous when you are risking affecting another person’s mind in order to do so. Another reason someone might react like this is because they can’t stand opinionated people. If you are even partly opinionated you have probably experienced that very uncomfortable moment where you let out what you think and receive that look like you are a scary creature who is going to leap across the table and punch someone. It is very hard to know whether or not they truly believe you are going to punch someone or if they are trying to make you believe you would but either way that look that you are somewhat strange and aggressive is a bid to make you feel unsure of yourself so that you shut up because for whatever reason they don’t like opinionated people. Again that is the thing of them wanting you to be the same as them. Because they might not be as opinionated which is completely ok they want you not to be and actively but subtly try to make you not be. There is probably many reasons why people react this way but there is two but no matter what the reason or reasons it is never ok to try to control somebody and you are under no obligation to allow them to if you feel you don’t want to. It says nothing bad about you.
At this stage in my life I don’t really need the approval of these people. I am a slightly old hag, seen it all before, wore the t-shirt and I can spot them a mile off for the most part. It doesn’t mean that it doesn’t make things a lot harder in certain ways however and it does feel quite sad of course to know that a certain amount of people do this to people. When you don’t believe what is being said anymore it gets a lot easier but it’s very easy to be sucked into and believe. It’s life but yeah I do find it incredibly sad that a person can’t find certain amounts of prejudice and ignorance harmless without making someone who doesn’t agree with that out to be every negative thing they can find. It can make people nearly afraid to think sometimes in case they think something isn’t right and that it makes them ‘harsh’ or something. Believing it’s wrong yourself doesn’t mean you believe the other person should think it’s wrong so it doesn’t really affect them so to be trying to affect you doesn’t make sense to me. It can be difficult enough facing something you believe to be prejudice and ignorance and something which you feel is wrong without people telling you there is something wrong with you for feeling that.
Often people look to people for support and are told that. Support doesn’t mean you have to agree with someone but it also doesn’t mean telling that person they are the problem. They aren’t the problem. They just think differently to you. That can be really dangerous for a person if even their support network is telling them there is something wrong with them. You have to understand people have different boundaries and while it is grand to give your opinion on it, your advice needs to be in accordance with how that person sees things, not how you see them. Inserting your world views into a situation that isn’t your situation is never helpful. If the situation was the other way around sure I might tell them my opinion but my advice would never be the exact same advice I would give to someone who has my opinion on those kinds of things. I would want them to act in a way that was in accordance with their beliefs and which they felt comfortable with, not in accordance with my beliefs and what I feel comfortable with. I appreciate when someone has that same respect for me whether they agree with me or not.
But I am not always comfortable expressing how I feel because sometimes the response makes you feel like you are going from one person being negative about you to another person doing the same thing which in turn can make you feel like there is something wrong with you so it turns into a vicious fucked-up circle and you don’t really know where to turn. It might not always feel like there is people who will understand but there is. They just aren’t in that particular vicious fucked-up circle. There is certain times people give advice to sort the situation out and bring people closer together and while it’s a good intention it is ignoring the feelings of the person they are giving advice to. It’s often advice which is given without even acknowledging that the person would be burying their feelings by following the advice and is still suggesting that part of the problem is the person having that response to the situation. While there is a lot of good intentions in it it often only fixes the surface level problems. The people might come together but pretending or believing that their emotions disappeared over night or fighting against how they truly feel while the other person is probably still saying prejudice and ignorant things can affect somebody’s mental health in the long run.
You keep doing you. In this world sometimes it can be so difficult to know what way is appropriate to react. There is no appropriate way. If you feel hurt, offended, affected, angry or whatever that is completely valid and nobody has the right to make you feel negative about yourself for your feelings, emotions and boundaries. They are part of you and they are part of what makes you who you are. Never be ashamed of them. Embrace them.
Here is my latest Beauty On A Budget post. Hope you all like it. 🙂
Use the middle colour on the bottom line of the Cosmetic Connections Blusher/Powder palette on your face and neck. In the same palette use the second colour on the top line on your cheeks. Brush eyebrows and put the black colour from Max & More’s 12 Color Eyeshadow Palette on your eyebrows. Use Miss Beauty London’s Eye Crayon – Cocoa on your eyelids and under your eyes. Put Max & More’s Mascara With Argan Oil – black on your eyelashes.
Use the brown-gold shade, second the right on the bottom line, from Max & More’s 12 Color Eyeshadow Palette on your lips. Put a bit of Miss Beauty London’s High Shine Lip Gloss – Cappuccino on the outline of your lips and a bit in the middle of your top and bottom lip. For the 1st look, leave out the next step but for the second put on Miss Beauty London’s Lipstick Sealer over it. In this look the sealer makes it slightly different so it depends which look you like yourself for your lips.