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Marvelous Monday

Monday, September 5, 2016
Marvelous Monday, On My Kindle Book Reviews, Labor Day

It is a beautiful Labor Day here at On My Kindle. First, I really appreciate all of the well-wishes and support I received while I was sick. I am still trying to make up for the time that I lost, but I am hopeful that I will be back on track soon.
Second, I just want to take a few minutes to reflect on what Labor Day is all about because this past year has really brought some issues to light regarding minimum wage and workers' rights.

One might argue that we have come a long way since the times when child labor was the norm and the inexcusable events that took place during the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; however, we still have a long way to go in this country. We have companies that seem more interested in implementing policies that barely comply with safety regulations and civil rights laws, rather than implementing policies that follow the spirit of these regulations and laws; companies that do not pay their workers a living wage; and companies that consistently get away with offering high-priced health benefits that its workforce can barely afford and then fire workers who call in sick, even with doctors' notes.

I am not going to begin a discussion about politics, but I am going to ask you to do something different this year. Instead of cracking open beers, focusing on barbecues with friends and family, or hunting down bargains being offered by retailers; take a few moments to reflect on the workers that you encounter every day, whether it be your favorite cashier at your local grocery store or the person that made your favorite outfit, and think about the sacrifices that these people and their families make daily to ensure that you acquire the things that you want and need.

Also, think about the people who are unemployed and trying to find work in a system that allows inequitable hiring practices. A system in which workers are arbitrarily labeled as "over-qualified," "under-qualified," or "unemployable." In many cases, these people are struggling to find work when the deck is stacked against them before they even fill out a job application or send a resume.

It seems to me that Labor Day should be more about reflecting on the people who serve us daily, and less about celebrating a system that still needs a lot of improvement.

Since I got that off my chest, let's take a look at the books that I am reviewing this week.

To be Reviewed

Correlations, P.S. Winn, To be Reviewed, On My Kindle Book Reviews    Sixth Prime, Dan O'Brien, To be Reviewed, On My Kindle Book Reviews

I meant to read Correlations last week so that I could review it this week, but I wasn't able to get around to it. Sixth Prime will be the first paid review that I am writing for this new company that I am freelancing for, so I am a little nervous about it.

I was hoping to add a third book to this list, but it just is not going to happen this week; however, I am going to add a third book to the TBR list this week in the hopes that I can get to it.

To be Read

things in ditches, Jimmy Olsen, To be Read, On My Kindle Book Reviews
A murder mystery novel. The story of Phillip "Dutch" Cleland, a man with a hidden past and a future about to explode in his face. A seemingly average man whose love for two women drives him to such extremes that deception, even murder and suicide are not longer unthinkable. When a lovely corpse is discovered near Dutch's home town, the nearby ditches begin to yield a harvest of secrets, none of them comforting for Dutch. Soon he is forced to flee for his life, before his past and the police slip a noose around his neck.

Things In Ditches is peopled with small town characters that are so humorous and eccentric, their oddball antics enliven every paragraph and page. A reader can't help but be reeled in by the strange citizens of Willow River, until soon discovering they're really not so different from all of us and Dutch's story is the oldest story on earth; good and evil, betrayal and laughter. And finally, the power of love and friendship, forging one man's determination to overcome all odds, even death.
The Show, John A. Heldt, To be Read, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Seattle, 1941. Grace Vandenberg, 21, is having a bad day. Minutes after Pearl Harbor is attacked, she learns that her boyfriend is a time traveler from 2000 who has abandoned her for a future he insists they cannot share. Determined to save their love, she follows him into the new century. But just when happiness is within her grasp, she accidentally enters a second time portal and exits in 1918. Distraught and heartbroken, Grace starts a new life in the age of Woodrow Wilson, silent movies, and the Spanish flu. She meets her parents as young, single adults and befriends a handsome, wounded Army captain just back from the war. In THE SHOW, the sequel to THE MINE, Grace finds love and friendship in the ashes of tragedy as she endures the trial of her life.
The Promise, C.E. Wilson, To be Read, On My Kindle Book Reviews
What does it mean to be human?

Lily Evans is about to find out. On what should have been a day of great happiness she is diagnosed with a rare and unbelievable disease: she is shrinking, possibly without limit.

As her life starts to spin out of control and the world starts to grow around her at an uncontrollable rate she is forced to confront her greatest fear - losing the man whom she loved from the moment she saw him. Can they stay together even though she feels her humanity slipping away? Can she trust him with her secret and - as her disease progresses - her safety and even her life? Can she trust herself?

A bittersweet story of love and loss, The Promise is an Urban Fantasy that will have readers questioning the meanings of love, trust, and even humanity.
Hopefully, I can get all three books read this week; however, between being sick and taking advantage of the fact that Kyle got a three-day weekend for Labor Day, I am starting the week a little behind.

I have a pretty wide variety of genres in this week's TBR pile. What does your TBR pile look like? Let me know in the comments.

Have a marvelous Monday and an exceptional week!