Blood on the Orchids

Author: Jill Steele
Publisher: Self
Genre: mystery, thriller
Rating: ⭐️/5

If I could give this book negative stars, I would. The only redeeming feature of this book was that it wasn’t written on my home island of Hawaii. That’s it.

You can tell the author didn’t map out her characters, their relationships to each other or their roles in the story. I think one of the characters name actually changed in the book. I’m not going to check because I returned the book back to the library and I WILL NOT open it again.

It’s very choppy and unedited or at least not edited very well at all. The story is all over the place. The author starts sticking POVs from other characters in the middle of another character’s POV and then I got confused who’s POV we were in because it switched between three different people on the same page.

The author acknowledges that she had two editors, but I saw no evidence of good editing. It seemed the first couple chapters of the book were a completely different draft or something because the murder changed days within 14 pages. It went from being on Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon.

Not to mention the author misspelled several Hawaiian words that she used in her book. She names a dog in the book “Elio” after the Hawaiian word for dog – but the Hawaiian word for dog is ʻilio. Like she didn’t even try at all.

I forced myself to read the entire book to meet a reading challenge, and man do I regret this SO MUCH. Especially since I found another book that could meet that challenge and I won’t want to kill myself reading it.

I can’t in good conscience recommend this book to anyone. If you want to read a book set in Hawaii or on Hawaii Island, read something else. Like Picture Bride by Mike Mallaghan.


Reading Goal 2022

Book #14 out of 50


Reading Challenge 2022

Book written by local author

Season Three: Episode Twelve

APRIL 11, 2022

So my A1C is at 10.2. That’s not good. Last Thursday I went to do my DOT physical for work. Because of my sugars, the doctor only cleared me for three months then I have to go back in and do a recheck.

I have to get my sugar under control in that time or I will be disqualified. Also, I can’t take injectable insulin because that’s another thing that could disqualify me. But the doctor did say I can take Ozempic so I let my endocrinologist know on Friday during that appointment.

I have another appointment with my endocrinologist next month to check up and see how things are going. Right now my fasting sugar was not great so I have to seriously rethink everything because I want to keep this job.

I got one of those weighted hula hoops to hopefully help with weight loss and lose some inches around my waist. I’m pretty active while on tour, but until tourism is back full force, which I’m not looking forward to, tours will be a little less frequent for now.

I’m hoping I can do what’s necessary to keep my job. I need to get a new glucose monitor. The one I have has to be replaced every year, but I’ve had mine for two years now. I just wanna make sure it stays fresh.

Tomorrow, I have a dentist appointment for the first time in a couple years. I hope my teeth are doing okay and diabetes hasn’t affected them in the mean time. I don’t think I’ve been to the dentist since my diabetes diagnosis in 2017.

I hope I can do this. I really like my job a lot. I can do this.

Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: classics, dystopian, scifi
Rating: ⭐️⭐️/5

I didn’t like it. I think I would have liked the situation and the book burning and everything, but I didn’t like the author’s writing style. You can tell it’s from the 1950’s and I don’t really care for the flowery language that takes a hundred words to say five.

If you’re in to the classics, by all means, go for it. But I was thoroughly underwhelmed. I don’t even know exactly why the city was bombed and who bombed it. I really don’t like flowery language when he could have just explained why things happened.

I think the thinking towards books could definitely still skew in the direction of the book. Particularly in America. I’m reading the Handmaid’s Tale right now and I think it’s absolutely hilarious that these two dystopian books that depict an America completely different from how we know it today, is at war with somebody else. Maybe they indicate who America is at war with, but it’s war. Is it triggered by the current society or is the current society triggered by the war?

I think I would have a hidden library and I would probably never leave my library unless absolutely necessary. I love books and I love reading. I would burn myself with my books I think. I don’t want to be brainwashed by my tv. But like I said, I didn’t care for this book much at all.


2022 Reading Goal

Book #13 out of 50

2022 Reading Challenge

A banned book

Season Three: Episode Eleven

APRIL 4, 2022

Health Update!

I got my blood taken last week Thursday to check my A1C. As it turns out the last time I got it checked was a year ago. It was 8.7 last March and wow it got worse since then. I’m at 10.2 now. What a failure. I’m very upset with this and myself. I know what I need to do but it’s so hard to do it.

I’m going to be doing more tours later this week so I hope it’ll get me back on track. I can’t really control what I eat on tour unfortunately but I’ll be more active at least.

I went on tour on Friday and I walked over 8000 steps and I was just training so hopefully it’ll be closer to 10,000 soon.

Also, I just had my eye appointment today and my ophthalmologist said everything looks good. Even with the high A1C my diabetes hasn’t gotten to my eyes yet so that’s a plus. Also my eye pressure is down too. Usually it rides closer to 20 in both eyes but today it was 17 in the right eye and 18 in the left eye. That’s a big plus for me.

Also my visual field was good he said. I didn’t miss anything apparently which I’m sure is a lie because there were some that I know I didn’t see. But this a great place for me with my vision. I have to go back in three months to check up on my prescription. Apparently, I am nearsighted just a little. I didn’t know that.

This Thursday, I have a DOT physical for work and an appointment with my endocrinologist. I have to call my insurance and see if I am able to get any type of insulin covered by insurance. That would be really great.

Next Monday is my dentist appointment. I haven’t gotten my teeth seen since I was like 23 I think. So I hope my teeth are doing okay with my diabetes. Remember diabetes can affect your teeth too.