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With my MLIS degree complete and my first part-time real librarian position in high gear I find that my pleasure reading has gotten back on track. I figured now would be the time to get back to blogging. Let's hope I can keep on top of my books. So with my trusty Pomeranian dog "Spike" stiill by my side I will continue the challenge to read 1001 books.

Monday, February 29, 2016

They say the third time's the charm.

I am going to try this again. I am finally settling in to my first real librarian job (albeit part time) and I am reading more again. I will begin posting on both of my blogs starting tomorrow as I believe I have a book to post for each.

Until then, good night and good reading!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Woman In Black by Susan Hill

I went into this novel with high expectations and now that I am finished I can only hope that the movie is better.

While I enjoyed the spooky images portrayed of the grieving woman who haunts the moors around Eel Marsh House in Victorian England, I found most of the plot to be a bit predictable and was not that surprised at the reasoning for the haunt. That being said, I can see how, under a good director's hand, this could be made into a potent and scary film, so I am hoping that the movie will move me more than the novel did.

I may have mentioned before that I am an avid film buff and every year I arise at 5:30am on Oscar nomination day to see what has been chosen. There were a few surprises this morning. I was very surprised to see Jonah Hill's name come up and am now looking forward to seeing Moneyball which should be arriving in the mail from Amazon today.I have heard good and very bad about The Tree of Life, so it's nomination for Best Picture was a bit of a shock. I have seen four of the nine Picture nominees, so it looks like I'll be heading back to the theaters to see Hugo, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Warhorse, and will need to rent Tree of Life after I watch my video of Moneyball. Are you Oscar obsessed like I am and try to see all the nominees? Were there any surprises for you this year?

I'm in the middle of Dick Van Dyke's autobiography and it is proving to be pretty interesting. For now, until my next post...

Good Day and Good Reading!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Let's try this again.

I know I have been gone for quite some time, but I just began a read-a-thon and figured it was a good time to blog about it.

I have been working hard on my MLIS and have this and one more semester before I do my final e-portfolio and get my degree! As classes start this week I don't know how much reading I will get done, but I'll post what I finish.

I'm beginning with THE WOMAN IN BLACK which I am looking forward to seeing when it opens in February. I was reading an article about the film and found out that this ghost story set in Victorian England apparently is regularly taught in Great Britain, so I figured it would be great to read before seeing the movie.

I don't have a stack of specific books for the read-a-thon, so I'll just read whatever strikes my fancy.

Until tomorrow...Good Night and Good Reading!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Have I mentioned I HATE hot weather???

I know I said I would be back, and I have been reading, but the AC in our computer room went on the fritz last week and it has been very hot (it's 90 right now at 11pm!) so I have only gotten on the computer to do email.

Luckily we now have AC again (yay!) and I will post tomorrow the many books I have read in the last couple of weeks. Also, Comic Con International starts Wednesday and I am going to try to post each evening!

Hope everyone is staying cool in this very hot summer we are experiencing (I know there are areas much hotter than Southern California) and until tomorrow...Good Night and Good Reading.

Monday, July 4, 2011

I'm baaaack!! BLOOD RELATIONS by DL Atha

Hello everyone, I know it has been quite a while, but life got just too complicated for me to blog on a regular basis so I figured I'd go away for a while and come back when I felt I could give my blog the attention it deserves. So I hope to be posting at least a few times a week from now on. I'll begin with a book which I received as a Kindle copy from the author and am very happy that I did.


Annalise has rrecently moved herself and her daughter to an excluded farm and when her daughter goes off for a visit to her grandmother's, Annalise is looking forward to some quiet time in her new home. Little does she know that someone has been watching her and one night breaks into her home to make her his own, and he is not human.

I am usually not a big fan of horror erotica, but while there is a bit of the erotic within this story, the tale is more about a well-educated, smart woman (she's a doctor) is able to think her way out of a horrible situation and become a heroine in the end.

I really enjoyed Annalise and hope that there might be more of her stories to come!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Scribbling Women" Blog Tour

Welcome and hello! Thank you for joining the tour from Lisa’s World of Books. We are on day 2 of the “Scribbling Women” Blog Tour!

[Photo: Tom Snyder]

Once you have read my review be sure to check out the Tundra Books Blog at Tundra Booksfor updates on the tour, information about purchasing a copy of this marvelous book, and to find out about an amazing contest they are having to win copies of all of Marthe Jocelyn’s books!

In Scribbling Women: True Tales from Astonishing Lives Marthe Joselyn brings together the stories of common women who changed history through their letters, stories, and journals. Although these women come from disparat and seemingly separate lives Jocelyn connects their stories through history and even manages to create a Circle of Life style ending as she links the final woman's tale to one of the first's.

The book begins in 1st Century Japan, with She Shonagan a woman who wrote about her cloistered palace life in The Pillow Talk which is the only remaining example of what women's life was like in her time and culmantes around the world with Doris Pilkington Garinara, an Aborigine woman who's story hearkens back to that of Margaret Catchpole, an English woman who was among the first of Australia's 'settlers' and who's letters tell of its first struggling years.

If I had any criticism about the book, it would have to be that I wanted to know more and was sad as each chapter (and story) ended. What Ms. Jocelyn has done is to provide a primer which can lead to further investigation into these fascinating women's lives. In fact, the books ends with a challenge to the reader to start writing their own history. Who knows, maybe your 'scribbles' will someday wind up in a book!

Remember to stop by Tundra Books and please follow the tour to Kerry at Shelf Elf.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dewey End of Event Meme

I shut down before the final questions were up for the end of the Dewey Read-A-Thon, so here are my answers. Also, my reviews are probably going to go up tomorrow as I have homework to get done today.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I'd have to say between hours of 15 to 18 when my reading slowed and I got very tired. But I got a second wind and made it to the 24th hour!
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
For me any Harry Potter would keep me interested,even with their length.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
As this was my first "Dewey" I would have liked a little clearer idea of what was going on and how to post. The other read-a-thons I have been involved in you just posted to their site your updates. Maybe a 'newbie' page?
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I liked the hourly update on the site.
5. How many books did you read? Six
6. What were the names of the books you read?
LAST NIGHT I SANG TO THE MONSTER by Benjamin Alire Saenz--239 pgs.
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde--218 pgs.
THE PEARL DIVER by Jeff Talarigo--240 pgs.
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS by H.G. Wells--187 pgs.
RUNNING THE BOOKS by Ari Steinberg--399 pgs.
CLONE CODES by Patricia, Fredrick and John McKissack--177 pgs.
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
I'd have to say THE PEARL DIVER, with RUNNING THE BOOKS coming in a close second.
8. Which did you enjoy least?
Probably CLONE CODES as there was not enough meat to the story, but it is the beginning of a trilogy.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Not a Cheerleader.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I would definately participate again and would be a reader.