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.
This tale of Gen the thief reads like the best of the Greek journey tales. Gen is taken out of prison by Magus with the promise that if he is able to obtain a great jewel for Magus' queen he will never see prison again. Gen's journey is interspersed with mythological tales which 'feel' like the real thing (although the author is very adamant that both the Greece-like setting and the myths are all from her own imagination). This Newbery Honor Book, although written for pre-teen to YA can easily jump the barrier to be enjoyed by adults.
This is one of the books I obtained at my volunteer's breakfast. I do not read much fantasy, but was enchanted by the author's wit and sense of humor that I had to get the first three stories. I look forward to reading the further adventures of Gen in the future.
The last couple of days have been a bit of a blur (without much reading, sign), but I am very excited... My hubby Jeff and I went to Carlsbad on Saturday to check out a used book store (Fahrenheit 451--check it out if you are in the area, great selection of used books) and while we were in "The Village" we stopped by our favorite Antique Mall (Carlsbad Village Art & Antique Mall) and saw a sign that they had dealer spaces available and we signed up!
I haven't really posted about it, but I sell books online and at SF Conventions (Pulps, SF, Horror, Mystery, and TV/Movie Tie-Ins mostly) and I have been wanting to go "brick & mortar" for some time now, but didn't want to invest the amount of time necessary for a store of my own with my MLIS in progress. This is going to be great because all I have to do is set up shop and they (the mall) does all the rest of the work. It's a little drive from where I live, but I love Carlsbad Village and this will give me an excuse to go there a couple of times a month. I also used to sell movie posters and other memorabilia, but my stuff has been languishing in storage and now it will see the light of day again. Anyway, the last couple of days I have been furiously working on my stock to get it ready for the "store" and haven't been reading much. Once this weekend is over everything should be in order and I will be back to reading.
Well, it's been a little while, but now with school out for summer (YAY!) I should be posting pretty regularly.
DOG BOY by Eva Hornung.
This tale of a boy raised by dogs follows the life of Romochka who at about six years of age leaves his home and follows a nursing mother dog back to her home. He is slowly accepted into the pack and lives a happy life for some time. However, after a few years he notices the mother dog "Mamochka" acting strangely towards him. She leaves the den only to return with a new human baby "puppy"!
The story is both charming and horrifying. Hornung delves into what make us "human" and winds up questioning, are we still not animals. I found the story riveting and although the ending was a bit abrupt, it is well worth the read.
Hello and a Happy Belated Mother's Day for all you moms out there!
I really am still around; however, my schoolwork has taken away most of my reading time. Rest assured that next week, after classes are over, I will be reading with fury and plan on reading one "1001" book and then a book from my massive "other books" list.
Happy May Day! I spent most of it recovering from the migraine I got from the Read-A-Thon which ended at noon on Friday. Note to self: Do NOT drink loads of highly caffeiniated coffee and not eat while reading mass quantities of books. Anyway, I think I have fully recovered and can now share my adventure.
I was able to finish six books, five of which will be reviewed on my other blog as they were on the 1001 must read books list.
The one "other book" I read was THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Colliins and I am very glad I did.
The Hunger Games are a yearly event set in the near-future within what is left of the USA. Every child from the age of 12-17 has to participate in a drawing that chooses a boy and a girl from each of the 12 "zones" and they are sent to the game zone where the ultimate goal is to be the last living contestant. The action is intense without being gratuitous and the characters are very well-written. I look forward to the sequel with baited-breath!
If you don't read YA because you think it is just for kids, this would be a good choice to start you off.
If you do want to try out YA reads I would also highly reccomend THE BOOK THIEF by Marcus Zusak.
Well, I'm off to my other blog to note the five other worthy books that filled up my 24 hour reading binge.