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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.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

June 24, 2010

Yes, I am still alive and reading. This week has been very busy and now I am in the midst of a 24 hour read-a-thon! I will have quite a few books to post tomorrow evening.

Until tomorrow, Good Night and Good Reading!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Toy Story 3--You've Got A Friend In Me!

Well we braved the midnight crowd yesterday to experience the 3-D version of the end of a Pixar Trilogy classic--TOY STORY 3.


Most of the favorites are still there (although some have been sold or thrown away), and there are even some new friends (including Barbie's 'friend' Ken and a porcupine who fancies himself a thespian). Andy is all grown up (well 17) and is going off to college. He has to choose what will go with him, what will be stored in the attic, and what goes in the garbage. Through an unfortunate accident, most of the toys wind up thrown away, but manage to get to "Sunnyside Day Care" which isn't that sunny for newly arrived toys. Much excitement ensues, with laughs and yes, a few tears, until everything is brought right in the end.

As we were sitting in the theater we heard a boy who said he had just turned 18 and remembered seeing the first movie when we was 'a child' and seeing this film closes the door on childhood and made him feel like an adult. There were many sniffles from the row behind us which included many of these 17 to 18 year old 'adults'. I hope that they understand that being 'adult' doesn't necessarily mean you have to give up all you loved as a child (my husband's toy collection is proof of this).

I loved this movie and anyone who is an animation, but especially a Pixar fan, should go see it soon! I would recommend seeing it in 2-D rather than 3-D as there was not the impact as there was in a movie like UP. Be sure to stay through the entire credits as Pixar adds some funny ending scenes (which you will need after the final scene of the movie).


Nothing to report reading wise tonight, but I just got a copy of THE LIGHTNING THIEF which I have been wanting to read for some time now. Look for a review in a couple of days.

Until next time, Good Night and Good Reading!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

June 17, 2010


JULIA'S KITCHEN WISDOM by Julia Child
More of a 'how-to' rather than an actual cookbook, this has been added to my 'must buy' list. Unlike her previous cookbooks, this tomb has the 21st Century cook in mind with time-saving hints and shortcuts.

Child covers everything from sauces to deserts and gives the reader hints that are easily translated to other recipes. This book is great for someone who has a good grasp of cooking and wants to spread their wings and try their own style using solid basic steps.

If you want to know how to do basically anything in the kitchen this book will help you along the way. Needless to say, I highly recommend this for any ones cookbook collection!

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THE IMPERFECTIONISTS by Tom Rachman
This 'small story' novel covers the lives of 11 people involved in producing an newspaper in Italy. Spanning over five decades this novel gives a glimpse of the people, stories, and prejudices involved in creating a paper.

I am torn in my review, for while I liked the snippets of stories, there were some that I really wanted to go on when they ended so abruptly. I also had some real trouble with the female characters as there were few to like. I do not know if this was meant to show how women were and are treated in this profession, or if it was a reflection of the author's inability to write a 'nice' woman (this usually isn't a problem with me, but I found myself thinking "why isn't there a woman to like here" far too often as I read). I think the story would have been better if the author had focused on many half of the characters and given them more time on the page. I see that many review blurbs say that the book needed to be read twice to really get the full impact, I don't know if this is actually a good thing.

On the positive side, I did like many of the snippets and wanted them to go on. Also, I liked the way the author brought everything together in the end, showing how every one's lives ended up. I also liked the peek into a world that I know very little about.

I read this book as there was plenty of talk around the web and in book reviews about it being a 'must read'. I am usually happy when I read books that I wouldn't have read if not for the hype. Do you listen to this kind of talk and what is the percentage of good vs bad experiences?

Until next time, Good Night and Good Reading!

Oops! Forgot to mention--going to see Toy Story 3 tonight (this is not the norm for me, usually the movie has to have the name Potter in the title to get me out at midnight). I have read so many good reviews of this movie, just hope Pixar lives up to its reputation!

Monday, June 14, 2010

June 14, 2010

Real quick post as I am still in a bit of pain--I'll expand on these later...


DAUGHTERS OF THE WITCHING HILL by Mary Sharrott
A historical novel concerning the lives of a family of 'witches' in Jacobean England circa the 1580's. I liked the fact that the author began with more traditional "language" and then slowly brought it to 21st Century style. This resulted in bringing the reader into the time, but then relaxed so that the story could come through. I would recommend this title to anyone interested in the infamous Witch Trials.

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STONES INTO SCHOOLS by Greg Mortenson
This is a sequel to Mortenson's THREE CUPS OF TEA. He is now trying to build schools at the far reaches of Afghanistan's desert. I would have liked to have seen more about the students rather than the politics of actually building the schools. It was an interesting look into a culture that I know very little about. I love the fact that education is an important part of life, even in the most remote places. If you have read THREE CUPS OF TEA this is an OK sequel, if not read THREE CUPS in place of this one.

I'm working on "spiffing up" my site and may be adding and deleting in the next couple of weeks. What do you like to see on blogs (favorite sites, polls, links to books reviewed, etc.)?

Until next time, Good Afternoon and Good Reading!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

June 12, 2010

Bad earache for about three days now. Haven't had one of these since I was in my teens...OUCH!! Of all the remedies I have tried, heat seems to work the best, but I look funny with a steaming cup attached to my ear ;-(. Will try to post the two books I have managed to finish either later tonight or tomorrow.

Monday, June 7, 2010

June 7, 2010


HIDDEN WIVES by Claire Avery
If you have ever wondered what might be happening behind the headline stories of polygamist cults, this is the book for you.

Sara and Rachel are sisters living in the "Blood of the Lamb" secret cult in Utah where a man cannot get into the highest level of heaven without having at least three wives. Rachel is a beautiful girl who has 17 men who want to be her husband and that does not ring well with her tyrannical father Abraham. Sara, the more studious of the sisters, is beginning to see the cult for what it is, but will not leave without Rachel who has faith in what she has been taught. Then Luke comes to town, a handsome boy who has no interest in belonging to the sect, but has quite a great interest in Rachel.

Loaded with prejudice against both women and people of color, this book at times made me very angry, but I did not feal these subjects overwhealmed the story. Given the fact that the authors both grew up in a Christian Fundamentalist community I also learned more about what goes on behind the gates of these closed societies.

While some may have trouble with the "happily ever after" ending, I found this a book I could not put down. You can check out the book which comes out June 8, 2010 at Amazon, BetterWorldBooks, and B&N.

For more information about the authors, look here

Until next time, Good Night and Good Reading!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

June 6, 2010


BLOCKADE BILLY by Stephen King

Blockade Billy is a baseball catcher who's story has been erased from all sports records because of the dark secret in "Billy's" past.

While this short story has much of King's charm and wit, I did not get into it as much as past King offerings. If you are a baseball fan I am sure that you will enjoy the "old-time" baseball talk that permeates every page. I did however, enjoy the second offering included with the title story.

MORALITY is the tale of how far we will go for our loved ones, so that we can live the lives we want to live. Again, this was not really up to King's earlier short tales, but it had me going until the end (which left a little to be desired).

I always look forward to King novels and stories, but I have to admit that his recent tales have not been up to the standards of those in the past. I hope this is not a trend.

Until next time, Good Night and Good Reading!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 1, 2010


THE BLIND CONTESSA'S NEW MACHINE by Carey Wallace
The real premise of this romantic story is the fact that Carolina realizes she is going blind right before her wedding day and while most do not believe her, Turri does and creates a writing machine (typewriter) which leads to a hidden romance and a love triangle that lasts a lifetime.

I should begin by saying that I generally stay away from romances, unless there is some paranormal aspect present, but I really enjoyed this story. The romance, while ever-present, does not overpower the trials that Carolina faces at dealing with blindness. I think that losing my sight is my (and probably most readers’) greatest fear and Ms. Wallace has Carolina face it with dignity and grace. I also love the idea that someone would create a way for his beloved to communicate when she no longer could write. Wallace also adds a depth to the characters which is not often seen in romance fair—there are undertones of deeper psychological torment throughout that made this a book I did not want to put down. Although the end leaves a little to be desired, I would say this is a good summer read.

I should say this is a book I got an ARC of from my account on Book Browse (a great site if you don't already know about it--http://www.bookbrowse.com/).

Until next time--Good Night and Good Reading!