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Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving Style

Happy Thanksgiving

We get a Thanksgiving freebie this week where we’re encouraged to write a top ten of the things we’re thankful for, bookish or non-bookish. This has been a rough year for me, personally, so I decided to go the non-bookish route and think of the things in my life for which I am thankful.

  1. As always, and at the very top of my list, I’m thankful for my husband and daughters. I have such a wonderful family and we support each other through everything. We’re also silly and crazy together. I wouldn’t change or trade our family dynamic for the world.
  2. I’m thankful for where I live. Being a military family for 17 years, we’ve moved quite a lot. I am thankful my husband was able to retire here in Florida. I love our little community and our beaches are among the most beautiful in the U.S. I love the heat and humidity in the summer and the cool’ish evenings we get in the winter. (Our temps got down into the 30s last night.)
  3. I’m thankful for my personal library. I get real joy out of seeing all the books scattered throughout my house. We have books in almost every room of the house.
  4. I am thankful for my dog, Milo. He gave us such comfort when we lost our Bailey this year. He still has some rough areas, discipline-wise, but he makes up for it by being so loving and funny.
  5. I am thankful for my three cats, Leo, Winnie, and Bean. All three were rescues and it hurts my heart to think of where they might be if they weren’t part of our family. Each has a unique personality and are funny, loving, and cuddly in their own ways.
  6. I am thankful for my education. I’ve been a student for sooooo long and it gets to be a thing that drags on you, but so many people don’t have the opportunities that I’ve had. I enjoy my museum classes very much. I just try not to think of my CE semester looming on the horizon or my staggering student loans, lol.
  7. I am thankful that my eight year old Scion still runs like a top. I get sentimentally attached to my cars and this one is no exception. I love it and am happy that it’s still reliable, comfortable, and the stereo still rocks. Incidentally, this is the oldest car we’ve ever had since being married and we bought it new.
  8. I am thankful for all my little hobbies:  crocheting, makeup and nail polish, reading, video gaming, and now, planner organization. I’m not really sure what the planner thing is called. I call it, plannering, but that isn’t even a word, lol.
  9. I am thankful for my house. This is down on the list because I think this house is cursed, but I am thankful, nonetheless, that it’s comfortable, keeps us out of the elements, and fulfills our needs (mostly) in a house. It’s more than a roof over our head (assuming the roof doesn’t catch on fire or have a tree fall through it, knock on wood).
  10. Lastly, (it’s only last for drama’s sake) I am thankful for yet another Thanksgiving with my family. This is, by far, our favorite holiday out of the year. It’s all about being together without outside stuff intruding. We enjoy the food and each other’s company and I just love the warm, fuzzy feeling that pervades our home on this holiday. I hope each and everyone of you out there has a fantabulous November 26th with your family and loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.Snoopy Thanksgiving

 

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae

Title:  Illuminae

Author:  Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

Publisher:  Random House

Pages:  599

Genre:  Young Adult, Science Fiction

Setting:  2575, Space aboard a ship

Blurb:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

From Me:

This was such a fun book to read. Don’t let the 599 page count turn you off of this book.

The story is told through instant messages, e-mails, official reports, and transcripts of video footage. Through these various documents, the story is told of Kady and Ezra who escape from a planet that is attacked by a megacorporation. Kady ends up on one ship trying to hack her way to the truth of what really happened and what is currently happening with the refugees. Ezra ends up on another ship, conscripted into their military, and becomes a pilot. Both are on the run from another ship, the one that attacked their planet and is trying to eliminate the last witnesses.

This was a fast-paced, edge-of-your seat novel. Despite the dire circumstances, it was witty and endearing. Kady is so smart for her age that it’s hard to remember she’s only 17 until you hear her sarcasm and snarkiness come through in the different transcripts.

Illuminae is such an entertaining and unique read. I really and truly do NOT recommend that you read this on any device. It needs to be read in its printed form. I can’t imagine how the different documents and images would translate to an eReader of any kind. Even if it formatted correctly (and I’ve seen people complain about it NOT in other reviews) you would lose something in the experience. Not only that, but it has the neatest cover (the hardbound dust jacket) of any book I’ve ever seen. Waiting for the next installment of this trilogy isn’t going to be fun.

4 Hearts

 

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Hour 4 Readathon Update

Things are going great! I’m on page 99 of my book and I’m liking it so far. Reading the final book of a trilogy can be emotional. You get answers, good or bad, to questions you’ve had for the length of the series. You also have to prepare yourself to say goodbye to characters you’ve become bookish friends with. ::sigh::

Im not doing this hour’s mini challenge. It takes too much thought and creativity that I’m just too tired to put myself into.

How’s your Readathon going???

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Library News Roundup: Week of August 24rd

Library

I have a couple stories about libraries to share this week:

British Library will lend world’s oldest bible to British Museum

I don’t know what it is, but when artifacts and such are loaned between institutions, the story always grabs my attention. I guess this is why being a museum studies student suits me, lol. Here, the British Library is loaning the Codex Sinaiticus to the British Museum for a special exhibition. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the oldest bible in the world. The world! How amazing is that? The codex is part of an exhibition by the British Museum to study Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities throughout a 1,200 year period. The codex will be displayed along with other artifacts as well as two other religious texts, also loaned to the museum by libraries. The power and importance of libraries…

How the New York Public Library digitizes its vast map collection

This project is being funded by a $380,000 grant and will include the digitizing of 435,000 maps. These are just of New York City. Wow!! According to the article, not only will this project make these maps more accessible to the public, but it will also help preserve part of NYC’s history. I wonder what the storage looks like for 435,000 maps too? This is a huge project and thus far, only 33,000 maps in the collection have been digitized. The NYPL has quite a ways to go before they can call this finished.

What you can do with your library card (other than check out books)

I love news, people, informational, anything and anybody that promotes libraries. So many people have the misconception that the only thing you can do at a library is check out books. Your local library is a community resource! This article from MPR News out of Minnesota highlights some of the things you can do with a library card. Granted, this might not be true of all libraries, some might off more or less resources or have different programs, but it still gives you an idea of the varied things a library has to offer. Items mentioned here are get homework help, utilize a notary public, attend storytime, or learn a language. Some programs my local library offers are genealogy assistance and read to dogs. You should check out your library and see what programs and services they offer to your community.

SLC’s downtown main library could be 1st in nation to try 24/7 schedule

I am jealous! Our library doesn’t even have the funding to open seven days a week and they close early two days a week. Salt Lake City, however, is currently putting the plan together for their main library to remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That’s phenomenal. The article says that these extended hours appeal most to students. As a student, and especially an adult student, I can see the appeal. This project is on a two year trial period and I would love to see the results at the end. What was attendance like? Did they have safety issues? How did their budget handle it?

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

Title:  Eleanor & Park

Author:  Rainbow Rowell

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press

Pages:  336

Genre:  Young Adult, Teen Fiction, Romance

Setting:  Omaha, Nebraska in 1986

From the publisher: 

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.

So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.

I’m not kidding, he says.

You should be, she says, we’re 16.

What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.

I love you, Park says.

Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.

I’m not kidding, he says.

You should be.

 Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

What did you think? I loved this book. I downloaded it and sat down and read it in one sitting. I actually barked at my kids when they tried to talk to me when I was reading it. I called my sister and made her download and read it too. She loved it, just in case you were wondering. I have also bought a hard cover copy for my eldest daughter to read.

This is my first novel by Rainbow Rowell. Her writing is…I can’t think of a word that doesn’t sound cliche. Unique, lyrical, mesmerizing. She draws you into the story and makes it impossible to put the book down. I think that she conveys what it’s like to be a teenager with spot on grace and skill. She also creates characters that are relatable, likeable, and real. I’ve read books where I’ve loved the story and atmosphere that the author creates and while I didn’t hate the characters, I didn’t really care about them either. I’ve also read books where I’ve loved the characters but hated where the author prattled on about the scenery or about minor characters or sub plots. With Eleanor & Park I enjoyed all the characters, even the ones I loved to hate, and she also took me back to the 80s and the music, style, and even the feel of an 80s house and neighborhood.

I’d recommend this book to any age 14+ despite it being a “young adult” novel. While it does have some questionable language, that shouldn’t stop you from reading it or letting your teen read it. I can’t believe that this book has actually been banned by some high schools. What a loss for them.

5 Heart Rating