Meow Monday: House Hunters

The cats are ready to settle down in a bigger space. They want more beds for napping, stairs to run up and down, a yard to explore… and maybe some chicken friends (that’s wishful thinking, but a girl can dream).  In other words… we’re house hunting.

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

It’s a bit stressful and overwhelming, but mostly exciting. There’s no rush, and it’ll be a challenge to find something reasonably priced in the area, so it will probably be a while before we can make a move. So for now… these cats will be seeing a lot less of the humans on the weekends as we hunt down open houses and MLS drivebys.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

It’s shaping up to be an exciting spring!

High Five for Friday!

High Five for Friday! I took a mini break from the blog this week, which was nice. I’ll be back to the normal routine next week!

I’m sharing the highlights of my week… five to be exact!  I love the idea of focusing on five little things that made me happy… definitely a fun way to recap the week and stay grateful.


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1 – Ten Years. Hubby’s 10 year highschool reunion was quite a fun weekend! It was great to be back in MS to see old friends and family again.
2 – Best Bro. My brother visited unexpectedly for a couple nights, which is always fun! Haven’t seen him in person since the holidays, so it was fun to catch up.
3 – GOT! Sunday nights just got interesting again… looks like it will be a great 5th season! I love all the recaps that spring up after each episode too – my favorite are the Youtube videos by Comicbookgirl19.
4 – Tried and True. It seems like all my most-used makeup ran out at once, so I stocked up on my old standby – Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey – and some new eyeshadows recommended by Kate via The Small Things – Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in No Pressure and Birthday Suit.
5 – The Attic. While in MS, I got to visit The Attic for the first time – such a cool vintage clothing store in an old house in downtown Columbus. I couldn’t resist this black-and-white cat print dress!

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Meow Monday: Busy Bees

Another busy weekend for the humans and a lonely one for the cats. We took Friday off of work to drive to MS for hubby’s 10-year high school reunion, and drove back yesterday afternoon. I’m still wrapping my mind around the fact that we are at this age now, celebrating milestones like this… and in terms of decades, at that. We had so, so much fun catching up with everyone, and the whole weekend was a blast. But my introverted self is wiped out from all the socializing and late nights! My brother is visiting for a couple days too, so I think I’ll take a mini blogging break this week and check in again for High Five for Friday.

But since this is Meow Monday, here are some random pictures of Tali in the new chair.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

See you on Friday!

High Five for Friday!

High Five for Friday!

I’m sharing the highlights of my week… five to be exact!  I love the idea of focusing on five little things that made me happy… definitely a fun way to recap the week and stay grateful.


The Amateur Librarian // H54FThe Amateur Librarian // H54F

1 – Chattanooga. Our little weekend getaway was just the thing I needed to break up the humdrum of everyday life.
2 – New Chair! I’ve been on the hunt for a smallish armchair, looking high and low around town, but finally we went with the classic Poang from Ikea. Quite the satisfying project to put it together this week – and bonus! It matches the couch, since that’s from Ikea too.
3 – Naturebox. Nom nom nom! Still enjoying my snacks subscription, especially with road trips on the horizon.
4 – Every Day. I’ve been wearing this necklace every day for the past couple months. Simple jewelry is what I’m liking best these days.
5 – Abba. Stressful work days are suddenly easier with Abba in my ears. A chance mention on the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast made me look up this album, and it’s been a fun change of pace this week.

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Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch: April

I’m working on another yearlong cross stitch project (see last year’s Once Upon a Time sampler here) but this one is a bit more laid back since it’s an older pattern and I don’t have to wait for the mystery blocks to be revealed each month. I love Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Woodland Creatures sampler, it is so super cute!
I’m loving the quick blocks, and April was no exception. Quite appropriate, too, since this week has been rain, rain, rain. I haven’t seen any jackalopes yet, though!
Below are a few progress pics:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Here are the finished months so far:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Three blocks down, nine to go!
 
 The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
I’ll be sure to share my monthly progress, similar to last year. Stay tuned!

Chattanooga City Sights: Aquarium

Chattanooga was our destination for a quick weekend getaway – it’s only 2 hours away, so it was perfect for a couple nights. To avoid photo overload, I split Chattanooga weekend trip into two parts… yesterday was Rock City, and now for the aquarium!
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
After a quick lunch break by the riverfront (nothing to write home about), we walked over to the aquarium, which overlooks the river and is split up into two buildings – one for the Ocean exhibits, and one for the River exhibits. The grounds are fun alone – there are two “living” bridge overlooks, lots of vendors, a river view, and a built-in play area for all the kids running around.
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
It was a great atmosphere, and the exhibits inside each building were laid out really well so the crowd flowed naturally but you didn’t feel rushed and could go at your own pace. The Ocean building had three floors, but the River exhibit had about one million… almost too many, ha! Maybe we were just tired because we had been on our feet all day, but we started skimming past the last few floors of the River building.
The Ocean!
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The River!
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
I think our favorite animals were the ones we got to interact with a bit – we caught feeding time for the penguins and turtles, and got to touch the sting rays and sturgeons. We also saw a duck and a fish get in a tiff – a passing fish ruffled some feathers and got a peck, returned by a chase around the tank, which was pretty adorable.
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
We were dead tired after the aquarium, so we headed back to the hotel for a nap before dinner. My co-worker recommended Tony’s Pasta Shop and Trattoria for dinner, and it was so good! The bread with baked-in garlic was awesome (and so was our bottle of wine and the rest of dinner!), and the Bluff View Art District was a cool area.
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
The Chattanoogan had live music at the hotel bar on the weekends, so we ended the night hanging out there for a bit.
The Amateur Librarian // Chattanooga, TN Aquarium
Before we left on the last day, we had one more great meal – breakfast at Tupelo Honey. The biscuits (and honey of course) were oh so good! The weekend went by quickly and we had a great little getaway. Plus, it was so nice that it was only a couple hours from home!
More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Chattanooga City Sights: Rock City

Chattanooga was our destination for a quick weekend getaway – it’s only 2 hours away, so it was perfect for a couple nights. We found lots to do (and eat!) so I’ve split up the photo dump into two parts – today: Rock City, tomorrow: Aquarium. Fair warning: pictures ahead!
Our first night, we took it easy and explored the area around our hotel (the Chattanoogan).
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The next morning, we were up and at ’em… first stop: Rock City!
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
At first, I wasn’t so sure about the whole thing… as we were herded along the initial path in a single file line with a long stream of other visitors, I was worried that it would be a bit too tourist-trappy with little chance to actually enjoy the views.  But once you get to Lover’s Leap, there’s more room to explore at your own pace. The views are stunning!  You can see six states from the top, which was really cool.
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
We got to the end and had a “that’s it?” moment, until we followed another path (the signs aren’t always clear) and came across the Fairy Tale Caverns. Wow, what a trip! There is a fairytale theme and gnomes throughout, but the caverns took it up a notch. The underground caverns were equally cool and creepy… lots of black lights and fairy tale scenes, which were pretty bizarre… Rock City dates back to the 1930’s, so they’ve probably been there for a long time now. The unexpectedness made it really fun, though – we had no idea there were any underground tunnels at all, let alone a big underground cavern, so it was a really surprising experience.
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
We visited in the morning, and it took about 2 hours to go through the whole thing, but it felt like there was plenty to see in that time and we could’ve stayed longer. We were getting hungry, though, so we headed back downtown for a lunch break and then our next adventure… the aquarium!
Before we left, I couldn’t resist a souvenir… this little guy is living outside with my rosemary now!
The Amateur Librarian // Rock City in Chattanooga, TN
 Part Two of our Chattanooga adventure coming tomorrow!

Meow Monday: Weekending

Over the long weekend, we roadtripped to Chattanooga for a little getaway. So much fun (pics to come)! We were only away for two nights, but the cats seemed glad when we got back yesterday afternoon.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I have a feeling that I know exactly what they were up to while we were gone…

A little of this…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

A little of that…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

And probably some of this too…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I’m just glad the apartment was in one piece when we got back home :)

High Five for Friday!

High Five for Friday!

I’m sharing the highlights of my week… five to be exact!  I love the idea of focusing on five little things that made me happy… definitely a fun way to recap the week and stay grateful.

The Amateur Librarian // H54FThe Amateur Librarian // H54F


1 – Parents. It was so great to see my parents again last weekend to explore Nashville, eat good food, and visit with friends!
2 – Walking Again. It’s finally light enough and warm enough to start walking after work again – I’ve missed my geese friends at the lake! Last year I watched a Canadian goose family on my daily walks as they built a next, laid eggs, and adopted a baby mallard duck – and the duck still hangs out with the geese a year later… so cute!
3 – Spring Cleaning. Must organize all the things! Inspired by Gretchin Rubin’s Happier at Home, I’ve been going “shelf by shelf” to organize everything in sight.. the bedside tables, the bar cart, all the closets, the bathroom, the pile of magazines and books that have accumulated, etc. It feels so good to clear some space now that it’s officially spring!
4 – Easter Plans. We’re heading to Chattanooga for a mini vacation for the long weekend. I’m excited to get out of town and see something new!
5 – Nine Years! It doesn’t seem like nine years have passed since hubby and I started dating in college… but but it’s true. Cheers to many more!

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Reading Log: March 2015

I was in a bit of a slump at the beginning of the month, but in the last couple weeks my reading picked up again. Sometimes I have to remind myself that the dvR can wait, and reading after dinner is an option on week days too… it’s so easy to get into the routine of work-eat-TV-sleep-repeat while letting the hobbies I actually enjoy fall to the wayside. One Friday night I stayed up late reading in bed, and it felt so luxurious! I haven’t done that in a long time, and I’m not sure why. So I’ve started reading before going to sleep more often. It also helps to have some great books to read!

Below is my Reading Log for March 2015, with my thoughts about each book to help me remember what I read.  I’ve included all the books that I’ve read or finished during the month (even if I started some of them outside of the month).  And of course I keep track of my rating on the grade system, the binding, genre, etc… just for fun!

March 2015

HB = Hardback, PB = Paperback, AB = Audio book, K = Kindle.
F = Fiction, HF = Historical Fiction, NF = NonFiction, YA = Young Adult,
CL = Children’s Lit, B/M = Bio/Memoir, SFF = Sci-Fi/Fantasy, C = Craft

Title Start Finish Grade/Format Genre
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods,
written by Rick Riordan and illustrated by John Rocco
10/26/14 Still Reading TBD
HB
CL
Twelve Recipes,
by Cal Peternell
12/23/14 Still Reading TBD
HB
NF
Craft-a-Doodle: 75 Creative Exercises from 18 Artists,
by Jenny Doh
1/20/15 Still Reading TBD
PB
C
In Cold Blood,
by Truman Capote
1/25/15 3/1/15 A+
PB
NF
Mequilibrium: 14 Days to Cooler, Calmer, and Happier,
by Jan Bruce, Andrew Shatte, and   Adam Perlman
2/16/15 3/21/15 A
K
SH
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions,
by Randall Munroe
2/18/15 Still Reading TBD
HB
NF
Big Little Lies,
by Liane Moriarty
2/23/15 3/2/15 A+
K
F
The Woman in White,
by Wilkie Collins
3/1/15 Still Reading TBD
AB
F
Belzhar,
by Meg Wolitzer
3/2/15 3/7/15 B+
LB
YA
Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm,
by Alice and Martin Provensen
3/7/15 3/7/15 A+
HB
CL
Happier at Home,
by Gretchin Rubin
3/8/15 3/29/15 A
LB
SH
Missing May,
by Cynthia Rylant
3/19/15 3/20/15 A+
PB
CL
The Adoration of Jenna Fox,
by Mary E. Pearson
3/20/15 3/23/15 A
LB
YA
Conquering Chaos,
by Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra
3/23/15 3/24/15 B+
K
M
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet,
by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
3/24/15 Still Reading TBD
LB
YA
Johnny Tremain,
by Esther Forbes
3/25/15 Still Reading TBD
K
CL

Thoughts:

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, written by Rick Riordan and illustrated by John Rocco – TBD

 The Amateur Librarian // October 2014 Reading Log

Still sitting on the coffee table… somehow I’ve accumulated too many coffee table books recently (oops!) so this one has moved to the backburner.

Twelve Recipes, by Cal Peternell – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // December 2014 Reading Log

I haven’t picked this one up lately but it’s still on my mind.

Craft-a-Doodle: 75 Creative Exercises from 18 Artists, by Jenny Doh – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // January 2015 Reading Log

Another one I haven’t picked up recently. Maybe next month!

In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote – A+

The Amateur Librarian // January 2015 Reading Log

I don’t have much to add to what’s already been said for the last fifty years – this book is such a legend for being the first “true crime” novelization and the masterpiece that cemented Truman Capote’s career. It was powerful stuff, truly. With so much crime littering our modern pop culture, I doubt this would be considered much of a splash today – the prose is straightforward and the facts are stated plainly; it’s treated much more like “literature” than the sensationalized gore that we’re used to seeing all over TV and movies. So much of it is a fascinating character study of the two men who committed the grisly crime that shocked the small Kansas city in 1959, murdering four people in their own home and leaving with just forty dollars and a radio.

I’m glad I read Gerald Clarke’s biography of Truman Capote first, to really understand how so many years of writing and interacting with the murderers took a physical and mental toll on Capote. Somehow I always thought this would be told from a first-person perspective, and involve Capote getting to know the Kansas natives who were shaken by such a violent crime in their midst. My interest was piqued even more when I found out that his assistant was none other than Harper Lee, a friend from his hometown, but the third person narrative completely left out any trace of the research, visits, and correspondence that went on between all parties involved. I guess it’s not much of a spoiler at this point to say that the two men were executed by hanging after nine long years – and Truman Capote witnessed it all. It almost felt like half the story was missing, since Capote never referred to himself or his viewpoint throughout, even though he obviously had special privileges to visit the prisoners and even witness the hanging. It was hard not to get choked up by the senselessness of the crime, and the masterful storytelling. Powerful stuff.

Mequilibrium: 14 Days to Cooler, Calmer, and Happier, by Jan Bruce, Andrew Shatte, and Adam Perlman – A

The Amateur Librarian // February 2015 Reading Log

Stress is a part of every day, and it isn’t going away, but how we react to stress can help make life easier. Mequilibrium presents 14 days’ worth of strategies which breaks down the program of effectively dealing with stress. For me, the most helpful aspects were about identifying emotions, common stressors, and “iceberg” beliefs that cause stress. Life being what it is, I got plenty of practice with these tips! It really did help to shift my thinking when something stressful came up, to analyze why it happened and how best to react to it. Or as the doctors put it, “trap, map, and zap the negative intruders.” Self-help language can be a bit gimmicky, but the research behind it helped to flesh out the ideas. There are some good examples of real life people who completed the program, although I wish there were more. I think my biggest takeaway, other than practical ways to handle stress, is that having perspective can change my whole outlook. Making connections to the wider world giving a sense of purpose to even the drudgery of everyday life can make more stress more manageable. (Full review here.)

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What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, by Randall Munroe – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // February 2015 Reading Log

Another coffee table book I haven’t had time to read lately… (see what I mean about too many??)

Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty – A+

 The Amateur Librarian // February 2015 Reading Log

Can a book about domestic violence be hilarious? Somehow, this one pulled it off while remaining poignant and realistic. Three women’s lives converge when their kids start kindergarten in the same class, and the problems underneath their picture-perfect lives are slowly revealed as they become friends. I loved the examination of friendships and motherhood, in the same engrossing style of What Alice Forgot, the first Liane Moriarty book I read. Two thumbs up for an enjoyable read that combines witty observations of modern women’s lives and an honest look at serious issues like domestic violence.

The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // March 2015 Reading Log

I went through the archives of the Craftlit podcast for another audiobook and decided on this one – the best Victorian gothic mystery I’ve never heard about! This podcast is definitely the long way to listen to an audiobook – each chapter/episode is about 1.5 hours long and there’s lots of chitchat, but it’s so much fun! I’ve been listening every chance I get to find out what happens next.

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Belzhar, by Meg Wolitzer – B+

The Amateur Librarian // March 2015 Reading Log

Belzhar doesn’t seem like the type of YA book that would involve magical realism at all, but there it is – a group of kids at a special high school for “fragile” teenagers become friends over their shared experiences of traveling into the past through their journals. I won’t say anymore about the plot, except that the pacing was excellent and kept me interested, even if my eyes were rolling at some points. I’ve heard a lot of buzz, on the one hand a lot of bloggers naming it the best YA novel of 2014, but also a lot of backlash against the “twist” ending. Since I was somewhat prepared for the big twist, I wasn’t as outraged as I might have been otherwise… sorry if that’s super vague, but this is definitely a case where revealing certain details is a major spoiler. I never felt a deep connection with any of the characters, so I wouldn’t put this on any “Favorite” lists, but it was thought provoking and a great read all the same.

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Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm, by Alice and Martin Provensen – A+

The Amateur Librarian // March 2015 Reading Log

I’ve been looking for this book for ages, the companion to the picture book The Year at Maple Hill Farm, and I stumbled upon it in an antique store in Lieper’s Fork… I love it when that happens! Every quirky animal on the farm is described in great detail along with hilarious illustrations. I love the playful spirit, and especially that there’s no “message,” just a charming look at life on a farm.

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Happier at Home, by Gretchin Rubin – A

The Amateur Librarian // March 2015 Reading Log

I haven’t read The Happiness Project in a while, so I didn’t mind too much that this sequel rehashes a lot of the same material and reminds you constantly of the lessons learned from the first book. You could probably get away with reading one or the other of the two books without missing much, but I enjoy Gretchin Rubin’s voice immensely so I’m plenty happy with a refresher course on the research behind “happiness” and how to apply it to yourself. I like how personal her journey to happiness is, instead of one-size-fits-all advice, even if she can be a bit crotchety. The list of things she doesn’t like is long (traveling, driving, errands, eating sweets (she’s an abstainer, not a moderator), etc.) but I can admit it’s a relief to acknowledge my personal list of all the things I feel like I should like but don’t. Her insights are great and shed light on my own search for a happier life, even though I still don’t feel the need to construct my own Happiness Project. And I’m OK with that – I’d rather read about hers instead. I’m signed up to review her next book, Better than Before – can’t wait!

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Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant – A+

The Amateur Librarian // March 2015 Reading Log

I think the greatest power of children’s literature is how it can grab hold of you so quickly. In under one hundred pages, I felt so deeply for Summer – orphaned, passed around to family members, and finally feeling safe again with her elderly aunt and uncle. When her Aunt May passes away, her uncle is bereft and only Summer’s strange new friend Cletus can help revive the family. Summer has already lost so much in her life, and holds so tightly to her newfound safety that it’s heartbreaking to see how she envies Cletus his ability to face life without fear. Super short but profound.

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The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary E. Pearson – A

 The Amateur Librarian // March 2015 Reading Log

Jenna Fox wakes from a coma to find that she is not completely human anymore. How far will her overbearing parents go to make sure they don’t lose their only daughter? I won’t say any more than that, since there are a few twists and turns to the plot, but I quite enjoyed this intriguing sci-fi YA thriller that examines medical ethics, free will and what it means to be human. I liked the mix of poetry and super short chapters, which made it a quick read. A bit heavy-handed at times, but it brought up a lot of thought-provoking questions that I’m still mulling over.

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Conquering Chaos, by Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra – B+

The Amateur Librarian // March 2015 Reading Log

I can’t help it… this is the third Teen Mom book I’ve read, and now I feel the need to “collect them all.” I’ve watched the 16 & Pregnant shows since college, and I still tune into all the spinoffs; whatever you may think about the franchise or reality TV in general, I always think there’s something to be gleaned from the young teens facing unexpected parenthood. Catelynn and Tyler are the only couple who have stayed together over the past six years or so since the first season aired, and the only ones who placed their child for adoption. Like many of the others, they also grew up surrounded by violence, drugs, and unstable parents and struggled to break the cycle of dysfunction. This one has a unique feel since it’s written from both perspectives, and because they placed their first child for adoption, there’s also a lot of information about that process. It’s hard not to compare all the Teen Mom memoirs to each other, and of the three I’ve read I liked this one the best. The conversational tone sounded like it was straight from the therapy sessions, but it felt like an honest portrayal of their past and present. There was a “self help” angle that gave them plenty to say, so it didn’t feel like they were trying to fill up the page count as much as the others. Now I’m off to watch the Teen Mom OG (Original Girls) on the dvR!

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The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick – TBD

 The Amateur Librarian // March 2015 Reading Log

I have to admit, web series are not really my thing. I was aware of the cross-media sensation of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries last year, a modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice on YouTube that crossed over onto multiple social media platforms (including fictional Pinterest & Twitter accounts for the characters that corresponded with the videos in between new episodes), and it all sounded really fun… but I just couldn’t get into it. A novelization is more my speed, a fictional “behind-the-scenes” look into the whole story from Lizzie’s point of view as she uploads vlogs about her life as part of a grad school class about new media. It’s really fun so far, especially all the parallels between the original and new versions and modernization of the plot points.

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Johnn Tremain, by Esther Forbes – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // March 2015 Reading Log

One of the fun things about the Newbery challenge has been hunting for cheap (or free) copies everywhere I go… at used bookstores, the library, paperbackswap.com, etc. One of the best resources has been Kindle Unlimited – granted, I’m paying a monthly subscription fee, but I’ve found quite a few Newbery books this way, including Johnny Tremain. I’ve been putting this one off for a while – the Revolutionary War just doesn’t appeal to me that much – but so far so good!

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the month of March.  Anyone reading a good book?

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