Nashville City Sights: Weekend Adventures

My parents came for a visit this past weekend, and the time was jam-packed with lots of adventures around the city!
The main reason for the visit was another infusion.  I’m feeling great health-wise these days (hallelujah), but it’s always nice to have company at the hospital.  That night we crossed off a headache in record time: towing the car to get a new battery. And fortunately, the happy ending was a running car and no outrageous repair bills!  After that we had a quiet night of tacos for dinner, followed by a late-night walk to Sonic… in the rain (oops)… but we had fun!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

The next morning I headed to the MCMQG meeting while hubby and my parents went to the farmers market and shopped a bit at The Factory.  They brought home all kinds of goodies – fresh peaches, goat’s milk soap, and the cutest little dishes from the paint-your-own-pottery store. We met up again and headed back to The Factory for lunch – fish & chips for the boys, seafood gumbo for the girls (speecy spicy!)

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

After lunch we got straight back on the road to seek out Radnor Lake – I heard about it from a co-worker but wasn’t sure what to expect. It ended up to be such a cool destination!  It was a cloudy day, which was perfect for walking through the woods.  The views were gorgeous, but the best part was all the wildlife that showed up. Because Radnor Lake is a nature preserve, there are no pets or food allowed, and the strict trails-only rules meant that animals walked right by us with no fear. All along the trails, we saw baby fawns lie down a few feet away, guinea fowl forage for food with their babies in the underbrush, lots of deer, and all kinds of birds (including a “hoot owl” as an older gentleman pointed out to us).  There were a few different trails but we stuck to the one around the lake and it was an easy walk of about 3 miles.  Definitely a new favorite spot for an easy hike – I’m sure we’ll be back!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Wildlife spotted and blurrily photographed: Deer!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Fawns!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Spider!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Rustling in the grass!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Plush bunny!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Guinea fowl!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Turtles!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Loons!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Goldfinch!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Great blue heron!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Hoot owl!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Normally that would be about the extent of our activities for the day if it were just hubby and me, but my parents just keep go-go-going!  After a brief break, we headed to Third and Lindsley in Nashville for dinner and a show.  We didn’t know recognize the act so we had no idea what to expect, but we stumbled upon the annual Little Walter Tube Amp Jam – a bunch of musicians from all different backgrounds who are all fans of the Little Walter amp company.  It was fun to see a variety of musicians – some we liked more than others – but each act performed a song or two, so it moved pretty swiftly.  I think my favorite act was a harmonica performance by Country Music Hall-of-famer Charlie McCoy. We didn’t make it through the whole show but it was a fun way to spend the night (and the food was pretty good too!).

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

 

On Sunday my parents headed home… and I was exhausted!  Maybe one day I’ll have as much energy as they do, ha!  More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Lazy Weekend

The cats had a pretty lazy weekend.  While my parents visited and the humans visited the farmer’s market, browsed antiques at The Factory, hiked around Radnor Lake, and listened to music at Third and Lindsley, the cats mostly sat around.

In exciting cat news, Tali has a new bed:

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

And Cora likes to watch us leave for work from the window each morning.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Exciting stuff!

There wasn’t much time for taking pictures of the cats, but I have plenty to share of our weekend adventures… coming tomorrow!

 

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  and stay grateful.

The Amateur Librarian // H54F The Amateur Librarian // H54F

 

1 – Coffee Table.  We finally found a coffee table for the living room! I’ve had my eye on this painted table for the last couple months at Classy Cat Consignment, and the price was finally right.

2 – Twos.  I’m obsessed with this game!!

3 – Mid-Week Treat. Everything is better when it’s mini, especially ice cream!  And especially in the middle of the week, just because. Don’t worry, we went for a long walk around the neighborhood after dinner.

4 – Cross Stitching.  I finally started the July block of the Once Upon a Time sampler, but in between I’ve also been working on a beach scene (another pattern by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery). If I can’t be at the beach all the time, at least I can cross stitch it… Love this little puffer fish!

5 –  Family.  Best part of our vacay was hanging out with these kids!

 …

I’m linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for H54F!

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Tour of Quilts

When we first moved to San Francisco and got settled in, I did a room by room tour of the art on the walls.  Now that we’ve been here a few months, I thought it was about time I did something similar in our new apartment… this time a tour of quilts!  The cats will be our guides as usual.
(Mostly because I haven’t gotten it together to get all our art up yet.)
Let’s start at the beginning… the kitchen and living room are the first things you see as you enter.
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
First up is my new favorite piece of “furniture” – my quilt ladder!  (More details here.)
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
I usually give away most of the quilts I make, but the few that I’ve kept are here on the ladder.  There’s my very first finished crazy quilt, the Road to Tennessee medallion quilt that I made in San Francisco (who knew it would journey to TN??), and the Rail Fence quilt  that I made to match my BFF’s wedding present.
Moving into the living room, there’s a quilt hanging above the couch – Hillside Houses!  I’m looking forward to hanging more quilts above the couch when I’m ready for a change.
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The dining room is still a work in progress.  Our little kitchen island doesn’t fit in the kitchen anymore, so now it’s moonlighting as a “bar cart.”
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The only little quilt (so far) is a table topper on a side table.  I’m thinking of making a bigger table topper or runner for the dining room table.
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
Here’s a peek outside – the cats’ favorite place to hang out! No quilts outside, though.  (Although I’m fascinated by Barn quilts – maybe one day I’ll make a porch version… or maybe over the bed.)
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
Next up is the guest room, AKA the room where everything that doesn’t fit in the living room or bedroom goes to live.  It’s a combo of office stuff, sewing/craft stuff, extra furniture, and a mishmash of a closet.  And also, where we blow up the air mattress for guests.  There are still a couple blank walls, but I’m working on filling them up.
Over the trunk, I hung a makeshift “design wall” that’s just a scrap piece of batting tacked to the wall.  And hey, there’s my Flying Geese quilt in progress.
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
Over the sewing machine I hung a vintage Coca Cola crate for thread storage and a few banners, which I suppose are quilting-related if not actual quilts.
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
I hung my mini quilt collection on one wall using bakers twine – I love having them on display finally!
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
There’s my Ticker Tape Triangle mini…
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
my latest finish for the Michael Miller challenge
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
…and my mini Ticker Tape Seascape.
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
More minis coming soon, hopefully!
Last up is the bedroom and OK, I lied… there are actually no quilts in the bedroom!  Shocking, right?  But here’s a peek anyway…
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
I’m still looking for something big over the bed.  Wouldn’t a painted Barn Quilt look cool?
And that’s about it!  (Other than bathrooms and laundry closet).  I love our happy little home and the quilts in every room!

Double WIWW: June 29-July 5 and July 6-12, 2014

Another week of What I Wore Wednesday!  I was at the beach last week, so this week is doubled up.

What I Wore Wednesday is my motivation for wearing the clothes I own, finding new ways to mix and match outfits, and not wearing the same three things all the time! I kept a fashion diary for the entire year of 2012, in 2013 I added a bit about my days to go along with the outfit, and I’m continuing the same tradition in 2014… So these weekly check-ins are a mini journal of my life too!

 

The Amateur Librarian // What I Wore Wednesday

June 29

June 29

graphic tee // H&M
skinny jeans // Abercrombie & Fitch via eBay
black sandals // eBay
I’m not sure what the oldest item in my closet is anymore, but this shirt is probably up there – one of my only remaining mementos from the trip I took with my uncle to Paris and London after high school graduation. I still remember how thrilling it was to buy something in Paris, even if it was from a chain with plenty of US stores! Ran some errands, including a trip to JoAnn’s to check out their fabric sale – I’m determined to finish up a pile of quilt tops that have been sitting around for a few years!
June 30

June 30

Peter Pan collar cross hatch dress // Forever 21 via eBay
red t-strap wedges // PayLess
Started off the week with another walk – I miss them on the weekends!  I am still amazed that I don’t mind (much) waking up at 6 to get in some exercise. Busy day at work. This dress is another eBay score – I love easy dresses that don’t even require jewelry.

July 1

July 1

green print top // Belk
monogram necklace // Etsy
black pants // Banana Republic
black heels // PayLess
If I had known we would be taking head shots at work for some promotional materials, I probably wouldn’t have worn this outfit.  But oh well!  I’m trying to wear more simple outfits that I feel good in, and this was certainly comfortable, if not the most original. After work I had a conference call that ran until 11 PM – well past my bedtime!  But I got some good cross stitching time in while I listened.

July 2

July 2

black top // Ann Taylor via eBay
rose gold layered necklace // Charming Charlie’s
floral skirt // thrifted
wedge sandals // Naturalizer
I slept through my alarm – oops! – but it was so nice to sleep in.  Another busy day at work – but a short week makes it seem better especially with a vacation at the end of it!  Ran more errands after work – usually I’m a couch potato after work but starting our vacation on Friday meant it all had to get done during the week.

July 3

July 3

floral print top // Belk
seed pearls // inherited
black skinny pants // Gap
wedge sandals // PayLess
Started the day with a walk and then a bummer – the car wouldn’t start.  But woohoo for short weeks!  Crammed as much as possible into the work day before closing at 3 and then set my out-of-office auto response and was out the door!  Since both hubby & I got out early, we splurged on a movie and saw How to Train Your Dragon 2 – really good!

July 4

July 4

Navy top with lace shoulders // Ann Taylor outlet
Skinny jeans // Aeropostale via eBay
Flip flops // Old Navy
 Happy Independence Day!  Our vacation officially started with a road trip to Auburn to see my parents.  Everything a summer holiday should be: fresh peach daiquiris, browsing a book store and renting a movie (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – good stuff!), corn hole in the back yard, dinner on the grill… and a firework show in the neighborhood.

July 5

July 5

Blue + white print top // Old Navy
Navy shorts // Loft
Flip flops // Old NavyContinued the drive down to the coast to meet up with Sam’s family.  It was so good to see family and the beach again!  After dinner, we set up camp on the beach for another fireworks show – not a bad start to vacation!

The Amateur Librarian // What I Wore Wednesday

July 6

July 6

Cover up // Forever 21 via eBay
(Bathing suit // Old Navy)

Beach day!  Started off with an early morning walk, then leisurely alternating from beach to condo to beach again.  Topped it off with burgers on the grill and a movie… perfect!

July 7

July 7

Lace tank top // Loft
Khaki shorts // Loft
Flip flops // Old Navy

Another beach day… floating on inner tubes is the best kind of Monday morning!  I knew all that time in the water would lead to sun burn if I wasn’t careful, so we spent the afternoon hanging out on the porch.  It was so nice to have some uninterrupted reading time and the beach in the background.  Kebabs for dinner… food just tastes so much better at the beach, I can’t help but comment on every meal!

July 8

July 8

Cover up // Old Navy
flip flops // Old Navy

July 8

July 8

Floral sleeveless top // Kohl’s
Navy shorts // Loft
Flip flops // Old Navy

Somehow it was already our last full day… so I slept in instead of walking, spent another morning on the beach and in the water, and treated myself to a New Orleans sno ball mid-afternoon.  We all went for a sunset dolphin cruise and saw a small pod following the shrimping boats.  The sunset was beautiful and we got back quite late.  It’s always a good idea to show up hungry for dinner at Cobalt, yum!  Not so fun… packing up when we got home and getting ready to leave the next day.

July 9

July 9

Blue + white striped top // Charming Charlie
Navy capris // Loft
Flip flops // Old Navy

One last early morning walk to say goodbye to the beach, and then we were off.  We stopped in Montgomery for lunch at Dreamland BBQ and checked out the Riverfront since we were already downtown.  Eight hours isn’t unmanageable, but we sure were glad to finally arrive home to see the cats.

July 10

July 10

black+white sheer layered top // Kohl’s
turquoise bubble necklace // GroopDealz
black skinny pants // Gap
ankle strap heels // eBay

Back to the real world! Even though I only had a two-day work week to look forward to, it was a tough transition from beach life!

July 11

July 11

floral print top // Belk
skinny jeans // Kohl’s
silver rope sandals // eBay

TGIF! Still dealing with car troubles (talk about a rude awakening… definitely back to real life after our vacay!) so we just had the one car.  I have Friday afternoons off, so that meant running errands and laundry and then heading back to the office when hubby’s work day was over.  Ah well, I suppose juggling with one car isn’t the worst problem in the world. We kicked off the weekend with happy hour at Cool Springs Brewery with some live music, and ended the night with a movie on the couch (Horrible Bosses – don’t really recommend, although I confess that after a couple more glasses of wine I wasn’t paying much attention!)

July 12

July 12

blue striped top // thrifted
navy shorts // Loft
flip flops // Old Navy

Lots of errands to run in the morning, but with that out of the way I had some time to hang out with my sewing machine.  But the big news is that we finally found a coffee table, woohoo!  (If you’re local, Classy Cat Consignment is our favorite place to find furniture!)

I’m linked up to The Pleated Poppy for WIWW!

Beach Bums

We had a great getaway last week with a quick trip down to the Gulf Coast with hubby’s family.  Pics below!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014

We split our road trip over two days… vacay officially started on July 4th on our drive down to see my parents.

The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014

We had a great low key holiday: fresh peach daiquiris, browsing a book store and renting a movie (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – good stuff!), corn hole in the backyard, dinner on the grill…

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014

 

The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014

 

The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014

 

The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014

and a firework show in the neighborhood.  Love it!

The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014

And of course, my favorite little brother Clyde!

The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014

The next day we finished up our journey down to the Gulf Coast.   It was so good to see family and the beach again!  After dinner, we set up camp on the beach for another fireworks show – not a bad start to vacation!

The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014

 

The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014

The rest of our days were beach days… the weather was beautiful, the water was warm, I went on early morning walks most mornings, and I had plenty of quality time with a couple books.  My greatest success was warding off sunburn… definitely made beach life more enjoyable!
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
Somehow our last full day came around quickly, so we made the most it… slept in instead of walking, spent another morning on the beach and in the water, and treated ourselves to a New Orleans sno ball mid-afternoon.
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
On our last night we the whole family went on a sunset dolphin cruise… the sunset was beautiful!   We saw a small pod following the shrimping boats, very cool!  It was the perfect goodbye.
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The next day I went on one last walk and then we packed up to leave… sad face.
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
On our way back home we stopped in Montgomery, AL for lunch at Dreamland BBQ and briefly walked through the Riverfront since we were already downtown… looks neat but the middle of the day is too hot to muster much enthusiasm.  So back in the car we went… and eight hours later, we were sure happy to get home and say hi to the cats!
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
The Amateur Librarian // Gulf Coast 2014
And now it’s been a week already… time flies!  Til next time, beach….

Blogging for Books Review: Dad is Fat

Time for a Monday morning book review!  Next up…
Dad is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan
The Amateur Librarian // Dad is Fat Review
I guess comedians writing memoirs are officially a thing now, and here’s another one!  I like Jim Gaffigan, although I can’t say I follow his career religiously or anything like that.  I knew he had kids, but I didn’t know he had five – or that he and his wife and kids all live in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City – Yikes!
Like the other comedians’ memoirs I’ve read (Bossypants by Tina Fey, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling), this book consists of brief essays that don’t really follow a chronological or even thematic pattern.  They’re like two-minute standup bits which are great for a quick laugh but not heavy on depth.  Mostly it’s complaining about his kids, but it’s funny stuff!   I guess he makes one point pretty clearly through his self-depricating humor: if he’s complaining about taking his kids to the park and reading to them every night and traveling across the country in a tour bus, at least the complaints mean he’s actually doing those things!
My one issue is that the essays are pretty one-note: he has a lot of kids.  That’s the punchline every time.  Normally I like parenting books even though I don’t have any children yet, and maybe I’ll agree with every single thing he writes about once I do, but his tone felt a bit alienating at times. Like I just couldn’t possibly understand what it’s like unless I belong to the Parent Club.  All I know for sure is, parenting five kids sounds exhausting!
Perfect vacation read when your attention span is short and you don’t want to read anything heavy. Good stuff, just don’t expect a ton of depth.
***I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.***

High Five for Friday!

Oops! Forgot to post this yesterday, so it’s a High Five for Saturday!

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  and stay grateful.

The Amateur Librarian // H54F The Amateur Librarian // H54F

1 – Fireworks.  My favorite part of the holiday! Two great shows this year- one on the 4th in my parents’ neighborhood, and another the next night sitting on the beach.

2 – Cheers.  Fresh peach daiquiris and hanging out with my parents = fun holiday!

3 – Beach Walks.  Early morning walks when the beach is waking up are the best!

4 – Sunset Dolphin Cruise.  Our last night at the beach we went on a sunset dolphin cruise – beautiful!

5 –  Family.  Best part of our vacay was hanging out with these kids!

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I’m linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for H54F!

H54F

Nashville City Sights: Live Music

I’m back from the beach and back to the real world… I have a feeling my work inbox is going to take the whole day to wrangle.  So here’s a photo dump of my favorite summer activity: live (and preferably free) music!  That and the promise of food trucks will draw us any day. Luckily summer is full of music festivals!  I think I’ve shared most of these through H54F posts, but of course I took more pics!

Time for a photo dump:

Puckett’s Boat House

Live music every Thursday and Friday nights!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

And their pie is really good too!!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

Westhaven Porchfest

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

East Side Hootenanny

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

Our favorite spot on Broadway is definitely Big Bang, the dueling piano bar!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

The Lost Reading Logs: July 2010

We’re driving back from the beach today (sad face) and I didn’t have time to get WIWW together, so here’s a lost reading log in its place!

I’ve been keeping a Reading Log since late 2008.  And when I started trying to organize all those Reading Logs in the blog archives, I realized I was pretty inconsistent about sharing them.  There are entire months unpublished, although (I promise!) I was still keeping track of what I was reading.

So now, mostly for my own organizational sanity, I thought I’d share some of those Lost Reading Logs–and then I can fill in the gaps of my archives.  The first logs I kept were for my purposes only, so they’re short and sweet.  I hope you enjoy my thoughts, and maybe get some book recommendations!

July 2010

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, SF = Sci-Fi/Fantasy, C = Craft

Title Start Finish Grade/
Format
Genre
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress,
by Rhoda Janzen
7/6/10 7/6/10

B-

PB

M

Five Sisters,
by James Fox
7/7/10 10/23/10

B+
PB

Bio

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,
by JK Rowling
7/10/10 7/14/10

A+
K

YA

Lies I Told My Children,
by Karen McQuestion
7/10/10 7/10/10

B
K

M

Rumor of Bones,
by Beverly Connor
7/14/10 7/16/10

B-
K

Mystery

Anne of Windy Poplars #4,
by LM Montgomery
7/19/10 7/21/10

A-
PB

YA

Anne’s House of Dreams,
by LM Montgomery
7/22/10 7/25/10

A
K

YA

The Happiness Project,
by Gretchen Ruben
7/26/10 7/31/10

A
K

Self-Help

Kitchen Table Wisdom,
by Rachel Remen
7/28/10 9/3/10

A+
PB

M

Why Do I Love These People,
by Po Bronson
7/31/10 8/9/10

B+
AB

M

Thoughts:

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, by Rhoda Janzen – B-

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Started out really funny, trailed off a bit.  Down South, Mennonites are more a religion or way of life than an ethnicity.  Fun read for a few hours, but not great.

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Five Sisters, by James Fox – B+

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Breakfast book, long into school months.  Very interesting family history, sometimes confusing but fascinating, like people are.  Some history was too detailed—over my head.  But good.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by JK Rowling – A+

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

So good!  So satisfying!  This was only the second time I’ve ever read it.  I liked it more this time.  Everything was answered so well and very climactically.  : )

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Lies I Told My Children, by Karen McQuestion – B

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Humorous essays.  Funny, but not lol hilarious.  I could identify with her a lot, which secretly confirms my worry that I am not funny at all.  Mundane, in fact.

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Rumor of Bones, by Beverly Connor – B-

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Recommended by Sam’s Grandmother.  Hard to shift from writing style of HP.  No adverbs or adjectives, but plot finally picked up.  Interesting.

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Anne of Windy Poplars #4, by LM Montgomery – A-

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Not my favorite of the series, but a few stories I’ll always love.  Nothing can beat L.M. Montgomery.

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Anne’s House of Dreams #5, by LM Montgomery – A

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Sweet book.  Sometimes I yearn for older times, when expectations were centered around housework, needlework, and babies.  There’s so much more to worry about these days.  I love these books, though they are sentimental.

The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Ruben – A

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Very cool concept, related to author so well—exactly my personality and organization.  Only problem I had was having previously read A.J. Jacobs saying some of the same things, but funnier.

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Kitchen Table Wisdom, by Rachel Remen – A+

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Read very slowly over many breakfasts.  Essays about the mysteries of life and illness from a doctor.  Very thoughtful.  Friend of Mom’s gave it to me.

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Why Do I Love These People?, by Po Bronson – B+

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Pretty good stories, about families and relationships.  I always feel pretty lucky, I can talk to my family.  Sad and hard times, all interesting.

A little context…  in July 2010 my first summer break after my first year of teaching was winding down.   I finished the Harry Potter series for the millionth time, and continued re-reading the Anne of Green Gables series.  I used to re-read my favorite books all the time, maybe I should try it again!  Somehow there just doesn’t seem to be enough time anymore.

So that’s what I was reading in July 2010… hard to believe that was 5 years ago already!

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