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Library of Souls

Library of Souls Ransom Riggs YA Fantasy Rating: 4.5

I’m back! It’s been over a year, but I’m FINALLY getting settled now…Graduated with an MLIS, getting comfortable with the new eResources job (I get to buy eBooks and eAudiobookss for 10 libraries!!), and my house is finally starting to look a home. The best part is that there is finally some time to read again 🙂

Since it’s almost Halloween, I thought it would be appropriate to read the last book in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Library of Lost Souls. It definitely didn’t disappoint. I brought this book with to read during the four days I’m out of town for a conference…it only lasted the first night. It was addicting and almost impossible to put down.

Library Souls starts out right where it left off, in the middle of an action scene where it seems all hope is lost. Now, I will admit to skimming some of the action fights and “scary” stuff (it’s more creepy than scary, but I’m a wuss). The heart of the book is awesome though. Discovering who you are, making tough decisions, trust, families, and of course a little bit of romance. Jacob, the gifted hollowgast seer, is the main character once again and remains relatable despite his peculiarness. He struggles with confidence, trust, and ultimately discovering who he is all while trying to save his peculiar friends and beloved ymbryne from the Wights.

Action-packed and beautifully written, I highly recommend this series (if only for the great pictures!).

Expect more reviews shortly! Now what to read over the next 2 days….

Such a Lovely Story: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd Adult Historical Fiction Rating : 5

I’m going to preface this with: This has been my favorite “meaningful” read this year.  I adore this book. I checked it out from the library, but at some point I would love to own my own copy…It’s that awesome. Sue Monk Kidd wrote The Secret Life of Bees which was amazing, however I was less impressed with The Mermaid Chair. In my opinion, this story blew both of them out of the water (but I’m slightly biased because I’m a sucker for a moving historical fiction about the abolition of slavery/women’s rights).

The Invention of Wings, tells the story from two different character’s perspectives as they grow from children into the women they are meant to be. Hettie, a slave girl also called Handful, for all of the mischief she causes and Sarah, the girl who is given Hettie as a “present” (although Sarah, as you’ll learn, despises slavery very much to her privileged family’s disapproval).  These characters work wonderfully together throughout the story. They are vastly different, in circumstance and personality, and even though they are an odd combination and not quite “friends,” they compliment each other in so many ways.

The story follows the girls through both of their difficult lives, one being a slave and the other supporting the abolition of slavery in a very pro-slavery nation. The girls develop into women, but Kidd does a wonderful job of showing the reader real life difficulties and personal conflicts still relevant today through these transformations.

All in all, I LOVE this book……..

Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes From Books I’ve Read!

Top Ten Quotes From Books I’ve Read Thus Far

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

I love finding quotes worth saving and remembering within books.  It’s like finding buried treasure.  Every time you recall the quote it’ll bring a smile to your face or a tear to your eye for some reason or other. And they can mean completely different things to everyone. It’s wonderful! So here are 10 of my favorite quotes (not all of them of course… I don’t really have a ranking system and they speak to me differently at different times):

The AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo

People say strange things, the boy thought.  Sometimes it’s better to be with the sheep, who don’t say anything.  And better still to be alone with one’s books.  They tell their incredible stories at the time when you want to hear them.  But when you’re talking to people they say some things that are so strange that you don’t know how to continue the conversation.

The Invention of Hugo CabretThe Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

 “Did you ever notice that all machines are made for some reason?” he asked Isabelle.  “They are built to make you laugh, like the mouse here, or tell the time, like clocks, or to fill you with wonder, like the automaton.  Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn’t able to do what it was meant to do.

“You know, machines never have any extra parts.  They have the exact same number and type of parts they need.  So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason.  And that means you have to be here for some reason too.”

The Count of Monte CristoThe Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

   …and never forget that until the day when God deigns to unveil the future to mankind, all human wisdom is contained in these two words: ‘wait’ and ‘hope’.

Mansfield ParkMansfield Park by Jane Austen

It was a gloomy prospect, and all that she could do was to throw a mist over it, and hope when the mist cleared away, she could see something else.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne CollinsGregor the Overlander by Suzanne  Collins 

Even if times got bad, he would never again deny himself the possibility that the future might be happy even if the present was painful. He would allow himself dreams.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.

Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood, #5)Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

You get older and you learn there is one sentence just four worlds long and if you can say it to yourself it offers more comfort than almost any other. It goes like this… Ready ” “Ready.” “At least I tried.”

The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next, #7)The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde

“Do I have to talk to insane people?”
“You’re a librarian now. I’m afraid it’s mandatory.”

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

“It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”

Books, Books, Books: Recently Acquired!

In the past week I’ve acquired sooo many books through authors, NetGalley, online shopping, and loaning from the library I just had to share! So look forward to reviews of the following I haven’t read yet:  

The Clock Of LifeThe Clock of Life by Nancy Klann

I’m so very excited to read this!  It deals with some deep topics and two periods in American history I can’t get enough of in literature; the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. Check out the synopsis on Goodreads here.

First Editions of Scarlet and Cinder by Marissa Meyer (so I can get them signed next Monday!!) Click on titles for full reviews.

Signed copy of The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig from The Poisoned Pen (Love ordering from this bookstore! The books come with a nice plastic cover and a tracking number is e-mailed once the book is shipped from the store; so thoughtful 🙂 )

The Distant HoursThe Distant Hours by Kate Morton (It was a bargain book on Barnes and Noble that I couldn’t pass up!)

 

Double Crossed by Ally CarterDouble Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story (Gallagher Girls, #5.5; Heist Society, #2.5)

 

The Chalice

The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau

 

The Rose Throne by Mette HarrisonWish

 

Wish by Beth Bracken and Kay Frasen

 

From the Library:

I have about 40 checked out (gahhh :S) but these will be the ones I read first

Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

The Kiss by James Patterson and Jill Dembowski

Reached by Ally Condie

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

What are some great books you just can’t wait to read? Or do you know something I don’t know about the books I haven’t read on my list?

To Reveal or Not to Reveal…Your True Opinion That Is

Life of Pi

Life of Pi
Yann Martel
Just Not My Cup of Tea

Fellow recommenders of books (librarians, bookstore workers, booksellers, book reviewers, avid readers, and the list goes on…) I’m guessing we face this same problem: what do you do when someone asks “Have you read this book? Did you like it?” and you want to scream to “NOOO!!” at the top of your lungs, but don’t or can’t for some reason or other. This problem has come up a few times recently for me where I just couldn’t tell someone I didn’t like the book they were asking about.  There are times when our opinions just need to stay in the backseat about this.

Like if someone comes to me in the library and asks if they should read a particular book, let’s use Life of Pi for example, I can’t just spew out “Omygosh that book bored me to tears, I could hardly stand it.” That would make me a horrible librarian for multiple reasons.  One of which being the book has been deemed a great piece of fiction and has won the Man Booker Prize Award in the UK, however, the story  is just totally not my cup of tea. Just because I despised the book, doesn’t mean the person asking about it won’t really love it.  If I tell them I didn’t like it, they probably won’t even give the book a shot, because being a librarian and an avid reader, my opinion matters.  I suppose a polite “Well yeah I’ve read it; it wasn’t really my kinda book. Maybe you would enjoy it more though,” might do, but even that scares people away from books THEY might like and that is the LAST thing I want to do because everyone has a different taste in reading materials.  I would hate to have missed out on The Night Circus by Erin Morgentstern(favorite book of 2012!) because one of the haters had told me they wouldn’t recommend it.

Would not have ended up in Lacock Abbey where parts of Harry Potter was filmed if I hadn't read the books !

Would not have ended up in Lacock Abbey where parts of Harry Potter were filmed if I hadn’t read the books !

I enjoy discussing why and what I do and don’t like about what I’ve read, but there is a time and place for that, like on a blog for example ; ).  But the time and place to discourage a book is not when someone is asking someone of “authority” if they should read a particular book if said “authority” doesn’t already know the persons’ specific reading preferences or abilities.  It’s completely different, for instance if a reader of Christian Fiction romance comes up to me and asks if they should read “that Fifty Shades of Grey book”.  I will (refrain from shouting “NO!” and making bug eyes) keep composure and calmly say, “That’s probably not something you would enjoy, but have you heard of Dee Henderson?”

Don’t worry I will always give my completely honest views and opinions on this blog though.  I feel this is one of the places where true views can be shared and discussions can be had without causing too much discouragement of reading to people who would actually enjoy the books anyway.  If I don’t like something I will tell you exactly why I don’t like it.  I’m much better at articulating exactly what I think about what I’ve read in writing too, so that’s another reason I prefer expressing my REAL opinions on a blog instead of when asked in person.

I never really thought my job “mattered”, but thinking about it now, if a librarian had told me when I was younger “You probably don’t want to read Harry Potter. I couldn’t stand those books! Let’s look for something else,” I would be living an entirely different life right now…

Tell me about your experiences and thoughts!!

Upcoming Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

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