Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Hi there! I've officially imported my blog into wordpress. The new URL is


Please update your feed readers! And pardon the construction while I take care of some housekeeping and design issues! :-)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Switching domains

I just bought somereads.com, so very soon, I will be moving this blog to a Word Press blog. Yay! Now I will be able to update more easily, I think...I hope...

I had so much fun cheerleading yesterday. It got me through a very long Saturday workday! I think I did at least double the time I had signed up for - go me!

I didn't get to read more than a couple of pages before falling asleep last night. But I did get to do some fabulous stargazing at a nearby state park, so all was well.

I hope everyone had a fantastic time reading yesterday. I hope that in the spring I won't be scheduled to work that day; if I am, I may switch Saturdays with someone so I can participate. Otherwise, you can bet I'll be there cheering all of you on again!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Readathon blues

Thanks so much for the comments I've gotten, y'all! To answer the question, no, unfortunately I'm not reading in the readathon. Alas, I am working 9-6 today with plans for the evening. I am having fun cheerleading, though, and I may be able to fit in some reading later tonight. (Who am I kidding? Of course I'll fit in reading, even if I do fall asleep after 1 page!)

I've got a few minutes off the reference desk, so I'm going to go visit some more blogs. Keep up the good work everyone and have fun!

Thursday, October 22, 2009


I know, I've said this before, but I'll say it again. I really want to start posting to this blog again (can't believe I haven't updated since June...). Thing is, I hate writing book reviews. Any suggestions? I'd like to share what I'm reading/have read, but I need a short format.

Let's start with the past week or so. Here's what I've finished/started.

The Ragwitch by Garth Nix - liked it a lot
Rose by Any Other Name by Maureen McCarthy - liked it way more than I was expecting to!
Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859: A Tale of the Old West by Avi (advanced reader copy) - kept my interest, but it was kind of boring at times. I don't think I would have liked it all that much as a kid, and I've always liked historical fiction.

I'm currently reading Waves by Sharon Dogar (advanced reader copy). I'm liking this one so far, about 75 pages in.

Next 3 on my list: Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and then The Disappeared by Gloria Whelan

Baby steps. :-)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Some reviews

It's been a long time since I actually made a blog post (2 months? really?). When I logged in, I saw the little box that says "Remember me" and read it as more "Remember me?" That seemed more appropriate.

I've been remiss with book reviews but have several to post about. I'm just going to do a review blast here and will hopefully get back into posting "real" reviews soon.

I try to fill in the "stopped" field in LibraryThing when I finish a book, but I forgot on a couple, so these may not be perfectly chronological.

All Other Nights
by Dara Horn: I got this one from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. I'm a big fan of historical fiction, and I am fascinated with the period surrounding the Civil War, so this one was a perfect match. I very much enjoyed this book, although I did feel the ending was lacking. It's hard to write a review a couple of months after reading, so I'll just mention that I gave it 4.5 stars in LibraryThing. Highly recommended.

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway: Another LT Early Reviewer. This one was literarily very good and it was a quick read. It was, however, quite bleak. It is based on a true story of cellist who played for 22 days in the middle of war-torn Sarajevo in honor of 22 people killed in a market bombing. Told from the perspective for 4 different characters, Galloway brought to life the horror of living in a city under siege. I gave this one 4 stars.

Ringside, 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial by Jen Bryant: This children's book about the Scopes Trial regarding the teaching of evolution in a Tennessee classroom was written in verse. There were several narrators, and all had their own unique voice. This was a very quick, enjoyable read. I gave it 5 stars.

Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: This book is more of a novella than a full-length novel. It was the first Garcia Marquez book I've finished (having started 100 Years of Solitude and putting it aside a while back) and I enjoyed it. The main character is an elderly man (approaching his 90th birthday, I believe) who has never married but has frequented "houses of ill repute" for most of his life. He falls in love with a young girl who he has hired, but cannot bring himself to actually touch. There is magical realism and the book is quite odd, but also rather sweet. I gave it 4 stars.

The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber: This one is a mix of historical fiction and contemporary fiction. An old manuscript, thought to lead to the hiding place of an undiscovered Shakespeare play, is found. Gangsters are after it, and a few people die. There is romance. There are chases. :-) I enjoyed the book, but it's just ok. I gave it 3 stars.

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery: Sigh. I wanted to love this book, because I've heard such wonderful things. It just didn't do anything for me, unfortunately. I gave it a reluctant 3 stars.

Currently I'm reading (and am almost through with) Helen of Troy by Margaret George. I should finish it this weekend and will *hopefully* post a review. Also on the nightstand is (still) The Mists of Avalon, which I'm reading intermittently.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Not so much

I guess trying to start in a readathon after working 8 hours, going to the grocery store, & eating dinner was too much. I did get in an hour and a half or so of reading before falling asleep on the couch. I was so frustrated, since I was only 20 pages away from finishing my book! The good news was that I got up and interacted with Jimmy & Eli for a while before we headed to bed, and by the time I got in bed, I was awake enough again to pick the book back up and I did finish. So, I met my one goal for the readathon! Yahoo!

Laura read for maybe an hour and then totally crashed on the couch. She doesn't even remember us waking her up to move to her bed.

Laura and I might have our own mini readathon over Memorial Day weekend when we have more time to devote to it. I hate that we keep missing out on the real thing. I hope everyone had a fantastic time! I suspect I will mark my feeds as all read, since I'm already behind.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Better late than never

It's 8:07 PM, and Laura and I are joining in on the reading fun. Don't know that I'll check in much, and I don't plan to do any mini challenges, since I need to make up the reading time. But we're jumping in anyway!

What I'm reading: All Other Nights by Dara Horn.
Current page: 310 of 363

If nothing else I hope to finish this book!

Dewey's Read-A-Thon

Well, here I sit at work on the most perfect day for a readathon. Nasty, rainy day outside. The good news is that my plans for the evening got cancelled, so I'm hoping to grab Laura and join in for a few hours at least tonight. Yippee!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

State of the reading.

I decided to set Mists of Avalon aside for a while. This was a hard decision, since I wanted to love it as much now as I did the first time I read it. I just don't have the time to really devote to it right now, and I was having reading wanderlust. I haven't completely abandoned it. My current reading plan is to read 3 books I have at home and then 1 library book. I am keeping Mists in the rotation, but I'm only going to give it a week at a time. So, I'll read 2 books from my home library, then a bit of Mists of Avalon, then a library book. Make sense?

Currently I am reading Ringside 1925, which is about the Scopes trial. I am enjoying it very much, and it's a very quick read. I expect to finish it today and then pick up Memories of my Melancholy Whores. My one experience with Gabriel Garcia Marquez was 100 Years of Solitude, which I had to abandon, so I'm a little wary. We'll see how it goes.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The "Loot" Part 2

Wow, I could really see the effects of the economy at this conference. While last year, there were free books everywhere, and it was sort of a free-for-all, this year was very different. As I mentioned in my previous post, I snagged 10 free books on Wednesday. I snagged a total of 4 more over the next 2 days. Many publishers had limits on the number of books people could take and some made people form lines and request books. Very different. Some of the bigger publishers didn't have anything out at all whenever I passed by. Even the other swag, like pens, etc., were scarce.

Here's what I did end up with on Thursday and Friday:

1) The Girls by Tucker Shaw
2) Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
3) You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith
4) The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa

I grabbed #4 for Laura, since she is totally into manga right now, and the back says "the phenomenon that took Japan by storm." Little did I know this is a coveted item! I handed it to Laura and she literally squealed with delight; she was so excited! So even though the pickings were slim, I did end up with a gem.