Thursday, April 29, 2010


Sometimes, I have a very definite itinerary in my mind for myself in the morning, then I get to Bing, my start page, and there is a beautiful photo. That's it, now I'm sidetracked. I want to know, where is this, can I guess? If it is too easy, I lose interest quickly....unless it is someplace that fascinates me. Let's face it, that covers much of the world. I'm curious, it isn't a crime. : ) I like reading the little facts, and sometimes even follow the links. Most often, I end up on Google maps, (because I like it better than Bing's maps).....have you played with the street view? Just yesterday, I was standing on a beach in Spain, then not 20 minutes later, wandering down a lane that led to the sea in rural Wales. *sigh* Virtual travel. It is not as lame as it sounds....ok, maybe it is, but it is all I can currently afford, and have easy access to it. This morning, I was led away to the Canary Islands, which is why I am not talking about books.

Although, I am currently reading 13 Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson. Which fittingly, is a book, and also involves plenty of travel, soo....guess I segued right back. I am really enjoying this book, and also reminding myself that there are great books out there that I generally don't look twice at because I have silly rules, that definitely need to be broken. One of these is my mostly unspoken rule that leans me toward fantasy more than any other genre. I have decided that it would be awful if I never read anything else, and therefore am making more of an effort. I just have a thing for magical creatures and other worlds. I used to have a rule that I would read nothing that is set in a modern time period. I took it one step further by saying I would read nothing that took place this side of WWI. Well, I do like historical fiction. I learned more about the Civil War reading Gone With the Wind, than I did in my high school U.S. History class. (not knocking the class, I had some great teachers in school, I really did) One of my favorite historical writers is Morgan Llywelyn. I can't even begin to touch the subject of her books just yet. We'll have to save that for another day....

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Books I Love, and an AMAZING Quote

"If you have a dream, don’t waste your energies explaining why."
This I 'stole' from Paulo Coelho's blog. I thought I would ramble on about what it means to me, but it occurs to me that I don't need to. The quote says it all.

So, books. I love books. I read as often as I can, and even get paid to read to kids. I have read for as long as I can remember, and have fond memories of both of my parents reading to me when I was little. In the past 4 1/2 years of working at the library, I have discovered SO many new loves in the world of books! I want to share some. I don't know if anyone will ever read this blog, but who knows, maybe someday.

My real inspirations for this blog are Laini Taylor, Stephanie Perkins, Grace Lin, Shannon Hale, Jane Yolen, Tony DiTerlizzi, Maureen Johnson, and John Green. Thanks. Also, I am in awe of Book Moot. A great, informative, fun, wonderful site....which led me to a lot of the a fore Also, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast is an awesome, amazing site for book people.....but if you are a book person, you probably already know that.....

I have read lots of blogs about books....I haven't even gotten around to talking about books I love yet.....I'll get back to off on a tangent.......where am I? What day is it?

Finding Time

Where does time go? I am forever trying (sometimes more earnestly than others) to find time for "things". Whether house cleaning, writing, sewing, gardening, or whatever the project. It always seems like my time is eaten up in bits or blocks, and I am left with a list of "things" that I don't get time to do. Well, I'm tired of it. I am going to make more of an effort to prioritize and MAKE time for things that are the most important to me. Was this a good use of my time? Maybe, maybe not. But it is done now, and I have to go pick up my son.....something that is very important to me.