Friday, January 18, 2013

I'm Gonna Be a Librarian!

Dear readers,

I'm so excited!



I recieved an acceptance letter today! I officially start my Masters in Library Science in the fall!


I am BEYOND ecstatic.


I was actually getting a little exhausted with worry lately over a lot of life issues that cropped up regarding work and future in general. This acceptance letter has taken all of the worry and anxiety from my shoulders. I am blessed and incredibly happy!

My little brother wrote a song for me to commemorate this momentous occasion: 

(Without his knowing, I wrote this down while he ad-libbed on his guitar. Thanks little brother!)

Auggieeeee

Got into school
She's gonna teach people to read

Auggieeeeeee

She's gonna spend more money
Gonna be broke as me!

No way out!
Pay them money 'till you shout!

5 years later she'll be in a library
Teachin' kids about
Ron & Harry

Because Harry Potter is her favorite book

She don't care about those looks
That she gets from creepy guys in the fiction section
Who all they can think about is...

Anime.

Yeah.

10 years down the road
She'll find some weird guy
That likes the same shit she does
She'll see it in his eyes

They'll read all the time
And have a bunch of cats.

She's Miss Librarian. "


I love all of you.

Things will be back to normal on Auggie-Talk soon.

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Review: Fever 1973 (Vlog)

Happy Tuesday booklings!

Now that the Bout of Books 6.0 Read-a-Thon is over, I'll be able to get to all of those reviews for the books that I've read.

So far this month I've read through 9 books, which is much better than last year already. I believe that by March of last year I'd only read 12, and I'm confident that I'll have at least that many read by February this year. Very excited about that.

Okay!

So just to preface, you guys are going to start seeing more vlog posts around. I made it a new years resolution that I would make use of my youtube account and vlog more. I'm very happy to see so many book vloggers out there, so I'm excited to join the fun.

Not to say that anything will really change here. I'll still post written reviews with the vlog. I'm still not sure yet if I'll do a vlog with every review so I want to maintain some review stability.




REVIEW:
  Fever 1793
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Title: Fever 1793
Author:  Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication:  September 1, 2000
Pages:  256

Synopsis:
 


It's late summer 1793, and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosquitoes and rumors of fever. Down near the docks, many have taken ill, and the fatalities are mounting. Now they include Polly, the serving girl at the Cook Coffeehouse. But fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook doesn't get a moment to mourn the passing of her childhood playmate. New customers have overrun her family's coffee shop, located far from the mosquito-infested river, and Mattie's concerns of fever are all but overshadowed by dreams of growing her family's small business into a thriving enterprise. But when the fever begins to strike closer to home, Mattie's struggle to build a new life must give way to a new fight-the fight to stay alive.




Fever 1973 Vlog  Review




Fever 1793 Review:

Historical Fiction centered around the Yellow Fever epidemic that plagued Philadelphia in 1793.

The book is full of quotes from journals, letters, and newspapers written by people who actually suffered the epidemic during this time. This story was very haunting, and bits of it were very tragic as well when looked at as a fictional representation of an ACTUAL plague of disease where thousands lost their lives in just a short few months.

Our main character, Mattie Cook, is just 14 years old when the sickness breaks and kills her childhood friend Polly. She lost her father when she was just a young girl so it's pretty much been her mother, herself, their cook Eliza (a freed slave) and Polly. So this death is a real shock.

Yellow Fever is a devastating illness especially without proper care. During the the late 1700's bleeding was still a widely popular treatment method, and this killed many of the Yellow Fever patients who were already suffering from internal bleeding and hemorrhages.

For a young child, or anyone, actually, Yellow Fever is a traumatic thing to witness. Victims of the fever become delirious, jaundiced (yellow in the skin and eyes) and often have seizures or vomit up blood.

Laurie Anderson takes this horrible event and attempts to help us see through the eyes of a survivor what horrors might have been during this time... but also what hope. There were many groups who stayed to help the sick, even though they risked themselves. The Free African Society founded in 1787 by Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, was a free aid society. They acted as messengers, nurses, surrogate parents, and at times last rite givers to the sick, dying, and abandoned during this time.

Ms. Anderson paints us a world where the battle against nature, neglect, and fear are in high gear.

This book is both heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same time. The little bit of romance adds a touch of sweet to the bitterness of loss and the hopes, dreams, and compassion of a young girl in the midst of devastation is a lesson in human perseverance.

I was greatly moved by this story. It brought me to tears, it had me laughing, and at the end of the book I felt like I'd really read something worthwhile.

One really fantastic thing is the Author takes time to point out in her book that Yellow Fever is still a problem in South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. There are still people that suffer and die from this sickness every year, even though there is a Vaccine for it.

I feel that this is a subtle call for assistance, an appeal to the conscience of readers to feel for others and choose the path of Mattie Cook, a young woman who seemed to have nothing but who offered everything.

A five out of five for this book. I highly recommend it for all ages.

Go. Read.

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Review: Warped

Hello my darlings!

Tomorrow is Library Day!

Yes, I've set a day of the week when I go to the library. I had to do this mostly to keep myself from showing up there every day and taking away more books than I could read in the borrow period. I get kind of book-happy and can't control myself. That would be why my personal TBR pile is so big.

My book-addicted brain: "We have 100 books to read already...running out of space on the shelves... butthisbooklookssoawesomeanditsonsaleBUY!"

I know that most of you understand the feeling.

Anyway. A once a week library trip keeps my book borrowing below the certifiably insane level and gives me a goal for the week. I can't check out any more books than what I return, so if I only read 2 books from my library pile that week I can only check out 2 new ones.

I know... I know. It sounds so restrictive and self-abusive!!!! But, it's been working for me so far.

Anyway, I've got a review for you guys today so read on!

REVIEW:
  Gilt
by Katherine Longshore
Title:  Warped
Author:  Maurissa Guibord
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication:   January 11, 2011
Pages:   339

Synopsis:
 

Tessa doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there's something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry she discovers in a box of old books. She finds the creature woven within it compelling and frightening. After the tapestry comes into her possession, Tessa experiences dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt that she herself participated in. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible centuries old secret. She also meets William de Chaucy, an irresistible 16th-century nobleman. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. Together, they must correct the wrongs of the past. But then the Fates step in, making a tangled mess of Tessa's life. Now everyone she loves will be destroyed unless Tessa does their bidding and defeats a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.


Not bad, Guibord. Not bad. It wasn't the most riviting of YA fantasy that I've ever read but it was entertaining and I got through the whole book in just a few sittings. There were some slow parts, and a bit of repetition but overall it was cute. A very unique idea.


Tessa finds a funk tapestry in a big crate of old books. The tapestry is so powerful that it pulls her back hundreds of years to a past-life that connects her very strongly to the owner of the tapestry and subject... a gorgeous, but angry looking, unicorn.



There's a lot of getting pulled back and forth in time, and Tessa's friend is a little irritating. Other than this, though, everything else is up to par as far as entertainment and creativity.


The Norn are properly anti-emotion, and that part of the story evolved pretty well.



William is your average teen-dream-boat with an English accent, not a lot of depth there unfortunately. Tessa is a pretty interesting character herself but I wish the author would have gone into more detail regarding her personality and thoughts about things such as her artwork and her mother's death.



In general I was more interested in the romance budding between her father and his new girl-friend than between Tessa and the "prince charming" unicorn. Please tell me that's not because I'm getting old. *sigh*


Anyway, I would say that this is a fantastic book for younger girls. Though the main character is in her teens, I would be more inclined to recommend this book to a pre-teen or young teen. It's quick and doesn't linger on any one particular subject to give it too much depth or weight. It's generally light hearted.



So, a 3/5.  Not at all bad, but not exactly a book I'd consider picking up a second time.


 

That's all for this Thursday post, my dolls.


See you tomorrow for Feature and Follow Friday  (NEW AUTHOR BEING FEATURED!) and a great GIVEAWAY! WOO!



Until Next Blog,



Read On!

 
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