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Wow. I can’t believe I had neglected my review for so long. Life catches up with us sometimes. I enjoyed the rest of my summer off (other than work of course) then hit the books (textbooks that is) and ran with the new semester. In the middle of all this I’ve been nursing my puppy, Sophia, back to health after getting her hip surgery. It’s been 4 weeks now and she thinks she’s back to normal— which makes it supremely tough because she’s just not there yet. Vet appointment tomorrow for an X-ray of her hip. *crosses fingers* I sure hope the bones are healing well! That brat has done just about everything she wasn’t supposed to be doing: jumping, running, escaping from kennel and pen whenever possible, etc.

I thought about this blog just recently because I wanted to take a Readers’ Advisory course next semester and part of the class would be creating a database of nearly 40 books in the semester. As much as I’d like to take the class I think I need to take something else to better serve my Core Competencies. Boo! But I’ll be buying some (more—as I own the historical fiction one already) of the Genreflecting books and some others the Prof. has assigned for “textbooks.” I love teaching myself anyways. Besides, the basis relies on creating and keeping up with good reviews of books so that we can look back and access these.

So here I am. I need to go back and look at the books I’ve read in the past few months. I don’t think I’ll be reviewing them all. But I will make a conscious effort to keep this up better.

-Danielle

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Summer

I haven’t kept up with posts very well lately. First I got the puppy, then I became ill, and then finals slammed upon me. Now it’s finally summer and yet I’m still busy really. I visited my mom on my days off from work, but I brought Sophia, my pup, with me. I swear she’s in her terrible twos. She throws temper tantrums that involve her biting at me legs or arms. There’s not a day that goes by I don’t get new bruises, scratches, and bite marks. Agh! I’m running out of patience with her…

But YAY the semester is finally over. I have my big trip planned in July (touring Idaho) and I just can’t wait. I’ve been able to get some reading done at work finally too. I’m behind on the reviews and I hope to post an old one and a new one tonight. 

In good news though, the library system I volunteer at is taking me own as an extra help library assistant. I’m psyched as slowly but surely I’m getting my foot in the door. I’m going to continue to volunteer because I love my special projects and all the new things the librarians there teach me, but actually working there will be a new and great experience too. 

Alright that’s about all that’s new with me. On to the books…

Meet Sophia

Reading has to take a back seat right now. My boyfriend and I decided to expand our little family to include an adorable little puppy. We’ve named her Sophia, and she’s a Border Collie/Australian Cattle Dog mix. Yes, I know we have our hands full with this one. She’s a sweetheart though a bit rambunctious— we’re working on training and finding outlets for her endless energy. She turned 11-weeks yesterday, and we’ve had her for a week now. According to my “schedule” for reading the Madonnas of Leningrad, which to be fair seems to be a short & fast read, should be done by now. But I’ve only read about 30pgs so far!

Trying to raise a puppy, work a full time job, volunteer at the library, and finish up this semester in graduate school is quite tough. Needless to say I’m running off of coffee right now. 5 more weeks of the semester. The end is in sight! I really enjoy my reference & web development classes and even my tougher collection development class has been very interesting. I have some neat, yet work instensive, finals planned. I have a LibGuide to make, an Opening Day Collection, and a E-Portfolio website. I hope to add this blog into my website as I’d like to share my book reviews on there— if I can get back to reading more. Can’t wait for the summer!!

Here’s Sophia:

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So behind!

Wow! I can’t believe how behind I am on my reviews now. I only wrote 1 review but since then I’ve read 2 other books for reading challenges and just picked up my 3rd. But also re-read all 3 if the Hunger Games trilogy. So im behind 5 books on my reviews! Besides being tremendously busy with school, I don’t have an excuse except procrastination. I can’t remember if I mentioned I was participating in the mental illness advocacy reading challenge as well, but I am. So I decided to read a couple books for that before returning to my Africa Reading Challenge. So that’s where I am now. I will post separate entries for the reviews and I swear I’ll do them in the next day.

Semester underway & reading challenges challenges!

I just thought I’d update about school and reading. The semester is up and running and so far it’s been excellent. I’m in a reference course, a collection management and a web development course.

The web development has been the most fun for sure. I love learning something that I am able to create things with. Completing the tutorials always makes me giddy because once you preview the page it transforms to something beautiful. It’s great!

On another note I’m having and horrible time getting much pleasure reading done. I’d like to say I’m just so busy but I usually have time to read after work, right before I go to bed. I’m failing miserably; this past month I’ve only come home and watched a TV show before going to bed. Not great for sure.

I’m pretty sure it’s the book I’m currently reading that’s holding be back. I’m reading Gazelle Tracks by Miral al-Tahawy for the Africa Reading Challenge. I can’t get through it though. It’s not bad, but it’s not grabbing me and I’m having trouble following the narration. There’s a lot of times they’re talking about someone and I can’t tell if it’s a ghost/spirit, a human character, or a cat haha. I think I’m going to give it up. I hate doing that. I like seeing books through and I was like 60% done that book. Oh well.

Not sure what to read next. I’m also going to be reading a bunch of books for a mental health awareness challenge this year. I’m woefully ignorant about a lot of those topics so I’d like to read to learn more.

Until next time!