The Best of…

I just made an album of all my favorite photos from the past 4 years (not including this year). My friend Heather gave me a discount coupon for shutterfly yesterday when I was driving back from the weekend away at camp. This coupon expires tomorrow. I got home last night at 830, worked on it for 2 hours, and now I just finished it, 2 hours since coming home from work! My dinner was eaten and my water bottle was drunk as I edited the pages and photos for this little book! I did the majority of it last night, and fine tuned it today. I’m actually kind of proud of it! I’ve never had something like this, to display my photos, besides the albums from years ago and the albums on facebook, but nothing as specific as this!

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LIBRARY BOOK HAUL #1 & reviews!

Moon over Manifest: Clare Vanderpool

This book is coming of age story of a 12-13 year old Hattie Mae in Kansas in 1936.  It also has flashbacks to 1918 and the life of the town as Hattie discovers its history and tries to find out father in the stories.

I haven’t read a book like this in a long time, so it was sort of refreshing even though it was a bit slow for me to get through. It picked up in the end and I really enjoyed how it turned out and all the stories came together.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

I picked up this book after finishing Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by these same two authors. You got to love snarky teenagers and their love stories!  This book takes place during Christmas time in NYC. It is full of mystery and literature references as it starts off at the Strand book store, which is my favorite book store that I go to ever time I am in the city.  Dash finds Lily’s moleskin red notebook next to Franny & Zoey, with mysterious questions to answer through finding certain books in the store. The story continues with Dash and Lily passing the notebook between friends, leaving it in public places, with notes on how and where to leave the notebook next. It’s a romance book shrouded in mystery as these two teenagers deal with the life around them and the holidays.

I really enjoyed this book, it was a quick read, and I love YA romance lit. Quick reads that make me so happy.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Half of this story takes place in an airport or airplane. Our two characters meet by fate in the airport, waiting to board the place from NYC to London. And of course they fall in love in the short piece of time that they spend in transit, in between the life they had come from, and the events they are going to attend.

This book was another easy read, fast paced, and enjoyable to find where these two characters were going, and if they would ever see each other again once they got to their destination on the other side of the ocean.

Blankets: Craig Thompson 

I’ve been meaning to pick up this graphic novel for so long now. It’s one of the books that are on the shelves of every single comic book store I visit. I finally picked it up and devoured it in a few short hours.

This novel takes place in the snowy land of Wisconsin, and delves into the life of Craig, his sibling, parents, religion, school, and the romance he finds. The art is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to read Habibi, another giant graphic novel of his. I don’t really have an opinion of this book, it was enjoyable to read as I wanted to find out how he deals with life, and moves on from his hometown and his parents, and leaves behind the high school romance that he thinks is holding him back.  I’m not really sure about the ending either. But it’s a book I might read again, just so I could figure it out a bit more.

Books read this year: 91/150