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Saturday, June 10, 2017

we'll polka for the folk along the parapets

just a small string of thoughts if you care to join this trip through the present state of my mind. a state which includes the Little Women musical soundtrack, hence this post's title. also, if recent Pinterest activity doesn't show one what's going on in another's head, what does? :)

Shout-out to authors who create the worlds and stories for which I could really, truly leave reality. Since I started working full-time, reading has been way more of a  here-and-there, lunch-break, chapter-before-bed kind of thing, so I feel like I'm appreciating novels that engage, fascinate and inspire in a whole new way. I'm loving worlds that can just as easily pull me inside for ten minutes and make me hate myself for leaving as they can satisfy me for hours on end. I'm loving whimsical fantasy, intertwined with history, and not completely serious characters. In particular, I'm loving The Colours of Madeleine series by Jaclyn Moriarty.
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Like four and a half months into working at the library (time flies, seriously), my two favourites about all of that are: 1) The fact that books (from State Library and other libraries we're connected to) arrive almost everyday in the mail. It's like trading because we send books back everyday, too, but it's also a bit like Christmas most mornings. 2) There are little display shelves at the end of sets of regular shelves for showing off books from that particular section. Choosing and changing the books on those display shelves is the best fun. Especially in March when we changed all of them to green for St Pat's Day. Especially the YA section's display, which I've sort of adopted responsibility for. They were rainbow a few weeks ago; now they're all red covers. If I can round up enough yellow-covered YA fictions, that'll be next.
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Right now it's nearing four in the afternoon and my toes sticking out from too-long jeans feel like ice cubes. Last night we had a small fire in the backyard and roasted marshmallows and cheerios. Tomorrow I plan to edit two more chapters of my WIP and possibly buy some books (as a reward, of course). I'm currently reading Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, my first ever venture into steampunk and it's glorious.

What's going on in your life? What did you last pin on Pinterest? What're you currently reading?

Sunday, May 21, 2017

one of my favourite places // the library lovers book tag

hello people! 

This week I'm doing a tag I found through Google and on Amber's blog. The tag is all about libraries, which makes my heart happy for two reasons: 1) libraries mean books that you get to keep for four weeks and pretend they're your own and also places filled with books which honestly is really calming (anyone else find book calming?) + 2) I don't know if I've said this before, but I actually started working at my local library this year which is all kinds of freaking out amazingness. Three and a half months in, I still get excited about every day of work, though there is hard work involved. But it's one of my favourite places and I'm grateful to work there with some pretty cool people. Anyways, onward to the tag (to which I added a final bonus question which I hope is allowed?) ...

photo by me who doesn't own a great phone and is still figuring out the art of self-timer photos. but, you know, at least, I didn't drop the books.

T H E  L I B R A R Y  L O V E R S  B O O K  T A G

How often do you visit your local library? // To work, five days a week, haha. If I wasn't working there, it'd be once a fortnight, I think.
Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you know you can read or are you someone who only checks out the exact amount of books you intend on reading before they are due? // Um, I basically always borrow too many books, then stress that I'm not going to finish them, then renew the loan period, then still don't read them all, so two weeks or a year later, I'll re-borrow the same book. *sigh* It's a downward spiral, I know, but there are so many lovely-looking books. Also, I reserve a lot of books on my library's online catalogue, then they all arrive at the same time (which, you know is completely out of my control).

Sunday, May 07, 2017

what i read // april mini reviews

True story: I wrote the title of this post as March Mini Reviews and it took me a full ten minutes to realise it's April. It's nearing the end of April?! What on earth. How dare the time go so fast.

Anyhow, this month I did a bit of reading. By a bit I mean four books which is becoming the new normal in the crazy world of working and editing and driving lessons. But they were all quite enjoyable, so that makes up for it. ;)

Cress by Marissa Meyer // This is the third book in the completely awesome fairy-tale retelling, sci-fi/fantasy series that is The Lunar Chronicles, and my firm favourite so far. I feel a little anxious because all throughout Cress it's like we're heading for the climax of the series plot, but it was half the excitement for me, too. Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne's (the main characters from the first two books) perspectives continue alongside that of Cress, an experience hacker and Lunar shell trapped in a satellite by the evil Lunar thaumaturge, Sybil. OH MY GOODNESS. So many feelings!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

on bookshops

Eligiendo lecturas en la librería (ilustración de Arthur Getz):
Artist: Arthur Getz
Last fortnight, I went op-shopping with my sister and some friends. Our last stop (after morning tea) was to the only dedicated bookshop in town: a mixture of new and pre-loved and old cultural books and Penguin classics. Inside, it smells of dusty ink and paper. As much as I like visiting there, I often don't buy simply because I find it hard to find books that pique my interest and I'm kind of poor, but this time there were two poetry books (Sylvia Plath and Robert Frost) and Dragonrider by Cornelia Funke (I've been meaning to read Inkheart for forever, which is a good enough reason for getting that one). So I bought those, and my friend bought a book, and, as we were leaving, I noticed a for sale sign in the window. If I could, I'd buy that bookshop on the side of the arcade across from the café. I wonder, a little sadly, what will happen to it.

Yesterday, I learned two of the bigger bookshops in our nearest city had closed. Bookshops I had insisted on visiting whenever we were there for appointments or clothes shopping. Now they're gone, and economically I

Sunday, March 26, 2017

beautiful people // jo brightly + rob waterbury

photo credit: me + my mother's glitter supply

Beautiful People (hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury + Skye @ Further Up and Further In) posts are some of my favourite to write. I'm typing this intro quickly before work (but at the time of actually posting this it's not work time) so without further ado, here's March's edition which I've split in two because both these characters won't stay out of my head. First we have Jo Brightly from Silly, Honest, Kind, a fun novel about family and moving across the country and running a café and playing sports. Secondly: Rob Waterbury, one of the main characters from an epistolary-style retelling of The Railway Children and The Secret Garden ...
jo brightly

What’s their favorite book/movie/play/etc.? // Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty became her favourite novel the first time she read it because it's quirky, simple and written in letters. Notting Hill is her favourite movie like (and she knows this reasoning is sappy) it was her mum's. She's not really a theatre person, not for lack of her grandfather's trying to make her one.