Sunday, February 10, 2019

Review: Lincoln in the Bardo


29906980Very slow start but I at least finished one book this year!
February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy’s body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling, supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory, where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.

Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices—living and dead, historical and invented—to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?


Monday, January 14, 2019

Little Free Library Adventures #7

Hello, everyone!
I'm here to share with you a recent Little Free Library adventure that I had while taking a stroll nearby. The first one was in La Habra.


This was a simple library in a corner near an elementary school. It was filled with both adult books and a few children's books. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

New Year, New...

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Hello friends!

It has been a very, very long time since I've blogged. Please forgive me.
So much has happened in my personal life that prevented me from blogging and simply reading. 
And I mean so much!

First off...

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Review: Love Poems by Pablo Neruda


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Charged with sensuality and passion, Pablo Neruda's love poems are the most celebrated of the Nobel Prize winner's oeuvre, captivating readers with earthbound images and reveling in a fiery re-imagining of the world. Mostly written on the island paradise of Capri (the idyllic setting of the Oscar-winning movie Il Postino), Love Poems embraces the seascapes surrounding the poet and his love Matilde Urrutia, their waves and shores saturated with a new, yearning eroticism.

And when you appear

all the rivers sound

in my body, bells

shake the sky,

and a hymn fills the world.

Goodreads

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hello!

Hello readers!

Are any of you still visiting my blog? lol
I have been terrible at writing up posts or remembering to do anything in the blog world. I had all the end-of-the-year and new challenges for 2018 posts all planned out, but *sigh* I forgot to write them...Oh well!

If you are still visiting my blog, thank you! I really do mean it. I just ask patience from the few of you that read my posts because life has really taken a hold of me. It's not bad. Life is just calling me all the time.

The first half of my first year of teaching was crazy, and I mean crazy! However, I am getting better at the hang of things now. I am also growing a lot as a person and my priorities have shifted. Yes, I still love my books and I love to blog, but the latter does not take as much precedence like it used to. I'll continue to blog but it won't be as often as I used to do. But I will post! I promise. So just keep your eyes peeled. :)

In the mean time, I hope that 2018 has been treating all of you well. I wish you tons of happiness and good health!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Audiobook: The Perfect Gift- Mackenzie Family Christmas

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Read by Angela Dawe
Duration:  5 hours

The Mackenzies gather for a clan Christmas and Hogmanay in Scotland. In the chaos of preparations for the celebration--the first of Hart and Eleanor's married life--one of Ian's Ming bowls gets broken, and the family scrambles to save the day. Daniel busily runs a betting ring for everything from the hour Eleanor's baby will arrive, to whether Mac's former-pugilist valet can win a boxing match. Ian begins a new obsession, and Beth fears that the loss of one of his precious bowls has made him withdraw once more into his private world.


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Library Love: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

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Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk’s labyrinthine showroom.