Has the World Gone to Sh*t?

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To say I’m discouraged would be an understatement at times. To say I’m unsure of what’s going to happen would be how I feel at times. Many times I want to literally crawl inside of the book that I’m reading and escape whatever new thing the news is telling me. All if it makes me wonder if the world has gone to shit. Continue reading

Book Review: THIS BOOK IS OVERDUE! by Marilyn Johnson

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Buried in info? Cross-eyed over technology? From the bottom of a pile of paper, disks, books, e-books, and scattered thumb drives comes a cry of hope: Make way for the librarians — they can help!

Those who predicted the death of libraries forgot to consider that, in the automated maze of contemporary life, none of us–expert and hopelessly baffled alike–can get along without human help. And not just any help: we need librarians, the only ones who can save us from being buried by the digital age. This Book Is Overdue! is a romp through the ranks of information professionals–from the blunt and obscenely funny bloggers to the quiet, law-abiding librarians gagged by the FBI. These are the pragmatic idealists who fuse the tools of the digital age with their love for the written word and the enduring values of free speech, open access, and scout-badge-quality assistance to anyone in need.

(Synopsis from cover of Harper Perennial paperback; cover image from goodreads.com)

I read my first Marilyn Johnson book last year for my book club, called Lives in Ruins. (You can read my review of it here.) Since then I read Johnson’s book about obituary writing, The Dead Beat, and now This Book Is Overdue! I always enjoy the unique approach that Johnson takes with her books; her books allow us a look into a field that most people wouldn’t consider investigating further.  Continue reading

Book Review: THE DRESS SHOP OF DREAMS by Menna Van Praag

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Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.

Etta’s dearest wish is to work her magic on her granddaughter. Cora’s studious, unromantic eye has overlooked Walt, the shy bookseller who has been in love with her forever. Determined not to allow Cora to miss her chance at happiness, Etta sews a tiny stitch into Walt’s collar, hoping to give him the courage to confess his feelings to Cora. But magic spells—like true love—can go awry. After Walt is spurred into action, Etta realizes she’s set in motion a series of astonishing events that will transform Cora’s life in extraordinary and unexpected ways.

(Story synopsis and cover image from goodreads.com)

Over the Forth of July weekend I had the pleasure of reading The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Praag, a novel I found through my Overdrive app that is linked to my library card. (It’s an awesome way too read ebooks using your library card if you have one.) I stumbled across The Dress Shop of Dreams under the section of books recommended by librarians, so I reserved a copy for when it became available. I was intrigued by this story that combined magical realism while exploring how the decisions we make affect more than just ourselves. Continue reading

The Best Stories Come From Family

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If you’ve ever visited my blog before, then you know that I love to read (hence the name, Adventures of a Book Addict) – I love books and stories and the places that they take you. I love to be drawn in to the lives and experiences of others. I love to read historical fiction and nonfiction because I want to know what it was like – whatever “it” may be. I want to find out where we all come from and what life was like before our amazing technology and our ability to be connected.

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Book Review: LIBRARY OF SOULS by Ransom Riggs

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As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all.

Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography.

(Story synopsis and cover image from goodreads.com)

I finally got to read Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, the third in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. I had read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City over a year ago in April, so it took me a little while to remember what had happened in those books before. (My reviews for those books can be found here and here, respectively.)  Continue reading

Review of Books Read in June

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Hello everyone! It’s been some time since I last posted a book review here on Adventures of a Book Addict. I have had some changes in my life lately, mainly buying a house!😮 But even with now being a homeowner, I have still (of course) made time to keep reading.😉 So, because I haven’t been able to post lately (we had to wait for our wifi to be set up) I thought I would give you a brief review of each of the books I’ve read since my last post (Review of The Pug List). I have included a link to Goodreads for each book so that you can read the synopsis of the novel on there. I hope you enjoy and maybe find some new books to read along the way! Continue reading

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