Books 11-15 of 2017

I’ve read a few more books! I decided to do these in batches of five books, so that the posts would be shorter and I’d post a little bit more frequently. So, here we go…

 

11 (Apr 26-28 2017)

11. Edith Wharton had several books for sale on BookOutlet.com, so I decided to give her a try. Ethan Frome was a short story, so I thought that it would be an easy introduction. It’s a sad story of a man having to choose between a dismal wife and life, or an exciting/unknown path with the wife’s cousin. The ending was unexpected – sad, but I liked it. I look forward to reading more of Wharton’s stories.

12 (Apr 30-May 4 2017)

12. I learned about Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall from the trailer for its movie adaptation, when I saw a movie in a cinema earlier this year. The idea of a girl reliving her last day several times sounded interesting, so when I saw it for a cheap price I decided to get it. While I admit that I found it hard to connect with the main character, I enjoyed following the changes in her feelings and attitudes. I enjoyed it, and my mom is reading it now. I haven’t watched the movie yet, but I’ll watch it with my mom eventually.

13 (May 5-16 2017)

13. I have a tendency to buy every book in the classics section of my library’s semiannual book sales – and lately I’ve seen a ton of Thomas Hardy. The Mayor of Casterbridge is my first dip into Hardy, and I loved it. A very sad story of a man’s past coming back to haunt him, and his downfall. There are a few more Hardy novels in my collection, and I may be digging into another one soon.

14 (May 17-20 2017)

14. I don’t get into young adult stuff that often, but when I do, it’s a good chance that it’s from Neal Shusterman. I’ve read his Skinjacker trilogy and the Unwind dystology and adored both series. So when I saw Scythe show up on BookOutlet.com, I screamed in happiness. It came out late last year, and it will become another series. I haven’t bought this one (yet haha – I may ask my sister for it for my birthday), but I instead got this from our library. The premise of this story is that disease, poverty, hunger, and governments no longer exist – even natural death no longer exists. So, to help keep population in control, there are a special group of people called Scythes who are the only ones to end life. It was a fascinating idea and it really got me thinking about “immortality” and such. My mom, who has also read the Unwind books, loved this book as well. We can’t wait for the second book to come out! Also, I just want to say that the cover art on this was really cool.

15 (May 24- June 2 2017)

15. I don’t think that I would have ever discovered A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille if it weren’t for BookOutlet.com’s classics section. Seriously, that site is FANTASTIC. But anyway, back to this book. It’s one of the first “lost world” books, written in the Victorian era. It was delightfully silly and bizarre – a tropical South Pole, still-living dinosaurs, and humans who seek death, poverty, and darkness… yup haha.

In May I read 1 and 2 Corinthians; this month I am reading the Gospel of John. I found out how many chapters are in each book of the Bible, as I just want to read one or two chapters each night.

Gotta get back to reading!

My first ten books read in 2017

At the beginning of the year I knew that I needed to spend more time reading – and away from my tablet and laptop. So every evening I try to set aside at least 30 minutes for reading. This usually ends up being the entire 6pm hour, between our 5pm dinner and 7pm coffee (and we don’t drink decaf!). I didn’t read as much as I had wanted to the last two or more years, and I knew that too much staring at a screen isn’t good.

I finished my tenth book this Wednesday, and I figured it would be nice to share those books here with a quick thought or two. I stink at book reviews (and never cared for them in school), so don’t set your expectations high haha.

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Newest Etsy Additions, April 4 2017

I had made these items a short while ago (although the money holders are last week), but it wasn’t until today when I finally got around to adding them to my Etsy store.

Here are today’s additions; I’ve got pendants made with epoxy resin, a pin made with resin, some pairs of earrings, and some money gift holder cards (in time for school graduations).

Click here to find my newest items and shop around!

I am still working on renaming my store, and I’m currently planning on what I will sell at a November craft show in the area (maybe try a new craft).

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A walk at the Munroe Falls MetroParks

A few months ago (yikes – yeah, I was really bad with sharing these in a timely manner) I took my dog on a walk at our nearby park. It was a lovely autumn morning, soon after the swimming season ended. I took these photos during our walk. I’m especially happy with the heron’s reflection, considering I was quite a distance away from it and only using a point-and-shoot.

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