Sunday, June 29, 2008

Happy Birthday, Nick, you will never be forgotten, always in our hearts...

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Change of Heart

LibraryThing book review...
Change of Heart: A Novel written by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoulet's newest drama, Change of Heart will keep you reading every spare moment. I found it very hard to put this book down! June Nealon has had a tough life...her first husband was killed in a car accident, her second husband and daughter, Elizabeth, are murdered just before she gives birth to another daughter, Claire. It gets worse...Claire needs a heart transplant and the man who (maybe, maybe not) murdered her dad and sister has offered her his to repent for his wrongdoing. Well, this is the major dilemma, but there are more... The charactors are wonderful, the story is compelling, and this is a book you won't soon forget. It stayed with me days after I had finished it.
Atria (2008), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 464 pages
julyso Jun 22, 2008

Friday, June 20, 2008

The Last Time I Was Me

LibraryThing book review...
The Last Time I Was Me: written by Cathy Lamb
Jeanne Stewart has lots and lots of problems. Her mother recently died. She works way too much and she finds out that her boyfriend is sleeping with lots of other women, so she gives him a special little surprise (it involves some peanut oil and a condom...hmmm). She has a melt-down and decides to rebuild her life. This involves moving, a new job, an old house, and a handsome man. Jeanne is a strong, fiesty and likeable character. The book is fun, but it tends to drag on at the end.
julyso Jun 20, 2008

Water for Elephants

LibraryThing book review...
Water for Elephants: written by Sara Gruen
First, I must say that I absolutely adore this book! It is about Jacob Jankowski who is currently in a nursing home and not happy about it. As a young man, he was planning on becoming a veterinarian, but as we all can be unpredictable. He ends up joining a circus...this book is really about his life with the circus. I loved all the characters, even the ones we are supposed to hate. The story is marvelous and the ending was perfect. A great book, one I will give to all my friends:)
julyso Jun 20, 2008

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Jerry & Skittles

I must give equal time to the other precious members of my little two cats, Jerry and Skittles. I have had them both for over ten years & I just adore them. They are definitely not happy about those two dogs living with us now. I still have to keep them separate from Zoe & Hannah. I am hoping that one day we will be one big, happy family:) Jerry is the big, orange tabby on the right. He is a sweetheart, he loves to roam the neighborhood looking for friends. Skittles is a cutie, but she is definitely a one person kitty & some days she doesn't even like me! They both bring me a lot of happiness.

Tuesday Thingers

Today's Question: What's the most popular book in your library? Have you read it? What did you think? How many users have it? What's the most popular book you don't have? How does a book's popularity figure into your decisions about what to read? (yes, I am a little late on this!)

The most popular book in my library is The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Yes, I have read and I did enjoy it. I felt like I just about HAD to read because everybody was reading it. It is not normally a book I would have picked up, but I am glad I did. 23, 341 members of Library Thing have the book in their library. I don't have the most popular book in my library...Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. I do have it in my school library and I have actually read it, but I have not put it in my LT library, yet... I think a book's popularity does figure into my decision to read it or not, sometimes, but not always. I guess I think if other people like it, I will enjoy it also.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The girls...

I want to introduce you to two very important members of my little family...Hannah and Zoe! They are the sweetest little girls ever and have given me much joy. I have had them for over a year now and I don't know what I ever did without them. They love to cuddle, play, and go for walks around my neighborhood. Zoe is the boss (she is the one on top in this picture!) of the two of them, always pushing Hannah around. Zoe is very cuddly, though, and loves to be the center of attention. Hannah is a sweetheart, she never drops a chewie anywhere because Zoe will steal it. She always wants to be right on top of me. They are a pair, a pair I don't know what I would do without:)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

My blog....

My name is Julie and I am a librarian at Nimitz Junior High School in Odessa, Texas. I have had kind of a rough beginning to my nephew, Nick, committed suicide on May 22, 2008. He was 21 years old. It was a huge shock to my entire family. It was very unexpected-Nick had always been a great kid. He was fun, artistic, smart, and just wonderful. I adored him. My whole family is trying to wrap our brains around this, about why he did this, and about how we go on. I thought maybe starting a book blog would be a good summer project for me, something to keep me busy. I read a lot, so I thought it would be a great place to keep track of what I have read. I also thought it would be a good place to write some of my thoughts, maybe it will help...

Songs for the Missing

julyso's review from LibraryThing
Songs for the Missing: A Novel by Stewart O'Nan
julyso's review: "I must say, I just didn't get this book. The story was OK, the characters were hard to like, and the ending...the ending, don't even get me started on the ending! This book just wasn't my cup of tea. It just didn't tell you alot about what the characters were thinking and their reactions were rather strange/unusual to me. I cry if my dog or cat is missing....their daughter is missing and it is like they are running a campaign. O'well, no more O'Nan for me...maybe:) "Viking Adult (2008), Hardcover, 320 pages