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My New Library

Isn't it pretty?

Isn't it pretty?

Leaving the library in San Diego and moving to a smaller, yet still large, city I was hoped wouldn’t decrease the availability of books. There have been a few pros and cons of the Louisville Free Public Library. There’s 18 or 19 libraries in the county, which is good for transferring books and if I don’t want to wait for a hold to be delivered most of the libraries are within a 20 minutes.

The downside of their hold system is that you can only have 3 items on hold at a time per month. So far I’ve had 4ish items on hold this month, but only 3 at a time…so I’m wondering if this is steadfast rule. At the library in San Diego there was a 25 hold limit, which was really good if you were waiting for a new book or movie.

That’s another thing…their movie collection here is slim pickings. Back in SD, the movie collection for the city libraries was like Blockbuster! If there was a movie coming out on dvd, once the release date was published I’d put it on hold. Most of the movies here are educational or documentaries.

The library I visit has a great little children’s nook. It’s a castle turret with a small stage built on the inside and painted murals from fairy tales. I’ll have to take a picture of it sometime. It’s quite adorable.

Oh, and another good thing about being back east is the architecture. California’s great, but has boring building after boring building. There’s another library about a mile from our house and the one we go to is the same distance, but I picked it because of it’s look. It’s a gorgeous building!


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glass-time-michael-cox-hardcover-cover-artI found this book browsing through my library’s new books and thought I might as well give it a try. I doubted whether I’d finish it or, tell you the truth, if I’d even start it. You know how you check books out from the library and they stay on your shelf until it’s time to return them? That often happens in my house.

But not The Glass of Time.

Once I started I was pretty much hooked. It was that good. Usually when I read a long book (this one’s 583 pages)I find there are lulls in the story and my attention. Sometimes I skim or even skip ahead (I’ll confess!), but The Glass of Time had a tight grip on my attention. I didn’t want to miss anything! The slightest detail could reveal a clue into the mystery.

Here’s the synopsis:

The Glass of Time s a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady’s maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l’Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza’s own life is bound up. At Evenwood she meets Lady Tansor’s two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder.

Last week I said it reminded me of a Dicken’s novel and it still does, but even with the similarities to Dicken’s this novel stands on its own. There were twists and turns, the unexpected, and an increasing cast of characters who all play a vital role. That’s one thing I love about Dicken’s he’s all of his characters are so intricately woven into the plot that you couldn’t spare even the smallest cameo.

The Glass of Time was definitely worth the late night reading. It’s characters and mysteries kept be eager to continue reading until all was resolved. If you like a well-thought mystery then you’re likely to enjoy this novel.

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Weekly Trip to the Library

april-13-to-20-030 I went in to pick up my books on hold and came out with a bit of a stack. The funny thing is that I didn’t venture far from the hold shelf.

I only had two books on hold: The Tale of Despereaux and The Biggest Loser Fitness Program. I perused the new books shelf and found lots of interesting things:

Seen Art?

A House is a House for Me

The Baby Food Bible

How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls

Language for a New Century (a book of modern poems)

Jesus for President

Star Quality: The Red Carpet Workout

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So, today I made a trip to the library (and the bookstore) to return a few books and pick up some holds. Inevitably, I checked out more books than I had on hold.


Yes, that’s High School Musical up there and no I don’t have a tween. I may not have joined the Twilight bandwagon, but the HSM bug got me. The Penderwicks is a YA novel I’ve had on my GoodReads list and it just happened to be on a cart in front of the holds section, along with The Rainbow Fish.

I added Around the World in 80 Days on my hold list yesterday for the 5 Minutes for Books Classics Book Club on April 7th. Will I finish it by then? We’ll see.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is the book I was most eager for. I first heard about it through Simple Mom’s book club and was very intrigued. It’s a memior, of sorts, from author Barbara Kingsolver (she wrote The Poisonwood Bible, which I’ve had for years and still haven’t read!) and her family’s story of how they lived for a year on food that they grew or was raised in their neighborhood. I’m only on page 14, so I haven’t quite made up my mind what I think about it. To be honest, it’s not quite what I expected. But it’s still early…I mean page 14, come on! : )

And then, I checked out a much of children’s books in Spanish to read to the boy and pratice my espanol. Comprende?

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