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Busy Busy Bee

So hey, it was 70+ degrees on Saturday and now there’s snow on the ground. That’s pretty cool.

NOT.

Seriously Mother Nature has no regard for my emotions. Like at all. I can’t do this anymore. Even my snow scraper gave up on winter this morning.

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Now, for me to explain my absence on this here blog. I have been seriously researching going back to school to further my education student loan debt.  Which has taken up a lot more of my time than I would have liked. Also, it’s my ‘busy’ time of year at work which between both of those things makes my days actually full at work.

I promise to try to be a better blogger from here!

I thought today I would talk about those books I told you I would review back in, oh you know- DECEMBER. Let me explain- it took me much longer to get through them than I’d like to admit and I returned some before even finishing. *SHAME ON ME* (I know).

Numero Uno- The Gods of Gotham It was good. I’d give it 3.5 of 5 stars. It was long, and very detailed- ideal for the history buffs out there. What I gathered from the introduction is the author did a lot of historical research for the book- down to geographical layouts of New York at the time, and the slang which was used. The story was intriguing and well written- although maybe dragged on a little in places. When I explained the story to my husband he mentioned that it seemed similar to the movie Gangs of New York– which in a lot of ways it was. If you’re into history and like to have all the details and like a good mystery this one’s for you.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened– I read about 1.5 chapters and had to return it. I read The Bloggess online and she’s really funny. But the book was too scattered for me. It jumped from thought to thought and was just too much to keep up with. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for it, but I just couldn’t get into it. I did laugh out  loud a couple times though- so there’s that. Maybe I’ll try it as like a vacation beach read or something.

Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church– I liked this book a lot. I haven’t read many Memoir type books but this one was good. It was written in a conversational tone, without making things too casual. You definitely get emotionally involved (unless you have no soul-sort of just kidding) in what’s going on and by the end if you’re like me– you might bawl a bit.

Girls in White Dresses– I also returned this one (We’re 2 for 2 here- kind of embarrassing). I just didn’t have time to read it before it was due, and it wasn’t as high on my list of things I wanted to get through as the others were. I will most likely go back for it.

Also- if you haven’t read the Divergent books yet- go do it. They’re set in Chicago so you kind of have to love them just because of that. And if you saw the movie, then you automatically know Theo James, I mean Four, I mean Tobias Eaton is GORGEOUS. So there’s that too.  I MEAN COME ON, LOOK AT THIS!

theo-james-comic-con-international-2013_3770457(HOW are his teeth SO white?!)

Now I am on to Adulting, which I had started and then put down in place of the Divergent series.

If you don’t follow me on Goodreads yet, you can (just click that there link) for more of this type of nonsense.

Are you in the middle of reading anything these days? Just finish something great? Share in the comments!

Well, Happy Tuesday kids!

I heart the Library

photo (17)I got a library card on Monday because I am now an official citizen of the fair city of West Dundee. Also, I have a piece of ‘official’ mail (whatever that means) that proves it! It has been a long time since I’ve lived in once place and all my ID’s, mail, and addresses matched- so this is kind of a big deal.
Guys- the inner nerd in me surfaced in a big way. I forgot how glorious libraries are. I’m like a kid in a  shoe craft candy store.
I got four books which I have had sitting in my Goodreads queue for far too long.

First up is The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye. It’s about New York around 1845, when the first police force was put together (typically not my choice time period for books but the rest sounded interesting so I went with it).  The main character is the younger brother of a firefighter turned police chief. They have an interesting love hate thing going on. Anyways, that is the one I’ve started with and I’m about 75 pages in and it’s pretty good.

Then I meandered over to the biography section and got in touch with something I’m presuming to be on the lighter, wittier side. Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I’m really excited to read this one as I love/have a weird obsession with her blog: The Bloggess. It is witty, funny, brash, and snarky- so I’m guessing the book won’t be too far off from that either.

And while I was over in the biography section I found Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church by Lauren Drain. Sometimes I have a hard time with non-comical biographies because I feel like they read like a to do list in reverse- I did this, then this happened, so I did that. And that was that. The end.  I’m starting to think I’ve grown out of this….maybe. I don’t know. We’ll find out. But I read an interview somewhere with her talking about her book and it seemed interesting so I went for it.

And finally, since there are two serious/dramatic books (on fiction, one non-fiction), I figured the lighthearted department should be equally balanced with one fiction, one non-fiction (this is how I think, really- that much thought went into picking out some books…)

Anyways- lastly, I got Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close because well I don’t even really know. It sounded like one of those semi-cheesy but maybe not so cheesy it’s a turn off types. And I thought I’d give it a chance.

So, that’s my December reading list. What are you reading these days? Have you read any of the books I picked?

I’ll be back with a review on these as soon as I’ve finished them!