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Quote of the Week November 30, 2014

"At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book-- that string of confused, alien ciphers--shivered into meaning.  Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened.  You became, irrevocably, a reader."  -Alberto Manguel

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

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This one has actually been in my to-read stack for a while. I'm not really sure why it took me so long to get to it, but let me just tell you, I could not put it down once I started reading.
     Kate and Trevor McDonough were school rivals. So much so that they tied as valedictorians.  Every year their school gave a college scholarship to the valedictorian.  Since they were tied for the title, the school held a contest to determine who to grant the money to.  Kate was desperate to win.  The scholarship was her only chance to go to college and really make something of herself.  Trevor, on the other hand, was born into money and doesn't need a dime.  After a head-to-head battle, Trevor won the scholarship, effectively sealing Kate's fate and cementing her dislike of him.
     Fast forward twelve years and Kate has a dead end job as a statistician with the census bureau.  Kate's life gets turned upside down when she is contacted to interview for a job with Dr. T. M…

Quote of the Week November 23, 2014

"The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries." -Descartes

Quote of the Week November 16, 2014

"In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you." Mortimer Adler

Entwined by Heather Dixon

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I was standing in line at Books-a-Million with this book clutched to my chest.  When the cashier spotted the back of the book she exclaimed "Is that Entwined?! You're going to love it."  That led to a long conversation of geeking out about our favorite books.  That's why I love going to bookstores.

I'm a bit behind the times.  This book was actually published in 2011, but I just discovered it.  I'm sure a lot of people have read it already, but in case you haven't here are my thoughts: Entwined is another story based on the Grimm's fairy tale "The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces"/"The Twelve Dancing Princesses".  Since I just read a very similar story (Princess of the Midnight Ball) I was curious to compare the two.  Both stories have twelve princesses with flora names (though Entwined's princesses are named in alphabetical order).  In Dixon's version, the princesses are mourning the recent passing of their mother.  As su…

Halloween

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A lot of people in the office dressed up for Halloween. I think I made a pretty good Velma. (I even had Scooby snacks!) 

Life Happens

Sorry for the silence!  I just got accepted into grad school (MLIS program at USC)  so I'm busy trying to get all my i's dotted and t's crossed.  I have to pick a specialization within the next two days.  If you knew me at all you would know that making decisions like that really stress me out.  Oh well, it will all be taken care of by and by.  More reviews coming soon!