Monthly Archives: November 2012

Photography Friday

This Friday, we had some of our first snow of the year here in Ithaca, so to help you stave off the winter blues, I want to share some of my favorite photography blogs with you…

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Photo Nature Blog - Great insect, butterfly, and bird close ups with rich colors. Continue reading

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Frugal Tips from The Tightwad Gazette

Title: The Tightwad Gazette
Author: Amy Dacyzyn
Source: library
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Review Summary: Potentially very useful, but there wasn’t  a lot I could implement right away and it was a very dry read.

The Tightwad Gazette started out as an actual gazette – a series of newsletters written by author Amy Dacyzyn. The book is basically just a compilation of these news letters with dividers indicating the different seasons. Some of the advice is seasonal, such as creative ways to do meaningful but cheap Christmas presents. Other advice is much broader, touching on the ethics of being a tightwad and the creativity required to solve problems cheaply. The rest of the advice is somewhere in-between, discussing topics that will only be useful to people in certain situations. This includes everything from advice about raising kids cheaply to having a good yard sale to finding creative uses for old milk jugs. Continue reading

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Monday Musings

This week the Monday Musings question from Should Be Reading is the following: Have you ever read a book after watching the movie/television version only to find that you don’t like the book as much as the adaptation?

I was just having a conversation with Ambidextri about movies we liked better than their books. I had read One for the Money and then watched the movie and actually liked it better than the book. I think for me what makes a story better as a movie is when it’s something very light, because I’m more likely to be looking for a light movie than a light read.

Have you ever liked a movie better than it’s book?

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Bookends About Soulless

Title: Soulless
Author: Gail Carriger
Source: library
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Summary: It was everything I hoped for – awesome integration of a steampunk society with supernatural elements plus hilarious characters.

“First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.” Alexia is afflicted with these and a variety of other social stigmas which she bravely soldiers through, all while dealing with suspicion that she is responsible for recent vampire disappearances. She handles even the most uncouth behavior with remarkable poise, a sharp wit, and a sense of humor. And somehow, in the midst of it all, she manages to begin a startlingly wonderful romance.

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Photography Friday

Today I just have some odds and ends from a trip to Edge Park in Ithaca. The squirrels there were some of the shyest squirrels I’ve ever seen. The picture here is the only non-blurry one I got! I hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving and a safe black Friday :) Now I’m off to enjoy the rest of mine with some late night gaming!

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Monday Musings

This week the Monday Musings question from Should Be Reading is the following: Do you read the ending before you start a book? Do you ever skip ahead to read the ending?

Are you insane? I can’t even read books in a series out of order, much less read a book in the wrong order. I often try to find out if a book has a happy ending before I start so if it doesn’t, I at least know what I’m getting myself into, but I never skip ahead.

Do you ever read the ending of a book before you’re finished? I promise I’m not judging, I just can’t imagine it fitting with my reading style :)

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Bookends About Poison Study

Title: Poison Study
Author: Maria V Snyder
Source: library
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Summary: Complex but easy-to-follow plots, believable characters, and an impressive protagonist – very well done!

This book has so many exciting twists and turns, that I’m checking the standard description to make sure I don’t give anything away! We start when Yelena, about to be executed for murder, is instead offered the position of royal food taster. The catch is that she’s intentionally fed a poison that will kill her unless she shows up every day for the antidote. Although to an extent this attaches her loyalty to the king, Yelena is put into a variety of situations where she has to decide where her loyalty truly lies. And just for an extra challenge, Yelena starts to develop magical powers, the possession of which is punishable by death. Continue reading

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