Today I realized something you may have noticed already – I think I’ve become something of a nature photographer. It just seems to be the subject which most catches my fancy these days 🙂 This pictures were taken today on the ISU campus, but I’m hoping to get back ahead soon so that each week I can take pictures for next Friday’s photography post. I know a lot of my readers are fellow bloggers, so I’m curious – how far in advance do most of you schedule posts?
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Last night, I went to see Meg Cabot – my first book signing – and she was awesome! She seemed really nice and down-to-earth and was actually as funny in person as she is in her books. Perhaps even funnier, which is impressive. We started with her giving a brief talk about her life and how she got into writing and then had a question and answer session. Then we all got to stand in line for over an hour to get our books signed. Definitely not the most fun part of the night, but worth it! Plus it was so much fun seeing everyone from elementary school girls to women twice my age standing in line, all holding their favorite Meg Cabot books and all excited to meet her. That’s me on the right, enjoying my quick minute talking to Meg 🙂
This week the Monday Musings question from Should Be Reading is the following: Have you ever read a book that, at the time, you didn’t feel a strong connection towards, but as time goes by you find yourself thinking about it a lot?
This is one of those questions where the short answer is no, I haven’t. But to elaborate, I’ve never had a book which I realized after the fact made a strong impression on me. I have, however, tried a few books multiple times in hopes they’d work for me the second time, including The Golden Compass and the Dune sequels – unsuccessfully in both cases. I know they’re supposed to be good books, but they just don’t do it for me.
Have you ever had the experience of only feeling a connection to a book after you’ve finished reading? If so, do you have any idea why that was the case for you?
Author: Meg Cabot
Source: bought for book signing
Review Summary: In a lot of ways this is a fairly typical YA romance with a strong heroine, but it’s also well written, enjoyable, and made unique by its’ basis in mythology and the heroine’s unique voice.
Like Dead Beautiful, Meg Cabot’s Abandon trilogy is a re-telling of the Persephone myth, although in this case only the starting point of the story really comes from the myth. The Greek gods aren’t part of the story at all and while a lot of elements of the Greek underworld are used, even the basic explanation for the way the Underworld works is different. What is the same is that the lord of the underworld does fall in love with our heroine, Pierce. He does kidnap her, in a way, but in his defense she’s already dead in this version. She manages to escape and is resuscitated by her doctors; which of these events is the cause and which the effect is left for the reader to determine. Unfortunately for Pierce, escaping the underworld doesn’t resolve anything. She now has trouble fitting back into her old life and still has to deal with the lord of the underworld appearing to “help” her, usually causing her some trouble himself as well. Read more »
Not too much to report this week. Just some pictures I took at my local library while desperately resisting checking out any more books. It shouldn’t have been hard, since I don’t think I’ll finish all the ones I have now before I move, but somehow it still was! What I most wanted to check out was some more Meg Cabot books, since I’ve been reading the books of hers that I’ve bought for a signing in Des Moines on Tuesday. I’ve never been to a book signing before so I’m super excited, especially since I’ve enjoyed her books a lot. I hope everyone else had a great fourth of july and also has a great week to look forward too 🙂
Title: Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The Science of Evo Devo
Author: Sean B Carrol
Fun Fact: It has been estimated that the millions of animals alive today represent only 1 percent of the animals that have existed at various times in the past 500 million years.
Review Summary: An interesting topic discussed by an enthusiastic author, but kept from being really engaging by the author’s verbosity, excessive attention to detail, and inclusion of some very basic biology.
Evo Devo stands for Evolutionary Developmental Biology and is a field which looks at both the way a fertilized egg becomes a living creature and the way changes in that process drive evolution. In Endless Forms Most Beautiful, the author/scientist Sean Carrol describes exciting new developments in the field (as of 2005), starting with clear, illustrated explanations of some basic concepts necessary to understand the rest of the book. As someone who does at least know the basics, this made the book drag (even more) for me, but I think it would be really helpful to someone with little to no background in biology. The second half of the book was by far my favorite part and focused on some pretty cool examples of the concepts explained in the first half of the book. Read more »
This week the Monday Musings question from Should Be Reading is the following: When you’re stuck for a book to read next, what do you do?
I have to say, this is not a problem I’ve been having lately. Especially now that I’ve gotten to where I have more books out of the library than I can possibly read before I move! I think the reason I’ve been able to avoid this problem is that I’ve been checking out a ridiculously wide variety of books from the library, so I often have lots of different genres to choose from. That makes it a lot easier to find what I’m in the mood for at any given time.
What do you do when you don’t know what to read next? Or to avoid getting stuck without something you want to read next?
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
Review Summary: I was very close to giving this a five-star, gushy review. The plot is clever and thought-provoking and the characters have a lot of depth, but I just didn’t find the ending very satisfying.
Like Hyperion (which, having read the sequel, I’ve retroactively makde a 5 star book), this book was selected by the Sword and Laser group on goodreads, has been nominated for several awards, and was exceptionally well written. Tigana is about a world similar to 16th century Italy, with many warring provinces. In this world, eight of the nine provinces have been conquered by two foreign sorcerers. In revenge for the death of his son one of these sorcerers has obliterated one province entirely, casting a spell that prevents anyone not originally from that province from even remembering its’ real name – Tigana. The book focuses on efforts, lead by people from Tigana, to remove the two sorcerers without allowing either of them to grab control of all the provinces. Read more »
Today I’m doing a couple of last minute posts for the month of June and that includes the current Bloggers’ Alliance of Non-fiction Devotees (BAND) discussion. Each month, this group poses an interesting question related to our common love of non-fiction. This weeks’ question comes from Marilyn from Me, you, and books and she asks the following question:
When is an author’s subjective response to a subject not a bias but a legitimate perspective? What non-fiction have you read where an author’s feelings enhance your understanding?
Although the name “Photography Friday” has become less accurate lately, I am excited to at last have gotten out to take pictures this week. With getting ready to move to Ithaca at the end of July, I’ve already started putting in extra time trying to finish things up here before I leave. But today the weather was beautiful and I didn’t have much work to do, so I just wandered around my apartment complex and enjoyed taking some nature pictures. I hope everyone else is having a relaxing weekend too 🙂