Bookish Roundup–October, 2017

October-Roundup

I love Fall, y’all!! I adore that crisp, cool air and spend copious amounts of time reading on my front porch with a blanket and coffee (or hot cocoa!) each day. Fall has been good to me this year, too, in that I had an awesome reading month in October! I read a total of nineteen books, raising my total number of books read for the year to 195. Woo-hoo!!

Now, let me be clear about something. I would have read even more books in October if it weren’t for this little devil:

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We spent a lot of time training and caring for little Miss Tootsie all month, toting her to and from Puppy Kindergarten classes and working on the skills we learned there here at home each day. She is growing a little each day, and although she’s still a tiny little stinker, Tootsie is light years away from where she was when she came to us. I know that your real questions is, is she growing on me yet? Yes, and no. She has definitely become somewhat easier to handle over the last month or so, but the peace I knew before she came into the household is still gone. The perfect equilibrium that my sweet Sheltie, Ruby, and I had enjoyed has been shattered and we’re still trying to figure out how to fit Tootsie into our lives. One thing is for sure, however; The Boy is one happy camper. He absolutely adores Tootsie and works tirelessly to care for her and to make things easier for me when it comes to her care. He’s a keeper, that’s for sure.

Back to the books, y’all! Let’s take a look at what I read in October:

Wow. Where do I even begin? So many of the books I read last month were amazing. Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing was both brilliant and powerful. Becky Albertalli is a new favorite YA author; I hear that she is collaborating on a new novel with YA author Adam Silvera – can’t wait to check that one out! Castle of Water, recommended by a book club friend, was everything it was promised to be – many tears were shed with this one, y’all, so be prepared. Jessica Cluess’s Kingdom on Fire Series is excellent. Speaking of puppies (as I was a moment ago) The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete was a good read as well, and helpful to The Boy and I on many points.

As I said, October was a fantastic month for reading and I’m hoping that November will be the same (or better!). Temperatures are still in the 50’s and even 60’s on some days here in Nebraska, so there is still plenty of porch time ahead for me. I have some great books waiting for me on my November TBR, and I can’t wait to get started. Happy Reading to you all!!

Where is your favorite place to read in the Fall?

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Libraries Around the World Coloring Book by Lacey Losh

cover_librariesaroundtheworld“50 libraries from across the globe have been transformed into line art coloring pages in this unique coloring book collection. These line art images will delight the adult coloring crowd as well as all ages of coloring enthusiasts.

The Libraries Around the World Coloring Book offers a first-of-its-kind combination of two current trends (the adult coloring phenomenon and little libraries) into one neat package. These coloring books feature libraries, large and small, with locations in 23 US states along with 13 countries on 6 continents!

This coloring book includes library steward stories, location details and interesting tidbits alongside the coloring sheet for each library, connecting art and education with the mental health benefits of coloring.” – Goodreads

I almost titled this post, “In Which I Don’t Even Know Where to Begin…” Do I start by professing my love and obsession for Little Free Libraries? Do I launch into a lecture about my newfound love for adult coloring books and the multitude of mental health benefits to be gained from coloring in them? Or do I simply begin by telling you about Lacey Losh’s amazing new publication, the Libraries Around the World Coloring Book?

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What exactly is a Little Free Library, you ask? The Little Free Library website states:

“A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share.”

The mission of Little Free Libraries is:

To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.”

There are currently over 36,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, bringing curbside literacy home and sharing millions of books annually. You can read more about the history of the Little Free Library movement here.

Lacey Losh, author of the Libraries Around the World Coloring Book, is the steward of a Little Free Library right here in my very own Lincoln, Nebraska. You can visit – and LIKE – the Losh Free Library Facebook Page here. Lacey collected 50 photographs of Little Free Libraries from across the globe, created line art pictures from them, and gathered them into a coloring book collection that will delight the minds of creative, coloring individuals young and old alike. Each picture also includes charming details and stories about the library it represents.

Great things about this coloring book (other than featuring LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES?!):

    • Each picture is on a page of its own, with no picture on the backside
    • The paper is of the perfect weight; even markers would work without bleeding through (NOT including Sharpies, friends!)
    • While each picture is detailed, it is not so intricate that it is difficult to color and can easily be completed in one sitting

I was so thrilled to be gifted a copy of this coloring book. The lovely pictures and charming stories, along with Lacey’s personal bio, brought tears to my eyes. Yes, I realize I am a library nerd, but I think you will be moved as well. There are two things you need to do today: visit a Little Free Library near you, and snatch up a copy of the Libraries Around the World Coloring Book! Go and get you some, y’all!

losh-free-libraryAbout the author:  Lacey Losh is a professional Digital Prepress Specialist and Graphic Designer. She is the steward of a Little Free Library in her own front yard, now in its third year of operation. She also volunteers as a Community Organizer with Common Root, a Lincoln, Nebraska-based nonprofit agency. Lacey is currently working on her second coloring book project, The Tiny Living Coloring Book. You can learn more about Lacey and her work at her website, Coloring With Lacey!

Libraries Around the World Coloring Book by Lacey Losh: Get it Today!

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Not-Quite-Spring Cleaning

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Welcome to the new digs, y’all! I felt that things were looking a bit stale over here at Pathologically Literate and thus made it my mission to brighten things up – just in time for Spring (well, I may be a little bit early). Things seem to be running just fine and dandy, but if you do happen to run into any quirks, please let me know and I’ll make sure it’s taken care of lickety-split.

What else is new around the home-front? Not a lot. Although I am joining an online book club in March – I’ve always wanted to be in a book club, and if I can’t be in a live-and-in-person one, this will have to do. I’m looking forward to reading the book selection: Almost Famous Women: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman. I’m not sure if I’ll be posting updates regarding our progress here or not, so that will remain to be seen.

I’m also working on a Tumblr blog where you’ll be able to go to see what I’ve been reading on the web as well as other random goodies related to Pathological Literacy that I don’t want to expand upon here on the blog. I will keep you updated as to when that will be ready for public consumption.

That’s what I’ve been up to lately, folks. How about you?

 

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George Washington: Library Deadbeat

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you my debacle with the local library: fines and a lost book. Yikes! After doing a little reading this week, however, I don’t feel quite as loser-ish. Our first President has me beat:

Five months into his first term, George Washington borrowed two books from the historic New York Society Library. One of these was a legal manifesto, the “Law of Nations”, concerning international relations. The second tome was a volume of debates from Britain’s House of Commons.

The two books were due to be returned on November 2, 1789. Alas, they were not. Instead, they remained sequestered at Washington’s Virginia home. While library officials did not actively pursue locating the books, they did wonder if they would ever see them again.

Well, y’all, in 2010, after 221 years, the “Law of Nations” was returned to the New York Society Library by the Mount Vernon staff. Thankfully, late fees were waived. According to The Guardian, “At today’s prices, adjusted for inflation, he would face a late fine of $300,000.”

Suddenly I feel a little bit better about my lost book. Somehow I’m sure we’ll be returning The Diary of a Wimpy Kid in less than 221 years…

Have you ever returned a library book past its due date?

 

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The Enlightenment Book Lamp Sheds a New Light

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You may have heard of the lamp of enlightenment before, but I’ve found something that might be even better – The Enlightenment Book Lamp. Made out of white plexiglass, this book-shaped lamp is lit with a 9-watt energy saving bulb; the words “The Enlightenment” are embossed on the binding and front cover. Con: it has a European plug, so you would need an adapter – and the lamp costs a whopping $113. Pro: ten percent of the proceeds go to fund education projects facilitated by the Edukans Foundation. Now that is enlightening.

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Would you add this lamp to your bookshelves or bedside table?

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A New Look for a New Season

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I love Spring! I love the sunshine. I love the leaves, budding on the trees. I love the flowers, beginning to poke up from the ground. I love the little birds that return to the tree outside my bedroom window after the long, cold winter. Most of all, however, I love the feeling that everything (including me) is being granted a fresh start to life. I always flourish during the Springtime – my mood is a little cheerier, my health is a little better, my complexion is a little brighter… I decided the Pathologically Literate blog deserved a little freshening up, as well. Hope you enjoy it!

Do you like to have a fresh start in the Spring?

 

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from Pathologically Literate!

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