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Books to Read (Forthcoming Releases)

March 1st, 2019 (07:00 am)
thoughtful

Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Song: Without a Trace theme song

March 2019
The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara

April 2019
The Pandora Room by Christopher Golden
Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story by Raina Telgemeier

June 2019
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

July 2019
In the Woods by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel

Summer 2019
We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

August 2019
Best Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

September 2019
Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Fall 2019
Magic Camper by Courtney Sheinmel and Bianca Turetsky ‏
The Survival List by Courtney Sheinmel

Sometime in 2019
Hex Life edited by Christopher Golden and Rachel Autumn Deering
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

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Poetry Friday: We never know we go by Emily Dickinson

March 1st, 2019 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Emotion by Astrid S

We never know we go, - when we are going
We jest and shut the door;
Fate following behind us bolts it,
And we accost no more.

- Emily Dickinson

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Best Books of February 2019

February 28th, 2019 (09:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Luminous and Unstoppable by Aleksandar Dimitrijevic

February 2019: 21 books and scripts read

This month's standout was The Sacrifice by Kathleen Benner Duble. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Inspired by the author's own relatives, The Sacrifice revolves around a young girl named Abigail whose family is forever changed when the witchcraft trials reach her town of Andover, Massachussetts. If you like stories such as The Witch of Blackbird Pond, you'll like The Sacrifice.

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Poetry Friday: I am fire by Janne Robinson

February 22nd, 2019 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Happy by Annabel Jones

I am fire
if you want something salty and sweet
with no opinion
I'm not the woman for you
I spit flames
often.

- Janne Robinson

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Poetry Friday: Cosmogony by Caki Wilkinson

February 15th, 2019 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: California Dreamin' by The Mamas and the Papas

A yarn ball and a hill
maintain an equipoise until
      their neatness starts to bore the gods
                of potential and energy
      who hedge bets, reckoning the odds
                of when the rest will be

set in motion, and who,
first stumbling upon this clew,
       constructed both the incline and
                the inclination to unwind.
       Like most gods, though, they haven’t planned
                to stay; they mastermind

the scheme, ex nihilio,
then slip behind the shadow show
       and designate an agent, chief
                remaker of their mischief made.
       Each time, disguised, this leitmotif
                gets salvaged and replayed,

a universe begins,
for orogens and origins
       suppose a Way Things Were before
                some volatile, untimely That—
       sweetness perverted by the core
                or belfry by the bat,

or here, a hilly green,
whose still life, eerily serene,
       completes their best contrivance yet:
                from high above, a williwaw,
       a hiss, and then the silhouette
                of one terrific paw.

- Cosmogony by Caki Wilkinson

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Poetry Friday: Walk on the Ocean by Toad the Wet Sprocket

February 8th, 2019 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Walk on the Ocean by Toad the Wet Sprocket

We spotted the ocean at the head of the trail
Where are we going, so far away
And somebody told me that this is the place
Where everything's better, everything's safe

Walk on the ocean
Step on the stones
Flesh becomes water
Wood becomes bone

And half an hour later, we packed up our things
We said we'd send letters and all those little things
And they knew we were lying, but they smiled just the same
It seemed they'd already forgotten we'd came

Walk on the ocean
Step on the stones
Flesh becomes water
Wood becomes bone

Now we're back at the homestead
Where the air makes you choke
And people don't know you
And trust is a joke

We don't even have pictures
Just memories to hold
That grow sweeter each season
As we slowly grow old

- lyrics from Walk on the Ocean by Toad the Wet Sprocket

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Poetry Friday: Fade Into You by Mazzy Star

January 31st, 2019 (08:00 pm)
contemplative

Current Mood: contemplative
Current Song: Fade Into You by Mazzy Star

I want to hold the hand inside you
I want to take the breath that's true
I look to you and I see nothing
I look to you to see the truth

You live your life, you go in shadows
You'll come apart and you'll go black
Some kind of night into your darkness
Colors your eyes with what's not there

Fade into you
Strange you never knew
Fade into you
I think it's strange you never knew

A stranger's light comes on slowly
A stranger's heart without a home
You put your hands into your head
And then smiles cover your heart

Fade into you
Strange you never knew
Fade into you
I think it's strange you never knew

- Fade Into You by Mazzy Star

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Best Books of January 2019

January 31st, 2019 (05:20 pm)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Crystal Beach by Tom Day

January 2019: 15 books and scripts read

This month's standout was Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard. In this darkly humorous fantasy novel, Johannes has one year to gather one hundred souls in order to reclaim his own - all while managing a twisted traveling carnival and its employees, most of whom are undead or unreal.

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Poetry Friday: The Fable in Thermodynamics by Nikita Gill

January 25th, 2019 (06:00 am)
contemplative

Current Mood: contemplative
Current Song: Heaven/Hell by CHVRCHES

The first law in thermodynamics states this:
'energy can neither be created nor destroyed.'

Which is to say everything around us is recycled energy,
You, me, your dog, those we love and those we avoid.

Which is to say that the energy that makes us
is as ancient as the beginning of time itself.

Which is to say that our bones could have been
fragmented together from the ashes of the library of Alexandria.

Which is to say our sinews and spine were crafted from the
end of a hundred-year-old oak tree and our smiles a comet.

Which is to say our hearts could be Achilles’ spirit
when he battled Troy, bringing his enemies down with it.

Which is to say, when we feel like life is overwhelming,
we must remember that we’re just sparks of energy borrowing skin.

That no matter how much this pain feels everlasting,
this is just the temporary fabric we are in.

- The Fable in Thermodynamics by Nikita Gill

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Poetry Friday: A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

January 18th, 2019 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Too Much to Dream by Allie X

The sea can do craziness, it can do smooth,
it can lie down like silk breathing
or toss havoc shoreward; it can give

gifts and withhold all; it can rise, ebb, froth
like an incoming frenzy of fountains, or it can
sweet-talk entirely. As I can too,

and so, no doubt, can you, and you.

- A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

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