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Blogging lapse

I have read a bunch of books, but have not been feeling well for the last few weeks. So although I have a couple of POC books to review, plus some recent releases — Orchards and Across the Universe — the brain power to formulate thoughts and transcribe them with words is lacking. But soon, I promise.

My next post, however, will be an interview with Sarah Bean Thompson, a candidate for the 2013 Printz Committee. Check back for that!


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I have been busy reading, but also preparing for my trip to Bermuda (I leave tomorrow!). This is a celebration cruise for my husband and me, since we both just completed college degrees. I have packed seven books for the cruise, and I hope to read all of them. Some I need to read for PPYA, some I picked up at Annual, and a couple are just for me.

I wanted to have some posts written before I left, but sadly, that didn't happen. Instead, I will be writing some while I am away – the old-fashioned way, on paper – and look forward to posting those when I return. 

First up: my review of Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah. I read this for the POC Challenge. Stay tuned!

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99 Things

I encountered this meme on Dog-Eared and Well-Read. I figured I could post a little random quirkiness. I tried to trace it back to its origin, but I couldn't. However, I have deduced that it is British in origin, based on the spelling. I deleted some for space, but only ones I haven't done and am not interested in. The ones I have done are in bold.

  • Started your own blog
  • Slept under the stars
  • Played in a band (marching)
  • Visited Hawaii
  • Watched a meteor shower
  • Given more than you can afford to charity
  • Been to Disneyworld
  • Climbed a mountain
  • Visited Paris
  • Watched a lightening storm
  • Had food poisoning
  • Grown your own veg
  • Seen the Mona Lisa in France
  • Slept on an overnight train
  • Had a pillow fight
  • Taken a sick day when you're not ill
  • Built a snow fort
  • Gone skinnydipping
  • Ridden in a gondola in Venice
  • Seen a total eclipse
  • Watched a sunrise or sunset
  • Been on a cruise (soon!)
  • Seen Niagara Falls in person
  • Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
  • Taught yourself a new language
  • Seen the Tower Of Pisa in person
  • Gone rock climbing
  • Seen Michelangelo's David
  • Sung Karaoke
  • Seen Old Faithful
  • Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
  • Visited Africa
  • Walked on a beach by moonlight
  • Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • Gone scuba diving
  • Kissed in the rain
  • Played in the mud
  • Gone to a drive-in theatre
  • Been in a movie
  • Visited the Great Wall Of China
  • Started your own business
  • Taken a martial arts class
  • Visited Russia
  • Served in a soup kitchen
  • Sold Girl Scout cookies
  • Gone whale watching
  • Got flowers for no reason
  • Donated blood
  • Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
  • Flown in a helicopter
  • Saved a favourite childhood toy
  • Visited the Lincoln Memorial
  • Eaten caviar
  • Pieced a quilt
  • Stood in Times Square
  • Toured The Everglades
  • Seen the Changing Of The Guard in London
  • Broken a bone
  • Been a passenger on a motorcycle
  • Seen The Grand Canyon
  • Published a book
  • Visited the Vatican
  • Bought a brand new car
  • Walked in Jerusalem
  • Had your picture in the newspaper
  • Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year's Eve
  • Visited the White House
  • Had chickenpox
  • Saved someone's life
  • Met someone famous
  • Joined a book club
  • Had a tattoo
  • Had a baby
  • Seen The Alamo in person
  • Owned a cell phone

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The End (of library school) is Near!

If I have any readers left, I just wanted to say that I am almost done! At the moment I should be working on my final project, but I wanted to do a quick post. 

I passed my comprehensive exams! I finished one of my classes! Just one project left, and by Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., I will be D-O-N-E!

When I can, I have done some reading. I am toward the end of So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane. I had the opportunity to participate in a live chat with the author through the readergirlz website a couple of weeks ago, so I wanted to become more familiar with her books. I like her characters and the descriptions, and parts of the story, but I am hoping that the next book in the series is a little better, I just am not sure in what way I am not totally enthralled.

On one train ride I was able to get a few chapters into Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden. I can't wait to pick that one up again, since I had to stop before I made it to the thrilling parts.

I look forward to reading and posting all that I can.

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Playing Catchup

So, I haven’t posted too regularly in the past two weeks. There are a couple of reasons for that. I am in my final semester of graduate school for MLIS, and they are the sort of classes you should really take one at a time. Only I didn’t know that when I registered. I’ve had one major project after another between the two. I will be done May 1, so I expect the frequency of posts will pick up a bit after that.

On top of that, I was preparing for my comprehensive exams, a graduation requirement for my program. That was this past Saturday. I’ll know in a couple of weeks if I passed. Toes crossed!

I have been (slowly) reading two books in between class reading and professional reading. One was Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce. I devoted myself to it this weekend and finished last night. I will have a review soon — once I finish the paper that is due at the end of this week!

In the meantime, I wanted to post a poem. I may have missed Poetry Friday, but it is still National Poetry Month!

My students have finished their poetry trailers (see my post for “There Will Come Soft Rains”) and we are watching them this week. I was impressed by one student’s trailer for “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. I am hoping he will give me permission to share it here.

La Belle Dame Sans Merci

More importantly, another trailer did its job; it intrigued me. So below I am sharing “I loved you first” by Christina Rossetti. The painting is entitled “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” by Pre-Raphelite artist John William Waterhouse, included because the two go so well together!

I loved you first: but afterwards your love
Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song
As drowned the friendly cooings of my dove.
Which owes the other most? my love was long,
And yours one moment seemed to wax more strong;
I loved and guessed at you, you construed me
And loved me for what might or might not be –
Nay, weights and measures do us both a wrong.
For verily love knows not ‘mine’ or ‘thine;’
With separate ‘I’ and ‘thou’ free love has done,
For one is both and both are one in love:
Rich love knows nought of ‘thine that is not mine;’
Both have the strength and both the length thereof,
Both of us, of the love which makes us one.

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