New Haul!

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Four reasons why I should not be allowed into a book store. Can’t wait to get through these.

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10 of my Favourite Books

Cover of "The Lovely Bones"

Cover of The Lovely Bones

I love so many different books so a top 10 was difficult to compile.  These are books that I have read over and over again and stay with me long after they are closed.  This top 10 does not include horror or children’s fiction.

Here they are in no particular order;

1) The Lovely BonesAlice Sebold

2) Little WomenLouisa May Alcott

3) AtonementIan McEwan

4) The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak

5) The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

6) Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

7) I’m the King of the CastleSusan Hill

8) The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova

9) The HobbitJ.R.R. Tolkien

10) The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Taking Care of your Books

Some tips for taking care of your books;

1) Ensure books are shelved properly in a vertical position; they should not be on their sides or stacked.  If you store them in boxes they should also be vertical and not on top of each other (Mistake number 1 on my behalf)

2) When you dust your books, make sure to dust from the spine outward so that the dirt doesn’t settle in the pocket behind the spine.  Dust each individually book and not just around them.

3) If the book has a jacket cover take it off while you are reading it and store in a safe place (At least this is one tip that I am following)

4) Repair torn pages as quickly as possible – how to repair torn pages shown here

5) Inform children how to take care of their books – as a school teacher I have had a lot of my books ruined by student’s because I didn’t spend time explaining how to look after books.  A great book to help parents/teachers with this is Read it Don’t Eat it by Ian Schoenherr.

If any one has any more helpful tips they would be much appreciated!

How not to store your books

How not to store your books

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom – Discussion (contains Spoilers)

The Time Keeper

The Time Keeper

* Note this is a discussion about the book not a review and contains spoilers!*

Discussion Points:

* Short chapters and different viewpoints were very well written.  Kept you wanting to know what each character was going to do next.

* Each sentence was necessary to the plot.  Dialogue propelled story and gave you necessary details without overloading the reader with too much information.

* Ending was extremely satisfying – Even though Victor died, it was a realistic conclusion with other character’s achieving happiness.

* The mythical Father Time aspect is perfectly woven throughout the story and seems believable.  It does not take away from the reality of the story.

* The concept of wanting more time (Victor) vs. wanting time to hurry up (Sarah) was portrayed brilliantly.  Time is a topic that everyone is faced with and you could understand what both characters were going through.

* The Cryonics aspect was fascinating.  It is a topic that I did not know much about and it was interesting to read how the writer describe the process (fictionally of course).

If you have recently read ‘The Time Keeper’ please comment!