Be a Friend of the Library!

Happy Saturday y’all!

I am so excited, because yesterday I joined Friends of the Library here in Charleston. I have been wanting to for a while, but I finally did it yesterday at one of their book sales they hold each year at a local library. It was just $20 to join, and it goes toward such a good cause. I even got a free book when I joined, which for me was already worth the $20.

It was an awesome day, because I got twenty books for just $52! I got a few novels I had been wanting to buy but just couldn’t pay full price for (books can get expensive) and I also got a few that I wouldn’t normally buy myself, like some kids’ Christmas books that are classics and some books that go along with the Harry Potter Series.

I love the local library; it has always been my happy place since I was a kid, and I hope that they never become a thing of the past. Groups like Charleston Friends of the Library help to promote the local library and the different programs it has. The goal is to enhance the programs and things the library has in place, by donating time and money.

If it’s something you’d be interested in but you live in a different area, you should definitely check to see if your local library has a similar program. And if you don’t have a library card, well you better go get one of those too!

Have a great day!

Top 3 Libraries I Want to See in My Lifetime

Libraries are my thing. I love the feeling I get when I walk into one, and local public libraries will always be where I feel at home. On the other end of the spectrum though are many massive, beautiful libraries that I would love to see. There are three in particular that I want to visit.

1)    Oxford University Queen’s College Library in Oxford, England

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2)   New York Public Library in New York City, United States

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3) Wiblingen Monastery Library in Ulm, Germany

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Let me know if you have been to one of these or if you think there are even better ones to add to my list!

Audiobooks- a Love Affair

Hi, my name is Julie and I love audiobooks. I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.

I am old school when it comes to reading. I refuse to get a Kindle, because it feels like I’m cheating on my books. Maybe one day I’ll break down and get one, but nothing will ever be able to replace the feel and smell of a real book.

One thing I have no problem welcoming into my life are audiobooks. They are the best thing to ever happen to driving. They allow me to “read” while I otherwise cannot, whether I’m driving or it’s dark in a car I’m riding in. They also give my eyes a rest, and after a day of staring at my computer and going through files, my eyes thank me for not reading a normal book. .

I’m currently “reading” (listening) to John Grisham’s The Whistler. Per usual, it’s an incredible book and he is everything I aspire to be in an author. It’s about judicial misconduct, murder, money, and a whole slew of other topics.

Audiobooks are easy to download and easy to listen to, but my favorite recent discovery is the app OverDrive. It has won me over even more for audiobooks, because it utilizes my library. You enter in your library card information and link your library, and you can check out ebooks and audiobooks onto your phone. I love this, because for me anything that keeps the county library relevant is a good idea in my book. (No pun intended).

What are you currently reading? I would love to hear from you!

Book Reviews for Book Day!

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I keep seeing posts that March 1st is National Book Day! I was not sure if it is actually today or a different day entirely. When I did a Google search it gave me conflicting dates, but a wonderful follower, PerfectlyTolerable, clued me in. I’m editing this post to clarify that World Book Day is being celebrated today in the UK and in Ireland. On April 23rd, other countries celebrate it since that is William Shakespeare’s birthday. I am game for two days of celebration!

I am in the middle of moving, so I can’t show you my book collection, but I can recommend some great books I’ve read recently. I also want to encourage you to visit your public library if you don’t already. The library has always been my safe spot, where I go when I’m feeling down or just want to relax. Don’t forget about them, just because it’s easy to order off of Amazon or you have a tablet. Nothing replaces the way a book feels in your hands.

The first book I want to recommend is by Judy Blume. I know what you’re thinking. Yes, she is the same author who wrote the books we read as kids. However, her relatively new book In the Unlikely Event is amazing. There is a lot of love, a lot of drama, and a lot of plane crashes. It is wonderful.

 

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I recently read, The Witness by Nora Roberts. It is a crime themed book. I wouldn’t call it a mystery, but it is a thriller that is well written. I was panicked during certain times of the book, because of the suspense she creates. There’s a reason she’s a New York Times Best Selling Author.

I realize how silly this next recommendation will seem. I had never read Pride and Prejudice until this summer. (I know, I know.) However, since I finally did I can recommend it to anyone and everyone. Jane Austen’s writing is definitely not everyone’s taste. With some of the language it can feel like more of a chore than an enjoyable evening of reading. However, it is so worth it. She writes a brilliant, humorous love story that challenges you.

My favorite recommendation to make is Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke. This book is from the Hannah Swensen series, and every book in this series has a yummy sounding name. I have been reading these books since I was around ten years old, and reading her newer ones makes me feel like I’m right back at that age: incredibly hungry to get my hands on any book I could.

One of the books I am currently reading is Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles. I’m only a few chapters into it, but so far it is the same Agatha Christie we know and love. She is the Queen of Murder Mystery in my opinion. I finished her book 4:50 from Paddington a few months ago, and as usual the Miss Marple books are wonderful. This quirky older lady that solves crimes is my favorite book character.

Growing up and still to this day, my favorite Disney Princess has been Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”. Her reaction to being gifted a library by Beast is exactly how I would feel. She’s always got her nose stuck in a book, and I can relate to this on many levels.

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Happy reading and make sure to subscribe if you haven’t already!