I want fall to get here just in the hopes that things will slow down a bit! In the meantime:
Unfortunately, that is all I have today. I did start reading Mockingjay but I’m only about 50 pages in due to lack of time. Hopefully I can really get in to it this weekend!
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan; read in February 2010. ARC provided by Random House at ALA Midwinter.
- I have to admit up front that I did not like this as much as I liked The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I think it boiled down to not liking Gabry. Her perspective was less interesting to me, and I found her to be very self-involved and capable of making extremely dumb decisions.
- The differences between Mary’s life in the forest and Gabry’s life at the ocean are interesting. I wondered if some of the differences could be related more to the passing of time since Mary was a teen, or if it was location. For instance, the zombies are called Mudo, not the Unconsecrated. A different type of zombie is explained; it was a mystery in the first one, but understood here, so I wondered if that was a zombie evolution over time?
- There is a crazy religious cult that gave me the creeps!
- Carrie Ryan builds this world further, and the back story explanations and developments kept me enthralled.
- Because of that, I will read the planned third book. I assume it will not center on Gabry as this did not center on Mary (confirmed), so I can’t wait to see the further developments in Ms. Ryan’s zombie world.
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One of my husband’s aunts lives on a river outside of Baltimore. Besides being a truly wonderful, loving person, she and her husband have created a beautiful home. It’s a small house, but full of love; I always feel so welcome there. We had our wedding and reception in their backyard. I really love their house. This past weekend, we went up to visit and eat some steamed crabs (so delicious!). I spent a few minutes on their dock, soaking in the evening and taking some pictures with my cell camera.
I wish this picture was in a higher resolution. I took it with the Vignette Demo photo app on my phone. I need to buy the paid version since that takes higher res pictures. I absolutely love this shot and would frame it if it was high res.
One bad thing about being back at work is meetings. Some meetings are useless, some can be quite beneficial. I attended a meeting today that was beneficial for a good portion of it, but way too much time was wasted by a few people. I’ve decided that when you attend a meeting, you should be given a limited number of talking passes. Every time you want to talk, you surrender a pass. Once you use up your passes – no more talking. So much time is wasted by people who just want to hear themselves yammer.
Anyways, fun things on the internet this week!
I report back to work today. The students don’t start until the day after Labor Day (thanks to what many call the Kings Dominion law, and I’ll reserve my opinion on that for another time) and teachers aren’t back until August 30th. Our county contracts the library staff to start a week and 1/2 before the faculty to give us time to get the library ready since so much of that teacher week is taken up with meetings and things. I really appreciate that our county does this since it does mean they start paying us a week and 1/2 early, but the time is enormously helpful in getting new books ready for the students and staff, getting organized, putting in orders, etc. I also have to admit that starting with a half week helps ease back in to the work routine after the summer.
I’m excited to be going back for a new school year. I’m not sure what the year has in store for us with a new principal in place. He’s been an assistant principal for a few years so we know him, but a new principal is still a new principal, so I know some things will change. This is my fourth year, which means the students who started in our school when I started will be graduating this year. There is something exciting about being seeing my first freshmen go through their capstone year.
It’s been a busy summer, though, and I don’t really feel rested and refreshed. It’s also going to be a busy school year. I’m attending the YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium, ALA Midwinter, and ALA Annual. I’ll be turning 35 next month. We have a wonderful wedding to attend in Syracuse in October. My mom is scheduled for surgery in December. We hope to get a new dog. My husband hopes to move forward on more house projects. I am on 3 YALSA committees. Just thinking about it all makes my head spin a bit, but I’ll take it all one day at a time.
For today, it’s my first day back. I’ll pull out my favorite pens, set my computer up, water the library plants, and go from there.
Sunday night, I was fortunate to have front row seats for the David Gray/Ray Lamontagne tour. It was an excellent evening!
I’m attending another David Gray concert tonight. This one is at Merriweather Post, and I have front row seats so I am pretty excited!
Also, a friend of mine, Jason, premiered his short, “Mary Anne Goes to the Market” today in LA. Well, he was one of the writers and one of the actors. I’m hoping it went well. The trailer is so cute! If you watch it, he’s the one who collides carts with the girl.