The Changeover by Margaret Mahy

This book was the winner of the Carnegie Medal in 1984, I was 2 years old.  Sometimes life takes you in a circle, you remember something about a book and you just HAVE to re-read that book.  This need brings you to another, and another, until you have a set of books that you HAVE to re-read.  Fortunately for me, I was able to find Changeover fairly easily and it was just as enjoyable now as when I was 15.  I do really love the story, which is really strange for me.

This melancholy tale of evil, illness, and a budding romance sort of wound in there, is not the kind of thing I really like to read.  Sad books tend to depress me, but this one seems to have enough hope that I can get over the sorrow.  Even now I cannot tell you why I like this book.  It makes me cry, I despair, I hope, even knowing how things will end.  I really wish that this were part of a series.  That I could find out what happens to Sorry, to Laura.  I hate that there is a conclusion, but no real conclusion.

“Well, I think I love you,” said Laura.  “So maybe that’s what makes the difference.”

If you are looking for a book about sight and insight, a fast paced book, that will rend your heart out of your chest and put it back again then this might be the book for you.  A young girl with a bad feeling watches her little brother wither away knowing that someone can help her, but he isn’t sure that she really needs his help.  All of this set in New Zealand somewhere in the 1980s-1990s.

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One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

one fell sweepThis is a fun, fascinating, tear-jerker of an addition to this series. Finally we get to meet some of the innkeeper’s family, and the plot line advances greatly. It is fun and fascinating to see how the different characters interact and evolve along the way. I will frankly admit *mini spoiler* I was reduced to tears near the end

of the book and the entire thing ended on an cliff-hanger *end spoiler*
I am dying to read the next book in this series and really enjoyed this addition.

If you are looking for a good book that jerks on the heartstrings and gets the blood pumping with action and adventure then this is the book for you. I will add that I love how this romance progresses, it takes 3 books before the characters really admit their feelings, etc. This seems realistic as opposed to meet, fall in love, fall in bed, & marry, within a few days. I am definitely going to be exploring more of this author, as soon as I have more Audible Credits, or can find them at my local library, lol.

Happy Reading!

Sweep In Peace by Ilona Andrews

sweep in peaceWhat do intergalactic vampires, merchants, and a sworn enemy of the vampires have in common? They all want to mineral rights to a particular planet. Since they cannot solve this problem themselves they decided to hire an arbitrator. Of course he decided to use an Inn on Earth to conduct these negotiations.

From there, things get interesting. Join us as we discover the adventures awaiting us at this little inn. Following the initial innkeeper novel this addition, apparently, brings in some characters from one of Andrews other series.  If you do not know about her other books then this novel can still be read with a lot of enjoyment.  I believe, since I have not read her other series I cannot say for certain, that if you have read her other series there is considerable depth added to this book by understanding the crossover characters.  Even without that understanding, I’m seriously considering reading her other books to gain that insight, this is a very enjoyable addition to the innkeeper series.  If you are looking for an amusing, action-packed adventure, with likable characters and a lot of hear then this is the book for you!

Happy Reading!

Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

If you enjClean Sweepoy fantasy that isn’t to heavily involved in world-building, those that let you learn about the ‘world’ that the characters inhabit as you read along, then this is the book for you.  While Andrews’ world is very different and complicated the reader/listener is not treated to an hour of someone describing the universe you are thrown into, rather as interesting things come up, werewolves are from outer-space, they are brought up, explained and we move on.  Are you completely immersed, understanding every nuance of this new world, no, but you are certainly intrigued enough to wonder what you will discover in the next novel.

This was a fun, quick read, with fascinating characters and a bright new take on werewolves, vampires, and other fantasy concepts.  If you are looking for a fast, fun, Clean, romance to read, while still discovering a whole new world with amazing characters, then this might be the read for you.   The characters were kick butt without being vulgar or crude.  The depiction of gentlemanly and courtly behaviors were charming without being overdone.  The main character was both feminine and strong, a very hard balance to achieve.  The characters did not tug on my heartstrings, nor did I become emotionally involved in them, but I am still fascinated by them.  I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to listening to the rest.

Happy Reading!

Roving Reporter: A Traveler’s Spinning Inspiration: My Handspun Yarn Journal

Article Written By: Kate Larson

https://www.interweave.com/article/spinning/roving-reporter-travelers-spinning-inspiration-handspun-yarn-journal/

This is a great way of making sure that a time you enjoyed stays with you and if you want to create a piece of that to keep with you then these are amazing steps to help you along that path.

From taking your own photos, grabbing pamphlets, and keeping with it this short article is chock-full of tips on how to improve your fiber inspiration journals.  There is a great follow-up article that includes a finished inspiration page to…well inspire you: https://www.interweave.com/article/spinning/ufo-sighting-confirmed-scientists-say-finish-yarn-now/

 

Teaching Newsletter: One Way to Fight Fake News

http://www.chronicle.com/article/One-Way-to-Fight-Fake-News/241726

This article brings up several good points about fighting ‘fake news’, and what we do versus what we tell students to do.  This article does encourage teachers, librarians, and other individuals helping to teach about information literacy, to think about how we do research and identify legitimate sources versus how we teach students to do the same.

The rest of the article encourages being more open to the students and meeting them where they are; time, technology, need, etc; to better serve their information needs.  I do see several pros and cons to this take on service.  It does make us, as professionals/experts, more accessible to students.  However I have noticed through experience the more accessible we are, the more we try to turn ourselves inside out to help, the less our time and help are valued.

 

Leading the Green Revolution Library Sustainability

https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2017/11/01/leading-green-revolution-library-sustainability/

This article begins by discussing proposals such as composting books that are to be weeded, providing outlets for electric cars and so many more eco-friendly options to improving libraries.  *I, frankly, think some of them are a little too extreme.  If you have a compost pile already on your campus, then yes, shred books and add them to the communal pile.  If not, then I do not think it is responsible to encourage rodents and other pests to the campus.*

I do appreciate the end of the article, I believe that solar panels might be a way for libraries to both become green and save the taxpayers money in the long run.

Fascinating article, well worth reading.