Saturday, December 2, 2017

Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter and Illustrated by Steve James

My Bookish Itinerary: Cutie Pie's Shelf Childrens Book Review
Title: Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library
Author: Vicki Myron and Bret Witter
Illustrator: Steve James
Length: 40 pages
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Classification: Children's Book
Release Date: 2009
Source: Library Book
The story of Dewey the celebrated library cat is now available for the youngest of readers in this new, fully-illustrated picture book adventure. 
When Librarian Vicki Myron finds a young kitten abandoned in the Spencer Library return box, she nurses him back to health, deciding then and there that he will be their library cat, and naming him, appropriately, Dewey Readmore Books. Dewey loves his new home, but once he discovers the littlest library visitors-who like to chase him, pull his tail, and squeeze him extra tight-Dewey begins to wonder if he's truly cut out for the demands of his new job. In the end, he is triumphant as he realizes that helping people big and small is what he is meant to do, and that by sharing his special brand of Dewey love, he can be the best library cat of all.

Friday, December 1, 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017 Is Over

I first discovered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) back in 2013, thanks to one of my FAVORITE authors, Marissa Meyer. She had a challenge up called the Write Like Crazy NaNoWriMo Challenge, where she challenged others to write more words than her that year. Her word count was kept a secret until the end, so you just had to write as much as you could and hope that you beat her word count. So I signed up and wrote as much as I could. I ended up winning that first year with a total of 72,179 words. I hadn't finished the story I was working on but I was so excited that I won. I didn't beat Marissa Meyer, but I still won NaNoWriMo and I hadn't felt so good about writing as I did that month.

I have "participated" the other years too, 2014, 2015, 2016. But I didn't win. I didn't even come close. I started but life kept getting in the way and I wasn't as devoted to the stories I was trying to work on as I was that first time.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #57: Gunslinger Girl

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #103: Ten Books on My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.

November 28: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #56: Love, Life, and the List

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Friday, November 17, 2017

October 2017 Monthly Highlights

Reading Challenge Updates, Books Read this Month

Hi! So for me, October started off as a pretty good month. I read a ton of books, I still had hope for finishing most of my challenges (including my goal of reading 100 books this year, I had a plan) even though I am seriously behind on every one of my goals.

This year has been a challenging year for me. I still love reading, but it hasn't been as big a part of my life as it usually is. I've been reading less. I've had several months where I didn't read any books or only read a couple instead of several.

It also has been one of those years where things happen and it feels like a snowball that just continues to roll and grow until it starts going down a hill picking up speed and getting bigger until it is just completely out of control. Like I said earlier, I haven't been reading and blogging much this year which has been difficult for me. We've been sick, had injuries, panic attacks, a hurricane, and heartbreak.

The latest thing has been heartbreak. Which for me has been the hardest. I haven't talked about it much at all. Mostly just with my Mom, Grandma, and my husband. I've had a heart to heart with a close family friend, she is like family to me. And I did finally talk about it a little bit with one of my best friends. I hate Cancer. I have participated in Relay for Life several times and it has always moved me to tears. Cancer hurts everyone it touches, it hurts the people that have/had it. Their families. Their friends. The news when you hear a loved one is no longer in remission, hurts a lot. But you still have hope, still pray that they can fight it again. But sometimes no matter how hard that person fights, cancer wins.

My heart breaks because I love and will miss person we lost. My heart breaks for his Dad, Mom, Stepmom, and siblings, because I can't imagine the pain of losing a child, a sibling. My heart breaks for his grandparents, because I can't imagine the pain of losing a grandchild. My heart breaks because I am sad that the next time I visit, I won't see him again. 

As of now, it has been almost a month. I'm still sad, it will always bring a tear to my eye. I see things and people that remind me of him and it brings tears to my eyes. But now I am going to focus on memories. Focus on the pictures I have with his bright smiling face and remember the way he made everyone smile around him. And I am going to hope that someday in our future there will be a cure for cancer, a time where it won't come back.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #102: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.

October 10: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you, or the books give off a feeling of being Fallish)