Monthly Archives: September 2014

I Wish This Was Happening

Yeah, you know we’re all having a moment here where we imagine a universe with an animated Buffy series.  And Firefly.

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Adopt-a-School

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I am a big fan of the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation – a non-profit charity whose goal is to not be needed any more.  Not only does the foundation raise funds to put books in school libraries, but it also advocates for those schools with government, trying to get library funding to an acceptable level.

Every year for three weeks, there is direct fundraising for local high needs schools by their communities.  The school I have adopted for this year, Brookmill Blvd. JPS, is struggling with its library.  The library budget has been merged with the technology budget, which means having to make choices between books and computers, which shouldn’t be an either/or.  The school’s population has shrunk recently, which means the budget has also shrunk – making it difficult to upgrade and renew the library, the books in which average ten to twenty years of age.

You can help out by adopting the school, which costs nothing.  You can adopt the school every day.  Because this year is the 10th anniversary of the Love of Reading Foundation, there is a bonus grant of $10,000 in books to the school from each province with the highest number of adoptions.  You can also donate – every $12 donated = 1 book given.

I hope some of you are able to help out, one way or the other, and I appreciate you taking the time to check this out!

Cheers,

Christie

 

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Star Wars + Sesame Street = Awesome

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Fall Reading!!

I love this time of year.  I love the changing leaves, the pumpkin-flavored everything, and I have kind of a sweater and boots fetish.  But that is all secondary to… FALL BOOK RELEASES!  Sorry, sorry, got a little excited.

Some of what’s coming looks great – and some of it not so great.  Without further ado…

Visions by Kelley Armstrong

This is the book I’m currently reading.  I love Kelley Armstrong, and the second book of her latest adult fiction series is fantastic (no pun intended).  I do wish that the main character was a little less wishy-washy in this one, but I have high hopes – Kelley Armstrong has a strong history of kick-ass female characters who don’t wait around to be rescued.

 

THE QUEEN OF TEARLING

 

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Soooooooo good.  I really can’t do a good enough job of describing how good.  There’s been a lot of buzz around this book because it features a tough woman with drive and compassion, is royalty, and ISN’T BEAUTIFUL.  Or even merely pretty.  That fact doesn’t make you lose the story, though… and the story is wonderful.  Really, the main problem with this book is that it is the first of a series, and I read it really quickly, and now I have to wait way too long for the next one.  Also that one of my kids spilled coffee all over my copy.  Sigh.  Waste of coffee and a great book.  I guess I’m off to get another copy.

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I love Neil Patrick Harris.  If you have never watched 1) Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog 2)Neil’s Puppet Dreams, go do it now.  Especially #1.  They are both free on You Tube, and not kid friendly.    Done?  Ok.  NPH’s Choose Your Own Autobiography drops October 14th here in Canada, and you bet I will be right there, getting my copy.  It’s pure NPH style, a little truth with a lot of poking fun at himself with a dash of the absurd thrown in.  Here’s the blurb from the book:

Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further thanNeil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based-life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born to New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.

Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a hideous death by piranhas. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, and make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!

 

There will be more recommendations and reviews coming, not to fret.  I am partly limiting the length of this post because of the banner you may have noticed displaying before my post loaded.  I, along with Twitter, Etsy, Netflix, WordPress and others are participating in Internet Slowdown in support of net neutrality – slowing down our sites on purpose to give you an idea of what the internet could be like if some of the big telecom companies get their way.  If you want more information, check out https://openmedia.org/

Christie

 

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