Today I’m happy to take part in the blog tour for The Tenth Saint by D.J. Niko.
More info and my review after the jump….
While everyone else is out shopping, I’ve taken an extra shift at work. Rather than be blue about the whole debacle I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Christmas adverts:
Click through for the videos!
I thought that this week would be the perfect time to give thanks for the wonderful people who introduced me to reading.
Miss Betty: My childhood nanny never let a day go by without reading me a book, or seven. She was the first person to introduce me to a public library and the wonders it held.
Mrs. Vooys: Her passion for books was contagious! She always found ways to introduce us to new historical periods, like the time she recited the opening of Canturbury Tales or the time we spent two months learning about Elizabethan assassination plots. She made forgotten literature fun, having my English class rap Colin Clout to hilarious results. She never told me that a book was out of reach and encouraged me to delve deeper than we had time to in class.
Mr. Stephenson: Sure, the first day (or month) of class was a little terrifying but I’ve seen someone so enamored with the written word! Mr. Stephenson would recite passages from a myriad of poems and stories…I’m still not sure how he remembered them all.
Mr. Lentz: Arriving at Kenyon, there was one piece of advice I received from every person on campus: take a class with Mr. Lentz. I signed up for his 8am Achilles’ Children class with a bit of trepidation, but soon realized how right everyone was. He introduced us to a new way of thinking about literature, supporting us as we made copious mistakes along the way. I have him to thank for my appreciation of Milton, Franklin, Thoreau and Shakespeare!
And last but not least, my mother. She encouraged my love for reading by spending every night one fall reading Anne of Green Gables to me before bed. Though my first reaction was “It has too many words!” she persevered and I eventually went on to read the entire series. She spent countless hours with me holed up in Barnes and Noble, never complaining when just one more chapter turned into the rest of the book. She introduced me to a myriad of books, some a bit above my reading level like the time when her book club read The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B…and I stole the book even though I was in elementary school.
You know those days when you just can’t seem to do anything right? Or perhaps you’re having a poor self-esteem day? Or maybe you just burst into tears for no reason. Sound familiar? Over the years I’ve developed a sure-fire remedy for all sorts of emotional problems. Here are a few of my favorite “prescriptions”:
As the semester draws to a close, my to do list seems to be growing by the second. Between school, work, Girl Scouts, job applications, and masters paper writing I’m swimming in deadlines. To keep everything straight I’ve been trying to streamline my to do list system but I haven’t quite found a winner. Here are a few products that I’ve tried.
What is your favorite way to organize your to do list?
I love reading books that lead you to explore further. My latest discovery came as a result of re-reading A Discovery of Witches a few weeks ago. One of the main characters was born in the early 700s, piquing my interest about the time period. When the opportunity to read Anvil of God popped up, I was ecstatic.
Upon first glance, I was frustrated with Allegiant. It was far too focused on the trite teenage love between Tris and Four, far too blasé about the greater problems the characters’ society faced. About a quarter of the way through, all of that changed.
Spoilers after the jump!