Library Haul

I hope you’ve all been having a wonderful weekend. I don’t know where the time goes but here we are at another blog post a whole week later. I really do want to blog but I am just so swamped with work and then lack energy to catch up. So bear with me while I get myself organized!

Anyway, I went to the library this weekend to pick up one of my holds and as usual I love to see what’s on the new books shelves and found some books I had not heard of that I wanted to check out. So let me tell you a bit about them.

The one book I had on hold and not pictured here is Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisely. I love her books and this might be the only  one I haven’t read yet. I’ve already started it and it reminds me a bit of French Milk with the use of photographs to supplement her drawings.

Next up is Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel. A woman who finds a journal in a notebook which will help her find herself and learn about the woman from a century ago. Journals and bookstores? Oh yes, I need to read this.

Useful Phrases for Immigrants by May-Lee Chai. As you know, I enjoy to read books about the immigrant experience and this is a book of short stories. I don’t read too many of them so I thought it was time to check some out.

Alone Time by Stephanie Rosenbloom. This is a wise, passionate account of the pleasures of traveling solo. I have done some traveling on my own and of course much prefer to be with my husband, or when I was single, going with my friends, but I do believe everyone should try a trip on their own at least once. It’s a great way to feel like you can do anything!

Monument by Natasha Tretheway. This is a poetry collection from the two-term US poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner. I have not read any of her poems so I was happy to find this book on the new books shelves.

Finally, I was so excited to see a display of books for National Poetry Month and they even had poems printed out for patrons to take away for Poem In Your Pocket Day. I had to grab several and look forward to reading them and maybe adding them to my own poetry collection.

So there you have it. What about you, have you made any trips to the library recently and what did you find?

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Weekend Update

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It was a quiet one here with not a lot of going out as it rained a lot but that was good for staying in and working on some projects.

I worked a bit on two traveler’s notebooks I’m making. These are fun for me because the way I make them is to include a variety of papers (some vintage) and it’s just a fun and different type of journal.

The other project I worked on was my own poetry journal. I’m using an recycled Reader’s Digest book that I made in a workshop a while back to collect my own favorite poems. I still have lot of pages to fill out but this weekend I was able to add a couple of more poems.

I finished reading The Crooked Inheritance by Marge Piercy, which I highly recommend. I think I’d only read a poem or two of hers before but I absolutely enjoyed this and had to add a couple of poems from this collection to my journal.

The poems I added are: I Met a Woman Who Wasn’t There, The Closet of Doom and In Praise of Joe.

Also, I know some of you recommended a few other of her poems to me so I will be looking for those and more by her for sure. For now, I’m waiting on several holds at the library and three of those books are poetry books. I can’t wait to get those.

In case you are wondering, sometimes I write out the poems or other times I print them out and then glue them down or use washi tape to add them to a page. It’s exciting to see my journal fill up with poems I enjoy. No doubt it’ll take me quite a while longer to fill this journal but it is a wonderful experience.

Let me know if you are reading any poetry book for National Poetry Month or maybe you are even writing some of your own poetry!

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“Caitlin curled into a ball, hugging her bear. She knew what Mercury meant. It meant flashing lights and Breaking News and everybody so scared. A body bag sliding into the coroner’s black van. Killer Claims Eighth Victim. It meant you could never close your eyes or turn your back. Because he could get you anytime, anywhere.”

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By Meg Gardiner
Source: Advance review copy

Narcotics detective Caitlin Hendrix remembers those days in the late 90s when her father was on the hunt for the Prophet. A man who claimed victims in the Bay Area. Everyone was afraid to go out and no matter all the cryptic clues he left behind with his victims, Detective Mac Hendrix couldn’t catch.

Now years later and two victims are found that bear a strong similarity to the attacks of the Prophet. Caitlin is a rookie detective but given her personal connection she feels she is the one who can help to catch this killer once and for all. Her father warns her to stay away because his life has never been the same after spending so much time only to come up empty-handed.

Caitlin works with the FBI team to determine whether this is the Prophet once again or a copycat killer wanting to gain notoriety. There’s a race against time as the body count starts to rise and the once again the city is plunged into fear.

There were a couple of moments that made me shake my head and think this couldn’t happen surely. Especially, when a member of the general public inserts themselves into the investigation and Caitlin seems to think this is ok and actually relies on her for information. This character wasn’t the typical “CI” that we see in crime shows/novels.

Nevertheless what this book has going for it, is the fast-pace at which the action is developing. I was completely caught up in the investigation and wanting to know how it would end. I was surprised by a few turn of events and overall found this an addicting read. In case you are wondering, this novel was inspired by the events surrounding the Zodiac Killer. This is the first book in the author’s Unsub series and I will look forward to the next one and hopefully see that Caitlin’s career is on the rise.

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