The Forbidden Library 

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Juvinille Fiction 

Indeed, books. They are the ocean in which magic swims.

First of all, this is an adult reading Juvenile Fiction. That does not hindrance my review or opinions in any way.

Alice lives with her father alone in a big house. One auspicious night, her father gets home and as she watches through the crack in the door, sees her father speaking to a fairy. This is just the start of Alice’s adventures. The next day her father leaves on a trip to South America and his ship goes down, and he is believed dead. Alice goes to live with her Great uncle Greyson and his immaculate “library” over run with cats. What Alice learns, will change her life forever.

This book was in the tone of Inkheart and Libromancer and just about every book related book about books and reading. This one specifically focuses on the magic of ‘Readers’ who hold domain over magic books. They can enter different worlds and planes of exsistent. They can also bind book creatures to themselves by conquering the resident in a Prison Book. 

This book was fantastic and appeals to the book lover in me. It was a fun adventure and the author is exciting and it doesn’t lull from the plot at all.

 
I recommend this series to people of all ages. 🙂

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Tailchasers Song 

Tailchasers Song by Tad Williams
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy

I found this one at the library today. Actually it jumped out at me. And I read the back: “For anyone who loves and understands cats…A fantasy of epic proportions in the vein of Watership Down.

I NEEDED TO READ THIS. 

It was very much like the Warrior series but for adults. It also reminded me of The Wild Road. I am baffled that this book has been around since before my birth and I just now come across it. 

Dark things are happening and cats are disappearing from the forest. Young Tailchaser is torn because his beloved Hushpaw goes missing. Making it his mission, he sets off to find her. He gets a collection of companions, Pouncequick the kitten, Eatsbugs the mad, and Roofshadow, as they venture out to face the darkness and take up a quest that would rival their fairy tales. The darkness is more than they bargained and hope is tried as they find their true selves and their hearts desires. 

I adored this book. It was an adventure with CATS and it doesn’t get much better than that. XD It was alot like Watership Down in ways, minus the undertones of dystopia. And alot less bloodshed.

My friend is astonished I’ve never heard about this book before today. XD

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I’m still here….

Hello everyone! I’m still here and actively reading. I’ve been going through some personal things (depression, job loss, adjusting to a new job, general anxiety, med adjustments and so on) and I’m hoping to be back on track next week. 🙂

I got hired at JoAnnes Fabric and Crafts and I am LOVING it.

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This is the apron I made for work. And honestly, who WOULDN’T make a Tardis apron?

I also got full time eyeballs as you can see. *pun perhaps intended*

I’ve been spending time with my cats, blowing through summer reading and trying to find my grounding.

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So happy reading, my friends and carry on. ❤

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The Cat

The Cat by Edeet Ravel

☆☆☆☆☆/5
Genre: Fiction
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Trigger Warning: Grief/Death/Depression/Suicide

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But there are no rewrites in life. No matter how implausible and unlikely an event, there is no rewriting it.

Single mom Elsie takes her son to the shelter to adopt a cat. They pick Pursie (short for Persephone) and take her home. 5 years later, her son is accidently killed in their front yard by a driver under the influence and Elsie is forced to stay alive. For Pursie.

This book was about the madness and depression that comes with the passing of a loved one. Elsie was tormented, broken, suicidal and only managed to hold on because she needed to care for her sons beloved cat  (who was quite the character.) Over the course of the story, you see her begin to pull through and to be ‘okay’.

I did all right. I don’t know what’s worse, feeling deranged or doing all right. For there’s something ruthless about doing all right.

You see her begin to try and to take note and attempt to get better. She faces this journey alone and at the end reaches out to people.

This book struck a chord with me on a deep, emotional level. I have been in that dark and lonely place and the only thing keeping me grounded was my cats and their needs. No matter what, no matter how bad my brain was, they never went hungry or had dirty boxes. They are my rocks, as Pursie was for Elsie. She resented her for awhile because she wanted to join her son on the other side, but she realized having Pursie there saved her.

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(My cats continue to keep me grounded.)

I HIGHLY recommend this book. I thought it summed up depression and grief in a way that is highly relatable. The pain was very real and it shows that animals can be our shining light in the darkest of times.

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And thus…

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My 40/40 challenge is complete. I managed 23 books which isn’t TOO BAD, all things considering, and I won’t be reviewing the last one I read on here because it was downright terrible. (My Life With the Walter Boys by Ali Novak). So I’ll take this space to talk about what’s next and what I plan to do.

I plan to continue on with THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016. It goes hand in hand with my Goodreads count so I’ll keep plowing through my pile as long as I can. I think I challenged myself to read 150 this year. And summer reading at the library is right around the corner. Which starts in June, and I’m down for that. Along with Bingo and whatever my FB book group presents to me.

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Speaking of Challenges:

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Next week should mark my 500th BOOK ON GOODREADS. Yes there should be a party. Yes there will be cake and party hats and I will take pics. Of course, I’ve read more than 500 in my lifetime this far, but it’s the 500th I have marked since using Goodreads as a tool.

READ HARDER as they say. 🙂

Happy reading folks!

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The Art of Purring

The Dali Lama’s Cat and The Art of Purring by David Michie

☆☆☆☆/5
Genre: Fiction/Buddhism
16/Clearly not 40 THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

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Yes, dear reader, that’s the other reason we cats purr. Arguably, it’s the most important reason: to make you happy. Purring is our V- our way of reminding you that you are loved and special, and that you should never forget how we feel about you, even when your vulnerable.

This was a delightful read. From the perspective of the Dali Lama’s cat, we get a simple yet delightful story on what it means to be happy, finding happiness and what it takes. It follows after a cast of characters (for which you get the feel from Snow Lion) as they face their own journeys of achieving happiness. There was also alot about the proper way to make curry.

Filled with simple Buddhist teachings, this is kind of what I needed to read right now as I’m going through a rough patch emotionally. It said what I needed my heart to hear. Plus, it was sassy and quirky as only a cat could present it. XD It also went into alot of self meditation which I already do.

I highly recommend this book to the cat lover or if you want a simple outline on some Buddhist teachings. 🙂

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Friday night done right…

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I am 28 years old. I drink sparingly and don’t have many friends. While millenials have #TGIF, go clubbing or bar hopping, I find myself in bed well before midnight, beneath my pile of blankets and a book. Throw in a lap cat and a cuppa tea for good measure.

“OMG You are such a nerd! Do you know how nerdy that sounds?” Erm….not really? I don’t like large groups of people to start with. I’m usually tired after I get off work and hitting up a bar doesn’t seem all that exciting. Really. I mean that. I’ve worked most of my adult life and never had time to drink my way through my early 20s.

I don’t need to justify myself. I’m a homebody. My cat requires meds that need to be taken at 10 pm. I LIKE being at home. And you know what? I am a nerd. Or a geek. I rock my Tardis earrings, immersed in Hello Kitty bedding wearing Starwars pajama pants and a funny shirt. (Today is “I’m Done Peopling Today.) I embrace my awesome and take pride in my quiet nights.

Just because I’m a bookworm doesn’t mean I don’t know how to have fun. 😉

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