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Finally!! Got my shelves up and my books on them!!!

So happy with the way it turned out there was a lot of hard work that went into making this lovely library. The paint color was a fluke. I just went to the store and grabbed a color. I really didn’t have much in mind for what I really wanted. However, this color came out well. The brackets were put up very carefully making sure everything was level and perfectly aligned. That took some work let me tell you. In places you can still see my pencil lines. The boards were stained with Dark Walnut color. I really wanted to go with an old fashion look. The dark wood looks good with the dark brackets. Staining went easy but when it came to varnishing my mom advised that I would need three coats of varnish. Then between each coat I was to use steel wool and rub them down. That makes the boards very smooth and any imperfections don’t stand out as much. I did listen to her and took the time to do three coats with the rub down in between. I have to say they came out very well. So after about 6 boxes of book I am to say that the Watson House Library is open for visitors! YAY!

 

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Book Review: May

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte  Another great classic that everyone should take the time to read. It is about a small community and family feuds. The writing is lovely. I love the old English way of speaking. It is a sad story but well worth a read every few years!

Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer This is a story is about a very young child who, after his father disappears, becomes the head of a crime family. He decides to leave his mark by capturing the faery wealth. It is a well written, entertaining story. A must read for any one who likes adventures.

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Book Review: April

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine    This story starts with what would have happened if the Alexandria Library had never been destroyed. This isn’t a happy story. It is dark and bloody but very true to the way things are today. It is the beginning of a series and I would love to see how things develop.

The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell This is a Arthur classic story. Told by an old monk about his younger days. It goes into some great detail about the people around Arthur. I wish I could pronounce them better. I was never very good in Welsh type languages.

The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin  I have to say that Le Guin has such an amazing insight to alien psychology. It boggles my mind that she can make up these fantastic stories about species that aren’t even real and you believe her. Just wow. Another great book by Le Guin about a pioneer between worlds.

Dragonsdawn by Anne McCaffrey This is a Pern book for those who follow along with McCaffery stories. This is the landing party on the planet Pern. It isn’t easy to leave your home world behind and start fresh in a new, alien planet.

Book Review: March

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Poor showing for March but its been busy.

Blind Decent by Nevada Barr I picked this book up when I was at Carlsbad Caverns in December. This author writes about caves all over the world and this book is about Carlsbad area caves. Since I have been down them it is really interesting. Full of suspense and action it is a great story about places where the sun never shines.

The Sword Bearer by John White This is a cute little book about a young boy dream for adventure. Very much reminds me of The Magician’s Nephew. Epic fight for good and evil. Easy read and very enjoyable.

 

 

 

Book Review: February

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I nearly forgot about this month’s book list. I haven’t gotten through as many as I had hoped. Very busy month.

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton: This is one of my favorite authors. (Yes I know he is dead.) This story is about a young man in 1976 and what a difference one year makes in a person’s life. I can attest to how much can change in 12 small months. This story is base in truth and has some exerts from the actual journals of the main character. An amazing read.

Reliquary by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child: Another set of my favorites. I have read this book a few times. I listened to it on my way to the airport and back from my trip. It is fantastically suspenseful and made my drive much enjoyable. If you like a good mystery this is great series with some amazing characters.

S. by J.J. Abrams: This is a mystery by the Director JJ Abrams. The book is full of inserts like postcards and notes. Makes the story very real. Make sure you have the time and space to spread out. The book comes with many notes, postcards, and extras to enhance the story.

Book Review: January

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Another great start to the new year. Finished last year with 53 books. Not bad!

Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury: Wow! What a crazy collection of stories. It is good fun and fun to read. A very easy and enjoyable read. I have it on audio and the narrator is great.

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey: I have been putting off these books of Pern for no good reason. I don’t know why I was so stubborn because these are really great stories with a fantastic premise. If you like a good fantasy book with dragons and crazy planets read these books.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer: After all the drama of the Twilight movies many people have blacklisted her books. Meyers is a great author. Just because of the poor acting that made the movies a joke doesn’t mean her other books are bad. The Chemist is another great story. Another strong woman main character that works to keep from getting killed. A must read for any mystery/ action lover.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin: This is an award winning SciFi book. It is a fantastic read. While it takes a bit getting used to the “language” of Planet Winter, the most interesting thing is the inhabitants are genderless. Being a genderless culture has really affected the growth of the planet. If you love SciFi or just want to read something new. Try this book!

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood:  Another great Post Apocalyptic story. It talks about genetic enhanced animals and a world gone awry. A young man, with flashbacks to his childhood, tries to make sense of the world around him.

Book Review: December

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I almost forgot to post for December. It has been a busy few weeks, moving, house hunting, work, etc. I ended the year with 52 books.  Here are my last few…

Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child I have read this story many years ago. It was the first in this series and by my favorite author. I am listening to it in audio book version. They kind of made the main character into Colonel Sanders. Oh well.

Burn by Ted Dekker This is one of my sisters favorite authors. This is a interesting story about choices. There are some great twists in it. If you want an easy read but fast passed this is the book for you.

The Darktower by Stephen King Now living in the home of King and the hype of this movie I felt that I would give this book a chance. It is interesting but slightly confusing. Hopefully many things get explained in the following stories.

A Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg This is a classic scifi story. It starts out a bit odd but then takes off. They live in a world where the use of “I” or “me” is considered sinfully vain. So one talks about oneself in a roundabout way. Totally worth reading.