Review: The Tale of Halcyon Crane

The Tale of Halcyon Crane
The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was a fast and easy read with parts that were definitely spooky. Though you might be asking at times why Hallie would react the way she does, or how a certain situation makes any sense.



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Review: The City of Dreaming Books

The City of Dreaming Books
The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book, possibly more than a 29 year old should. Super creative writing. There’s a scene in the book where Optimus is in the Library of the Orm and so enthralled with the contents that he has to be dragged from there and that’s how I felt finishing the book. I just wanted the story to continue.



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Review: Labyrinth of Dreaming Books

Labyrinth of Dreaming Books
Labyrinth of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About 3/4 of the way through the book I thought maybe I would give it up. There were painful descriptions that took pages to get through. At some points I thought maybe I would skip it, but I soldiered on and am very glad I did. The ending has me excited to read the next book.



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Lupo the Lamb

It took me about two weeks to finish, but here is Lupo the Lamb (minus the ears).

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Pattern here

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Dirk the Dragon

Here’s the completed Dirk the Dragon that I made for the little one.

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Pattern Here

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Review: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I cared about the main character AJ and what would become of him and his daughter. I loved the cynical voice of his and the way it gradually changes with the experiences he goes through.

This book also had so many stories in a story that all gets neatly summed up. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a feel good story



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Review: The Alchemaster’s Apprentice

The Alchemaster's Apprentice
The Alchemaster’s Apprentice by Walter Moers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Really good. I found myself caring about what happened to the little crat and wouldn’t mind reading the other books in the series.



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Keeping a journal

I have always wanted to keep a journal, but every time it ended with about two, maybe four entries (if I was feeling motivated). Usually my journal entries would for the most part be entirely negative. A recent argument I had, some aspect of work that I hated, would dominate my earlier journal attempts. Other times I would sit down to my journal and think, what should I write about, it was just a normal day? Or whatever occurred that day wasn’t particular noteworthy <– this also explains why my twitter is often lacking. After many failed attempts though, I still wanted to have a journal. Zenhabits has a great blog entry on how to keep a journal; like keeping it to bullet points. I love this! For chronicling my day it keeps my sentences short and motivation high. Who can’t just write a few bullet points on what happened? The only exceptions are:Grey Journal

  • Explanations ~ If I have something I want to explain to my future self, or frankly, I’m not doing anything else and want to go a little more in depth, I will write out a few more lines. The most I have written was two additional indented lines. The beauty of it though is that I don’t feel like I have too write out long Bridget Jones-esque journal entries.
  • Negativity ~ I keep mostly negative things out of it. I probably am one of the most negative, cynical, sarcastic people I know. I’d like that to change. By focusing on nothing but the negative things that happen at work (or outside, mine tend to be mostly at work), my journaling becomes a chore and upon reflection looks pathetic. If I have something truly terrible happen than I will chronicle it, but the petty arguments from day to day will stay out.

Truthfully anyone looking to write a journal should at least start out with the steps provided by Zenhabits. It’s a great way to get back into it if you are like me and quit after a few attempts.

Also see:

Pocket Moleskine GTD System <– either as a side or to compliment your current journal.

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Review: Bossypants

Bossypants
Bossypants by Tina Fey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very funny, if anything I now want to watch more with her in it.



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Review: The Oracle of Stamboul

The Oracle of Stamboul
The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So I’ve had a long time to think about this book. What I have to say is short. It’s beautiful. That is to say that the images I could see in my imagination were astounding. However, it lacked a story. I wasn’t sure what the story was about until half way through. Also, the main character was a brilliant, gifted child, but then… not. There was all this mystery surrounding her and then… not.

All that said, if the author ever comes out with another book, I would read it.



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