Books, books, everywhere books!

One of my favorite parts of working in a library is getting to see all kinds of books. I love seeing what other people are reading and having the chance to pick something up that I wouldn’t normally think of. Now that I’ve been out of school for a few months I’ve been feeling a bit like my brain is…. not getting enough exercise, if that’s the right way to say it! I miss having projects and papers to read. So, I’m venturing into the non-fiction section instead of just sticking with the fiction. Here’s some of what I’ve been reading!

I really enjoyed this one. One of my favorite classes in college was about England and we spent a lot of time talking about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It was a great, entertaining refresher.

After reading about Victoria I went straight to reading about her granddaughter, Elizabeth. Elizabeth married into the Russian royal family and was killed around the same time as the tsar and his family. She lived a fascinating and holy life, becoming a nun after her husband’s death. It was a great read about an important historical figure I had never heard of!

To be honest, I haven’t quite finished this one yet. While it is really interesting to read about the beginnings of electricity, I keep getting distracted by other books. Some of the discussion about AC vs DC current were a little hard to follow for a non-science minded person like myself, but there were plenty of diagrams to try and help explain things.

And here begins the fiction portion of my list! I read this book in about an hour and loved it. It’s the story of a relationship told in dictionary format. The story doesn’t follow a linear pattern at all, and bits and pieces of their story are revealed throughout the book. It’s beautifully written and short enough that most people should be able to find time to check it out!

Yeah, yeah, I’m reading a Star Wars book. I love the movies and when Steve decided to check out the book I wanted to join in the fun! It’s pretty cool to see some of the expanded universe. Not quite as much fun as watching the movies, but still pretty entertaining!

Harry Potter paper flowers

I’ve been terrible about blogging, bookbinding, and generally doing anything other than playing pokemon and reading biographies lately. Sorry, readers!

This morning I was packing up all my books here and discovered that my copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has some mold in it! I was crushed, since it’s the copy I read as a child. But then I thought about it and realized… I could do awesome things with the parts of the book that aren’t moldy! My first project was paper flowers.

I followed the instructions here: http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-kusudama-flower.html.

Even though my flower doesn’t look quite like theirs, I’m very pleased with the result! Here are some more pictures, for your viewing pleasure!