Firbish Activity Weekend Part 4 // Scotland

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Hello and welcome to the last post on this weekend. Make sure you check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 from this weekend. If you recall, in the morning I went for a walk into the town and saw some standing stones. On the afternoon I actually ended up going back to the standing stones with a guide person who wanted to tell us lots of history (which I have conveniently all forgotten) and then we went to this really old building (which again, don’t remember why it was important) which I climbed around on (despite the warning sign) and ignored whatever the guide was saying. Is that terrible? Maybe. I just wanted to explore this cool building and I got some ok pictures so here they are. Continue reading “Firbish Activity Weekend Part 4 // Scotland”

(14) 2 am at the Cat’s Pajamas // Bookish Blurb

2amatthecatspajamas2am at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

The basic premise of the book is that nine year old Madeleine want to sing at the Cat’s Pajamas which is a Philadelphia jazz club. I really wanted to like Madeleine, I really really wanted to but I just had a hard time doing so. I can appreciate her talents and that her life has been really hard and unfair but seriously, she acts like a rebellious 15 yr old.

Some of the other key characters include Sarina, Madeleine’s lonely teacher who is in love with a married man, and Lorca, the owner of the Cat’s Pajamas.

This was another book on that list of happy books and I’m kind of puzzled by that since it’s really not that much of a happy book. Continue reading “(14) 2 am at the Cat’s Pajamas // Bookish Blurb”

Firbish Activity Weekend Part 3 // Scotland

CIMG2603aMake sure to check out my Previous Posts (Part 1, Part 2) about this weekend.

So the next day after our mountainous hike was a fun day to do these various activities. I had little interest in most of the activities so instead I went on a walk with one of the girls to the nearby town.

Continue reading “Firbish Activity Weekend Part 3 // Scotland”

(12)Pope Joan // Bookish Blurb

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When my mom first recommended this book to me and told me it was a fictional account of a female pope, I was hardly sold. Even when I started it, it was very much an ‘I’ll just read this because why not’. Needless to say, I was hardly thrilled to start but once I started, I didn’t want to stop.

This book takes the little we know about Pope Joan, assumes it is true, and then strings together a work of fiction about her life. I think I got caught up in the idea that it was a history book. It’s not. It is a work of fiction, a wonderful story, that just happens to be set in the past and centered around a character that some believe existed (and some do not). Continue reading “(12)Pope Joan // Bookish Blurb”

(11)The Guest Cat // Bookish Blurb

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At some point I ran out of books to read so I went online and found this list of happy books because I am always on the hunt for good books that aren’t also depressing. This book was the first book from that list that I started reading

It’s a Japanese novella that has been translated into English. Typical (I think) of a lot of Japanese stuff, this novella is very much about the details and is overall very like calm and descriptive and contemplative. The story (as much as there is one) is about a man and his wife and the neighbor’s cat who visits them. Continue reading “(11)The Guest Cat // Bookish Blurb”

(10)The Battle for WondLa // Bookish Blurb

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The Battle for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi

So this was book 3 in the WondLa trilogy (see here for my review of book one). I was a little confused at first because I hadn’t read book two and a lot of important things happened in book two but I ultimately still enjoyed this book (although not as much as I think I would have if I had actually understood everything that was going on).

In this book Eva Nine has to try and stop a war between the aliens and the humans. It was very much an adventure story with lots of battles. I thought there might be an inkling of a romance but we stayed away from there. Continue reading “(10)The Battle for WondLa // Bookish Blurb”

Firbish Activity Weekend Part 2 // Scotland

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Last time I left you we were walking through the forest ready to start hiking up the mountain. At this point (or around this point) we broke into two different groups who started on different sides of the mountain with the goal being that we would meet at the top and eat our lunches there. Continue reading “Firbish Activity Weekend Part 2 // Scotland”

(9)The Search for WondLa // Bookish Blurb

51x2bqz46xhl-_sx331_bo1204203200_The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

This is  YA sci-fi book. We have our main character (12 year old Eva Nine) who has been raised underground by Muthr (a very life-like robot) without contact with anyone else. She is forced to leave her home and ventures into the world in search of other humans. Continue reading “(9)The Search for WondLa // Bookish Blurb”