(56) Crystal Storm//Bookish Blurb

Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

This is the fifth book in the Falling Kingdoms series and I’m finding it harder and harder to explain these books. In this book Amara tries to take over the world, Jonas has no idea what he’s going, Lucia tries to right her wrongs and Magnus and Cleo alternate between fighting and making out. Continue reading “(56) Crystal Storm//Bookish Blurb”

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(55)A Fall of Marigolds // Bookish Blurb

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

I don’t remember where I got the recommendation for this book. I think maybe I was looking at NYT best selling books (although now that I look at it, I’m not sure that it was on the list…)

There are two stories told in this book. One is set in 2011 as Taryn struggles with the death of her husband ten years before. The other is set in 1911 where Clara is haunted by the fire that killed the man she loved. These two stories are quite different yet are tied together by their need to escape and be free from the past and deal with the pain of being alive while those they loved died. Continue reading “(55)A Fall of Marigolds // Bookish Blurb”

(54) The Grace Keepers // Bookish Blurb

The Grace Keepers by Kirsty Logan

I forget where I got the recommendation for this book and I remember almost not getting it but I am so glad that I did. This book follows the lives of two very different women in a world where the earth is almost entirely covered in water. Callanish is a gracekeeper who lives alone with the dead to keep her secret safe and herself alive. North is part of a traveling circus and performs with her bear for a living. These two women live very different lives yet they are brought together by fate, chance, and the need to belong in a world that won’t accept them. Continue reading “(54) The Grace Keepers // Bookish Blurb”

Another University Walk // Scotland

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I’m assuming I meant to take a picture of the sheep but I actually quite like how this picture turned out.

While I was in Scotland I look a number of random walks around campus and took pictures. Yes, Scotland has the reputation of being very grey and gloomy but it also has a number of gorgeous days with blue skies like this one. This is the walk where I ended up taking a bunch of pictures of the different birds I found but I think the birds will get their own post.  Continue reading “Another University Walk // Scotland”

(53) The Round House // Bookish Blurb

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

This story follows how 13 yr old Joe’s life alters after his mother is raped one day. The search for the perpetrator is complicated by the fact that Joe and his family live on a reservation and few laws are created to protect the people who live there. Continue reading “(53) The Round House // Bookish Blurb”

Hyde Park

CIMG6393aWhen my parents came and visited me at the end of my Scotland trip we ended up in London for a few days since I wanted to spend a little time there and also our flights left from there. One  of the things we did while we were in London was walk through Hyde park. I really don’t know much about Hyde park but it’s a famous beautiful park in London and here are some pictures from it. Continue reading “Hyde Park”

(52) Frozen Tides // Bookish Blurb

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

This is book 4 in the Falling Kingdom series. See my reviews for books one, two, and three. This book doesn’t really do any recap so you kind of have to have read the other books to understand what is going on. In this book we follow Lucia as she teams up with a venge seeking fire god, Jonas, who continues to be manipulated and fail at what he does, and Magnus and Cleo as they fight over the kindred and their hearts. Continue reading “(52) Frozen Tides // Bookish Blurb”

(51) The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage // Bookish Blurb

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: the (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua

The title of this book basically tells you everything you need to know. This is a graphic novel about Lovelace and Babbage and the first computer. It is a book chock full of facts (both real and somewhat less real). If smart people, steampunk, or computers interest you then you should look into this book. Continue reading “(51) The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage // Bookish Blurb”

(50) Tom’s Midnight Garden // Bookish Blurb

Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

This was another book I read because it was recommended at the back of the The Little Paris Bookshop. Basically this is an old children’s book originally published in 1958. The premise of this book is that Tom is sent to stay with his aunt and uncle because his brother is sick. While there, Tom discovers another world he can visit at midnight. Continue reading “(50) Tom’s Midnight Garden // Bookish Blurb”