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25 June, 2015

Little Free Library #13614

I have been in love with the idea of Little Free Libraries since I first read abut the movement. A few have popped up in the Chicagoland area(which includes suburbs). I thought that I would showcase some of the ones that I have visited over the last two years.

Little Free Library #13614

734 Wesley Ave

Evanston, IL

United States

This Little Free Library is also located in the southern portion of Evanston, IL. It is located between Oakton ave. and Main street on Wesley ave. It is a fairly large library which looks like a yellow house/ The front swings open and there are two shelves inside. The bottom shelf is dedicated to children's and young adult books and the upper shelf is adult books. On my last visit, both shelves were very full and there was a nice variety of books on offer.

This reminded me of a dolls house full of books. It made me smile as i rode up to it to drop books off on my way to class.

10 June, 2015

Book Review: The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery

Title: The Teahouse Fire
Author: Ellis Avery
Publication Date: 2006

Nine year old Aurelia Corneille has had a hard life. She is the daughter of an unmarried Frenchwoman who immigrated to America to be close to her brother, a catholic priest in New York city, after she has been disowned by her mother for shaming her family. She has grown up living on the charity of the nuns in the convent at the church her uncle Charles ministers at.

When her uncle is given a posting to go to Japan as a missionary in 1866 he plans on taking  Aurelia and her mother with him to help as servants. Given Aurelia's gift for languages (she speaks English and French) he hopes she will learn the tricky Japanese tongue quicker than the brothers of the mission party and help comunicate with the "heathen Japanese" when her mother is unable to go with due to failing health, Aurelia and her uncle engage on their journey across the world.

In 1866, Japan was still closed to foreigners. The missionaries are smuggled into Miyako the old Imperial Capital of Japan (now known as Kyoto). Unhappy with her new life with her uncle, Aurelia flees a fire in the building she and her uncle are living in. She runs far into the unknown city. Fatigued, she stumbles into one of the small tea houses owned by the Shin family as a part of their tea ceremony school. She is discovered by Yukako, the  Shin family's daughter, and is adopted into the family as servant to Yukako.

The Teahouse Fire follows Aurelia as she becomes "Miss Urako". The book takes place during the fall of the samurai culture and the opening of Japan to outsiders.  Urako, servant to the household that she is, becomes a "little sister" to Yukako her closest companion. She sees the struggle Yukako goes through as a female in a male dominated world. The book chronicles the tumultuous changes that Japan goes through as it enters a period of enlightenment and progress. The story spans twenty-five years of Aurelia's life in Japan after her fate has been changed by tragedy.

I loved the first lines of this book:

"When I was nine, in the city now called Kyoto, I changed my fate. I walked into the shrine through the red arch and struck the bell. I bowed Twice. I clapped twice. I whispered to the foriegn goddess and bowed again. And then I heard the shouts and the fire. Wha had I asked for? Any life but this one. "

with that I was pulled into historic Japan, and had a hard time pulling myself out to take care of classwork. I found the book engaging and interesting as the changes to Japan are shown through the eyes of someone living them. Aurelia struggles with not being completely Japanese through most of her life, to find herself known as a foreigner and pushed away from her home in Japan due to rising nationalism brought about because of the influx of foreign influences to the country.

04 June, 2015

Little free Library #13597

I have been in love with the idea of Little Free Libraries since I first read abut the movement. A few have popped up in the Chicagoland area(which includes suburbs). I thought that I would showcase some of the ones that I have visited over the last two years.

Little Free Library #13597
1119 Oakton Street
United States

Little Free Library #13597 is located in south Evanston, IL. It is a small library composed of a 12" x 12" x 12" cube. It holds a variety of books most times. Because it is located across from an elementary school in a neighborhood with many families, the children's books seem to go faster than the adult books. I visit this LFL quite a bit as it's nearby and there is a fantastic variety of both children's and adults books being offered in it.

The stewards of the LFL said this about their library:

"While visiting Minneapolis, we saw many Little Libraries as we walked in the neighborhoods. Back in Evanston, we attended a fundraiser at the Evanston Rebuilding Exchange where many builders had built Little Libraries to be auctioned off. We were thrilled to be able to very quickly get a beautiful Library in our front yard. We have begun culling some of the many books in our own bookshelves but people add and subtract stock every week. It's great!"

18 May, 2015

Bout of Books 13 wrap up

The Bout of Books Read a thon is over. So sad...

I thought I would get more actual reading done, but kept getting distracted.  

I did finish three books:

The Waiting Game by Diane Blythe
Sucubus on Top by Richelle Mead
Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

I am deep in the middle of two books:

The Disposessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

Bout of books Day seven

Bout of Books

Sunday was day seven of the Bout of Books 13 Read a thon.  We were out most of the day, but did manage to get about 2 hours of The Furies of Calderon listened to while driving around to and from events. 

16 May, 2015

Bout of Books Day Six

Bout of Books

Books Reading:

Elengil and I spent the day listening to The Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher while relaxing and playing video games (as well as while running errands). We are definitely not going to finish this before the read a thon ends but it is very good so far. 

15 May, 2015

Bout of Books Day Five

Bout of Books

Today was a productive day:)

I finished listening to Cocaine Blues. This was book one in the Phryne Fisher detective  series. I liked it, but the reader for the audio took a bit to get used to as she spoke really fast, but otherwise did a great job with the accents and voicing for the characters. 

I also got about 50 pages  of The Disposessed read. 

Elengil and I have started Book one of of The Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher together

14 May, 2015

Bout of Books Day Four

Bout of Books

Books Read today:

I started listening to  by 
I am still reading The Dispossessed by Ursala K. LeGuin (stopped pg 130)

Books Finished Today:

I just finished listening to the last few hours of the audiobook for:

I hadn't been sure of the series after listening to book one as I felt Georgia seemed a bit to naive for a several hundred year old succubus. However I really liked the way the character developed during this second book.