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Le livre du jour: Dawn of the Jedi

I am a total Star Wars fan…if you didn’t know.  Well, I guess I really didn’t know it until we showed the movies to our kiddos.  My son became smitten with it and so for his fourth birthday party, you guessed it, we had a Star Wars theme.

We had a Death Star pinata that I made myself, a Darth Vader cake, Yoda soda, and we did a Storm Trooper “egg” hunt.  So much fun!!

star wars party

Light saber fight...taken by my friend Michelle

Light saber fight…taken by my friend Michelle

Well, he is still in LOVE with Star Wars and it peaked my interest in getting to know and understand the story some more.  I looked up books and boy am I confused!  So many authors and you can start from anywhere apparently. Geez!  I decided to start with Dawn of the Jedi, Into the Void by Tim Lebbon.

I am still reading it but so far it is pretty interesting.  I also went ahead and bought the “sequels” so I can just keep reading.  Here is the list I found to decide which ones to read:

Le livre du jour: Today at the Bluebird Cafe

My daughter has library every Wednesday at school.  She usually picks some decent books…I totally love reading anything from Fancy Nancy!  And well,  the Pinkalicious series can hide somewhere in a dark corner for all I care.  But this time she asked a friend to help her find a book, a boy friend.  He chose a dinosaur book that was mostly question and answers, no story 😦  Geez, even my three year old was getting bored with it!

So what’s a mom to do?  She pulls out a tried and true classic.  Seriously the kids sighed when I opened the book, ahh relief, a cool book we know!

I absolutely LOVE this book.  Everything about it is wonderful, the illustrations and the poems.  Of course, it being about birds is a no brainer for me 😀

I recommended it to a friend…Check it out:

Le livre du jour: The Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet by Jamie Ford

Since I haven’t done a book review in a while I thought I would do one today–though I haven’t finished it (blame it on late night watching of Sons of Anarchy).

I am amazed at how much of the local history I do not know or remember.  You see, I am from Louisiana and was taught Louisiana history in school (in conjunction with American history).  For the life of me, I do not remember anything on the Japanese internment camps in the Northwest.  I am sad that I missed a talk from a local Japanese family on this issue.  Luckily I was given this book as a Christmas gift because it touches on this subject.

So far it is a bittersweet novel about love and heartbreak, about opposing views and cultures.  It has peaked my interest in this part of our American history as well as Washington state history.  I for one will be researching more information on this subject.  If you like a good love story and history then I recommend this book.  If you have already read it, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Le livre du jour: Still: the Art of Living

I totally skipped out on reviewing a book last Thursday.  I know, pretty lame!  It wasn’t like I haven’t been reading, if you call skimming through the pages of US magazine reading (which I don’t but hey there are words in there…).  Nonetheless, I have been staying up editing photos and watching movies with the husband instead of reading books (he is reading my copy of How to be a Sister so that is my excuse).

So, I will do a promotional plug on a book that a few of my fellow female photographers of Etsy team put together this summer.  Each of us have two photos in the book.  I am honored to have my two photographs alongside such talented women.  It is quite lovely and would make an excellent Christmas present!

Le Livre du Jour: Big Red Lollipop

How cool is this?  I uploaded the second issue of Method Press on issuu today and then headed to the library to pick up some fliers for my upcoming art show there.  I had the kiddos with me so I decided to stay and check out some books (I do happen to like children’s sci-fi books ya know!).

As I was watching my kiddos wreck havoc in the play area, I glance over the bookshelf and pick up a random book.  The first thing I thought when looking at the cover, “this looks like a Sophie Blackall illustration”.  And sure enough it was!  So cool, and we at Method Press have her in our magazine 😀  My kids were pretty jazzed to read the book…check out the cover:

Now go and read!

Le livre du jour: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

I haven’t read A Sand County Almanac since college.  It was a required book for my conservation biology class.  I remember enjoying it back then, I think 😀

On a whim, I decided to purchase it a few years back thinking my husband might enjoy reading it.  Mostly because he is the outdoor type and believes in conservation.  Unfortunately, he didn’t like it so much and the book sat on the shelf collecting dust.  I decided to pick it back up for our trip to Virginia.

I am struck at how the words in the first pages (as I haven’t gotten very far yet) still ring true in this day and age.  The book was first published in 1949.  I love the first two sentences, “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.  These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.”

My re-reading of this book is a reminder to myself of why I love nature and how more than ever we need to make a conscientious effort to change our attitude in how we view the earth and its inhabitants.  I wholeheartedly recommend reading this book.  Any thoughts and comments are welcome.

Happy Reading to you!