Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

I have never thought of giving a book a “content suitability for certain audiences” rating before I read this one.  I would have to give this an “X: Adults Only” rating due to the explicit sexual content, violence and language which I found unnecessary for this story line.

This story tells a tale of two time lines in the life of a circus veterinarian. It begins as the elderly version of the man who is forced into memories of his youth. Throughout the story,  he is transported back and forth between the two time lines. This is the first dual time line story that I’ve actually enjoyed. With the exception of the “X” rated parts. This is a delightful easy read. The author has a talent for description which allows the reader to easily become absorbed by the story line.  She has done quite a bit of research into circuses of the past, which helps to make the story more authentic.

What is Your Favorite Place to Read?

Oprah is holding a contest: “Where’s Your Favorite Place to Read?”

This is my favorite place to read. It is my home office/library which has a huge window that looks out over a small court-yard. This a peaceful space  filled with books, plants, and symbols of everything that I hold dearly.  I not only read and listen to music in this room but do my research and social networking from here as well.

What is a “book”?


A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other various material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is called a leaf, and each side of a leaf is called a page. A book produced in electronic format is known as an electronic book (e-book).

Books may also refer to works of literature, or a main division of such a work. In library and information science, a book is called a monograph, to distinguish it from serial periodicals such as magazines, journals or newspapers.

The body of all written works including books is literature. In novels and sometimes other types of books (for example, biographies), a book may be divided into several large sections, also called books (Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, and so on.).

A lover of books is usually referred to as a bibliophile, a bibliophilist, or a philobiblist, or, more informally, a bookworm.

In 2010, Google estimated that there were approximately 130 million unique books in the world. [1]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


[1] “Books of the world”. Google. August 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-15. “After we exclude serials, we can finally count all the books in the world. There are 129,864,880 of them. At least until Sunday.”

Read everything. . . Then write.

Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window. — William Faulkner

Books! Books! Oh, for the Love of Books!

This is a bitter / sweet moment, from my friend Jaci’s blog jacidawn, that I wanted to share with other book lovers.

“I think I found my own little piece of heaven today. I miss my dad but I will always have him near as long as I have all those books to read and re-read!”

Click the link above to read the full post.

Are You Tired and Wired? by Marcelle Pick, MSN, OB/GYN NP

“Your Proven 30-Day Program for Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue and Feeling Fantastic Again”

This is another one of those fabulous, must have, books that I like to refer to as owner’s manuals.  Marcelle Pick creates a workbook where she teaches the reader about adrenal fatigue; how one comes to develop the condition and how the body malfunctions.  In Part I, she defines the condition and explains that there are  3 categories that one might fall into. She has also created self assessments to enable the reader to determine their own category. One of the great benefits of this book is to help determine risk, and use the remedies in a proactive manner to help stave off Adrenal Fatigue.

In Part II of the workbook she provides her proven remedies for successful management and reversal of the condition.  These remedies include: nutritional support with suggestions for supplements and meal plans (with recipes included);  exercise and lifestyle changes.

There is additional information for those with Addison’s Disease and Cushing’s Syndrome. And information sections on Allostatic Load, Glycemic Index, Glycemic Load and a full list of resources and references for additional reading.

This is very educational and a workbook that will be referred to often.

In accordance with FTC guidelines I must disclose that I have received this book, for free, from Hay House, in exchange for writing reviews for Hay House’s new book releases.

“Public Library: An American Commons” Photo Exhibit Opens Sunday

This looks like an interesting exhibit.

The CruzTM Tablet T103 from Velocity® Micro

I thought that I did some thorough research before purchasing the T103, which uses the Android operating system. In spite of that, I was initially disappointed with its performance.  I’ve installed a D-Link wireless router in my home, so I have wireless access to the internet for this tablet,  and then I spent some time with support services, such as Amazon’s Android support and Cruz by Velocity Micro’s Facebook page. Now, I’m feeling much more comfortable with this investment.

I have quite a collection of e-books stored at Barnes and Noble and Amazon but was not able to get them to download to my T103. I spent some time with Amazon’s Android support staff who transferred them to my newly created Android account for me. The download time for 40+ books was actually only a few minutes.

Today I visited Net Galley to test download capabilities from that site. I may have gotten a bit too impatient and exited before the download was complete. I did download the e-book to my PC and then transferred it to the T103. The book opened and reads beautifully. Since some e-book files have sharing restrictions embedded in them, that may not always be possible. But I happy to keep testing the site. Barnes and Noble is next.

I think that with a little more practice, I’m really going to love this T103, as I had hoped to begin with.

Converting your e-reader to a tablet PC

Cheaper Than A Tablet: ‘Rooting’ Your E-Reader by Jon Kalish

I found this NPR story about how hackers are converting e-readers into tablet PCs very interesting, so I thought that I’d share. But feel that with the current technology available – it really isn’t necessary. . .

“If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.” Warren Buffett

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