It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, what am I reading???

Here is my current list:

1. No Greater Sacrifice, by John C. Stipa.
2. Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden.

Both of these books are pretty long, so that is all I’m reading right now. I have promised myself that I would stop that ridiculous habit of reading so many books at the same time! It keeps me from finishing the books in a timely manner and takes me a long time after I have finished the book to review them!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by BookJourney.

Book Review: Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter

Title: Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Author: Vicki Myron
Genre: Non Fiction, cats
Format: Hardcover
Year Published: 2008
Source: I purchased this book.

This now-famous book is about Dewey Readmore Books, the orange cat who was the ambassador for the Spencer, Iowa public library.

One bitterly cold morning in January 1988, library staff found Dewey inside the metal book drop box outside the library.
Vicki Myron, the author and the library director says:

I was still catching my breath when I saw the kitten. It was huddled in the front left corner of the box, its head down, its legs tucked underneath it, trying to appear as small as possible. The books were piled haphazardly to the top of the box, partially hiding it from view. I lifted one gingerly for a better look. The kitten looked up at me, slowly and sadly. Then it lowered its head and sank down into its hole. It wasn’t trying to appear tough. It wasn’t trying to hide, I don’t even think it was scared. It was just hoping to be saved. I know melting can be a cliche, but I think that’s what actually happened to me at that moment: I lost every bone in my body. I am not a mushy person. I’m a single mother and a farm girl who has steered her life through hard times, but this was so, so . . . unexpected.

Despite being half-frozen, Dewey still seemed to love people, even if someone was responsible for throwing him into a freezing box filled with books. He was so friendly that he became the unofficial greeter at the town library. He loved to sit on the laps of patrons. Dewey became the toast of Spencer, Iowa, a town struggling to escape the farm problems that devastated rural towns in the 1980’s.

Soon Dewey started getting attention around all of Iowa. Here he is starring on Iowa Public Television:

Dewey is a charming book about a cat who became a beloved symbol of happiness and hope to a struggling town. He became famous throughout the United States and in many part of the world.

When Dewey died, obituaries were published around the world. After the book was published, CBS Sunday Morning did a piece on him (be patient, the video keeps buffering).

The book has become so popular that there have been versions written for children. I highly recommend this book. Adults and children can enjoy Dewey’s story together.

You can read more about Dewey at the Spencer Library website, and there is a wonderful website devoted to Dewey. Dewey even has a page on Wikipedia.

Future Treasures

Today is Day #5 of Book Blogger Appreciation Week!

Here is today’s theme:

We want to hear all about your FUTURE treasures. We’ve been visiting each other and getting to know each other better…now is your chance to share what you enjoyed about BBAW and also what your blogging goals are for the next year!

What I have enjoyed most this week was finding about all the book blogs that I have never read before, and of course finding out about great books that I want to read.

My blogging goals for the next year are to read more books and review them!

Forgotten Treasures

Today is Day #4 of Book Blogger Appreciation Week!

Today’s Topic: Sure we’ve all read about Freedom and Mockingjay but we likely have a book we wish would get more attention by book bloggers, whether it’s a forgotten classic or under marketed contemporary fiction. This is your chance to tell the community why they should consider reading this book! 
This is difficult because I love to review books that are more obscure. Of course, this is partly due to the fact that I can’t afford to buy the current bestsellers, but I also love to find unknown used books at the booksales that constantly are being hosted in my town.

One of favorite obscure books is Five Finger Discount by Helene Stapinski. This is a sad and funny book of growing up in Jersey City, New Jersey — before it’s current revival and gentrification. Jersey City was well known at the time (well, it still is) for political corruption.

It’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week!

It’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week! All this week we will be discussing book blogging!

Today’s question: What was the first book blog you discovered?

The answer is that I’m not sure! I discovered several around the same time: Beth Fish Reads (love her design and reviews), Maw Books (another delightful one), and a lovely shore breeze . . . (which is a combination book review blog and love letter to the Jersey shore).

I also discovered Book Smugglers and so many others! I love them all! That’s why I decided to become a book blogger. I wanted a place for my reviews and writing prompts, and to share my love of the written word.

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Ch- ch- changes

I was away from my two blogs for a week because I just moved to a new apartment! All right, it’s a bigger apartment for lower rent! I really am thrilled not to be crammed in one room. Especially with a roommate . . .

I love our new place: two whole rooms! And three times the closet space! My man doesn’t understand why I have more clothes than him. Uh, because I’m a woman???

There are more changes on this blog, too.
Yes, I have changed the template again. I’ll confess. I am a template junkie. Is there rehab for this??? Template Addicts Anonymous?

I just love playing with templates. I sometimes spend hours messing around with different templates. I just might learn how to create templates someday. I certainly have learned a great deal about HTML (HyperText Markup Language). In the meantime, I just like green better than purple (which was the color of my short-lived previous template). Also, you see the whole face of the cartoony girl in the header.

This current template fascinates me because when you open the blog, the title changes fonts and sometimes shifts to the side. Since I’m passionate about fonts, I find this interesting. I love to play with fonts on Photoshop! I really love the templates at A Blog to Brag About. Jessica is a very talented designer!

I have installed Intense Debate on comments for this blog. It will only work on new posts (well, it will eventually work if I installed it correctly). I didn’t install it on all the posts because I was afraid that the comments on my previous posts might be lost. Has anyone here used Intense Debate? Does it work? I’ve been curious about it for awhile. We shall see . . .