Musing Monday 09.02 2015

Musing MondayMusing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should be Reading that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you have people in your life (face-to-face) that are readers like you? Or, do you find that you have to reach out to those online in order to find like-minded folk?

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a brief comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

My musing this week has not so much to do with books in particular as it has to do with the sanctuary of books and those who should be reading them. That’s right, the library and its potential users.

The library to me when I was growing up was just that, a sanctuary. I didn’t always get along with my family du to conflicting interests, and no one else shared my love of literature. You could say that I escaped to the library to lose myself and my teenage worries in books, and I still do. Anyway, the point is that I loved my old library. The building was from the 40’s, a long and narrow room, more like a long hallway with hidden nooks here and there in between shelves of books where you could hide away, and rooms that seemed to just appear before your eyes, the doorways hidden by shelves. It was not a fancy building, and certainly not modern, but it was cozy.

Back then, the library was a popular hangout for a lot of young teenagers because of the computer room, we didn’t have our own laptops at home, so we would sign up to have our 30 minutes of gaming time on one of the library computers. Now though, every child above the age of two has their own laptop of iPad, so the computers no longer entice teenagers and children to use the library, which I think is sad. The library is now a grand, open hall with fancy architecture, but it’s almost empty.

The thing about the library, is that it is there for its users. Librarians want people to use the library, not because spend money there, which is the case with most meeting places, but because the library is there to serve the patrons, and it’s such a pity for those resources to just lay around unused. Not to mention the fact that in order to build a great library, you need great patrons.

So what then, should we do to get teenagers to use the library? There is no point in spending money on books they won’t read, so what should we offer them? I was thinking along the lines of a gaming room with couches, playstation, an Xbox  and so on where they could gather and play games together. I could build on that, I could get them to read the books the games are based on, discuss the changes done to the plot to have it fit as a game (or from game to book), and so on.

But what do you think? What would you do to make the library a place where teenagers could meet up and just spend time, a meeting place. We don’t have to get them to read books, that’s not the point, the point is to get them to use the library, because a modern library is about so much more than just books.

I should mention that I’m writing my Bachelor assignment on this subject, so not only am I really passionate about this, but I would absolutely LOVE your input!

 

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Teaser Tuesday 03.02. 2015

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week is from the book Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost, book three in the Night Prince series. I can not express how much I have been looking forward to this book! It was highly anticipated ever since I finished book two and realised that the story didn’t end there, and this far it has not let me down. I love Jeaniene Frost’s books, she is such a talented writer, and they always draw me in from page one, and I practically hold me breath until I have finished the book. Seriously, I am living and breathing this book right now.

She (Gretchen) blew out a sigh and then gave Vlad a speculative look. “It’s Szilagyi, isn’t it? He’s not dead after all.”

“Why would you say that?” Vlad asked, his voice dangerously silky. We hadn’t told her. Had one of his staff been loose lipped?

She huffed. “You’re Dracula, so everyone knows  your enemies don’t live long, but my dad and I are still locked up, so whoever’s yanking your chain must be the king of badasses. The only one person I know who fits that description is the same old vampire you couldn’t kill before.”

Vlad’s nostrils flared while I stared at my sister in disbelief. First calling him Dracula, then bringing up Szilagyi successfully faking his death twice? The nine pounds Gretchen had gained must’ve come from her new brass balls.
-Bound by Flames 15% in, Kindle edition.

I was pleased to learn that Jeaniene Frost will be writing a fourth book in the series. This is the third book. If you are interested in reading it (which you should be!) I recommend starting with book one, or better yet, start with book one in the Nighthuntress series, Halfway to the Grave. The Night Prince series is a spin off of the Nighthuntress series, and though they can be read individually, they are most definitely best enjoyed together. Like coffee and chocolate!

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Reading Challenge 2015

I have decided to read at least 40 books this year. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s the number of books I read last year (according to goodreads), and I’ll be finishing my degree in library science this year, which I’m assuming will take up a lot of my time.
In addition to the goodreads challenge, I found another challenge that I want to do in order to challenge myself to read different books and to broaden my reading-horizon.

26 books to read in 2015.
1. A book you own but haven’t read
2. A book that was made into a movie
3. A book you pick solely because of the cover
4. A book your friend loves
5. A book published this year
6. A book by an author you’ve never read before
7. A book by an author you love
8. A book at the bottom of your “to be read” pile
9. A book with a colour in the title
10. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
11. A book you’ve started but never finished
12. A book with a lion, a witch or a wardrobe
13. A book with a female heroine
14. A book set in the summer
15. A book of poems
16. A book you learned about because of this challenge
17. A book that will make you smarter
18. A book with a blue cover
19. A book you were supposed to read in school, but didn’t
20. A book “everyone” but you has read
21. A book with a great first line
22. A book with pictures
23. A book from the library
24. A book you loved… Read it again!
25. A book that is more than 10 years old
26. A book based on a true story

So, how about you guys? Are you doing any reading challenges? What’s your reading goal for 2015? Do you think you’ll read more, or less than you did in 2014, and did you reach your goal in 2014?

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Moving Again…

On the move again…
I am getting slightly tired of moving by this point, and I cannot express how ready I am to settle down in my own apartment. But alas, this is also a teeny tiny one that I am renting.

Last May, I packed up my stuff and moved home. Then this December, we all moved to our new house (and we’re still not finished with the ”moving out” part of the move), and today I moved yet again back north to finish my education.

I am now sitting on my new-old couch and waiting for the sun to return to this corner of the earth.
The night I came here, I spent about 4 hours or so sitting on this couch, waiting for the room to heat up enough for me to be able to live here. I am extremely sensitive to the cold, and I’m always freezing (I know, why on earth did I decide to study up north?!), so I spent the first evening bundled up in a huge woollen sweater and missing my blanket, which sadly had to stay back home due to the fact that I do not know any spells that will allow my suitcase to take all my belongings. Seriously though, how is a girl supposed to be able to pack everything she has a need of into two suitcases?! It’s inhumane! I had to leave so much behind, such as all my books (safely stored of course), so now I have no idea what I’ll do when I get lonely… But it came down to leaving the books, or leaving my underwear, and I’m still not sure if I made the right decision… Thank the Gods for my kindle. Sadly I have been told that clean underwear is more of a necessity than books (lies!). The library will be my lifesaver this semester. And again, my kindle of course.

The apartment is better than my last one I think. It’s older, but more spacious, and with some curtains and the heater blasting 24/7, I think I’ll do well here. My fridge is bigger; I have a freezer, a couch, and a separate bedroom, so that’s nice. The last tenant, two sisters, apparently had long dark hair, and weren’t very good at cleaning up after themselves. I have already after just four days unclogged the bathroom sink, the shower, cleaned up clothing tags left under the bed, and removed more dark hairs from my clothes and the couch than I care to think about. And a couple of dust bunnies of course… You know what’s worse than unclogging a sink and the shower? Unclogging it when someone you’ve never even met were the ones to get them clogged in the first place…

Other than that, I’m doing fairly well here. It’s cold, I miss the sun, and I have already spent 20 minutes out in the cold waiting for a bus that never showed, but I love the people here. They are so friendly, and I had no idea how much I missed it until I was back here. I feel like I can finally breathe again, and that makes up for the cold and the lack of sun. Besides, I get to celebrate the return of the sun on the 21st along with the rest of the city, drinking hot chocolate and eating delicious sun-buns. Mmmm!
And what better excuse to curl up with a cup of hot tea and a book than the fact that it’s dark and cold outside? Maybe I’ll get the Northern Lights again soon too, those totally make up for the dark months of winter here. Not for the cold or the snow, but for the darkness. I’ll let books, tea and chocolate battle the cold and the snow.

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Another Wednesday!

My gosh, life has been super busy lately!
My parents are building a new house, and to prevent war (too many sisters and too few bedrooms) they have decided that we have to move in before Christmas.

I feel like all I’ve been doing lately is work, cleaning, cooking and sleeping. Since hands on building is not exactly my thing, I’ve been given the task of running things at our “old” home, with the cleaning, cooking and managing my youngest sister, while my parents spend most of their time at the new house, and that’s more work than you’d think!

I bow down to all the stay-at-home mums, or mums in general who find the energy to parent, work, clean and cook, because I can’t wait to be on my own again and let things slide!

On the brighter side, I have been subbing as a librarian for about two and a half weeks now, and I’m absolutely loving it! The regular librarian is on a vacation (bless her), so I got all of her hours for an entire week! I’m basically running the place, and it’s so much fun. I haven’t had much time to read lately, but seeing as it’s been a while since my last book-related post, there should be some news.

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading the book The Last Apprentice –revenge of the witch, by Joseph Delaney. This is the first book in the series, and I wanted to read it before I see the movie. So far (which is barely 2/3 chapters,) I’m liking it.

I recently finished reading the book Wild Born (Spirit Animals 1) by Brandon Mull. The book was okay, not the best book I have read, but not the worst either. It’s the first book in a series, and I got the feeling of it being sort of an introduction to the rest of the series. I believe the next book is written by a different writer, so I’ll be giving that one a try as well, as soon as I can get my hands on it. Can you believe that there is literally not a single library in the kingdom of Norway that has the second book?? Unbelievable…

I have no idea what I’ll read next! I’m in the mood for an epic fantasy book with travels and adventures, dragons, dwarves and elves. Something similar to the Eragon books, I love those! Any suggestions?

Last by not least, here’s a happy Teddy that graced me with his presence  this afternoon as I ordered a coffee from my favourite café. Teddy says hi, and wishes you a happy wednesday! We’re halfway to the weekend people! Now I’m off to hunt down some cake, cause it’s my birthday and I’m entitled to have cake today 😉

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London, baby!

I am not made up to be out of bed at 5am… My brain does not function before 8am.
On the bright side; I’ll be in London in 6 hours! For now, coffee is my new best friend.

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October Love

My name is Dravite, and I love October.

Something about October makes my heart beat faster, and I feel like my soul is vibrating. Part of it must be the witch in me, Samhain is fast approaching, and witches all over the globe are coming to life and waking up, because it’s okay to be a little witchy in october.

Samhain is probably the sabbath that most people celebrate, not only is it the favorite sabbath of most pagans, but who doesn’t love Halloween? Pagan or Christian, it doesn’t really matter when Samhain/Halloween/All Hallows Eve/All Souls Night is concerned. So I get to glow and freely express my love for halloween, and no one bats an eye at it.

Another reason to love October is how everything starts to calm down this time of the year. Unless you’re a student of course, then October/November is probably everything but calm. However, I am not a student this semester, so I can curl up in a chair in front of a roaring fire with a blanket, a good book, and a cup of Bigelow’s Pumpkin Spice tea. I have 6 boxes off the stuff because I had to buy an entire case in order for them to ship it to Norway. Not that I’m complaining, I’m sure I’m all out in a year or two.

I believe that I told you earlier that I’m working Mondays at the local library, which I love, and it’s priceless experience for when I’ve finished my degree in Library Science next spring. As it turns out, the only other librarian is going on a holiday in November, so they’re hiring me to cover her shifts until the 17th of December; I swear I could have kissed her, I was so happy! That means 7-8 hours of work five days a week for a month doing something I truly enjoy and love doing, and I’ll even get paid doing it!

Honestly, I’ve been looking forwards to this time of year all summer. Summer is great, it’s warm and sunny which is a bit plus if you’re as easily cold as I am, but nothing beats the magic of autumn. My friends and I are traveling to London in early November, and I can’t wait to do the Harry Potter studio tour and tasting Butterbeer for the first time. I’m even getting my first Harry Potter-inspired tattoo in London. I’m getting the Deathly Hallows symbol on my arm with a splash of color, so it won’t be too obvious that it’s a Harry Potter tattoo, but any fan of the book series will definitely know. Like a secret handshake 😉
I could probably go on for hours about our plans for the trip, but I won’t. I’ll give you an update when I come back with loads of pictures and details of what happens when four twenty-somethings geeky Norwegian girls visit London for a week. Enjoy October, and tell me about your Samhain/Halloween plans!

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