Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon TBR

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It’s the ten year anniversary of the Deweys 24 Hour Readathon and I’m ready to readathon! I am going to be at the Renaissance Festival most of the day so I won’t get much reading done while I’m there, but hopefully, I can get quite a bit done when I get home. As for what I am hoping to get read, I picked out two books that both fit into Halloween theme, although, one is nonfiction, Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey and one is fiction, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Are you participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon? If you haven’t I believe you can still sign up I include the link here. If you are participating, good luck and fun times!

 

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To Annotate or Not to Annotate

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The Question

I recently have had to ask myself whether or not I should annotate my books. I was going through an old book of mine and through the sections, I had marked with a posted note and found myself wondering: What exactly had I been thinking at this exact moment? What was so significant I felt the need to mark it? In the end, I had no idea because I had not written down what I had been thinking. It was incredibly frustrating. Up to this point, I had been pretty against annotating in books. I liked keeping them clean, thinking that a simple sticky-note would be enough to mark what I wanted to remember and would jog my memory as to what I was thinking. However, I have a confession to make. I do not have the memory I thought I did. I do not always remember what I was thinking three or four years after the fact. Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that I will now annotate in my books. Continue reading

Ladies Guide to History: Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams by Lynne Withey

 

 

“I desire you would Remember the Ladies… Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If perticuliar care and attention is not paid to the Laidies we are determined to forment a Rebelion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Repersentation.”

– Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams is often thought of one of the United States first feminists and in some respects, this is certainly true. She believed that women were not, as often thought, the intellectual inferiors to men and many of her actions back this up. In Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams Lynne Withey discusses Abigail’s life and her contributions to the newly formed United States and to feminism.  Continue reading

Book Review: The Dog Master

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The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron tells the story of the first dog (fictionalized of course). It’s the story of how a wolf came to see a human as part of its pack and how a human was able to stop seeing a wolf as a dangerous predator and see him as a friend. The Dog Master has multiple perspectives that intersect to tell of the circumstances that made it possible for human and wolf to befriend each other and learn to rely on each other for survival. Continue reading