Thursday, January 29, 2015

What I've Read: A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley

Oh boy, well, I was really excited to read A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not" Ripley by Neal Thompson, but it was a bit of a disappointment really. Not so much a disappointment in content I suppose, but maybe in length and my actual interest in wanting to know that much detail about his life. It's a 432 page book and around page 200 I started becoming disinterested in finishing. I also promised myself this year that I would stop forcing myself to finish books, or to keep books in the idea that I would come back to them. There's no sense in wasting valuable reading time or something you don't even like! Back to the book, what I did read was interesting. So Mr. Ripley was from the west and moved to New York as a young man, he wished to be a baseball player but an injury removed that dream. He then went on to be a cartoonist and became very popular, and began his Believe it or Not series in the 1930s. Mr. Ripley was sort of a curiosity in  himself. He wore very flashy outfits and had buck teeth and a bit of a lisp if I remember correctly. He was enthralled with travelling and that's where he found so many of his curiosities. I faded out of the book when it started to talk about his dreadful personal life with his wife and affairs and things, but the first half talking about his life growing up was interesting indeed.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What I've Read: Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein was recommended to me by my sweet friend Lindsay who was like "READ THIS BOOK". So read I did, and quickly. If you like books about WWII and friendship, this one's for you. The story begins with a girl, Verity, who is captured by Nazis and held captive. The only way she is surviving is by writing down all the information she can about her involvement with the military, airfields, secret codes, and her life. In between the information, the torture, and starvation, Verity tells the story of a friendship that bloomed despite the war between herself and her dearest friend Maddie. Maddie was a pilot and she and Verity worked together throughout the war and always relied on one another, until they were separated. This book was so great, it is categorized as young adult so while is isn't horribly graphic, but Verity's brief descriptions do give you a chill and some insight into the fact that she is not just sitting pretty and writing a story. I love anything dealing with WWII so I was immediately interested in reading about a girl who was captured (this is completely fictional by the way). If you have even a slight interest in reading this one I suggest you pick up a copy today!               4/75

Monday, January 19, 2015

What I've Read: The End of Your Life Book Club

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe is not something I would normally pick up on my own. I discovered this book through my library's blog which you can read here. I say this because while I'm okay with reading depressing stories, the depressing stories tend to be fiction, and this was not. This book was written in memory of the author's mother, who passed away from pancreatic cancer. The mother, Mary Anne, and son always read together, but in the months leading up to Mary Ann's death, they read so many books together, discussing every one during her chemotherapy treatments. Mary Anne led a wonderful and full life, going on many humanitarian trips to assist refugee women and children around the world. She was actually diagnosed right after she returned from a trip to Afghanistan. Even in her last few months Mary Anne stayed positive and continued checking on her humanitarian work, helping establish a library in Afghanistan. She encouraged her son Will to write a blog about her and their book club, which then evolved into this book. While it was of course sad, it was also uplifting seeing how his mother continued to be positive throughout her sickness. It was a very sweet tribute from son to mother. 3/75

Saturday, January 17, 2015

New Website for a New Name

Just a quick post! In going along with my new name here, I have purchased a new domain name. If you type in it should still forward, but an easier way to get to me is to just go to


Thanks everyone (if anyone is still reading here). I am really excited about these changes and I feel like it's so cool to have my own domain name now.

Saturday Sounds #61

As things change around here, some things will always be the same, and that is my love of sharing music. So, here's another round of Saturday Sounds :)

Friday, January 16, 2015

What I've Read: Attachments

I've been meaning to read Attachments by Rainbow Rowell since I read Eleanor & ParkFangirl, and Landline last fall. It's no secret, I am a Rainbow Rowell fan. Attachments is set in the late 90s and it's about a man named Lincoln whose job is to review flagged employee emails in a newsroom office and send out warning to those who are abusing company emailing policies by sending personal emails. One day he comes across two friends, Beth and Jennifer, whose conversations are continually flagged but he just can't stop reading, and eventually falls in love with one of them through her writing. Lincoln has to decide what to do; to turn them in for inappropriate emailing, or continue reading and find out who this mystery girl is.I don't want to spoil the ending so I'll leave it at that as far as summary, but I absolutely loved the story. You get to read the emails back and forth between Beth as Jennifer as they would have been read by Lincoln, and there are also storylines outside of the office, at least for Lincoln. Lincoln taking this job helped him grow as a person, and may or may not have helped him get the girl.       2/75

Thursday, January 15, 2015

What I've Read: Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone

I've always shared books I've read here, but I hadn't made a real effort to write about even most of the books I read over the year, and so this year I'm going to try to do this. It makes me a bit concerned when I go back through my Goodreads Challenges of past years and I can't even remember what some of the books were about! So as I read this year, I'd like to try to keep track of everything I've read with mini (or lengthy) reviews. I also made my reading goal considerably higher than last year. I've set it for 75 books, I figure that since I don't have to slow down for school anymore I should be able to reach it.

Starting off the year I listened to an old favorite, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J.K. Rowling. I started the year off with the flu, so holding a book, looking at a book, looking at anything really, wasn't an option. I wanted to listen to something that I knew well too, so if I fell asleep or missed a bit it wouldn't really be devastating to the story. But anyway, I can't say enough good things about the Harry Potter series, re-reading the books always feels like I'm visiting old friends. I'm sure I can't spoil the story for you all, because if you wanted to read Harry Potter you probably would have read it already, but I also don't think this one really needs a recap. One thing that I wish was included in the movies that is in the book is the character of Peeves the Poltergeist. He terrorizes and teases the students all throughout the book and I think he's absolutely hilarious!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Year, New Brand

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Hello Teapots and Belles readers!

 It's 2015, Happy New Year! So things may be looking a little different around here, and that's because I've decided to re-brand a bit. I wanted Teapots and Belles to be more in line with what I now want to blog about, and I found that a lot of the time I would want to blog about knitting and books and films, more than fashion, and more than just my daily life. 

Now, does that mean I'm limiting myself to just those things? Nope. I will still be throwing in a post here or there about whatever I feel at that moment. That being said, I felt like I needed something new, and that includes a new name: librarian.knits and soon to be new URL. Short, sweet, simple. Let me know what you think, I'm still me, just decided I needed a new name is all!

How was your new year? Are you the type to make resolutions or just go with the flow?
 Happy Wednesday!