The Library Lady Blog

Hi there, I'm the Library Lady, or Andi to most people. This blog tries to focus on aspects of self-care, complete with books, hot baths, and being outdoors or exploring around.

It’s that time again, a restock from Rock & Oil! *cue happy dance* Although I’m saddled with some medical bills and will not be able to spoil myself for a little bit, I’m still so excited for her to restock. Her restock goes live at 5 MTS! Here is a link to her site at Rock & Oil.

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There are too many goodies to show off all of the new goodies she has come up with, so I’m going to show off the ones that I’m ordering. Then you can decide which goodie you want to have. ๐Ÿ˜„

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*** Possible Spoilers Ahead! ***
Book Title: Thomas Wildus and the Wizard of Sumeria
Author: J.M. Bergen
Main Theme: Juvenile Fiction, Magic, Fantasy

Thesis: Three months after Thomas and his friends face off against Arius for an all-out battle to save humanity, the gang looks forward to summer to take a break, play video games, hang out with girls, and act like normal teenagers. Too soon, it is time for them to pack up again because the war is just beginning. A mysterious hacker sends an anonymous message to warn the kids to find a weapon before Arius does, to prevent devastating damage. It is a fight between light and dark, will Thomas and his friends be able to find the truth to save mankind, again?

What Drew Me Into the Book?: Once again I was sent a copy of this book for free by Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review. Man, I’m glad they did! I was just thinking about Thomas Wildus before Kelsey sent me a new email and asked if I was interested in the second book to the series. I really enjoyed the first one, as it’s obvious that this book is meant for younger kids, but I think it has depth in it that even older kiddos or even adults would enjoy.

My Thoughts: Let me just say one thing. You know how some people are afraid that the second book or movie to a series will be bad compared to the first one? They worry that it won’t live up to the hype that the first item gave to us? Well, you don’t need to worry about Bergen’s ability! Honestly, I’ve enjoyed this book much more than the first one, as I feel like his character development and overall writing skill improved.

Speaking of character development, can we talk about how insanely accurate a portrayal of a teenage boy Thomas is? He’s mouthy, likes to goof off with his friends, has a crush on a pretty girl, and sometimes has to battle to keep his emotions in check. But the kid has a huge weight on his shoulders, especially as he learns new information about his dad, who has actually been missing for years, and Thomas thought he was dead for the longest time. I’m really big on relatable characters, and while no, I don’t have magic flowing through my fingertips or a bunch of super talented and powerful friends, I like to read about characters that do but still maintain human qualities about themselves.

Another thing I really enjoy is the opening up of the world around our main character. Who doesn’t get excited to meet new friends? Okay, maybe some of us who have some social anxiety of some kind to deal with. But after we get over our nerves, meeting new people, especially different kinds of people, is really exciting. The really cool thing about Thomas’ world is that magic isn’t limited to one type. Everyone has some kind of special ability, like shape-shifting, super speed, teleportation, able to read minds, or even just being extremely smart is difficult topics like astrophysics or some crazy stuff like that. Of course, with having so many new people around, there is a chance for something to go wrong, like someone getting seriously injured or someone not being entirely truthful with the rest of them. But hey, no spoilers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, if you like some major plot twists, you will love this book. Enough said!

The only thing I could slightly complain about is that it felt like it dragged a little towards the end. It’s less than 400 pages long, but if I am not in the right headspace, I find myself getting bored and I need to put it down. I understand that a lot is going on for the characters, but maybe if the scenes were shortened down just a bit, it could help the flow better.

Would I Recommend This Book?: If I haven’t made it clear above, I think it is safe to assume that YES, I would totally recommend this series. Especially if you have a middle-schooler that has read Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or the other popular series and doesn’t know what else to read. Highly recommend it for you moms and dads too, y’all deserve something good to read as well!

Once again, thank you to Book Publicity Services for sending me a free copy, I’m so excited for the third one to become available for a review. I’ll be anxiously awaiting!

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Good morning, good evening, good whatever it is for you! As you know, we are in the wonderful month of June. 2020 has been a really strange year, and even though COVID-19 has interrupted our normal flow of life, we should still celebrate the big and small things. A wonderful thing to celebrate is Pride month, and for the first time ever, I am happy to say that I will be participating. I’m bisexual, and I came to the understanding of that back in high school, when I realized that I was attracted to both men and women. There are only a few people who know about this, as I did not feel the need to share it with everyone I knew. But I want people to know that this is an LGBTQA friendly blog, and I am always here for anyone who needs a friend.

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Let’s be real here. The world is in a weird place right now. As a white woman, I can’t imagine what so many people feel, but I want to have a moment to say that I support you. No one should suffer the way that George Floyd did, no matter what people think the reason is.

If you want to take action, now is the time to do it. You can donate to causes, peacefully protest, or take steps to helping your friends, loved ones, and neighbors become anti-racist. Another way that you can help is reading books by diverse authors or books about racism. And I happen to LOVE books, so this is my area of expertise. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Good morning all! Can you believe that it is basically summer at this point? 2020 has left me kind of in a whirlwind state, and honestly, I feel like I’ve lost track of time. I have always hoped that we quarantined long enough to be able to enjoy our summer, even if it is a bit limited. The one thing that I have hoped to do this summer more was camping/being out in nature. So far, we have been lucky enough to at least get outside for the day!

So what is everyone doing to keep their sanity? Well, some people may be handling it a bit better than others. No judgment here, but I can’t just sit around my house all day. It literally drives me crazy! One of my favorite things lately is just to get out in nature, even if it is just to a park or a hiking trail. This past weekend, we went catfishing with some of the husband’s family.

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