The Library Lady Blog

A new blog that features the nerdy side of life, including books, traveling, the outdoors, and more.

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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I hope everyone is safe and healthy during these crazy times. Summer-time is fast approaching, so hopefully we can go back to the swing of things before we know it.

The Library Lady ♡

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*** Possible Spoilers Ahead! ***
Book Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Main Theme: Young Adult, Fantasy

Thesis: Bound to serve the Ocean for one hundred years, Kahlen works with her siren sisters to bring down ships to appease the Ocean’s need for a sacrifice for the greater good. And even though she’s eighty years into her sentence, she still struggles with what they do, even though her sisters are having the time of their lives. But when Kahlen meets a boy at the local college, she realizes that she might be in danger of risking everything by following her heart instead of her duties.

What Drew Me In: Honestly, I was just searching for another book to listen to, as I was getting a little bored sitting in the house during the quarantine. I read the author’s other books from “The Selection” series, and while they are definitely considered YA fluff, I still enjoyed them enough to give this one a try. This is a stand-alone novel featuring sirens, which are some of my favorite mythological creatures. The book is almost seven hours to listen to, so I borrowed it on my Hoopla app and dove in. (Ha, get it? Dove in… I’m hilarious)

My Thoughts: Like I said above, this is a nice YA kind of book, so younger readers will love it. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I got into this book. The beginning of the book gives you a nice introduction to the main characters and the other sirens, and I enjoyed that you could definitely tell it was set in the past. It felt like a huge time-jump to the present day when she’s sitting under a tree with modern teenagers walking around their college campus. But there isn’t a lot of cursing and sexual content, so you should feel comfortable for your teens to read it.

Another thing that I enjoyed about the book was the interesting rules that the sirens had to adhere too. For example, they were not allowed to talk to normal humans, as their voices could be deadly to them. Honestly, that makes sense to me. But it helps shape their lonely existence and helps you understand why Kahlen has such a struggle with her job. The sirens also never age, or get sick, or need to eat or sleep. They do it out of habit mostly, especially Kahlen. She sleeps more often than the other girls, just to escape the reality of what she does. It is weirdly refreshing that even though the girls are beautiful and immortal, they have to abide by some rules.

The plotline is interesting, and I enjoyed that there were quite a few characters with different personalities to meet. Kahlen meets a young boy who seemingly is unaffected by her siren charm, although she still can not talk to him. She starts to build a relationship with him. This is problematic, as she can never truly be herself around him and there is always a risk to even be in the same room as each other. Her siren sisters also wouldn’t understand, so it makes Kahlen feel even more alone. Through-out the book, you get to experience Kahlen’s self-loathing about the tragedies she commits to keep the Ocean satisfied. Characters with flaws is surprisingly a good thing! We want to see characters with real life problems, and hey, if you hate yourself because you think you are mass-murdering innocent people, that is one hell of a flaw.

As the book progresses, her self-loating mostly turns into almost like a rebel phase and she starts to hate the Ocean for what it has done to her and what it asks of her. She starts to think more for herself, which in hindsight could be pretty risky, especially for her little boyfriend, but who doesn’t love a rebel? I’m over here cheering for her, “Go Kahlen, go Kahlen! Get yo man, girl!” I won’t say the ending result, as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but it’s definitely an interesting read to the end.

Would I recommend this book?: Honestly, if you are looking for a YA novel that has typical YA stuff in it, yes. It’s not a super serious book, but I feel like it’s better than most YA books are. And I’ll say it, compared to her “The Selection” series, it’s 10 times better.

Thank you for sticking around with me! I know it’s been about a week since my last post. With going back to work this week, things have been a little wild. I have a lot of fun book related posts coming up, so stick around. 😄

The Library Lady ♡

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It’s no lie, self-help has taken the literacy world by storm. While it has been around for a long time (a really long time, some books that could fall under the “self-improvement” category can date back since the 1500s!), there was a huge boom in them in the late twentieth century. What categorizes a self-help book? According to Wiki, it states like this:

 

self-help book is one that is written with the intention to instruct its readers on solving personal problems. The books take their name from Self-Help, an 1859 best-seller by Samuel Smiles, but are also known and classified under “self-improvement“, a term that is a modernized version of self-help. –
Self Help Wiki

So the question lies: Why do people like self-help books so much?

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Good evening, morning, afternoon, whatever it is for you! I hope everyone is doing great. It’s finally May and I hope we will see a rise in good things for 2020. *knocks on wood*

Something my husband and I love to do lately is either go hiking or find a walking trail. And thankfully we live in the Treasure Valley of Idaho, where both are available. I absolutely adore the greenbelts they have built. The one in Boise is very popular, and you can find plenty of cyclers, walkers, dogs, and everything in between. For this time, we chose the Eagle greenbelt.

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