Grafitti Higway In Centralia.

The Beat of the Drums

Sat., Nov. 17
The last weekend in October, my partner and I decided to visit Gettysburg and Centralia for a “Halloween” themed trip. We started in Johnstown to visit the incline and see some friends before heading to Gettysburg, the first stop on our tour of ghostly towns. After unpacking the car we drove around downtown marveling at the tiny town with its many places to purchase ghost…
A woman is nuzzled by a camel

A Camel Lady’s Fate.

Wed., Sep. 5
This past month, my co-worker Julia and I read a book titled Tracks by Robyn Davidson (DB 18639) for one of our Library’s book clubs.  Julia and I fell head over heels for the book: placing holds on all the companion books, hunting down the original article in National Geography, and 3D printing a caravan of camels. Julia wrote a blog post about our group's reaction…
Cover art of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

JK, John and Jim's Magical world.

Thu., Aug. 9
I, like many others in my generation, grew up with the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Every midnight release of the book found me huddled under my sheets till 3 a.m. reading the first few chapters *cough* Half… of the book by flashlight. Every subsequent midnight movie release I would be one of the first in line, standing awkwardly with some form of Ginny…
Cover art of H Is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald

On Grief and Goshawks

Tue., Jul. 10
Through a series of fantastic events, I found myself needing to read and put together a program for one of our monthly book clubs. The book, H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald, was on my to-read list for a while but I hadn't yet been able to read it. I quickly downloaded the audio version and began to listen to Helen talk about the…
Cover art of Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

My Continued Pilgrimage Through Agatha Christie

Sun., Jun. 3
A few months ago, I wrote a staff pick article about Agatha Christie and my first dive into her Hercule Poirot series. Since then I have gobbled up a couple more books with a third close behind. I am still enthralled by the tiny detective and enjoy the narrator’s fluid ability to flip between French, English and American accents. Poirot Investigates is a compilation of…
Cover art of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

A Tale of Multiplicity

Tue., May. 15
My Goodreads account has many shelves. There is a myriad of non-fiction titles, memoirs and novels that I have placed on endless lists for both myself and for the library bookclubs I’ve been a part of. One particular book that has been both on my personal shelf and the bookclub shelf is Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I was thrilled when the Talking Books bookclub…
Cover art of The Trees by Ali Shaw

The Night the Trees Came

Tue., Apr. 10
Working at a library has always provided a never-ending list of titles to add to my reading list. One such moment occurred when I was adding audio books to the collection and a title peaked my interest: The Trees by Ali Shaw.  The short annotation was interesting enough for me to order a print copy and look it up on Goodreads for a longer description.…

The Small but Mighty Mustached Detective

Wed., Mar. 14
When I was younger, my mom and I used to watch this show on A&E called Agatha Christie's Poirot.  At the time I called it (clearly mispronouncing) Par-ett, and fell into admiration of the little mustached man who would solve crazy mysteries. My mom loved mystery books so she was always able to guess who had committed the crime. I was less able to do so, but…
Cover art of Going In Style Movie

Alfred, God and Alan Arkin walk into a Bank

Sat., Feb. 17
I have a confession to make, I love bad movies. Over the years I have grown to love what is considered good or classic movies and have even uttered the word film before, much to the chagrin of my sister. I’m telling you this to warn you that the following review of the movie Going in Style is a happy one, so if you check…
The cover art for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The Companions

Tue., Jan. 9
A couple of years ago I read a book for the West End library’s Book club called The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. I was a part time clerk there and loved my monthly meetings with the Book Ends Book club. The month we read Harold Fry I was traveling so I checked out the audio book and began my auditory trek through Rachel Joyce’s…