Chubby Little Photo Challenge Day 10: Go to the Library

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Good Evening Friends,

The sun has just set. Cosmo is resting on my favorite hoodie here on the couch, and the house is still. I’m soaking in the silence. Though I’m bubbly and a music junkie, I love silence. It’s peaceful, serene, and uncomplicated. Silence. Go ahead. Turn off all of your gadgets. Or, move to a new place with really crappy phone signal (like me) hehe. I dare you. Silence humbles me. It forces my mind to retreat into itself, going places that I usually don’t have the attention span to do so.

This is one of the many reasons why I love the library.

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Little Me gets a thrill out of browsing the children’s books. As a mommy, I can easily shield behind my daughter to navigate the picture books as the kind librarian smiles on. We easily fill three bags worth of reading materials before schlepping everything back to the car. But on the rare occasions when I can stay in the library… I feel so… happy. Elated almost. I people watch. It’s fascinating what people pick up to read. I see the quirky guy in skinny jeans reading about fashion, while the old lady at the circulation table browses a book on Greece (no doubt hoping to take a holiday).

And don’t get me started on the smell of old books.

Admittedly, I have been known to tiptoe down to the vintage book section, and just run my fingers along their spines. I inhale deeply and sigh. There’s a distinct smell to old books. Words written so long ago preserved in a space for us to enjoy many, many years later. Doesn’t that just excite you?

I don’t have a photo of me at the library today. In truth, I’ve been caring for my new, little ball of fur. 🙂 So, in place of a photo, today I’m giving you 5 books that are worth the time to read. I’ve read all of these and trust me when I say they are the kind of book that you won’t be able to put down once you begin reading. They’re books that have stuck with me long after I slipped them back on my shelf. Books that challenged my thinking, or had me rolling with laughter. Are you ready? Then, let’s dive in.

Book #1: “The Sex Lives of Cannibals” By: J. Maarten Troost

At the age of twenty-six, Maarten Troost—who had been pushing the snooze button on the alarm clock of life by racking up useless graduate degrees and muddling through a series of temp jobs—decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to Tarawa, a remote South Pacific island in the Republic of Kiribati. He was restless and lacked direction, and the idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. He should have known better.

The Sex Lives of Cannibals tells the hilarious story of what happens when Troost discovers that Tarawa is not the island paradise he dreamed of. Falling into one amusing misadventure after another, Troost struggles through relentless, stifling heat, a variety of deadly bacteria, polluted seas, toxic fish—all in a country where the only music to be heard for miles around is “La Macarena.” He and his stalwart girlfriend Sylvia spend the next two years battling incompetent government officials, alarmingly large critters, erratic electricity, and a paucity of food options (including the Great Beer Crisis); and contending with a bizarre cast of local characters, including “Half-Dead Fred” and the self-proclaimed Poet Laureate of Tarawa (a British drunkard who’s never written a poem in his life).

With The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Maarten Troost has delivered one of the most original, rip-roaringly funny travelogues in years—one that will leave you thankful for staples of American civilization such as coffee, regular showers, and tabloid news, and that will provide the ultimate vicarious adventure.

Book #2: “Embrace” By: Jessica Shirvington

It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”

On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She will have to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice.

A centuries old war between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity chooses a new fighter. It’s a battle Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. If angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden.

LINCOLN: He’s been Violet’s one anchor, her running partner and kickboxing trainer. Only he never told her he’s Grigori-part human, part angel-and that he was training her for an ancient battle between Angels and Exiles.

PHOENIX: No one knows where his loyalties lie, yet he’s the only one there to pick up the pieces and protect her after Lincoln’s lies. In a world of dark and light, he is all shades of gray.

Two sides: Angel or Exile.
Two guys: Lincoln or Phoenix.
The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity…

Book #3: “The Timekeeper” By: Mitch Albom

In Mitch Albom’s exceptional work of fiction, the inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years.

Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world–now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began–and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

Told in Albom’s signature spare, evocative prose, this remarkably original tale will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it, and how precious it truly is.

Book #4: “The Little Prince” By: Antoine de Saint Exupery

After being stranded in a desert after a crash, a pilot comes in contact with a captivating little prince who recounts his journey from planet to planet and his search for what is most important in life.
For over sixty-five years Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic, The Little Prince, has captured readers’ hearts. The whimsical story with a fairy tale feel has sold over 3 million copies in all formats. This exciting pop-up edition includes the complete original text accompanied by Saint-Exupery’s beautiful illustrations brought to life through paper engineering. Perfect for longtime fans and those meeting the little prince for the first time!

Book #5: “Love & Gelato” By: Jenna Evans Welch

A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure.

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything Lina knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

Alright my friends, I’m going to go try and calm this little nocturnal ball of fur. 😉 I hope you all check out these books and continue to read the ones you love. Have a wonderful night, and I will see you back here for the next topic!

Much love,

~Kitten/Punkin Xx

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