Gizmo and the Hazelnut

Happy Caturday, everyone! This week I’m sharing one of my favorite viral cat videos. It’s a bit old, so you’ve probably seen it, but it makes me laugh every time. The cat in this video was given very specific instructions… but some cats just want to watch the world burn.

Oh Gizmo, what a rebel you are. Livin’ life on the edge.


Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Reads

Happy Autumn!

Being the first day of fall, it’s fitting that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books to read this fall. I don’t usually decide what I’m going to read based on the season (unless it’s Christmas time), but here are my top ten (in no particular order). Many of these have previously appeared on my to-read lists, but maybe this time I will actually get around to them!

1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

2. All That Is by James Salter

3. Night by Elie Wiesel

5. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

6. El Deafo by Cece Bell

7. We Are Water by Wally Lamb

8. The Circle by Dave Eggers

9. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

10. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

That’s it for me! What’s on your to-read list this fall? And which of these should I read first?!

Book Review: The Time Machine

I’ve been on a science fiction kick lately and decided it was finally time to go back to how it all began—The Time Machine. This short novel by H.G. Wells was published in 1895 and popularized the concept of time travel. While I think our idea of time travel has changed a bit since then, it is definitely easy to see science fiction’s roots in this work.

I really enjoyed the beginning of the book and Wells’ explanation of time being a dimension, like physical planes. I thought it was a sophisticated and convincing argument for being able to travel through time, as you would through physical space. At the same time, I wish there was more explanation about the consequences of such travel—could you change the past? Determine the future? Grow older while living the same day over and over again?

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Book Review: Between Shades of Gray

No, this book is not related in any way to Fifty Shades of Grey (although perhaps it should have been given a different name). Between Shades of Gray is actually an emotional and traumatic tale of a Lithuanian girl living in a Soviet labor camp during World War II. It has all of the elements of a great YA novel, with the added impact of an important historical message.

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Page the Bookstore Cat

It’s been awhile, but Caturday posts are back! Today I’d like to introduce you to a special bookstore employee–Page the cat!

Page was rescued by the owners of Book Buyers, a bookstore in North Carolina, when she was abandoned by a dumpster as a kitten. Now Page spends her days welcoming customers and sleeping on bookshelves.

She probably also has some great book recommendations, such as I Could Pee on This or Crafting with Cat Hair.

I’d love to visit this bookstore and play with Page!