As with "My sister's keeper" Picoult challenges the reader to re-consider their ethical beliefs in "Nineteen Minutes". It is clear that Peter is guilt...moreAs with "My sister's keeper" Picoult challenges the reader to re-consider their ethical beliefs in "Nineteen Minutes". It is clear that Peter is guilty, but you will surprise yourself with how understanding you can become of someone who has been bullied his entire life. Nineteen Minutes is a story about heartbreak from all sides but especially by a mother. (less)
A good read for a librarian looking to re-centre in these tough economic times (although as far as libraries go it seems like its a constant economic...moreA good read for a librarian looking to re-centre in these tough economic times (although as far as libraries go it seems like its a constant economic battle). It was interesting because this was written in 2000 and I read it in 2012, so a lot of the projections for the future were a bit off, but humorous to think that that was how people thought WAY back then! It was especially humorous to read about the eBook - what it would look like and how much it would take over. Of course eReaders weren't invented yet so Gorman's prophecy was a bit far fetched.
I especially enjoyed the chapter on stewardship as it discussed the move from "library schools" to "information schools" and what was lost along the way. My first year of library school was still "library school", but by my second year it officially because the "iSchool". I could relate to certain courses having nothing to do with preparing one professionally for the field, but instead advanced the professor's own research goals in the field of "information".
Another good chapter was the one about literacy. It discussed how the library is meant as a place to promote literacy, what it actually means to be literate in America in the 21st century, and how well we are actually doing. If you're looking for more ways to show your town council the importance of a public library in today's world, this is a good chapter to read. (less)
The City of Fallen Angels picks up a few weeks after where the City of Glass left off. Clary and Jace can finally have a normal relationship, and now...moreThe City of Fallen Angels picks up a few weeks after where the City of Glass left off. Clary and Jace can finally have a normal relationship, and now that Valentine is dead and there are new Accords the future looks promising for both Shadowhunters and Underworlders.
Clary has begun training to be a Shadowhunter, even though her mother is a bit torn about it. Jace is giving her fighting lessons, which upsets Jocelyn even more considering she isn’t Jace’s number one fan. No one really knows how to train her to use her power to create new ruins or recall forgotten ones, but she is quickly learning the dangerous side of her mysterious gift.
Simon is slowly coming to terms with life as a vampire – however he is still convinced he can have a normal teenage life, complete with two girlfriends! Clary continuously warns him that he needs to tell Maia and Isabelle that he’s dating both of them before they find out for themselves, but he never seems to find the right time… and besides how could he possibly choose between them?
There have been a few murders reported… all of them were Shadowhunters and the bodies were left in different Downworlder territory. Either the Downworlders are fighting back against the new Accords, or someone wants to make it look like they are. Regardless, the murders are creating a tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders that could possibly lead to a second Mortal War.
Everywhere Simon goes, someone is threatening his life. The once powerful vampire Camille approached him looking for an ally… but at the same time hooded people attack him without knowing about his Mark of Cain that will obliterate anyone who threatens his life. Jace took it upon himself to be Simon’s bodyguard – mainly so that he can stay as far away from Clary while still showing her that he cares about her. The problem is no one understands why Jace is acting so distant, especially not Clary.
Clary is forced to figure out this mystery for herself, and discovers that it was her hand that started this horrific chain of events – her not knowing how powerful and dangerous her gift is and using it without regard for consequences could cost her everything.
This was a great follow-up to what I thought was meant to be a trilogy. Often times when authors decide to add a couple of titles to their series it feels forced since most of the loose ends have been tied at the end of the third book. However, Clare was able to make the trilogy still feel like a trilogy, and for this next set of books to be a series in themselves – complete with a new villain and new heroes. The way the plot went from pretty picture to utter chaos again makes sense as a lot of secrets from the City of Glass are revealed – secrets that the reader was unaware of before. (less)
This graphic guide provides an introduction to the philosophy of Nietzche. In biographical format this book outlines how his thought processes changed...moreThis graphic guide provides an introduction to the philosophy of Nietzche. In biographical format this book outlines how his thought processes changed over time, who his influences were, and where he eventually ended up. It is written in (somewhat) basic language so that even a non-philosophy major can appreciate it, however your standard philosophic terms are used so you may want to keep a dictionary close by. The graphics keep it interesting, and sometimes even humorous. (less)
I don't know that I would recommend this one for the car as there were tears shed through the entire read! I think this one hit home even more because...moreI don't know that I would recommend this one for the car as there were tears shed through the entire read! I think this one hit home even more because I have a very close relationship with my sister, and ofcourse wouldn't think twice about giving her a kidney. The character development was exceptional, the issues explored were so controversial that I still don't know what the right answers are, and I think I was on everyone's side. This is one of those rare good reads that only come along once every few years.(less)