The 7th Wish - 1st Step

5:55 PM

This was an awesome month for my seventh wish: Create the Coolest Library Ever. With the Fox Cities Book Festival & a long awaited release, this first month of wish fulfillment might be my very best. While I haven't had time to dig into all of the books I bought, there is hope... Unfortunately (or fortunately?), I was sidetracked by 'that time of the year' when LOTR falls from my bookshelf and crawls across the floor begging "Read me! Read me! It's been too long!"  As soon as I finish those ever incredible 1,112 pages, it'll go back on the shelf for another 6 months, and I can work on this new pile.



Curtain by Agatha Christie - One of the few Christie's I never read. It's called 'Poirot's Last Case', which is thrilling and a little sad if she kills him off. We'll see...

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks - This Goodwill find sounded interesting. As a writer, it's vital to always read new and different pieces to push the limits of your imagination. While yet another young adult book, it appears to take on a very cool POV.

Matilda by Roald Dahl - One of the books every child should read at some point. Having read this one a few times already, I picked up the copy at Goodwill to add to the collection and prep those bookshelves for when my niece and nephew are old enough to borrow books.

the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime by Mark Haddon - I have no idea what this book is about. Seriously. I've heard about it several times from friends, magazines, online. I pretty much picked up the $2.99 used book based on popularity alone. Wonder what all the fuss is about...

Gunnerkriegg Court by Tom Siddell - Gunnerkriegg Court is one of my favorite webcomics. It's an excellent story about the life of an odd girl at an odd school. While the themes and plot appear to be geared towards a younger demographic, most of the comments and forum posts seem to be from adults. I just wanted a copy of it for myself. Now if only volume 2 was less than $400 on Amazon.

The Cielo by Paul Salsini - Salsini was one of the many authors I met at the Fox Cities Book Festival. Read more

FDR and the New Deal for Beginners - Another book from the festival. I loved the idea of teaching history through words and comics. More

Bossypants by Tina Fey - I'm nearly done with Fey's hilarious autobiography. AWESOME. This book should be on everyone's reading list.

Comics in Wisconsin by Paul Buhle - Another remnant of the book festival. Buhle was one of the most interesting speakers at the event. I'm excited to learn more on this topic. Read more

the excessively authentic Dresden Codak 2010 Sketchbook by Aaron Diaz - Another favorite webcomic: Dresden Codak. Unfortunately, Diaz has not yet published books of his comic (to my knowledge). However, he has put out 'sketchbooks' that show the process of creating the gorgeous webcomics. I love his artwork and even purchased 2 of my favorite strips too this month. Print 1. Print 2. I was especially psyched to see that some sketches of LOTR are in this volume as well. Hopefully [Hint Hint], Diaz will offer some Gandalf prints as well someday.

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