Friday, October 24, 2014

Jaxson's Hero

This is Luke Mulholland.
 Mid Fielder #19 for Real Salt Lake.
Jaxson's soccer hero.
And Chris Schuler (he has a facial injury right now)
Defender #28 for Real Salt Lake.

And I took Jaxson to see them :)
And he totally got all shy until they asked him to kick a goal.
 And I may have fan-girl'ed a little bit...
 The radio wanted to talk to him...
Just listen, I had to record it while driving so you get to see my lovely runner's feet.
 Took all the Clegg kiddo's RSL hats to get them signed, Madi now has 3!
 Also got these cards for Madi and Jordan.. and me :)
Pretty much I'm the Best. Aunt. Ever!
True Story.

Joy of a book sale

Best part of end of summer and school starting is the annual library sale!
Me and my dad went right as it opened to look for good books before they were gone. Then we went back after 4pm for the $1 bag sale with mom and go loads more!
I got over 35 books, this including the 6 history books I got for Bonnie and a lot of books I gave to the Clegg kiddos (not pictured though). Successful day for my soon to be home library.  Best part of the $1 bag sale is that if I saw a book I've never read but caught my eye, I could get it, read it, and if it doesn't work out donate it to the DI.

The Giver (The GIver #1) by Lois Lowery
pg. 179
So I've read this book years ago, like high school years ago. Decided to re-read it before checking out the movie, and it's not as good as I remember it being.  Still a great story that makes you think.  I'm on the wait list for the rest of the series and it's a long wait list...


Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
pg. 473
Such a good book! I like the way it's written, with more stated conversations rather then actual conversations.  Fresh and I enjoyed it. There's a movie in production that I'm really excited to see! 

 Bonus points that He's an Olympic Athlete and it spends a good part of the first part of the book talking about it.. Love that stuff.
This book is pretty intense in some parts so brace yourself.  I recommend everyone reading this just for the shear fact of appreciation of the human strength of fight (with a box of tissues). I plan on adding this book to my personal library.  There is an adapted version for younger readers, which I think is awesome so younger people can learn from this book, it's a little too mature as is.

Gates of Fire: an Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield
pg. 384
We all the know the story of the Spartan 300 and the battle of Thermopylae.  This book just adds a different view of the story from a solider not really from Sparta.  Adds some more historical insight and it was an enjoyable book.  Took me a while to finish it though because some parts REALLY dragged on.

Till Death Do Us Part by Ludwig & Birkbeck
pg. 234
Ok so. There's this inside joke between Derek & I (and the joke itself will stay that way) but while I was at the library $1 bag sale I came across this book. Figured why not! So instead of it just taking up room while awaiting it's trip to the DI since the joke has been played out, I decided to read it.

Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars #2) by Frank Beddor
pg. 371
Can't go wrong with a little Alyss of Wonderland action!

Arch Enemy (Looking Glass Wars #3) by Frank Beddor
pg. 373
So this series ended the way I thought it was going to.  The story got very predictable but not too horridly esp since the main audience is geared towards teens, not someone pushing onto 30.

Hunted (House of Night #5) by P.C. Cast
Ugh.. I have a serious problem with this whole compulsive behavior to finish a series.
I bet this story could have been told in one book, and I think I have 7 left to go.

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1) by Eoin Colfer
pg. 316
So funny! I've avoided this book since I've heard about it, but then we started reading it as a class at work and it hasn't disappointed.  We read it so fast we're already onto book 2!

 61+ 8 = Books 69/ 52
 21,257+ 2,653 = 23,910 Pages