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About Cathy

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    Liberated from temp-dom into Libraryland which I love. Just don't talk to me about chartership!!
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    near Glasgow
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    Hobbies include: Reading,Dr Who geeking, cooking, fashion & clothes, amateur craft, cooing at babies
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    Through Seraphina my buddy & fellow librarianist!

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  1. It is a good read, I thought the theme of taking care (or not) of the planet came through well throughout, later on Also, there is a really interesting theme of refugees - as suggested by the title - . I haven't read Zenith yet, the sequel.
  2. Thanks Hazel! those suggestions have been really helpful. I found the book my hubby had mentioned he'd like - if anyone is looking for something similar (which seems unlikely but hey!) it is Claire? Do you mean me? Oh yay, are you sure you want to ask a librarian for recommendations for a 12 year old boy? You're going to have quite a few!!! Oh I can't resist.... In terms of things in the same vein as Muchamore, I'm thinking: Chris Ryan Andy McNab JA Henderson You could try the Young Bond stuff by Charlie Higson. Patrick Ness's series was pretty much a one-off b
  3. I seem to remember in previous years we have had a thread for helping figure out books presents for people, I've had a hunt around but no luck so starting up a new one. Are you trying to come up with book gifts for friends or relatives? You could try asking here - say what you know about what that person likes reading and see if anyone comes up with any recommendations! OK, here are mine....I like getting a book for each of my family! Not as their only present, but as part of their gifts. I like to play to my strengths! The deal is for example, I buy my brother books, and he buys me DV
  4. Laughing out loud on the train when reading the Georgia Nicolson books by Louise Rennison... While reading 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' on honeymoon, and my hubby was waiting to read it right after me based on how much I was enjoying it
  5. Hey Grammath, I've only just come across this, I have to hope the job situation is better down South than up here in Scotland otherwise I'd be saying it is a brave move trying to get into this sector at the moment! On the other hand I live in hope that while libraries are being hacked to bits at the moment by cuts, these things come and go and over the span of a career there will be lean times and times of plenty. Also, its amazing that I was asking questions on this thread in 2005 and now I'm a librarian! and chartered! and I do love my job. Its quite hard to hold on to that sometimes in the
  6. Wow, I've just realised how many awards this book has won! and well-deserved too. From Teenreads (because I didn't think the description on its Amazon page was quite good enough! I heartily recommend this book. The characters are very believable. The author does a fantastic job of expressing teenage insecurity and that time of 'finding yourself'. The story sticks away from cliches and stereotypes and doesn't take things quite the direction you expect.
  7. Are they in Swedish? I actually didn't realise they weren't hollywood versions, so thanks for telling me Hazel!
  8. This is my absolute favourite cookery book at the moment. It is great for making gluten free cakes, and even better they seriously don't feel or taste like they are gluten free. I think this is because these are original recipes that have been created from scratch rather than being a book of substitues that so many gluten free cookery books are! A lot of the recipes are also dairy free or low dairy. And a lot of them have hidden vegetable ingredients! Sounds crazy but it works. I love cooking from this and giving the cakes to people and once they've eaten them and declared how delicious they w
  9. It took me forever to get through book 3 compared to the other two. Loved it! The thing was there were so many characters by the end I did start to lose track a bit, but decided to just muddle through having a good idea wh the main people were. Ooooh intrigued by Hazel's theory about the Did anyone else feel like drinking a lot more coffee and eating mainly beef and pickle sandwiches when reading these? Or want a Tunsung300 phone (or whatever it was!). I kind of loved all the little product placement/cultural detail whichever way you want to put it! I haven't seen the films, I'm a b
  10. Anything Russian really intimdates me based on no real reason whatsoever! I've never actually tried though.
  11. My Review: I think it is recommended for ages 8+ but it is definitely one of those 'ages 8 to 80' type phenomena. The website is pretty funky too, you can read a sneak preview there.....Pilot and Huxley
  12. Its a bit lame of me to do this but here's the review I wrote for somewhere else! There's quite a bit of sexual stuff in this book - I'm sure it has been carefully done to keep it just this side of YA and not adult, so you have been warned! It is also kooky and American and Californian which I loved but I can imagine might not be everyone's cup of tea. A gorgeous book, I'm really glad I read it, and it really rings true for me in terms of the expression of grief and the whole family left in the wake particularly of a young person who has died suddenly.
  13. The blurb intrigued me for this book - from Amazon I was rather disappointed though. I didn't find Jess all that believable. She finds herself instantly in this alternative world, and because it is so oldfashioned she looks out of place right away and gets abuse for it - however, not one of the people who knew the alternate Jess realise she isn't the same person....I didn't really believe they wouldn't stop her and just say 'what the hell is going on?!' and that she manages to fit in for a while - I just found that unbelievable. The alternate world is quite interesting, we're never quite su
  14. "My mother and my father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe that it was free. Kirk Douglas " I love that!!! *will include somewhere round about the library* I admit though I borrow from the library where I work (almost all childrens' books) I rarely go to my own local library...why??? I don't even know, it has relocated away from the highstreet and I've never made it to the (apparently
  15. I'm actually more confused the more I read. And other countries and cultures have different 'conventions', I feel this needs pointing out! A friend told me in America it is common for women to turn their maiden surname into a middle name.
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