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Tiny Navajo Writes: August Update

Hey guys! It is the last day of August and I am so glad that August is over! Granted, now that August is over, our libraries are reopening. We will be letting patrons back into our library today for a phase that is called Grab and Go, which means no lingering, but people can come in and they can use the computers for a limited time, and they can browse, but again, they cannot linger.

Anyway, this is my August update! This month, I read 7 books: 6 books, and 1 audiobook. The titles I read this month were The Enforcer Enigma, Refraction, Sorry for Your Loss, The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife, Gideon the Ninth, War Girls, and Ship of Smoke and Steel: The Wells of Sorcery, Book One.

Overall, this was a weird month for me. I haven’t really been able to read a physical book since about the middle of the month but when what I know what I’ll be going through starting today, I can’t be too mad at myself. I’ll need to find some audiobooks to listen to, but I think this will be a month of change and hopefully a change that signals things slowly returning back to normal.

What about you? How did your month of August go? Did you get what reading done that you wanted to get done? What do you have planned for September? Comment below and let me know! And remember, stay safe out there!

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Tiny Navajo Listens: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Neil Gaiman

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*Published June 18, 2013*

the ocean at the end of the laneI have grown more and more attached to Neil Gaiman’s writing each and every year, especially ones that take a look at the small magical things of life, or at what childhood magic would be thought of now that we are adults. And the more I read his books, the more I wish to see the magic that still exists in the world and I’m working on it, but it still may be some time before I see the magic that I used to take for granted.

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

Oh, the inexplicable magic and terror of being a child again. This is what this book brings to the table and it’s one that reminds me just a little bit about being a child. Granted, I still act like a child sometimes, so it’s still there, but being an adult crowds it out sometimes.

What we have here is a middle-aged man who returns to his childhood neighborhood, and to the house at the end of the lane where his own home used to stand and he visits with the women there about a girl who used to live there; Lettie, a girl who was more than a girl, who knew more than a girl, but was still a girl as well. Once our narrator is sitting by the duck pond in the yard he used to play in, he starts to remember. Remember more than he had ever forgotten about his childhood, and about the ocean at the end of the lane and about Lettie, the girl who introduced him to it.

He remembers what it was like to be a child, a child who had a kitten, and made a new friend. But he lost his kitten and his friend and that time was hidden from him. It wasn’t because he was bad and thus needed to forget, but it was because he needed to be protected from this time of magic and wonder, as well as to know that the ocean and Lettie would always be there for him and he could know that our childhoods never truly leave us, or the magic they instill in us, but they can be forgotten and left behind if we are not careful.

I love listening to Neil Gaiman narrate this book and I will say that listening to it lends it a strength it doesn’t quite have if you read it yourself. You can hear Neil Gaiman remember bits and pieces of a childhood long forgotten and know that he will forget it again once he leaves, but you also know that he as the narrator also knows that he can come back and remember again should he ever feel the need to do so.

This is a wonderful book and I will say that if you have read it once, then you should read it again, now that you’re a bit older and hopefully a bit wiser. And, if you can, listen to it. Listen to Neil Gaiman bring this story to life and know that this is happening to us as well. Or, it could be happening to us as the reader.

What about you? Do you want to remember your childhood? Or do you think we forget as we grow older to protect ourselves? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Writes: June Update

Hello hello guys! Today is the first Monday in July, and that means that it’s also time for my June update, all that I read, what types of books I read, and a small glimpse at what I’ll be reading next.

For the month of June, we (meaning myself and my library systems) have been doing our first month of Summer Reading, as well as our first month of digital Summer Reading. Due to the virus-that-shall-not-be-named, we have no in-library programming. We have a Currently Reading 7/06lot of digital programming, but with all the Zoom meetings that I’ve already done, I have kind of stopped participating as a consumer of Summer Reading. I still do what programs I’m supposed to do, and get kits ready for the programs featured at my own library as a programmer, but as a consumer, not so much. Maybe next year, when we have a bit more of an idea of what to do with all of this.

Anyway, I’ve read 11 books this past month, 7 of them audiobooks, the other 4 were ebooks. I read Nothing is Strange, The Library at the Edge of the World, The Flatshare, Summer Hours at Robbers Library, If I Never Met You, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, The Water Dancer, Well Met, This Is How You Lose the Time War, Salvaged, and Ink and Bone. I plan on having these all reviewed by month’s end hopefully, so if any of these titles sound interesting, keep an eye out and check out my review when it comes out.

As for what I plan on reading, I kind of want/need to get back into my fantasy books. I read a LOT of contemporary romances, well, a lot for me, and I was actually starting to feel burnt out on them. I need to escape the world, and I’m hoping to do so by turning back to my fantasy books. I also want to do a little more nonfiction reading, see what I can learn and absorb and use more often in my daily life.

What are you plans for the rest of summer? What are your plans for Summer Reading? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: December Update

Hey guys! It’s January and where did December go? Where did the past DECADE go?!?!??! Seriously, I’m very concerned with how quickly time is traveling, how do we slow this down just a little bit?

Either way, it is time for me to give you my December Update, what I read, the format I read it in, and whether or not I reached my Goodreads Goal of the year 2019 or not.

So, in December I read The Year of Less: How I Stopped Spending, Gave Away My Currently reading januaryBelongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More than Anything You Can Buy in the Store, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, Welcome to a Writer’s Life: How to Design Your Writing Craft, Writing Business, Writing Practice, and Reading Practice, American Hippo, The Stonekeeper, Voyage of the Basilisk, The Toll, In the Labyrinth of Drakes, The Adventure Zone: Here There be Gerblins, Let’s Make Ramen: A Comic Book Cookbook, Food Wars! Vols. 14-16, White Sand Vol. 3, The Good Luck Girls, and Within the Sanctuary of Wings for a total of 17 books; 4 audiobooks, 5 books, and 8 graphic novels. I read a lot of books that had colons and then more title. That is a very weird thing for me to do.

I also made my Goodreads Goal of 162 books of 150. That is a lot of books, even for me. I can and do read fast, so it’s generally not a problem. This was when I had a half time job though, not a full time job. Having 20 more hours at work a week does cut down on my reading time a bit, and it did make me nervous for a little bit in December; I thought I wouldn’t make my goal and the only reason I did and was able to go over it was because of graphic novels and comics. Those SAVED me and my reading!

This year’s goal is only 52 books, so roughly a book a week. And if I go over, then I go over. But I should be able to read at least 52 books this year, and not feel nervous about not making my goal. Which is part of the reason why I made it such a small goal comparative to reading goals I’ve made in the past. I want to enjoy my reading for myself, not for an arbitrary number on a screen.

So, how did your guys’ end of the year look like? Did you make your reading goal? And what’s your goal for the year to come? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: September Update

IT’S OCTOBER!!! I love October, I love the feeling in the air, I love the way the world changes to get ready to cool down and become winter. Granted, I don’t LIKE winter, but I love Fall, so I’ll take the cooling down just to enjoy this wonderful time of year.

So, with it now being October, we need to talk about all the books I read in September. I Screen Shot 2019-10-02 at 10.55.58 AMread a total of 23 books! Holy Moses! 23 books?!?! How on earth did I manage that? Then, as I looked through all of my read books for this month, I realized a lot of what I read this month was comics and manga, so that’s how I read 23 books this month. And some audiobooks. That also helps.

So, this month, I read: Dragonsinger, The War Outside, New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color, Teen Titans: Raven, Ink, Iron, and Glass, Faith Vol. 1: Hollywood & Vine, Faith Vol. 2: California Scheming, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Faith Vol. 3: Superstar, Food Wars! Vols. 1-7, Sourdough, Dragondrums, Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo, Mist, Metal, and Ash, Faith: Dreamside, Animosity Vol. 2: The Dragon, The Dispatcher.

How did your September go? Are you guys excited for October? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: August Update

I am so glad that September is here! I love September, the start of a new school year (well, graduated now, but I still love this feeling), the weather is starting to become cool and collected again, and I just love the Fall season. It’s my favourite season of the year!

As you know, September is here, August is over and it’s time for the August Update. What books I read, how they were read, and how many I read. So, onto the books!

This past month I read 14 books: 6 comics/graphic novels, 5 books, and 3 audiobooks. I Screen Shot 2019-09-04 at 12.18.17 PM.pngread Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, The Hazel Wood, The Mighty Thor Vols. 1-5, The Song of the Jade Lily, Spinning Silver, The Girl in Red, The Woman in the White Kimono, The Help, Playing with Fire, and Dragonsong.

Overall, this was a good reading month for me, and work slows downs just a little bit more as we’re now heading into the cooler months, I hope to be able to up my reading game just a little bit more.

How was your reading this past August? What are you looking forward to in the Fall season? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: My Top Ten Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Hi guys! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! TTT was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about MY unpopular bookish opinions. As you can see, I have capitalized MY because it is MY opinion. I don’t judge you, you don’t judge me, we just enjoy. Here are my unpopular bookish opinions:

  1. Don’t look down on YA. It’s a fantastic genre and just because the protagonists are young doesn’t mean that it’s not a good book.
  2. Love triangles can be done well. Yeah, I said it, come at me. It’s not my favourite troupe can it has been done so badly by so many authors, but it is done right, it is one of my favourites.
  3. Secondhand books are the best books. I love secondhand books and getting to know these books from their previous owners.
  4. Audiobooks are books. I hear this a lot at work that listening to books doesn’t count as reading. This is a lie! Listening to books is reading books! I will fight you to the death on this!
  5. You don’t have to buy books in order to love books. It always kinds of saddens me when I see posts from others saying they can’t really participate in booklr/bookstagram/book blogging because they can’t afford to buy all the books they want. You can, there are libraries for a reason.
  6. You can DNF books all you want. If a book does not interest you, you don’t have to finish it. Put it down and pick up one you do want to read.
  7. Sometimes, the movie is better than the book. This is rare, but there are times when the movie adaption of a book is the better version.
  8. “Dark” endings are overplayed. I’m not sure when this started, but when authors do fairy tale retellings, they make them “dark,” a.k.a. there’s gore, murder, and just sadness everywhere. They play it off as paying an homage to the original, but it’s not just. If you’re going to go dark, actually research the original tale and see how you can reinterpret it from there.
  9. You don’t have to read the classics to say you love books. Some classics are horrid, some are okay, you don’t have to read either to enjoy and love books.
  10. I DNF’d Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I did not like this series, I honestly love her Blackbringer series better. It’s just much more exciting and the magic is more believable as well.

These are my opinions, don’t flame me. You are also welcome to your own opinions. That’s the beauty of this community, it’s made of so many diverse people.

What are some of your unpopular bookish opinions? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Top Ten Books in My Favourite Genre

Hi guys! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! TTT was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week is about our top ten books from our favourite genre. I have two favourite genres that are held about same, science fiction and fantasy. For me, these are awesome areas and I have so many books that I want to talk about in these two genres.

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I love this fantasy book and it’s one where I truly wish I could travel into a book and just live there.
  2. The Martian by Andy Weir. I love the humour in this book. It’s easily become one of my favourites to listen to, especially when I don’t really have anything else to listen at the moment.
  3. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan. I love dragons and I love it when dragons are integrated into the natural world like any other creature. So good!!!
  4. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. I love this take on Rumplestiltskin and I love that it is centered on women and their actions really.
  5. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I love this book and just about every book written by this man. The magic systems are great and they build a world alike and unalike as our own.
  6. Rakkety Tam by Brian Jacques. An audiobook that I love, about woodland creatures just living their lives and about good and evil fighting with good always winning. I need to listen to this one again.
  7. Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn. This is an interesting book and one that lead to a series that I fell in love with. I also love the world that this series has created.
  8. Soulless by Gail Carriger. Another one of my favourite authors. She creates fantastic worlds of manners, magic, and supernatural creatures.
  9. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. I will always love these books.
  10. Blackbringer by Laini Taylor. While she has started a new series that deal with demons and magic, she started this series before it and I love this series! I truly wish that she would finish this series!
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Tiny Navajo Reads: Thursday Three Reasons I Love Warm Weather

Hi again guys! It’s Thursday, and today we’ll be talking about three reasons why I love warm weather. I love warm weather and what it means for my reading hobby.

  1. Warm weather = reading outside! I love to read outside when I can and when the weather turns warmer, it means that I can actually be outside and read. I love reading outside because it’s much nicer than being inside where there is air conditioning.
  2. I can go for walks and listen to audiobooks. I love going for walks when it’s warm outside and feeling the sun on my skin. I can’t really read a physical book while walking, so I’m able to listen to audiobooks! I love going to walks and runs and having my books read to me, so it’s some of the best times to be outside.
  3. Summer reading programs. Yep, it’s that time of year, it’s almost time for Summer Reading to start and we are basing it off of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and we are fully decorated. I love books and I love that we basing our SRP off of a book and its author. It’s going to be a good summer! And! I get to earn books for all the reading that I do naturally! SCORE!

What are your thoughts about the weather turning warmer? Do you like warm weather or cold weather for your reading? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: April Update

🎶 It’s gonna be MAY! 🎶

Yep, it’s May and that means a few things for me; 1) it’s my birthday month! Yay for birthdays! and, 2) it’s time for the April Update!

So, for April I read a total of 11 books, so not as much as is normal for me, but still a good amount. I finished 2 audiobooks, read 4 books, and 5 comics. In April, the titles I read are Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr, Nightshade City, The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1, The Batman Who Laughs #4, Abhorsen, Red Queen, Scythe, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection Book 1, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Screen Shot 2019-05-06 at 11.25.29 AMCollection Book 2, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection Book 3, and Thunderhead.

Overall, I enjoyed all that I read and seeing it put out like this I can see that I read a diverse selection of books. I can also see what has interested me this month, which was a lot of comics, but I partly blame my friends who I love dearly! It need some more comics!

How has your April? How is your year’s reading going? Comment below and let me know!