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Tiny Navajo Reads: Top Ten Changes in My Life Since 2010

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 is a very reminiscent top ten today, but it’s been a while since 2010 and there has been a lot of changes since that year. So, here are my top ten changes since 2010!

  1. I graduated high school. Yep, my graduation year was 2010 and I actually graduated on my birthday. I joked that it was my high school’s birthday to me that I graduated on my birthday.
  2. Moved to Utah. As soon as I graduated, I wanted to move out and get started on my college life. I was weird, I liked going to school. I didn’t leave right away though, I did leave a few days before college started, but I moved out of state to go to college. I was excited to start living as a college student in a college apartment!
  3. Got married. Yep, I also got married. I actually got married in college. That was a HUGE change, but it has been one of the best changes in my life. I absolutely love my husband and all the support I have gotten from him.
  4. Graduated from college. I graduated from college with a degree in Anthropology. Not the most exciting degree, but it is a college degree. I’m actually the first in my family to go to college and receive my degree. Most definitely a big change.
  5. Moved to Oklahoma. This was a huge change as I have never lived in the Midwest. My husband is from the Midwest and it was a fantastic move for us.
  6. Started working in a library. Who would have thought that my first job outside of college would be in a library? Not me to be honest, but I am so glad to have gotten a job in a public library  near me.
  7. Went to graduate school. I loved working in a library so much that I wanted to work full time as a librarian. Anyone growing up with me would know this, but I apparently didn’t until I started working in a library. So, I went to graduate school where I did distance education.
  8. Started this blog. This blog started with a tumblr blog online where I was briefly rating the books I was currently reading. As those started to grab some traction, I decided that I was going to start a full book review blog and now you’re reading it. That is a huge thing, especially for me, because this is just for me. I write because I want others to read the books that I enjoy as well.
  9. Graduated graduate school. That’s a weird sentence, but I did graduate with my Master is Library Science! YES! I am now one of the most educated people in both my family and my husband’s family, with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.
  10. I have a full time job in the career field I love! HALLELUJAH! You probably know what I feel like when I say I am so HAPPY to finally have a full time job in a library. Granted, it’s not quite a librarianship yet, but it is full time and I’m doing almost all the same things as a librarian in my system. So, I will say that this is a HUGE step forward and it’s one that I hope to keep my momentum going!

So, these are the ten biggest changes that have happened in my life since 2010. And it hasn’t even been 10 years…yet. We’ll just have to see what happens as the decade comes to a close and we come close to the ’20s once again. What have been some of the biggest changes of your since 2010? How have these changes affected your life? Comment below and let me know!

 

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Tiny Navajo Reads: How to Marry a Werewolf

*Thanks to Gail Carriger for sending me this eARC for an honest review*

How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger

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marry a werewolfOh. My. Holy. Hannah! I LOVED this book! Granted, I love all of Gail Carriger’s books, but I loved this one on its own merits as well. You have a grumpy werewolf who doesn’t want to be reliant on anyone but has to be reliant on his pack, you have an American basically being banished from her home to snag herself a werewolf as no one will have her, not ever her family. And you have the London Pack in all its glory!

This short story takes place after Romancing the Werewolf, so you have Biffy and Lyall back together and see how this pack now works better together with everyone where they are supposed to be.

Faith Wigglesworth is sent to London after a scandal in Boston to net herself a werewolf as no one else in America will have her. Her family wants nothing to do with her in America, but in London, her family and her cousin love her and only want what’s best for her. As they work to make this Season the best one possible for Faith, they learn that she may have inadvertently caught the eye of the most ineligible werewolf bachelor in all of London: Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings.

As Faith and Channing get to know each other throughout the Season, their “courtship” is closely watched by everyone, especially as no one has ever seen him out and about during the London Season. But as with most things in Ms. Carriger’s London world, there are some political maneuvering going on between the supernatural and the humans. As he struggles to find his place not only in the political world but in Faith’s world, and her heart, Channing realizes that he may have found what he needed in the heart of this little American.

I love this book and I love that we get to see some of what makes Channing, Channing. We also get to see some of the differences between the American perspective and the London perspective of the supernatural. America is very non-progressive, thus the thought of sending Faith to find a werewolf husband is thought to be more of a punishment than a prestigious accomplishment. But seeing Faith and Channing interact with one another, I loved seeing them become more a part of each other’s lives in a way they didn’t expect. They slowly pull down each other’s walls that they’ve built up, but they pull them down in such a way as to irritate anyone else. They irritate each other into love basically and I love it.

I also love that we see Channing pull Faith into his life to protect her from her family. The family that sent her to London in the first place, especially after he sees how her own mother treats her. He protects her, even when she may not need the protection, but she doesn’t push his protection away.

This has been one of my favorites of Gail Carriger’s short stories, and I love how Faith and Channing help each other heal. Which of Gail’s books has been your favorite? Was it novel or a novella? Comment below and let me know!