What am I Reading?

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May 2017

How are you lichen summer so far? See what I did there? May involved some reading adventures resulting in sunburn. Stay safe and happy reading.


Books

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

#karllikes rating 3

I read this book quite quickly, partially due to the story itself and partially due to the fact I had just received a new Icelandic crime novel on my Kobo. The story itself was fast paced and intriguing about a man who is arrested for sexual misconduct at the school he teaches at. The book explores how this affects him, and his wife and daughter. I found the character development of the female characters great throughout the book. To avoid spoilers I cannot get into how I feel about the ending, but the ending is why I gave it a 3. The ending was not interesting and I felt it was a let down. Did you read it? What did you think of the ending?

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

#karllikes rating 2

Blah. In all honesty, I did not want to continue reading this book. There was a lot of hype over this book as it followed the success of Paula Hawkins’ Girl on a Train (which I thoroughly enjoyed-*the book-not the movie). The book follows the story of an area known to be attributed to suicide, and the witch-hunt. The book is told from several characters point of view a chapter at a time, which I do not like. I literally mean several characters, not just two, so I found it impossible to get a repertoire with any of the characters. I felt it was slow because of all the different characters and how their stories revealed how they were all connected. In the end, the discovery of some of the events concerning the water were somewhat interesting. Again, because of all the characters, the ending took forever to be told from each persons view. The witch-hunt element is thrown around in this novel, which I felt confused the story, and could of been a story on its own. Not my favourite obviously, I am interested how this will be received by the general public.

The Legacy: Children’s House Book 1 by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

#karllikes rating 4

Hooray for Icelandic crime! This book was a little graphic in some parts, but it had all the elements of a crime story that I love. My favourite part of these books is how the opening of the book hooks me and leaves me staying up late at night or stealing all the time I can to get in another chapter. I was very happy to realize nothing horrific happens to children in this book. The book follows a little girl who witnesses her mothers murderer and the police who are on the case of solving the strange string of murders. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

Like a Queen by Constance Hall

#karllikes rating 4

Yes Queen! The only way this book could have better is if I had read it while I was pregnant or in those very early days of new motherhood. I love people who are real, and Constance Hall is nothing but real. This book does contain abnormal amounts of crude language, poor grammar and overuse of spaces and exclamation marks, but it works! This books demonstrates so much of what is needed in today’s world, compassion. This book opened my eyes to tendencies in my life and gave me the tools to do something about it. As a new mother I am struggling with my new label, struggling with the idea of the super mom, struggling with eating and exercising properly, struggling with guilt, this book reminded me I am not alone, and in fact that I am a Queen. This book was worth the order from Australia (ps. our dollar and the AUS dollar are almost on par-actually making it easier than ordering from the USA).

The Stranger In The Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

#karllikes rating 3

The cover of this book made me want to read it (talk about judging a book by its cover). I first saw this book at a bookstore when it was first released in March, the cover made me jot it down on my to read list. This book is a quick read, I read it throughout a single day. This book is the author’s take on a real life story of Christopher Knight, who lived alone for 27 years in the woods of Maine. Part of me has always dreamed about living in a secluded cabin in the woods, so if I disappear thats a hint of where to start. This book was good, but not amazing. I enjoyed how Finkel told the story of how Christopher Knight was able to live alone for 27 years, and how his life changed when he was arrested for burglary. I was left with a heavy sad feeling for this man who will never be able to do what made him content for so long. In a way I sort of wanted this to be a fiction story where the main character, the hermit, was able to return to his hermit lifestyle and be left in peace. There is no happily ever after for Christopher Knight, and that left me feeling a little blue.

White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping it Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another by Danielle LaPorte

I listened to half of this book on a free audiobook which came with the book’s purchase and read the other half when my book copy arrived in the mail. This book is white gold! White Hot Truth is authentic, powerful, funny and relatable. This book made me take a good hard look at how much of what I feel I am always looking for is BAM already right there inside of me. Please do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of this book. Mine is highlighted and tagged, I suspect yours will be as well.

#karllikes rating 5

 

 


Karllikes Littles Book Feature

May 2017 Some Bugs

Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi and illustrations by Brendan Wenzel

It comes as no surprise to those who know me that I like insects. To my dismay my son has been very yes and no about liking insects. I absolutely love Some Bugs, it is an adorable book with the cutest illustrations of bugs that you will ever see. The book features very little text, but provides a general idea of what bugs do. My favourite part of the book is how is turns around at the end to encourage littles to get outside and find some bugs in their backyard. Literally insects are one of the most numerous and adaptive members of the animal kingdom and can be found everywhere. The last page also provides a species reference to all the characters in the book which is a cute touch. What can you find in your outside (or inside) space?


Most if not all of these titles are available at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library. Membership is FREE! Wood Buffalo Regional Library has an amazing selection of books, magazines, audiobooks, children titles, and even comics. With your WBRL membership you also received a free subscription to Hoopla.

We have an amazing local comic shop Nerdvana, if they do not have what you are looking for, they will special order it for you 🙂

#karllikes book rating is done on a 1-5 scale. The scale ranges from 1-I personally did not enjoy the book and see absolutely no chance of recommending it or re-reading it-to 5-I personally thoroughly enjoyed the book and see every chance of recommending it or re-reading the book.

2017 Check In

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May 2017

aka Life Post Plastic Wrap

It happened, one day we finally ran out of plastic wrap. We were at this stage once before but we had house guests who noticed the impeding doom and purchased us a new package. I mentally made a note to not put it on the list, and after that initial decision to say no, I barely thought of it again. I have had to point out to my husband that we no longer own plastic wrap when I notice him rummaging through the drawer. Having good glass containers has made all the difference to this transition. We made the switch to almost all glass containers a while ago, and I love using glass over plastic. My exception is for my sons snacks, for the time being I am still using some plastic containers. There are a few disadvantages of glass including being heavy, fragile and not spill-proof. A quick tip for dealing with spill-likely contents is to use a mason jar with a lid, works like a charm. I purchased some Abeego wraps and have finally had the guts really use them.  I have had a hell of a time trying to get these wraps to adhere to any surface, including itself. I have followed the instructions and have tried repeatedly trying to ‘mold’ the wrap to the surface I am trying to seal. The washing, and reusing of these wraps is very easy if you follow the instructions. I am not giving up yet with the beeswax covering, just acknowledging that I still have some adjusting to do.

Watchout Ziploc bags, I am coming for you next.

Ok, I am now going to switch gears to something a little more, uh periody? It has been one of my goals this year to reduce my menstrual cycles’ impact on the environment. There are many products now out on the market which can take place of both pads and tampons. I watched many videos on YouTube on several brands of menstrual cups and to be honest I became overwhelmed and it delayed my selection many months. I went to the local health store and looked at what they had, which ended up being one brand,  The Diva Cup in two different sizes. Model 1 is for if you are under 30 or have not had children and Model 2 is for if you are over 30 or have had children. I was really nervous after I bought it about using it. I tried inserting the Diva Cup, and surprisingly following the directions I got it first try. I tried a couple more times just to make sure, and it seemed to be in the correct position. I am at ‘I can use this at home’ in terms of operation, I would have some serious issues inserting the cup in a public washroom setting. I tried to forget it was there, and eventually I did. I found removing The Diva Cup much more difficult than I thought it would be. The directions indicate to not panic if it takes a few times. Not quite in love yet, but its a work in progress. My son has been in reusable diapers since birth, so the idea of reusable menstrual pads does not gross me out. I have found a couple Canadian brands I would love to try, but what has been preventing me from doing so is the sheer quantity which would be needed to replace disposable ones. Until I can figure out more around the laundering schedule for such items, I am leery to sink money into this idea.

It’s that time of year again to get out in the yard and garden. It is mid May in my yard, and I am still looking at some brown grass and am waiting to see those lovely dandelions pop their heads up. Please remember that even if you categorize dandelions as your arch nemesis they are often bees first and perhaps only opportunity to get some nectar this time of year (Listen to Julia Common, a chief bee keeper’s interview on CBC). Even if you can wait a few days or week and leave the dandelions you can really help bees until they have access to other flower species. Another thing to be on the lookout is for neonicotinoids, please eliminate your support of products using these pesticides. This class of pesticide is responsible for serious bee population issues (Please read this update by Heath Canada). Do your research on what pesticides are being applied to the plants you are purchasing and planting in your yards. Bees are so incredibly important and they need all of our help to make the necessary changes to see their populations recover. A fun thing to do is to get some bee seeds (#bringbackthebees), or other pollinator mixtures. Please compare seed mixes to the Alberta Invasive Species list to avoid any introductions.

Looking forward to the green grass and summer days.

 

 

 

 

What am I Listening To?

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May 2017

I recommend listening to this list as you drive in the bush.

Ps. The above picture is from 2010 on Karl’s first camping trip where we went to Monkman Provincial Park. This is one of my absolute favourite memories and pictures.

Fred Penner – I Hear the Music

4 Non Blondes – What’s Up

The Gruff – J-Root Leaner

Lord Huron – The Night We Met

The Civil Wars – Poison & Wine

The Be Good Tanyas – The Littlest Birds

Deb Hirkala – Somebody Somewhere

Asgeir – In the Silence

Neil Young – For the Turnstiles

The Breakman – What You’ll Find

Happy listening.

 

 

 

What Am I Reading?

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April 2017

April went by in a flash! I had a month where my husband was in camp, I visited friends in Saskatchewan, and I caught up on Netflix shows, meaning I did not read as much. I can see myself reading outside in a hammock in my near future (providing my little will allow me to).


Books

The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty

#karllikes rating 1

I feel it is unusual to see such a low rating from me because usually if a book is this bad I would not have finished it. The Housekeeper follows the main character Anne, a trained chef who becomes a famous couples’ housekeeper. While at her new role she starts looking into some childhood memories which are also of interest by her new employer. This book was so boring. I guessed what the mystery was going to be quite early in the story, and although I was not exactly correct on the big reveal I was close enough it was not shocking in any sense. I kept thinking as I read on that something big was going to happen and make it worth reading, unfortunately that did not happen. Its good to read something every once and a while that reminds you what you enjoy about reading.

Invincible Living by Guru Jagat

#karllikes rating 4

This book is absolutely beautiful! The books cover adds “The Power of Yoga, The Energy of Breath, and Other Tools for a Radiant Life”, which this book provides all of. If you are not familiar with Guru Jagat, I recommend checking out Rama TV (they have free content). Guru Jagat is a modern Kundalini Yoga teacher, and in her debut book you will be enlightened on how Kundalini is for everyone (yes even you), and how to incorporate what resonates with you to live a better version of yourself. My biggest barrier these days is time, and what I like about this book is it offers some small snippet practices and others more time demanding. The pictures, quotes, layout, everything in this book is why it has been on my bedside table for a couple months now.

Let Them Be Eaten by Bears: A Fearless Guide to Taking Our Children into the Great Outdoors by Peter Brown Hoffmeister

#karllikes rating 5

If you are a parent or someone who spends a lot of time with children, please go and pick up a copy of this book. I rented this book from the library, but have since purchased my own copy. In my opinion this book is for everyone, those of us who are afraid to step out of the house, and those of us who are already avid outdoors people. This book provides fun and realistic approaches to introducing or reintroducing hiking, camping, and just getting outside that will help both adults and littles feel inspired and able. Side note, please do not let fear stop you from being outside, if you are worried about something please get educated. For example if you are in Fort McMurray and do not feel educate about bears and other wildlife try attending Bear Smart Wood Buffalo’s event on Saturday May 6 at 11 am about wildlife safety.

Life Code by Dr. Phil McGraw

#karllikes rating 3

This book was recommended to me by my father after we had a discussion about how a previous friend treated me. At first I was hesitant thinking there was no way that Dr. Phil would be able to help me improve my ability to make better future relationships. This book has been so healing for me to read. It turns out that Dr. Phil actually has a real side, and it came through big time for me in this book. This book contains some little exercises which were really beneficial. My copy of this book is flagged and highlighted because its very important to me to learn something from this negative experience.


Comics

Giant Days by John Allison

#karllikes rating 2

This comic landed ‘meh’ on me. The comic is about 3 young women who have just met and are starting university. With the typical things women deal with in university (possibly first time away from home) the three are also having unusual additions to their new lives. I did not identify with these characters in this comic. I do not understand why many female characters struggle to have a story line that does not include being gaga over boys. As much as I wanted to like it, this is not a series I will most likely keep up with.


Karllikes Littles Book Feature

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Triangle by Mac Barnett

I was drawn to this book at a bookstore because I recognized Jon Klassen’s illustrations. We love Jon Klassen‘s hat books, and not only is the artwork amazing, the story line is witty in just all the right ways. Triangle is about a triangle, named Triangle and his friend Square and some sneaky tricks they play on eachother. This book is so cute, displays concepts about shapes, friends, and will make the whole family giggle.


Most if not all of these titles are available at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library. Membership is FREE! Wood Buffalo Regional Library has an amazing selection of books, magazines, audiobooks, children titles, and even comics. With your WBRL membership you also received a free subscription to Hoopla.

We have an amazing local comic shop Nerdvana, if they do not have what you are looking for, they will special order it for you 🙂

#karllikes book rating is done on a 1-5 scale. The scale ranges from 1-I personally did not enjoy the book and see absolutely no chance of recommending it or re-reading it-to 5-I personally thoroughly enjoyed the book and see every chance of recommending it or re-reading the book.

 

#karllikesplaying

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May 2017

We do a lot of playing in our house since we have a 7.5-year-old-forever-a-puppy and a 18-month-old boy. This segment is meant to share some of our favourites and to inspire some adventures. This particular blog is also going to be about fire.

I was hesitant to add my choice for this #karllikesplaying segment because it is The S’more the Merrier Campfire Set. The one year anniversary for the Fort McMurray Wildlife was May 3, 2017 and even now I hesitate to say or even think the word fire. Fire has always had a special place in my life. As a child I have many happy memories around a campfire either camping, or having backyard bonfires. One particular memory that stands out for me was being about 12 years old and going on my first overnight back country hike with my dad, brother and a huge group of my dad’s friends. We went up to a secluded cabin, and one night hiked up even farther to the top of the mountain and had a fire in the rocks. We walked back to the cabin under a moonlit, starfulled night, it was beautiful.

I grew up in a forest community, and from an early age was involved in the forestry educational programs which would occur at elementary and secondary school. I knew how important fire was to trees, to ecosystems, and even to people. I also knew how destructive they could be, forest fires have always been in the headline news where I am from. I pursued my education into forestry and learned even more about fire, and was more impressed by its role in nature. When I worked in forestry, fire gave me unique field experiences within silviculture. I was once able to see black army cutworms in action in a post forest fire cutblock, which was incredible to see these huge fat caterpillars hanging off of defoliated seedlings. I was able to see fire sites way up in the mountains that were covered in thick vibrant purple fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium). I was first introduced to mushroom picking on one of these old fire sites, and with the assistance of an educated coworker picked some very tasty morel mushrooms (*do not pick mushrooms to eat unless they are identified by someone who is an expert). When I worked for WBEA in 2011, there was a huge fire (Richardson Fire) which created some logistical issues for our field program. When it was safe, myself and my coworkers were able to reassess our monitoring sites and see the fires effects on nature as a whole. I will never forget the first time hopping out of a helicopter and hearing the intensely loud sound of white spotted sawyer beetle larvae crunching their way through the burned trees (these are those beetles with long antennas that people seem to be so frightened of). I will never forget being covered in ash from my head to toe from fieldwork. I will never forget how quickly the new germinants took hold and started to green the sites up.

I respected fire, but i was naive. I never imagined a fire would come so close to my home. I never imagined it would threaten my then 6 month old son. I never imagined it would scare me so much.  I never imagined it would take so many of my loved ones homes and possessions. I still respect fire. I am now dealing with how to say the word ‘fire’ without guilt, without wondering if anyone who was impacted heard me say it, worried if I will upset someone.

To honour the good memories we had about fire, my husband and I bought our son the Land of Nod The S’more the Merrier Campfire Set for his first birthday. We both have great memories about campfires as a child, and want to give our soon an opportunity to have that as well. This set is so cute and has allowed us all winter to have pretend campfire time inside. It even comes with a cute hotdog and a marshmallow on a stick. Our son usually also brings over his bright pink talking teapot for a spot of tea, and some plushy friends to enjoy the experience. I am looking forward to having his first real family campfire, but until then we will be happy to play pretend.

Until next time, keep playing.

2017 Check In

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Does anyone else think that the ‘new year’ should begin in spring? Spring has always resonated with me as being about new beginnings. Time to let go and make space for whats growing with new life.

So, clutter. I have many excuses for my clutter, but ultimately its my unwillingness to let go that creates the chaos. I go through these periods of being extremely effective with my goals, and then periods of accumulation where nothing is being accomplished. Our space is limited in our home, and I have not perfected how to organize things in an effective manner. It is a constant work in progress. As I start my journey into my thirties, I crave simplicity. A huge help into the ‘declutter’ process has been The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. This book is extremely helpful in giving context around why we keep things, and the main message is if it does bring you joy, get rid of it. The only downfall of this book is the author is not Canadian and does not to be outfitted for 4 seasons. I am constantly attached to the ‘what if’, and I get caught up in the big picture (yes Amanda, doing one drawer is enough for today). Somehow doing this process in spring seems easier and more productive than other times of the year. I was able to accomplish an incredible amount today in twenty minutes. Twenty minutes has a whole new meaning now with a 18 month old son, who does not sit still for a single minute during his waking hours. Being satisfied with the small accomplishments is something that is still a work in progress.

I am looking forward so feeling some sun on my skin, for freckles to reappear, for lunch on the deck, for playing in my yard. Until it is time to do that, I will pick away inside making some space for simplicity.

Have any tips for me? What is the easiest way to offload your unwanted items to allow them to be others’ treasure? Share your spring-clean routine with me!

A.

 

What am I Listening To?

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April 2017

This list is incredibly random and is exactly how I listen to music. I hope it gives your ears something new or exciting to listen to.

Lady Gaga – The Cure (Amazing New Single Released at Coachella)

SnailHouse – Tone Deaf Birds

Maggie Rogers – Alaska

Taj Mahal – Lovin’ in My Babys Eyes

John Lennon – Mind Games

Jean Le Loup – Je Joue de la Guitare

Gusgus – Mexico

Ninth Child – In Sky (Falls Together)

The Gruff – The Owl Song

Rock on!

What am I Reading?

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March 2017

Books

Blink by K.L. Slater

#karllikes rating 3

I purchased this book through Kobo‘s Daily Deal, which has bitten me before. I found this book very thrilling and griping right up to the big reveal. In Blink, the main character’s daughter disappears without a trace. I was intrigued by the main character’s background story and how her struggles played into her daughters disappearance. This book also lacked any gruesome bits about things happening to abducted children, a welcome relief.

The Break by Katherena Vermette

#karllikes rating 4

The Break is set in Winnipeg’s north end, and big warning here, do not read this book if you are sensitive to abuse. The book surrounds a possible crime that a Metis mother witnesses from her window. Throughout the book we are introduced to various characters that are involved in the crime, and through their lenses we see how their lives have lead to this event. This book was on CBC’s 2017 Canada Reads List, and I really enjoyed this Canadian author’s writing.

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

#karllikes rating 3

This books surrounds what was thought to be a perfect marriage and a plane crash. I finished this book because the first half was really entertaining and made me want to know what possibly could be happening. The reveal of the mystery and the second half of the book I found less interesting, it was so strange it did not seem believable. Even with a rating of 3 this was a easy suspenseful read.

Snowy Child by Eowyn Ivey

#karllikes rating 5

I absolutely loved this book, and I have never read anything like it. Snowy Child is a new age telling of an old European tale. This book surrounds a couple in Alaska in the 1920’s who are unable to have children. While in Alaska they witness a little girl running around in the wilderness, however there is some speculation that what they are seeing is not actually real. This book is beautiful in every way, I highly recommend this read.

Voices by Arnaldur Indridason

#karllikes rating 4 *WBRL

Icelandic crime novel alert! Inspector Erlendur is investigating a Christmas crime at a popular Reykjavík hotel. It can be helpful to have read some of the Inspector Erlendur novels otherwise you may be a little lost with his personal story woven throughout. The crime in this book involves a man who is found dead in a very compromising situation, and who also has a very complicated and unexpected past. As in other Arnaldur Indridason books this story is intriguing from start to end.

Comics

Irresistible Issue #1-4 by Raven Gregory

#karllikes rating 1

Honestly, do not bother with this comic. I almost did not include this comic on the list, but for some reason I read it to the end, partially hoping the story line would improve, and partially because I was amazed something so ridiculous existed. This comic surrounds a male character who is given the opportunity to have a wish granted. In a very stereotypical way he is then suddenly desired by every woman who is in his presence. This comic contains a lot of nudity and sexual scenes. The base story line of this comic did not work for me, I feel like it was just an excuse to publish something with naked sex seeking women. #notthetargetaudience

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth by various artists (30th Anniversary)

#karllikes rating 5

I have previously read parts of this comic, but The Labyrinth is one of my favourite movies of all time. I feel it would be beneficial to have watched the movie to truly appreciate the comic in detail. There are various artists involved in this special edition, where each story is a little snippet into the different characters.

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons Issue #1 by Daniel Bayliss

#karllikes rating 4

The Storyteller is literally that, a story teller. In this collection about Dragons, the issues will feature various stories from talented creators and artists. In Issue 1, the story is the “Son of the Serpent,” inspired by aboriginal stories about the Horned Snake and the Thunderbird. This story and illustrations are stunnung. I am excited to continue with this collection.

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches Issue #1 by S.M. Vidaurri

#karllikes rating 4

This is another of the Storyteller comic series. This may be one of the most beautiful and unique comics I have ever read. This issue features “The Magic Swan Goose & the Lord of the Forest”. The layout of this comic makes it very different, and while it is unusual it also is easy to read and follow. I loved how the young princess in this story is such a strong character. I full-heartedly recommend reading this issue. As with the Dragons series, I am also looking forward to reading more of the Witches series.

Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan

#karllikes rating 5

Hello Saga. Saga is the reason I got into comics. Saga surrounds a forbidden love story resulting in a child and their quest to keep the child safe. This is volume 6, you will need to catch up on volumes 1-5 to follow the story. I do not want to give much away, but you will have a little of all the characters you like, and maybe some of those you do not like in this volume. There is also a sneaky little surprise near the end. Ps. This comic should be enjoyed by mature audiences only.

Snot Girl Vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

#karllikes rating 4

Yes! I was purchasing some comics down at Nerdvana and in the new releases section I saw this title and I quickly added it to my purchase. The cover of this comic is really eye catching, and come on its Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim). Lottie Person is a fashion blogger who has a little, uh, snotty condition. The main character has some not too hot behaviour traits. Much to Lottie’s surprise some individuals start to mess with her to get her to see her ways. This comic is written very well and is accompanied by amazing illustations. I cannot wait for volume 2.

Trees Vol. 2 by Warren Ellis

#karllikes rating 2

Meh. Why did I try this one again? I read Trees Vol. 1, and I was really confused and not really into it. When I was browsing on Hoopla, I saw Trees Vol. 2 and felt compelled to give it another try. I can say that I actually enjoyed volume 2 more than volume 1, but I was equally confused and made a mental note to not look for volume 3. I am a forester so I think that is why I am attracted to the title Trees, and I do like the main character who is a botanist assisting with the identification of a lethal plant. The trees in this comic are not actual trees, more like a structure (again its difficult to explain in my own words). Unfortunately I do not think I will read volume 3.

Karllikes Littles Book Feature

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Dance by Matthew Van Fleet

We were lucky enough this month to visit our family for an extended amount of time in British Columbia. Conway was gifted this book while we were visiting, and it has been a hit since the first read. In this adorable, and interactive book Chickie Baby is worried about not knowing how to dance. Through the pull tabs various animals offer their dancing moves to Chickie Baby. I love how this book is encouraging and demonstrates teamwork to help a friend out. The pull tabs are extremely sturdy, so sturdy in fact that a 17 month old cannot destroy them. Apparently this book was available at Costco, and I also seen it at Walmart (for 40$ off).

Most if not all of these titles are available at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library. Membership is FREE! Wood Buffalo Regional Library has an amazing selection of books, magazines, audiobooks, children titles, and even comics. With your WBRL membership you also received a free subscription to Hoopla. I am happy to report that I have now checked out this new exciting addition to the library. Hoopla offers ebooks, audiobooks, music, and comics! You can ‘rent’ up to 12 titles a month, and I used all my titles on comics. They have an AMAZING selection. I find reading the comics on the Ipad very satisfying. I am still looking into how to possibly get the ebooks onto my Kobo.

We have an amazing local comic shop Nerdvana, if they do not have what you are looking for, they will special order it for you 🙂

#karllikes book rating is done on a 1-5 scale. The scale ranges from 1-I personally did not enjoy the book and see absolutely no chance of recommending it or re-reading it-to 5-I personally thoroughly enjoyed the book and see every chance of recommending it or re-reading the book.

What am I Listening to?

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March 2017

This is the month of green four leaf clovers, my birthday, and saying goodbye to winter and hello to spring. Here is a little list I put together to help you feel March out, I am getting the vibe of ‘in like a lion and out like a lamb’.

Lennon and Maisy – Up and Up

Big Little Lions – Against The Wall

Vaults – Midnight River

Flume (Feat Beck) – Tiny Cities

Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Taqaq – You Got To Run (Spirit of the Wind)

Lindi Ortega – Til the Goin’ Gets Gone

Nikki Lane – Highway Queen

Xavier Rudd – Spirit Bird

First Aid Kit – Master Pretender (Explicit)

Wilco – Heavy Metal Drummer

Enjoy!