Tuesday 23 June 2015


https://yourlibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/482928090_uprootedby Naomi Novik

Agnieszka loves her home of Dvernik even though it is nestled along the enchanted Wood. The Wood has destroyed villages, corrupted the townspeople, and its magic becomes stronger every year. The only way the town Dvernik has been able to survive is with the help of the Dragon. His magic ensures the people are safe and that the Wood does not creep any closer. The only thing he asks for in return is that each year a village girl who has turned 17 will live in the tower and serve him. She will come to no harm, but she will have to stay for ten years.

The year Agnieszka turns 17 she knows that she may very well be chosen; however, everyone knows her best friend Kasia is the prettiest, most elegant and accomplished of them all. Agnieszka on the other hand can't leave her home without ripping a hole in her skirt, or spilling something on herself. But the Dragon surprises them all and his choice will change everything.

Friday 12 June 2015

How to be a Parisian Wherever You Are

by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, and Sophie Mas

I studied fashion and even received a degree in it but I still feel like my style is lacking that certain "je ne sais quoi." I picked up this book on a recommendation from one of our customers here at the library. She is a very stylish woman, you know the kind; elegant, beautiful posture and bold lipstick. My hopes were high for this book; "was I finally going to look as elegant as those Parisian women in the movies?" I read through "How to be a Parisian wherever you are" in one sitting. The four authors have broken up the book into sections which give the reader a French woman's view on style, attitude, relationships, and culture. This romp through the life of a true Parisienne is filled with humour and I found myself giggling out loud quite a few times. There are many tips and tricks including; "Parisian Snobbism," "Classic (and foolproof) French Recipes," and at the back of the book lies a special treat a, address book filled with wondrous places all over Paris. Places where one should take a late night stroll, grab a home cooked meal or shop for vintage treasures. I enjoyed this light read but I have to admit I may still be lacking that certain "je ne sais quoi."