Change of scene

 Today, I am writing at the library in downtown Oklahoma City. It was my son’s idea. He is an avid writer, who wanted a change of scene. Our downtown library is a lovely building. It is full of clean summer sunlight without the heat of outdoors. Whoever designed the building created glass which only allows in cool comforting light in soothing blue tones. The ceiling is a giant skylight. Walls are nearly all glass on the north, east, and west sides. Rooms of various sizes line the walls. Opaque partitions lie perpendicular to the outside walls while light streams through glass panels parallel to the outside walls letting in more light. The rooms vary in size from small study cubicles to a large room designated “quiet reading space” in which comfortable chairs combine with large golden wood conference tables to invite readers to focus.

We are not in a room, but seated at a luxuriously large conference table kindly fitted with power ports. Wifi streams freely and fast to all patrons and their various devices. There is a busy hush to the open space on the second floor. Each floor is open to the other four floors.

The downstairs has a roomy children’s section, several service desks, fiction, teen area, a large atrium with a grand piano, and dozens of small tables and chairs, and some offices hidden behind opaque walls.

The second floor is slightly smaller than the first. The space above the atrium is open to the fourth floor letting in loads of cool light. I wonder what it is like in here when the piano is in use. There are a large number of tables with computers, some are for library catalog searches while others are for use by patrons who need general computer access including the web.

The second floor is non-fiction. One whole section is for materials related to the Holocaust against the Jewish people by the German Nazis during the second world war. Along the south wall is a set of three microfiche/microfilm readers. This is very exciting. I had no idea they were still in use. I wonder what kind of films they still keep in this format.

Sitting here working, the physical environment fades away into the busy hush of people going about their business. I hear the soft sound of a hard working janitor using a straw broom to sweep off the texture tile stairs. I don’t know if that is a way of reducing noise or the best way to clean, but her rhythmic sweeping is soothing.

For some visitor information–

http://www.mls.lib.ok.us/downtown-library

Arts District Parking Garage Main & Colcord

Arts District Parking Garage Main & Colcord

http://parkingokc.com/arts-district Bring your parking ticket from this garage to the front desk of the downtown library for a $1 off voucher.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/153540.The_Little_House

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On our short walk from the Arts District Garage to the Downtown Library, we saw this tiny structure which reminded us of a children’s book, The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton.tlh

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June Bookshelf

I read science fiction in June–

One Second After by William Forstchen

The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu and Ken Liu

The Crystal Deception by Doug J. Cooper

Eye of the World, The Wheel of Time series, book #1 by Robert Jordan


 

And also these books–

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

A New Hope by Robyn Carr

The New Black, Edited by Richard Thomas is an anthology of neo-noir short stories.

I began taking:  Masterclass, James Patterson Teaches Writing

Notable in my reading life is that I have begun aggressively using the public library as a source for ebooks and audio books as well as actual paper books. Their digital two week check out policy pushes me to read faster, and more efficiently. Also, I found that I treasure each of the 14 days I have to complete a book if I have been waiting in the queue for some time. The Eye of the World is a long lovely read, which I had to work hard to finish in the allotted time. It was worth it.

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May 2015 Bookshelf

I just finished reading, The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman.

On my currently reading bookshelf:

A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America’s First Four Star General by  Ann Dunwoody

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes

The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Next up

Honeymoon by James Patterson

Justice is for the Lonely: A Kristen Kerry Novel by Steve Clark

Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen

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March 2015 Bookshelf

March 2015 should have been a big reading month because of a lovely beach vacation. Somehow, I failed to become engaged in reading, but enjoyed Mexico. I did enjoy books by two favorites: Nora Roberts and Robyn Carr.

The Right Path by Nora Roberts

Informed Risk and A Hero for Sophie Jones by Robyn Carr

There was another book on my list, but I abandoned it. I will not list it here, but I will say that the structure of the novel was difficult for me to follow. I had a tough time connecting with the characters, and even distinguishing between the narrators.

What I did instead of reading--limo ride in Cancun!

What I did instead of reading–limo ride in Cancun!

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April 2015 Bookshelf

In April I read the three novels in The 100 Series by Morgan Kass. I enjoyed the first two seasons of the show, The 100, on CW which deviates from the books in a very interesting way. I am obsessed with the idea of humanity surviving for several generations on an orbiting station. Well done, Morgan Kass.

The 100 by Morgan Kass

Day 21 by Morgan Kass

Homecoming by Morgan Kass

The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain

 

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Landscape of My Reading Life

I’ve been known to dive into a topic for months at a time. Years ago, I decided to read Russia: fiction, literature, poetry, history and biographies of Russia. It was fascinating and educational. I listened to music from Russian and watched movies. It is possible that I named one of my children after a character from that era of reading.

Since my Russian phase, I have take other literary journeys: Orson Scott Card, J.D. Robb, Claire and Jamie, Star Trek Novels, Jack Reacher, Theology, The Cynsters, and many more. Some journeys are an end unto themselves. Some trips through books are just a beginning.

I keep track of my reading (past, present and future) on GoodReads.com and I’d love to be reading friends with you! I have tried several times in my life to catalog the books I have read. This is the one that works best for me. It is easy to search for books by title, author or even isbn. GoodReads folks write a variety of reviews: some are fabulous while others can be ignored. For good or ill, it’s always fun to read the reviews. Beware of spoilers!

Visit my Reading Life on Good Reads and add me to your list of friends. You never know who will spark your interest in a wonderful new series or author!

M

My dog, Cassie and I at William’s Lake near Taos, NM

 

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